When teenager, Larissa Reynolds, used a fake Kylie Jenner lip kit she was left needing urgent medical treatment. She bought the lip kit for $5 and the 19-year-old’s top lip immediately started to balloon up after using it only once.
The liquid lipstick was in the shade of Love Bite and she wore it while having fun with friends on a Thursday night. It all was fun and games until the next morning she was left with a swollen lip, the size of a 2p piece. Larissa feared that her “lip was going to drop off.”
She started to swell immediately after using the fake Kylie Cosmetics lip kit.
Now, she has a message for all the women who use makeup.
According to the Daily Mail, Miss Reynolds, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said: “At the end of the night there was a tingling sensation on my lip but I didn’t think anything of it.
“When I woke up it was a small lump which was pretty sore and about the size of a 1p piece.
“As the day went on I could feel it getting bigger and bigger – it felt like my lip was going to drop off.
“At its biggest size it was yellow, it looked like I had a slug on my lip, and it was hanging over my bottom lip, it was horrible.”
The original product costs $29.99 and as Kylie Jenner herself claimed, you can only find it on her website. After the lip started to swell she put ice on it but then was urged to go to the hospital.
She said: “I felt quite ill and was a bit run down. I FaceTimed my friend who told me to go to hospital.
“I tried ice but it just took the swelling down a tiny bit – as it got bigger it went yellow too.
“I couldn’t get to A&E so rang my doctors and got an emergency appointment where my GP confirmed it was definitely an allergic reaction and I was told to throw the lip kit away.
“I was advised to take allergy relief medication which I bought over the counter and was told if it got worse and started to affect my breathing to call 999.
“It’s quite frightening to think fake make-up can cause a reaction like that.”
Larissa bought the product via Facebook from a girl that sells them at a car boot sales.
She added: “I want to show people what could happen if you buy fake make-up.
“It’s tempting because the real thing is a lot more expensive and I got mine for just £5.
“The swelling has gone down but it still feels cracked underneath.
“I don’t want anyone else to have the same reaction as me. I want everyone to know it’s just not worth it, I’ve learned the lesson the hard way.”
Founder of Safety In Beauty campaign Antonia Mariconda said: “Fake cosmetics continue to remain a top five priority of concern at Safety in Beauty.”
This is the fake lip kit she purchased online.
The woman she bought the makeup from, immediately apologized to her.
This is the real version of the product.
“With social media increasingly adding pressure certain brands have become status symbols and high prices are driving younger customers to seek out cut-price bargains.
“Fake cosmetics contain potentially dangerous sub-standard ingredients that can lead to serious skin reactions and have long term implications – we urge all people looking for cut-price brand cosmetics to not buy online unless from reputable sources and online retailers.
“If unsure please check with customer services of the brand and they’ll be able to quickly tell you if the product or brand is genuine.”
A Facebook Spokesperson said, “Items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with our Community Standards, as well as the Commerce Policies.
“The sale of goods, items or posts that we determine may be or are fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or offensive is prohibited on Facebook.’