The Best of The Best: Vapour Cosmetics

The Best of the Best is a series showcasing my favorite, tried-and-true, go-back-again-and-again green beauty brands. Being a beauty blogger, I’m in a constant state of flux with skincare and cosmetics, as I’m always trying new products. However, these brands are always in my rotation and are worthy of my highest recommendation.

from left to right: trick stick in luster, multi-use stick in courtesean, multi-use stick in spark, siren lipstick in au pair, multi-use stick in scandal, elixir plumping gloss in beguile, elixir gloss in shiva rose, multi-use stick in impulse, atmosphere luminous foundation in 115, solar translucent bronzer in spicy

Vapour Beauty is the first cosmetics brand I’ve featured in my Best of Best series, and that designation does not come lightly. In fact, when considering all the cosmetics brands in the green beauty realm that I adore, it wasn’t super easy to pick. However, most of the brands I love excel in one or two areas (for instance, my fave Kosas Cosmetics is all about the lips), and Vapour is one of the few brands that not only I can create an entire look with that garners compliments again and again, but these products PERFORM.

First off, a little bit about Vapour as a company. Founded in Taos, New Mexico by Krysia Boinis and Kristine Keheley, Krysia’s knowledge of healing botanicals and alchemical blending in combination with Kristine’s masterful blending of natural mineral pigments which creates Vapour’s palette of modern, classic color is a match made in heaven.

All products are hand-crafted with the purest organic and natural ingredients, and those ingredients are sourced for their potent benefits to the skin as well as the sustainability of their harvest. Vapour’s process respects the power of plants in promoting health, beauty, and wellbeing. Vapour operates its own USDA-approved organic lab where product quality, integrity and purity standards are meticulously protected. The products never contain toxic chemicals, parabens, phthalates or nano-particles, and none of the raw ingredients have been irradiated or animal-tested.

Vapour has earned “champion” safety status from the Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and products are 100% natural, 70% organic skincare, and 30% mineral pigment/essential oils.

So, yeah yeah, they are super clean. But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Do they look good on the face? Do they perform? Is the color range robust yet unique? DISH IT, SARAH.

wearing luminous foundation 115, solar bronzer in spicy, aura multi-use stick in scandal and siren lipstick in au pair (and because I know someone will ask, I’m wearing the mascara by Inika, which is my fave)

Well, I can’t say enough about this brand when it comes to performance. The foundations and multi-stick blushes glide on effortlessly and blend seamlessly into the skin. The concentrated and moisturizing bases hold fine particles of reflective minerals which give me this “lit from within’ glow without settling into my fine lines or pores. (Hello, I’m 43. I need all the help I can get, people.) And as far as minerals go, their foundations contain about 30% minerals, and that amount of mineral in a product usually gives a sun-protective effect similar to an SPF 15. NOW, I have to preface that statement with the fact that Vapour doesn’t make that claim because the products aren’t FDA-tested when it comes to sun protection, but using my own noggin, I know that minerals create a shield from the sun. Anyway, small point, but I enjoy knowing that my foundation is most likely protecting my face on those days I forget to apply sunscreen.

The Luminous Stick Foundation is what I would call light-to-medium coverage. I wear the shade 115 and it’s a perfect match unless it’s the middle of the summer and I’m tan. (Which is a rarity, frankly.) I love that it covers the redness around my nose and mouth, but you can still see my freckles and such. It’s great for everyday wear, plus it is so quick to apply being that it’s a stick formulation…just a couple of swipes around the center of my face and then I blend outwards with my fingers.

Another thing I love about the Luminous Stick Foundation? Its main ingredient is Camellia oil, which ranks a 0 on the comedogenic scale. (Comedogenic means the ability to clog pores, and the scale goes from 0/no clogging to 5/majorly clogging. You can check out more info here.) Just this past year, I’ve dealt with new and frustrating breakouts and through trial and error, realized it was from using foundations with coconut oil. You guys, no no no no. Coconut oil rates a 4 on the comedogenic scale, which means that MOST people will break out using this oil unless they have a good tolerance to it. If you have been dealing with out-of-the-blue breakouts after switching to greener products, I would suggest looking at the ingredients. Is coconut oil on the list? Could be the culprit! Now, does coconut oil cause this problem for everyone? Absolutely not. In fact, you might be perfectly fine using coconut oil. But for me? Can’t do it. Camellia oil, which is in Vapour’s foundations, does not clog pores and in fact, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. My face is happy once again.

