Product Review: Thrive Causemetics beauty haul for summer

Happy official start of summer everyone! I’ve taken a few months off to focus on work and volunteering, but all during this time I’ve been testing some new products. And as we’ve progressed through the first half of the year, have you stuck to your resolutions? One of mine is to be a more conscientious consumer in all aspects of my daily life. Not only in beauty and personal care, but my overall consumer habits in general. That being said, I’ve done more homework, looked into brand stories and business practices, and taken a deeper look into what the companies that make their products actually stand for. As a consumer, you speak with your wallet and the purchasing decisions that you make – even the smallest tweaks in your spending can be powerful. Coming from a long career in retail and e-commerce, I have firsthand experience in seeing how consumers can make, or break, a brand.

Think about brands who have been disruptive to the retail industry (i.e. TOMS, Warby Parker), and turned the notion of social responsibility into sound business practices that give back to those in need. That brings me to this review of Thrive Causemetics – since I’d reviewed a few of their products way back in March 2017, I’ve remained impressed with their innovation and expanding product line-up while advocating for women’s health. I decided to treat myself and bought a full-face worth of makeup, and have been using the products over the last several months – sometimes all at once, or often interspersed with other brands’ products. Happily, I’ve found that as the weather has been heating up, these make perfect choices for summer beauty. Let’s take a deeper dive and explore what I bought!

Thrive Causemetics Beauty Haul

Clockwise from the top:

  1. Glossy Lip Hydrating Serum: In the shade “JoAnn”, a berry/plum/mauve, this feels and looks awesome! True color payoff while adding shine and hydration, it’s a perfect combination. In fact, I feel like this gives my fave lip colors (Clinique’s Different Lipstick in “Sugared Grapefruit” and LORAC’s Alter Ego Lipgloss in “Duchess”) a huge run for their money in daily use. This formula packs an antioxidant blend, along with anti-aging Vitamins E and B5, plus Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate.  Hint – I also used this as a blush when traveling, and it gave a beautiful monochromatic look with my lips. LOVE!
  2. Focus Eye Shadow Palette: I got the shade “Palette 3”, which is a combination of four warmer earth shades (see below), and are all matte. These shades were deeply pigmented and all very blendable. The formula also packs antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate lids. While I really liked the formula, I realized that I think I’d want to try more cool / neutral shades, like Palette 2. Nonetheless, it’s a great quad eye shadow palette that features true color payoff and easy to wear shades.
  3. Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara: Ok, this is my new FAVORITE mascara. Hands down. The formula, brush, and performance are all fantastic! The shade is a universal deep black, and truly lengthens and thickens lashes almost immediately. But is still a buildable formula! Plus, it doesn’t flake or smudge – I’ve already been sailing this summer while wearing it, and it stayed put. Woot! Totally in love with this stuff, and it’s worth the more prestige price of $24.
  4. Infinity Waterproof Eyebrow Liner: The shade “Christina” (Light – Dark Blonde) is perfect for my coloring, easily blends, and the micro-point pencil makes application go on smoothly and accurately. The pencil has a spoolie brush on the other end, which is perfect for blending and grooming. I really like that even though this is a long-wearing, waterproof formula, it is easy to remove at the end of the day.
  5. Buildable Blur CC Cream and Blend + Blur Sponge: Last, but not least, these two hero products are amazing for summer! The CC cream gives even coverage, while protecting with SPF 35. The formula contains a blend of Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate and Octisalate sunscreens, which provides a broad spectrum defense against UV damage, yet is gentle for sensitive skin. The Color-Correcting cream also contains Vitamin C to help brighten skin, and micro-pigments that “blur” the skin to cover fine lines, uneven tone and pores. The best defense against aging is wearing SPF every day, and this product makes it especially easy by combining powerful skin-friendly ingredients into a simple easy-to-use step. Use the Blend + Blur Sponge to apply the cream to skin and achieve a flawless finish. Always dampen the sponge to properly distribute the CC cream. Pump the CC cream on the back of your opposite hand (to warm up the product), and dip in the point end of the sponge to then apply the cream in sections around your face. Dot, build, and blend as needed! Make sure to wash the sponge and let fully dry before using again.

