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    Updated on 11 Jun 2020. Posted on 11 Jun 2020

    32 Things Under $50 That Mean Serious Business

    For anyone who likes to stretch their dollar.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

    Jemima Skelley / BuzzFeed

    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microdermabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    2. This French green clay face mask which works wonders on oily, clogged and acne-prone skin.

    Amazon / BuzzFeed

    This green clay face mask is 100% natural and mined straight from the earth in the Montmorillonite region in France. Because of its unique blend of minerals and very fine texture, it's able to act as a magnet — drawing out the toxins and impurities from the skin.

    Promising Review: "My skin has been problematic AF for pretty much the entirety of my lockdown living. Whether it's due to stress, a change of environment, or because I have way too much time on my hands to pick it to death — all I can say is, this mask saved my skin. I use it once a week and it draws out all kinds of shit, leaving me looking glowy and radiant!"

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    3. This microfibre hair wrap, which will dry your hair without damaging it.

    Amazon

    This microfibre hair wrap will keep your wet hair out of the way when you're getting ready, while simultaneously using its incredible absorbency to dry it. Essential for those of us who hate to blow-dry their hair, but also can't risk getting a head cold during winter.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.95.

    4. This blackhead remover, which will suck all the gunk out of your pores so you look impossibly air-brushed.

    Amazon

    This next-generation blackhead remover adopts ~innovative vacuum technology~ to clear your face of oil, build-up and dead skin cells. Designed for a variety of skin types, it has three suction heads for different skin conditions, and helps to clean up blackhead, remove dirt grease, reduce dead skin and fine lines, as well as massage and tighten the skin.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.

    5. This motivational water bottle, which will remind you to hydrate during work hours and in between your passive-aggressive emails.

    Amazon

    Dehydration is the enemy of energy and concentration, so fix your productivity with all the water. This litre bottle is marked with times, so when you glance at your bottle and realise its past the hour, you know it's time to take another swig. It helpfully lets you know just what a certain amount of liquid is doing for you, including, "3 p.m. — Reduce Fatigue" and "5 p.m. — Hydrate Skin".

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.19.

    6. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because life's too short to deal with pesky phone cradles.

    Mariela Summerhays/BuzzFeed

    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.99.

    7. This body fat scale that you can connect to your phone, because we all need to be especially aware of our health in this new reality.

    Amazon

    With changes to all of our routines, diet and exercise, it's easy for our health to fall by the wayside. Keep your health on track with this scale that calculates all of the things — including BMI, body weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $38.99.

    8. This rechargeable, handheld deep tissue massager, because your tired muscles deserve some love and attention.

    Amazon

    My idea of luxury are massages. Like, keep your fancy chocolates, your champagne (actually, I wouldn't mind those) — just soothe me of my many aches and pains. This is the number one bestselling electric massager on Amazon — it features a powerful motor that can produce up to 3600 pulses per minute, so you can trust it to loosen the tightest of knots. It comes with five different head attachments, so it's effective wherever you choose to use it.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $46.99.

    9. This all-in-one mandoline slicer, so you don't have to risk fingers in the pursuit of perfectly sliced veggies.

    Amazon

    Why bother with a knife when you can buy a tool that does it all? Whether you need your produce sliced, julienned or even cut into waves, this tool does it with ease. Plus, it stores all the contents in a neat, little container, leaving no mess and a stack of perfectly assembled veggies.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.98.

    10. This drain snake, which will unclog the hair that has been building up since you've been sprouting follicles on top of your head.

    Amazon

    If I'm honest, I can't look at this photo without gagging a touch. I imagine doing the job itself would be much the same, but it needs to be done, so might as well get it over and done with faster, right? There are two different lengths to choose from, 50cm and 60cm, so no matter how far down you've managed to shove your hair, the tiny claws along its length will be able to pull it all out in one go.

    Buy a pack of four from Amazon Australia for $8.99.

