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    37 Things For When You Want To Look Fabulous, But Are Broke

    Upgrading your style doesn't have to come with a high price tag.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of high-waisted faux leather leggings to amp up any ordinary top and take your outfit straight from meh to fab.,

    Promising review: "I am a very picky buyer; I shop extremely carefully on Amazon. I don't really post reviews often unless the product just blows me away, and these leggings are fabulous. My husband asked me when I bought buy a pair of leather pants. He thought they were real leather." β€”Jewlo

    Get them from Amazon for $16.90 (available in sizes S–2XL).

    2. A knotted headband that'll keep your hair under control when you're trying to snap an OOTD on a windy day *and* add a stylish touch to any hairdo β€” it's called "being lazy but looking 100%," look it up.

    Promising review: "This headband is literally my FAVORITE! It really is versatile and feels like really good quality. The seams are stitched well, it doesn't slip, and I'm looking forward to getting it in more colors." β€”Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 37 colors/styles).

    3. Or an on-trend padded velvet headband can help your mane look like perfection in 0.05 seconds, even if your roots are secretly a liiiiittle too greasy for your liking. No one has to know!

    Amazon Customer / Via

    Promising review: "I have so many thoughts about this! This headband is so darling and is just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been searching high and low for a trendy 'hatband' Γ  la Duchess Kate, and this was perfect. The quality is better than expected and such a great price point! Looking forward to styling it for an upcoming wedding. But mostly, I definitely recommend!" β€”Rachael Mutschler

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ each (available in 23 colors/styles).

    4. A mini fabric steamer to keep your clothes free of wrinkles and other mishaps they've incurred as victims of being tossed without any regard (oops) β€” and best of all, it takes only a few minutes for your clothes to be wear-ready again!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via

    It uses plain tap water, has a nine-foot cord, produces steam within a minute, steams up to five garments in one go (180 ml is the max water volume), and comes with a travel bag.

    Promising review: "A picture is worth a thousand words. Apologies in advance if my photos do not do this little device justice. I am beyond thrilled with this little gizmo. It has worked wonders on everything in my closet from delicate chiffon and poly-blends, to heavier cotton and wool-blends. I have even steamed stubborn wrinkles from blazers, purses, and linen. I considered purchasing a larger steamer, but they tend to be clumsy, heavy and difficult to maneuver. This steamer is perfect. And for frequent refills, I simply keep a pitcher of water nearby. For the price, you can't beat it." β€”Savvy Shopper

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of the mini steamer for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    5. A fan-favorite Maybelline sponge-tip concealer for dabbing away dark circles, unwelcome blemishes, surgery scars, and whatever else might prevent you from ~feeling~ your best β€” 'cause that's what really matters!

    Kayla Suazo / Via,

    Promising review: "Best under eye concealer ever. I am 67 years old, have tried them all and 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." β€”Morty

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of the Maybelline Instant Rewind concealer (#4) for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in 15 shades).

    6. A set of gorgeous pearl or crystal hair pins to take your usual messy bun or everyday 'do up a few notches. Just stick 'em in, and let the compliments roll in!,

    Promising review (for the ones on the right): "I have short hair and was wanting something to put in my hair for my sister's wedding. These were perfect! And they stayed all day/night. I had no problem with them coming out by themselves. And the best part was that they were GORGEOUS!" β€”Serra

    Get them from Amazon: a set of 10 pearl pins (left) for $6.66+ (available in three colors) or a set of five crystal pins (right) for $5.77 (available in five colors/styles).

    7. A pair of over-the-knee boots with a chunky heel and stylish lace-up action that'll instantly dress up your favorite pair of jeans and give 'em a whole new look.

    Promising review: "I love, love, love these boots. I ordered all three colors: tan, black, and brown. These boots do not look cheap or rachet, and they are well made for their price point. The boots come to the top of my knees and fit perfectly on the foot. I did spray a shoe stretch spray on the insides to add even more comfort and flexibility for those all-day wears. This has been the best shoe purchase for the price that I've ever made. Random people are complimenting my boots everywhere I go." β€”Phillydiva

    Get them from Amazon for $18.23+ (available in sizes 5.5–10 and 12 colors).

