The Perils of little miss “I can do it by my lonesome” (Or how to ruin your fortnight in 1 easy step). A cautionary tale.

Hello Skinlovers.

Grammas back back again. 🙂

Here is a cautionary tale of why you should ALWAYS consult professionals before you screw up your body/face/health.

This is a recent happening:
I get a phone-call from someone saying that her friend needs a consultation 911 asap with me.
The reason being, her friend had decided to buy false eyelash glue online to stick lash extensions on (her reasoning was that she would use her own glue and remover)…. Well we can all guess how that went?
The phone call I received was two days after that.
I said yes of course I said yes I always want to help out friends don’t I just?
So the young lady pops by with her eyelash glue remover, we tried that it was organic (yup go figure I still haven’t sleuthed that one out yet), of course it didn’t work, then we try Hemp oil as we all know (or should know) oils are the best dissolvers for most adhesives, unless they are polymer ones and such as these need their own solvent. Now I gave her the hemp oil to attempt to remove it.
Next day I phone and ask is there any success, and she says no and in fact her eyes got really puffy ( it has to be noted the missy was touching her eyes all the time and rubbing, so….), I asked what else she did to her eyes, and she said nothing, and I was sceptical so I told her you need to make two teabags of green tea put the teabags in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes and then place them on her eyes, and lo & behold! The facts came out she told me she had been putting ice on her eyelids, to which I asked if she had placed said ice in a plastic bag and wrapped the bag with a towel twice, and she replied no she did not but had put it in a tissue and put it directly on eyes. I told her you have a cold burn explains the puffines, add that to contact dermatitis and agitation of the skin et voila! Catastrophe (upside is that her eyes were not affected just the lid).
I advised her go to a professional lash technician and have them remove them, and then go to an opthalmologist or dermatologist whomever she can find. I also told her it was going to be cortisones all the way. And that is what happened ( she has to wait for a special glue for today to remove them, but she did see a doctor and he gave her exactly what I said corticosteroids). Bear in mind I had given her my industrial strength solvent and told her to let the professional or the Doctor use it as a last-ditch attempt, because it is the stuff we use to remove adhesive and prosthetics with.
Do NOT think you can do a short-cut when it comes to these kind of things, consult professionals who actually have an education as opposed to people who do not ( there are quite a few people who are “self-educated” but that is BS when it comes to skincare, that is an area where you NEED and MUST have an education and youtube is NOT a certified school, just saying) before embarking on self-experimentationals like that.
I know it’s tempting with internet shopping as easy as it is, but, still not a great idea. you do not know what you are getting yourself into, FYI I never suggest anything to be used on skin unless I have tested it out before-hand, what kind of person would I be if I didn’t test out products, how the frack would I know how they react (and I have REALLY hyper-sensitive skin).
And for you people out there saying you want false lashes, a lot of glues contain the following: Acetone, Formaldehyde, and Ammonia. That is one of the main reasons I really do NOT like the lashes it’s the glue. The sensitive skin ones are cellulose adhesives and polymers and that’s pure chemicals too sooooooooooo……….. Always do a patch test before using it on the eyes.
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Certified but NOT qualified (The Saga Continues);

Certified but NOT qualified (Not speaking about myself of course). 

Greetings Skinlovers.

Maybe it has been discussed before, and if so, it bears repeating.

I am sure nearly everyone has experienced this across the board in all levels of professional lives and workplaces.

I am addressing those miscreants who get a degree and without any experience (and unfortunatly some even with experience) suddenly become oracles while not really knowing of what they speak, sometimes it is harmless while at other times it is downright irresponsible and dangerous.

Make-up artists with no formal training talking about skincare and giving courses and certifying people (certifying to be what exactly?), the personal trainers that have no clue how to handle people with Blood-pressure and Glaucoma, Migraines and partial headaches (am not talking about influencers and such that’s a whole other mess for another time).

People claiming to be “Fashion Designers” who cannot thread a needle much less use it ( you know the type who take their “Inspiration” from magazines and take the dresses to be made andthen they are “Designers”), let us not get into the people who are gurus after an online course with no actual life experience, the ones who have the hubris of telling others how to live their lives.
I find the arrogance is astounding, how dare you!
The psychiatrists who are locally sourced who cannot speak english, or english teachers who cannot speak english, the list goes on-and-on. Add to that because a lot of them are so insecure they sabotage anyone who has more experience and knowledge than they possess.

So in the grand scheme of things I am sure so many of you have horror stories. I can regale you with many. Like watching so-called trainers destroy peoples joints and bodies, to the designers who plagiarise everyone, to the Artists who BS their way through everything.

But I don’t blame them as much as I blame the society who fosters an atmosphere where creatures like that can proliferate with impunity, and they are the ones who “get-ahead” because society (a mojority of which are clueless) want to be fooled.

