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Fire Rooster Reflections
By Official Vapour Blog
6/30/2017  
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The elements of a morning ritual.

Buckle up, Year of the Rooster is a powerful one, we’re in it and its not over yet! Here is an invitation to flow with Rooster’s energy and make the most of this dynamic year.

Rooster is hardworking, committed, self-assured and wrapped in the flare of personal style. Rooster rises with the Sun; his crow is loud and sharp and clears the air, letting us drop old patterns and choose new beginnings. Rooster is dedicated, so tending those nest eggs will yield beautiful results. Rooster’s self confidence propels us to move forward in our lives with focus and integrity. In feathery rooster style impressions count, so stay focused on looking and being your best inside and out. Top it all off with this year’s Fire element, which stokes our flames of passion and keeps them burning clean so we can create the world we believe in.

Vapour's passion is tending the wellbeing of our planet, our community and our selves through our commitment to planetary and personal health. It’s intrinsic to who we are and what we do. We’re dedicated to leaving the world a better place than we found it. Sustainability starts with awareness. Vapour products are created with thoughtfulness and intent and we always source ingredients ethically and responsibly. This keeps everything we make grounded in integrity. “I believe in plant medicine and our ingredients are magical to me,” says Kristine Keheley, Vapour Co-founder. “I am able to free my passion and inspiration through the alchemical act of creating art and cosmetics.”

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Dawn on the banks of the Rio Grande. Krysia and her rooster, Bob.

Fire Rooster Morning Ritual

Rooster is up at the crack of dawn supporting us to create a mindful morning ritual. Try lighting a red candle and burning some sage to clear the energy and honor the fire element. Work with Rooster’s energy by setting an intention of clarity for the new day, or gazing upon an egg as a symbol of potential and new beginnings.

“I am ready to take on the challenges of the day when I take the time to set an intention and ground into the Earth. Simple practices, done regularly, allow me to show up, be present, balanced and ready to ‘co-create’ the day,” says Vapour Co-founder, Krysia Boinis.

What is the Rooster showing you? What inner passion is ignited when you connect with the elemental energy of Fire? Keep your flames of compassion, integrity and commitment burning clean. Focus your energy like Rooster and dedicate yourself to the world you believe is possible.

-VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY

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Lunar New Year greeting card by one of Vapour’s employees.




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The Diary of a Day
By Official Vapour Blog
3/7/2017  
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Krysia at home in the garden, a place that rejuvenates body, mind and soul.

Originally published on Mind Body Green.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s, Vapour Beauty co-founder and botanical expert Krysia Boinis sought action: “I researched from diverse sources, from mainstream medical journals to New Age websites. I was on a mission to educate and heal myself. I began to think of food and personal care as more than simply nourishment and hygiene. Everything I ingested or slathered on my skin became medicine. I sought out foods, herbs, salts, and waters to heal, detoxify, and balance my body. I learned what chemicals and compounds support health and which poison the body.”

From using passive solar and wind power in the brand’s USDA organic certified lab, Vapour’s “no-waste” stick-filling system minimizes landfill waste too. “We use no toxins whatsoever…no carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, xenoestrogens, toxic chemicals, parabens, phthalates, nanoparticles, petrochemicals, preservatives, GMO, dyes, FD&C pigments fragrance, sulfates, glycols, irradiated or animal-tested ingredients.” An avid DIY-er (like most of the mbg office) Boinis caught the bug from her mother. “My mom had one rule: Use anything in the kitchen except what’s under the sink. Anything that was edible was fair game, and a powerful idea was planted: Food is what you eat and what you put on your skin.”

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The morning smoothie! Always something to celebrate.

A.M. Ritual
Each morning brings the opportunity to co-create a new day. I say "co-create" because each day is created with the intentions, attitudes, and actions we bring, as well as the pre-existing situations that we are presented with. It has taken a measure of discipline to create a schedule that allows morning time to be self-care time. I find that if I allow time at the start of each day to nurture mind, body, and spirit I can bring my best, most productive, clear, focused, and creative self to Vapour and to whatever else the day brings.