    8. An off-the-shoulder skater dress with a high-low hem to marry your two fashion preferences, comfy and stylish, for a knockout combo that'll stun at your next special event.,

    Promising review: "I can't believe how amazing this dress is. I wore this to a Valentine's Day gala and women in $300 gowns were complimenting me β€” I know this because one woman was angry to see someone else wearing the same dress and said 'I paid $300 for this. I'm returning it to Nordstrom immediately!" The material stretches slightly for a perfect fit but still has some hold to it, if that makes sense." β€”Sweet Chi

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors/patterns, including two hem lengths).

    9. A set of blush- and mauve-toned velvet scrunchies, so you can elevate your look in approximately 30 seconds for maximum fabulousness and zero dents.


    Promising review: "Since I grew up in the '90s, I have been resistant to the resurgence of scrunchies, but these were perfect to ease me into the idea of wearing them again. They are the perfect size, and not like the big, fluffy scrunchies. I also have a lot of hair and have found that they prevent me from the headaches I typically get from wearing my hair up. They also hold up well. I have been using the same one for weeks now, and both the elastic and fabric have held up well." β€”Laila

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $8.88.

    10. A giant bottle of Dickinson's witch hazel toner to level out and heal your persisting acne, while also preventing new blemishes from popping up β€” because they're not about to steal the spotlight from the gorgeousness that is you.

    Augusta Falletta / BuzzFeed / Via

    Promising review: "I'm seeing the results in my skin the more I use this product! My skin is softer and actually has a glow to it. This always removes the most dirt and oil compared to other toners I have used in the past. It inexpensive and actually does its job! Totally recommended!" β€”Olie

    Check out our full review of the Dickinson toner for more deets!

    Get it from Walmart for $4.68.

    11. John Frieda Day 2 Revival products, so you can keep your meticulously styled 'dos fresh and vibrant for longer β€” all of the formulas are super lightweight and work to refresh your waves/curls, absorb oil, and smooth away pesky flyaways.,

    Here's what each product does:

    –Wave Refresh Spray: lightweight formula enhances texture and lightly fragrances second day hair

    –Dry Shampoo: absorbs oil and refreshes hair with a residue-free formula

    –Curl Reset Spray: infuses moisture and hold into curls

    –Smoothing Dry Oil: lightweight formula helps to tame frizz and flyaways, while boosting shine

    Promising review (for the texturizing spray): "I love this stuff. It really does revive day-two curls without needing more products and taking forever to restyle. I just spray and go, and the frizzies are tamed and my curls magically defined. The bottle has a tiny little lock to keep it from spilling or spraying, so extra points that's its purse-portable. The scent is nice: not overpowering and goes away quickly enough. I don't know how it works, but it gets my five stars." β€”blog, drink, beach, repeat

    Get the entire collection from Amazon for $9.49 each: Wave Refresh Spray, Dry Shampoo, Curl Reset Spray, and Smoothing Dry Oil.

    12. A pair of tassled drop earrings for statement jewelry that people can't help but notice, compliment, and probably ask you which fancy boutique you found them in.


    Promising review: "Extremely pleased! I was skeptical about ordering earrings on Amazon, but with free returns it was worth a shot. These were SO carefully packaged, which would be perfect for a gift. The color is spot on, size is generous, details are beautiful, and the quality rivals any of the popular boutique brands β€” and you cannot beat the price! So happy I took the chance!" β€”NCCHIS

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 25 colors).

    13. A flowy velvet dress that'll automatically crown you as #1 most stylish at any party, wedding, or special occasion you'll grace with your lovely presence. Seriously, you're booked, so they should be grateful.,

    P.S. If you're concerned about coverage on the sides, just put some double-sided fashion tape on it! Or, if you're smaller-chested, try sizing down!

    Promising review: "This dress is beyond gorgeous!!!! It is beyond beautiful and for the price you can’t beat it! I bought this dress for a wedding we were attending and got so many compliments on it. I paired it with this gold feather belt that I also found on Amazon for only $10! I can’t wait to wear this dress again." β€”Benjamin D. Becker

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XXS–XL and 12 colors).