The online magazines which promote unhealthy lifestyles, and try to peddle things that are simply a scam, also not their fault they are lemming-like they follow trends and have a disregard for scientific fact because they do not know better, and their knowledge is gleaned from an online article where they couldn’t be bothered to read beyone the headline or the first paragraph, and when you correct them, well, let’s just say you are being “difficult”, “negative”, and coming from a “bad place” (because they only take criticism from a “good place”, yeah whatever that means).

So here’s my Caveat Emptor for you:

Do your research, just because someone claims to be certified remember they are not necessarily qualified, also do not trust whenver you hear friends say oh this and that are the “Best” (insert profession here), it simply means that they had a positive experience (yay for them), as with everything it must be taken with a grain of salt. EVERY professional has their fan and their detractoers, so see both weight the information and remeber peoples vision are based on the lenses they are wearing, so you need to go deepr and find out the truth that best applies to you.

This blog is for entertainment purposes, if you disagree, move on and do not pollute my Direct messages, also if you feel triggered and targeted, then maybe that says more about you than me, and maybe just maybe this is the time for some much needed introspection, and navel-gazing, but, spare me your assumptions and suppositions.
Now as an adult you can agree or disagree, or even agree to disagree, these are my opinions based on the sum of my experiences, and if you are much younger than me, sorry, yours do not figure in my world, that is just how it is in my multiverse.
So either enjoy my blog for what it is informational entertainment (In order to get an idea of what I am about, I suggest you start reading my blogs from the beginning, don’t worry am not that much of a prolific writer, I rant and I entertain, for the grammar police, I sing the merry tune of Na na hey hey goodbye felicias), or NIFF-OFF.

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Stuff and nonsense.

Hello Skinlovers Gramma is back!

As I keep on harping on, I am not writing much because of the fact: If you haven’t got anything nice to say, then say nothing!

I think that’s about to change. 😂

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Once Upon A Time (A fable of a FashelWeek).

Greeting Skinlovers.

After a LONGER respite am back!

One knows one is not as prolific as one should be. But them there are the breaks.

We just had a “Fashion Week” in Amman… What can one say, oh yes, two of the most knowledgeable people on the Ammani “fashion” scene were somehow left off the guest-list (although it has recently come to ones attention that one was actually invited but that ones invite was “misplaced/lost” by the courier. Allegedly. After the fact, I am sceptical. It ranks up there with “the dog ate my homework”, so it is either due to amateurish ignorance or blatant incompetence you choose. Always follow up with phonecalls or emails asking if they received invites, and if you don’t then you are lazy). But one digressed.

So here we go. My notes gleaned from what I saw online and from the works exhibited in the hangar for

My gripes are as follows:

  • If you cannot sew a garment yourself, then you are not a designer.
  • If you cannot block out a pattern, you are not a designer.
  • If you cannot sketch, then you are not a designer.
  • If you blatantly copy line-for-line and the have the audacity to claim originality, once more you are not a designer.

The list goes-on and-on.

If you have the temerity to stand in front of one and hail yourselves as the latest “Bright Young Things” then I have sad news for you. Your boasts ring hollow and tarnished. You and your “mentor” are false idols, copyists at best phonies at worst.

And to those who kept saying that one should support this endeavour. I say this. SCREW YOU. One is one of the first in line to encourage and forster and inspire younglings, it’s not ones fault if they cannot handle constructive criticism or advice.

One does source out ones knowledge, and one does tell the truth. The fact that everyone was blowing smoke up the organisers arse, and the “designers” too is not my problem. That is not my job. When someone stands in front of one and waffles on that these designers are euro standard, then you are doing yourself and them a disservice.

In order for a “Fashion Week” to be just that then you need to have an industry so as to attract buyers, and global scale fashion editors. But sadly that was not the case, and you would be deluding yourself. Said mentor fell short, since said mentor is and was clueless about how things really work in this business. Said mentor said to one once after her copyness made a coup-de-grace buggering up a photoshoot “there are no rules in fashion” to which ones rhetort was “How trite & condescending, where’d you pilfer that nugget of wisdom from. There might not be rules in fashion, but there’s a bloody system. A system of which you are clueless of its mechanisation” and that was the crux of the whole debacle called “Jordan Fashel Week” (For those not in the know Fashel is Arabic for failure). All that aside kudos to the team for their efforts, there are a lot of promising designers-in-the making, but please do yourselves a favour. Learn the history of fashion, educate yourselves about craftsmanship and finishing (my complaint about nearly every regional designer) and be modest and listen. Some of us relics actually do know of what we speak.

ولكم الباقي.

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More artsy Stuff.

Greetings Skinlovers.

Here are some varied artsy stuff to alleviate the doldrums of the ambience in this town. Amman/Jordan. 😀


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So no surprises here. Move along!

Greetings Fleecelings.