Upon rising each morning, I consciously set an intention for "pure clarity" for the day. To establish this intention I drink a glass of pure water with lemon juice or ginger (depending on the season). Drinking water, especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. Then I walk out to the aviary through the vegetable garden to feed the chickens. This daily ritual allows me a few precious minutes to be alone with the Earth energy and the plants and animals, away from technology and the call of the modern world. I breathe deeply, taking in the cool Taos mountain air and ground into the Earth energy. The Earth's field has a frequency of ~7.8 Hz, also known as the Schumann Resonance. This natural rhythm is also found in the human body and brain. It is inherent to functioning at our most efficient, sustainable, and coherent state and enhances our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Nourish
A nourishing smoothie is the next essential on the morning agenda. I blend together, water, coconut water, a vegetable-sourced protein powder, 1 tablespoon Nutiva Coconut Manna, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon local bee pollen (to ward off seasonal allergies), 1 tablespoon The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Powder (fermented superfoods and probiotics for gut and skin health), a handful frozen berries, ½ a banana, ½ an avocado and its pit. Yes, avocado pit! These are surprisingly easy to blend and are packed with more antioxidants than avocado flesh, most vegetables, and healing teas. Avocado pits are loaded with more soluble fiber than oatmeal, and they aid in reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract as well as joint discomfort.

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Daily movement exercise alternates between strength training and yoga.

Move
Each morning I alternate Vinyasa yoga one day with circuit training/weight lifting the next. I have been consistent with this routine for about a decade. I committed to this program during a multiyear bout with cancer. It keeps me strong, flexible, balanced, and keeps those positive endorphins flowing!

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The daily assortment of Vapour products for an effortlessly clean, clear look.

Cleanse & Beautify
Exfoliation is the first step to fresh and radiant skin. I exfoliate my face about every other day alternating physical exfoliation (Clarisonic) with chemical exfoliation (using natural hydroxyl acids from fruits like papaya). This time of year I exfoliate my body with my own DIY pumpkin scrub. Then in the palm of my hand I mix a small amount of L-ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C) with a few drops of floral water (right now it's calendula water from flowers from my garden) and massage it into my skin. Applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and diminishes the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin. Vitamin C degrades quickly when mixed with other ingredients, so I prefer to use it straight and mix it on the spot. A capsule of L-ascorbic acid nutritional supplement is a great source of straight vitamin C.

I apply Vapour Essence Restorative Treatment to deeply moisturize, nourish, and feed my skin with 17 of my favorite organic plant oils and algae extracts. This next step is the bridge between skin care and cosmetics: I apply Vapour Stratus Skin-Perfecting Primer, which further moisturizes and feeds my skin while also providing optical skin smoothing and illumination. Last, I apply Vapour Atmosphere Foundation to even everything out and finish with Vapour Halo Illuminator on brow bone and cheekbones.

Time to Focus: Off to work
Emails, Instagram, conference calls, marketing meetings, photo shoots, design meetings, etc. About once a week I splurge on a midday cup of locally roasted coffee with the Vapour team. We enjoy Seven Stones Roasters, which is artisan roasted in small batches with love and attention you can feel.

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Krysia and Vapour staff brainstorm.

P.M. Ritual
Some days are longer than others, but I strive to get home while the sky is still blue. It's back to the sanctuary of the garden and aviary to collect eggs and clear the energies of the day. After expending creative energy all day at Vapour I sit in the garden and just look at the sky. The Taos sky is truly magical; the quality of the light here is inspiring, even intoxicating. I find that staring out at the blue sky beyond the clouds and weather clears all the mental activity of the day. It brings a quiet, expansive, clear, open state of being. I have been sky gazing for over 20 years in Taos and just recently learned that it is a formal Tibetan practice from the meditation tradition of Dzogchen, which aims to cultivate resting the mind in a natural state free from conceptual elaborations.

