Transitioning to Clean Beauty: Skincare & Beauty

Happy Monday and Happy Presidents’ Day!

Something I’ve been talking about a bit more on my Instagram is non-toxic beauty, and if you remember, I actually shared some of my green beauty haircare faves last month, too!

I just feel like if we’re putting in the effort to fuel our bodies with good food and move them so we can build strong muscles, why not pay a little closer attention to what we put on them, as well? Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite non toxic beauty products (both skincare and makeup) in case you want to move into a more green beauty routine too, and aren’t sure where to start!

Intelligent Elixirs Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – You guys. This product is at the top of this list for a REASON. I’ve been using the IE tinted moisturizer for about 4 months now and it is my holy grail beauty product. It’s a light coverage tinted SPF that somehow makes my skin glow and evens out its tone while protecting me from UVA/UVB rays. It’s A MUST.

Intelligent Elixirs Total Eye Repair Cream – Another favorite from the IE line is their Eye Cream! In all honesty, I would’ve put every product from this company on this blog post, but that wouldn’t have been very fun for anyone😂 That being said though, this cream is super moisturizing and you only need a tiny bit, so it lasts forever.

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask – So this company (started by two influencers) was super hyped up on social media last year when it launched. I didn’t give in when they launched their first mask, but this one is an exfoliating mask that smells like fall and pumpkin and wonderful cozy things. You know me, I put that sh*t in my Sephora cart faster than you can say basic. And you know what? I LOVE it. i had been looking for a good exfoliating product and this takes the cake!

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream – If you’re looking for affordable, effective green beauty, Pacifica is the move. I’ve been using this lotion for over a year now and I can find it almost anywhere (Target, Amazon, Ulta, CVS I think…). It’s lightweight but not so much so that I don’t feel it working. And, like it says, it’s great for any time of day so it’s a one stop shop!

BeautyCounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil – Another thing I started using last year during my foray into skincare? Oils. I love ’em. I received this one in a swag bag after an event and it’s sooooo nice. Again, a little goes a long way, but I love the feel of this on my skin and it’s instantly hydrating. I usually put it on at night either under a light moisturizer or even just alone if I don’t need too much hydration.

Mineral Fusion Mascara, Bronzer, Foundation & Sheer Moisture Lip Tint –  And last but not least, I found a non toxic makeup company I’m obsessed with! I’ve been using Mineral Fusion’s products for about a month now and they are SO nice. I know non toxic makeup can be on the pricier side, but I promise you don’t lose quality on this whatsoever. The foundation is silky smooth, the mascara is natural and perfect for everyday wear, and I can’t go a day without using that moisture lip tint. I’m actually hosting a giveaway with them on my Instagram today, so stay tuned!

So there ya have it! Tell me in the comments if you guys have any green beauty favorites – I’m always looking for more great products to try! Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of your day😊

xo Jordan

January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Holy smokes, is it the end of January already?!

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I’ve heard so many people saying that this month has totally dragged on for them, but for me it actually went by kind of quickly! Lots of movement, lots of change. It’s been exciting and stressful and interesting! Promise I will share more details very, very soon😉

This month was full of trying new products in everything from my diet to my beauty regimen and my fitness routine. I found some reallyyyyyy awesome things that have really helped me stay on track with my goals across the board and I know you’ll love them, too! Some of these items were gifts from the holidays, and some I just came across, but everything is linked so that you can find them. And now, in no particular order, my January favorites!…

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Food:

Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers – After seeing Simple Mills products alllll over my Insta-feed, I finally got my hands on some of these bad boys (they were on sale at Sprouts, #BlessUp). The big draw is that these are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free, although y’all know I’m not actually restrictive with my diet. I will say though that there’s just more nutritional value to crackers made with almond flour and honestly these crackers are just REALLY good. I ate the whole box in an hour, so that should tell you something😅

Trader Joe’s Soyrizo – GUYS. guys. Ok so I saw these written up somewhere as one of Trader Joe’s best selling products of 2017, so I decided to try using them in homemade burrito bowls for dinner one night. Full disclosure – I actually didn’t even tell my boyfriend it was vegan, and he totally loved it. The flavor is insane! And it’s really easy to make, too. I can’t wait to get it again and maybe at it to a scramble or some nachos!!

