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    33 Expensive-Looking Products That Aren't Actually Expensive

    I want luxury without the luxury price tag and I don't think I'm reaching for the stars here.

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    1. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.

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    Promising review: "These are the perfect plates. Lightweight and very cool design, and are a fun way to bring my favorite recipes (sliced homemade bread, cheese/crackers/grapes spread) to showers and parties. Love." —Sandia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    2. A satin pillowcase that adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "beauty sleep". Sleeping on this gorgeous thing will reduce bedhead, extend their blowout, and prevent hair breakage — all while you're catching up on some much-needed shut-eye.

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    Promising review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 16 colors and three sizes).

    3. A refillable glass dispenser capable of turning the simple act of killing bacteria via handsoap into a luxurious ritual. *begins to wash hands every five seconds*

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    Promising review: "This soap dispenser is so beautiful and is very well made. I absolutely love it." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $11.65.

    4. A 15-piece set packed with brushes you'll use on the daily: an angled foundation brush, a concealer brush, an eyeshadow brush, an angled liner brush, a blush brush, and more. Plus, the marble handles are the epitome of fabulous, right up there with Sharpay Evans (an underrated queen).

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    Promising review: "These brushes are amazing for the price!! I’ve washed them several times already and they are still in perfect condition" —Tara T.

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $5.03.

    5. A 60-sheet customized journal that looks super expensive and thoughtful, but in reality costs less than a New York City lunch. Luxe items + an affordable price tag = a very happy me.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this notebook. It is well made and exactly as described. I even gave them a pretty difficult phrase to display on the front and they spelled everything correctly. It arrived quickly and was packaged nicely to keep it safe during shipping. It is beautiful, sturdy, and big enough for all my journaling needs." —Bridget Kenney

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    6. An oversized faux shearling jacket so soft, you'll basically feel as if you're wearing a combination of your favorite blanket and most cuddly teddy bear. Comfortable + super on-trend + much more affordable than your typical piece of outerwear = it's basically Christmas.

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    Promising review: "I love this jacket! I wasn't sure how the quality was going to turn out, but it's super soft and exactly what I wanted. I got a small and it fits in the oversized way that I wanted/expected. Plus, it's sooo warm!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and in 15 colors).

    7. A digital watch that's high quality minus the high price tag. This nifty accessory displays time and date, plus is equipped with a stopwatch and alarm functions that perhaps you won't snooze through (*cough* unlike your iPhone every single morning).

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    Promising review: "My brother saw me wearing this watch and asked if it was thew new Galaxy one. I told him it was actually a really cheap watch and he assumed it was $40! I bought this for work but literally wear this EVERYWHERE. It is super light and simple, yet doesn't look cheap." —mera yang

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    8. A vanity mirror that functions as both a gorgeous piece of decor and the perfect makeup tool. Get ready to feel like straight royalty every time you swipe on your $4 drugstore lipstick whilst staring back at your reflection.

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    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. Tiered chandelier earrings that have the witchy ability to turn unintentionally ripped jeans and a wrinkled white tee into an ensemble suitable for champagne and caviar feasts.

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    Promising review: "I am absolutely loving these earrings!! They are the perfect statement earrings to spice up any outfit and are truly stunning!" —Mallery King

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. A create-a-set book collection consisting of weathered and used copies you can amass according to color scheme, therefore turning your shelves into a sea of thoughtfully curated books that you *wink* came up with all by yourself.

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    Promising review: "Worth every penny. If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more - you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hallow, fake ones you see often. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality suburb. Will be ordering more from here in the future! Thanks!" —JHarris

    Get it from Amazon for $4+ (available in 17 colors).

    11. A Lily England rose gold hair brush cleverly designed with an ergonomic handle (READ: no more tired wrists) and gentle flexible bristles that glide through any hair type whether wet or dry, ridding your mane of knots with no painful tugging necessary.

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    Promising review: "Listen I don't know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. Oh my lawd, am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it — it's shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    12. Reflective sunglasses with a vintage-inspired cateye design here to fool random onlookers into thinking that your closet is packed with designer duds. In other words, these are some serious high fashion.

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    Promising review: "These are the best $10 sunglasses! I just bought a second pair to keep in my car. These glasses look like they would cost $100 (but actually aren't) which I love because I always lose sunglasses. BUY THESE! You won’t regret it!" —Morgan LePage

    Get them from Amazon for $9.89 (available in 11 colors).

    13. A daily Cuccio oil you'll want to keep on hand if you're a gel manicure connoisseur (which, let's face it, destroys nail beds one acetone soak at a time). This blend of safflower, sunflower, and cotton seed oils works OT to strengthen your nails and hydrate your cuticles.

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    This formula is available in two scents: milk and honey and pomegranate and fig. Both are equally delicious in scent.

    Promising review: "I really like this product! I try to take breaks from getting my nails done (hard gel, usually) since my nails get very thin and brittle between each set. This helps to make them look strong, smooth, and natural! It also keeps my cuticles looking fresh and adds a nice little shine to my nails!" —NMC

    Get it from Amazon for $6.38.

