Skip To Content

    30 Cheap Things That'll Help You Feel Fancier Than You Really Are

    Luxury life, but for as little as possible.

    1. A pair of wireless earbuds for wishing cumbersome headphones adieu in favor of a high-quality, hands-free listening experience — without watching your savings plummet at the Apple store.

    amazon.com

    AND their waterproof level can withstand rain and sweat, meaning Beyoncé won't be stopped by a little precipitation (as if she'd ever).

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy these, after just having bought some AirPods (they were still in the mail). After seeing the good reviews, I thought they might be a better fit for what I need than the AirPods. I was right. They sound great, fit perfectly, and the charger case can be used to charge my phone??? Sold! My biggest thing (and the reason I mailed my AirPods back) was the functions while using. AirPods do one thing per side. These can play/pause, get Siri, skip songs, go back songs, AND do volume up and down!! SO happy with these!" —Rebecca Kohrs

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

    See what won best wireless earbuds on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    2. A glittery skirt with a mesh overlay that'll make you sparkle no matter how late you woke up — including when you wear it with your fave sweatshirt. All this without dimming your bank account? Bless.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This skirt is full of whimsical charm! I have a 28 waist and the large fit comfortably." —Asya

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–L).

    3. A Revlon cream eyeshadow so you can deliver a bold, pigmented shade to your lids with a cream formula that's so darn rich it'll only take a dab of your finger — something we previously thought only happened after visiting the aisles of Sephora. NO LONGER.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This eyeshadow is easy to apply without any flakes falling on cheeks like powder shadow. The color is beautiful and you can build up to make darker if you want. It stays on all day without fading." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.56 (available in 12 shades).

    4. A pack of crystal word barrettes to hop on one of this season's biggest, and usually pricy, trends without splurging on designer accessories (Dior...one day). People won't be able to tell the difference, I PROMISE.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These clips are adorable and comfortable to apply, and they hold very well, even through a two-hour kickboxing class." —Dana D. Robinson

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight style combinations).

    5. A pair of copper tongue scrapers, because this'll make getting rid of bacteria and odored breath suddenly feel fancy, instead of icky. Just don't look at your sink.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am a thorough brusher and flosser and always brush my tongue with the toothbrush for a minute at the end of each teeth brushing. And then I used this scraper for the first time, over my white bathroom sink. The yellow goo that started to collect after each pass completely caught me by surprise, and sort of made me sick to my stomach to even look at. How was I so ignorant to its presence, colonizing the vast free real estate amongst the sprawling meadows and rolling hills of my papillae? Today I reclaim my tongue back, and rid it from the impure forces that gripped it for so long, sending them back to the depths of hell from whence they came, along with the bad breath and whitish tongue film. Be gone, demons. You are not welcome here." —Chill Pilgrim

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two colors).

    6. A bottle of Radha rosehip oil for creating a seemingly luxe routine by sticking to this one-and-done serum that delivers all the results of designer skincare: it tackles redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers say they've ditched $$$ labels and now have ✨glowing✨, healing skin!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up all blemishes all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked. Everyone needs to use this oil!!! This has made such a difference with my skin that friends and coworkers are even noticing." —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems". And! This is "certified organic", which you can learn about in "Here's What "Certified Organic" Actually Means".

    7. A pair of low-heeled pumps that'll ~elevate~ your outfits with (wait for it) comfy heels. Reviewers swear they can walk allll day in these without so much as a peep from their piggies — aka if you don't want to invest in similar styles like Everlane's famous "day heel", these'll work (and look!) just as well.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Get these!! I rarely buy non-name brand shoes, because I have very sensitive feet and I need comfort. These shoes are amaaazing! I haven’t wore anything even close to heels in about four years and these did it. I wore them for probably 20 hours and they were awesome, girls kept on asking me if I was tired at all and where I got them. Amazon saves the day!" —London85

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and 10 colors).

    8. A teeth-whitening pen, because there's a lot to smile about when your pearly whites are extra brilliant — and when you save hard-earned cash. Plus, its soft-bristle brush is easier to use on uneven teeth than strips, thanks to its 360° application.

    amazon.com

    Did I mention it's mint-flavored?! AND reviewers say it doesn't cause sensitivity!

