Thursday, 7 May 2015

Counterfeit Make up!

We live in a world of technology, which allows us access to products from any part of the world. Some cheaper and some more expensive. I thought it might be worthwhile share a few points on "fake" "dupe" "replica" makeup.

Yes we all love a good bargain, but it is still very important to be aware of the ingredients in the products we use. For example, the following ingredients are some of the most commonly found in these kinds of products: lead, arsenic, copper and mercury to name a few - I'm sure the list of possible cocktails is unending. These types of ingredients are known toxins to the body, best case scenario, you may just have an allergic reaction... opposite end of the scale, things like brain damage, cancer, side effects passed on to babies in pregnant women etc.

Think to yourself, yes, you want to look good, but is it really worth it to have some type of complication in the long run?

Could this be the cause of your acne, pigmentation issues, psoriasis etc?



Ways to spot a fake...
Most big and reputable brands will house their own products in their own branded stores, alternatively, you will find them in reputable department stores/stockists. For example, MAC, is a brand that has sadly been "copied" and is sold by people claiming to have bought it from other countries, or on ebay etc.. But, if you know MAC very well, you will know that you can only buy their products in their branded stores or online at their official website.

Counterfeit make up tends to be sold well below retail price, but not quite cheap enough for you to become suspicious, and double question the authenticity. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If you own the original product and compare with the counterfeit one, you will definitely spot some differences. Be it different size font on the packaging, different consistency and wearablity of the product, slight differences in shade/colour, size of the applicator brush etc



So now what...
If you know you are not in a position to splurge out on high-end cosmetics, go for the mainstream/high-street ones. There are many official stockists of some fabulous high street brands. You will not only find they are good value for money, but they are good quality, reputable with long wearing benefits. All you need to do it have a look around and try new brands.




Have you ever had a bad experience after buying cosmetics that were not from an official source? Do you use "high street" or non "high end" brands and which are your favourites?


14 comments:

  1. This is a great post, I don't often get to splurge on high-end makeup products but when I do I certainly don't want to buy a fake brand product. I have never bought makeup on Ebay. If I do, I'll certainly, keep your post in mind.

    XX

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    1. Thank you Ella. Glad I could be useful. Have a great weekend xx

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  2. thank you for this post, I will definitely keep it in mind :)
    www.floraalemily.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Emily, appreciate the comment. xx

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  3. This is a really helpful post and you've got some real, interesting points!

    I find it tempting to buy the 'fakes' but what does stop me is that you have absolutely no idea what they put into them things, can't afford to put any of that anywhere near my face!

    Halima

    www.fashionicide.com

    xo

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    1. Thank you. Glad there were some useful bits in there for you. And you're so right there is nothing worth ruining your face for!

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  4. interesting post! i always buy straight from proper retailers instead of being lure in by a cheap deal

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    ps. win USA beauty goodies from lorac, tarte etc on my blog! click here.

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    1. Good on you Helen, some things are just not worth out wellbeing! Thank you for stopping by x

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  5. Great post, defiantly going to check out the ingredient of products

    http://emmajane01.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Please do, glad you found it useful x

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  6. Very resourceful, no more counterfeits, can damage skin too

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    1. Thank you sis. You're absolutely right. Your comment means the world to me xoxo

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  7. This is so important to write about! I've heard some real horror stories, of people going blind from using counterfeit mascaras! Horrible. It's so easy to buy products cheaper with discount codes/sales so I don't really see why you'd pay a fraction less for a massive risk like going blind! Also, there are dupes everywhere!! Love your post xxxx

    http://gbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback Gweni. I completely agree with you there. I just cannot understand why one would risk permanent damage for momentary satisfaction! Haha we'll sick to the sales & discount codes like you said. x

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