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

    New you, same bank account.

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    1. A set of A:t Fox peeling pads that'll 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.

    Amazon

    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 it from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. A super-comfy T-shirt dress so you have something a little more ~upscale~ to throw on when paired with either tights or flats. And you better bet you'll feel like you're still in your PJs while at work. Best Dressed, INDEED.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a great dress! It is long enough that you wouldn't need to wear leggings with it if you didn't want to. The fabric is thick enough, so it's not see-through, which is great!" —TLSmile

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and 17 colors and patterns).

    3. A charcoal toothpaste, because this'll give you fresh pearly whites without costing you a lot of *green*, making a mess of your sink, OR requiring any more effort than just regularly brushing. Splurge-worthy whitening or cheap toothpaste? We'll let our admirers decide.

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    It contains organic activated coconut charcoal, baking soda, tea tree oil, coconut oil, Xylitol, and spearmint oil to both remove stains and freshen your breath!

    Promising review: "This toothpaste is seriously amazing and exceeded my expectations. I have sensitive teeth and have tried using whitening strips, which all make my teeth and gums hurt. Not to mention, the strips are uncomfortable and taste awful. I'd pretty much lost hope, because even certain whitening toothpastes made my gums and teeth hurt and gave minimal results. After one time of using this toothpaste, I saw instant whitening results. It tastes minty and clean, and because of the natural ingredients, it's gentle and did not cause any pain or extra sensitivity to my teeth or gums. After just three days, my teeth were so noticeably white that my coworkers were even commenting and asking what I use. This will always be my go-to from now on!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two flavors).

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    4. A Punky semi-permanent hair color for a treatment that works on even dark hair (!!!) and puts expensive dye jobs to SHAME. Its shades are super saturated, can last over 25 washes, and conditions while it treats your tresses. Meaning you'll have a whole month of colorful, shiny hair.

    instagram.com, amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "The jar makes this super easy to use — just wear a glove if you don't want blue fingers. It's a lovely fragrance, doesn't have a harsh chemical aroma, and the color adds very deep blue undertones to my dye-resistant, 10% grey, dark brown hair. There's no lightener needed, no developer added — it shines bright, rich blue in the grey strands, and gives the dark brown hair that comic book blue tint. it's just wonderful, exactly what I wanted." —Zhara um NIkko

    Get it from Amazon for $7 (available in 21 shades).

    5. A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray that'll 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.

    amazon.com

    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.

    6. A pair of scalloped ballet flats so you can put your ~foot down~ on boring options and easily look polished every day — all while saving your hard-earned cash.

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    Promising review: "These are super cute and fit very well! I look forward to wearing them out! For wide feet, I looked over the recommended size and it said order 1/2 a size up. I did as such, and it fits just fine!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.59+ (available in sizes 5-12 and 20 colors).

    7. A cult-favorite Fenty lipstick, because reviewers agree this shade of red looks amazing on EVERYONE. Meaning you rock a chic red lip every darn day to change your whole look with just a swipe.

    Sephora

    PLUS! It's long-lasting and has a *soft matte finish*.

    Promising review: "I told myself this year I would no longer wear matte formulas because my lips were over the abuse, I tried this on in store and wore it for a while and realized not only had I forgot I was wearing it but my lips were not dried out and actually felt very moisturized. Does not look too matte and does not get crusty like the way Mac matte lipsticks get around the rim of your mouth. I want to go back and stock up on other shades ASAP." —mveve

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in 24 shades).

    See why this won best mid-priced matte lipstick on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. A facial hair remover to remove peach fuzz 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 pay the price.

    amazon.com

    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!" —Peter

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    9. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress with side slits and POCKETS for relying on a trendy one-and-done outfit that you can throw on whenever you want to look more sophisticated. Who wears black jeans every single day? I don't recall....

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow I love this dress! It’s just so effortless, comfortable, and flowy! I got this in a large, which I usually wear. I’m about a size 14 with 38DD and this was roomy enough, but not baggy. Pair it with some heels to fancy it up or sandals for a more casual look. I want to get this in more colors! I really like how it has the double slits on both sides to keep it airy and light. And hellooooooo it has POCKETS! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻." —Ann D.

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

    10. A winged eyeliner for FINALLY creating the perfect cat eye every damn morning by simply stamping on pro-level wings. Will you get all the credit? Obviously.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look.

    Promising review: "I have very hooded eyes and this still works great! Make sure you give extra time to dry. It’s humid and 85 degrees today and I went to a party, spent time outside, and sweated, and this eyeliner didn’t budge! Also, I love how I can do cat eyes for the first time in my life! I’m not great at doing makeup, but this made it easy! I'm very satisfied!" —hklep

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    For more info, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye" and see what won best liquid eyeliners at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. A puff-shoulder blouse that'll refine your wardrobe no matter what you pair it with — jeans, skirts, trousers, you name it. No matter what you'll look like an extra chic GROWNUP.

    Tobi

    Get it from Tobi for $31 (originally $78; available in sizes XS-XL).

    12. A bitter-tasting varnish so you can join the thousands of people who have already kicked the pesky habit of biting their nails by using this. It dries clear, but you'll know it's there thanks to its bitter taste. Fresh manis > picked cuticles.

    amazon.com

    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: "This stuff is amazing. I've been a terrible nail-biter since I was a young child, and I tried everything to stop. I hated my hands and was so ashamed of how they looked, but I couldn't help it. I tried rubber bands, mindfulness meditation, Pavlok, and all sorts of other 'no bite' polishes that looked awful and washed off too quickly/didn't taste bad enough to be a deterrent. I committed to putting a layer of this on every other day, and it's now been three months and my nails look amazing. The urge to bite has lessened, but I don't think it will ever go away, so I plan to use this polish for years to come. The taste is so strong and immediately bitter, and it really lingers on your lips and tongue for a while. It's an amazing product, and I highly recommend it." —Lydia G Morgan

    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".

    13. A pair of checked flared pants, because these'll be an easy and inexpensive replacement to those dark jeans you've been wearing since birth. It's time to LET GO.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I got the black and white checkered pants and they are super cute and fun! They’re perfectly high waisted and hit just above my ankle with some flare. They’re stretchy and soft. They're going to look so cute with chunky colored sandals or black chunky boots and a black top." —savannaeliza

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

    14. An Ucanbe eyeshadow palette for expanding your makeup collection for cheap. It has 18 super pigmented shades from matte to shimmer, because you don't need to drop $100 to achieve the perfect smokey eye. Though your skills may lead people to believe you did.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've only had this for about three days and I just can't stop playing with all the colors. OMG, are the mattes pigmented! Never have I seen such great mattes in a cheap palette. It's hard to find these in even pricier palettes. So beautiful and versatile. It's a collection of my FAVORITE shades and I couldn't be happier! Great buy and no regrets." —MerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A tulle midi skirt that'll update all your old tops and give you the Carrie Bradshaw closet you DESERVE — just without the tremendous debt.

    Jordan Vines / VinesStudio.com / Via vinesstudios.com

    Promising review: "I am in love with this skirt! Finally, an inexpensive and TRULY FULL tulle skirt! I have been wanting a full tulle skirt for some time, and I've passed on several others that are on Amazon because so many have reviews that say they are not actually as full as the photo makes them appear. However, this is NOT the case with this skirt! This skirt is well constructed and the tulle is very sturdy and on the stiff side so it really has a lot of volume, even without a pinafore!" —TickTockAlice

    Get it from Amazon $28+ (available in sizes XS-5X and 45 colors).

    16. A Xtava large hair diffuser to enhance your natural curls' texture and definition with ~360 degree~ airflow to dry hair evenly, maximize volume, and cancel pesky frizz. It even features extra-long tips with drying vents to speedily dry thick, long hair from root to tip. Goodbye, flyaways. Hello, sleek blowouts.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Faster blowout = no more tired arms. Btw, this diffuser has a 1.8 inch diameter (which will fit *most* hairdryers).

