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    34 Cheap Things That'll Help Give You A Total Makeover Even If You're Broke

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    1. An HSI ceramic hair straightener reviewers with thick hair say only needs *half* the time of other styling tools to transform curly tresses into sleek and smooth strands. And! It tames frizz so you can feel more put-together, seven days a week.

    It also evenly distributes heat to prevent damage. The heat ranges from 145 to 450 degrees so you can control the temperature.

    Promising review: "I purchased this flat iron simply based on reviews and I am soooo glad I did! I was skeptical about the size since my hair is so thick, but I can literally do ONE pass and I’m done! My hair always comes out silky straight and flawless! It's most definitely worth the purchase!" —Ariel Woods

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89

    2. A floral, printed maxi dress that'll help you ditch your boring tee-and-jeans routine and start (inexpensively) rocking statement pieces. Your Insta grid is about to get a *major* update.

    Promising review: "This is a SHOWSTOPPER. It's a true wrap dress so it can be tightened or loosened to your liking. It fits great, and I think it would work well for so many body types. I LOVE it!" —Lacy Yarrow

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 20 colors).

    3. A set of A:t Fox peeling pads so you can bring high-end skincare right to your *fingertips* for super cheap. Each pad has two dual-textured sides to clear breakouts, exfoliate dead skin cells, and brighten your complexion in just one, two, swipe.


    They're chock-full of micellar water (to remove dirt, oil, and even waterproof makeup) and vitamin C to calm breakouts and reduce puffiness.

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive skin and whenever I used an exfoliating pad my skin ALWAYS became irritated and I would get bad rashes and pimples all over my face. However, these pads are amazing. The fabric itself is very gentle and it makes your skin able to breathe. It is very refreshing. It did not irritate my skin. It is rather moisturizing and soothing. I start from my face and goes down to my neck. After using this pad, it feels like I just applied a very moisturizing toner or an essence. It also plumps up your skin. It definitely removes my dead skin and makes my skin look brighter." —Irene

    Get a jar of 60 pads from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. A hair-finishing *stick* for wishing pesky flyaways adieu in the name of impressively sleek updos — all thanks to this incredibly easy-to-use design and non-greasy, natural plant–based formula. AKA this is the easiest way to banish flyaways.

    Promising review: "I have super-fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! It's so easy to use and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A relaxed, cinched blouse, because this'll help you update your work wardrobe to look more polished *without* giving up comfort — or blowing your paycheck.


    Get it from Missguided for $42 (available in sizes 16–22).

    6. An Acure brightening facial scrub to drastically improve your complexion by clearing excess oil, treating breakouts, and bringing out a glowing complexion from underneath. Gone are the days of dimming your bank account in the name of brighter skin.

    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this facial scrub. I’ve had this for almost two weeks now and I love the way my skin is glowing! I have sensitive skin so I have to really be careful with the products I choose. Even after one use, you start to see a difference. It moisturizes, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smooth. I didn’t even need to apply a moisturizer afterwards! Definitely a must-have!" —Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    7. A Haus Laboratories lip gloss (from Lady Gaga's beauty line) that'll prove it's possible to transform all of your looks with the power of a shiny, red lip. Each shade boasts mirror-like shine, glides effortlessly on, and makes lips look smooth and full 💋.,

    Promising review: "I typically hate lip gloss, but this lip gloss is not sticky at all and is actually so smooth! The color pops nicely and it makes your lips appear fuller and smoother. It also lasts ever eating and drinking. I’m usually a huge matte lipstick person, but I fell in love with this gloss." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in six shades).

    8. A high-waisted polka dot skirt with a trendy slit so even the most committed lover of all-black outfits can introduce color to their wardrobe, while still looking on-trend and a bit edgy. This may even inspire you to wear *more* color over time!

    Promising review: "After reading reviews, I ordered a size up. I typically am a size small, however ordered a size medium and I’m so glad I did. It fits perfectly! The material is good quality and I’m obsessed with how cute and trendy the skirt looks." —Andres Estrada

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 0/2–12 and 15 colors and styles).

    9. A facial hair remover for removing peach fuzz (if you want to) painlessly, and without paying for a wax. It's gentle, precise, and won't leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby's bottom and you'll never have to drag yourself to the salon.

    It also comes with a nose trimming attachment and is rechargeable!

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about these portable facial and body hair removers, but I have blonde fuzz on my face that has always bothered me. I have tried waxing and threading that typically leave my skin irritated. I have used this multiple times in my face arms and legs, and I am extremely amazed. There's no pain and it got rid of all the fuzz in minutes. I used moisturizer afterwards and had zero irritation. I have also used the nose hair trimmer piece and got great results. Highly recommend!" —Customer Services

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

    10. A Vivienne Sabó mascara, because reviewers with short lashes swear this convinced them to toss out expensive false lashes in favor of this one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a few swipes. Zero glue necessary.

