The Beauty Blogger And Her Intel 2n1 Device

Remember that time I told you lovely people that I got the opportunity to join the Intel Smart Squad and that I would be receiving a 2n1 from Intel to play around with? Well honey…I got it. And it has been loooooove.

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I think the universe was telling me that it was time to convert to PCs because shortly after my entry into the Intel Smart Squad, my MacBook decided to give up the ghost on me. It was a bittersweet end and after cleaning her up and giving her to my sister, I started showing a lot of love to my Dell Venue 11 Pro.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Beautiful, isn’t she? This tablet (or computer…or both?) is really about 10.8 inches but size wise I found it to be extremely practical for both every day use and while traveling. I am going to break my review up into categories that I think most people would be interested in if they were looking for a reliable and moderately pried 2n1 device. Keep in mind that I am a blogger so my need to ALWAYS BE CONNECTED may be a little different than yours. That said, I think if this device can satisfy my need for speed and portability, chances are it can satisfy yours.

The Outer Feels + Outer Specs

This lightweight 2n1 feels incredibly…lightweight. It is only 1.56 lbs. I preferred this a thousand times over my 13′ MacBook and I appreciated how easy this was to whip out of my bag during TSA’s glorious security checks. The front panel of the tablet felt nice and smooth and dare I say it…slightly toddler-proof. You’ve got a USB port (hellloooo wireless mouse!) and power and volume buttons are easy to press.

Dell Venue 11 Pro ports

Dell Venue 11 Pro keyboard

And uh… every laptop and desktop should have a touch screen. I find myself randomly going from touching the mousepad to touching the screen…just because I can. Did I use the 2n1 without the keyboard? Not very often. Holding the tablet in my hands was a bit cumbersome and I really only found it useful for when Elle and I snuggled up to watch a movie.  I do wish this baby had a charger cord that was longer. It’s about 3 feet long which I think is about the same length as an average cell phone charger. Womp.

Dell Venue 11 Pro charger

This charger was painfully short and made plugging in public areas (hotels, bookstores, coffee shops) almost impossible. But the good news is the battery life is pretty fantastic. I found it lasted an entire day off of one charge. The optional keyboard also has a built-in battery, which was definitely useful!

Windows 8

Okay, so I know this is a review about the computer, not the operating system but this is my first time using Windows 8 on a tablet and while I know many aren’t a fan of how it works on a desktop, I think it does beautifully on a tablet. With the Venue’s 1080p display, colors are sharp and bright and browsing is niiiiice.

Dell Venue 11 Pro screen

Productivity

As a blogger and social media manager, I spend a ton of time emailing, using Microsoft Word, Photoshop and web browsing. I do occasional downloading but really I don’t need a ton of memory as this isn’t my primary computer. While the system runs well, it isn’t made for hardcore jobs. In fact, I noticed things got bogged down a bit while opening too many windows of Chrome. Opps. My web designers, graphic designers, musicians and other creatives may need a device that accommodate their workloads. However, for bloggers, casual web browsers and students, I think this device is more than perfect.

Do I need the optional keyboard?

Well hmmm, let’s see…YES! Dell sells this keyboard for about $150 but you need it. While about 1.7 lbs, this keyboard weighs more than the tablet but it takes your productivity to the next level. After all, while the Venue is considered a tablet, I’m thinking that if you would spend this amount of money on it, you would want to use it like traditional computer. The screen is responsive, but the keyboard is a dream and really makes using the Venue that much more pleasurable.

Dell Venue 11 Pro keys

Plus, the built-in battery in the keyboard gives you an extra 50% of battery life. I do wish the keyboard had a backlit display because I know I’m not the only one who likes to browse makeup videos do work in the middle of the night.

Overall

I love this computer/tablet/2n1 so so much. I never got the appeal of these smaller devices but they are so practical for the lifestyle of busy folx. I guess you could argue that after spending $499 on this and then another $150 on the keyboard, you could have just purchased a regular sized laptop, and actually…you would be correct. But if you’re looking for something impactful that won’t take up too much space and can play nicely with your other gadgets, the Venue 11 Pro is it. This and my iPad mini are the perfect travel companions.

Dell Venue 11 Pro iPad comparison

I also went and purchased a little case for this baby because while it is incredibly durable I’m just clumsy and oh yeah, I live with a toddler. Have you ever tried an Intel 2 in 1 device? What kind of computer are you using these days?


 

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My Experience With Warby Parker

So I’ve changed my hair…again. I blame almost 30-hood. Don’t worry. I’m not one of those women who freaks out over getting older. I am excited to kick rocks to my 20’s because I feel like 20’s has just been one big dress rehersal for my life. 30+ is where it’s really at. But wait, where was I?

