After something as horrific and devastating as a car crash, small crumbs of comfort suddenly take on a much greater importance. When your world has collapsed around you and your face and body is all beat up, the fact that your makeup still looks boss can be enough to lift the spirits, just a little!
This was the case for 25-year-old Boston nurse Shelby Pagan, who was hit by a car doing 55 mph by the side of the road after running out of gas. “I was treated for cervical strain, closed head injury, head laceration and knee contusion. I participated in physical therapy for a few weeks and have recovered,” she told Bored Panda. “I consider myself lucky to have walked away from the accident relatively unhurt and alive.”
After taking a picture of herself for police to use as evidence, she was pleasantly surprised by the durability of her eyeliner. After all the crying and wiping of blood, it still looked amazing and she received many compliments on an Instagram post of her selfie. So she decided to leave a glowing review on the site of the product. After all, if an eyeliner can survive post-crash sobs and hospital treatment, it’s definitely doing its job!
Her hilarious review was boosted by Twitter user Lahari Manchikanti, who spotted it and had to share. Her tweet went viral and Shelby’s review has attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands. People have even started sharing their own post-accident makeup pics! Shelby has taken the unexpected attention in her stride. “I think the reaction is comical and in all good fun,” she told us. “I definitely never in my life thought I would become a meme! I originally reached out to Lahari to tell her it was me. Her post was pretty damn funny, although no one likes being the butt of a joke, it’s something I would have done. If you can’t laugh at yourself what is your life?”
The makeup brand have definitely gotten some good exposure from Shelby’s review, to the extent that people reckon that she should get a little recognition. It turns out she has! “I woke up this morning to Kat Von D leaving some hearts in the comment section of my Instagram,” she told Bored Panda. “It’s kind of surreal that someone I’ve always looked up to noticed me. Everyone keeps saying ‘she deserves free make up!’ And I’m over here thinking in a dream world I’d get a tattoo done by her.” Who knows Shelby, maybe one day…
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