    Promising review: "Due to prior experiences with Crest and other whitening strips, I always deal with tooth sensitivity even after the first use. Naturally now, I only use this pen every other day thinking I was going to deal with the same issue and surprisingly I don't. I actually really like the way it whitens my teeth and love the fact that I'm not dealing with any tooth sensitivity pains." —Claudia Garcia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A faux fur throw blanket so you can take a major step forward toward redecorating the house like you always talk about. Step one: toss on couch. That's it. Your living room is now worthy of a visit from Bobby Berk.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has a nice weight, good material, and is great quality for so cheap! It reminds me of an Anthropologie throw! I would totally recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four styles).

    10. A beaded mock-neck blouse that'll be a heck of a lot more sophisticated (and practical!) than your usual tank tops — now the jeans you've been wearing since Monday (don't lie) will feel a little more elegant.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I took a chance and tried ordering clothes for the first time from Amazon and I am pleasantly surprised at the result! This top is incredible. The material is heavy and expensive feeling. The neck buttons in the back and the shirt included an extra button, which was nice because they can sometimes fall off no matter the quality of the shirt! I recommend buying this top." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and four colors).

    11. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo, because this'll brighten your hair so it looks MUCH blonder in just one to three minutes. Meaning: you get to maintain (for most reviewers, platinum!) blonde tresses all the time without a trip to the pricey salon.

    amazon.com

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.35+ (available in six sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    12. A marble-patterned aroma diffuser for turning your home into a spa-like oasis and having sophisticated decor. Plus, you'll probably use it forever — prepare to feel pampered all 360 days a year while this releases soothing aromas.

    Amazon

    Just add a few drops of essential oil ($9.99 on Amazon) for a balance of natural aromas and a cooling mist.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a diffuser that actually works and have to say that I couldn't be happier with this aroma diffuser. With the time settings, I'm never worried about it running to long and the lights are a great bonus! It works like a charm and fills my living room with scents from my therapeutic essential oils. I get compliments every time I have guests." —Daryl O.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A Vivienne Sabó mascara to join the many brand snobs now converted into believers in lower-priced mascaras. It's a one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a bat of your eye — aka all the results you expect from high-end labels, just without the scary spending.

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently." —Denay

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. An attachable wine aerator that'll transform cheap wine into the fanciest-tasting adult juice you've ever had. How? It infuses oxygen to release the vino's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle — so basically your leftover pizza is about to get a very upscale pairing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A pair of gold-plated hoop earrings, because these'll go with everything and make chicly accessorizing incredibly easy. Tl;dr: you can wear these all the time and still look polished and on-trend every day.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "WOW, I'm so impressed with my earrings. I absolutely love them. They're such high-quality and before I even had the product out of the package I knew I was going right over to Amazon and ordering more. I'm extremely impressed with them. I've been searching the local stores for hoop earrings and have not been able to find any, so I really had my fingers crossed that these would be nice and they are." —Valerie Forkner

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in gold, rose gold, and silver, and in two styles).

    16. A one-step hair dryer and styling brush so your wrist can take a BREAK when you straighten your hair in a more timely manner. Enter this bb with three temperature settings, two speeds, and ionic bristles to evenly distribute its straightening power — now your tresses will be dry AND blowout-worthy without any hair-raising bills.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dryer. I’m such a klutz and not able to figure out a dryer with the brush. This makes a blow out so quick and easy. I can go from wet to dry and styled in about 12 minutes. This is a total game-changer. I even got a second for my sister, who is also in love!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $28.69.

    17. A pair of faux leather leggings that'll help you ~kick up~ your wardrobe's sophistication more than your regular jeans ever could.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I get sooo many compliments! I love the way my butt looks in them. I'm a hairstylist and I loved how after a haircut I didn't feel itchy, because the hair just slid off. They're fleece-lined too, so that is just a bonus in comfortable land! Love, love, love them — I got a size 3X and they fit perfectly! I'm usually super nervous about ordering pants online, but this was a win for sure." –M. Slotterbeck

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-4X and four styles).

    18. A portable personal blender, because this'll not only *look* super fancy thanks to its stylish design, but also let you make delicious smoothies on-the-go. All you have to do is fill it before running out the door. AND it saves you money when you don't buy $7 smoothies every day?! We are living in the year 3000.

    amazon.com

    Plus, this is shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes with an ice cube tray and funnel! ANDDD it's quiet, so you'll feel comfortable making your smoothie at work.

