Auntie Anne’s Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Giveaway! **Closed**

I love soft pretzels, in fact me and my friend get them every time we are at the mall. I think that this would be a really fun kit, and would be great for kids too. Good luck, and make sure that you let us know if you win!

Auntie Anne’s Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Review and Giveaway!

The Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kits are a great way to have these awesome pretzels in the comfort of your own home! With the gas prices soaring now a days and the malls packed with people buying Christmas and holiday gifts, these kits are the way to go! I don’t know about you, but going to the mall, especially after this weekend and Black Friday, it’s the LAST thing on my to-do list!
What is also great about the At-Home Baking Kits, you can bake anything you want with them! They have a recipe on the side of the box that you can even make an apple tart with it! Also, inside there is a recipe for an Apple Cinnamon Pecan Monkey Bread.(Yummy!) Of course, I chose the traditional way and just made the simple pretzels.

Now when I first decided to make these, I am glad I had the time set aside! I didn’t realize that it would take an hour or so to make them! Even though it did take a while to mix, twist, and bake them, the results were definitely worth it and oh-so tasty!
At first, we got everything out of the box and read the directions. We mixed all of the ingredients together to form a “dough ball”. We had to add about another 1/4-1/2 cup of water to our dough mix because it just because it wasn’t mixing very well into a ball. After we finally made our big “dough ball”, we let the dough “rest” for thirty minutes like the instructions said.
After our dough was done “resting”, we took handfuls of the dough and rolled them out. It said to roll the dough out to about 1in, or the thickness of your finger and 36 inches long. We couldn’t get our dough to get that long without breaking so we did the best we could and they still turned out awesome! We ended up having smaller pretzels, but it made about 12 instead of the original 10. After we twisted them into pretzel shapes we baked them for about 8-10min and then sprinkled them with the cinnamon sugar. They looked so good, I could not wait to take a bite out of one of these bad boys!
If you would love to have some of these soft pretzels enter using the rafflecopter below to win your very own Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kits!

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Ronco 5 Tray Food Dehydrator Giveaway!

Make your own holiday treats this year! Enter to win a food dehydrator!

Ronco 5 Tray Food Dehydrator Giveaway

Loving Life and Living on Less is hosting this amazing giveaway sponsored by Ronco. Check out LLandLoL’s review by visiting the site. Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a Ronco 5 Tray Food Dehydrator. US Only. 11/22-12/7

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iPad Mini Giveaway!!! **Closed**

It’s that time of year again, time to enter all the giveaways you can in hopes of winning the perfect gift! One of the most popular gifts you can give is an iPad, so here is your chance to win one! Good luck to all you Star Focal Fans and be sure to let us know if one of you wins!

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The iPad Mini has a beautiful display, powerful A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, ultrafast wireless, and over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store. The iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form. Easy for on the go with that same great Apple power punch!

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Candle Warmers Review

Nothing reminds me of Winter more than a great smelling candle! I hate dealing with lighting all the candles in the house and with the girls constantly trying to play with them. This next company lets you have the best of both worlds!

About Candle Warmers, Etc.

Founded in 2001, the idea was conceived that a different method should be used for releasing fragrance from a candle and Candle Warmers, Etc. was born. Today Candle Warmers Etc. is the market leader and innovator in the candle warmer category. Recently ranked by Inc. 500 as the 57th fastest growing consumer product’s company in the United States (2007) and the 11th fastest growing company in Utah by Mountain West Capital Network (2007), Candle Warmers, Etc. develops, manufactures, and distributes patented candle warming appliances and other related giftware appliances and accessories to accent and fragrance the home. Candle Warmers Etc. also domestically manufactures and distributes candles under the “Jamie Clair” brand of hand-poured, scented candles bringing both wicked and wickless candle options to discerning customers.

Candle Warmers, Etc. commitment to enhancing the home with affordable and safe candle warmer appliances and accessories has contributed to its success with several varied product lines. Among the Candle Warmers, Etc. product categories are: traditional plate candle warmers, candle warmer lamps and lanterns, the Jamie Clair line of wicked/wickless candles, candle warmer lamp accessories.
What I think:
I loved that you can have your candle without all the problems. They have so many different options that it is unbelievable. They have actual warmer lamps like above, or wax warmers. They have come up with a lot of unique ways to get the scent from the candles you love without the flames.
They also offer candles and wax melts from Jamie Clair which smell absolutely amazing! When I first heard about this product I thought that I would lose some of the scent, but I swear the candles actually smelled better when warmed.
You can find these and other great Candle Warmer products on their website here.
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Radio Flyer Black Friday Deals, and 25 days of Giveaways!!! **Closed**

So we’re all looking for the best deals for kids toys, and Radio Flyer has them! To make things even better they are also giving away a toy a day starting on Black Friday for 25 days on their website! That’s a total of 25 toys! I know what page I’m going to be bookmarking! So how do you enter? Visit and click on the ‘25 Days of Holiday Giveaways’ section of our home page to register and your name will be automatically entered into the drawing every day from the day you enter, until the contest ends. How easy is that? I hope that one of us wins!

