Stylish Hair Couture to the Rescue

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Hey friends! I hope you all are doing lovely! It’s been a while since I last posted, but a belle has been quite busy since returning from Houston. Even your fave bloggers have to take a break, right? We’ve had a lot going on and do miss you dearly. Although the sis and I were on hiatus, we have lots of things occurring behind the scenes for you. You’ll see some new things from The ArtBelles in the coming weeks! Yipppppie!!!

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Available at one of our FAVORITE STORES: Ulta!!! Deets below.

Since I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had much time to style my hair. I recently got it cut so on days when I don’t want to wear it curly, I put it into a never-do-me-wrong-pony-tail. You are versed in these, right? Y’all know I’m fashion conscious, so I have to be stylish from my head to my toe. I tried out these cute little ponytail ties/holders from KARINA French Couture for several weeks. They come in different colors/styles and can match any outfit. Any. Outfit! Hunty!

The one I’m pictured in below is a piece of art and is gorgeous–so is the floral one. The sis LOVES flowers so you know she screamed when she saw this one. No. Literally she did–she’s a flowerhead and it’s her favorite. Wondering what I like most besides their looks? They don’t break your hair off like some of these ponytail accessories do, and they all can dress up or accent any outfit. As soon as you can get to Ulta they are yours to take home to play with.

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Black (Style#K10812X1), $7

Flower print (Style#K10824X1), $7.50

Vintage gold (Style# K10828X1), $7 ***FYI-over time the gold will fade a little after usage***

Yellow Print (Style# K10850X1), $7.50

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Looks cute with your hair up…
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or down!

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Send me a shout and let me know how you like them. Tried this brand?

*Disclosure: These items were sent to a belle for review. This most certainly doesn’t affect our opinion in any way!

Back to Beauty for Le$$

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As promised a belle has listed below a few items we’ve recently received that are inexpensive, fab, & MUST-HAVES. Beauty class is in session so pay close attention because not only will you save money, but look good while doing it, honey!!

When asked what are some of the back to school beauty essentials we came up with this top 3 list. Y’all know the sis & I liiiive for a top “somethin'” list. Check out our vid below to see how the BH Cosmetics looks on a belle & tell us what you think!


I rocked one of their pretty pink eye colors & layered it with a pretty light brown. Not only is BH Cosmetics affordable, but the pigments are breathtaking & of excellent quality. More deets to come on this makeup in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned. 🙂

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This 15 Piece Wild Purple Makeup Brush Set is fierce. We have the price below for ya!
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Cute chic carrying/traveling case
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Reg price: $29.95, but on sale for $20!
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Be Purty Collection!!

We found out about this local Purty brand when having a ball on New Year’s Eve last year. I often rock my fave pair of $5 earrings that I purchased during that event, too The bracelets above are from their Be Purty Collection.

Purty has soooo much cuteness for men & women! They sell rings, bracelets, earrings, & mo’. The best part? They are having an end of summer sale. *shimmy dance* Woop!! Head on over to Purty’s website and use code: SUMMER25 for 25% off your entire purchase. What are you waitin’ on?

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Retails for $24.99 & can be purchased almost everywhere from Amazon to Ulta.

Our friends over at Vidal Sassoon sent us several items to try out (posts to come in the next month). We decided to try this new 1″ tapered curling iron/wand out first & both belles are in love. What’s cool about the iron is the Tourmaline Ceramic technology. This tech is a must for frizz free curls. This cutie even has precise LED digital temperature display, automatically shuts-off, has a tangle free swivel cord & a heat protective glove. Talk about sweeeeet!

It’s easy to use, fast (30-second heat up), & works great for the price. Check out the sis’s curls below. Doesn’t her hair looks yummy?! Another Youtube vid/tutorial to come very soon!!!

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As mentioned we have a lot more goodies to share with you. What are you doing to save money for those of you who are in school or have kiddies in school? We’d love to hear!

*Disclosure: Though sent these items to review, a belle’s opinion is still her own.

Fox 6 Sneak Peek: 3 Fab Items $30 or less

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Friends a belle will be back home this weekend to discuss some fab must-haves live on Fox 6 News. Although some cuteness will be shared, there’s an even better part!! Wanna know the best part?

The sis is back & we’ll be rockin’ it out together with Karen Vanessa Araiza  tune in (if you’re in our hometown) & check back on Monday (8.19.13) because we’ll give you the run down of these lovely items. Ahhhh…. there’s nothin’ like fierce hair, arm candy, & a beat face (*hint, hint)!! No?

We’ll see y’all soon!!!

Fab Frugal Find: thredUP

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Those of you fab peeps who read ArtBLT often know that a belle loves to shop & save money all while looking fierce. You’re also aware that the sis & I have a slight addiction to shopping consignment. Well, y’all this addiction has been taken to a whole ‘nother level. The only thing better than consignment shopping is consignment shopping in bed!

Do you know about thredUP? If you haven’t heard, it’s new to us too! They sell cuteness for women, boys, girls, & juniors. Honey, when I found out about this site I died, went to heaven & came back twice!!! ThredUP is a premier online shop for purchasing & selling like-new clothing/accessories. Yep! You can clean out your closet, make a little cash, & or buy the perfect piece for your wardrobe.

