Picture the scenery. You’re out shopping for a bargain. It’s the middle of the month. You’re pretty skint and looking for something decent but also on the cheap side. And then you spot it.
Now contrary to popular belief, I’m not a make-up wearer. However I do know that it can set you back a fortune.
I’ll never forget telling my girlfriend to pick some lipstick out in Boots. At the counter I remember rustling a fiver or two expecting the stick of colour to cost £6 or something. Essentially it’s just a glorified crayon. But I was wrong.
What I’m trying to say is that cosmetics are very pricey so when you spot a decent bargain you can be quick to snap it up although if this story is anything to go by you should be careful.
Police in Los Angeles, California seized a $700,000 batch of fake cosmetics and have since warned of the dangers of buying knock-off products after discovering they included faeces, reports The Sun.
LAPD raided 21 different shops in the city and took with them counterfeit products from brands such as Urban Decay, NARS, MAC and Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner.
After sending the products to the lab, Police Capt. Marc Reina, revealed that many of the fake products included ‘bacteria and human waste’.
Busted! Major Task Force hits 21 locations in the @LAFashionDist and nets $700,000 in Counterfeit cosmetics found to contain bacteria and human waste. The best price is not always the best deal! #ProtectingOurCommunity pic.twitter.com/gliJ8L2F9F
— Captain Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) April 13, 2018
Detective Rick Ishitani told ABC7:
They came back positive with a high level of bacteria and animal faeces.
Those faeces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they’re manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom – wherever they’re manufacturing this stuff.
He also explained:
If you’re getting something that’s 50 percent off, 75 percent off – it tells you that it’s bad.
Perhaps the most worrying part of all of this is that these items weren’t seized in some back alley market or a shop which prides itself on selling incredibly cheap goods, they were discovered in the LA Fashion District, a place you’d imagine is only top quality.
So what’s the answer, avoid buying make-up with a discount that you think is too good to be true. However don’t do what this kid did last year.
In late 2017, a child destroyed $1,300 worth of make-up on display in a Sephora store.
Lovers of make-up will probably find this image difficult to process but yes, you can see smashed up Make Up Forever eyeshadow.
Sephora shopper and makeup artist Brittney Nelson ‘about passed out’ when she saw the scene as she went in to the store in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday night.
Parents who not only bring their kids on inappropriate outings but let them run rampant are the worst…look at this, $1300 worth of MUF destroyed by an unattended child a Sephora.??? pic.twitter.com/za7B60ocjY
— ? (@sharplikeafox) November 14, 2017
$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being.
Tons of destroyed products and p*ssed Sephora cast members are a not a happy place to be.
Mammas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you…or them…or the expensive product.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.