Natures Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair Skin & Nails Review

There are a lot of things in life that you either just don’t want to do, or you just can’t seem to do it. For me, one of those things is taking vitamins. Yes, I know that this is quite ridiculous but it is something I have always had a hard time with. For one, there are so many different vitamins I never know which one(s) to get. I also hate taking pills. The main vitamins that I try to keep up with are ones that improve hair, skin and nails. I was so excited when Smiley360 contacted me to review Natures Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies.

I remember when I was younger and all my friends started getting the gummy vitamins. I was super jealous and would always ask to steal some when I saw them. Back then they didn’t taste very good but that didn’t change how much I wanted them. What I love about the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is that they actually taste great! They are not the same texture as say a gummy bear but they are really close compared to others that I have tried.

What to know what else is great about these gummies? They contain no artificial flavor, no milk, no lactose, no soy, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, no fish and they are sodium free! I think the one I am most excited about is the no fish part! It is nice knowing that these gummies have such great ingredients!

These gummies contain the antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin C which contribute to health and vibrant skin. They also contain Biotin to help maintain healthy hair and nails. Since taking these gummies I have noticed my nails have been a little stronger, but most of all I have noticed that my hair has been stronger. My hair falls out constantly and since taking these I have noticed a lot less hair in the shower. My skin has been softer, but I don’t know about more “vibrant.”

Overall I really like the Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies. They are great vitamins and a great price and so much easier to take than traditional vitamins. I highly recommend them! You can check out these and other great Nature’s Bounty products and take the Hair, Skin, and Nails Challenge here.

**Disclaimer** Star Focal was sent product from Smiley360 at no cost to review. Regardless all statements were not influenced by the company, but are my own personal opinion.

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Marie Astor #SearingLies Twitter Party

Brie Snyder's photo.
Come join me for an hour of fun and prizes as we Celebrate
with Author Marie Astor and the release of her new book Searing Lies
on May 5th from 6-8 pm EST.
When: May 5th at 6-8pm pm EST
Where: Twitter Chat
Use HashTag #SearingLies to join in on all the
Make sure to follow me @mizvanilla and Marie to win prizes!

Please don’t forget to RSVP for the #SearingLies twitter Party, if you are there and participate during any of the party you are automatically eligible for the grand Prize and all other prizes , you do not have to stay the entire party, we are doing the 2 hours so that UK & US have a chance to participate. As long as you participate at least 30 minutes, you are eligible for all prizes, and you can also enter the Rafflecopter for additional prizes on the blog. I just wanted to clear that up, you do not have to be present to win, as long as you RSVP and participate you are in the ruining for any of the prizes. We will DM you or tweet you if you win and are not present

To gain an extra entry in to the Preparty RSVP Prize Tweet the text below exactly
@marieastor New Release #SearingLies Twitter Party 05/05 6-8 pm EST RSVP NOW:#/events/238630676342613/#5

You must RSVP to be eligible for the Preparty Prize, everyone
who particates however is eligible for the in party prizes, which are
listed below

PreParty RSV Prize: (1) $20 Gift Card & An Autographed
book from Marie

(5) In Party Prizes of $10 gift cards
(5) In Party Prizes of An Autographed book from
(1) Grand Prize of a $30 Gift Card and (2) Autographed books
by Marie
We also have a few great prizes to be won for those of you who
may not be able to attend the party, enter on the rafflecopter below
and those winners will be drawn after the party

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Marie Astor is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
Author of the Janet Maple Series:To Catch a Bad Guy, Catching
the Bad Guy, Bad Guys Get Caught
, contemporary romance
novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm,
Smitten at First Sight
, and a short story
collection, A Dress in a Window.
Marie is also the author of a fantasy adventure
novel, Over the Mountain and Back.

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Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan Review

Don’t you hate it when you buy something and in a couple of years it falls apart? Every time I buy new pans they end up falling apart, sometimes within a couple of months. Most of the ones that fall apart are the Teflon pans. I know I cannot be the only one that is terrified about what is hiding in the Teflon that is possibly flaking into the food I am cooking. This is why I was so excited to have the chance to review the Ozeri 8″ Green Earth Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan.

Ozeri Green Earth Ceramic Textured Non-Stick Frying Pan

So what makes this pan so much better than your typical non-stick pan? This pan is made with GREBLON, which is an ulta-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is PTFE and PFOA free. It is also scratch resistant which is easy to clean and gives you piece of mind that you are not eating part of your pan after cooking. The textured surface delivers enhanced heat distributions and offers superior non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins.

