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Fake Makeup Counterfeit Trend

When Haven Cruise woke up on a scorching July morning in Florida, it felt like shards of glass were tearing through her fragile undereye skin. She ran to the mirror and was shocked to find that the area around her cheeks and temple were raw, bumpy, and painfully dry. "It was almost like something had entered my pores and was hanging out in there," she remembers. "It was so gross."

The office manager noticed that the reaction was in the exact spot where she had "baked" her concealer with Ben Nye powder — a trick she learned from the beauty vloggers she follows on YouTube. The only problem? The product she used wasn't legit; it was a cheap knock-off that she found for $6 (originally $22.50) online. “I just hit ‘add to cart’ excitedly and didn’t do my research,” she says. “I was so excited to try it — it even said in the title of the posting that Kim Kardashian uses it.”

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Article credits to Refinery29 | Thumbnail Photo Courtesy of Lexy Lebsack