The arrogance of it all. The pitfalls of fame (not me someone else).

Hello Skinlovers….

Grammas back again.

Let’s see what is my news.
O yes, I turned fifty on the 26th of November.
How did it go?
Well, here, let me tell you my tale of drama.

I get a phone calle sometime in October from a reputable company, they say we would like to invite you to a great event we are holding. It is with XXXXXXX from Lebanon (this guy is good an talented and very sweet that is NOT the issue read on and you will see) as most of you know I have an aversion to nearly all things lebanese especially since I do not believe that they a superior to us, damn but they work hard and are masters of promotion of self. So I said to them it is my birthday and yeah, why not it would be fun to see how he works.
The day of the event arrives, I show up and we wait. The set-up was like a school room a very extravagant one but still, row upon row black chairs with a stage and my thought was there is going to be a lot of people here damn! I had a table way at the back. So we were milling around talking and meeting and greeting and schmoozing. The main event arrives, and that’s were things went down hill (again I repeat this is not a reflection upon his skill and talent that is not in question) the dude was wearing a sweater and faded jeans, he looked as if he was going to his grandmother’s for thanksgiving (why am I focusing on this you aske, well, there are certain matters of etiquette to follow in events like these smart casual is de rigeur, but not frat boy college kid style, you wear a nice shirt, dark trousers and such)getting over that shock, we took our seats and the “Grand event” started.
Now is where the disaster struck, the dude didn’t even lift a brush, he was droning on iun a monotone voice about t he products, explaining in a low voice so that no one could hear the look of the season while an assistant did the applying.
I started boiling, literally boiling my friend sitting next to me could feel the anger, one of the mother company’s representative came over and asked me what I thought and this is what I said:
“I have a suggestion, maybe he should invest in some public speaking classes. This is unacceptable we were told that he would be showing us techniques or his style at least, NOTHING was mentioned about his assistant doing all the work”
She replied that his boyfriend/manager had told him not to apply any make-up since it wasn’t a master calss, and he has chronic shyness.
I said: “Well, then. He shouldn’t be doing this”

A friend of mine a make up artist who is lebanese too started to defend him by saying that he wasn’t a brand ambassador, and I looked at him like W T F? It stated it on the press release that this was a YSL event and he was here on their behalf and talking about their products how THE FUCK is he not a brand Ambassador???????????
So I got a migraine and that was my night ruined.
I didn’t go anywhere except home.

Now my points.
The people arranging did the best they could here are the problems.

  • Too many people.
  • You should never be so star-struck that you forget to get in writing a summary of what is going to happen so you can inform people about it.
  • You should not let themanagers rid rough-shod over you.
  • You should be sure the person doing the presentation is capable, no excuses.
  • You are responisble.

These are a few points. I mean seriously he might have thought he was smartly dresse but no, I do not accept that at all you are responsible for giving an appearance. What he was dressed as simply told me this: You guys are so unimportant that I am not even going to bother. And of course another point never let your spouse or your boyfriend be your manager especially if the shit doesn’t understand how these things work, just because you want your nookie while travelling so you bang THAT label on them so you get a ticket for them, sorry very unprofessional.
Where stage-fright is concerned take some damned public speaking lessons, get over it or do NOT under-take such a thing, it is disrespectful to the people who take time out of their schedules to see you. Seriously, I do not care how big a name you are. RESPECT is the key-word.

To the organisers.
They did a bang-up job, arranged it well, there is no fault on their side (except for being star-strruck and letting him and his manager get away with what they did). A bit of advice, always make sure you are armed with an appearance contract and that there are fixed protocols (as there should always be).

It was a terrible let-down, obviously I was the only one who felt like that, but the girls from the brand knew that and agreed, also they were aware of the fault but could do nothing.

I am just so sick of us being treated like we were just an incidental, I asked one of my lebanese friends in lebanon if this was the norm when she saw the picture of how he looked she was disgusted and taken-aback. soit isn’t just me.
Of course the social media cronies were all scrambling to take pictures with him, and kissing his arse. Yours truly is not a crony nor will I kiss anyones arse, I had actually said to one of the girls, that if this had happened a few years back I would’ve been shouting at him and his manager and then smacked them with a stool.
But this I did learn kudos to the lebanese they will stick with each other through thick and thin, the way my friend jumped to his defence was admirable, but bitch please, admit it, it was a shitty thing to happen and not professional at all.

So that was my little observation…….

Until next rant…….

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Why we are sliding down the slippery slope……. Never ending bureaucratic nightmares…………

Hello Skinlovers a rant…….