    Promising review: "Forget those $200 dryers with their proprietary diffusers that claim to fix all of your curly hair frustrations. This diffuser reduces the amount of hair blowing your hair around (and therefore frizz), reduces the amount of times you need to move your dryer around your head, and distributes air and heat more evenly to your roots and ends. I have the standard Conair Infinity Pro blowdryer ($32.89) and removing the plastic ring inside the attachment let this diffuser attach securely to my dryer." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    17. A Physicians Formula highlighter so you can swipe on the ultimate ~glow up~ in under a minute. Its super buttery formula leaves your cheekbones with no choice but to SHINE, thanks to its creamy, pigmented blend of murmur butter, capuaçu butter, and tucuman butter.

    instagram.com

    Promising review:"This highlighter is everything I had ever hoped for. I HATE overpowering highlighter that make you look greasy — Instagram looks don't always work in the real world. This highlighter picks up right onto your finger and melts onto the skin, leaving a natural finish. I built it up quite a bit without any disruption of my foundation, which is a mineral loose powder. It really is a buttery cream, I dab a little on my fingers and mix with my foundation primer to make a luminous primer. This could easily sell for $30-40, but it's SO affordable! I am very, very happy!" —NOYB

    Get it from Amazon for $7.65 (available in four shades).

    18. A bottle of castor oil, because this'll promote natural hair growth as an easy, all-natural way to restore 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. Feel free to let this transformation go to your ~head~.

    amazon.com

    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 $15.96.

    19. A loose-fitting jumpsuit for throwing on just ONE piece to look perfectly on-trend. You can even toss it over an old T-shirt and still look effortlessly stylish. Mission accomplished.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this to wear to a party and had several people ask if it was from Urban Outfitters and got lots of compliments. It is ridiculously soft! I wore it with a white tank and was very comfortable!" —tarzhay lover

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-L and 23 colors and styles).

    20. A hot air brush that'll let you skip expensive blowouts. The outcome is exactly the same (if not better) and gives you drastic results before your arm is even tired.

    amazon.com

    You can use it to both straighten and curl hair, features ceramic tourmaline plates to avoid heat damage and smooth frizz, AND its bristles and cool tip makes sure you don't burn yourself.

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I have natural, fine, and very straight hair. I have never been able to hold a curl in my hair without heavy-duty hair spray, and even then the curl would fall and not hold. That has all changed now, as this curling iron is awesome. I am completely blown away as to how much curl it gives me — and that they last! I couldn't be more pleased." —Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59+ (available in two sizes).

    21. An animal print mini or midi skirt so you can layer it with your favorite band T-shirt for an effortless transformation — all without getting to *wild* with your spending.

    Nasty Gal

    Get them from Nasty Gal: the leopard mini skirt for $10 (originally $20; available in sizes 0-10) and the snake midi skirt for $20 (originally $40; available in sizes 0-20).

    22. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo, because this'll brighten your blonde hair to fully platinum in just one to three minutes. Translation: you get to maintain platinum blonde tresses ALL THE TIME without a trip to the pricey salon.

    amazon.com

    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 have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.35+ (available in six sizes).

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

    23. A pair of delicate earring climbers for those of us who never take our earrings — these'll make sure you still look polished and on-trend every day when just keeping these in.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these tiny little earrings. I received them about a week ago and I never take them out and sleep in them. Honestly I forget they are even in until someone compliments me! My holes are a little stretched out after so many years of heavy earrings, but I haven't had any issues with these sinking into the holes like sometimes happens with smaller studs. I appreciate that the posts aren't so long and that I don't get stabbed by them." —Julie N.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 15 styles).

    24. A pair of new eyeglasses frames that'll switch up your visage, as well as the rest of your look (modern frames = instantly trendy outfit) before you even put clothes on.

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    An easy place to shop for new glasses is EyeBuyDirect — they have over ~1200~ styles, let you upload a photo of yourself to "try glasses on", and ship your new frames right to your door. Easy-peasy.

    Shop the above collection from EyeBuyDirect for $32+ (available in six styles), or check out their full collection of eyeglasses.

    25. A Maybelline brow pencil so you have a new go-to if your brows aren't even friends (more like third cousins removed). This will fill in even thin hairs for a natural-looking yet bold finish with its double-sided design: one to precisely draw and the other to neatly brush. Look who's finally getting along!

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something with a tiny tip is pointless, takes forever, and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over." —Duchess

    Get it from Amazon for $6.26+ (available in four shades).

