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Beauty on a Budget: Our Picks for Both Sexes

After splurging on college necessities such as textbooks, a laptop, and food, we often find ourselves in a rut when it comes to shopping for affordable personal care items. Mochi’s Beauty Director Destynee Powell offers a college-friendly approach to affordable makeup, hair and skin care products for both girls and guys. Check out her picks below to start shopping and saving.

For the Gals:

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.59)

If your skin experiences buildup due to makeup and oil, this product will provide a gentle and effective way to eliminate daily skin aggressors such as oil and dirt from your face.


Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo (2 pack for $5.92)

Chock-full of vitamins and fortifying ingredients, the shampoo and conditioner pack gives hair extra shine and bounce while saving you some cash along the way


Aquafina Hydrating Trio Lip Balm ($2.73)

Botanically enriched with almond oil and Vitamin E, this lip balm will quench dry lips with the help of its re-hydrating moisturizer ingredients. Get all three for under $3.


Sephora Collection Sephora Pure Lipgloss ($6)

Certified with “Sephora’s Natural Seal,” this product boasts a high concentration of antioxidants, botanicals, essential oils and fruit extracts. Color choices range from buttercup (a sheer pale beige) to peach blossom (a shimmering pink).


Maybelline Liquid waterproof eyeliner ($6)

This resilient eyeliner will stay put during class, shopping, partying and late-night study sessions. Get it in black or brown.


Maybelline Airbrush Finish Liquid Mousse Foundation ($7.98)

For those looking for that “expensive, straight-out-of-a-magazine” airbrushed look without the splurge, this product provides a silky smooth finish, thanks to its air-whipped formula that will create exceptional coverage without the heaviness.


CoverGirl TruCheeks Blush ($7.49)

With colors made to complement your skin tone, this dermatologist-tested product makes going ‘naturally beautiful’ easy.


For the Guys:

Gillette Foamy Shaving Cream ($2.07)

With its rich and creamy lather, this product provides a close and comfortable shave while ensuring conditioned skin.


L’Oreal After Shave Balm with SPF 15 ($5.24)

Providing 24-hour hydration and sun protection, this non-greasy product provides two key benefits. First it soothes and hydrates the skin after shaving with Vitamin E. Second, it reinforces the skin’s natural defenses against daily skin aggressors such as sun, sweat, dirt and oil with its active ingredients.


Dove Men’s Clean Comfort Body Wash ($3.47)

This body wash is dermatologist-tested and infused with micro-moisture ingredients to leave you feeling clean and refreshed.


Nivea for Men Daily Protective Lotion SPF 15 ($6.49)

This product protects your skin from harmful rays while simultaneously relieving dryness and not clogging pores.


Axe Dual 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner ($4.87)

If you find yourself running short on time, this product allows you to cut your shampooing time in half while maintaining clean hair.


Protein 29 Conditioning Hair Gel ($3.59)

For guys looking to find a gel that provides exceptional hold while conditioning, this hair gel is it. The product will give you a flake-free hold as well as major dry-hair relief.


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