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4/17/2014  
"Breathing eliminates 70% of the wastes from the body; it’s one of the body’s best ways to clean itself." For the first half of all the yoga classes I teach, I call out every inhalation and exhalation. In my mind, thinking “inhale,” when I’m inhaling and “exhale,” when I’m exhaling is a superb way to practice presence and also to be in gratitude of life itself. I believe we feel good after yoga class for many reasons. In most classes, the spine gets a chance to move in all of its directions and t ... [read more]



3/13/2014  
"New research published last fall in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that beauty sleep actually exists." Hooray! One of my favorite topics and one of my favorite things to do: SLEEP. We’ve all noticed at one time or another how a poor night’s rest can make our eyes look puffy and our face more wrinkly, but does that make the opposite true? When we DO get a good night’s sleep, do we actually look better? New research published last fall in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine implies that beauty sleep actuall ... [read more]



2/6/2014  
“Unmet expectations are one of the important experiences to avoid... altering what you expect can have a surprising impact.”  In the top menu bar on vapourbeauty.com, “Our Blog” can be found under the drop-down “Learn;” how perfect. “Learning” is all I ever seem to do. Lately I’m learning about expectation. In a close relationship I was not getting what I expected, and as a result, I was not able to receive what I was given. As I was beginning to catch-on to this unhelpful pat ... [read more]



12/8/2013  
“Take care of yourself before attempting to take care of others.” “You are the person who teaches everybody else in the world how to treat you.” - Elena Brower Seven years ago, when I first started teaching yoga full time, I was constantly exhausted but I didn’t know how to “fix it.” I sensed I needed more ‘alone time’, but I lived in a tiny apartment with my best friend and my boyfriend who worked from home. I decided to seek guidance. When I elaborated to my therapist Jen on the details o ... [read more]



11/25/2013  
"Research shows that practicing gratitude reduces nervousness and stress, it increases a sense of well-being, generosity and reciprocity, it engenders altruistic love and fosters happiness." My favorite way of learning is through the medium of feeling, which is how I learned about the practice of gratitude. One night, I went to a class on gratitude, and after discussing research findings, the teacher had us pair up with a partner for an exercise. First, Partner A complained to Partner B for 5 minutes, and then Partner B did the same. After a t ... [read more]



9/20/2013  
"As Vapour’s formulator I have a unique perspective on what differentiates Vapour’s use of colour from every other cosmetics line on the market." Colour is personal and emotional. We are as exquisitely affected by the tonal shifts in a painting as our other senses blossom under the touch of our beloved, or are awakened by the opening chords of a meaningful piece of music. When our team conceived Vapour Organic Beauty in the late summer of 2008, I originally wanted our name to be Colour Theory. It seemed to me that an understanding ... [read more]



7/18/2013  
Sometimes, I go out with a man who is just plain wrong for me, and, afterwards, make a declaration like this: “I hate men,” or, “I’m never dating a man again.” This, as you—hopefully—agree, is unwise. Just because there’s one (okay, maybe a few…) guys out there with poor judgment/taste/ability to express feelings, that doesn’t mean I should give up on all of them. I don’t, generally, liken the pursuit of men to that of skincare products. But (first time for everything!) I&rsq ... [read more]



10/10/2011  
Finding the right makeup for Asian skin can be tricky. And when it comes to choosing a natural makeup the options can be very limited. Whether the complexion is fair, medium, or dark, Asian skin tones can look somewhat sallow. Some women try color-correct sallow skin by lightening the complexion using a lighter foundation shade than their skin tone. Others try to balance the yellow by selecting a pinker shade of foundation. Both of these methods tend to create an unnatural mask-like look and are considered outdated solutions. For a fresh, new a ... [read more]



9/26/2011  
Vapour Organic Beauty’s Mesmerize Eyeliner is the safest, purest eyeliner on the market. Finally! Eye definition that is good for your eyes! The New York Times says, “Vapour has introduced the first eyeliner made with 70 percent organic ingredients. (The formula) contains beeswax, sunflower oil and other food grade certified organic ingredients…to replicate the gliding effect of chemical based eyeliners.” Some brands make organic claims about their eyeliner but most fall short of a significant organic percentage. Most ... [read more]



9/12/2011  
Did you know the FDA does NOT require animal testing for cosmetics? Buying cosmetics that are tested on animals supports a cruel and unnecessary industry that subjects millions of animals to pain, torture and death. Most big cosmetic companies choose to use animal testing in fear of litigation and also under pressure from huge research companies.  What are other reasons Vapour Organic Beauty never uses animal testing? • Animal testing is inherently inaccurate—animal systems and human systems are not comparable. Even within the a ... [read more]



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