    Promising review: "I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently." —Denay

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. A leopard-print top to make your outfits *look* more expensive without actually having to pay big bucks at department stores. Keeping up with trends has never been so darn affordable.

    Promising review: "I really like this long sleeve turtleneck. Usually I’m not a huge fan of turtlenecks, but this one doesn’t come all the way up my neck and choke me which is great, and it can also be folded over a bit. This shirt is definitely true to size and fits well. It goes great with a black skirt like I’m wearing but I could also see it with a pair of black pants, or jeans as well!" —Heather L.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 16 colors).

    12. A set of gold earring cuffs that'll add some trendy appeal to your looks without the commitment. Cool new piercings or just a 24-hour accessory? We'll let everyone else decide.


    Promising review: "I love these!! My ears don’t do well with piercings, and this is a great alternative. They even sit higher up on my ear without falling. I wear mine every day!" —Ethan

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.49 (available in 13 styles).

    13. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo so you can brighten your blonde hair to fully platinum in just one to three minutes. Meaning: you get to maintain platinum blonde tresses ALL YEAR without a trip to the pricey salon — so long, roots.

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but this shampoo is amazing. I always struggle with brassy tones almost immediately after getting highlights and I can never find a good no-yellow shampoo until now. My stylist recommended this and it did not disappoint. After leaving it on for about four minutes, my hair looks like I just got it done professionally again. It does still leave hair a bit dry, but not as dry as some other purple shampoos. I plan on using this once a week at least to help keep my perfect tone between highlights. 100% recommended to anyone who struggles with the brass!" —Kassandra

    Get it from Amazon for $13.85+ (available in three sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    14. A cold-pressed rosehip oil for reaping the benefits of clear skin without a complicated routine (or high-end brands). It'll brighten skin, reduce stubborn breakouts and pigmentation, and moisturize dehydrated skin by combining antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Get ready for quite the before-and-after.

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff I have ever used! I have always had really consistent acne, rosacea, scarring, and an uneven skin tone my whole life. I tried everything from drugstore products all the way up to $300 prescriptions for acne and nothing worked for me until one of my coworkers introduced me to this! I use a dime-size portion to cover my whole face at night and about four to five drops to cover my whole face during the day. Within two to three days I noticed a HUGE difference! Needless to say, I will never go back!" —McKenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems".

    15. A faux leather belt, because this'll make every single one of your ensembles look more expensive without blowing your entire budget for one designer item. This'll be just as versatile and statement-worthy.

    Promising review: "I'm so excited about this belt for the price. It's good quality for the price, fits well, and has a designer look without really looking like a tacky dupe or knockoff. Five stars!" —kalyjo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50+ (available in sizes XS–XL and eight colors).

    16. A detangling brush designed with 3a to 4c hair in mind to define your curls without dealing with a ~painful~ process ever again. It works on both wet and dry hair, and detangles super thick hair without ripping or tearing. AKA now you can easily style your curls to your liking every single day.

    Promising review: "This brush works wonders on my 4c hair. I also bought it to use on my biracial granddaughter's hair that is extremely thick, course, and extremely curly. It is very difficult to work through her hair. You cannot just comb straight through it, so this brush has been a huge help. She can tolerate it and so can I. I'm very happy that I found it. I love the way you can brush both vertically and horizontally. It is solid." —MsLynne

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88.

    17. A duo of teeth-whitening pens that'll give you pearly whites without costing you a lot of *green*. Their soft-bristle brushes are designed to fully coat even uneven teeth with minimal effort, and use carbamide peroxide, which is typically gentler than hydrogen peroxide.

    Did I mention it's mint-flavored?! AND reviewers say it doesn't cause sensitivity!

    Promising review: "Due to prior experiences with other whitening strips, I always deal with tooth sensitivity even after the first use. Naturally now, I only use this pen every other day thinking I was going to deal with the same issue and surprisingly I don't. I actually really like the way it whitens my teeth and love the fact that I'm not dealing with any tooth sensitivity pains." —Claudia Garcia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. A subscription to Dia & Co, a style subscription service, so you can *literally* change up your look every week for drastically less than if you were to frequently shop. And! You'll get a ~personal stylist~ to match your preferences with their fashionable selection.

    Dia & Co

    Their clothes are available in sizes 12–32. You'll take a personal 30-second quiz to help them understand what your style looks like, which they'll use to send you five items per box. The $20 styling fee applied at checkout will be credited toward anything you'd like to keep.