    14. Chic platform lace-up sneakers, because when your shoes are super comfortable *and* eye-catching (ahem, the focal point of your outfit even), that's called a fashion win. Cheers to you!


    Promising review: "I bought these to wear for my trip to NYC, where I had planned on doing a lot of walking and I knew it was going to be raining. These blew me away! I was able to walk in them all day with no foot pain. After getting rained on (the patent leather kept them from being soggy) it felt like they stretched a bit. I added extra support insoles and they were even more perfect. They look cute with nearly everything and gave my small frame a little extra height." β€”courtbu

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 5–9.5 and in four colors).

    15. A satin midi skirt that'll keep you stylish as heck as you sashay away from your responsibilities and hold an impromptu (but much-needed) photoshoot for the 'gram.

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21: the first one for $19.99 (available in sizes 1X–3X and two colors) and second one for $14.99 (available in sizes S–L and three colors).

    16. A starry eyeliner stamp (that also doubles as regular liquid liner on the other end!) to dot on for a ~special~ effect β€” and it doesn't even require any effort (or skill!) on your part! Just tap lightly, and voila, your face is art!,

    Get ready for everyone and their mom to ask you, "Did you draw that?" and "Is that a tattoo?"

    Promising review: "Super cute! comparable to the Milk Makeup star stamp, which are around $12. Good amount of pigment, goes on easy, and comes off easily." β€”Torie Mae

    Get a set of all four designs (star, moon, flower, and heart) from Amazon for $12.99, or separately for $5.99 each.

    17. Glossier Boy Brow, so you can lift, shape, and tint your brows juuuuust the right amount, so they look put together. Just like the rest of you!


    It also contains oleic acid, lecithin, and atelocollagen to condition and moisturize brows, so your brows will actually be ~taken care of~.

    Promising review: "I have very thin eyebrows from years of over-plucking. I have used so many expensive serums, eyebrow pencils, gels, etc., and this one is the best. This does not clump on my brow or feel heavy, and it is a perfect color. So happy my eyebrows finally look good." β€”Cheryl D.

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

    18. An elegant but ~hot~ lacy minidress you'll pull out for just about any occasion that requires you to wear something more elevated than your usual daytime ensembles. Check. Yourself. Out!!!

    Promising review: "Wow, this dress looks much more expensive in person than it is. I have a huge chest (30G) and a comparatively small (27") waist, so it can be difficult to find dresses that fit well. I bought this to wear to a wedding later this spring, but I love it so much that I'm already wearing it out tonight. It's going to pull double duty at the opera (it's fancy enough to pass there!) and a Japandroids concert after (it's cool enough to pass there too)." β€”Devin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and two colors).

    19. A sheer-sleeved embroidered dress you'll have a hard time not wearing every day. It's just THAT pretty. Your other dresses will definitely be jealous, but you won't be sorry.,

    Promising review: "LOVE the dress! I purchased it with very low expectations, as it is priced inexpensively. Turns out it is actually a nice dress! It is thick, not see-through at all, and does not feel cheap. The see-through sleeves were intact, and the pearls were nice. In regards to the fit I am a medium (and purchased a medium) and it fit a bit big, but this is the cut of this dress. I am 5'7" and it was about three to four inches above the knee. I purchased this dress just because and ended up wearing it to a wedding. When my husband saw it he was quite impressed and even asked me what I paid for it β€” he couldn't believe it was under 15 bucks! Totally worth buying, great piece for your closet." β€”Josie Catrox

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 14 colors/styles).

    20. A Pacifica Beauty Rose Flower Hydro Mist infused with rose water and fermented tea (kombucha!) to keep your makeup from slipping off and keep your face looking refreshed, alive, and perfectly dewy β€” no matter how few hours you slept. Love this for us!


    It's the perfect pick-me-up throughout the day! 'Cause sometimes applying moisturizer in the morning and night isn't quiiiite enough β€” looking at you, winter. Hooray for budget-friendly, cruelty-free products! πŸ™Œ

    Promising review: "This is the perfect wake-up drink for my skin when I have to get up early. After I jump out of the shower, I spray a few spritzes on my face and neck. I feel the coolness immediately, and it continues throughout the day. The only way I feel fresh and awake in the early morning is thanks to this miracle blend of flowers and herbs. Thank you, Pacifica, for crushing the skincare game! Favorite new product so far." β€”SCream

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89+ (also available in Coconut Essence and Pineapple Flower).