    Promising review: "This blender is amazing! I am a yoga teacher and always on the run, which sometimes makes it hard to eat well. I bought this after reviewing quite a few different options and I am SO glad I did. It fits well into my gym bag, is surprisingly quiet when in use, and holds a charge really well. The blades are very efficient and I’ve had no trouble blending up ice or frozen fruit. Seriously cannot recommend it enough." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A soft, cooling mattress topper for feeling like you're on cloud nine the minute you hit the bed — especially when you look back on its ☁️ dreamy prices ☁️. Basically for the price of your week's lunches, you just majorly upgraded your creaky mattress into your own personal oasis. AND it's 100% cotton, so hot sleepers can stay cool.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing saved my back! My mattress was caving in and I could feel all the springs through it. This is thick enough that I can't feel those springs anymore, and it like you're sleeping on a cloud it's so soft and fluffy. I also love that it goes on like a sheet and covers the edges of the bed so it doesn't move around like a foam topper can. The material also protects the mattress from spills, which is great because I eat in bed on occasion and I'm a messy eater and spill a lot. Overall this was a great purchase. I would highly recommend this product!" —Randy A

    Get it from Amazon for $25.93+ (available in sizes twin–Cal king).

    20. A sophisticated slipcover to transform old, worn-out furniture into your new favorite statement piece by simply covering it with this. You just saved yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by not buying a new couch, my friend. Guess who can't tell the difference: everyone.

    amazon.com

    It comes in four sizes: for chair, love seat, recliner, or sofa! You can either get a chic pattern or a variety of colors in ~plush velvet~.

    Promising review: "Our ugly sofa and loveseat were one step away from the landfill UNTIL a sleepless night surfing on Amazon changed their fate! Truly, these are amazing in every way and changed the look of our entire room. They are not too thin or too thick — they seem durable and are very welcoming. They were well worth it!" —Faithful Prime Member

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors and patterns).

    21. A Jacob & Eli eyeshadow palette with 18 super pigmented nude shades so you realize you don't need to drop $100 to achieve the perfect smokey eye. Though your skills may lead people to believe you did.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY. There's almost zero fallout, extremely pigmented colors, blends creamy like butter, and the colors are beautiful. This rivals any of my Too Faced palettes — in fact far less fallout. These are the same quality if not better than my Urban Decay. Seriously not kidding. AND rivals my Kat Von D palettes. I rarely review anything, but this deserved a review." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57 (available in two styles).

    22. A pair of high-waisted leggings that people s-w-e-a-r look and work just as well (if not better!) than pricier brands like Lululemon. They'll keep you cool during high-intensity workouts (hello, moisture-wicking fabric), give you somewhere to keep your phone while playing music, and save you money so you can keep dropping $$$ on reserving spin classes.

    Amazon

    Did I mention they're totally 🍑squat-proof🍑?

    Promising review: "I am a Lululemon fanatic and particularly love the Align pant (which retails for $85+), but can't afford or rationalize buying tons of them. I found these the other day and ordered them in size small, red. These remind me of the Align pant so much! They are cut almost identical. Mine are not see-through, even when squatting. I actually kinda want to cry thinking about how much money I wasted on the pants at Lululemon when these are an excellent substitute for a fraction of the cost. If you're a Lulu lover, you should really give these a chance!" —Ariel Parker

    Get them from Amazon for $7.02+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 40 styles, with and without pockets).

    To learn more, check out "Stop Buying High-End Yoga Pants, Because Thousands Of People Swear By This $13 Pair". And! See what won best workout leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    23. A silky scrunchy to nix bad hair days, keep your updos crease-free, and most importantly look stylish on your wrist. Regular hair ties aren't worthy of your high-end taste.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these!! I always sleep with my hair up, and these scrunchies not only keep my hair from creasing, but the satin is better for my hair at night. I use a silk pillowcase at night for the same reason. They’re a great size. I absolutely love these and all Kitsch products!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in 24 colors).