Not only does this pan make me feel safe about cooking on it, but it works great! The non-stick is absolutely amazing! Food slides off quick and easy which makes cleaning the pan a breeze. Even brand new, the previous pans I have owned were not as slick as this pan. My Ozeri pan still look and works like it is brand new! Once you have one, you will be addicted to its amazing quality. I plan on replacing all my pans with Ozeri pans because they just can’t be beat.

For this review I decided to make what I believe to be one of the harder things to make on a pan without it sticking, an omelet. I couldn’t believe that none of the egg stuck to the pan. I didn’t have to clean the pan in between omelets and afterwards cleaning only took a minute of my time. Here is my wonderful creation on this pan:


If you are looking for a safe non-stick pan than this is the pan for you! You can find this and other great Ozeri products on their website here, or on their Amazon page here.

**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Voxbox

If you have been following us lately, you have probably noticed a lot of lipstick lately. I am still not sure where it all is coming from, but apparently someone really wants me to wear it more! Recently I was able to participate in the Rimmel Moisture Renew Voxbox which included Rimmel London’s new Moisture Renew Lipstick in As You Want Victoria.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew


At first I was a little worried about this lipstick being too bright. However, when I put it on I thought it looked amazing. It is super smooth and feels more like you have an amazing chapstick on instead of a lipstick. I could not believe how well it glided on and how vibrant the color was. I love the case that it comes in too! It is purple (my favorite color) and is a really cool design. I love makeup containers that are a little different than the norm.


What really surprised me about this lipstick is how long it stayed on. Not too long ago I went to the airport to pick up my older brother. I put my lipstick on before we left (the airport was 1 1/2 hours away) and picked him up at about 10pm. we didn’t go to sleep until about 2am and when I woke up the next morning my lipstick was still just as vibrant as the night before. I could not believe it!


After using this lipstick for about a week I noticed something even more amazing. My lips had improved tremendously. My chapped lips disappeared and the color of my lips also improved. I couldn’t believe that one product could do so much good and add color too! Most companies will either suggest using chapstick or have their own similar product or steps to improve your lips. I love that this lipstick is one step to great lips!


You can find this and other great Rimmel London products on their website here. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product from Influenster in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Red Apple Lipstick Review

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been afraid of wearing too much lipstick. From being told “you have too much makeup on,” to hearing that it’s made of whale blubber, I guess I just learned to stray from it. Since I started this blog I have started wearing more and more lipstick, but I still think about all the bad things every time I wear it. I was so excited to be able to get some products from Red Apple Lipstick to review!

So, what is so special about Red Apple Lipstick? They hand select the ingredients for their lipsticks to make sure that they are safe! Their lipstick has no petroleum, no animal bits, no gluten, soy, dairy, corn, harsh chemicals or GMO’s. However they do include ingredients to improve the health of your lips! They include a special gluten free Vitamin E which keeps your lips happy and healthy! They make everything in small batches and use an old school manufacturing process that doesn’t use chemicals.

What do we have to share with you? We received the Rallye Balm and Exfoliate pack, which is truly amazing! This is my first time using an exfoliate for my lips. Over the last year or so I have been hearing about how important exfoliation is, especially for your lips. Before that I had no idea about exfoliating anything! I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s completely true! So decided to give it a shot with Red Apple Lipsticks Exfoliate lipstick and boy was I glad I did. It makes my lips incredible soft and is super simple to do. It has a slight minty taste to it, but I really enjoyed using it!

This is before I started using Rallye Balm:


This is after 7 days of using Rallye Balm:


The second part of the pack is the Rallye Balm. I was a little shocked at first that their website says that Rallye Balm will cure chapped lips in 3 to 7 days. I have had chapped lips my entire life and nothing seems to help them. My lips will crack and bleed and it is not fun at all! So I’m willing to try just about anything to cure them. As soon as I put it on I could tell a difference. It is extremely smooth and feels more like a light lip gloss than a chap stick. It is not sticky or thick and you can tell that it’s doing something!


Last but not least I received their “Petal Pusher” lipstick and not only is it a beautiful bright pink, but it is extremely smooth and feels amazing on my lips! It stays true to color and lasts a long time. They also have tons of tips for putting on lipstick and getting it to stay on! So far I am in love with all Red Apple Lipstick has to offer! They have 36 different shades of lipstick and everything you need to go with them! They are definitely my new go-to lipstick brand!

