Green Beauty Files. Naked Truth Beauty

green beauty makeup

About 3 years ago I became very intentional with my makeup and skincare routine, cutting out toxins and chemicals as best I could.  It became important to me, with a lot of grace in the journey, to at least give it a try.  But I was pleasantly surprised not only with the improvement of my skin but also the products and companies I found.

And I really haven't looked back.

My skin has been so much happier.  I rarely break out.  Go figure of course as I am writing this I have.  Keeping it real, thanks skin.  But it used to be rare to NOT have blemishes.  Dare I say my skin is even more glowing?  I'm going with that.

SO since I write a blog, it's about time that I share some of these rad green beauty companies that I am loving.

naked truth beauty

First up.  Naked Truth Beauty.  If I'm putting makeup on, 90% of the time it includes at least one of these products.  In a company - it's everything I want...made locally in Washington, by a darling mom who is working to make her dream a reality.  Her products are made in small batches, using sustainable, simple ingredients.  Even her packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.

And then, because it's makeup - the deciding factor is the results.  And it's a decided yes.

So what products do I use??  let me count the ways...

curly girl method
lips - Carrie.  cheeks - Arrikis.  eyes and cheek highlights - Lumos.

Lumos - a highlighter I use all the time, and rightfully named after Harry Potter, for my eyelids when I want to keep it simple, my upper cheek bones, eyebrow bones...basically anywhere you want to add a touch of highlight.

Little Town - its technically for lids, and I love this color for that, it works so well with my eye color.  I also occasionally wear it on my lips.

Arrakis - my new favorite!  it's a warmer coppery color, I love it on my lids, my cheeks, my lips.

Wednesdays - a bright berry color for lips and cheeks.  I often carry this one in my purse for a quick blush and lip pick me up.  In full action here.

Carrie - deep moody red wine, a light swipe for a bit of color, or I build it up for that perfect fall glam effect.

And because this just makes me laugh, a few outtakes.  I was determined to get a real picture, an action shot, not just holding the product and smiling.  Well now I understand why you don't necessarily take actions shots while doing makeup, or for sure you make sure to involve a professional...

Thank you for continuing to read along.  Sometimes it just takes me 4 days to write a simple post, I appreciate you still visiting my blog.



The Fall Transition, Let's Get Dressed.

curly hair and beret

denim skirtall and chunky sweater

Early Fall is my favorite time for fashion.  Well for sure I LOVE all things fall.  although I don't love PSL's, but I do love everything homemade pumpkin.  Seriously, the fall foliage NEVER gets old.  I swear I stop and pick up at least 5 leaves a day.  It's Simply Magnificent.

But I also love fashion remixed, which is partly why I think I love dressing during this transitional time of golden crisp days.

Think half summer, half fall.  It's a great way to change up summer pieces and make them cozier.  Skirts and shorts with sweaters.  I love the look of a big chunky sweater with shorts - denim cutoffs and booties, or a nicer paperbag waist pleated short and oxfords - this outfit sub a sweater.

Then turn that around...wool or plaid trousers and denim with simple lightweight tee's, tie a scarf around your neck.  Or add a fur vest to your tee.

Then Add a fur vest to flowy lightweight dress and some booties.

Do you have a button up dress in your closet?  wear it open kimono style with a pair of jeans.

Or a tank dress, add a turtleneck underneath, one of my favorite looks.  I used to give my bff such a hard time for wearing her turtleneck under her sweatshirt, and now I'm thinking she was actually just way ahead of her time.  Love that girl who's about to turn 40.  No Way.

then add in hats...beanies, berets, bakers caps...

I am ALL about getting more wear from what is currently in my closet, this is a great way to do it.

Take a few minutes to look in your closet and think of new combinations you could make.

Todays outfit:  one of my most coziest sweaters, I love the oversized, winter white, turtleneck and crazy softness.  So instead of waiting for winter temps I am bringing it into fall with a short skirtall.  This outfit could be worn again when the temps drop with tights and boots, but for now the sun is shining and mules are just right.