    11. This photo printer, so you can finally make that collage wall you've been thinking about for ages.

    Photo developer beside collage of photos.
    Amazon

    This photo printer is ridiculously easy to use — all you'll need is polaroid film and your phone! The size of the photos are perfect for sticking on the fridge or in scrapbooks and diaries, so though we're grounded for a while, you can surround yourself with memories of all your past travels.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.

    12. This weighted blanket, which will smother each and all of your sleeping problems.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I'm usually a person who loves to sleep early and often, but can never actually get to sleep quick enough. This blanket however, has made it so much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep for the entire night.

    It's not that it's super heavy! The blanket feels similar to when you were little and your parents would put a blanket over you and tuck it in all around you — aka the best feeling ever."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read Hameda's whole review on the weighted blanket here.

    Buy a double-sized blanket from Amazon Australia for $40.95.

    13. This over-the-door ironing board holder, because the behind-the-door method isn't working out too well for you or your floor space.

    Ironing board hung on over-the-door hook.
    Amazon

    Made from powder-coated metal, this over-the-door hook will clear space for you to actually open your laundry door the entire way.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.88.

    14. These silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.

    Amazon

    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and supporting your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    15. This Vitamin C serum, an organic answer to each and every one of your skin woes.

    Amazon

    This serum is made from all-natural ingredients — including 11% hyaluronic acid, 20% vitamin C and vitamin E — to help with skin ageing, sun spots (relevant for basically every Aussie), wrinkles and dark circles.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.99.

    16. This magic double-sided tape, which you can use to free up counter space and can be washed and reused, time and time again.

    Amazon

    Thanks to some special kind of wizardry, this durable, double-sided, clear tape can be used to stick almost anything to any surface. Five metres long, it can be cut to suit your needs and then — without leaving a mark — be removed, washed and used again from now until eternity.

    Read all about its wondrousness here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.18.

    17. This gel mould and mildew remover, to do all the work in your shower that you've been avoiding.

    Amazon

    I love me a quick fix. This highly concentrated (wear gloves!) mould and mildew remover is effective and requires very little effort. Simply squeeze gel along the grout you want to revive, leave for five to six hours, then wash off with running water. Much cheaper than renovating the bathroom, really.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    18. These impossibly cheap blemish patches, which protect your spots from bacteria as they heal.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches from Amazon Australia for $5.20.

    19. These high-waisted workout leggings, which will solve the problem of where to put your phone during lifting sessions.

    Amazon

    These tights are made of ultra-fine fibres that mimic the softness and durability of silk — so whether you're working out or sitting on the couch all day, your tush will remain at a comfy temperature. The fabric is also super stretchy, so you'll be able to move in any direction you please without feeling any discomfort. Plus, it features a side pocket for your phone — so, you'll no longer need to stick it in your bra and let it get all sweaty.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.98+ (available in 30 colours).

    20. This, Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Rose Petal, which will do everything all your exxy serums, creams and oils claim to.

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Treat redness, breakouts and a host of other skin problems with this magic liquid. Alcohol-free and made with rose petal water, vitamin E and Witch Hazel extract, this thing is beloved by thousands on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well."

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Read more about this excellent product here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.95.

    21. This scalp massager, which will not only relieve tension, but increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.

    Amazon

    This ergonomically-designed scalp massager will make easy work of shampooing your hair. Made of environmentally-friendly silicone (flexible!), the use of this brush will reduce stress and improve hair health.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.95.

    22. This indoor thermometer that also measures humidity, so that you can better understand your air quality.

    Amazon

    This indoor thermometer records humidity as well as temperature, so that you can ensure you're relaxing in optimum conditions at home. Stick it to the fridge using its rear magnet or prop on any surface using its stand.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    23. These SoundPEATS wireless earbuds, because I've been wanting to make the move to wireless but have been turned off by competitors' prices.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    With just a touch of a single earbud, you have access to excellent sound quality to take calls and listen to music for around four hours per charge.

