Glittersniffer recall, thelatinllama, InGinasWorld

19 Jan


You featured Glittersniffer in this post back in 2/09 for incorrectly tagging a PIF:

I thought that you might be interested to know that GlitterSniffer Cosmetics is in the middle of a massive recall of several pigments made from 2006-2010. The recalled pigments were made either with soap dyes or other ingredients not approved for use around the eyes. The company also sold nonvegan items that were advertised as vegan, used money raised for TWLOHA/ASPCA/GLAAD charities to fund their recall, knowingly sold a collection marketed for Little Girls which has been recalled as unsafe, and has in the past used unhygienic methods for formulating and packaging (evidenced by photos on my blog).

I have contacted Etsy about this as many of the sales were through their site, but they have done nothing to warn anyone that may have purchased the unsafe products. I am hoping that you can help spread the word about the recall as neither Etsy nor GlitterSniffer have seen fit to address the issue.

Recall info can be found here:

An exhaustive account of everything thus far can be found here:

Thank you for your time,
GS Complaints
Ive discovered this seller on ebay who claims her family makes these sweaters by hand
(Haven’t we featured someone else selling South American stuff from Georgia? Wonder if it’s the same person!)

And here is the item for sale at alibaba. Actually there a many companies at alibaba that sell these sweaters.

Ive been flagging it with the links but nothing happens.

As an avid shopper of Etsy’s B&B section, imagine my surprise when I found this listing under “Makeup”

She’s selling 86 random drugstore/brand makeup items for $86. But in an attempt to make it Etsy legal, it comes in a “vintage” makeup bag. No date, no name (although you can see it in the image) to speak of. She doesn’t even claims that it’s vintage in her listing, just the title. She’s trying to sell the vintage case by Etsy standards and just throws in the make up as a bonus. But it is very obvious in the listing that it’s the makeup she wants rid of.
And about this vintage makeup bag? Vintage it is not. In fact you could probably pick it up at your local Walmart. Or on
The rest of her shop consists of commercial doll clay (which is fine…if it wasn’t listed in Handmade Supplies!) and faux fur coats which she admits to being part of her “closet cleaning” sale.

38 Responses to “Glittersniffer recall, thelatinllama, InGinasWorld”

  1. Artfire Seller January 19, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Isn’t it illegal to sell opened/used cosmetics?? Against FDA rules??

  2. sick of cupcakes January 19, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Silly! Etsy doesn’t care about rules!

  3. stinkypants January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I am thinking about buying the makeup. I just hope she had pink eye when ” testing, more than once ” the stuff. Swoon.

  4. Jael January 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Looks like glittersniffer is UH OH gone.

  5. Facing The Lens January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    We really, really need an entire post dedicated to Short Sleeve Alliance, who called himself out in the forums today. Of course, it was closed.

  6. AmyK January 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    I agree with FacingTheLens! That thread was so hilarious and ironic…. And a bit depressing.

  7. Facing The Lens January 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I was glad my comment made it in right before the thread was closed. The whole thing just burns me up inside.

  8. Teri January 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Wow, I would NEVER want to be in Glitter Sniffer’s shoes, to destroy everything you built because of a stupid and potentially dangerous decision. And, apparently she’s personally liable for the damages (her site says she doesn’t have liability insurance – though she might not have been covered anyway).

  9. Life During Wartime January 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Items have disappeared from Short Sleeve. But here is their website, addy found in their Etst profile:

  10. AmyK January 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    At first I thought ShortSleeve was just really stupid (how do you not know the legal issues surrounding a product you’ve been making for 2+ years?), but then I found out they are just dishonest, since they said they had *some* liscensing. grrr.

  11. bellacruz January 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Please call out Queen City Emporium to alert others to the theft of consigned items from etsy artists:

    This is the latest thread–not closed since QCE has been removed from etsy.

  12. megansbeadeddesigns January 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    99% of them have been “tested.”


  13. stinkypants January 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Come on. Don’t be all scared and shit over the flakes of dried lip skin on that thar lipstick.

  14. no January 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    anything posted on her FB page about this? couldn’t find anything. Also – twitter!! Seeing as how her etsy shop is no longer active would it be calling out to put something on the forum? The only reason I ever know about GS is from another very popular etsy seller, RockerByeBaby, who’s endorsed GS in the past. She tweets, has an active FB fan page & a blog. Maybe contact her & help get the word out.

  15. JK January 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    The mineral makeup community has been all over the Glittersniffer story, and people are LIVID. It would almost be worth it to post this with an ‘OMG can you believe someone would do this?!’ and act dumb about her having ever been on Etsy.

  16. no January 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    well good, that community should be all over it – her acting like this gives them a bad name too. There’s another blog, called Grey’s or Gray’s that covers makeup/ bath & body..its really good. I wonder if she’s gotten hold of the story. going to go check.

  17. WangFu January 20, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    If you search chullosoy I think, that was the Atlanta hat reseller.

  18. mrpouncy January 20, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    $26 for handknit sweaters with that kind of detail, from TheLatinLlama? Seriously? They may actually be handmade, but how is any other seller supposed to compete with those prices?

    Sometimes I think Etsy is missing one of the points of the handmade movement – fair wages.

