Thrive Causemetics Tutorial with Jessie

Today’s post is not about me but my friend Jessie and Thrive Causemetics. I first met Jessie in 2008.

My husband and I moved into our first house together and she and her husband lived next door. Over the next 4 years, I would get to know her as an incredible mother, wife, and friend. You might remember Jessie’s gorgeous face from my makeover challenge during the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards.

Jessie just completed her 6th round of chemotherapy to defeat ovarian cancer. The stage 1 cancer was discovered very early due to her miracle baby, Maisie. Jessie was 9 weeks pregnant with Maisie when an ultrasound revealed an ovarian tumor. Surgery, chemotherapy during and after pregnancy, and the birth of a healthy baby Maisie followed during the next year. Scans this past month revealed that Jessie is cancer free.


Jessie reached out, posing the idea of a tutorial for those who have lost their hair. She expressed interest in learning how to realistically bulk up her brows and lashes, with the hopes of helping others as well. Her message came at the perfect time as I’d been wanting to try out Thrive Causemetics.

Thrive makes products for everyone but specializes in products for those who have lost their hair. Their brow pencil contains ingredients to encourage hair growth, their lashes have a band that is made to adhere better to lids without natural lashes and every product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, latex-free, cruelty-free, dermatologist, ophthalmologist and oncologist tested and approved. The best part is that for every product sold, Thrive donates one to a woman in need.


Jessie wanted to make sure we share tips for others in her situation and similar so I’ll be giving you some helpful tips that hopefully make application easier.

Jessie and I had such a great time catching up and we both agreed that makeup can be tremendously empowering. “I just want to feel normal, like myself.” Jessie said going out is a much easier task when she feels confident in how she looks. Makeup boosts that confidence.

“Cancer has pushed me beyond my limits, and God has consistently supported me in choosing courage over comfort. It takes a lot of courage to be comfortable socializing without hair, eye brows, or eyelashes. Makeup gives that extra boost of courage.”

thrive-productsInfinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner in Universal Light-Christina
Jackie Faux Lash
Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive



  • I’m using warm neutrals and rosier tones on Jessie’s eyes. I am avoiding cooler tones like silvery charcoals, greens and greys as those are tones not naturally found in the skin unless you are sick. I want to use shades that give life to the face and not dullness. Think rosy browns, warm tans, rose gold.
  • You’ll want to line eyes to help the false lashes blend well on the lash line. I am smudging the liner in with a dark shadow for a softer appearance.
  • To give eyes a more wide awake appearance and reflect the light, line the waterline with Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener for a really pretty effect.


  • If you have a little bit of hair starting to return like Jessie, follow the natural shape that is there, working in short, hair-like strokes. I like to start in the center and work out to the tail than move back in. I love a pencil like the Thrive Causemetics Eyebrow Liner because it adheres best to skin where there is little to no hair. Powder needs something to stick to so it’s going to be harder to create realistic brows when you have no hair left.
  • If you no longer have any brow hairs to reference, try looking at an earlier photo of yourself to reference.
  • Using your brow pencil, angle out from the edge of your nose to see how far the brows should extend and by aligning it with the nostril, you can see how far they could come in.
  • The Universal Light Shade-Christina seems to work really well for Jessie and other blondes to light brown tones will likely find it a good match too.


  • We chose the Jackie lashes as they are the most natural for everyday wear. The band of the Thrive Causemetics lashes are flexible but hold a nice curved shape to fit the eyelid.
  • I trimmed the outside corner after measuring it to Jessie’s eye shape, which you’ll definitely want to do for the most customized fit. I found these very easy to apply with their adhesive and Jessie commented on how comfortable they were. She said she wasn’t nearly as aware of them as with traditional false lashes and was impressed with the fit.

Thrive lashes are made with proprietary Vegan Silk™ and can worn up to 30 times when cleaned. The lashes retail for $26 so this breaks down to about 87 cents per wear or $1.26 per wear if you buy the $36 lash and adhesive set.

When applying lashes to yourself, try holding a mirror below your nose. This will give you a better angle to work from. Focus on centering the lash onto your eyelid then secure the inner and outer corners. I’m using a lash placement tool from Ulta the help sandwich the false lashes with the natural ones.



  • Start with well moisturized skin. Everything sits better on skin that is hydrated. Jessie said her eczema surprisingly improved during chemotherapy.
  • A liquid or cream foundation applied with a damp sponge can give skin extra hydration and glow.
  • A cream blush like Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick gives skin a natural flush and subtle glow. I also love cream highlighters too and their Color Stick in Joy would be pretty for this.
  • Since contour powders are typically ashier, almost gray tones I chose not to use this for Jessie. Your skin might already be looking more dull so I opted for a bronzer with subtle shimmer to add that healthy glow back. Make sure to blend all the way up the forehead.


  • I chose a mauve tone for Jessie’s lip color to contrast with her green eyes. This subtle hint of purple will really contrast with her eye color and make them look just that much brighter.
  • I’m applying a sheer pink gloss on top to add extra shine. An overly matte lip can sometimes look flat or dull so adding some reflection is a good thing.

If you click the Thrive Causemetics links in this post, you will save $10 on your first order of $50+, and I will receive a $10 credit. With that gift card, I assure you I will purchase more Thrive Causemetics products, sharing the message with others and Thrive will be donating to women in need every time I do so.

Thank you for reading. If you need an amazing false lash adhesive, new brow pencil or set of false lashes, I hope you’ll visit Thrive Causemetics. I have always felt that it’s so much more than makeup and things like this only reaffirm that. It’s not always to feel pretty or feminine. It’s a tool to feel prepared, powerful and ready to face the world, or even just the day.

There is no doubt in my mind that Jessie is thriving. If you are going through cancer treatment, know that you can too, and you will. I now remind myself every day to choose courage over comfort.

1 Comment

  1. Coeli Nartey

    11/10/2016 at 9:23 PM

    So happy for you, Jessie! You are a stunning beauty, regardless of all that you have endured. You are also an inspiration to all women, especially those who are fighting similar battles. I admire your courage and your willingness to share your story for the sake of helping others! You Rock! ?

    P.S. Ivy, you’re not so bad, yourself! ?

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