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    29 Cheap Things That'll Make You Look Fancier Than You Really Are

    Luxury life, but for as little as possible.

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    1. A Jacob & Eli eyeshadow palette with 18 super pigmented nude shades, because you don't need to drop $100 to achieve the perfect smokey eye. Though your skills may lead people to believe you did.

    Promising review: "I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY. There's almost zero fallout, extremely pigmented colors, blends creamy like butter, and the colors are beautiful. This rivals any of my Too Faced palettes β€” in fact far less fallout. These are the same quality if not better than my Urban Decay. Seriously not kidding. AND rivals my Kat Von D palettes. I rarely review anything, but this deserved a review." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57 (available in two styles).

    2. A set of stainless steel straws that'll make helping to save the sea turtles look so posh. Even if you're drinking tap water.


    Promising review: "I love these so much! The colors are gorgeous, they’re super sturdy, and they’re as thin as plastic straws typically are. I especially love the short, bent ones, as I have a toddler, and the long bent ones, because they’re almost like using a bendy straw! They’re all easy to clean, and even came with two straw cleaners, which is super convenient. I’m really happy with this purchase!" β€”Chloe G

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $11.97.

    3. An Ohii vegan peel-off mask for making a *head-turning* Insta story all thanks to this shiny, metallic finish. Overpriced spas? More like overrated.

    Urban Outfitters

    Not to mention this'll brighten and detoxify your skin with essential blends and natural extracts! So DOUBLE the selfie potential.

    Promising review: "This left my skin feeling refreshed. My oily skin makes me feel gross and the mask helps to get rid of the extra oil." β€”bianca69

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in two styles).

    4. A silky button-down nightshirt so beauty sleep has a whole new meaning β€” or more like so you look great while staying in your house 24/7. We'll call it ~luxury lounging~.


    Promising review: "I got several sleep shirts from Victoria's Secret and the lining in the edging deteriorated after only a few washes. This sleep shirt kept its shape and is very comfy." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in five colors).

    5. A set of Harry Potter makeup brushes, because sadly accio Gringotts won't work for us. BUT these will amp up your makeup game with just the flick of your wrist.


    Promising review: "These are beautiful brushes that look exactly like the picture. The handles on the brushes I received are very weighty and the brushes themselves are very soft. I am very impressed with them. I would recommend them." β€”vicky

    Get them from Amazon for $9.59.

    6. A mesh and lace bralette that'll instantly transform any old T-shirt without forcing your bank account to take a *plunge*.


    Plus its silky straps and unrestrictive fit give expensive customized bras a run for their money.

    Get it from Torrid for $32.90 (available in sizes 00-6X).

    7. A set of press-on nails so you can nix expensive gel manis, but still have the same pro-level look ~on hand~. The name of the salon? Uh...Chez Moi.


    They come in 12 different sizes and with nail glue!

    Promising review: "I love this brand of nails. They make the best stiletto nails out of all the ones I've tried. These particular style nails are so pretty and I've gotten more compliments on them then I can count. There is a nice variety of sizes so your full set will come out perfect. They honestly look professionally done when you take your time applying them. I was asked multiple times where I had them done. I'd rather save money and time and just do them this way than at the salon." β€”Jessica

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. An insulated stemless glass, because red plastic cups are simply beneath you. Our wine is too expensive for such treatment β€” just don't ask us to prove it.


    Promising review: "I live in a hot climate so I am an expert in all insulated glasses. Some are too big and bulky, some are hard-to-clean plastic, and some don't work for hot drinks. This stainless steel glass is comfortable to hold, keeps my drink cold for hours, is easy to clean, and works for both cold and hot beverages. So I can use it for my morning coffee, afternoon ice tea, and chilled wine. Perfect. Plus, the colors are great. I love my rose gold cup." β€”Sue Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 17 colors).

    9. A printed shower curtain that'll leave guests *starry eyed* when they enter your bathroom. In fact so much sparkle will be in their eyes, they won't even notice all your beauty products are drugstore.


    Get it from H&M for $24.99.

    10. A pack of monarch playing cards for making sure all your parties are a ~royal flush~. So what if you hid all your clutter under your bed? Things like that are lost in the shuffle when you're the queen of hosting game night.


    I'll stop.

    Promising review: "I really like these. i got them as something that would stand out and look a little more sophisticated than the usual deck of cards, and boy did these deliver. These are really nice and feel like you should put on a tux or something to play with them or be an extra in a James Bond movie playing in a casino in Monte Carlo. They have a good feel and are easy to handle and read. I wouldn't hesitate to get these again." β€”John

    Get it from Amazon for $9.27 (available in three colors).