    26. A pair of floral palazzo pants, because these (dare I say) may be comfier than even your usual leggings. You'll stay just as comfy, but with a much more stylish twist. Plus they'll go with almost everything so you can wear 'em time and time again.

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $22 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

    27. An Aztec Indian clay mask for waging straight war on your toughest of cystic breakouts — it's time to show 'em who's boss and say GOODBYE. No matter how deep your acne goes, this mask will vacuum out clogged pores like there's no tomorrow.

    amazon.com

    I'm honestly not even sure how there are still people left on this Earth who have yet to buy this, because 11,129 people already swear by this! By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar!

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. After reading all the reviews about this product, I figured I would give it a try, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.31.

    Want more proof? Check out "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    28. A convertible faux leather backpack that can double as a crossbody. Did you just find your new best friend? Yes. It's time to retire your old college backpack for something a little more *sophisticated*.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This bag is adorable. It’s small yet spacious. It is the perfect size for me. It is very high-quality and my new favorite bag! I’ve been into mini backpacks for a while now, but never found the perfect one...until this!" —Tam Thanh Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in two colors).

    29. A Maybelline under-eye concealer so you can treat dark circles so quickly and effectively, no one will ever guess your newly smooth complexion is all thanks to a $5 stick. Look who's drinking water and sleeping! At least so it seems.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    It's formulated with goji berry extracts and Haloxyl to hit the refresh button on tired eyes — who went out last night? Um, not us.

    Promising review: "This is the best under eye concealer ever. I am 67-years-old and have tried them all. I wouldn't go out without applying this concealer. It blends nicely with my foundation and has never caked. The sponge applicator is soft and makes application quick and easy. I will continue to use this product and hope, like many products I've used over the years, that it doesn't get discontinued." —Morty

    Get it from Amazon for $5.03+ (available in 12 shades).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review on why she loves this concealer in "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love" (#4).

    30. A ruffled T-shirt, because this'll let you stick to your usual tee-and-jeans combo, but with an approachable update.

    Asos

    Get it from Asos for $26 (available in sizes 0-14).

    31. A set of synthetic hair extensions for growing your mane out without making you 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!

    amazon.com

    BTW, these have 2,819 five-star reviews!! They're synthetic, but you can still wash and style them!

    Promising review: "Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I've spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets, and have never been completely satisfied. Until now! These are BY FAR my favorite (and for such an amazing price)! If you're worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying and buy these extensions! Also, I have very short hair and they still look great! They're very full and luscious. And you can straighten them. I'm very happy." —Makenzie Long

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in 24 shades).

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

    32. A pair of lace-up booties that'll go with everything and *kick up* your style without every giving up on comfort or your budget.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am completely satisfied with these shoes. I wear a size 8 1/2 M; I have wide feet, and they fit perfectly. I received many compliments on them, both from males and females." —Amazing G

    Get them from Amazon for $13.50+ (available in sizes 5.5-12 and five shades).

    33. An overall mini dress so you can continue to wear the same old T-shirt you love wearing, but with a welcome update. AND you'll still feel just as comfy, courtesy of its soft linen material.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.90 (available in sizes S-L and two colors).

    34. A ceramic Conair crimper to boost unexpected volume to your hair. It'll instantly add all the texture to fine hair that usually requires teasing, just without the effort and inevitable frizz — or salon charges, for that matter.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It's ceramic to avoid heat damage, can reach up to 455° (with five temperature settings), works with all hair types, and only takes ~30 seconds~ to heat up!

    Promising review: "I did not expect the quality to be so good since the price is so cheap and there wasn’t that many reviews. The first thing I noticed was how well it’s made. It also has a nice weight to it. You can put it on different settings of heat, which I love. My hair is EXTREMELY straight and I can not believe the volume it’s given me. It makes extremely small crimps which at first I didn’t think I was going to like until I got to mid hair and couldn’t believe how thick it looks. I love, love, love!!!" —angela

    Get it from Amazon for $22.36.

    35. A belted denim jacket with *pockets*, because this'll be more on-trend for spring than your traditional blazers. Will it go with absolutely everything to give your wardrobe an easy update? YOU BET.

    Target

    Get it from Target for $30.09 (originally $42.99; available in sizes 0X-4X).

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

    World Of Wonder Productions

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