Now onto the Black Friday deals. This year Radio Flyer is offering 40% off of select toys while supplies last. Here are some of those toys!

#740 Bumper Car : This award-winning, furniture-friendly ride-on is safe on walls and furniture. B umping action triggers 7 fun sounds; for ages 1-3.

# 73 Inchworm : Classic toy encourages play via bounce-and-go motion; for ages 2-5.

#312B Push, Pull & Ride : Converts from a push walker to a ride-on, to a pull wagon in just seconds; for ages 1.5 to 3 years.

#34TP Classic Tricycle w/ push handle (pink) : Removable push handle; for ages 2-4.

#442 2-in-1 Trike : Two trikes in one: twists from trike to chopper; for ages 2-7.

I know of a couple of these that my daughter would be obsessed with!

That still not good enough? Well they will also be having a MAJOR Cyber Monday sale. You can get 50% off of some products, but here’s the catch: The sales will only be valid for 2 hours!

Here is the schedule:
8 am -10 am CST Trike 50% off
10 am – 12 pm CST Wagon 50% off
12 pm -2 pm CST Scooter 50% off
2 pm – 4 pm CST Build-A-Wagon Bonus
4 pm – 6 pm CST Ride-on 50% off

Make sure to visit their website here to get all these great deals and so much more! Let us know in the comments what toy you want for your kids this Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

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e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, and Looks!

I have recently discovered e.l.f. or eyes lips face, and have fallen in love. e.l.f. is a very inexpensive brand that actually has some really great products. On my latest shopping adventure I found their e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette 100 Piece Marble Eyeshadow.
Product Description From

“Become your own makeup artist with our amazing Professional Eyeshadow Palette from the luxurious Studio line of cosmetics. In this complete Makeup Artist Eyeshadow Set, you’ll find everything to go from dark & smoky eyes to fresh & bright, to totally funky looks, thanks to the 100 eyeshadow colors in every set.

Create the look that reflects your personal style from our 100-Piece Palette, formulated & tested by our professional team of makeup artists. Discover instantly beautiful, healthy-looking eyes for the makeup lover in you!

Our convenient, Professional Eye Makeup Palette comes packaged in a sleek design perfect for home, travel or on-the-go beauty touch-ups. And everyone loves the price. The complete 100 Studio Eyeshadow Palette is offered, for a limited time, at only $10 – half off the regular prize and a fraction of its value of over $100!”

I wanted to expand my eyeshadow collection and this was the perfect piece to add. At only $10 I just couldn’t pass it up. All the colors are truly beautiful.

I really love that there is such a variety in both colors and shadow types. This palette not only has matte and shimmery shades but also includes a couple marbled shades as well. While some shadows are more pigmented than others, I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a bad thing. I love that I can use this palette for any occasion. I can use the lighter, not so pigmented colors when I’m out during the day. Or I can use the darker shades while I’m out at night. It is so much fun to just play around with the colors, and for $10 you really get your monies worth of product.

Above are some of my favorites from the palette. To get the colors to really pop I used the primer included in the e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer ($3). I love this primer because it is a natural color and it really works great!

I love that the front of the case is clear so that I can see the colors while it is closed, it also has a built in mirror and includes two double ended eyeshadow applicators. While I would rather use brushes than the included applicators, it is nice to know that they are there to use when I need them. I tend to have a hard time opening the case, which is actually good for me because it means that my two year old also can’t get into it. I think that if the top was removable or if you could fold it all the way back it would make it easier to hold. I have dropped this palette many times since I purchased it and I am proud to say that nothing has broken and all the shadows are in tact.

I highly recommend this product! My only suggestion would be to also pick up primer as the shadows aren’t as bright on their own. If you are looking for an inexpensive give to give this year this would be great for anyone. So will I buy it again? Obviously I won’t need another one anytime soon, but because of this palette I will definitely be buying some of their smaller palettes to carry around with me. If anything happens to this one I will definitely be buying another.

So what have I been doing with my palette? Check out some of the looks I created below, and stay tuned for more!

You can find this palette, and many other great e.l.f. products on their website here, or at your local Target.

**Disclaimer** I bought these products with my own money. I was 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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Upcoming iPad Mini Giveaway!! BLOGGERS WANTED

Looking for a great Christmas gift that you don’t have to pay for? Keep an eye out for this giveaway, coming soon!

iPad Mini Holiday Event

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Prizes: iPad Mini
Event dates: 11/21 – 12/5

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Pickawall and The Girls of the Nexus $100 Visa Card Giveaway!! **Closed**

Who doesn’t need an extra $100 for the holidays? Maybe you would buy makeup, groceries, holiday gifts, or even put it toward your own awesome Pickawall wall mural!

Pickawall and The Girls of the Nexus have come together to bring you a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!!! Keep reading and enter the form for your chance!!

Pickawall is a customizable removable wallpaper! It has a special self adhesive backing that allows your image to be removed and re-applied several times! Best of all Pick-a-wall requires no prep, no glue, and no mess!