This will resonate strongly with all those people who have had to deal with the nightmare that is our bureaucracy.
My personal opinion is that there should be a purge in the upper tiers of the bureaucratic nightmare that is Customs and excise worldwide (but especially in our country)….. They are lording it over the people confiscating and putting taxes with no logical reasoning behind it.

I have copy pasted my status from facebook below:

Here’s a little tale of caution:
 
So basically that neverending story of our bureaucratic nonsense the nightmare continues.
 
So I placed an order (I do not blame the company I placed the order with but the bloody customs and excise that has no rhyme nor reason) they seem to be confiscating things:
 
The following would’ve been confiscated no reasons given or no logical reasons given because of course no logic required:
 
4K 30fps WiFi Ultra HD Waterproof Sports Action Camera,SONY Sensor,Time Lapse,Slow Motion, TWO Batteries Included
 
SYWHZ G1 Cutaway Body and Rear Adjustable Locknut Doual Action Gravity Feed Professional Airbrush with 0.3mm Nozzle for Makeup Body Art Nail Art Paint Cancelled
 
12 Color-US Cake Supply by Chefmaster Airbrush Cake Color Set – The 12 Most Popular Colors in 0.7 fl. oz. (20ml) Bottles Cancelled
 
Wilton 710-5501 Food Decorative Color Mist, Blue Cancelled
 
Wilton Red Color Mist Cancelled
 
Wilton Gold Color Mist Cancelled
 
1 X PointZero Brush Set for Airbrush Cleaning Cancelled
 
GotHobby 0.3mm Gravity Feed Dual-Action Airbrush Paint Spray Gun Kit Set Cancelled
 
Ready-to-use Metallic Pearlescent Baby Blue 100% Edible Food Paint for Cake and Icing Decoration Cancelled
 
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Pearlescent Cerise Cancelled
 
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Midnight Blue Cancelled
 
Ready-to-use Metallic Dark Gold 100% Edible Food Paint for Cake and Icing Decoration Cancelled 0.02 kg 1
 
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Light Gold Cancelled 0.01
 
Rainbow Dust Metallic Dark Silver Edible Food Paint 25ml
 
Orange/Gold UV/Glow in the Dark Pigment Powder – Medium 30-40 um-10g Cancelled
 
BLUE / SKY BLUE Glow in the Dark Pigment Powder 10g Cancelled
 
LILAC / PURPLE Glow in the Dark Pigment Powder 10g Cancelled
 
AQUA, BLUE/GREEN Glow in the Dark Pigment Powder 10g Cancelled
 
Those were just an example of some of the things that would’ve given problems……..
Of course there were more but it’d be toooooo long a list.
 
 
Now for the mind-boggling bit, you know what would have been allowed in with no problems. THESE:
B&S FEEL 24pcs Leather Packing Titanize Scissors Style Lock Tools and Single Hook Cancelled
 
Bidlsbs 5pcs Credit Card Hardware Multitools for Training Practice Lock Cancelled
 
 
So tell me again how we are suppose to be setting up businesses and investing and trying to create something that might blossom into a bigger thing.
When the people in certain bureaus and offices are the ones that are shoving the hurdles and making problems and are a dysfunctional unit that is ruining the country, my story is just the tip of the bureaucratic nightmare rampant in this country when small functionaries think they have the power to ruin everything. They make you jump through hoops of fire and then after all is said and done, one little troll will look at the paper and say nope not going to happen (but that seems to be the norm with bureaucrats all over the world)……..
 
Invest in Jordan my fat aunt Harriet. Not when they have literally driven every small business into bankruptcy and any investors who even thought of coming here saw the nightmare that is bureaucracy…..
 
Do something for your country I was once told, well, it’s a two way street, my country has to do something for me instead of forcing one to think that it’s time to leave for good and not look back, because this is what is happening, and they ask why is there a “brain drain”? Well sit with me and I can give you sooooooooooo many stories.
 
BLACK FRIDAY MY ARSE!
We keep on making summits and symposiums trying to bring investors into the country while the people trying to do start-ups, invent stuff are constantly blocked by those who are supposed to be helping them, problem is that if it is something outside their scope of miniscule brains and understanding it is an instant no this cannot be done. Yet when the people go abroad and make a success of it, they try to steal the credit, we all have stories like that.

And the powers that be are shocked when someone from here who made it big outside refuse to invest in our fair land, and they wonder why……. Ask me and I will tell you………
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This and phat! 😂

Hello Skinlovers.

I just felt like posting some images random ones at that. 😎

My mind goes in several directions at the same time. 😂

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The word of the day Job Numbskull/ Job Idiots (Danish: Fag Idioter)……

Hello skinlovers.