Hello there Skinlovers. Gramma’s back.

In case anyone was living under a rock there have been demonstrations in Jordan about a tax law, and not even 24 hrs after that they tried to hike the prices on everything. Electricity, fuel, water (funnily enough though electricity and water were privatised).
Let me break it down for you.
In most civilised countries taxes are raised proportionate with the cost of living, meaning that when you raise taxes usually wage raises are also to follow, but not in Jordan, it seems some companies take it upon themselves in the spirit of patriotism to cut wages using the tired old chestnut of “you know times are hard”. Well The latest fiasco was a tax law that required EVERYONE over the age of 18 to register for a tax number, whether you are working or not, and that every month you had to fill in a paper stamped by every single gvt institution that you didn’t owe them anything or have any properties and such. Disregarding the fact that they excised and removed any tax breaks and lowered the taxation limit from 24/25 thousand to 8000 to 4000 Jds, yes indeedy (allegedly) am not a tax person but you get the gist. Add to that the exorbitant amount of VAT, add to that that 40%+ of your mobile phone (excluding VAT and special tax of 3% goes to the govt again the numbers vary).
In most countries when you pay taxes, you are given things in return like education, healthcare you know small things like that. But it seems we in this country are here to fill the coffers of the treasury after the govt has squandered everything tima and again (allegedly) you get the gist again. The people have had enough it seem. They are all saying the same hands off our paycheck. Did I mention the idea that even if you are not living in Jordan you have to have the tax nr, and fuill out that form, yes indeedy and if you fail to do that you will be fined,  do the math we are nearly 6 million people I rest my case. But what would I know I suck at math. 🙂

The disconnect between the present govt and parliament (of the people) and the people is astounding. The sheer hubris and temerity of them to think that they can just keep on raising the taxes and then blaming the IMF and the World Bank, that doesn’t fly anymore.

So to sum it up there might be a reshuffle or a total change of govt/parliament and so on and so forth in the offing, here is the rub. We are one of those countries were we have had more reshuffles than anywhere else in the world. The ministers who were incompetent get their retirement salaries/pensions whatever happens if they’ve served a year or a day it’s the same (so I am told).

I am just pondering what is going on.

Failed nuclear programmes foisted upon the people (costing double digit millions a year for writing reports), now they are looking for another company to build the reactor since the first one pulled out. That means more reports (for double digit millions a year have to be written).
Roll backs on the incentives of Solar/ green energy. Need I say more. Remember this is from governments that promise alternative energy sources, and then rolled back and raised taxes and taxed everything to do with green energy.

Did I miss anything? Do correct me if I am wrong with my information.
The information I have are readily available I didn’t make anything up so, please feel free to correct if I got anything out there wrong.

Enjoy your day.

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Videos purporting to be of use while spreading a false sense of hope.

Hello Skinlovers.

Grumpy Gramma’s back.

With regards to the “it gets better” video (the arabic version):
It gets easier for whom exactly? Not the ones living in the middle-east/the region. Just because some NGO sponsored a chirpy little video the reality on the ground is far from optimal (as you well know).
People can still get ostracised & killled by their families.
I applaud the efforts and the courage of the participants in this bit of propaganda. But the reality so not safe, and what good is it to know “you are not alone” or “it gets better” says who?
My advice to the younglings struggling is tolearn martial arts, and work on their self-esteem and make something of themselves. Because with that kind of strength NO ONE can bring you down. NO ONE!
Become more insidious and militant but be savvy about it.
The main thing is to keep fighting through the courts and politicos. And get every bit of foreign aid to have the “Human rights of gays” attached to it. Once the wallet is hit then they will start to change their perceptions.
That is how you affect a change.
Maybe it’s because I fought so long that to see this video and the false security and promise it brings that just irks me and rubs me the wrong way.
It’s that usual promise of nothing that gets me. A promise that they can get help and that it gets better. But not really. THey have more role models these days, which is amazing. But still the mentality of the region backwards and obsolete, archaic in its structure.
I want to see REAL help not some empty platitudes of false aid where none is forthcoming.
I feel such sadness for the youth of the region who really stand to lose all their rights and the right to living based on some stupid macho-posturing created by homophobes who run the various institutions that prey on the “weaker” segment of society, the outcasts if you willl.
But that’s just me.
I really am fed-up with the whole west philosophy of “we know what’s best for you let us tell you how it should be” mentality, O really like the spreading of democracy in oil rich countries? Hmmm?
Like the fact you go in create chaos without understanding the culture?
Like the fact at the first sign of trouble you flee with your tails between your legs?

I am old and I have seen it happen too many times to fall for that schpiel.

So no thank you. Harsh reality is that it doesn’t get better. But you can make a stand by not being weak, and not letting anyone run rough-shod all over you.

Stand your ground.
And pick your battles well.
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