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    15 Cheap As Chips Things That Do Much More Than Their Price Tag Suggests

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    I like nice things. My bank account? Not so much.

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    Fortunately, there are still a few things in this world that are not only affordable, but also brilliant and worth having. Here are 14 things that are truly worth their weight in gold.

    1. These blemish patches, which protect your acne from bacteria as it heals.


    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 for $5.90 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This Tile Mate device, because you know you can't trust your memory to remember where you last put down your keys.

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    Simply connect this tile to your phone via Bluetooth and it'll allow you to immediately discover where your keys have gotten to by emitting a loud sound β€” and if you can't find your phone and have your keys, you can can double tap the button on the tile to get your phone to ring!

    Buy it for $39.95 from Amazon Australia.

    3. This posy of flowers from Little Flowers, because bouquets needn't be extravagant to be romantic.

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    Promising review: "My husband has been sending me flowers from this company for years β€” on the first day of a new job, birthdays and yes, Valentine's Day. I love receiving flowers and he hates the way roses are always overpriced come February 14th β€” Little Flowers allows him to dodge exxy prices and the problem of choosing specific flowers as it's all done for him!"

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy a small posy for $35 from Little Flowers.

    4. This wine aerator and decanter, which will give you the best glass of wine every time – even though you just picked up the cheapest bottle you could find.


    This ergonomically-designed device adds the perfect amount of air into wine and removes any sediment. Simply pour wine from the bottle, through the device and into your glass. Pair this with a homemade dinner and the fact you no longer drink wine out of a goon bag β€” you goddamn grown up, you.

    Buy for $18.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This pet hair roller, which also comes with a complimentary grooming glove.


    Minimise the fur being shed around the place with this roller and grooming glove β€” which also works as a massage for your pet when in use!

    Buy for $3.96 (!) from Amazon Australia.

    6. This vegan Lush Sleepy lotion, which is the ultimate feeling of cosiness β€” trust me.


    This combination of oatmeal, lavender oil and organic cocoa butter is almost solely responsible for the solid eight hours I get every night. It smells heavenly and feels like a warm hug on freshly-showered skin.

    Plus, Lush only purchases from suppliers that don't test on animals, so you can feel good about where you're putting your dollars.

    Buy a 95g jar for $17.95 from Lush.

    7. These Hawkers Dark Fairfax sunnies that are the subtle cat-eye silhouette I've been looking for my whole life.

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    If you're like me, you want your accessories casual enough to wear with your go-to denim, but glamorous enough to pair with a cocktail look. These Hawkers sunnies are the solution – they feature versatile rounded lenses with a subtle, feminine cat-eye in timeless black.

    TL;DR buy these sunnies, they go with bloody everything.

    Buy for $29.81 from Amazon Australia.

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


    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 for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    9. This Frank Body Rose Gold Shimmer Scrub, which will not only exfoliate away dead skin, but leave you literally shimmering.

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    Cult beauty brand Frank Body just gets me. Built from their signature sugar scrub base, this particular scrub has been blended with grapeseed and coffee seed oil for an extra hit of antioxidants β€” and most gloriously, with rose gold mica particles that make your skin absolutely shimmer.

    Not convinced? My boss went and wrote a whole bloody post about its wondrousness here.

    Buy a 220g bag for $19.95 from Mecca.

    10. This Aztec Healing Clay, which deep cleanses your pores for your most glorious face yet.

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    This clay basically has its own cult following of thousands, so it's no wonder it always makes our monthly bestsellers list. Just mix a bit of powder with some apple cider vinegar, lather it on and extract every last bit of gunk from your pores.

    Check out some brilliant before and after photos here.

    Buy for $23.99 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This pet carrier bag, which allows you to safely take your cat out and about β€” because ain't no way they're staying on a leash.

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    If, like us, you greatly enjoyed the scene in Miss Americana where Tay-Tay has her cat, Olivia, in a chic backpack carrier, then cop a look at this. You never need leave your furry friend behind again with this pet window carrier backpack β€” with plenty of ventilation, by the way.

    Buy for $39 from Dick Smith.

    12. This mini-cast iron skillet, which is the number one bestselling frying pan on Amazon.


    Cast iron skillets are the preferred pans of many professional chefs, due to the even distribution of heat across the entire surface and unparalleled heat retention. This one features lips on either side for easy pouring and at 3.5" in diameter, is perfect for cooking a sweet dessert for one or two.

    If you're looking for inspiration on what you can make your date with your cast iron skillet, here are 21 recipes you can start with.

    Buy for $19.95 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This touch-up crayon that will fill the little scratches and dents your wooden furniture has accumulated over the years.

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    I am not a handy person, so I've kind of just accepted the scratches and dents my home and furniture are slowly accumulating *eyes my tiny humans and cat*. This brilliant little tool, which comes in every conceivable hue of wood, can be rubbed into the surface of your furniture or heated to fill larger dents. You can even mix more than one stick to get your desired colour! Now anyone can be a home renovator.

    Buy a single stick for $6.55 from Bunnings.

    14. This eyeliner stamp, because whoever invented the winged-eye look was just setting us up for failure.

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

    Buy for $11.57 from Amazon Australia.

    15. And finally, this magnetic phone holder for your car, because life's too short to deal with pesky phone cradles.


    This phone holder comes with a stand and a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone, or put onto your phone case for instant GPS viewing ability. It also comes with two magnets, which is perfect if you share a car with someone.

    Buy it for $24.95 from Amazon Australia.

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