Holiday 2014 Gift Guide

Our favorite time of year is right around the corner, the Holidays! It has become a CyndiBands tradition to share some of our favorite holiday gifts for you and your loved ones.

Original Beauty Blender

This sponge may look odd, and egg shaped, but it is the best tool you can use to blend your foundation and concealer.  You simply dampen the sponge with water, squeeze out the excess, and it is ready to use!  The unique shape accesses the hard to reach spots, providing you with the perfect professional makeup look finish.

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Available at Sephora, Beauty.com, & Amazon

Rosebud Perfume Lip Balm 

This lip balm is a must-have for everyone!  This non-sticky formula helps not only with dry, chapped lips, but with ashy elbows and knees.  Oh and did we also mention it helps ease diaper rash!?

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Available at Sephora, Beauty.com

T3 Single Pass X Hair Straightener

For the person on your list that has thick, curly and hard to manage hair!  Your hair looks only as good as your tools are.  With this hair straightener, you get the sleekest, shiniest  and straightest hair.  Read More..

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Available at Sephora, Beauty.com, and Macy’s

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade

Hands down the best product for defining eyebrows.  This formula goes on smooth, and it is completely blendable for a flawless, long lasting & natural look! Available in 8 different shades.

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Available at Beauty.com, Sephora, & Ulta

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

I have tried several different types of mascaras both high end and drugstore brands, and I must say this mascara has been one of the best ones with both price and quality.  It gives my eyelashes volume and length without clumping up while holding the curl.  Simply amazing and a great stocking stuffer!

 

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Available at Target, Drugstore.com, Ulta

 

 

Personalize your gifts and make them extra special by adding a CyndiBands Gift Tag.  These Cute hair ties come in a set of five individually packed hair ties with a select color scheme and five different colors and prints.

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Review: T3 SinglePass X Iron for demanding hair

Last week we had the privilege of testing the T3 SinglePass X 1.5″ Professional Straightening and Styling Iron and we are hooked! This straightening iron was created with demanding hair in mind, and it passed all of our tests.

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Audrey
Marketing Intern
Thick, medium length hair

They say we always want what we don’t have.  I can attest to this statement when it comes to my hair.  I was born with a mixture of my Dad’s course hair and my Mom’s curly hair and got a frizzy mess.  Luckily I live in a generation of products and tools that help me tame my unruly hair but it doesn’t come without a price.  For Christmas a number of years ago I received my first straightener and my life changed.  I was finally able to wear my hair down without it turning into a mini afro but I could only straighten it the day after showering to keep the strands from frizzing up and it took 4o minutes to an hour each time.

After getting the chance to try the T3 SinglePass Iron I was amazed to find that I could straighten my hair immediately after blow drying and my hair was left silky smooth.  I also only needed to straighten each section of my hair one time as opposed to my regular straightener that had me straightening each section three to four times.  This cut down my actually straightening time to 25 minutes, less than half the amount of time I am used to!  My absolute favorite part about the T3 Single Pass Iron is that it gave my hair a beautiful shine when I was finished, no spray was necessary.

It’s safe to say that when I’m ready to buy a new straightener I know exactly which one I’m choosing, the T3 SinglePass X Iron!

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To show the difference, Audrey straightened only the right side of her hair with the T3 SinglePass X.

Susie
Customer Service
Long, thick, curly hair

Where do I even begin?  I absolutely LOVE everything about this hair straightener.  Targeting demanding hair is just genius and I cannot believe someone has not done it before.  My hair has never looked so good!  It wasn’t just obvious to me, but to anyone I came in contact with.  My waist length hair felt like I was wearing hair extensions and it looked so shiny and healthy, I was even having a hard time believing it was my very own.  It was literally an AAHH moment when I turned it on.  My whole hair took only half an hour to straighten. That time should go on the Guinness world record for fastest time straightening long, thick, curly hair.  The best part about it? I did not have to put any additional products to prevent frizziness!  My hair was naturally sleek and shiny!  Oh and how can I forget to mention the awesome alligator clips that are included?!  They have such a strong grip it made straightening my hair that much easier.

I give this straightener two thumbs up and a full five stars for accomplishing what other hair straighteners have not.

The alligator clips that come with the T3 SinglePass X are amazing.

The alligator clips that come with the T3 SinglePass X were even impressive and held tightly.

Review: The Dry Bar

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dry bar in Marina del Rey, CA

You call it “Holiday Season,” I call it “Event Season.” Seriously! Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Hanukkah parties, New Year’s parties.  Anyone you talk to has event after event stacked up for the next two months and they do not even know where to start planning. More than that, you know that every time you attend one of these events you’re expected to get dressed up, full make-up and hair is mandatory! This gets expensive if you plan to have your hair done professionally and gets tiring if you plan to do it yourself. I vowed to myself this season that I would not tire myself out getting ready for these events and I would not be broke come January 1st. My answer? The Dry Bar.

No cuts. No color. Just blowouts- $40. (Wash included!)
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Their blowouts take on the names of famous drinks so when you order your blowout, you sound like you are ordering your favorite drink at a bar or restaurant. Their book of blowouts is rightfully named The Menu and in fact, they serve you complimentary drinks while you are getting your hair done. Champagne at 10 am? Sure, why not!

The Menu includes everything from their signature blowout “Straight-Up,” straight with a little bit of body, to “Southern Comfort,”  big hair and lots of volume. They even offer the cutest option in the world– Shirley Temple: for ages 10 and under (only $28).

They accept walk-ins but I was told that Fridays and Saturdays book up early so if you know you have a weekend event, you should call early.

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I ordered the Straight Up, which is their signature straight blowout with a little bit of body.  I have thick and wavy hair so I can never achieve the same look when straightening my hair myself at home.  I was so happy with my blowout I made sure it lasted a couple of days by wearing my hair up in a ponytail the next day using a CyndiBands hair tie, of course.  I can’t help but wonder about the other styles they offer such as the Manhattan and the Mai Tai.  I am even tempted to purchase one of their monthly memberships like The Regular, which includes 2 blowouts, a floater (10 min head massage) and 10% off products.   If 2 blowouts a month is not enough for this season full of exciting events, they also offer The Barfly membership which includes 4 blowouts, 2 floaters and 10% off products.  You can save as much as $40!  By this point you might be wondering where you can find the nearest dry bar location.  Luckily, The Dry Bar has various locations through out California, New York City, Texas, Georgia, Arizona & Washington DC.  Book an appointment today and tell us about your experience!

I loved the atmosphere, the convenience and most importantly, how my hair turned out.  I walked out feeling like a million bucks and if you ask me, at only $40 per blowout, I got a bargain!