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    25 Affordable Luxuries To Treat Yourself To Right Now

    For fancy people who are on a budget!

    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. A gorgeous satin floral midi skirt that could easily pass for a high-end department store purchase.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "The material is nice — looks expensive and it fits well without creating a pooch that satin skirts can sometimes make on your stomach when it digs in weird." —Joanna D.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.99 (available in sizes S–L and two colors).

    2. Crystal gel pens so pretty, you'll actually look for opportunities to jot things down. Caution: you co-workers will probably try to steal these off your desk.


    Promising review: "These pens did not disappoint! They are nice, weighty rollerball pens that write very smoothly and look as nice as the brand name crystal barrel pens. It is amazing that such good quality pens can be had for less than $3 each! They would make great gifts for girlfriends that far surpass any gift that one could ever purchase for that price. They even include refills! I am ordering more sets to have on hand to gift my 'glitzy' girlfriends!" —AMD Huntsville

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. String lights for an easy way to create a cozy ambience in any space. Voila! Your bedroom is now Pinterest-worthy.,

    These string lights measure 66 feet in the length and are made of waterproof wire.

    Promising review: "After owning these lights for a little while, I can say that I am genuinely shocked by their excellent quality. They look beautiful and are the perfect color to add some warmth to my apartment — I've been getting nonstop compliments whenever someone new comes over! The wire is thin but resistant; I've bent it every which way during the multiple times I've rearranged my lights and have yet to experience any damage. At one point, I woke up to find that my cat had jumped up and pulled down part of the wire and was happily chewing on it as if it were a toy. I actually specifically chose these lights because they're waterproof, knowing that when my cat inevitably pulled them down to chew on and play with, she wouldn't be electrocuted. After it happened, I took a close look at where she had been gnawing and even with her sharp tiny teeth, I didn't see a single sign of wear and tear. I'm now positive I'll be getting years and years of use out of these!" —H

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. Mismatched earrings you can mix and match for a different look every day of the week. Get ready for a million questions about where you got these.

    The Apollo Box

    Get a six-pack (three pairs) from The Apollo Box for $9.96.

    5. Pantene Rescue Shots hair ampoules with a concentrated formula that'll help dry and damaged hair feel silky smooth again. It's not too late to cancel that expensive salon treatment!!!,

    Promising review: "My hair was processed and damaged, my husband would say that it feels like a straw bale. This little ampule changed my life. After one use, my hair was soft as silk, shiny, and manageable. It was completely unreal how this product transformed my hair and I knew I had to find more. I bought two boxes on Amazon and will continue to use this religiously. For something so inexpensive, it is a game changer. I now have my friends on the Rescue train and they are just as impressed." —melissa michael

    Get two three-packs from Amazon for $9.94.

    6. A vintage-inspired wildflower poster so you can bring a little bit of nature into your home (even if you rarely get out to enjoy actual nature).

    Promising review: "I ordered this poster to decorate my dorm room, and it's perfect. The poster comes rolled in a protective paper, which is inside a hard tube package. The colors are very vibrant and printed on very nicely. You will not be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.03.

    7. Oversized hair clips for sprucing up your everyday 'do. People will think you put in so much effort but it's just this trendy accessory doing all the work!,

    Promising review: "Kind of shocked by how amazing these are honestly. They don’t pull my hair, and I wore them all the time for the last month and they’ve held up super well." —Mark & Wendy Bidstrup

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A refreshing Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea to refresh your complexion on a hot summer day. You could even use it as a toner in the morning!

    Promising review: "Not only is this a moisturizing spray but it is also a toner! I recommend it 10/10, it wakes up your face and smells amazing, need I say more... I have had all three of the sprays, and the cucumber one does the best job and smells the best in my opinion!" —Anita K.

    Get the eight-ounce size from Amazon for $12.

    9. A stunning two-piece swimsuit that's both stylish and comfortable to wear. All other swimsuits should take note.

    Promising review: "I love this suit! It is super trendy and good quality! I have swam in this many times since I bought it and the fit never changes. The swimsuit isn't too tight or too loose, it fits perfectly. I was initially skeptical because I have had bad luck with swimsuits in the past, needing a different size top or bottom, but that wasn't the case. It matches with almost all of my coverups and would be great for the beach or pool. I will probably be buying this in another print!" —Lindsley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 22 colors/patterns).

    10. A book about watercoloring so you can try a relaxing new hobby step by step. You'll be hand painting your own greeting cards in no time.


    Promising review: "I have a lot of watercolor books and I would rank this among my top three favorites. I started watercoloring about three years ago but didn't realize until recently that sometimes you need to slow down and read the words in these books and then DO the many times as you need. In this book, Jenna has written clearly and given so many exercises that have been so helpful to me. If you really want to paint beautifully, this book will help." —Laura French

    Get it from Amazon for $17.04.

    11. And a watercolor paint set (housed in an adorable mint-colored tin) for getting started right away. It's small and portable so you could even take it with you on vacation.


    This watercolor paint set comes with one paint brush.

    Promising review: "I really like these paints, they are vibrant and perform like a higher end paint. If you are looking for a beginner's set, you can't go wrong with this set. Again, they perform like professional-grade paint. Great buy!" —Debra J. Salerno

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    12. A pair of designer-inspired jelly sandals stylish enough to go from the beach to brunch. These probably won't leave your feet until boot season arrives.,

    Promising review: "I love these! Exact same ones you see on those Instagram boutique pages, but for less $$ here. I’ve received so many compliments on these! Now I need the other colors." —Vanessa Delanoy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and nine colors).

    13. A gold-plated initial necklace that looks a piece of treasure unearthed from the bottom of the ocean.

    Picturing / Etsy

    The pendant is made of gold-plated brass.

    Get it from Picturing on Etsy for $26.53+ (available in three chain styles and 26 letters).