    Start a subscription to Dia & Co for $20/box.

    19. A set of Schick dermaplaning tools for removing peach fuzz and shaping brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They're gentle, precise, and won't leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Your brows are about to become actual sisters — or at least cousins.


    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. A John Frieda hot brush, because this'll style dry *and* wet hair and give you pro-like blowouts every darn morning without the usual time or financial commitment. Not to mention, its ~ionic technology~ leaves your mane frizz-free and impressively shiny.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    It has two heat settings plus a cool setting, as well as nylon- and ball-tipped bristles to gently detangle while creating volume.

    Promising review: "I am no professional hair stylist, nor do I have time to do my hair everyday (mommy of two) but I must say this blow dryer curling brush makes getting ready so much easier. I like my hair to have a lot of volume (I have thin hair) and my layers to show so this look is easy to achieve. I just sectioned my hair in small pieces, used this tool from my roots to the tip, then from the tip curled up (inwards) and rolled the brush around and out to keep the curl. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice easy blowout!" —L

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn why a BuzzFeed editor recommends this, check out "Your Hair Struggles Are Over Thanks To This Magical Hot Air Brush".

    21. A pair of high-waisted flare pants to replace your go-to denim with something that's not only comfier (they have a nice bit of stretch), but will add a fun pop of color. Translation: these'll make it incredibly easy to look more stylish.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love them, they're very comfy but stylish at the same time. They're stretchy and fit great." —Urban Outfitters Customer

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $39 (available in sizes XS–XL and four patterns).

    22. An Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair color that'll work even on dark hair (!!!) and puts expensive dye jobs to SHAME. The shades are super saturated and the formula conditions *while* it treats your locks, so your hair is left super soft. Meaning you'll soon have a colorful, shiny mane.,

    ANDDD it's vegan and cruelty-free! It's extra vivid on already-bleached hair, but creates colorful highlights on darker hair.

    Promising review: "I didn't bleach my hair before using this, so I knew it wasn't going to be bright but it is just the right color. My hair was a medium brown and now it's a beautiful dark purple. My hair felt dead and now it looks better then ever. My hair is very thick and halfway down my back and one of the 8oz bottles covered my whole head with some left over." —shelton graham

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and 21 shades).

    23. A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray so you can tell redness and oily T-zones to take a hike and leave you with a dewy, refreshed complexion that lasts allll day. You just have to spritz.

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and absorb excess oil. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the 'sensitive skin' brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin's redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant." —Kathy Pancake

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    24. A sleeveless knit top for building a chic work wardrobe without straying too far from your beloved black jeans. But this'll still make them look *much* dressier than before.


    Get it from ModCloth for $29 (available in sizes XXS–4X and three colors and styles).

    25. A three-barrel curling iron wand, because this'll make sure achieving effortless-looking waves doesn't feel impossible (or something you have to pay for). Its clever design makes curling hair faster and beginner-friendly, meaning your wallet can keep a safe distance from the salon.


    It heats up in 60 seconds (up to 410 degrees) and has a non-slip handle and insulated barrel tips for safety.

    Promising review: "I love my three-barrel curling iron. I'm one of those who cannot for the life of me figure out how to curl my hair with a single barrel or a straightener. My hand just does not want to cooperate or maybe my brain is overthinking it so this three-barrel curling iron is a game-changer for me. I have super straight hair, so straight that air-dried is a suitable style for me. I've always wanted to be able to curl my hair and this has made that possible! My waves are beach-y and I've received tons of compliments from friends and coworkers." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    26. A knit sweater dress with POCKETS to throw over all your T-shirts without a single person ever being the wiser. They'll just think you bought an entirely new wardrobe. I won't tell.

    Promising review: "I love the way this fits and feels. The material is very soft and warm. It's perfect for fall/winter with a T-shirt underneath, leggings, and boots. I have curves, and some dresses of this style might be tight in the hips/butt. This is not tight anywhere. I like it so much, I'm ordering another in a different color." —amkm

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

    27. A set of clip-on faux bangs that'll help you ~cut out~ experimenting at the hairdresser. You can style them any way you'd like (fringe, thick, etc.) and best of all, you can take them off as soon as you feel like showing your forehead again.

    Promising review: "These are an amazing fit. I didn't think I was going to like them and, in fact, I love these. Now I can change my look whenever I want. I got the dark brown and they fit 100% to my hair color. I already recommended them to all of my friends. They love them, even my boyfriend thought they were real! This product is awesome." —paola

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 22 shades).

    28. A floral wrap dress so you can depend on this trendy yet timeless style to look extra fashionable whenever the heck you want. Who wears leggings every single day? I don't recall....

