Are Women more averse to change and risk?

*Disclaimer: This blog post is based solely on my opinion and observations. Statements made have no factual research.*

I don’t know why this question came to my mind. Lately I’ve been observing certain trends around me. Now, it could be that all this just a funny coincidence. But who knows, there may be some truth to the matter.

I’ve often noticed that women try to avoid risks – necessary or unnecessary. For example, take a woman driver, she may speed occasionally, but you will hardly ever get an instance where she would be reckless and weaving between traffic. I do that, but do I do it often? Probably not.

How about change? Sometimes I feel, that women are not wholly open to change. It’s not like that they can’t cope with it. But often, you’ll see a woman very comfortable in her surroundings. They don’t switch jobs often and are more prone to going with the flow. I wonder is it in our inherent nature to be more grounded?

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Product Review: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Overall review: GOOD

I’m not a big fan of BB creams. For some reason they seem to leave a white shadow on my face and they feel very oily. So naturally, when the guy at the Maybelline counter asked me to try it, I was completely skeptical. But then, I tried it one the back of my hand and it seemed to blend in so well. I was pleasantly surprised. Given the price, I decided, why not?

I’ve been using the BB Cream for a week now and here’s why I am liking it

– blends really well into the skin
– just enough coverage (I don’t think they are meant to provide foundation like coverage)
– SPF 30 – love that, since I live in Dubai where the sun is strong even if it’s winter
– doesn’t leave face oily, just enough moisturization (although sometimes I use a moisturizer underneath)
– doesn’t ball up like brightening balms
– not heavy, does have a fresh feel
– super cheap

Downside:
– just a light cover, doesn’t really brighten
– can make skin look white only if too much is used
– can get a bit oily, again if too much is used in the day time

This is what the website claims:
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I found 4 out these 8 to be true – even skin tone, smoothes, SPF30, no heavy ingredients.

This is what looks like. Packaging is good as it comes in a tube:
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These are the ingredients
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There’s really no point in showing the consistency and how it looks on the skin, since it blends in really well.

The price in Dubai is about AED 40 (approximately US$8). It’s a pretty good product for the price.

20 days into 2014

I just realised that 20 days of this year has already passed and all I have to show for it on my blog is one entry. Towards the beginning of the year – day 3 or 4 – I had decided to start scheduling my blog posts. I had decided to mark out my calendar and post according to a schedule. I have no idea why I thought that might work. I have a busy job and I just lose track of the time that I should be spending on myself. Like writing up my blog. So what have I done for the past 20 days… just work? Well, I have been spending a lot of time cooking. I think if I didn’t do the job I’m doing right now, I would have liked to be a chef. Well all’s not lost, I still have time. But a total change of careers right now would take courage. I so admire people who can suddenly give up what they have been doing to turn to something new. I love reading about people who take up that challenge. But, then again may be sometimes there’s nothing wrong with trying to better things at the job that you’re already at. I have been thinking a lot about my life and what I’m doing and whether I would want to be different or any other way. Could I have made different decisions along the way and would that have drastically changed my life. Who knows? But what I do know is that I am blessed with the life I have.  

 

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions this year. I just want to see where the year takes me. I had a difficult year last year and a big change came my way. Something I hadn’t planned for. I just don’t want to make any resolutions this year. What I do want to do is look for ways to make myself better. Be better at work, be a better friend, be a better mother, be a better daughter and of course, just be a better person. I think I had lost my direction somewhat in the last year. Sometimes, that’s ok, as long as you don’t lose yourself. 

 

The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

my Moleskine Monthly Notebook 2014

*Warning: Picture heavy post*

One of resolutions for the new year was to switch to a Moleskine for work. As is the case with any stationery lover I lost track of time in the store and ended buying a bunch of notebooks. One of them is a pocket size Moleskine Monthly Notebook. It just so caught my fancy.

It’s the soft cover edition in black which makes it thinner and more flexible so I’m planning to stick it in my filofax.

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Moleskine Soft Cover

The first few pages is pretty standard of any Moleskine with the lovely cream coloured paper. Although, I’m very surprised as to how thin the paper has become over the years.
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It has a calendar and a year planner for 2014 and 2015. Flight duration, time zones, measures, international size charts etc. It also has a ruler as shown below (a feature I simply love).
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Then it has the month on two pages followed by two pages of notes. Once that finishes, about 40% of the notebook is just notes pages.
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It also comes with the standard back pocket, which to my surprise, was stuffed with these awesome stickers.
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I think I’m going to enjoy using this mini notebook obviously till I have another bout of planner dilemma.

Planner switch for 2014

It’s that time again, when I get restless about my planner. I’ve been consistent in using a Filofax for the last 18 months. Mostly the personal size. I did have a short brush with the A5, but soon realised I just couldn’t cope withe weight. So back to the smaller size, this time a compact. But then I travelled for a few weeks and realised I would need to carry quite a bit of information so I switched to my Malden. 

Now I’m back to feeling the weight, as I’m carrying around my laptop and all the other stuff in my bag. I’ve decided to make another switch. I’m thinking about using a Moleskine for work. I had once used the Week+Notes format and it worked quite well. I’m thinking about going back to it. It’s a really portable, workable size. Note-taking is quick and easy, plus I would have a week to view diary, which I must have. (I also love the paper in a Moleskine!)

I’m not giving up the Filofax though (heaven forbid!). But I am thinking about downsizing. Either I go back to a compact or I move to a pocket size. I got a love black Chameleon Filofax in Pocket. I love the feel of the Chameleon. I’ve only used it to write quotes and list books that I want to read. May be it’s time I make it more functional. It would be interesting to see how I get along. Making use of the compact would be an easier choice since I wouldn’t have to transfer my address pages. But I think it’s time for a challenge. I will dare myself to be different in 2014…..