Then the finishing touches are in the accessories with more fall and summer mixing.  A simple gray beret mixed with a lovely light colored leather bag (btw this bag is the best because it is super lightweight, I hate how bags start out weighing ten pounds before I have even added anything.)

fall fashion

sweater - Not Monday c/o
denim skirtall - Numph DK c/o no longer avail.
shoes - Marc Fisher on sale & extra 20% off with code ff18
Bag - JoNat & Sus
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry (if you want a pair, email me!)

"Life begins again when it gets crisp in the fall."  I couldn't agree more.

Happy Mid October.  Oh geez, we are so not ready for Halloween!...Here's to savoring every little moment and pretty leaf.

photos by Angie.

thank you for reading,


Transformation Tuesday. My Top 3 Tips For Hair Growth.

Curl Talk today.  But really just hair talk, hair health....and a BIG Ol picture of me.  Oh hey!

curly girl method

Let's talk about my hair growth over the last 6 months.  Up to that point I had resigned to the fact that my hair was thinning and well just didn't grow that much...hello didn't need a hair cut for 3 years.  I took very good care of my hair overall but figured it was just part of aging - I know *eyeroll* enough with the aging card.

The first photo below was taken 6 months ago.  The 2nd photo was taken last week.  Even having had an haircut since the first photo was taken, my hair is longer and fuller...or is it "more full?"  Can you tell?  Before and after photos, require thought before, AND after.  This is my best attempt to show results without that thought in mind 6 months ago.  So maybe just trust me.

curly hair growth tips

What have I done differently?

1.  No More Silicone.

A huge part of the problem was silicone.  The gel that I was loyal to, for over 15years, is full of the stuff.  And it created a smooth, dare I say less frizzy, curly texture that for years was the bees knees.  But towards the end, right before our breakup, my hair was lacking volume and the curls just felt sad to me, and I couldn't get them to hydrate.  Straw Like.  I think silicone gives us a quick fix but it doesn't address the real problems of what our hair needs to be healthy from the inside out (see more at the bottom of the post)

...in truth that smooth shiny coating was basically suffocating my hair.

and my scalp.  I did not have a healthy scalp!  I just assumed my scalp was also unhealthy because of the lack of washing.  Not the case.

How to spot:  ingredients that end in -cone like Dimethicone.  And luckily there are now so many great options for natural hair, a few of my favorite product lines...Bounce Curl, Curl Smith, Deva Curl and Jessicurl.  And that's just the short list for now....

Of course person's hair is different, this is what works best for my curls.  At times do I miss the smooth polished curl I could count on?  Absolutely.  But it's also sort of fun, if I can keep the right perspective, letting my curls be who they are.

2.  Being Mindful of More Collagen.

The jury is out on whether our bodies can absorb supplemental collagen, but in the meantime I have found improvement both in my hair, and my joints - not as achy and creaky.  Call it a placebo affect - I'll take it.

If you are going to take a Collagen supplement - please find one that is well-sourced from high quality ingredients.  You definitely get what you pay for.  Lately I have been using this one which is carried at both Whole Foods and my local Costco.  A scoop in a glass of coconut milk, and just drink it down quick.

You can also help your body boost it's own collagen productions by making sure your diet is high in protein-rich foods - meat, fish, beans, eggs and dairy.  Along with Vitamin C, Zinc and Copper.

3.  Scalp Health.

In between wash days, because I'm a curly girl and can go dayssss without washing, I do scalp massages.  This increases the blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth, healing and overall health.  My go to oils are Righteous Roots Oil and Lavender Essential Oil, occasionally I will use Cedarwood Oil.  I often mix them together, just a small amount and rub it into the roots of my hair, usually before bed.  Bonus:  both Lavendar and Cedarwood have relaxing effects that aid in falling asleep.  Again, research the brand you are purchasing from.  I prefer Doterra.

Lavendar and Cedarwood Oil also repel skin mites, which tend to make our hair fall out prematurely.  Best just to leave this one to my word, do NOT google this.  There's just no reason for microscopic bugs to be that magnified for effect.

This is also a deep conditioning DIY mask that I love to do with essential oils.

And a bonus 4th...  Regular Trims.  Cutting off the damaged ends and keeping the shape of the curls also helps keep my hair fuller and happier.

I can't even believe THE WEALTH of info on instagram about curls.  Those who want to stop straightening their hair and embrace their natural texture can find so much good stuff.  The curly community is uplifting and honest, and so informative.