    Promising review: "This dress is so pretty. It is true to size according to the size chart. I was hesitant about ordering a XL since I am usually a medium in dresses, but this dress does not stretch, and I am a 36D so it fit just right. It is low cut so I wore a black tank under. Overall, I am happy with the purchase and I would recommend!" —adriana herrera zavala

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    29. An Elizavecca hair treatment for treating heat- or bleach-damaged tresses if you're reluctant to pay big bucks to go to a salon (understandable!). This'll pack on collagen-infused ingredients to promote shine, restore softness, and help you maintain healthier locks.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    It's packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really shiny. Then I had purple hair for a year, followed by blue for six months. My stylist had to bleach the beejeebers out of my hair to remove all of the funky colors. Ever since, my hair has been dry, crispy, and definitely not shiny. This stuff really makes a difference! I used it maybe 10-14 days ago, and I just redid it tonight. After shampooing, I towel-dried my hair and then put a big blob throughout my long-ish hair and clipped it up. I left it on for quite a while, just puttering around and getting chores done. Then I rinsed it and my hair feels soft and looks much shinier. I will keep using this as long as I need to (it will take a few years to grow out all the damage while maintaining length). I'm really glad that I read that article and bought the product" —SHANNON FRASER

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50 (available in two formulas).

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review in "7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We're Currently Obsessing Over".

    30. A bitter-tasting varnish, because this'll help you finally kick the habit that you've been trying to shake for years. It dries clear, but leaves a terrible taste so your brain is trained to STOP munching and direct your attention to another stress-reliever. Welcome to a wold where you can have manis.

    Don't worry, it's bitter but it's harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant. It also lasts longer than most drugstore habit-breaking polishes — and works to stop kids from sucking their thumbs!

    Promising review: "During stressful times, I bite off all my nails. Once they're bitten off, it's hard for me to quit biting them so I thought I'd try this product. Well, it's been a week and I'm not biting them anymore. The taste if you do is just bitter enough to make you stop. And my nails already look better after a week. I highly recommend this product." —Cheryl Douglas

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    To learn more about why people swear by this, check out "This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails".

    31. A pair of low-heel Chelsea booties to give your ensembles a ~boost~ without having to deplete your bank account. Who knew looking dressier could be so easy (and cheap)?

    Promising review: "I HATE writing reviews, but I LOVE these booties! They look better than the $90 Chelsea boots I had been looking at from other stores. I was on my feet from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with my medical students all day, and these were so comfortable, especially on my first day of wearing them. Plus, I got so many compliments! They're 100% my new fall/winter work staple! I purchased the brown and will definitely order more colors!" —Amanda Damman

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and in 13 colors and patterns).

    32. A well-loved castor oil that'll promote natural hair growth to inexpensively encourage a fuller mane. It's rich in vitamins and fatty acids to balance your scalp's pH levels (goodbye, itchiness), which in turn will lead to soft, healthy tresses.

    Promising review: "I had an allergy in my scalp 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try a hair-growing product to bring my hair back. I read online and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growth, but there are lots of castor oil brands. I tried this product because of the good reviews, and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. My hair became softer than before and thicker, and one bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    33. A satin full-cup bra so you can FINALLY depend on a bra that not only comfortably supports your breasts, but shapes them a heck of a lot better than the two-sports-bras trick. Its supportive side slings, double-clasp back, and adjustable restricted-stretch straps will seriously make you feel reborn.

    Promising review: "I'm a 34K. This should tell you about my unique size needs, how hard it is to get a well-fitting bra, and how important it is that things fit properly. I have the benefit of being in NYC, so I go to Intimacy, who professionally fit ladies, and who introduced me to this bra. This bra is soft and comfortable, I look *lifted* but not unnatural, and I feel well-supported. This bra is heaven. If you have large breasts and have a problem with the wire poking into your side boob, do please give this one a chance. There is nothing like proper support." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.79+ (available in band sizes 34–46, cup sizes DD–K, and seven colors).

    34. A set of synthetic hair extensions for growing your mane out without having to go the lengths. In fact, they'll bring you results in just a few clips instead of having to play the waiting game. Plus, you can go back to short the minute you want to change it back up!

    Promising review: "I CAN'T BELIEVE ALL THE MONEY I SPENT on natural hair extensions until I got this ones. OMG, I'm so amazed by how natural they look. They are super voluminous and soft. I bought two since my hair is really short and I like to use a huge amount of hair, but even with one you can rock lots of hairstyles. In the picture (above), I'm wearing only one and you can tell how good they are." —JE

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four lengths and 44 shades).

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

    When you realize you can give yourself an entire makeover for extremely little:

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