My last beauty ritual of the day is my most treasured beauty secret. I perform this simple ritual every evening when I remove my makeup with Vapour Clarity Organic Cleansing Oil. Lymphatic facial massage will noticeably change the appearance of your complexion. It improves skin's appearance from the inside out by helping stimulate fibroblasts to release collagen and restore skin elasticity, tone, and texture. Lymphatic facial massage removes toxins, increases oxygen and nutrient to flow to the skin, and reduces inflammation and puffiness.

How-To
1. The key is to open the lymph pathways that drain fluid from the face before massaging the face. To begin gently stroke downward from in front of your ears, down neck to collarbone several times.
2. Begin stroking gently from the center of your forehead at the hairline outward to temples and down in front of your ears. Then stroke down your neck to the collarbone.
3. Continue the same series of motions out and down from center of forehead, center of eyebrows, bridge of nose, tip of nose, above lips, and finally your chin and jawline.
Finally, lying in bed with a lavender-scented eye pillow draped across my face, I focus on all that I am thankful for. I make a practice of including one new item to my gratitude list each day. Zzz.

 

-KRYSIA BOINIS, Vapour Co-Founder

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The end of another full day is spent sky-gazing and grounding with gratitude.




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Color fit for a Goddess
By Official Vapour Blog
2/17/2017  
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Aura Multi Use in Artemis, a fearless mid-tone berry, created in collaboration with Kathryn Budig.

Originally published on FreePeople.com

What better time of year to speak to the art of blushing? Vapour’s Shenoa Riegel sheds some light on Artemis…

ARTEMIS is the Greek goddess of light, the hunt and the moon. Only fitting that such an independent spirit served as the inspiration for Vapour’s Aura Multi Use shade collaboration with Kathryn Budig, a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping others find true balance (who also happens to be an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and wellness author).

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Kathryn Budig takes aim; The full moon over Taos Mountain.

Embracing the need for healthy self-expression and authenticity, Vapour is redefining beauty on our own terms. Women want a glow, and we want it to be effortless. Today, multi-tasking beauty tools are essential; they save time in the morning and space in your bag.

Vapour Multi Use Classic Blush is a multi-tasking superhero. One easy swipe of the stick allows flawless application of pigment to cheeks and lips. Just tap to blend. This satin shade can even impart a rosy glow to lids for a polished look. ARTEMIS’ glow allows your untamed spirit to look fresh and rested, even if you aren’t. It’s build-able too; tone it up or down by layering and blending.

“ARTEMIS is the inspiration for my philosophy ‘Aim True’, so it seems only proper to create a color that embodies her fearless self acceptance. I’m hoping everyone who wears it will feel like a goddess; confident and natural.” —Kathryn Budig

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Aura Multi Use is available in a wide array of shades to suit every mood; Kathryn Budig at home.

-SHENOA RIEGEL




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Natural Glowing Skin Can Be Easy
By Official Vapour Blog
12/27/2016  
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Halo on the high planes of the face, gently blended, gives an easy, healthy glow

The face of beauty is changing. Women are redefining beauty, reclaiming beauty on our own terms. Healthy self-expression and authenticity are prevailing over perfection. A “no-makeup” look starring natural, glowing skin continues to grow in popularity in the fashion industry and with women everywhere.

One flattering beauty technique is highlighting the skin. It gently guides the eye to features that you want to accentuate. It’s about skin looking luminous while enhancing bone structure is a soft and subtle way.

Placement and blending are key in getting the look right. Vapour HALO Illuminator stick gives skin a gorgeous glow that makes you look radiant and rested, even if you aren’t. HALO fans call it a “real-life Instagram filter.”

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Where to apply Halo

How To:

First

Apply to moisturized skin for a really quick brightener or over foundation, if using. Apply HALO directly from stick to any of the following areas. 1) forehead 2) brow bones 3) cheek bones 4) inner corners of eyes 5) center of nose  6)cupid’s bow and 6) chin.

Tip: Experiment with the above locations and find your favorites. Remember to choose the areas you wish to accentuate.