    11. A pair of corset leggings so people never catch on that you live your life in sweats. When you look this trendy, it's easy to get a *leg up* on comfy dressing. Long πŸ‘ live πŸ‘ athleisure πŸ‘.


    Promising review: "When they say not see-through, they mean it! I am not afraid to admit I had my husband check if he could see my striped underwear through them. He said not at all, which is awesome compared to my other workout pants! The lace up is so cute β€” I can sort of tighten it by pulling tight on the string and tying it in a loop. They're really comfy and soft, I will wear them all the time!" β€”Morgan

    Get them from Aerie for $29.95 (available in two colors).

    12. A colorblock fleece throw blanket, because this + the old couch you've had since college = all new living room. Unless Chip and Joanna are coming over, this is how we're redecorating.


    Promising review: "This blanket is super soft and comfortable! I love it so much. The color is wonderful, the size is perfect, and the material is super soft and huggable. We just love it!" β€”Hevenlei

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in seven colors).

    13. A fuzzy fleece jacket that'll upgrade the leggings you've been wearing for two weeks now to your most successful OOTD post yet. The magic of trendy toppers.


    Promising review: "This jacket is so soft. It feels like you are wearing a blanket. Very soft and warm. Plus, it has pockets as well which is a plus. Love it!" β€”Attu

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 13 colors).

    14. A trio of yellow gold-plated bracelets for chicly accessorizing without feeling like your bank account is stacked against you. These will give you a little trick up your sleeve.


    Promising review: "These are super cute and durable bangle bracelets. I wear these stacked or individually and they help style any outfit. I'm super happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend them!" β€”Kimberly

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six combinations).

    15. A NYX liquid eyeliner so you can finally master the cat eye, aka the crème de la crème of makeup. This checks off all the boxes to help ya: it's super-pigmented (this ink is blacker than black), has a smooth AF formula for easy application, and boasts a tip so fine, you can play with graphic line designs.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    This is a great dupe for higher-end eyeliners! Its waterproof formula is SUPER long-lasting, plus its flexible brush tips lets you decide the thickness of your lines. Check out why a BuzzFeeder (who usually shells out for designer makeup) calls this eyeliner her absolute favorite!

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic eyeliner. I was never very good at applying a cat eye, but this is eyeliner makes it incredibly easy for me to get it on my first try. Additionally, it absolutely is waterproof. I've worn this through long workouts and my eyeliner didn't run at all!" β€”megs

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    16. A lunch tote bag, because ditching the brown paper bag for this makes bringing leftovers to work very, very sophisticated. It's called "I have student loans chic".


    It's insulated to keep your food cold for up to four hours! Plus it's waterproof, because things spill (at least when you're me they do).

    Promising review: "When I first received this lunchbag I was a little disappointed thinking that it would be too small to fit my lunch, as I had finally retired my 12 year old previous lunch bag. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I could fit. I packed a small container or tuna salad, an apple, a granola bar, and a carbonated water can, and there was ample room for more to put in. I put a regular ice pack in there and it stayed cool all day. The interior lining is sewn well. It's very stylish and the pattern makes it look expensive. I love that there's a pocket up front, too. I keep a couple packets of instant oatmeal, in case I don't have time for breakfast at home." β€”tidleewinx

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. A bow scrunchie that'll bring your ponytail to new heights on days we were just too busy to make our morning blowout appointment. Yep, that's our story and we're sticking to it.

    Free People

    Psst! You can get three for $12 right now!

    Get it from Free People for $6 (available in eight styles).

    18. A set of constellation magnets for ~vastly~ improving your fridge's aesthetic. It was written in the stars for you to upgrade your fridge this month, as long as it's cheaper than your nightly takeout.


    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three styles).

    19. A pair of anti-chafing thigh bands so our more unglamorous moments are taken care of by essentially gorgeous lingerie. I'd like to see you do THAT, La Perla.,

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office. I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer-lasting option. Ding, ding! This is it! They're so comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks and no uncomfortable 'digging in.'" β€”A. Spencer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in 21"-32" and in 15 colors).

    20. A vintage-inspired glass perfume bottle, because everyone's *vanity* is boosted by a little elegant decor. And will this make even drugstore scents seem luxurious? You. Bet.


    Get it from ModCloth for $13.