Oh yeah. My hair. I chopped it off (again) and got a blonde taper. Which I’m lovin’. I’m also thinking of going jet black at some point, doing purple tips and maybe a gray streak. Just because. Gotta keep it cool, ya know? I hate when my hair is boring and for the past few months, it has been just that. I’ve also been wanting some new eyeglasses. A ton of my fellow beauty bloggin’ gals recommended Warby Parker and so I looked them up.

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 137

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

My Beauty Bunny – Carry groceries, office supplies or your latest beauty haul in true style. Enter to win a gorgeous Thursday Friday Tote Bag from their Nautical Collection!

Nouveau Cheap – Have you seen the Halloween 2014 Limited Edition glitters from Sinful Colors yet? If not, click right here.

Prime Beauty – shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Phyrra – has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this!

we heart this – Would you like to see swatches of all 30 new Milani Bella gel powder eyeshadows? (Hint: you would!)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber confides in us what one of her personal vulnerabilities is, and also one of her biggest beauty regrets in life.

Clumps of Mascara – puts away the beauty blogger hat for a second and gets real about some thangs.

EauMG – was curious about the Korean beauty box service, Memebox. Victoria shares her impressions of Memebox and the three Scentboxes (yes, boxes with a fragrance focus!) she ordered.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Glitter.Gloss.Garbage unveils September’s hottest Glossybox ever! Plus you can win one!

Gouldylox Reviews – Need a new fall lippie to switch it up without the commitment? Makeup Wars has you covered!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Quick: name three makeup products that you’ve
repurchased multiple times.

B says, “Sephora’s waterproof eye makeup remover, Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner pencil and MAC’s Vino lipliner. Those are three of my staple beauty products.”

What about you?

See you next week!

I’m Hosting A Prestige Cosmetics Twitter Party Again! #BackToBlack

Girls.

I had the worst headache everrrrrr last night. It was unreal. Luckily one of my gal pals was visiting and helped me Elle (because you know…Esposo has been traveling for work for 2 weeks now) and I could not have been more grateful. I’m thinking that my life as a new mother is scaring her. Truthfully, it scares me, too. My friend is shocked at how much goes into just getting these tiny (crazy toddler) humans fed and in bed. Yes, it’s unreal. And scary. It is indeed birth control for both her and myself. None of this has anything to do with this Twitter party that I’m hosting but I thought I’d give some insight into my life. HAAAA!!!!

This party, though…

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I’m excited about it. This is my second time hosting a Twitter party with Prestige Cosmetics and the first one was explosive! They brought me on board again and this time I’ll be co-hosting with my good friend and homie Erin of Scandalous Beauty and I am excitedddddd! We’re going to rap about Prestige Cosmetics’ newest collection and one lucky participant will snag a door prize. Be sure to RSVP to qualify for this door prize and join us as we chat about Prestige’s 18 new basic black products.

See you thurr!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 136

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Gouldylox Reviews – Need dark circle help? Want to look well rested? This may be just what your looking for.

Lipglossiping – All the shine without any of the removal issues! Revlon debuts their take on the latest drugstore “gel-a-like” nail polishes!

My Beauty Bunny – Looking for a dark, vampy red polish for fall? You must check out my new favorite, Mrs Mia Wallace, from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction collection!

Prime Beauty – has fallen for NARS Night Caller Collection, especially Unlawful Blush: it definitely doesn’t play by the rules!

Phyrra – You demanded it! I’m bringing you the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette!

we heart this – We’ve got swatches of the limited edition MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow palette. 30 of ‘em. You may want to grab your wallet…

Beauty Junkies Unite – See the differences between the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette, and the brand new NAKED2 Basics eyeshadow palette! Amber has the breakdown.

Clumps of Mascara – is holding on to summer with this sizzling summer look!

EauMG – shares her August 2014 Empties. She also proves that she can’t go more than two months without buying cosmetics…

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage – Does the Wet n Wild High Waisted Jeans palette live up to it’s value of $3.99? You decide.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here).

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox ReviewsHarshleen at Beauty Tidbits is always so sweet and her blog has great advice. Check out this recent post about affordable shadow palettes!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

When a beauty product is labeled “Limited Edition” (LE), are you more inclined to purchase it?

B says, “Of course not. I’m not a sucker. Those brands won’t get me like that. You do know that I’m playin’ right? Haaaa!!”

What about you?

See you next week!