You can find these and other great Red Apple Lipstick products on their website here, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Beyond Bedding Children’s Bedding Review and Giveaway

Sometimes it seems like I am always looking for the most comfortable bedding. I live in a pretty small area, so when I go shopping for bedding in a store I do not have a very big selection to choose from. After hours of searching for the “right one” I come home and it’s not even close to what I thought it was. My experience in stores have made it very hard for me to even think about online bedding shopping. Luckily for me, I found Beyond Bedding! Beyond Bedding offers bedding for kids, teens, adults and even crib bedding! They have tons of options to choose from and I could not wait to review for them!

Black Diamond Jacquard Modern Contemporary 3pc Bedding Set - Click to enlarge

I received the Black Diamond Jacquard Modern Contemporary 3pc Bedding Set to review. Lately, I have been really wanting a quilt. While I love the big fluffy blankets, I hate that the stuffing gets bunched up and that they don’t really hug you. When I pulled this blanket out of its bag I could not believe the quality! It has the look of a regular blanket with weight and thickness of a quilt. The fabric is absolutely amazing and super soft. Even after washing it still feels great!

I love the design on this set as well. Yes, it is black but it is not a solid black. I love that it has a subtle design on it. It is something that is not too plain or boring and easily matches any décor you may already have. The shams that come with this 3 piece set look absolutely amazing and are also super soft. It definitely makes sleeping a whole lot easier! Me and my husband have both agreed that this is the nicest bedding set that we have ever owned. This particular blanket is located in Beyond Bedding’s Children’s section, however because of the color and style I believe it can be used for any age.

You can find this and other amazing bedding sets on Beyond Bedding’s website here. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Enter below for you chance to win one of 10 children’s bedding sets!

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**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.


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Insite Child Locator Separation Alarm Review

As a mother, one of my worst fears is having my child walk away and not be able to find them. My youngest was recently diagnosed with Autism and she loves to wander. I cannot tell you the amount of times she has just walked outside without anyone noticing. I was told to get a child locator device by some of her therapists, so I couldn’t wait to try the Insite Child Locater Separation Alarm by Audiovox.

Insite Child Locator Seperation Alarm

I think my favorite part about this alarm is the velcro strap. I can attach the locator ball to just about anything on my daughter. Whether it’s on her shoes, a backpack, or even her belt loop I can feel safe when we leave the house. I love that I can attach the remote to my keychain so that as soon as I notice her walking a little too far away I can just press a button to find her. In my experience so far, my daughter does not like wearing jewelry or other accessories for an extended period of time. So I love that I can attach it in a place that she cannot see it like on the back of her pants.


Going to public places like malls, parks, or anywhere with a lot of people are easy places to lose track of your child. This is the exact reason we don’t go out much with the girls, other than for small family gatherings. The idea that my child could walk off and I would have no way of locating her absolutely terrifies me! It is definitely easier to go out now that I know that I can find her easily.

My daughter loves the design and ripped it out of the box as soon as she saw it. The Insite Child Locator Separation Alarm comes in two styles: a Flower (the one we received) and a Soccer Ball. The designs are super cute and super fun!

The Insite Child Locator Separation Alarm has a range of up to 100 feet and emits a 88dB ring that is sure to bring attention to where your child is! It definitely makes you feel secure when your child is wearing it.

You can find the Insite Child Locator Separation Alarm and other great products on the Audiovox website here. Also, be sure to check them out on Facebook!

**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review and Giveaway

In our crazy house, we use a lot of soap. With two toddlers and two pets, there is always something that is making us wash our hands and I hate having soap that doesn’t leave you feeling like your hands are clean. We have gone through so many different soaps that promise to clean and refresh your hands only to find out that they either don’t work, or smell horrible. I was so excited to get the chance to test out the new Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap!

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

The Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap comes in new vibrant scents and has a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes skin! What more could you ask for?

This soap comes in three great scents including Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar, Water Blossoms and Coconut Lime Verbena. Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar refreshes your senses with a tart and rich sweetness. Water Blossoms invigorates with a crisp floral scent inspired by aquatic botanicals. And the Coconut Lime Verbena brightens your day with juicy and tangy citrus. I was able to test out the Yellow Raspberry and Back Sugar and the Coconut Lime.