One last thing I’d like to say about the stick foundation, and this goes for the stick blushes too, is that they glide on so effortlessly. Do/did any of you use the Bobbi Brown stick foundations and/or concealer? I did, and I vividly remember dragging those sticks across my skin and then trying to blend. You don’t “drag” at all with Vapour’s formulations…they glide onto the skin so easily.

Cheek colors? I prefer Courtesan and Scandal year-round, and Spark is my go-to for Spring and Summer. The Solar Translucent Bronzer in Spicy is my favorite cream bronzer of all. Also adore the lip products. The lipsticks are super silky with full coverage, and the lip glosses are luminous. (Plus, the always make my lips look plump, which isn’t the worst thing in the world.) Colors? Everyone needs Au Pair lipstick (such a lovely warm pink) and my favorite glosses are Beguile (pinkish nude go-to in my purse all the time) and Shiva Rose, which is a gorgeous medium rose shade that would look good on any skin tone. The Shiva Rose is a limited edition, by the way.

elixir gloss in shiva rose and cheek color in scandal

If you are looking for an eye pencil that won’t budge, look no further than the Mesmerize Liner. (Seriously, doesn’t move. So awesome.) However, with that being said, the only downfall for me within the brand is the rest of the eye category. All of the eyeshadows are creams, and they don’t do much for me personally. (Although, I’m known to shy away from cream shadows altogether so it’s probably due to that. If you love cream shadows, don’t let me dissuade ya!)

However, I’ve saved the best for last. THE CREME DE LA CREME. OF MY LIFE. YES ALL CAPS DRAMA RIGHT NOW. Thank Vapour and the moon and the stars above for their new deodorant, the AER Next-Level Deodorant. OMG.

Folks, listen to me and listen carefully. I have tried all of the natural deodorants. ALL OF THEM. Nothing, absolutely nothing compares to this deodorant. It’s so good, I almost want to cry tears of joy. If you are still on the natural deodorant hunt, stop everything and buy this deodorant. It’s simply that good. It works – keeps me dry and smells great. Plus, you only need the teeny tiniest amount, so it lasts. Love that it has the click-up technology (similar to the Secret soft solid) that I always loved with conventional deodorants, but it’s clean as a whistle. Seriously, are the angels singing right now? I need some angelic song right about now.

The deodorant comes in 3 scents (I wear the ginger grapefruit), and if you aren’t sure which one you should buy, Vapour has the AER Trial Set for 10 dollars which allows you to test all three. If Vapour ever discontinues this, I will march down the streets of my city in protest with a sign and a bullhorn. By myself. I ain’t kidding.

I would love for you to give some of these products a try, so Vapour has offered a discount of 15% for my readers. Just enter the code WHOORL at checkout! And as always, leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to help out as best I can.

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10 times Martin Luther King Jr. was savage AF

We’ve all watched the “I have a dream” speech. We’ve all felt the tears well up as Martin Luther King Jr. paints a picture of diverse children holding hands. Most of us have probably quoted him to that end. Hell, I’ve done it. Several times.

MLK’s words on racial harmony were inspiring and world-changing. But he wasn’t just about peace and love. He was also about fighting injustice and economic disparity, challenging the connection between religion and racism, and calling out white folks about their apathy. Here are some lesser-known words from Dr. King that are still just as relevant today.

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look at thousands of working people displaced from their jobs with reduced incomes as a result of automation while the profits of the employers remain intact, and say: “This is not just.” It will look across the oceans and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing to prevent us from paying adequate wages to schoolteachers, social workers and other servants of the public to insure that we have the best available personnel in these positions which are charged with the responsibility of guiding our future generations. There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer. There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum—and livable—income for every American family. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from remolding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

“Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to work to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait

The contemporary Church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the archsupporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the Church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

“One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterised by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anaemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practise the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonising gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man’s earthly pilgrimage.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

“This is why many liberals have fallen into the trap of seeing integration in merely aesthetic terms, where a token number of Negroes adds color to a white-dominated power structure. They say, “Our union is integrated from top to bottom, we even have one Negro on the executive board”; or “Our neighborhood is making great progress in integrated housing, we now have two Negro families”; or “Our university has no problem with integration, we have one Negro faculty member and even one Negro chairman of a department.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

“So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam” speech, 1967

“Lamentably, it is a historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963

I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

“Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

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Movies you can stream today about Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are looking for a way to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with your kids, a movie is a great way to start. I know that race conversations can feel daunting, but a movie is an easy entry to a deeper conversation. Here are some great conversation-starting movies that are available to watch:

Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, this movie tells the story of a brave 10-year-old African-American girl whose imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. This movie touches on the national events that happened during the civil rights movement in a story appropriate for younger kids.