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds — I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy them from Amazon Australia for $43.99.

    24. These eyeliner stamps, because whoever invented the winged-eye look was just setting us up for failure.

    Amazon

    Reviewers say that this stamp makes the perfect winged eye every time — infinitely easier than trying to get even lines freehand. Each set comes with two pens — one for your left eye and one for right — and is water-resistant and smudge-proof.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.57.

    25. These car hooks, because you paid enough for your handbag, so you probably shouldn't just throw it on the car floor.

    Amazon

    Easily snapped onto headrest poles, these sturdy, rotating hooks will clear up floor and seat space of bags or umbrellas. Lined with silicone rubber, they won't damage your car and will remain snugly in place. When not in use, you can simply rotate them for effective space saving.

    Buy a pack of four from Amazon Australia for $13.99.

    26. This coffee warmer, because nothing says a good start to the day/year/decade like a cup of tea that doesn't go cold.

    Amazon

    This little gadget can be conveniently plugged into your laptop so you always have a warm coffee/tea/soup when necessary. Easy-to-clean and compact, you can bring it from your desk at home to the office when lockdown ends, with no trouble at all.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.66.

    27. This reusable face wipe, the Face Halo, which removes every inch of makeup with nothing but water.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "You can tell by my ~shook~ facial expression that I was blown away. I mean honestly, look at the state of my face and hair — do you think I'd allow this GIF to live on the internet if I wasn't genuinely impressed?

    The wipes are non-toxic, chemical free and recyclable, so BIG wins all 'round. Not only are you doing your face a favour — by not subjecting it to the toxins in that pack of two dollar wipes — but you're doing the environment a solid, too."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read more about the Face Halo here.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $24.

    28. This phone charging stand for your desk, because I know you have trouble remembering to plug your phone in at night before you sleep.

    Phone about to be placed on charging station.
    Amazon

    So, thousands of people are really keen on this thing. Reviewers love how fast this stand and wireless charger charges their phone, how they can see the screen whilst on their computer and how affordable it is. As someone whose most commonly texted message is, "I'm sorry, my phone died", I wholly endorse this purchase.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.99.

    29. This six-minute diary, which will keep you on track if you're determined to practise mindfulness in what is a chaotic and disorienting time.

    Amazon

    This journal promises a simple and scientific approach to get you to change your habits in order to achieve happiness, mindfulness and productive thinking. With only this journal, three minutes of your morning and three of your afternoon, you'll train yourself to focus and move towards the goals that matter most to you.

    It includes monthly check-in pages, habit trackers and weekly notes for your own thoughts and ideas, while giving you the information about positive psychology, self reflection and changing habits.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $43.90.

    30. These armpit pads that will keep your sweat from staining your shirts.

    Amazon

    Apply these self-adhesive underarm pads directly to your skin for some easy, all-natural soaking up of sweat. You'll never fear wearing synthetic fabrics on a hot day again.

    Buy a pack of 30 from Amazon Australia for $24.90.

    31. This Biotin shampoo, which thousands say have helped them regain healthy, thicker hair.

    Amazon

    I'm fairly skeptical of anything that claims to help you grow your hair back or make it thicker — you get what nature gave you, right? However, this shampoo has a good many people singing its praises (over 3,400 have given it a five-star rating!), so for its price, it's definitely worth a shot. Filled with biotin, provitamin B5, zinc, coconut oil, it promises to improve scalp health and inject a tonne of nutrients into hair strands, encouraging new hair growth.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia now for $31.07.

    32. And finally, this kitchen knife sharpener, because I know you've been neglecting your blades.

    Amazon

    This ergonomically-designed knife sharpener is designed to fit securely in your hand and sit firmly on your counter — which means no gory accidents! With three stages — prepare, sharpen and hone — your sad-looking, blunt stainless steel knives will be dangerously sharp once again.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    You at me, when I tell you not to spend all your money at once.

    BBC

    You're totally going to, aren't you?

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