Fitness Bread – If I had to pick one thing from January that I was obsessed with, it would be this bread (pictured above as the avocado toast!). It’s by a German brand called Mestemacher and I remember my mom eating this when I was little. It’s made of rye flour, wheat germ, and oat fiber making it cholesterol free and high fiber. Each piece is thinly sliced, pretty dense, and a bit nutty. Aside from the fact that it’s got more nutritional value than many other breads, I seriously just think it tastes amazing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talking about gg crackers, and I’m not sure what the consistency of those is, but these are sooooo much cheaper. I found mine at Sprouts for like $4, but I’ve linked them here on Amazon too in case you don’t have one of those near you! I hiiiiighly recommend making your avocado toast with this. You can thank me later…

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Wellness:

Garden of Life Women’s Multivitamin Gummies – If you saw my vlog, you’ll know that I take these every👏single👏day👏 I am obsessed. They taste really good, and are kind of like a little sweet treat, so that’s most likely why I like them so much #LetsBeReal…but they’re also filled with all kind of nutrients we need and may not be getting from our food. I’ve mentioned Garden of Life on my blog before, but I seriously love this brand. They make high quality proteins, supplements and bars and everything is vegan, which is always a plus!

Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies – Another one I mentioned in the blog, I’ve been taking these gummies for years. My nails are super brittle for some reason so I’ll take these in addition to the mulitivitamin above. Since the multivitamin I take contains 100% of the suggested daily value, and two of the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is like 1000%, I’ll just take one. That way I’m getting extra biotin without causing my body to overproduce oil (hellooooo breakouts). Just check whichever vitamins you take to see the percentage, but make sure you get enough biotin without it being too much!

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Fitness:

Booty Bands – My brother bought me these for Christmas after I kept seeing booty band workouts on YouTube and I’m in LOVE. These are so great for glute activation before a workout, or even just a booty band workout in itself! I’m really trying to work on my tush before summer (it’s one of those areas I’m just overly self-conscious about for no reason) so having the bands for extra resistance allows me to work them a bit harder. I promise I’ll put a workout with these up soon! Don’t let me forget…

Ab Gliders – So these were also part of that same holiday gift, and I also think they’re an essential for any home gym! You can put your feet or hands on them, and they work on any kind of floor since they just slide along. If you’ve ever used a pilates reformer, it’s kind of the same sensation in that you really have to engage your muscles so that you’re not just sliding all over the place. These prove that you don’t need any fancy equipment to work your core (or anything) else, though!

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Beauty:

OleHenriksen Banana Bright Undereye Cream – Full transparency on this one, I received this as a free sample so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes, but I am looooooving this cream. I’m not sure if it really brightens the undereye so much as makes it hydrated and smooth, so it’s a perfect base for concealer (a must for actually looking like I get enough sleep!).  I think my favorite part of this product is just the fact that it makes me feel like I have a real skincare routine now – something I never had before and feel is increasingly necessary as I get older! It has vitamin c in it, which is apparently very good for the skin, so I’ll take it!

Aesop Hand Cream – This was a gift from my coworker and oh MAN does it make me feel fancy! I know this one isn’t cheap, so I’m extra thankful it was given to me (thanks Shane!) because it is sooo luxurious. If you read my post on my focus words for 2018, you know I’m trying to focus more on loving myself, which essentially means splurging on the things that make me feel good. Bath and body products are 100% included in this because can you honestly tell me anything better than a hot shower at the end of the day that makes you feel like you’re at a spa? So yeah, putting this hand cream on after that shower makes me feel like a straight up QUEEN and I highly recommend it!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser – I don’t know about you, but I have been maaaaajorly struggling with my skin these days. I wouldn’t call it adult acne necessarily, but it’s not that far off and as someone who didn’t really have acne before, it makes me super frustrated and self-conscious. I’ve tried a ton of cleansers in the last year and the only one that seems to make my skin feel really clear is this one. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and love it so much. It’s slightly more expensive than other cleansers, but definitely cheaper than many and it comes in a huge bottle. I think it’s SO worth it if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you!

Well, that’s all for January! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything this month that you’re loving – always on the hunt for cool stuff😉

Cheers to a wonderful February ahead!

xo Jordan