This had me laughing you know when you come across people who have a set-list and rote answers and there is not logic to their handling because that little thing called common sense is gone and virtually non-existent in their heads…..

Here for your reading pleasure is my tragi-comic tale of sorrow and lamentation, woe and despair.

I ordered something online and was waiting for confirmation of my order to give them their money (let say from the get-go that I do not blame the shipping company or the the lovely people where I placed my order, it really isn’t their fault at all) I have a hate hate relationship with some of the nitwits and bureaucratic nincompoops in the Customs and excise, and other departments involved running around like chickens without a head.
Here is my order and you guys tell me if there is something dangerous on it that makes sense to prohibit.

It’s just sad and abysmal the way dysfunctionality has taken over this town and you are the enemy if you dare call them out on it…….

1 X PointZero Brush Set for Airbrush Cleaning Cancelled 0.07 kg 1 $4.49 $4.49
Iwata-Medea Airbrush Cleaner 32 oz Cancelled 1.02 kg 1 $10.22 $10.22
GotHobby 0.3mm Gravity Feed Dual-Action Airbrush Paint Spray Gun Kit Set Cancelled 0.29 kg 1 $14.20 $14.20
Ready-to-use Metallic Pearlescent Baby Blue 100% Edible Food Paint for Cake and Icing Decoration Cancelled 0.1 kg 1 $4.60 $4.60
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Pearlescent Cerise Cancelled 0.03 kg 1 $7.25 $7.25
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Midnight Blue Cancelled 0.1 kg 1 $6.84 $6.84
Ready-to-use Metallic Dark Gold 100% Edible Food Paint for Cake and Icing Decoration Cancelled 0.02 kg 1 $6.60 $6.60
Rainbow Dust Metallic Paint Light Gold Cancelled 0.01 kg 1 $10.00 $10.00
Rainbow Dust Metallic Dark Silver Edible Food Paint 25ml Cancelled 0.07 kg 1 $6.60 $6.60
Waterproof Portable Face Facial Highlighter Stick Shimmer Powder Makeup Gold Cancelled 0.18 kg 1 $3.18 $3.18
Tattoo Junkee Skinny Dip Lip Paint + Lip Effects Cancelled 0.07 kg 1 $6.53 $6.53
Tattoo Junkee Bubble Gum Lip Paint + Lip Effects Cancelled 0.07 kg 1 $6.99 $6.99
Tattoo Junkee Cheeky Lip Paint + Lip Effects Cancelled 0.07 kg 1 $6.99 $6.99
Nikka Notto Liquid Eyeliner Waterproof Black, Precise Wear, All Day Cancelled 0.01 kg 1 $9.99 $9.99
Face Mask Brush, ESARORA Silicone Cosmetic Brush Set of 6 Face Mask Brush set and Eye makeup Brushes (Green)

So as you can see, it’s a very dangerous combination…..

Let give you the definition of the word FagIdiot/ Job Idiot.
It’s someone who is given a set of instructions and they promptly have blinders on and cannot use a) Common Sense b) Logic.
Simply put they have key words and they jump on them.

Another order is being stopped because there are the dreaded words
Glow in the dark UV pigments (take your pick I go with the words Pigment because there is the word pig in it. 😀 (Actually this just in it’s a combo of the JDEA and some others doing that. Sooooooooooooo.

Need I say more no I don’t think so.

#Nowondercompaniesdonotwantoinvestinthistown
#NowIunderstand
#HugeFailJDEAandCustomAndExcisJO

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True things and the truth stings.

Hello Skinlovers.

It has indeed been a while. I feel remiss in my attentions to you.

I wanted to write something deep and profound on the whole election debacle and then I said hell no there isn’t anything to do but wait and see what unfolds.
It is indeed entertaining in a comic-tragic way that USI (UNited States of Israel) has sunk to this level but it is to be expected. They showed their true colours, and the moderates and passives got their just deserves.

Now onto something else I am posting pictures to alleviate the whole doldrums of the election…..20160609_224734 20160706_042617 c360_2016-03-05-12-52-20-005 c360_2016-06-20-23-59-21-180 dsc00656 dsc00675 20150803_120232 20160407_142033 20160317_104818

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Distractions.

Greetings Skinlovers.

The title says it all. We were distracted by the election hype here in Jorda when it was all over we discovered:

Democracy. Not that much, when two of the most capable wmen mp’s were not re-elected. 

When people know shooting firearms at celebration with live rounds is illegal and yet they do it to celebrate an odious individual.

When ballot boxes didappear and are returned????????????

When a person gets killed by another for sharing a cartoon .

When you blink and the Jordan-Israel gas deal goes through even with the whole country objecting because it’s stolen gas. 