    21. A Maybelline liquid lipstick that'll paint your pout with bold, rich color that could easily pass off as Kat Von D or Stila β€” and it doesn't fade throughout the day or feel tacky!

    Amazon, Jennifer Tonti / Via

    Promising review: "This literally will not come off unless you use heavy duty makeup remover (NOT makeup wipes). It is a little drying, but you can always put lip gloss or chapstick over it after it dries. It's very pigmented. Probably my best liquid lipstick, and definitely my cheapest. I'm buying a second one after like two days of owning the first." β€”M Hatcher

    Check out our full review of the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (#1) for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in 35 shades).

    If non-liquid mattes are more your thing, check out our picks for best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    22. A bright red crocodile-patterned faux leather belt bag to add a pop of color and liveliness to any otherwise muted outfit β€” talk about a snazzy accessory that'll get people talking!


    Get it from H&M for $24.99.

    23. A pleated A-line dress to throw on whenever you need something a lil' fancier than your daytime dresses β€” add a clutch, and voila, the belle of the ball has arrived!,

    Promising review: "This is one of my new favorite dresses. The material is nice and thick without being too heavy, and the quality is very nice β€” doesn't feel cheap at all, despite the $20 price tag. It's very versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Love it!" β€”Spudma

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 36 colors/designs).

    24. A crisscross ring for a touch of sparkle that looks way more expensive than it is β€” so go ahead, wave your hands around! Be expressive! Let the whole world take notice (and take notes)!


    Promising review: "Breathtaking piece! The ring is so elegant and beautiful. It came in a cute jewelry pouch and I could not be more happy with the quality and look." β€”Elan Rotklein

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 5–9 and three styles).

    25. A Tide To Go pen to keep handy everywhere you go (purse, office desk, home, etc.), so you never have to walk around with stains populating your stylish ensembles.

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    Promising review: "Tide To Go is one of those things you didn't know you always needed until you get one. I keep one at work in my desk drawer and one in my travel bag (I've lost count of how many times this saved me while traveling). They work great, are super convenient, and easy to use. Can't say enough good things about this product, if you don't have one yet, you are missing out on some portable, stain-removing power!" β€”Joel Colon

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.15.

    26. A vegan Tarte teeth-whitening pen so you can drink all the coffee you want and still flash your million-watt smile at the haters.


    This vegan product is formulated without parabens or phthalates. It protects tooth enamel (instead of damaging it like a lot of whitening products) and breaks up dark spots and stains. A natural mint flavor makes it extra refreshing. It's our cheap pick for the best teeth whitener on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "As a vegan, it's so hard for me to find cruelty-free tooth whitening products with no animal products in them. This definitely helps combat the stains gained through my coffee addiction! Would recommend." β€”Astrid L.

    Get it from Tarte for $22.

    27. A high-waisted faux suede lace-up mini that'll keep you company on all of your photo-worthy excursions across town...or the globe β€” pair it with over-the-knee boots and a sweater, and you got yourself a winning outfit.,

    Reviewers' tip: If you order a black skirt, either wash it with all darks or hand wash it, otherwise it might stain other clothes!

    Promising review: "This skirt fit great! It is high-waisted and hits at the middle of my thighs. I got a lot of compliments wearing it and it did not ride up AT ALL when I was walking around in Paris all day!! Highly recommend!" β€”Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 19 colors/designs). Check out a similar-ish plus-sized skirt with lace-up detailing from

    28. A simple but gorgeous initial necklace that'll look more expensive than it actually is hangin' around your neck and lookin' pretty and reppin', well, you.

    Promising review: "My girlfriend has this necklace, but the $40 version from Anthropologie. Every time she wears it, I wish I had it. But then I found this one on Amazon, and for the price I figured it was worthy trying, since the reviewers all seemed pleased. It's super cute! It's the perfect length too. Already bought two more for gifts!" β€”Ashlee Holmes

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39 (available in all 26 letters).