    14. A velvet bralette and shorts for anyone looking to lounge in luxury! Your weekend-long conspiracy-theory-videos-on-YouTube binge can now be considered a fancy occasion. Chocolate on your pillow sadly not included.

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    Promising review: "Super soft and comfy! I wear this set so often that I’m probably going to buy more. It's made from a great material, the lace isn’t scratchy at all, and it's survived quite a few washes and there isn’t any fraying." —Carly Evanson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 23 colors).

    15. An Umbra two-tiered jewelry tray that not only keeps your accessories organized (a true miracle in and of itself), but also adds a touch of ~fancy~ to fool guests into thinking you spend your paychecks on designer home decor.

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    Promising review: "I was super nervous ordering this because I was scared it was going to be cheap and look cheap. Totally the opposite. I actually bought it for my husband because he leaves his random pocket things all over and then cries when he loses them. I put this on the dresser and put his things there and he loves that it holds all of them and the trays are big enough for everything." —Michelle Elaine

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in two colors).

    16. TSLA leggings comparable to bottoms from much more expensive brands. Not only are these high-waisted leggings super comfortable, but they've also got pockets and aren't see-through — which means you can wear more cropped tops and feel totally at ease knowing the world is unaware of what color your underwear are.

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    Promising review: "I never take the time to write reviews and I order off Amazon all the time. I am a Lululemon fanatic and particularly love the Align pant (which retails for $85+) but can't afford or rationalize buying tons of them. I'm always on the hunt for a good yoga pant and I found these the other day and ordered them in size small, and these remind me of the Align pant so much! They are cut almost identical, but the fabric is a little stiffer. This isn't a bad thing; the Align pant is almost too buttery soft and it pills and gets caught on everything. There is slight compression with these and mine aren't see-through (even when squatting). I love love love these and am going to order several more. I actually kinda want to cry thinking about how much money I wasted on the pants at when these are an excellent substitute for a fraction of the cost." —Ariel Parker

    Get them from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 43 colors).

    17. A Bodum pour over coffee maker here to turn you into a complete caffeine snob. This heat-resistant borosilicate glass carafe is designed with a permanent filter that makes a smooth serving of Joe, is dishwasher-safe, and can make up to eight cups at a time.

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    Promising review: "Super easy to use, makes a mean cup of joe, and is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my coffee loving friends." —Brad Lemons

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85 (available in three sizes and five styles).

    18. An afforable Cosmedica hyaluronic acid serum for hydrating, non-greasy hydration that your skin will basically drink right up. It's super moisturizing, won't clog up pores, help combat acne, and will balance out combo skin for anyone sick of dry patches and oily t-zones.

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    This vegan, oil-, paraben-, dye-, and fragrance-free serum has over 8,500 positive reviews.

    Promising review: "This serum is wonderful! It doesn't burn, it doesn't have a funny smell, and it doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky. My skin is pale, sensitive, combination, and I have some issues with oiliness in my t-zone, but it drinks in this serum! After just one use, I had a noticeable softness to my skin and it just felt rejuvenated. I've also began to notice a reduction in the beginnings of lines that were starting to form on my forehead, my complexion is brighter, and my skin isn't ashy." —DamnTheTorpedoes

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in three sizes).

    19. An Anker wireless charger that one assumes could cost upwards of several trillion dollars, but is surprisingly less than $10. This gives battery power/life to your device (think everything from AirPods to Galaxy phones) and even works through tough external cases!

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    Promising review: "I leave this on my dresser and drop my AirPods on it or occasionally my phone. It’s compact, lightweight, gets the job done, and even charges my devices through their cases." —Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. A gluten- and cruelty-free Essence mascara with a clump-free, smudge-proof formula here to up your lash game like whoa. Just a few swipes of this will have everyone asking your the most coveted compliment-in-the-form-of-a-question: are those your real lashes?

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    Promising review: "I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an 8 hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    21. A charcuterie board set because we may not know how to properly pronounce the word charcuterie, but we DO know we love cheese. This comes with five stainless steel knifes and a clever bamboo board designed with a hidden storage compartment that will look so lovely for the one second that your brie actually stays on display before being devoured.

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    Promising review: "I bought these for client closing gifts (I'm a realtor). These look really classy and beautiful and they are small and compact. I could see this being the perfect thing to take camping, on a picnic or just at home. Totally versatile. I'm excited to give them out!" —Julie V

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    22. A velvet wrap dress so luxe, everyone will be convinced you squandered your holiday bonus on a fancy designer piece of clothing (exhibit A below).

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    Promising review: "I am RARELY able to buy something online two days before an event, throw it on, wear no shapers under it, and go. But. This. Dress. Is. Different. I love it so much! I wish I had more holiday parties to go to so I could own it in every color! I’m a solid 18, this hugged every curve, was flattering, and was nicely lined. I don't have an hourglass figure, but this made me feel like Jessica Rabbit." —sheeshbri

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes 14-24 and in 15 colors).

    23. A matcha tea set complete with a bamboo whisk, scoop, and spoon to upgrade the taste (and the ritual of consuming) your favorite caffeinated beverage.