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I am waaaaay over the moon about this site because the shipping is dirt cheap (free for $50+ orders) & they ship in the cutest polka dot packaging pictured above. Who doesn’t love a classic polka dot? Huh? Anyone?!

After doing a little browsing at thredUP a belle is hooked & head over heels with consignment shopping over the net. Check out this brand spankin’ new dress I got & wore recently while on vacay.

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Retail: $54, but it was only $19.99!!

This site has over 30,000 designer threads including peeps like Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, J. Crew & much more. Wanna know the best part? Their prices are up to 80% off those stinkin’ retail prices. Woot! All the more money to save & splurge elsewhere. Ya know how we roll!!!!

Have a closer gander at the new dress I snagged below:

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Rocked this blue & green fierceness to church with Joel Osteen!

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Dress: C/O thredUP
Shoes: Off Broadway
Earrings: NY & CO
Shades: Coach
Smile: Pure happiness!!!

I LOVE the colors, the fit, & especially the slits on the arms of this dress. It’s sexy without being over the top. Fun dress for a fun belle!! LOVES it!!!!

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You’ll have to check back soon to see what I was pointing at & to see where the sis & I were playing at!!!!!!

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Green & brown eyes to go with the dress!

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 Shermika & I will be sharing our other thredUP goodies soon! Stay tuned, friends.

 

*Disclosure: This dress was provided, but doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion

3 Summer DIY Must-Haves for Face, Skin, & Hair

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It is just me or does it seems like summer is almost ready to go back on vacation? These weeks & months are passing by so fast that a belle can hardly keep up. One thing I’ve been keeping up with is my hair/skin care regime. I often switch products & look forward to finding new potions & gadgets to make my life more enjoyable/stress free all while saving a few pennies. If I can save money by doing certain beauty related tasks myself, then I’m all game.

Nothing makes this chick happier than rockin’ a fierce head of curls or walking around with almost flawless skin. Let’s face it, no skin can be 100% flawless all of the time, right? *side eye* At least mine isn’t, honey. I am bound to have a break out or two from time to time.

Recently, the sis & I were sent some fab products to try & we can’t wait to share them with you. Check out some of these must-have items that we’ve been testing/playing with for some time now.

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In the box: measuring cup, facial cone, nasal cone, 1 cucumber mask, & instructions

First up is Beauty Chic’s Facial Sauna. Yes, it’s cute & super easy to use (plugs into the wall). In the past we’ve paid a pretty penny for facials & let me tell you that this little pink cutie gets the job done just as fast/well. The hot steam makes your skin soft & open your pores.

The coolest part is that the steam can be used as hot therapeutic goodness to your nose. How? Well, the steam that’s created when you add water to the device is soooo soothing & it opens your nasal passage. Talk about a top notch DIY gadget, huh?!

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Read/Follow the written instructions because this steam gets really hot!

This sauna has helped this stinkin’ cold I have tremendously. Score for me!!! Woot!!  Also, before I forget, the mask kit smelled divine & was simple to use. My skin felt so much better afterwards. You can find this sauna everywhere from Ulta to Target. It’s less than $30 & can be used with any facial mask of your choosing. Pics below.

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1 mask kit is included. 20ml of H20 + the power makes a soothing mask that will tighten & refresh your skin.

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The lotions from derma e® pictured below are our #2 must-haves for summer DIY skin care. Why we like ’em?  They work VERY well. Are natural, USA made, are paraben-free, vegan, creamy, & award winning.

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Skip the spa & pamper your own skin at your home. My skin is always extremely dry & sensitive, but these 3 items below are pure sweet heaven on Earth. My fave is the Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm. Anything with ‘balm’ in the name is alright with me. LOL 🙂 I even used this after my mini at home spa day with the Beauty Chic Facial Sauna a while back.

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This balm has a very light scent & is filled with all types of nutrients to make your skin softer. You can find it at Whole Foods or by visiting their site here. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now & it’s a keeper that’s used daily. A little of it goes a heck of a long way!!

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More to come on these VERY soon!! Stay tuned!

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Last, but certainly not least is Bed Head TIGI’s Rock N Roller. We love this brand & their irons!! They are simply thebomb.com. Did you see my review on another BHT item (here along with a video)? Frankly, y’all, there is no need to spend money on getting your hair professionally curled when you have these babies. They produce great texture & fierce curls. Celeb-like curls in a matter of no time in the comfort of your own bathroom = 2 fist pumps in the air!!

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The Rock N Roller looks a lil’ weird, but is easy to use, come with fab instructions, & have two different curl textures that you can achieve with this one gadget. You can curl your hair in between the grooves or fully around the balls. Once I upload my tutorial on YouTube (hopefully before next week is out), I’ll update this post with it. Sneak peek below!

*Saturday (7.20.2013) morning I’ll be talking about these items live on Fox 6 News for all of our hometown peeps! See you then!!!!

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So, do you have any DIY gadgets/lotions/etc. that you can’t live without or ones that make your life less stressful? Your fave belles would love to hear about them!!

*Disclose: These items were provided to us, but doesn’t affect a belle’s opinion.

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