    24. A Nügg lip treatment set for kissing dry, chapped lips goodbye for the rest of the year. One balm exfoliates and smooths with cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and sugar granules, while the other acts as a mask with coconut oil, shea butter, and licorice root. These two easy steps > overpriced spas.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I have very dry lips and I just love these, especially the mask. I put it on my lips before bed and I wake up with smooth lips. It's a great inexpensive way to get healthy lips." —Jenny Maurer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.98.

    25. A trendy reusable shopping bag so you can rely on this to look 100% more sophisticated than toting around plastic grocery bags. They just don't go with your outfit.

    Amazon

    Did I mention it can hold up to 50 pounds?!

    Promising review: "This is not your usual, flimsy eco-tote. The first time I used it, I carried three 12-can packs (10 pounds each) of soda and some other stuff from the drugstore. Any lesser bag would've torn. The nylon is substantial too — it's thick in the handles to make carrying heavy groceries more tolerable." —Frontier Psychiatrist

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in 21 styles).

    26. A faux shearling coat that'll look just like all the similar fuzzy jackets I almost guarantee you've seen in just about every expensive store you've been to recently. Now you won't have to spend all your hard-earned cash on a trend — though you will be able to wear it all. the. time (and it *will* keep you warm!).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This jacket is so comfortable to wear, and also surprisingly warm. I was not expecting that I could brave the snow with this jacket, but I was so warm and comfortable in this jacket, I haven't even had the need to bust out my heavy duty winter coat because this is warm enough. The best part is that this jacket is SO much cheaper than every other teddy jacket out there, and still stylish and comfy. I also love that the pockets are quite deep, I was able to fit quite a bit into the pockets which is super nice." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and 12 colors).

    27. A set of peel-and-stick tiles, because these'll give you a (drumroll, please) new backsplash in your kitchen. Did you remodel your kitchen or just spend a fraction of what everyone thinks? I'll never tell.

    amazon.com

    You'll get 10 11.8"x11.8" self-adhesive sheets.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I would have spent $700 for this product and professional help! Home Depot sells this for about $17 per sheet — and it was so easy to install! It really transformed my kitchen!" —Gwen

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $28.99 (available in 10 styles).

    28. A Valentia rose water toner spray so you can have a luxurious midday treat, but at a fraction of the usual price. It tones and balances red, irritated skin and helps to clear breakouts with vitamins A,C, and D, as well as vitamin B6. Not to mention its *rosy* scent will make you forget all about overrated spas.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love how hydrated and moisturized my face feels and looks after using this rose water spray. I have been only using it for a week so far, and I already feel a difference in my skin. Others have also complimented my face as glowing. After cleansing, I spray three mists onto my face every morning: one on each side and then one mist of spray in the middle. My sensitive skin is not irritated by it at all. I am definitely satisfied!" —Alisha D.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75.

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    29. A set of press-on nails for nixing expensive gel manis, but still having the same pro-level look ~on hand~. The name of the salon? Uh...Chez Moi.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    They come in 12 different sizes and with nail glue!

    Promising review: "I love this brand of nails. They make the best stiletto nails out of all the ones I've tried. These particular style nails are so pretty and I've gotten more compliments on them then I can count. There is a nice variety of sizes so your full set will come out perfect. They honestly look professionally done when you take your time applying them. I was asked multiple times where I had them done. I'd rather save money and time and just do them this way than at the salon." —Jessica

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $7.99.

    30. An electric toothbrush to inexpensively reach the pinnacle of oral care. It works to drastically improve gum health and remove plaque and staining (which in turn will naturally whiten your teeth) — all by offering five brushing modes with ~40,000 micro-brushes~ per minute. All this for far less than leading toothbrush brands? Truly a reason to smile.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "Wow. This toothbrush is INCREDIBLE! I am a previous Sonicare toothbrush gal (have also used Oral B but didn't care for it), and my toothbrush recently broke and I wanted to try something new/different/cheaper, and I am SO unbelievably happy with this product. The toothbrush is super light which is great for traveling with it, and just in general it's very easy to hold and to use. It has five settings which is really nice, depending on what type of brush I want. I drink a ton of coffee so my go-tos are the clean mode and then I do the polish mode for 30 seconds. My teeth are noticeably whiter, which is great." —Jerri B

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    See what won best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    When you're ready to live the high life, but see $5 shipping:

    NBC

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

    Cyber Week Is Here!

    Don’t miss out on the best deals of the year, delivered right to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form