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

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

 

Photo Credit: Visual Hunt.com

 

 

 

New to Bollywood?

I’ve been an uber filmy geek, and specifically a Bollywood fan, ever since I was young. If you are new to Indian Movies, or are tired from your local movie choices and willing to venture into new lands, here are my Top 10 Bollywood Movies.

Note: The following are ranked in order of my personal enjoyment. It doesn’t not mean that they are the best in their respective genres neither does it mean that your opinion on the said movie should match mine in any way. 

 

Let’s get started:

 

#10: Hum Tum

This 2004 romantic comedy inspired by ‘When Harry met Sally…” It is funny and adorable, while predictable at times, it’s also the movie you’d want to watch on a girls-only movie night. It follows two seemingly opposite characters and how their dislike towards each other soon changes into friendship and then into love. This title translate to “You and Me”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#9: Aankhen

This 2002 heist thriller was like none other. Three men rob a bank. The plot twist? They are three blind men. This movie has two different endings, both being satisfactory in their own way. While I’m not giving any spoilers, the movie kept me on edge at all times. It’s a must-watch for heist-plot fans like me. The title translates to “Eyes”.

 

#8: Luck

This 2009 action-thriller was adapted from a Spanish Film, Intacto. The film starts of with introducing a bunch of characters and how ‘lucky’ they are. They are gathered to play a game of chance, where the looser would loose his life, and the winner would proceed to the next round. In each round I found myself holding my breath. While the final climax felt a little less impactful, the ending was overall satisfactory.

 

#7: Dhoom 2

This is the second installment in the Dhoom heist thriller-series. While the story is loosely connected to the first installment, it can still be watch independently. It includes fast action, though done a bit over the top, it’s still enjoyable, a romance sequence underlining the main plot, and some (attempt) at comedy. While I’m not a fan of Action-Comedy, the ‘action’ part of the series sell it to me. The title translates to “Blast”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#6: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

This 2016 Drama movie is centered around a the topic of unreciprocated love. It includes several references from many difference Indian movies, which makes up the light-hearted first-half of the film, so it probably won’t be as funny to a new Bollywood watcher as it would be to someone who understands the source of the references. The second-half of the movie shifts gears and brings the ‘drama’ aspect to it. By the time the movie ends, you sit there with a heavy heart. The title translates to “O Heart, it is difficult”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#5: Veer-Zara

This 2004 Drama movie is considered a modern classic in the genre by its respective fans. The story follows an Indian Pilot and a Pakistani woman. Their journey and struggles are beautifully portrayed, leading up to the final ending scene, where love finally wins. I can safely say, I ugly-cried more than once while watching it. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#4: Main Hoon Na

This 2004 movie encompass almost all genres, from action to comedy and even romance, all the while staying true to the main plot line. It’s great for family movie time or even with friends. The title translates to “I am here”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#3: Jab We Met

This 2007 romantic-comedy was liked by audiences young and old alike. It has palpable romance and good comedy in equal proportions making it a must-watch. The title translates to “When we met”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

#2: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

This 2011 drama road film explores friendship. It follows three friends, with very different personalities, on a bachelor road trip across Spain. During the trip, they find courage to overcome personal differences and passion for a new goal to strive for. The title translates to “You won’t get this life again”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 

And finally, my all time favorite:

#1: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

This 2013 romantic-drama revolves around friendship and relationships. The characters portrayed have relatable personalities and even the issues that rise up, aren’t too far fetched. The friendships shown feel real and will make you nostalgic of your university life. After watching this, you would want to organize a reunion with your squad too. The title translate to “This youth is crazy”. [Watch on Amazon – Affiliate link]

 


There you have it, my Top 10 Bollywood movies. I’ll probably edit this list as new movies add in.

Have you watched any? Let me know your thoughts!

 

🙂 FTK

 

Photo Credit: Visual Hunt.com

 

Big Fish, Small Fish

In the decade of social networking and on-demand living, some businesses may still be suffering, while others find new goals to achieve.

The proverb ‘big fish eats small fish‘ is becoming more relevant than ever. When large organizations go global, they unknowingly wipe out some local businesses in both, their home country and abroad.

 

Who is affected?

Everyone.

From your local farmer’s market, to that indie bookstore around the corner, or perhaps even your neighbor who is a freelancer, or your friend who is a full-time Youtuber.

 

Why are they affected?

When big businesses get bigger, they can easily meet economies of scale  – which means they can produce more for less, which in return translates to better profit margins with reduced prices.

What’s in the mind of an average consumer? Obviously, getting the better deal. Big companies have a quality standard they commit to and if the average consumer can get same (or higher) quality than the local produce at a lower (or same) price, they will take it.

Then what happens if that single average consumer was one of the twenty people who visits (for example) a local flower shop (a small startup)? The shop would see a drop in sales, but it would be slightly recoverable. But if more and more consumers shift, the shop would see a drastic decline in sales, while their expenses remain same (or increase), they are likely to close the shop sooner or later.

 

From experience, I saw two drastic changes around me, that made me write this post.

YouTube: I follow several Youtubers who make content full-time and all what they get is earnings from YouTube Monetization. Last month, they were pledging against the “New Monetization Rules“. I looked those up, and watched their videos where they explained how it would effect them. Basically, YouTube made Monetization only available to the ‘almost popular to very popular’ content creators, while everyone else is left to lick their dust.

Goodreads: This site is great for authors and readers alike, where they can converge and discuss books they like. Recently, as a newly turned author, I posted a giveaway for my book in January. While NetGalley is another great site for having your book available tp readers; but as their packages start from +$200, I decided to stick with Goodreads. Soon enough, Goodreads announced a change in their Giveaway policies. With the newly added price tag of giveaway packages starting from +$120, self-published authors like me and other small publishers, would think twice now to host giveaways.

 

In short.

Big Fish (companies) have money to make huge investments and also to recover lost sales or expenses. Small Fish (local startups, freelancers, etc.) have limited cash and a regular expense, and so they depend highly on those possibly limited sales.

 

How can you, a consumer, help?

All I can say is support local businesses whenever you can. Most times you might not like the quality or the price, but local businesses (artists, freelancers, authors, etc.) are willing to take one extra step for their local clients in the form of unique products, special customer service, or even discounts. Their earnings are often reinvested to provide better product/service, or used as their living expenses. In both cases, it provides an overall benefit to the local society.

 

🙂 FTK

 

Photo Credit: Visual Hunt.com