Buying the latest trendy make-up can be detrimental to your wealth, with a celebrity-branded lipstick costing as much as £30. But buying a cheaper version on the internet or at a market stall for as little as £8 can have serious consequences for your health, experts have warned.

Fake copycat cosmetics worth hundreds of thousands of pounds seized by trading standards officers included perfumes, mascaras, lipsticks, lip and eyebrow pencils purporting to be from genuine Benefit, Chanel, Dior, Nars, Kylie Jenner and Mac ranges.

According to a report by the Local Government Association (LGA) many of the counterfeit versions contain dangerous substances including lead, mercury, cyanide, arsenic and paint-stripper which can have toxic effects on vital organs.

One lipstick even contained rat droppings.

Read the rest of the story for personal accounts from people who bought fake cosmetics.

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