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Ashley Arevalo's Go-To Beauty Products

By: Ashley Arevalo  Photos by: Lillian Reitz

I work in digital marketing by day, and in my free time, I’m fighting to end period poverty with my non-profit chapter Period Corpus Christi and showcasing my outfits on my Instagram (@ashleyalyssa). When it comes to taking care of my skin, listening to my mom's constant advice helped ingrain the importance of taking care of my skin. Never go to bed with makeup on, always wear sunscreen, and to always let my natural beauty shine through, moms always know best!

As an activist, I think it’s so important to be conscious of what type of products I choose to buy. I’m a huge animal lover, and several years ago, I became aware of cosmetic testing on animals – and it truly shocked me. Rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs, as well as other animals, are subject to horrific testing. Which is why I buy only cruelty-free cosmetics. I’d say 98 percent of everything I put on my face is cruelty-free. Beauty doesn’t come from wearing cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

NYX Away We Glow Illuminating Powder

This blush is so beautiful and radiant. I tend to have oily skin, so I usually try to stay away from glowy products that aren’t highlighters. But this blush is perfect. It really does give you that summer glow, and it’s the prettiest peach color. On sale on Amazon, $3.73 

Luminance Skincare Set

This skincare brand is amazing. They are cruelty-free and vegan, and everything is made out of all-natural ingredients. You can pronounce everything on the back of the bottles! You owe it to yourself to know exactly what you put on your face. I’ve always had pretty clear skin, but I definitely have noticed a difference in my complexion after using their skincare for several months. I have the skincare trio with the rosewater toner, deep hydration moisturizer, and delicate face cleanser. $70 

Lip Butter from Archer Soapworks

I got this lip butter from Archer Soapworks in a blissbox a couple of months ago, and it’s my favorite lip moisturizer. It always leaves my lips feeling hydrated. I love putting this on before I put on any lipstick because it acts as a base, and I feel like my lipstick wears better throughout the day. Plus, it's local - win, win! Archer Soapworks $4

Jaclyn Hill Palette

This eyeshadow palette is definitely my favorite out of all the ones I have. I can create so many different looks with just this palette. From a natural smoky eye to a bright and colorful look, this palette has it all. Ulta $38 

Burt’s Bees Eye Cream with Royal Jelly

I’ll admit, I’m on a budget and I would love to splurge on a really amazing luxury eye cream, but this Burt’s Bees one does the trick. CVS $18 

Chaos Makeup Champagne Highlight

I love supporting local, and Chaos Makeup is an amazing cruelty-free makeup brand owned by Megan Martinez. This highlight is so beautiful and you can really build it up to a blinding highlight. It’s my go-to highlight for every day. When I’m feeling extra, I love wearing it with a color from the Kat Von D alchemy palette on top. $18 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch

Sunscreen is an absolute must for everyone, at any age. I wear this sunscreen every. single. day. This might be my most important skincare item. Protecting the skin on your face, neck, and hands is key. CVS $8 

Milk Makeup Star Stamp

I LOVE this star stamp from Milk Makeup. It’s cruelty-free and vegan, and it’s just so fun to pop on for that little dose of extra. It’s super black and long-lasting, but washes off  after. I’ve worn it out in public and people think that it’s actually a tattoo. I love wearing it for concerts, special events, with bold outfits, or just because. Sephora $12 

Don’t Touch Your Face!

Back when I was a teenager, I’d get a bunch of little breakouts on my face because I’d constantly touch my nose, chin, and forehead randomly throughout the day. It was only when my mom noticed I would touch my face a lot that she scolded me. She said to never touch my face no matter what, because our hands are basically cesspools of bacteria (she’s a nurse). So ever since then, I don’t touch my face, and I noticed I don’t get as many random breakouts as I used to...except during my period. You know how that goes, ladies.