Luckily, after a lot of trial and error, I found my perfect foundation and mascara. The bad news? They're both kind of exxy.
Normally, this is OK because I’m happy to pay for quality products I love that work. But like many of us, my wallet's been in panic mode ever since Miss Rona showed up and turned our worlds upside down.
Now, I don't want to use my pricey beauty products every day because I can't afford to replenish them as frequently - plus, no one can really tell the difference between bargain and bougie products on Zoom meetings.
This led me to my next challenge: to find the best budget foundation and the best budget mascara in Australia to use as affordable dupes for my expensive ones. I was up for the challenge, and to my bloody delight, I was successful.
Let me introduce you to my two new favourite affordable makeup mates I now use daily.
Disclaimer: Both of my budget picks happen to be from the same affordable beauty brand but I'm 100 per cent not on their payroll - they're just the two products I found that work the best, and I'd only bring you the best!
Best Affordable Mascara? Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.
When it comes to mascara, I want drama.
My expensive mascara is all drama, but I soon realised she was a little too much for everyday wear. For my new covid normal life, I needed something less ‘extra’ that wouldn't flake throughout the day or break the bank.
Enter, the best 2020 mascara in Australia - Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof
Now, I know I don’t have to convince anyone about Maybelline’s mascaras. Whether it’s this one or the much-loved Maybelline The Colossal Mascara Glam Black, these popular wands already have a pretty impressive cult following.
Beauty editors and industry insiders rave about Maybelline mascaras because they deliver on look and affordability. This makes them the perfect faithful everyday mascaras. See evidence below.
So, what makes this one so damn good?
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof wand has a small curve, which is great for a low-key curl for a feathered, fluffy look (some days I’ll still use my eyelash curler for subtle oomph).
Stepping in as my new go-to daily mascara, my lashes stay well behaved and fluttery throughout the day wearing this budget find.
No flaking. No clumping. Still looks like I just applied it at 5pm. Win.