As many of you have already heard...or felt, there was an earthquake in my neck of the woods on Tuesday. It was the largest earthquake to hit Virginia for over a century. The earthquake registered a 5.8 on the Richter scale and was located about 80 miles (128 Kilometers) south of where I live. When the quake hit around 1:50 PM and I had no idea what was going on. I was at work, at my desk when I felt and heard a rumbling. Now we have a fairly strong HVAC unit to cool the building and sometimes when it kicks on it makes a rumbling sound for about one second. But the quake lasted 1 whole minute and I knew quickly that it wasn't the HVAC. Then I remembered that there is construction going on near by and they were blasting, so I thought it was that, but the blasting lasts for a few seconds nothing like this. Then my desk unit started to shake and the walls were kinda moving. I liken it so being in a car going over a gravel road. About half way through I went to my office door and called out to my assistant and asked if she was OK and if she knew what the heck was going on. She didn't either. It wasn't until someone who was from our California office came in and said. "Yup! That was an earthquake!" My assistant and I are east coast born and raised so we had never experienced an earthquake before. It was shocking to us and kind of interesting. Of course I sat at my desk through most of the quake like an idiot instead of seeking cover UNDER my desk. DERP! Oh well. Maybe next time I'll know better. There have been 4 aftershocks since the first quake but I have not felt any of them. I was happy and relieved to hear no one was killed or injured during the quake, and while there was damage to many buildings it wasn't catastrophic. The Washington Monument (The big 555 foot obelisk) suffered some sever cracks in the pyramid section of the structure and the National Cathedral, down town, also lost a few spires and damaged some of the gargoyles around it, but no one was hurt. Of course many jokes started to surface after the quake, which I had no problem with. The quake didn't kill anyone, and there was minor damage for the most part. The part that irritated me was seeing a brands try to profit from the quake by tweeting "Earthquake got you stressed? Pamper your curls with a Deep Treatment. Your curls and nerves will thank you!" The company since took down the tweet and mention on its Facebook page, but not before a bunch of people called them on their sh!t. I was one of them. It's OK to make a joke, but to profit b/c of a natural disaster, when you have no reason to..well. it just seemed tacky. Sure if this company was in the business of say, masonry or earthquake proofing buildings, fine. That make s sense, but hair products. That's just lame. Perhaps I am overreacting, I'll give you all a chance to voice your opinion. I use products from that brand and probably would have stopped if they didn't remove the tweet. But they did, and I have to remember that it wasn't the owner of the brand saying that, it was some marketing intern or lackey that was responsible, so I can't be too angry. I mean it's just haircare after all. I digress. The quake hit, everyone, including me, Darthypie and Mr. Sith are fine, Floydiepie the bulldog was a little annoyed and the cat, Cujo...well he just didn't seem to be affected one bit.
On To The Poll!
1. Lip Of The Day - Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Passion. Brand spankin' new and straight from Sephora. a crimson red that is so incredibly pigmented I swear it is like a lipstick...but good for my lips! (check out the review on Friday!)
2. Did you feel the earthquake? Have you ever been in an earthquake? Did you know what was going on when it happened? If you have never been in a quake, what terrible natural disaster did you experience most recently? - Yes. Not before this one. No. Before the quake the most recent natural disaster I was in was the snowmageddon that took over the DC area dumping 20 inches in less than 24 hours.
3. Recent beauty acquisition? - Fresh Sugar Passion lip balm, Besame Crimson cream rouge!, and Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Shadow #3! OMG so many great reviews coming soon!
4. Do you think it was tacky for that company to tweet what they did about the earthquake? Do you think it is tacky to make jokes about the quake? - Yes. No. Yes I thought it was tacky but it didn't call for a boycott or anything extreme...plus they removed the tweet, which was good. And No. I don't think it is tacky to make jokes. If the quake had been that of the 1994 Northridge, CA quake proportions, then yes. it would have been very poor form to joke. But it wasn't.
5. Now that summer is coming to an end or spring is coming to you south of the equator or if you live in Southern, CA The days are getting slightly colder like 72 degrees versus 75. How is your skincare and makeup going to change? Or will it not change at all? - I don't think my skin care is going to change much at all. I am in a controlled climate long enough during the day that I need not worry about fluctuations in temperatures. I might moisturize a bit more if I'm in the AC for a long period of time. As for makeup. Not much will change except I might wear more red lipstick and darker nail polish colors.