Stuff Those Stockings with Beautiful Goodies from LATHER

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As the holiday hustle ramps up, keep calm and Lather Up with beautiful, affordable, deliciously scented goodies that will put the happy in your holidays, delight everyone on your list and leave some cash in your wallet. Today, I'm sharing my favorite stocking stuffer and hostess gift ideas from Lather.

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Who loves natural, gently fragrant, skin loving soaps and the deliciously scented, warm glow of a beautiful candle? Just only everyone I know! I used the Vanilla set I received from Lather, last year to show you how the soap and candle look, once unwrapped and lit up. That soap is a year old and still smells as lovely as the day I received it and the candle has not only a sweet, gourmand scent, it gives fantastic scent throw. My whole beauty room was fragrant with vanilla in mere minutes and the scent lingered for a while, after I blew the candle out.

The Soap and Candle Stocking Stuffer Duos are the perfect little something for friends, teacher gifts, Secret Santa drawings or to treat yoself. I have three scents to share with you:

Mint Soap & Candle Stocking Stuffer is a refreshing hit of mint to awaken the senses.

Vanilla Soap & Candle Stocking Stuffer combines sweet, creamy vanilla with a hint of fresh, bright lemon for a soothing experience.

Lemongrass Soap & Candle Stocking Stuffer is a revitalizing spa experience in a cute little box.

These candles come with a little bit of the natural product sprinkled on top. The vanilla is coarse, natural sugar. For safety, I suggest that you clean off as much of the sprinkles as you can, before lighting. 

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After a long day out in crowded malls and shops or a vigorous snowball fight out in the cold, who loves to sink into a hot, beautifully fragrant bath, lie your head back and just... relax. 

Turn on the tap and toss in a few Vanilla Bath Fizz Combo balls and let them fizz away. Step in and let the warm, soothing Vanilla Tonka and refreshing Vanilla Citrus bring you back into balance while the mineral and emollient rich ingredients pamper your skin.

Stress? No stress here.

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Cold, dry air, searing winds and indoor heating all mix and mingle to leave our lips dry, chapped and painful. Reverse their evil effects with Sugar Plum Kisses Lip Scrub and Lip Balm.

Let the nourishing combination of Plum Seed Oil, rich in Vitamin E and natural sugar crystals gently buff away dry, flaky skin, leaving your lips looking and feeling smooth and renewed, then apply the Lip Balm to hydrate, protect and give you pillowy soft lips ready for an encounter under the mistletoe.

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I had to include a picture of these opened so that you can see the gorgeous, rich plummy colour. This lip scrub and lip balm smell just as delicious as they look.

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And of course, what Lather Gift Guide is complete without Lavender Retreat? Let the Lavender and Olive Foaming Body Scrub buff away dry, flaky Winter skin skin and leave you feeling fresh and utterly smooth, all over. Follow up with the Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme for the most velvety soft skin you could imagine and a relaxing sensory experience. Slip into your favorite, cozy PJ's, curl up by a roaring fire and sip a mug of steaming cocoa and reflect with satisfaction on your day.

If you are ready to indulge someone special or yourself, head on over to Lather online and check out their Holiday Gifts and more or pop in to one of their retail locations in Pasadena, California, Scottsdale, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, Fairfax, Virginia and Honolulu, Hawaii. See Lather's Store Location Page for locations, contact info and store hours.

Are you planning to pick up a few of these lovely little gifts to give? What are your favorite Lather goodies?

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The Pur Transformation Palette for Pretty Holiday Eyes and Cheeks

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Right now, I'm in holiday mode. I want colour, shine, sparkle and a little metallic gleam. I think that the PUR Cosmetics Transformation Sculpting Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette can help me out.

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When I open the lid, I am greeted by a full size mirror. While not huge, it is plenty big enough to get my primp on. The eye and cheek colours are a unique, putty-to-powder formula that give instant payoff and adhere like a second skin. Made with Moroccan lava clay and PUR's proprietary skin care ingredients, this makeup is as good for your skin as it is pretty. I find that when working with these colours, fingers or synthetic brushes seem to work best for me.