Ideal Image Makes Hair Removal…ideal!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ideal Image and Social Spark. All opinions are 100% mine. So girls…let’s talk about something I’ve mentioned a thousand times here on Clumps of Mascara. Hair removal! I’ve done the waxing, threading and tweezing but if you’ve found those methods to be time consuming and pointless (considering the hair grows back in like…days), laser hair removal may be for you. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal is located around the country and they have a few spots here in the Greater Orlando area. I am forever hearing the commercials on the radio and I’m like “Ugh. I wish I could go!” Their treatments and services sound some kind of amazing and they always have a special going on. Even during the summer! And speaking of summer, I’m a bit bummed out that it’s on its way out of the door. The kids are back to school and while the weather isn’t getting any cooler, I am often caught daydreaming about hangin’ out on one of South Florida’s beaches. Just me and about 3-4 girlfriends wake up on rented condo on the beach and after sleeping a full 7-8 hours, we wake up to cook breakfast and toss on our swimsuits and head to the beach. And we stay there until sunset. Now THAT is my idea of summer fun.

Sunset

We’ve got our books in tow, our resuable bottles of water, sunscreen and we are all set to lounge on the beach for hours at a time. Sounds glorious, right? Especially if you’ve already gone to Ideal Image to handle that hair “situation”. You wouldn’t have to worry about any last minute shaving on your trip and trust me when I say, every second counts.

Beach

Laser hair removal just makes sense. Especially if you’re looking for a more convenient option that will give you confidence. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal  is a more permanent to getting rid of unwanted hair forever. For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering up to 70% off laser hair removal services. Um, WOW! What an amazing deal. I’m a girl who doesn’t make much fuss over if she has a bit of stubble but I would looooove to rock a bod that is virtually free of hair under my arms and on that upper lip. Just sayin’.

My Mom and so many of my friends have done nothing but brag about the awesomeness that is laser hair removal so if it’s something you’ve thought about, scoot on over to Ideal Image, request more information, learn more about the treatments, ands schedule your first visit! And you better tell me alllll about it.

 


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Nuance Salma Hayek goody bag giveaway – FIVE winners!!

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The lovely people over at NUANCE Salma Hayek have been so gracious to sponsor a giveaway to give FIVE lucky Clumps of Mascara readers a chance to score a huuuuuge goody bag of beauty and skincare treats. This bag is big, y’all. The winners will grab some of my favorites like the brand’s nail polish, body scrubs, mascara, eye shadow palettes, lipsticks and more. I’ve reviewed a slew of their products.

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This giveaway is for US residents only (so sorry, International family…I’ve got something special coming up for you guys soon) and will only last for a week so get those entries in. To increase your chances of winning, share this giveaway with friends and have them enter. That way, you guys can SHARE the goodies in the bag. Trust me, there is more than enough to go around.

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Ideal Image Makes Hair Removal…ideal!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ideal Image for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So girls…let’s talk about something I’ve mentioned a thousand times here on Clumps of Mascara. Hair removal! I’ve done the waxing, threading and tweezing but if you’ve found those methods to be time consuming and pointless (considering the hair grows back in like…days), laser hair removal may be for you. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal is located around the country and they have a few spots here in the Greater Orlando area. I am forever hearing the commercials on the radio and I’m like “Ugh. I wish I could go!” Their treatments and services sound some kind of amazing and they always have a special going on. Even during the summer! And speaking of summer, I’m a bit bummed out that it’s on its way out of the door. The kids are back to school and while the weather isn’t getting any cooler, I am often caught daydreaming about hangin’ out on one of South Florida’s beaches. Just me and about 3-4 girlfriends wake up to a rented condo on the beach and after sleeping a full 7-8 hours, we wake up to cook breakfast and toss on our swimsuits and head to the beach.

Beach

We’ve got our books in tow, our reusable bottles of water, sunscreen and we are all set to lounge on the beach for hours at a time. Sounds glorious, right? Especially if you’ve already gone to Ideal Image to handle that hair “situation”. You wouldn’t have to worry about any last minute shaving on your trip and trust me when I say, every second counts.

Sunset

Laser hair removal just makes sense. Especially if you’re looking for a more convenient option that will give you confidence. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal  is a more permanent to getting rid of unwanted hair forever. For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering up to 70% off Laser Hair Removal services. Um, WOW! What an amazing deal. I’m a girl who doesn’t make much fuss over if she has a bit of stubble but I would looooove to rock a bod that is virtually free of hair under my arms and on that upper lip. Just sayin’.

My Mom and so many of my friends have done nothing but brag about the awesomeness that is laser hair removal so if it’s something you’ve thought about, scoot on over to Ideal Image, request more information, learn more about the treatments, and schedule your first visit! And you better tell me alllll about it.

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