When the schism and cracks start to show with bigotry and intolerance. 

Did I leave anything out?


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Into the skin…. A piece about skincare and stuff.

Hello Skinlovers, Gramma’s back!:-D

 

This time I thought I would get back to my passions (other than wealthy manimals with deadly and fatal allergies), I am talking skincare and beauty……

While we were driven insane by countless heatwaves this happened:

The USFDA has declared that antibacterial soaps are not better than regular so, infact they have compiled a DO NOT USE list (which I will include below at the end of this post).

The USFDA have approved the Differin Gel by Galderma for OTC (Over The Counter) sale, this comes after extensive testing (hasn’t been done since 1988 I think I could be wrong memory is not what it used to be). 🙂

J&J (aka Johnson& Johnson) have partnered up with Xycrobe to research and develop a new system of skincare which is bacteria based, it’s benefits would be a new alternative path for the treatment of acne as a start.

The Buzzword re-emerging is Nutri-Cosmetics it comes up every few years, Imdeen was one of the first but now it is picking up in the USA, while in Europe slow and steady  progress, and Japan it has never gone out of style or fashion.

Another buzzword which is a very good thing to know it is “GreenWashing” when a company claims to be “Green” and Eco-friendly but in reality is not, consumers are more savvy and aware so companies have to watch out when claiming the eco-friendliness and green label.

For those suffering from Hyperpigmentation, Ageing signs, Psoriasis and some forms of heart disease, there is hope Pycnogenol (Pinus pinaster. French Maritime Pine Bark Extract), it’s shown a damned good track record in the healing and alleviation of a lot of the symptoms of aforementioned problems. Not to be too fancy but the active ingredients in pycnogenol can also be extracted from other sources, including peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark.

For the Manimals out there MMUK MAN is set to start being sold in the USA, it was rumoured in July that MMUK MAN was eyeing a space in Dubai mall for august, didn’t check on that. BUt it is the investment of the future as I predicted in 1982. Make-Up aka grooming for men would take-off eventually.

ANd while we are on the subject of manimal grooming, you know when the Koreans start targeting things it will catch on worldwide, so here we go. Several major companies are targeting men as their clients for grooming products amongst the companies are AmorePacific, IOPE and Innisfree these have launched successful skincare products and grooming exclusively for men.

Did you know there is an acne app for those whose skin is blemished by eruptions.
“MD Acne” a free app  that was invented by Dr. Oded Harth and Dr. Yoram Harth…… Hmmmm I wonder where they hail from. 10 guesses up to one.
Was soft launched in the Uk And USA and now ranks as the nr 1 in Acne apps in the UK and nr 19 in medical apps in the UK.

So when we say eat your greens we are not joking soon it will be WEAR YOUR GREENS! 😀
Researchers (John hopkins & ArizonaUniversity) have tentatively said thatSulforaphane, a phytomchemical is really beneficial when taken orally, but, now they have found out that if applied topically it might stave off the negative effects of the sun. Yup it is Broccoli that’s how good it is. 😀
Supposedly it activates a cancer-fighting gene known as NrF2 which can inhibit certain cancer causing pathways.

Now for some bad news, not only are Gingers at high risk of cancer but guess what? Now it has been shown that if you even have a copy of the ginger gene you could be screwed. Dammit. Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse they do.
If you have the Ginger gene you are a high risk person to develop cancer. There you go.

Now for some good news.
FOr those suffering from Aloecia Universalis there could be a solution. The Rheumatoid Arthritiis medication Tofacitinib Citrate in a topical form can regrow hair on head, and eyebrows and even armpits (though who would want that I do not know). They have also said it could also resolve some issues from Plaque Psoriasis (it’s already approved for that).

Also as a positive for hair loss prevention and growth, the glaucoma medication Bimatoprost can be used for growing hair on the scalp (as it is also used in a lot of lash growth serums).

As promised:
The DO NOT USE list for antibacterials:

Cloflucarban

Fluorosalan

HexaChlorophene

Hexylresorcinol

Iodine Complex (Ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxethylene soritan monolaurate)

Iodine Complex (Phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)

Nonyphylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine

Poloxamer-iodine complex.

Povidone-iodine 5% to 10%

Undecoylium chloride iodine complex

Methylbenzethonium Chloride

Phenol (greater than 1.5%)

Phenol (less than 1.5%)

Secondary amytricresols

Sodium oxychloresene

Tribromsalan

Triclocarban

Triclosan

Triple Dye

There you go what I do and do well innovative, ground-breaking beauty news. 😀

Put on my other head IMG-20130618-WA0001 IMG_20130208_113656

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