I love these soaps! They moisturize you skin while the micro-scrubbers leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. My daughter is obsessed with the Coconut Lime Verbena and I am glad to know that these soaps are not too harsh for her sensitive skin. She loves the felling of the micro-scrubbers just like her mommy!

You can find these and other great Dial soaps on their website here, or in a store near you!

Enter below for you chance to win a coupon to try out the new Dial soap for free!

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iCoffee Review

There are so many reasons why you should have an awesome Coffee Maker, but for me I love to have my coffee ready for me when I wake up and it has to taste good! I wish I could explain the disappointment of waking up in the morning only to have to make a cup of coffee and have it taste horrible! I have been searching for a great cup of coffee at home for quite some time now and I was so excited when I was told I was getting the new iCoffee to review!


So, why is the iCoffee so much better? After 7 years and 1,257 prototypes iCoffee has perfected SteamBrew technology. Using six rotational hot water jets and gold-tone filtration, iCoffee extracts only the best coffee flavors while leaving out the bitterness you get with other brewers. So you know every cup of coffee will be perfect!


I was very surprised with how big the iCoffee is! It’s not as big as an espresso machine would be, but it is still bigger than any other coffee pot I have owned. It looks very futuristic and definitely adds some style to my kitchen. Not only does it look cool sitting there, but it looks even more awesome while brewing.


Thanks to the brewing window, you can see your coffee being steamed to perfection! You can also see the coffee crema being formed, which is totally awesome! The brewer also plays a little song at the beginning and end of the brewing cycle so you know when it is done! I also love that it has an automatic shut off! After two hours of having ready to go coffee, it shuts off by itself so you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving it on and ruining your pot.

This coffee pot has definitely surprised not only me, but anyone who has come over to test it out with me. I have been asked what kind of coffee I use, if it is fresh, or even if I added something to make it taste better. I have tried many different types of coffee in this machine so far and even the cheapest store brand still tastes as good as the more expensive brands. The iCoffee will definitely be staying for quite a while! It is definitely a new favorite in this house!

You can find out more about iCoffee on their website here. Also be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

**Disclaimer** Star Focal received samples of the above product in order to facilitate a review. However, we were in no way paid, or obligated to give a positive review, or a review at all for this company. If you would like to read my full disclaimer for reviews you can find it here.

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Tego Audio CERA Review and Giveaway

I LOVE listening to music! I think my whole family is pretty much the same. In our house we try to listen to music as much as possible but either we have a difficult time connecting our devices, or those devices are just not loud enough. I have tried so many different devices, but with all the cords and all the hassle, I eventually stop using them. This is why I was so excited when I found out I was getting to review the Tego Audio CERA Wireless Portable Speaker!

Tego Audio CERA

So what makes this speaker so awesome? You can connect it to your device via Bluetooth and unlike most other devices you don’t need a security code to connect it. It pairs to your device within seconds so that you can start listening as fast as possible. It also tells you when it is pairing so that their is no guessing if your connecting it right! Not only that but you can play the speaker up to 33 ft away from the connected device. You can connect your CERA to your phone, laptop, tablet and so much more!

Tego Audio CERA

Recently I got a Windows Surface Tablet and while the speakers on it are clear and louder than my laptop, they are just not good enough. As soon as I got the CERA I hooked it up and was amazed at how clear the speaker was. What was even more surprising was how loud the speaker was! The sound filled up our whole living room as if we had a sound system playing the music. I love how you push the top to turn it on and off. Even my girls can do it, which they do constantly. It is also very sturdy so I am not afraid to let my girls play with it.


She was so happy with the CERA that she wouldn’t stay still for a photo

We have so much fun playing music from the CERA! The battery lasts up to 7 hours, so we can have lots of fun before we have to re-charge it! Each CERA comes with a Daisy Chain Cable which allows you to connect an unlimited amount of CERA speakers to make it a party! It has a 360° expanding sound chamber that is illuminated with blue lighting as well as a touch control panel that matches.

CERA also comes in three different colors! You can get it in Red, Black or White. They are decently small, so you can place it in your purse or backpack to use at anytime. Everyone that saw us using CERA wanted one! It was definitely a cool thing to have around!

You can find Cera on Tego Audio’s website here, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter. That’s not all! Be sure to enter below to win your very own CERA speaker!


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