If you're thinking of embracing your texture, of course I am totally here to tell you yes!  do it.  Some feeds to inspire you...Mandie is a great place to start if you have waves, also Dominique and CurlySue.  HonestLiz is hilarious and so helpful with product reviews as is Kelsey - and she tempts me to go short with my locks.  Anjana and her blog are a wealth of info on especially on deep conditioning - knowing what your hair needs...protein and/or moisture.  Kelly and Toni and Lulu to inspire the journey.   Some favorite hashtags... #curlygirljourney #loosecurlies and #kirstyscurls (that's me!)

Here to celebrate the good (hair) days and bad.  Would love to hear your thoughts.


Why Should 20/20s Have All The Fun?

curly bangs

I've been rocking my girl with glasses look for the last couple weeks, and dare I say with a little strut in my step.  I currently only need them for reading-ish, but these glasses make me completely ok with my declining eyesight, oh the joys of aging.  

When I find a kickass accessory it makes me feel like a million bucks.  It makes my day brighter.  And in this instance, clearer.    

Even better when that kickass accessory comes from a local shop working hard to create both a seamless customer experience and incredible selection of independent designers - oh and vintage lineup.

My glasses are from Eye Eye on Capital Hill and here is a bit about my visit....

First impression...I walked in to a spectacularly designed space with warm smiles and welcoming atmosphere, that's a tough balance to pull off.  Top notch design that still invites you in and lets you relax.  

And when I say seamless customer experience, they have state of the art equipment and knowledgable optometric physicians who explain all the steps along the way.  It was fascinating to see a screen size photo of the inside of my eyeball and have it all described to me.  My inner biology major was so happy. 

Once my prescription was diagnosed Milli guided me through finding my perfect frames.  I enjoyed her so much that we continued to chat until after my parking ran out....oh brother I sure did get a parking ticket.  Was not impressed with my lack of time management, was very impressed with Milli's ability to narrow in fairly quickly on the type of frames I was gravitating towards, she continued to pull just enough options to be certain we had found our winner.  She was also very honest when a frame wasn't quite right.  A really nice balance that left me confident in my choice.  

Eye Eye's selection of independent designers and vintage stock is amazing...drawers of vintage sunglasses.  I have a few more on my wantlist.  Pssst - you can put prescription lenses in vintage sunglasses!  Because why should 20/20s have all the fun?

eye eye seattle

krewe eyewear

girl with glasses

If you read my blog at all then you probably know that I think shopping local is a really big deal.  Here's why, I truly believe it captures the heart of the community and helps it thrive.  Supporting local businesses means supporting someone's dream and contributing to their story.  That's so awesome.  You will feel even better about your purchase.

If you can, shop local.  If you're local to Seattle, check out Eye Eye. 

Thanks for reading.

Photos by Angie.
Thank you Eye Eye for partnering with me, providing me with amazing frames and sunglasses. 


Why Pintura for Curly Hair. The Curl Files.

blonde curly hair

First what is Pintura? 

Think of it as Balayage for curly/wavy/kinky hair.  What is Balayage?  Since my computer doesn't seem to recognize this as a word maybe I should explain that it's painting color onto your hair, rather than foiling.  It tends to give a more natural look, and works especially well for the ombre looks that are on trend right now. 

Why Pintura? 

And why it's the color technique of choice for my curls.  With the Pintura technique a  stylist paints the color paying careful attention to curl patterns and layers throughout your hair.  What I LOVE is that I still have depth and definition of my curls vs. all my hair being the same color and losing the definition that comes from highlights and lowlights, but it's a more even appearance.  Because my hair tends to lighten on top and then clump together to form curls, I can end up with dark patches exposed from underneath.

Just like cutting curly hair takes different attention and technique than straight hair, coloring curly hair needs similar attention. 

See those oh so awesome before and after photos below...

pintura techniqueafter                       

Oh my look at all that gray!  I love how Alisha also darkened my roots giving me that just right amount of fabulously undone.

If you have curly hair and are in the Seattle area, I recommend Alisha at Haven Salon for both hair cuts and color.  Be patient though, she books out 4-6 weeks in advance.  That's a good sign she is worth it.

Thank you for reading.