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.

Dell Venue 11 Pro keyboard shot

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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I’m In The Intel Smart Squad!

Hey y’all! So I totally forgot to tell you…yours truly is the newest member in the Intel 2 in 1 Smart Squad. Weeee! I know you’re all like “Um…okay. What is that?” Good question. Intel has hand selected some influencers who they thought would be good fits to talk about the awesomeness that are their 2 in 1 devices. This opportunity speaks to my techie heart and I couldn’t be more honored to jump on board with an awesome brand. Each influencer will receive a device to use in their daily lives and then share the device’s perks with our social media networks. Easy for me! I am so here for the not just a latop but more than a tablet convenience of an  Intel 2 in 1 .

Not gonna lie – I’ve been a Mac girl for many years now but with the ole’ MacBook gettin’ old I have been entertaining the idea of getting a Windows computer. Mainly because no way will I ever spend $1K+ on a dumb laptop again. But also because I hopped in a Windows store a few months ago and was blown away at the operating system. I’m an old school Windows kid but I can’t wait to see what it’s like to use an Intel device daily.

I’ll be sure to let you know when the new family member gets here. In the meantime, check out the video below. Maybe then you’ll understand why I’m excited about getting my Intel 2 in 1 .

If you own a 2 in 1, let me know what you think!


#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between Clumps of Mascara and Intel This could include Intel providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

My iPad Mini Gets A Makeup Over Thanks To the Snugg!

Remember that time I reviewed the Snugg case for my iPad? Well guess what, cool guys and girls? They have the Snugg case for the iPad Mini.

Snugg iPad Mini case

I just about did cartwheels when I received a press sample of this case. I mean…how cute, right?

Snugg iPad mini

Reasonably priced at just $29.99, this Snugg iPad mini Leather Case Cover comes with all of the fixings as her older sister. You’ve got the ‘so durable that it survived an International trip’ cover…

Snugg case covers

If you really want to test the durability of your iPad case, try traveling with it. If it can survive the tossing, bumping, slipping and dumping that gadgets go through in transit, then honey, you’ve got a good case. Our pal the Snugg here, stood up beautifully and even survived an “almost accident” involving a swimming pool. Don’t ask.

Once you open the case and you’ve got nifty business card slots to the left and the Smart Cover capabilities.

Snugg for iPad

Which will never get old in my book. In my review of the Snug iPad 2 case, I had issues with the front facing camera not lining up correctly. This certainly isn’t a problem with the Mini.

Snugg iPad case cover

I’ve never understood why iPad cases are so ridiculously expensive but then provide you with zero features and oftentimes aren’t made to last. Considering the Snugg on my iPad 2 has been hangin’ in there since the moment I’ve got it, it’s safe to assume that the Snugg ROCKS in terms of durability. Even with a toddler in the house.

I’m hopin’ Grandmama Clumps isn’t reading this but Mother’s Day is coming up and I’ll be getting a Snugg case for her iPad Air. Surely she’ll love hers as much as I love mine.

Visit the website here to view all of the specs of this very awesome tablet case and cover.

Snugg iPad case

What kind of case do you use for your tablets?

Who needs more money for beauty splurges? I dooooo!

Times are hard yo. But I don’t have to tell you that. Those gas prices keep climbing and the cost of spinach these days are crazy. Fo reals. I’ve become even more frugal (which I thought was impossible) by doing little things like putting Elle in cloth diapers and cutting my cable. I am also a HUGE proponent of shopping at thrift stores. I was doing it before it became popular in a song. Ha! And I’m all about selling items I don’t use to get some cash. Like those old CDs that I have from the 90’s…yeah. Those can go. I’ve practically gone digital when it comes to listening to music so who needs a CD?

Magpie does!

DVDs

If you’ve got a stash of CDs and DVDS that are just collecting dust, you could be sitting on a goldmine. I’m serious! Selling your old unwanted goods online can have you racking in some money, honey. And even if it isn’t a significant amount, who doesn’t want to get $10 from movies that you’ll probably never watch again?

Magpie is cool because it’s simple and it costs you nothing to ship your CDs and DVDs out to them. There isn’t any wondering about how much you’ll get paid because after putting in barcode information, you instantly get a price as to what your item is worth. Esposo and I already have a stack of DVDs that we’re going to go through to see if we can sell ‘em and get some extra money.

I think I can survive without watching Home Alone 2 on DVD again. And I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix sooo yeahhhh.

Anyone else thinkin’ about saving money by selling CDs and DVDs?

 

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Plum Perfect – An App for Beauty Junkies

Soooo, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m pretty much ALWAYS connected with my phone. It’s the life of a blogger. I wake up, thank God for a new day and start feelin’ around the nightstand for my iPhone. It’s a way of life. I’ve got a gajillion apps on the iPhone but there are only a few that I use regularly. I’ve been playing around with it for a day or so but I’m starting to think that Plum Perfect may be one of those apps that I find myself checking daily.