Second

Tap product into skin to blend… it should be seamless. You don’t want to see any product after blending. The areas where you have applied HALO will catch the light and you will glow—naturally.

Happy New Year, Vapour Beauties.

 

-KRYSIA BOINIS, Vapour Co-Founder




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Make the Elixir Smoothie
By Official Vapour Blog
12/14/2016  
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Five superfoods are in Elixir Lip Gloss, and they make a killer smoothie, too.

Originally published on the Free People blog.

“As a young girl I loved creating costumes, which often included makeup. For this, my mom had one rule: ‘use anything in the kitchen except what’s under the sink.’ Anything that was edible was fair game and a powerful seed was planted—food is not only what you eat but what you put on your skin,“ shares Krysia Boinis, Vapour co-founder and DIY enthusiast.

Vapour’s efforts toward being green align with these healthy lifestyle choices. Nestled at the base of Taos Mountain, Vapour operates its own USDA approved organic lab. Vapour is cruelty–free, uses passive solar and wind power, and none of the products contain toxic chemicals to pollute our bodies or the Earth. Packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable and since all Vapour formulas are waterless, there is no stress on the valuable fresh water aquifer either. These choices maximize quality and health while minimizing the company’s environmental footprint every step of the way. Vapour Beauty’s approach to crafting high-performance cosmetics includes only the purest, active ingredients from the Earth—and nothing else.

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The magic lighting effects around Taos; An assortment of Elixir Lip Gloss.

“So today it’s only natural that in making Vapour we choose wholesome, organic, whole food ingredients. We’re putting on our bodies what we would be happy putting in our bodies.” 

Vapour’s products are designed with synergy in mind to be dynamically rich in protective antioxidants. Scientists researching antioxidants understand that these free-radical scavengers are most potent in blends. One antioxidant alone is not as effective as the synergy of several. One example, Vapour Elixir Lip Gloss, is packed with five Super Foods that provide antioxidant protection every time you wear it.

Krysia shares a delicious antioxidant super smoothie made using these five Super Foods: green tea, açaí berry, goji berry, apricot and plum.

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Elixir is available in 19 shades for every taste; The finished Elixir Smoothie: Bottom's up!

Vapour Elixir Super Food Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tablespoon açaí powder
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup dried or fresh apricots
  • 2 Tablespoon dried plums

Preparation

  1. Start by boiling 1 cup of water and steep the green tea. Allow tea to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, slice dried plums into strips.
  3. Blend coconut milk, cooled green tea, banana, apricot, goji berries and açaí powder.
  4. Pour into glass and top with sliced plum strips.
  5. Enjoy and feel this potent blends synergistic magic!



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The Nature of Beauty Book Review
By Official Vapour Blog
12/12/2016  
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Some classic Vaopur products featured in Imelda Burke's new book, The Nature of Beauty.

Thinking about making the switch to Natural Beauty? Or want to know more about what choices you have? Vapour Organic Beauty is thrilled to be featured in The Nature of Beauty by Imelda Burke. This new book is the definitive guide to a new generation of natural beauty, skincare and makeup. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for all beauty lovers.

This book was written from all the tips, knowledge and insight shared with me via the 1000's of conversations with my team, brand owners, customers, industry experts and beauty bloggers over the past 9 years.” —Imelda Burke

Choosing natural beauty means being conscious about what you're buying: what you are you putting on your skin, what it does and where it comes from. This honest, expert book will teach you how to recognize what your skin needs and how to buy the best products for you. It offers both time-honored and modern techniques, tips and guidance for all ages, and showcases the powerful ingredients and brands that you need to know about.

It's the book I wish was around when I first wanted to make the switch to natural and organic beauty 17 years ago and is an introduction to both natural products and taking care of your skin.” —Imelda Burke

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Imelda determines that Vapour Organic Beauty is a clean beauty replacement for Kevyn Aucoin




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Foundation Matching and Undertones Demystified
By Official Vapour Blog
12/7/2016  
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Vapour’s globally inclusive shade range

*This article originally appeared on the Credo Beauty Blog

Artists are familiar with color as a language for expression and the same goes for Makeup Artists. But, with skin as their canvas, Makeup Artists have the unique challenge of selecting colors that will harmonize with a person’s specific surface skin color and their subtler undertones.