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    Promising review: "I have been drinking matcha tea for a number of years now and was always too cheap to buy a tea set. I finally got tired of drinking lumpy tea so I gave in and bought this set. I must say, I am so happy I did. It's affordable and really makes the tea drinking experience more enjoyable. No more lumps and no more expensive tea at the bottom of the cup threatening to be wasted. I also noticed the yummy grassy flavor notes in the tea come out more when it is prepared properly. If you are going to spend the money on a good matcha tea for yourself, you might as well embrace the whole experience and buy this set." —RitaDill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. Hair extensions with over 4,000 (!!!!!!) positive reviews. These realistic clip-ins add immediate volume and length to your mane, because let's face it — your hair now grows about one inch a year ever since your last "trim".

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    Promising review: "Holy moly! This is amazing. So easy to put in, the clips are nice and sturdy, and the hair is so thick and shiny without looking synthetic. I was also very impressed with how great they are considering the price." —Debra Quinn

    Get a pack of five clips from Amazon for $9.90 (available in 33 colors and four lengths).

    For more info, check out "These Cheap Hair Extensions Make You Look Like You Grew Your Hair Out Overnight."

    25. A macrame mirror you can add into any nook and cranny of your home and BAM! It suddenly looks as if you've been featured on an HGTV renovation show or, at the very least, hired an interior decorator.

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    Promising review: "A dreamy mirror for any room. I was extremely satisfied with this purchase. Looks like an expensive buy but it is definitely very affordable." —Natali

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    26. A Tony Moly box set that is the perfect present to give from you to you. This comes complete with two sheet masks and hand creams, both formulated with an impressive blend of green tea essence to moisture, refresh, and brighten your skin when it's in need of some extra TLC.

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    Promising review: "I got this as a gift and had to purchase it for myself because I fell in love with the green tea cream! My hands get really dry, flaky, and red during the winter and this not only calms down my skin, but it makes it smell exactly like the mask! The mask is also great and made my skin very dewy." —Stephanie Ramirez

    Get it from Amazon for $13.18 (available in five formulas).

    27. A mini skillet that looks like part of a larger, more expensive cookware set featured on many a bridal shower registry. This is large enough to make your favorite meal but small enough to easily store away, is perfect for cooking for a party of one, and won't take up your entire sink when you don't feel like washing it right away.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this tiny skillet. I am a graduate student, and pretty much live and cook by/for myself. This is the perfect size for baking, and it's also a great cast-iron skillet to learn the feel of cast-iron." —MCP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in eight sizes).

    28. A layered choker necklace so dainty, you'll find yourself reaching for it every single morning. Consider this your new pièce de résistance.

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    Promising review: "I love these necklaces! They look so good together and are great quality for the price." —Gali D Dragon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in 12 styles).

    29. A Revlon eyeshadow palette for anyone who wants to experiment with ~bolder makeup lewks~ (think bright blue on your eyelids!) without forking over a ton of bottom dollar. Seriously, eight pigmented shades for less than $10? Pinch me.

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    Promising review: "I honestly love this palette more than I thought I would! The colors are all beautiful although admittedly, I have not had the courage to wear the green yet. This eyeshadow stays put all day and does not crease. I find myself reaching for this palette frequently and I have MANY to choose from." —Lacey Snow

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    30. An Ello insulated bottle cleverly designed with a leakproof and dishwasher-safe lid, a gorgeous splatter design, and the ability to keep drinks hot for five hours and cold for 10. World, meet the only travel mug you'll want to use ever again!

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    Promising review: "I have been buying these over the years for camping and currently own about four of them. They are the best! We drink tea in the morning and it stays hot for hours! Then, we switch to cocktails at night in the same cup! Ice stays cold and takes much longer to melt in these." —Deanna Dickey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight colors).

    31. Garnier Fructis one-minute hair masks available in six different formulas to tackle specific hair concerns; avocado to smooth, banana to strengthen, coconut to nourish, goji berry to enhance color, and papaya for damage repair. Cozy night indoors spent taming your hair > going out.

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    Promising review: "The best! This is an amazing conditioner and deep treatment. I live in the desert and have very dry, damaged hair. My hair is sensitive to harsh chemicals and this product is super gentle! This product has been a lifesaver for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $2.82+ (available in six formulas and two sizes).

    32. A tie-waist midi dress that will be slithering into your shopping cart faster than you can say “AT WHAT POINT did snakeskin become so popular???!” I’m not sure of the answer, but hiss hiss because I am allllll for the trend.

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    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    33. A rosewater Mario Badescu facial spray with so many uses, it's hard to keep track of 'em all. This can set and refresh your makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, add refreshing hydration to dull-looking skin, and help keep breakouts at bay — just give yourself a mid-afternoon spritz and be transported from your stuffy cubicle and into a luxurious spa.

    instagram.com / Via @mariobadescu

    This facial spray is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water to give a glowy, dewy look that will make even a full face of foundation look au naturale.

    Promising review: ""The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." —Terryoke

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    Me, showing off fancy new purchases to all my guests:

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