    14. A faux-leather crossbody bag in a lovely shade of periwinkle so you can keep your hands free for very important things like ice cream cones.


    Promising review: "Love this purse! It's exactly as shown in the pictures. Lots of pockets to store things, and the blue color is beautiful!" —jaymi

    Get it from ModCloth for $24.99.

    15. A pack of planet socks worth making space for in your sock drawer.


    Promising review: "These are super comfortable and the pattern is great. They are a nice medium length and thickness. They're also really durable. Definitely worth the purchase." —Hope O.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $13.80.

    16. A tube of Glossier's Bom Dotcom skin salve (in a new summery flavor, mango) to keep your lips hydrated and supple, whether you're in a dry office or on a dry plane.


    It's hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, cruelty-free, and formulated without parabens. Read our full review of the Glossier's Balm Dotcom!

    Promising review: "I love lip balm so I do apply pretty often during the day and love a thick layer to soak in overnight. Before this, I was mainly just using Vaseline and found my lips were still a little dry in the morning but with this, they are so lush and plump when I wake up! The tube is small but you literally only need a tiny bit as it is nice and thick. I like to apply any extra to my cuticles, too! The coconut one smells divine and makes me crave a hot sunny beach. ☀️ Definitely going to be purchasing more flavors!" —Kay

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in seven scents).

    This is our mid-priced pick for the best tinted lip balm on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. A marble and gold notebook that's not just for looks — it actually has plenty of space for your notes.

    Promising review: "I love this notebook. I have been using it since September, when the school year started. My main concern was that I would quickly run out of paper, but that hasn’t been the case. The notebook looks beautiful and has large pages, great for taking notes." —Annelise

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

    18. A cute leopard print tee you can rock now with shorts and skirts and easily transition into fall with the addition of a cardigan.

    Promising review: "I love this leopard print tee so much! It has a little bit of stretch to it and the material is soft. This is such a great piece to wear casually or you can easily dress it up with heels! I have received so many compliments on this shirt and most can’t believe it’s from Amazon for under $20." —Jennifer Alviso

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 16 patterns).

    19. A Herbivore Botanicals bamboo charcoal soap bar (formulated with tea tree and bergamot essential oils) for fighting bacteria and drawing out impurities. Plus, it'll look so freakin' cool in your soap dish.


    This all-natural, vegan soap bar is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free. It's made without artificial ingredients, fillers, alcohol, animal ingredients, fragrances, sulfates, artificial colors, or unnatural preservatives.

    Promising review: "Definitely works! The actual soap lasts a long time and lathers really well. Helps keep my skin clear and reduces my red acne scars. This is my holy grail when it comes to face soaps, and I tell all of my friends and family about it. I've gone through three bars of the blue clay soap but after going through a bar of this charcoal one, I think I slightly like this one better. Although they're both amazing at keeping my acne under control and my skin clear, I feel like personally for my skin, this one works a little better at fading my red acne scars and helping my overall skin texture." —Marylin K.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    20. A versatile satin scarf to tie around your neck, hair, or a handbag — it looks way more expensive than it is!,

    Promising review: "These scarves are gorgeous. They have such a nice feel. I thought they would be smaller, but the two I received were a good size square. In the summer, I like to tie them around a handle on my purse to brighten it up and in the winter, I'll be wearing [them] as neck scarves to make my outfits look more polished. The colors and designs are rich and beautiful." —hollie white

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 41 patterns).

    21. Colorful glass straws that are not only environmentally friendly but are also a delight to look at. Even a cup of water will feel like a treat when you're sipping through one of these.


    Promising review: "Great length for glasses or cans. Easy to clean. I use [them] with cold drinks and hot tea. No burns with hot drinks, and not too cold with iced either." —B. Rider

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.69.

    22. Or, a pearlescent tumbler with a built-in straw so you can take your drink to go because it's very important to stay hydrated at all times!

    Promising review: "Hands down my favorite water bottle replacement. I use it for work, yoga, and everyday life. Easy to clean!" —Alyssa Black

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    23. Shower steamers for enjoying the same aromatherapeutic benefits of bath bombs without having to take a steaming hot bath on a 95-degree day.


    Promising review: "These shower bombs are perfect for me since I do not take baths. I can still enjoy a fragrant bathing experience. I loved the use of essential oils and the fragrance options were all wonderful." —cicib

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $18.88.

    24. An expensive-looking faux leather belt with a statement buckle to instantly elevate a simple ensemble. Accessories👏 matter 👏!

    Promising review: "Such a cute belt! I’ve been looking for a belt like this, but I’m very picky and couldn't find one I loved. This one is perfect. It’s a staple that ties every outfit together so well. A very easy way to step up a simple outfit. It’s great quality for the price, and there’s no need to splurge on a designer belt if you can’t afford it. 10/10 would recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in sizes S–L and seven styles).

    25. A jar of Neutrogena hyaluronic acid moisturizer that's both hydrating and lightweight. It'll sink in right away and leave your face smooth feeling smooth as a baby's bottom.

    Amazon, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which is why it's such a popular ingredient in moisturizers. This formula is non-comedogenic, oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. Read our review of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer!

    Promising review: "This is the moisturizer I have been waiting for my whole life. I have tried moisturizers from what feels like every brand — from the drugstore to the high-end expensive stuff at Sephora. This stuff feels incredible on my skin — it feels like a relief to put it on. It's not even remotely greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has the lightest, cleanest fragrance. Other heavier moisturizers left me with tiny clusters of new blemishes every morning, but this hasn't clogged my pores at all, and my skin feels soft and plump. I also use this moisturizer to cut my CC cream/foundation to make it lighter. LOVE!" —meems

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    You, waiting for your fancy new things to arrive in the mail:


    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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