How Much is My Face Worth?

I’ve seen “How much is my face Worth?” tag repeatedly in my feed. So, I’m joining the bandwagon.

Here I’ll list the products I use for daily work. Of course, there are some changes in the products when I’m dressing up to go ‘out-out’. I estimate it to be around $30?

Note: This post contains Affiliate links.

 

 

Daily:

Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, 3 Fl. Oz.  ($8.09)

Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum Spf 20, Neutral To Tan 40, 1 Oz. ($9.74)

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Deep, 0.23 fl. oz. ($5.09)

Eyeliner: Maybelline- Colossal Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Black ($5.08)

Lipliner: Prestige Waterproof Automatic Lipliner, Plum, 0.009 Ounce ($7.51)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Coffee Buzz, 0.26 fl. oz. ($4.99)

Lipgloss: Labello Strawberry Lip Balm ($6.49)

 

Alternatives:

Foundation: Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup, 80 Medium Beige, 1 Fl. Oz. ($9.79)

Eyeliner: Maybelline New York New The Colossal Kajal - Super Black (2X Blacker) Waterproof 16Hours Intense. ($19.90)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Possessed Plum, 0.26 fl. oz. ($5.99)

Lipgloss: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss "PRALINE PARADISE : SHIMMER 25 " MINI SIZE 0.16 Oz. / 4.6ml ($4.50)

 

Total: $46.99 to $60.87

 

Well, wow! I underestimated it by almost half. I didn’t expect to spend so much when “I don’t even do makeup” kinda gal. But, oh well. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous – Coco Chanel.

 

How much do you expect your face to be worth? Let me know on twitter!

 

🙂 FTK

Taking it Easy

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been feeling pressurized to post something. Since I started this blog with one-post-a-week, I try my best to keep up with it.
But…

I thought back to why I started writing, why I started my blog in the first place.

Writing for me, is a form of expression, if it’s forced or copied, it loses its essence. So, posting ‘something’ for the sake of posting was out of question. What I post needs to be matter at least to myself and my readers.

Being (crazy) busy with work and ‘freelance’ work, and well, life in general, has me distracted from posting; and the duration of me being ‘on hiatus’ kept extending, until it was a constant nag in my head.

That’s when I realized it’s not something I ‘do’ because I’m told to do so, but because I like it. Same with freelancing, organizing your time and planning ahead is one thing, but beating yourself for not meeting your deadlines is something different.

I’ve seen many content creators that go through this debate. They either ‘give-up’ or turn the tide by taking the wheel in their hands again. Not posting for a while might affect your follower count, but those followers might leave even you are posting great content, so while, yes, analytics is important, it doesn’t mean that you have to constantly fret about it. Creating unnecessary content decreases the overall quality of your posts. So instead, take your sweet time in creating meaningful content is the better option, at least for me.

That being said, I’ll still try to post whenever I can but definitely will try not to stress over it repeatedly.

In the meantime, I’ll be happy to host Guest posts on my blog! – You can always email/tweet to me if you are interested.

 

🙂 FTK

An Ember in the Ashes: Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirI was super unsure if this book would be able to live up to the hype. So, I bought a kindle copy and was instantly hooked from the first page. Two chapters later, I knew I just had to buy the paperback, which I finished reading within two days.

The story has all the YA tropes, without being cliche (with I absolutely loved). It made it unique in it’s own way. The story alternates between POV’s of the main two characters, Elias the Soldier, and Laia the slave. It is a character driven story, with each chapter leaving you wanting more.

Laia, being a YA-lead was unlike other YA-leads. Laia would be unsure and lack confidence but she was determined and that is what gave her the fighting spirit she needed to survive.

Elias too, while being good-looking, caring, and what-not, was unlike other ‘brooding YA hunks who are just into girls. Elias wants to be free, but not at the cost of something he cares about.

The side characters are equally likable (Izzi, Keenan) and despicable (Marcus, Commandment). I definitely want to know more about Helene and Cook. I feel those characters were deliberately kept in shadows and can’t help but wonder their backstory.

The romance doesn’t feel forced. It has an awesome buildup that seems natural. The magical element came to me as a surprise but it also didn’t feel out of place. While several plot-points and explanations is saved for the sequel books, overall it was well-written and I can’t wait to start Book 2.

 

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Wilting Mind: Featured Review

Wilting MindWilting Mind is a collection of free-verse poetry that tells about loss, anxiety and healing through faith. It’s a beautiful collection, which reminded me of my friends, those lost to the world, and those lost to God’ and I also lost few tears. Islaih tells her journey of healing by Faith, Friends and Family. Their support and belief can give you strength even in the darkest of times. It reminded me to cherish my time with them and never take any blessings for granted. The writing style reminded me of how one would write in a diary to feel better at expressing their thoughts on paper. At times I felt the poems didn’t quite flow that well, but overall it carried the feel.

 

Overall: 4 out of 5

 

*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

What’s a Business Process

Working as a business analyst, the most common question I get is “What is a Business Process?”

I often sigh when a new member joins our cross-functional team, and then I take out my “Business Process 101” power point and spend the next hour explaining them what theoretically is their own work.

This is how that conversation goes:

Me: Please send me the business process of your department.

Team Member (from Marketing Department): Uhm. Sure.

Team Member [4 Hours later]: “Marketing plan is drafted. Budget is allocated. Marketing plan is executed.”

Me: (Internally shouting) Please expand to include more details.

Team Member [3 days later]: Help.

 

While I might have exaggerated a bit in the example above, it is not very far from reality. Often non-business folk (and including some business-folk too) don’t realize the importance of a process map. It is needed to layout the whole process, from start to finish, to observe the run time of the process and to notice any bottle-necks that slow down the whole thing. Once we, business analysts, analyst it, we recommend, plan and implement certain methodologies  that improve the overall efficiency of the process.

 

I developed a 5-question checklist that I use to evaluate all process maps:

  1. What is the high-level activity?
  2. What are the sub-steps? Tasks? (Who, What, How, Where, When)
  3. Are there any decisions to be made? (Will have Yes/No answer)
  4. What are the tasks? Frequency of this task? (current path)
  5. What are the Exceptions &/or Conditions? (alternative path)

Does your process answer all those questions? Is there something missing? One of the biggest thing people forget is to reiterate what they’ve done. A process is a flowchart. A flowchart can be arranged in numerous different ways. What is the most efficient way to display (this) information? Does the new format answer all those questions? What’s Missing? Can this be understood by someone who has nothing to do with this industry/organization?

 

Once you have revised, revised, and revised your process map, and have looked at it from various angles and reconfirmed the process from different people from that department, it is time to call it “Final.pdf”.

 

Of course, Process Improvement is an ongoing process in itself, so that “Final.pdf” might end up as “FinalFinal7.pdf”. Also, business processes vary from person-to-organization-to-industry. No template fits-all, so this is all a guideline, it works for me, it might work for you too.

 

🙂 FTK

 

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