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    32 Products Where Expectation Vs Reality Paid Off For Me

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    1. This hyped up highlighter palette is one of the best cheaper options around IMO. Do yourself a favour and add it to your basket now.

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    Price: £9.99 for one palette in the shade 'solstice.'

    2. This Heart & Hustle book is by YouTuber Patricia Bright. It's about achieving your dreams, and it's a pretty inspiring read.

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    Price: £10.41 in a hardcover format – it's also available in a Kindle edition and as an audiobook.

    3. I can't say I love cooking but I do love eating, and this handy garlic rocker that comes with a cleaning brush and a silicone peeling tube has proved to be a worthwhile investment for mealtimes.

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    Price: £8.99.

    4. These eyebrow razor tools can also be used for dermaplaning and they work pretty well for under £3!

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    Price: £2.99 for six.

    5. My other half really rates these Bluetooth headphones, and by the looks of things, so do Amazon customers!

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    Price: £32.99 in black – they're also available in five other colours.

    6. I love the Garnier organic range, and this lemongrass detox gel wash is a bargain for cleansing your face.

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    Price: £4.00 for 150ml.

    7. I hate cleaning my makeup brushes but since the StylPro electric makeup brush cleaner and dryer machine entered my life, it's become a lot less of a chore!

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    Price: £21.74.

    8. This highly rated gratitude journal helps me to stay positive and remember the good things in life. Psst... it'd make a great Christmas gift too!

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    Price: £6.42.

    9. Thanks to a mixture of cold weather and a love for lipgloss, my lips get super dry in winter. This La Roche Posay product is one of my all time favourite lip balms.

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    Price: £6.99.

    10. I love the Amazon Echo Dot. At just £21.99 this smart speaker has good sound quality, and you can ask Alexa questions and make hands-free phone calls!

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    Price: £21.99 for one device only in a charcoal colour 3rd gen style– it's also available in three other options.

    11. For high quality yet budget friendly makeup brushes, Real Techniques has to be my go-to. This set of flawless base brushes can be used for contouring, buffing, and blending foundation.

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    Price: £9.90 for four brushes – other set styles are also available.

    12. This delish Lindt sea salt dark chocolate tastes as good as it sounds, honestly.

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    Price: £1.50 for 100g.

    13. Mopping used to be one of my worst chores, now I'd do it all day long (nearly!) thanks to this Vileda 1-2 spray mop. You can spray your floor cleaner as you go, eliminating the need for a messy bucket and wringing.

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    Price: £19.99 for the mop with an extra refill pad.

    14. When I first heard about this biscuit brew tea, I was cautiously optimistic, but I'm pleased to confirm it exceeded my expectations for tasty biscuity-ness. This mammoth pack contains 160 cuppas too!

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    Price: £7.36 for 160 teabags.

    15. I'm a big fan of The Ordinary's hard working and no frills products, and this high-adherence silicone primer is no exception.

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    Price: £6.80 for 30ml.

    16. This Dove hand cream is one of the best budget options IMO. It's non-greasy and ideal for chucking in your handbag!

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    Price: £1.99 for 75ml.

    17. This photo clip string with 50 LED lights is under a tenner, and it made a great decor piece at an event.

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    Price: £8.99.

    18. If product buildup regularly does you dirty then this gentle clarifying shampoo will help to rid your hair of that unclean feeling, leaving you with refreshed locks.

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    Price: £6.99 for 355ml.

    19. This Dr. Beckmann carpet cleaner with a brush head lid has saved my floors more times than I care to remember. At under £3, it surpassed my expectations entirely.

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    Price: £2.79 for 650ml.

    20. I heard people on Instagram talking about this lip and cheek tint with hyaluronic acid, and let me tell you that if you like a fresh, glowy look then this is for you.

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    Price: £4.99 in the shade summer rose – it's also available in four other shades.

    21. I use this LED desk lamp which is flexible and gives off a decent amount of light without hurting your eyes! It came with high ratings, and I can safely say I have to agree with reviewers!

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    Price: £21.99 for one.

    22. Old school beauty YouTube fans will remember the hype around the super cheap Collection lasting perfection concealer. It's been one of my failsafe beauty buys for years, and it's still just over £4!

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    Price: from £4.19 – it's available in 17 shades.

    23. If, like me, you usually have seriously spendy taste in fragrance, then Jenny Glow perfumes are a great budget friendly alternative. This lush pomegranate scent is under £10!

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    Price: £8.45 for 30ml in an EDP.

    24. This wireless mouse was a gift for a gaming fan, and it's had rave reviews ever since!

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    Price: £14.99 for one.

    25. When cleaning fans raved about this Minky antibacterial cleaning pad on social media, I knew I'd want to try it. I wasn't prepared for how much I could like a cloth though.

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    Price: £2.33.

    26. Watching telly with my essential oil diffuser on is one of my fave ways to unwind after a long day. At just £16.99, it exceeded my expectations for a budget friendly option.

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    Price: £16.99.

    27. And to go in your diffuser, you might just want to check out this autumnal smelling pumpkin spice oil that I'm obsessing over RN.

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    Price: £3.25 for 10ml.

    28. My long thick hair wouldn't be without a Wet Brush. This original detangler style also has the hearts of Amazon customers with a whopping 4.8-star average rating!

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    Price: £8.12 for one.

    29. If you haven't tried this Caramilk golden caramel chocolate that social media users are obsessed with, then you should probably add it to your basket. It's super sweet so a little goes a long way IMO.

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    Price: £0.98 for 90g.

    30. This set of super sweet green pumpkins have been all over my house since I bought them. I reckon they're cute enough to stay until the Christmas decor comes out!

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    Price: £14.99 for 12.

    31. I first heard about this bargain lipgloss on Instagram, and for the price it's pretty flipping good.

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    Price: £4.00 for 2.5ml.

    32. My cushion obsession shows no signs of stopping so this set of two inner cushion fillers went straight in my basket and now look great on my bed.

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    Price: £5.63 for two in a 40x40cm size without covers – they're also available in other sizes and quantities.