Woman Has an Insane Allergic Reaction to a Fake Kylie Lip Kit That Almost Destroyed Her Lips

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Not knowing what's exactly in our beauty products can be a dangerous game, especially when we're applying them onto some pretty vulnerable places on our body. Counterfeit products, especially of Kylie Jenner's famous Kylie Cosmetics, have been circulating the web, and as one girl from Northern Ireland recently found out, they can cause some frightful damage.

  • On Facebook, Bronagh McLaughlin shared how her sister, Rachael, used a friend's fake Kylie Lip Kit gloss while going out last Friday night.

    The lip gloss was purchased via a Facebook website that is no longer live for about $4.22. (FYI, a real Kylie Lip Kit costs $29.)

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    Bronagh told Cosmopolitan that her sister first applied the lip gloss at 8 p.m. and continued to reapply it throughout the night, until around midnight. 

    Then she realized her lips felt weird and were beginning to swell, so she headed home, cleansed her face with her regular face wash and toner, and went to bed.

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  • The next morning, things were even worse.

    Her lips and the bottom half of her face were even more swollen, and she couldn't even feel the bottom of her face. She couldn't breathe, and she felt like her throat was closing.

    Her family took her to the hospital, in what Rachael called "the scariest experience ever," according to Belfast Live. Doctors found that she had very high blood pressure; they prescribed her antibiotic cream so that she wouldn't get an infection, and antihistamine to help treat the allergy symptoms. 

  • The swelling eventually went down, but Rachael's lips were left cut up and "extremely sore."

    "She's just really upset about it. Her lips are completely gooey and blistering. This is like the worst thing in the world for her, she's completely devastated," Bronagh told Belfast Live.

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    The inside of Rachael's mouth and throat is still blistered, and her voice remains scratchy.
  • The girls are now warning others about the scary effects of the "toxins" and "poisoning agents" included in cheap knockoff beauty products.

    "For your own safety, and even if you have one already and have small kids around, they like opening things. Please be aware and throw them out," Bronagh wrote on Facebook. "DO NOT BUY THEM!!!!!!!!"

    New Jersey–based allergist Neeta Ogden agreed, and told Cosmopolitan that people should spot-test a pea-sized amount of new cosmetic products on their forearm and monitor that spot for about 96 hours.

    As Rachel told Belfast Live: "It's not an experience I would ever wish on anyone." 

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