    21. A purse strap that'll give new life to your previously forgotten bags. Why, yes...I did just get this from Barney's. The brand? Um, "Old Label."

    Promising review: "Love! This strap is so versatile and transforms the look and function of so many handbags. It's adjustable so many of my satchels/clutches can now be crossbodys. The strap is wide and soft (softer than I expected from the pics). I've worn it with off-the-shoulder and tank tops wihtout chaffing and scratching. It's also a great price since it's very similar to the $900 designer version. I'm planning to get more colors!" β€”Hades

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 13 styles).

    22. A velvet tunic dress with embroidered sleeves for always *flourishing* in compliments without allowing your bank account to wither.

    Promising review: "I LOVE the dress! I purchased it with very low expectation as it is priced inexpensively. Turns out it is actually a nice dress! It is thick, not see-through at all, and does not feel cheap. The see-through sleeves were intact and the pearls were nice. I purchased this dress just because and ended up wearing it to a wedding. When my husband saw it he was quite impressed and even asked me what we paid for it! He couldn't believe it was under 15 bucks! Totally worth buying β€” great piece to your closet." β€”Josie Catrox

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 12 colors).

    23. A set of rainbow knives so your kitchen says less of "I forgot I even had an oven" and more "You better believe I'm the next Ina Garten." Just working on getting that Hamptons house...


    This set comes with five different non-stick titanium-plated knives and five blade guards! AND they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I came back after owning these for a year to say, they are 10 out of five stars. These remain sharp when the expensive knives need constant sharpening. Every knife gets used frequently, and when we have people over that love to cook, within days, they are grabbing for these. The fact we can wash these in the dishwasher is even more of a win. Best product I have purchased for the kitchen other than my air fryer." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $22.56.

    24. A pair of faux-leather platform oxfords, because you deserve to kick off the season with footwear that looks straight off the runway β€” minus the need to take out a small loan.


    Promising review: "I bought these to wear for my trip to NYC. You do a lot of walking and it was going to be raining, and I was hoping these would work. They blew me away! I was able to walk in them all day with no foot pain. They look cute with nearly everything and gave my five foot frame a little height. I am very thankful for these awesome shoes!" β€”courtbu

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes 5-9 and in four colors).

    25. A striped corduroy skirt that'll add some unexpected texture to your ensemble β€” which is fancy talk for "makes your old sweaters look brand spanking new."

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X).

    26. An art deco coloring book for quite the sophisticated pastime. I'm pretty sure this was Daisy's favorite activity, especially when done in public as a humblebrag. It's not easy being this creative AND effortlessly elegant, am I right?


    Promising review: "The designs are beautiful representations of the original art deco artwork, many of which have full page color designs right beside it so you can look for inspiration at the originals as you color. In addition to these, there are color thumbnails at the back of the book which give information about the original works including artist, the name of the work, how it was produced and where and where it is at the present." β€”iiiireader

    Get it from Amazon for $12.58.

    27. A pair of cat eye sunglasses so your new go-to accessory never ~reflects~ how much you spent. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    Promising review: "These are exactly what I thought they were. I have some Quay sunglasses that look almost exactly the same. Can't beat that! Good sun protection, too!" β€”Kaylee Silver

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in 18 colors).

    28. A rose-gold insulated water bottle, because this won't run your savings dry β€” but it sure will make your friends thirsty for your high-end taste.


    Promising review: "I lost one of my beloved S'well bottles, and did not want to spend another $35-$50 to replace it. I saw a lot of potential dupes on amazon, but chose this Brimma one because of its capacity, design, and explicit use of food-grade stainless steel. Now that I have it, I am very pleased with my purchase. It looks almost exactly like the S'well in design. In fact, the designs are so similar that I can use the caps interchangeably with each other. This performs just as well in terms of keeping beverages or cold, and not leaking when I throw it around in the bottom of my purse." β€”clementine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three colors).

    29. A geometric crossbody that'll literally glow in the light. Why settle for a cheap knockoff of something, when you can get something this unique?

    Promising review: "I love this purse! It's deceivingly roomy (without looking huge) β€” it's big enough to fit my ID, money, credit card case, iPhone (with an Otterbox case), two pairs of glasses (both in one pouch), lipstick/gloss, eyeliner, chapstick, small mirror, a few allergy/headache pills, small pack of tissues, and small bottle of hand sanitizer. It can be dressed up or down. It's a nice purse, recommend!" β€”Chalaca68

    Get it from Amazon for $14.71+ (available in 10 colors).

    Five minutes into owning these things and you're already like:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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