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Swatch time.
  • Cheek: Brand New Blush. Muted coral with sheen, this is very smooth and easy to work with and gives the prettiest flush to my cheeks.
  • Cheek: Tailor Made, a Matte Bronzer. Again, the formula is lovely but the colour isn't super compatible with my skin tone. 
  • Eye: Bleeding Edge. Black creme with tiny sparkles. This is amazingly smooth and easy to work with but it transfers on my hooded lids. 
  • Original. Champagne shimmer. This. Is. Gorgeous! So soft and velvety and so lovely to apply and blend.
  • Alter. Dark coral. While this one is nice to the touch, it swatches patchy. Funny enough, it applies, builds and blends, quite nicely.  
  • Re-werk. Dark Plum with shimmer. This one is a little bit stiff  to the touch and it is patchy in swatches but it does look nice, once it's on and blended down. 
  • Metamorphosis. True gold metallic. This shadow is buttery and smooth and it is beautiful on.  

Overall, I really like this palette. While the bronzer shade is a bit "off" for me and Bleeding Edge shadow isn't the thing for my hooded eyes, I love the blush and the other shadows are really good. PUR Transformation Sculpting Eye and Cheek Palette is available at Ulta Beauty. PUR Cosmetics is cruelty free.

Are you a fan of PUR Cosmetics? What are your favorites? 

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My November Play! by Sephora Beauty Subscription Box

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Why, hello! So, you're curious about what I received in my Play! By Sephora Beauty Subscription Box? It was a pretty good one, this month. Shall we take a tour?

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November is Best in Glow. The Glow Getters.

Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, 1.4 oz. $69.00. Dude... I mean. Dude... This mask is amazing! This snack sized tube holds enough of the mask for a couple of uses. It comes out a pearly silvery-white and, after it is smoothed on the face in an even layer, dries to a bright, polished silver. My face was glowing so bright, I could have brought planes in at night. This mask smells kind of sweet/coconut-y. It feels amazing on, it firms but doesn't squeeze my face to death as it dries and is easy to peel off. Getting a mask off in one piece is so satisfying! And my skin felt amazing, afterward. Do I want a full size? You bet your sweet bippy I do.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, 1.3 oz. $39.00. This gel-creme is formulated to deeply hydrate all skin types. We'll see about that. I do love the name. It's like skin care dessert. I'll let you know how it goes, when I have a chance to get into it.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour. This is a snack size a full size is $29.00. The shade I received is Rose Gold. Holy cats! Gentle reader, this shadow stick is gorgeous. Silky, creamy smooth, glides onto the lid, blends easily and sets to stay all day. I'm going to be wanting a full size. Probably in a few different sades...

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel. I received a tiny one in Pin Up Pink. A full size is $12.00. Semi sheer, very glossy. A bit on the sticky/stringy side and has a scent I'm not jiving with. Not a fan of this one, to be perfectly honest. I won't be buying any in the full size.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer. The full size is $38.00 for 1 oz. I haven't tried this one, yet. But I think it's going to be great in combo with my Custom Cover Drops. Of which I need another bottle... If Sephora ever gets my shade back in stock!

Maison Margiela 'Replica' by the Fireplace I received a sample vial. A full size is 3.4 oz. 125.00. Notes of Pink Pepper, Orange Flower Petals, Clove Oil, Chestnut Accord, Gaiac Wood Oil, Cade Oil, Vanilla Accord, Peru Balsam and Cashmeran. I am not too sure about this scent, yet. I took a quick sniff and I'm possibly interested. From the brief whiff I took, it smells like fire, firewood, smoke and there is a floral/vanilla flip. I'll give a more in depth review, once I've had a chance to sit with it.

So, one product I distinctly disliked. One about which I'm not so sure. Two that sound promising, I just need to get busy with them and two hero products that I will be acquiring in their full sizes, soon. All in all, a good experience.

Do you subscribe to the Play! by Sephora Beauty Box? If you would like to try it, it's only $10.00 a month and so far, I'm very happy with the items I'm receiving and I will keep my subscription going. There may be a waiting list when you sign up, hopefully it won't be very long. I waited about five weeks but I have heard that wait times are getting shorter and in my opinion, this service is worth waiting a while. I certainly don't regret it.
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