The Friday Shop: 11/12/21

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The Friday Shop by Wardrobe Oxygen

Sale Alert

image showing a woman in a gold sequined dress next to product from Equilibria. At the bottom of the image are examples of gifts available from Equilibria. Stocking stuffers under $50 include the Mini Daily Treatment Oil for $40, set of three bath bombs for $40, mini Winter Citrus daily drops for $35, and the mindful mineral soak for $45. For efficacious gift sets under $100 there is the Reset Collection for $85, Savor Collection for $75, Soothe Collection for $95, and the Revive Collection for $85. Text on the image says More gifts for everyone on your list: perfectly curated to help women feel fully present this holiday and beyond.

Last year I gave Equilibria CBD as a gift to a few folks. It was a relatively new favorite product and I just HAD to share! I am now an Equilibria ambassador, so I get the intel on what new products are coming, sales that are happening, all that good stuff. And yes, I make a commission on any sales made with my link or promo code, as I do with 75% of the brands I feature. And like any brand I feature, I don't want to share something that sucks because returns hurt my bottom line and my credibility. So I rave about Equilibria because I use it and love it so much I am gifting it again this year.

And Equilibria has some badass gift sets and promos this holiday season. This week, Equilibria launched their holiday collection with some amazing gift sets and their three luxury gift sets, Rest, Relieve, Presence, are 20% off. Not only that, if you are a new customer use WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout and get an additional 15% off your purchase. AND everyone who uses my code will receive a mini Mineral Soak for free.

  • The Presence set is a luxe gift for someone new to CBD or someone who appreciates the benefits of this product. With products to consume, and products to treat skin, it covers all the bases. It's $224 worth of product offered usually for $169 but through the 16th it's $135.20. And then if you use my code, it's actually just under $115.
  • The Rest set has two of my favorite products: the softgels and the bath soak. I like the softgels because they are slow release. I will take two in the evening with a little snack (or dessert) and they help me stay asleep. During the day, they will work longer than the drops (though won't activate as quickly) keeping me calm through stressful projects and also offer pain relief (great to take the day after a hard workout). And the soak is a new version but equally amazing for relaxing muscles, relieving pain, and making your skin feel silky soft. I love the soak at the end of a really rough day, after a tough workout, but also when I am not feeling well and achy all over. A $150 value, it's on sale for $95.20 and with WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout it's going to be a little over $80.
  • The Relive set is great for those who don't or can't consume CBD but still want the benefits. It contains the Relief Balm which is AHHHH-mayzing. I put it on my knees before a Peloton ride to prevent aches, put it on my lower back before sleep so it doesn't hurt, I apply it to my temples when I have a headache, my daughter applies it to her abdomen when she has cramps, and when I wear heels I slather it on my feet beforehand to reduce any chance of pain. The body oil is a new product to Equilibria and it's massage oil quality, offering serious hydration and relaxation whether you're rubbing it into tense muscles or just applying it after a shower. A $126 value, it's on sale for $87.20 and if you're new to Equilibria and use WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout it will actually be under $75.

While these gift sets come in a gorgeous gift box with a magnet closure all set up so pretty… these prices make it pretty good to buy for yourself or break them apart for individual smaller gifts. For example, no one has been disappointed when I have gifted them a jar of Equilibria Relief Balm or their Mineral Soak!

If you're like Alison, what the heck are you talking about, what is CBD, or if you're like Alison, I know of a CBD product that's cheaper, I encourage you to read the post I wrote last year before I worked with this brand where I tried the product from a very skeptical perspective. I really dug in to understand how CBD works and why Equilibria, a woman-owned, organic and full-spectrum CBD brand is better than most out on the market.

The Sephora Sale continues through November 15th and if you're like me, you made one purchase already but are realizing there are even more things you forgot to purchase and are doing a second order! The sale started November 5th for Rouge-level members, and everyone else a member of the free no-spam Insiders program had the sale begin this week. Use YAYHOLIDAY to save up to 30% depending on the product and your tier in the Insiders program.

sephora sale must buys

In case you're looking for new makeup or some gift ideas, below I share my absolute favorite products from Sephora:

  • I shared on Instagram Stories, but NARS lipstick in the color Pigalle is my absolute favorite everyday lipcolor and has been for close to a decade. It's great on its own and under gloss, and lasts through your morning coffee and afternoon snack.
  • These glitter liners from Urban Decay are so fun. I love the whole creative liner trend right now but some feel too young for me and look weird on my 40-something face without a ton of other makeup. But these glitter liners you can just dab along your lash line (no need to have drawing skills, just tap on the product) is a subtle bit of fun and festivity. This is a great way to add some drama for the holidays or a concert or just because and IMO it looks good even if you're not wearing any other makeup. If you're not sure where to start, try Goldmine or Glamrock first (I now own 5 of these).
  • I have always found eye cream to be a bunch of bunk until I tried this eye cream from Kiehl's. It's not for everyone, but it's a thick almost pasty eye cream and I only use it at night. I don't worry about having it fully absorb, I go to sleep with a bit of it still showing and in the morning my eyes look as though I didn't only get 5 hours and have seasonal allergies. A little goes a long way; get the mini size and it will last for a couple of months.
  • I love Unseen Sunscreen from Supergoop. It truly is invisible, even on darker complexions, is SPF 40, and plays nice with makeup. My daughter loves Glow Screen which also has SPF but a hint of a dewy glow to her skin.
  • NARS blush in ‘Sex Appeal' is the softer, more subtle little sister to ‘Orgasm.' I used to wear Orgasm but since turning 40 I found it too strong and too glittery for everyday. Sex Appeal just gives a pretty flush and is easily buildable if I want more impact.
  • I am a liquid liner gal; I find pencils are hand to weild and my allergy-prone and oily lids make pencils smear. This liner from Stila is easy to use, it's cry-proof and sweat-proof yet removes easily at the end of the day, and comes in some great colors. I wear the Dark Brown for everyday, but the Midnight is a fun alternative that is pretty subtle. I don't do a cat eye, I just dot it along my lash line after mascara and then connect the dots and it gives the effect of thicker lashes.
  • NARS Creamy Concealer in ‘Madeline' has been a staple for me for years. I find the consistency kind to my eye area, fine lines, and uneven skin. I don't use it to hide anything, but more to soften dark circles and redness and love how it blends without disappearing. I like the mini size for travel; it's also a good way to try a new product.
  • NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is the only foundation or color product I use. In the summer I wear St. Moritz, in the winter I wear Finland, and this time of year I mix a bit of both on the top of my hand and apply with a Beauty Blender.
  • Laneige Lip Mask gets a lot of hype but I think it's worth it. While I do put it on before bed, I also use this product all day long and like it for a lip balm that isn't too heavy, too sticky, too fragrant, and still moisturizing. My tween finds it “cool” and also uses it. It's a good gift; this gift set is nice and also a great way to break it up for three gifts at a lower price.
  • I know I mentioned Equilibria above, but I also love Lord Jones body lotion for larger parts of the body. The Equilibria Relief Balm is for small places, Lord Jones I buy to slather. Also Lord Jones has a fragrance-free version so I can slather it all over my knees and feet and neck and lower back and go out and no one is the wiser. My husband also uses it, my mom also loves it!

Looks Good and Does Good

Uncommon Threads is a nonprofit in Lawrence, Massachusetts started by my friend Susan Kanoff. Uncommon Threads uses individualized wardrobe styling and personal development coaching to empower low-income. Uncommon Threads has a boutique where women can come in to get styled in new and like-new clothing whether it's to get a job for an interview, or just feel more confident in their everyday.

I donate clothing to Uncommon Threads to offer in their boutique; Uncommon Threads also accepts donations of extra-fabulous clothing and accessories for their online shop, Uncommon Closet. Purchases from Uncommon Closet fund Uncommon Threads, meaning you can look good while doing good!

Alison looking at the camera wearing a brown bolero hat and gray plaid blazer. She is wearing red lipstick and gold hoop earrings from The Freshwater Pearl Company and each hoop has a freshwater pearl drop hanging from it.
Wearing the Hydra hoops from The Freshwater Pearl Company. You can remove the pearl drops to have two different looks with one pair of earrings!

Speaking of looking good while doing good, through the month of November, The Freshwater Pearl Company is having a Get a Pearl Give a Pearl event with Uncommon Threads! With every purchase made at The Freshwater Pearl Company, one piece will be donated to Uncommon Threads to style one of their deserving clients. The Freshwater Pearl Company offers beautiful quality cultured freshwater pearl jewelry and 2% of ALL sales are donated to the American Cancer Society.

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Wearing the Gia bracelet and two of the Aegean bracelets from The Freshwater Pearl Company

The Freshwater Pearl Company sent me a few pieces and they're truly lovely and well-crafted. The prices are quite accessible; if you are looking for a gift or to add some elegance to your wardrobe I recommend checking out their collection.

What I Bought and What I Thought

Marketing photo for the adidas collaboration with Marimekko. The images shows three women wearing boldly printed activewear in shades of pink, red, black, and white.

In the Wardrobe Oxygen Community on Facebook, a reader shared the Marimekko for Adidas collection. I LOVE Marimekko and I love Adidas and was excited to check it out. Sneakers, bags, and apparel mostly for women but a few pieces for men (TBH a lot appears to be gender neutral). I LOVED it, though most pieces were out of stock in my size. I also was shocked/angered to see the whole collection wasn't available in plus sizes. Adidas is one of the brands that carries plus sizes, and I know that previous collabs like the Adidas x Universal Standard collaboration had everything in plus sizes. Marimekko even makes plus sizes so I am beyond annoyed about the size range.

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But I bought these pants in the blue print, size Large (they go up to XL in two colors). And they're awesome. These pants are high rise and are about 2″ too long for me so if you're taller than I, you'll likely like them. In fact, they arrived and my husband thought they were for him (his favorite WFH pants are Adidas poly or knit track pants). He's 6'4″ and wears a 35″ inseam and they fit him, though a hair too short to look cool (but he doesn't care).

adidas x marimekko pants

I ended up buying a second pair so he could have some for himself, and because we're a matchy family, got a pair for my daughter. I've washed and dried my pair three times and they look just as fresh as my daughter's new ones. Supposedly Adidas is replenishing this collection on November 13th at 3 am ET; my hope is with this they also extend the size range!

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