    P.S. You can get similar fan earrings on Amazon as well!

    29. Pretty patterned mesh socks to breathe new life into your worn-out shoe collection. Show 'em off with your favorite heels, or pair them with loafers and let them peek out for a more subtle touch of pattern mixing!,

    Promising review: "Good construction; no loose threads or thin material. Sock slides easily over foot without my toes getting caught on anything. Sock looks delicate, but is very sturdy! It fits well and is not baggy at all. I wear a size 7 shoe and this sock slides on firmly and stays up around my calf without bagginess. Sock also doesn't constrict tightly around my leg or foot. They look absolutely adorable. I wore these to work and got so many fun compliments! When I wash these, the socks go into a mesh laundry bag and I set the cycle to cold. So far, no holes or snags and I've been wearing these for half a year." β€”Miki

    Get a set of five pairs from Amazon for $10.99 (one size fits most, but recommended for sizes 6–8; available in a variety of colors/styles).

    30. A jewelry-polishing pen that'll instantly restore all of your dull-looking gems back to their glorious, original states right at home. Sparkle, sparkle!

    This twist-to-dispense pen contains micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents combined with a polymer to give your diamonds and precious stones the VIP treatment they deserve.

    Promising review: "I can't even believe how well this worked! I got engaged a month ago and I started noticing that my ring looked dull and I wanted to find something that would get under the rungs and clean it well. As soon as I rinsed this off, it sparkled like the day I got it! I can't wait to clean my mum's β€” she hasn't cleaned hers in 21 years and I know it will work amazing on hers too!" β€”Kiwifamily1996

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    Check out our full review of the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more!

    31. A pair of chic oversized sunglasses to keep your peepers from burning up and to give off the illusion that you just walked off a Fashion Week runway β€” werk, werk, werk!

    Free People

    Get them from Free People for $20 (available in three colors/styles).

    32. Fashionable, small hair barrettes that'll give your mane a big upgrade for less than *checks notes* 80 cents a clip!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Loving these! Just got them and the assortment is perfect! They make me excited to play with new looks!" β€”Tyson Revell

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $7.89.

    33. A Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer to help give your face some natural definition, so you can πŸ‘ flex πŸ‘ all πŸ‘ of πŸ‘ your πŸ‘ angles πŸ‘ on the 'gram!,

    Promising review: "Leaves a natural bronzed finish on the skin. No orange discoloration. The most subtle bronzer I've ever used. 'Light' is perfect for pale/fair skin tones. Those with darker skin tones can use as a highlighter. Looks and feels lovely." β€”Johnny

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55+ (available in four shades).

    34. Hammered brass and acrylic monstera leaf statement earrings that'll gift your lucky ears a tropical vacation...or just the thought of it. But keep an eye out for cheap flights and the other on your checking/savings account, and the stars might just align!

    Promising review: "These earrings are such a great statement piece! They’re lightweight, bold, and so fun!" β€”Christina Kesecker

    Get them from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in six colors/styles).

    35. A buttery soft, buildable ColourPop Super Shock highlighter for a glow that'll blind any negative people who dare to come in your vicinity. Walk away. Shoo!


    Get it from ColourPop for $12, or check out all of their other highlighters here.

    36. An impossibly soft faux fur collar to add a touch of ~oh so luxe~ to your outerwear. Just because you have to be bundled up doesn't mean you have to sacrifice an ounce of fabulousness!

    Promising review: "This is so chic and full, love this! A perfect accessory for my winter coats! Super soft and looks very luxe." β€”Kelly Augustine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.62+ (available in 19 shades).

    37. Shimmery Sugar Rush shadow sticks to lend your peepers some pizzazz, because what better way to make an ordinary day feel special than with ~sparkles~? And they really couldn't be any easier to apply. Just swipe and go!

    Tarte Cosmetics

    They're vegan and cruelty-free to boot!

    Promising review: "Probably one of best stick glitters I've used. Very easy, smooth, and has full coverage. Stays on all day at work, and even at the gym." β€”Catherine D.

    Get them from Tarte for $19 each (available in four shades).

    Now, when people comment on how fabulous you look, you say...


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