Martin’s Big Words

Martins Big Words is a video read- aloud of the popular children’s book. It is rich with pictures and not too long, perfect for younger kids. It specifically honors the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Friend Martin

This full-length animated movie is a bit dated, but it is a great story about a boy who travels back in time to when Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, and witnesses several historic moments. It is a great way to introduce younger kids to the events of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

Ruby Bridges

This Disney movie tells the true story of Ruby Bridges, the African-American girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. At age 6, she was the only girl to come to an all-white school where she faced a mob of angry white people every day. Her strength and determination in the face of over it racism is an inspirational story of a little girl breaking down racial barriers. 

Ages 8-12

The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a fictional movie in which an African American family takes a road trip to Birmingham amidst the civil rights struggle. The movie weaves in historical events, such as the bombing of a Birmingham church. There are many depictions of racism and discrimination, which could be a good conversation starter about the civil rights movement.

This is another Disney film aimed at kids, telling the story of a young school girl who is inspired by Dr. King, and how she and a white friend get involved in the movement. 


Sure, it’s a sappy feel-good musical, but it also has a storyline of civil rights as a popular dance show attempts to integrate. There is a beautiful song in the show with a montage of moments of the civil rights movement, and fighting prejudice is a recurring theme in the movie.

Ages 12 and over

If your kids are older, this is definitely the movie to watch about Martin Luther King Jr. It follows the events leading up to his civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. It provides historical context for all of Dr. Kings work, but specifically on his work towards desegregation in the south. There is some cursing in the movie, and the use of the N-word, and some racially motivated violence.

Remember the titans tells the true story of a newly integrated high school football team in Virginia in the 1970s. The movie explores the racial tensions between African-Americans and white people as the town copes with the end of segregation. The movie depicts instances of racism in the town, such as segregation in restaurants and racial slurs between peers. It is an inspirational story with positive role models of both races.

42 is a historical drama about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. It is not focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., however it provides a good bit of context for children to understanding the importance of the civil rights movement. This movie has some cursing and the use of racial slurs, but it offers some good lessons on the prevalence of racism in our country at that time.

Any other movies that you know about that I’ve missed? If so, link them up in the comments!

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Friday Finds: Trivets

1. Canary Round Trivet | CB2 
2. Sunflower Cast Iron Trivets, Set of 3 | World Market 
3. Ferm Living Cork Trivet | Anthropologie 
4. Gold-Colored. Round Metal Trivet  | H&M 
5. Concrete Trivet | Food 52 
6. Bamboo Trivets | Zulily 
7. Pineapple Trivet | West Elm 
8. Polished Brazilian Agate Trivet | Overstock
9. Thirtystone Aluminum Trivet in Gold | Target 

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Odds and Ends

1. After much research on the topic, I bought a robe. I think I’m in love.

2. It’s not just a cold, it’s “sickness behavior.”

3. Are devices sucking you out of your actual surroundings? This is for you.

4. Wow. Prepare to cry.

5. Great questions to ask your children after school.

6. Um, I do this on a weekly basis with my neighbors. I’m pathetic.

7. THIS is what self-care really means. So much yes to this.

8. The only parenting books you’ll ever need to read. Some great ones on this list.

9. I made the pizza cinnamon rolls from Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter. Loved every word of this.

10. And moving on from Batali to another piece of shit.

11. 80s must-haves. I don’t know if I should be proud or embarrassed that I owned 5 out of 6.

12. Hot toddies actually work! I shall have one tonight. (Oh, wait. That whole “dry January” thing I’m doing. Damn.)

13. This is the lotion I use daily and it’s finally back in stock. Hallelujah.

14. Pretty much the best salad ever.

Happy Friday! Hope you guys have a great weekend.

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