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    21 Things That Should Be Hella Expensive, But Aren't

    It's just so far away from pay day.

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    I like nice things. I also like having a balance higher than zero in my bank account, so am all about stretching that dollar.


    Because left to my natural shopping habits, this would be me in no time.

    Fortunately, there are still a few things in this world that are not only affordable, but also brilliant and worth having. Here are 21 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 $4.95 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This Tile Mate device, because you've tried retracing your steps to find your keys and it's not as useful as everyone says it is.

    Amazon, Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    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 vegan Lush Sleepy lotion, which is almost solely responsible for the eight (okay, seven) hours of sleep I get a night.


    This is the sleep aid every tired human needs in their life and I will not rest until you all experience this magical lotion. It's this heavenly mix of oatmeal, lavender oil, organic cocoa butter and a bunch of other natural goodies. Plus, it smells divine. You will never sleep better than getting out of the shower, lathering this on, then jumping under the covers.

    Plus, Lush only purchases from suppliers that don't test on animals, so you'll feel better bulk buying this when you inevitably become addicted.

    Buy a 95g jar for $17.95 from Lush.

    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 $15 from Amazon Australia.

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

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    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 $50 from Amazon Australia.

    6. 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.

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

    @frank_bod / Via

    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? We've already gone and written a whole bloody post about its wondrousness here.

    Buy a 220g bag for $19.95 from Mecca.

    8. This digital meat thermometer, because though I am a grown ass adult, I still don't know how to cook a medium rare steak.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a woman of many talents β€” cooking however, is not one of them. This handy gadget gives you an accurate temperature reading within three seconds (!) and I've since been able to cook that elusive medium rare steak. The probe folds in easily for safe storage and I love the magnet backing β€” last thing I need is another kitchen tool taking up space in my heavily crowded drawers!"

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $18.45 from Amazon Australia.

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

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    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.

    10. 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.

    Dick Smith

    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.

    11. This John Frieda Rotation Hot Air Styler, because thinking of how to style your hair in the morning is just another worry you don't need.

    Instead of loading your head with a bunch of products in the morning, you can simply use this hot brush to tame frizz and style at the same time. Use the multi-directional, soft-bristled roller attachment for full-bodied curls β€” or swap it out for the ceramic comb attachment for flat-as-a-board locks.

    Our mate across the pond wrote a whole post about it here. It's called by another name in the States β€” the John Frieda 1 1/2" Hot Air Brush β€” but same brilliant product.

    Buy for $49.99 from Amazon Australia.

    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 $16 from Amazon Australia.

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

    Bunnings, Timbermate / Via

    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. These Zara Flat Mesh Mules, which are the work-appropriate, comfortable and stylish footwear I've abandoned my heels for.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Zara

    I am a heel enthusiast – give me a sexy pointed toe stiletto any day of the week – but if I'm honest, it can become quite the drag come the 3 p.m. slump. These flat, pointed-toe mules with mesh detail give my outfit that shot of elegance I want, with none of the hassle.

    RRP $45.95 / Buy now for $15.95 from Zara.

    16. 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.

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

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, @littleflowerssydney / Via

    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.

    18. This Squatty Potty, the original foot stool designed to make the muscle area around your colon relax, thereby allowing you to drop your ~stool~ faster and more completely.


    Look, you're tense and as embarrassing as it may feel to admit, it can have an undesirable effect on your bowel movements. Use this much-raved about Squatty Potty to fix the situation.

    Promising review: "It took a day or two to get used to, but within a week of using it, I noticed quite a positive difference in my, uh, evacuation. It took less effort and less time, and really just made the whole process a lot more pleasant.

    In fact, within a week, it started feeling strange to use other toilets WITHOUT the Squatty Potty. I actually prefer using it now."

    β€”Kat Angus

    Read the entire low down on the Squatty Potty here.

    Buy for $40 from Amazon Australia.

    19. These Ardell Natural Wispies Lashes, which will instantly transform your face with a touch of drama.

    Julia Willing / BuzzFeed

    These come with a small tube of adhesive, so you needn't immediately go out and buy some when it comes to wearing.

    Promising review: "These lashes have some serious glam power. As someone who has never used falsies before, I found them super easy to apply and they didn't weigh down my eyelids. Not your everyday 9-5 look, but perfect for nights out or events where you want a lil' OOMPH in the eyes."

    β€”Julia Willing

    Buy a pair for $9.95 from Big W.

    20. These Sound PEATS 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 β€” 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 the convenience of 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."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy now for $34.84 from Amazon Australia.

    21. And this gorgeous and functional play mat bag, because your kid forgot to pack up before bedtime and you don't want to delay your glass of wine any longer.

    Amazon, 3 Sprouts

    I need this in my life. So often have my kids just dumped LEGO bricks in the middle of the room, only to be unwilling to pick up all the pieces when they were done. Made from sturdy fabrication and fitted with handles, this play mat is easily folded so that it, and all its contents, are quickly moved and stored.

    Buy for $37.75 from Amazon Australia.

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