In our conversations with Annie and the Credo team, we’ve learned that most women have a lot of uncertainty when it comes to picking their foundation shade and identifying their undertones.

If that confusion describes you, don’t worry. Color is subjective and emotional, and undertones are subtle.

Undertone is a color theory term, describing how different colors mix and whether they appear warm, cool or neutral. Your skin isn’t just one even color—its surface color varies depending on what lies beneath and how thick or thin it is. At Vapour we’ve designed our foundation shades to be versatile and forgiving by including warm and cool pigments in almost every formula, making color matching easier on you.

Knowing your undertone helps you find complementary shades of makeup and clothing to accentuate your natural beauty. Undertones fall into three main categories:

WARM — earthy yellow, bronze or gold
COOL — jewel-toned pink, blue or silver
NEUTRAL — a blend or balance of warm and cool colors

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Warm, neutral, cool skin tones

So, how do you know where you fall? Below are several techniques for determining your undertone(s). These suggestions may not work for everyone—you may need to experiment to discover your true undertone, and don’t underestimate your natural inclinations toward color in makeup and wardrobe. What makes you feel good inside reflects on the outside. 

  • Vein Color
    One common way of determining your skin undertone is by looking at the veins on the inner wrist or elbow in natural sunlight. If they look bluish, your undertone is cool, and if they look more green or yellow then your undertone is warm. If they are a mix, or you can't really tell, then you probably have a neutral skin tone. 
  • Jewelry
    Silver, white gold and platinum accentuate cool undertones, while yellow gold accentuates warm undertones. The metal that harmonizes with your undertones will give you a fresh, bright look. Neutral undertones are complemented by both silver and gold. 
  • White Cloth 
    First pull your hair back and put a white cloth, like a towel or T-shirt, around your neck and shoulders. The white fabric will draw out a subtle cast of color in your face. Blue or pink indicate cool undertones, while yellow and peach indicate warm undertones. Neutral undertones tend to look greenish next to the white cloth.

When researching undertones, we found there is much more information available for lighter and Caucasian skin so we asked Vapour friend and MUA, Dionne Belle, for advice.

To identify undertones on darker skin, Dionne recommends looking under the eye (on top of cheekbones) and on the side of the palm because skin can be lighter there. She also says that wearing white clothes can be really helpful. “It’s important to look at yourself in natural light as well because artificial lights can change how your skin looks,” she says. When asked how she likes using Vapour makeup Dionne replied, “I love working with Vapour, the colors are beautiful and so forgiving. They cover such a wide range of race and ethnicities; they really work for everyone.”

It’s not accurate to assume skin undertones are based on race. For example, we can’t assume all Asians have warm undertones. The surface yellowness of skin does not necessarily mean warm undertones—there are warm yellows and cool yellows. There’s also a difference between brown skin with warm orange-red undertones, and brown skin with cool, jewel undertones. This also applies to olive-toned skin.

Similarly, a person who has rosacea does not necessarily have cool undertones because of the “pink” seen on their face. There is such a broad spectrum of colors with skin, we recommend trying the above tips for all skin tones.

At Vapour we design Fine Art Infused color. Unlike synthetic FD&C pigments that lay flat on the skin like latex paint, we exclusively use natural pigments. Our color blends are more like oil paint, permitting light to pass through and harmonize with a wide range of skin tones. Our foundation shades are more versatile than those of some other brands, both because they include warm and cool pigments and they utilize the play of light on your skin. It can be surprising to see the same Vapour foundation shade or lipstick working perfectly on women who seem to have very different skin tones. We create color that responds to your unique coloring, so every shade becomes a custom shade. 

-VAPOUR BEAUTY EXPERTS




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