Pickawall has a huge photo library so you can really capture any mood. Never been to a tropical island? No problem you can just turn your whole room into a tropical island with a Pickawall mural! You can even use your own high-res image to have a custom wallpaper made!

So now that you know a little about Pickawalls cool options be sure to cruise by their site at for even more details!
And now for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card from Pickawall and The Girls of the Nexus!
Entry is simple!
Just like all of the Facebook pages and follow the Twitter links in the form below and you’re entered! The more you share the more likely your chances to win so be sure to come back often!
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Grow your lashes with Lashem

I am still not sure why, but after having my first daughter I lost all of my eyelashes. No matter how hard I tried I could not get them to grow back to their natural length. After months and months of trying I decided to take action and try some lash growing products!
I was able to score some products from Lashem, which are products to help grow your lashes and the overall quality of your lashes. Keep in mind, this is not a miracle products and it does not give you miracle results but I did see a growth in my lashes and it has helped make my lashes stronger so they are not always falling out.
First let me tell you about their Measurable Difference Lash Gel. I have tried some similar products before but the application for those products were not user friendly. I love that this product comes in a mascara like tube and I love the applicator brush! It is the perfect size for easy application onto the edge of your eyelids!

The first couple of nights that I used this product caused my eyes to be a little itchy, but after doing a little more searching I realized that it was not the product itself that was causing my eyes to itch but that my lashes were growing back and trying to break back through the skin. I was very excited but still pretty nervous that they would not stay put. After hearing some horror stories from my friends I was afraid that my lashes would be gone forever! I could not imagine being without my lashes for any longer!

After religiously applying this product for quite some time I can proudly say that my lashes are on their way to recovery! They have not gained their full luster back, but at least it’s a start. I believe that if I keep using this product they will be back to normal soon!

I was also sent their Double Trouble Mascara. This Mascara has two different brush heads to help spread your lashes as well as to give them that volume that everyone craves!


I was very impressed that this mascara helped make my lashes look like they had grown. Here is some pictures of my lashes after using Lashem Products

Before applying Lashem Mascara


If you have any issues with your lashes, I highly suggest checking out Lashem and their products here. They have helped me and I am sure they will help you to!

**Disclaimer** I was 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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Diamond Candle Review and Giveaway! **Closed**

When I was younger I used to make candles. I loved all the smells and colors, and it was just plain fun. Over the years I have really learned to enjoy a good candle, there are way too many candle companies that just don’t cut it. This company does more than just making a good smelling candle!
So what is so great about a Diamond Candle? Well the answer is in the name! Each Diamond Candle has a ring wrapped in foil hidden inside. Diamond Candles are made with high quality scents and all natural Soy Wax. They have so many wonderful scents that it is truly hard to choose just one. I received “Enchanted Forest” to review for you.
Enchanted Forest is a candle explained as: “Upon lighting this candle, you will enter the enchanted forest – whisked away into a magical land. Exhilarating scents will touch your face: Cinnamon, some nutty acorns, fragrance of the forest, and a light touch of wild fruit bearing trees along the way. While on this journey, you may see a some creative creatures along the way. One thing is certain about the enchanted forest: A surprise is hidden within.” To me this candle smells like pumpkin spice mixed with a forest scent. I was very surprised at how well the scents mixed.

Since I used to make candles I know what will make my idea of a great candle. One of the first things I notice is the scent. I love Powerful candles! I will only buy a candle if I know that it will actually make my house smell. I also make sure to smell the candle for a while to make sure it’s not a candle that will give me a headache as certain scents will give me the worst migraine ever! I like to be able to light a candle for about an hour and still be able to smell it after I blow it out. I like to make my candles last as long as possible because I love high quality candles which usually come with a pretty high quality price. Luckily for all of us Diamond Candles are a great price for their quality ($24.95).
Another thing I look at before I buy a candle is the wick. I like candles that have an extra thick wax-coated wick because I love to be able to see a big flame and make sure that all of the wax is being used. In my personal opinion a thicker wick helps the candle last longer especially if its coated. As you can see in the pictures below, Diamond Candles have a thick candle wick and a really nice flame.
The only issue I had with my candle was that it took a long time to burn. The worst part is having to sit there and wait for the candle to burn to get my ring out of it. I compared it to the saying “How many licks does it take to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop?” and how in the commercial the owl always just takes a bite. In this case it would be how long does it take to get to get the the ring in a Diamond Candle. Sadly I cannot answer this question because just like the owl that caved into biting the Tootsie Pop, I couldn’t wait for this candle to burn and I ended up digging out my ring after about an hour of it burning.
My ring was way too big and not a color I would have chosen, but it was so much fun that I will definitely be buying more of these candles again very soon. I might even invest in some for Christmas presents. You can find this and many other awesome candles on their website here.
Okay, now for the part most of you have been waiting for! Enter to win your own Enchanted Forest Diamond Candle in our giveaway below! Make sure you don’t miss our great giveaways by subscribing to Star Focal’s Newsletter by entering your email in the box in the top right of the page! Good Luck!

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**Disclaimer** I was 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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