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And here’s why…it’s an app JUST for us beauty lovers! Say whaaaat? But here’s the thing, it’s an intuitive app that actually works really well. I say “actually” because I’ve come across some pretty buggy apps that don’t seem to make the best suggestions. But Plum Perfect brought to you by BeautyStat.com is, well…perfect!

After downloading the FREE app on your download, it asks you to log-in and create an account. You’ll want to do this so that you can save whatever items you add on your wishlist. And from there, you take a pic…

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Ideally one in which your hair doesn’t look a hot mess like mine. Luckily the app didn’t judge me too harshly and shortly after uploading my picture, the app asked me which color signature best suited my complexion.

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And the options were pretty dead on too. I picked Dark; Cool & Soft Undertones and from there I got a slew of  options that would best fit my complexion. And they were spot on too. Not bad, uh? The app also allows you to shop for various beauty products by color.

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Most of the product suggestions were high-end brands but that’s okay with me because as much as I love drugstore beauty stuffs, I love Urban Decay, Lancome and Laura Mercier like the next gal. Plum Perfect is a pretty groovy app and I’ll be using it for when I need some inspiration. Sometimes I get in a bit of beauty rut and an app like this will keep me on my toes. I can dig it!

Get more information about Plum Perfect here and use the invite code: clumpsofmascara.

 

*Disclosure – This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 

Ridin’, flyin’ and electric slidin’ with my portable DVD player

I be ridin’ dirty.

I really shouldn’t even play like that considering the song is anything about riding around in a car with a Hello Kitty sticker on it. But I do ride a lot. I usually fly a lot too but this year I haven’t been as active with my airport hoppin’. Either way, when it comes to entertainment on the road, plane or train…I pretty much need it. When my cell phone dies and laptop is too heavy to tote with me, I’ve got an entertainment babe that weighs less than my MacBook.

Ta da! It’s a portable DVD player. Why am I just now getting this thing? I mean, honestly…I should have gotten one a long time ago. Besides being super practical, they’re just fun! Especially if you’re riding with kiddies.

The only kiddies in my life would be my fairy godchildren and I’m super excited that I can entertain them while in transit. Retailing for $139.99, I found the Audiovox Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player to be a great buy, especially if you plan on hitting the road this holiday season.

Pro’s
-The swivel screen is great for viewing on a sturdy surface.
-The 2 headphones and headphone spitter is ideal for sharing.
-You don’t have to buy additional accessories as the headrest mount & car bag come with purchase.
-It takes no time to go from headrest mount to carrying case.
-The price point is good for those who don’t want to spend hundreds on tablets but don’t want to drain their phones’ batteries watching movies.

Con’s
-I do wish the volume was a little louder. Then again, I may have blown my ear drums years ago.
-No BluRay DVD compatibility. That means it simply won’t play any BluRay DVDs.
-Battery life is only 4 hours. If you’ve got a car cigarette lighter or AC plug, you’re covered. But if you’re stuck on a plane ride that is more than 4 hours, you’re in trouble.
-The screen resolution is just okay. It’s not striking or fancy.

Did I mention that I love the accessories that come with the DVD player?



For more information, check out Audiovox and get your shoppin’ on at Amazon. Oh, and what did electric slidin’ have to do with this DVD player? Nothing really. It just rhymed with ridin’ and flyin’. ;)

Techies unite! There’s a new charger in town…

I’m one of those techies that keep chargers everywhere. I have one in my purse. One in my car. Three around the house and one at my office. Nothing sucks more than being stuc with a dead phone or iPod. And I know you’ve been there, haven’t you? I know, darling, I know.

I have recently added a new charger to my life and I just had to share it with you.



RCA’s Portable 2 Amp USB Charger is fantastic for cell phones, eBooks and and tablets. While it can be ideal for traveling on the go, I really like to keep it around the house too.

No more fighting over a charger and a plug. With this kid, you can charge two devices at once.

When you’re ready to hit the road, toss it in your purse….

Sorry fellas. Or bookbags. This charger is a total techies must have. Oh! And you can grab it at Amazon for a smooth $20. Not baaaad.

Any other “I keep chargers everywhere” gals in the house?

Got a smart phone? Love Macy’s?

If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then I’ve got somethin’ for you…

By the way, the above is meant to be said in a cheesy game show host voice. Kind of like Allen Ludden in Card Sharks. LOVED that show.

What was I talkin’ about again? Ah yesss…Macy’s has just won my heart. Aside from being a beauty girl, I’m a tech-y geek beyond belief. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Macy’s will be introducing personalized QR codes that will deliver videos directly to your phone. Don’t believe me? Use the barcode scanner on your phone to scan the image below.

The codes will give viewers an inside peek of trends and collections as well as give behind-the-scenes looks at brands and designers. Including Bobbi Brown and one of my favorite brands I.N.C. Keep an eye out for these special stars. They are spotted throughout Macy’s stories nationwide. Click here for additional deets.

Look for more ways to save with Macys coupons here.

 

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