  19. sick of cupcakes January 20, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I would never buy make-up from Etsy. I just think it’s a big risk and rather have branded stuff.

  20. JK January 20, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    No, are you thinking of Le Gothique? Her blog is great, but I don’t think she’s covered it, only referenced it — I know Phyrra (who I don’t entirely trust) has been all over it, though.

    Sick of Cupcakes — there are plenty of makeup sellers on Etsy who are totally legit and who stick to the law and good hygiene practises. Some big names in indie makeup started out there. I find it’s best to search reviews of any shop before buying, still.

  21. em January 20, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    i bought some foundation from lue cosmetics on Etsy and love it. I didn’t really do any research, though, besides checking out their feedback and comparing against other shops. In light of the GS crap, I probably will be more careful. It’s sad how someone can be so careless.

  22. em January 20, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Huh. Just tried to find them on Etsy again and their shop is gone. Nevermind, then 😛

  23. JK January 20, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    PSA: Just in case anyone didn’t know, Etsy is closing the forums and turning each subject (Site Help, Business, etc.) into individual subsets of teams –

    Because they’re into social networking. . .except being social in a way that allows their customers room to talk about Etsy, it seems!

  24. Whoa January 20, 2011 at 11:01 am #

  25. sick of cupcakes January 21, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Oh no, those poor cupcakes!!!

  26. panda January 21, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    The glittersniffer etsy shop has been down for a while now. She has been operating on her own website instead. There have been many problems with people paying for and not receiving items, receiving partial packages and skin problems from her knowingly using stuff that is not approved by the FDA. Yet she is still selling stuff on her website. It’s a very bad problem that needs to get out as much as possible. She used to spam all sorts of forums with her ads and is not attempting to contact anyone about the recall.

  27. PussDaddy January 21, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    That’s why I don’t buy this kind of stuff handmade. It’s not worth losing your eyeballs to prove some kind of silly “I support handmade” point.

  28. no January 21, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    ewww skin flakes? gross

  29. PussDaddy January 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Just another fine handmade seller I attempted to ruin the reputation of. Whatever. *yawn*

  30. Kim January 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    You know what burns me about GlitterSniffer? Anyone who makes anything remotely appealing to a child under 14 has to put their product through extensive and expensive testing, yet this woman knowingly sold a product not for use on eyes and didn’t have to undergo any sort of testing. She even states that her product never had the ingredients label and that is illegal! And frankly, anyone who makes a body product but doesn’t carry liability insurance is an idiot.

  31. Angel January 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    As much as I love the idea of little home-grown boutique make-up companies….there is no way I’d buy any of it from Etsy. I came across women complaining of temporarily losing part of their vision thanks to GS’s makeup, as well as horror stories of styes that wouldn’t go away….

    No way. No how. And that is how one seller on Etsy can ruin it for everyone.

  32. no January 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    all those fans of hers are nutso. talk about cupcakes!

  33. PussDaddy January 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Time and time again I asked on threads if any of these people were prepared for a lawsuit if something they concocted put someone’s eye out or made them go blind or if someone rubbed something on their baby’s ass or kid’s skin and it rotted the hell off only to be told to STFU most of the time.

    Do you honestly think most people on Etsy are prepared for a lawsuit when a majority can’t even pay their Etsy bills? Do you think they even care one way or the other as long as they make a buck? Evidently not. And they can just close up shop and start over as someone else, that’s the sad thing.

    I don’t care what anyone says some of this stuff should be and is regulated and there are reasons why and this is one of ’em. I honestly can’t say much positive about mothers who would buy stuff like this for their kid’s either, they must be bat shit crazy IMHO.

    And yes I think Etsy is just as responsible for it’s existence as the person or people who make it. They might say they only provide a selling platform and blah blah blah, but that’s like saying you only handed someone the gun so they could shoot somebody, or you only drove the person to the bank so they could rob it-you still aided and abetted and are still complicit in the act. They should know some of this stuff isn’t safe for people to be cooking up in their kitchen sinks and bathtubs because THE FUCKING FDA REGULATES THIS SHIT THIS VERY FUCKING MINUTE.

  34. wowza January 24, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    huh, none of the GS minions have come over here to say how fantastic and great and made of unicorn sparkles Lela and her makeup are.

    both the complaint page and fan page are made of crazy mostly started by Lela herself who has been busy lawbreaking with charities, businesses, and paypal

  35. tenley January 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    i was stupid enough to purchase some eyeshadow from her back in 2008 i think. she sent these little containers with what looked like dried up almost gooey like stuff. no ingredient list and scribbled what color each of the eye shadows were. unfortunately, i was stupid enough to wear the eyeshadow once or twice and i threw it in the garbage.thankfully, i still have my vision.

    i kinda knew there was something up when i was sent little containers with sharpie pen scribbles with half assed dried up eyeshadow. hope she gets sued and learns a lesson from it.

  36. kitten January 30, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    With all this crap going on with Glittersniffer, Artfire still allows her to sell there?? Greedy unethical bastards.

  37. roughnighteh October 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    She’s on etsy again as of October 14, 2013.

  38. roughnighteh October 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Looking at her facebook, she only stopped selling for roughly six months. Not only that, why wouldn’t she be in jail for fraud – soliciting money for donations to charity and causes and using it for oneself is called “fraud”.

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