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Even if you aren’t a pro at makeup, Thrive Causemetics truly makes application easier through their thoughtful packaging and impressive formulas. I typically don’t justify a higher price-point on makeup unless I think the performance and payoff is worth it – these are absolutely worth it. And if you are looking to simplify your routine for summer, I recommend this full-face combination to achieve a simple, yet polished, look for everyday wear.

These are fast becoming my new favorites and I can’t wait to try more products from Thrive Causemetics – especially as my purchase helps women in need. ♥

©2019 28daysbeauty

Product Review: Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat Color Stick & Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner

I am so excited to write this review, as I believe this brand is one to truly watch in the beauty industry. It’s not everyday that you come across emerging brands that have a purpose to serve the greater good and challenge the status quo, but they do exist! Think TOMS Shoes, Warby Parker, and FEED, for example.  Also, it’s rather rare in the beauty industry. Through the data algorithm magic of Facebook targeting, an ad came across my newsfeed that directly spoke to me – Thrive Causemetics, which gives a product to a woman in need for every beauty product purchased. The ad was bright in showcasing the eye-catching turquoise packaging, an on-trend highlighter for brows, and most importantly, the message had true heart. I clicked, read more, and ultimately purchased two products (which I knew I’d be able to use everyday) to get a better idea of who this newer brand is.

As I read more about the brand and company, I learned that it was founded by a woman who had real-world beauty and cosmetics industry experience, but who had also had experienced personal loss by losing a close friend to cancer. Through various giving partners, Thrive Causemetics donates product to women fighting cancer. This really spoke to me, as my own circle of friends and family has been affected by cancer, and I wanted to learn how she was making a difference with her brand. Products are named after people, are vegan, and made without the ingredients that have a lot of controversy around them in terms of safety (parabens, sulfates, etc). I’ve put a link at the bottom of this blog post that is their “About Us” page, as I feel like they tell their own story really well, and I’m happy to help spread the word.

I chose the Triple Threat Color Stick in “Maggie” (a rosy, berry pink), and the Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner in “Christina” (a universally light blonde), and gave them a try during the month of February. Read on for the details!

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Triple Treat Color Stick and Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner
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“Maggie” and “Christina” shades

First off, I LOVE the packaging because it’s both useful and easy to use. Each product has an attached brush, and the Color Stick’s brush does not face the product. This is great, because I can easily cap the end of the color/product, and spray clean the brush to let air dry. This is huge for hygiene, because I really dislike products that have a brush constantly in contact with the powder or cream product – that breeds bacteria, which leads to breakouts. So, much applause for the Thrive team to use smart packaging! The tiny kabuki brush blends the “Maggie” cream blush easily – just swipe the product on your cheeks, and use the kabuki to blend in circles. Or swipe the color on your lips, for a very pretty lip color – it applies just like lipstick! The Brow Liner twists up to give just the right amount of color, plus the spoolie brush on the end easily blends color in and controls brow hairs.

Second, the formulas rock. The color payoff is beautiful, and is true to what you see. The “Maggie” shade has just the slightest bit of shimmer, but looks natural and is long-wearing. Don’t let the intense bright pink shade fool you – the brighter the color the more natural the blush looks on cheeks. It’s a moisturizing and non-sticky lip color as well, and it is definitely on-trend right now with achieving the mono-chromatic look. The “Christina” shade went on smoothly, blended in perfectly with my brow hair, and had just enough wax to control brows all day.

I can’t wait to order more from this brand, and have also joined their lab to help answer questions as they develop future products. They have a fun yet sincere approach to their brand, and I appreciate their sense of duty to give back. As promised, click here to read more about them. As a veteran of the beauty industry, I really appreciate what they are doing since it’s a different approach to producing product and is making a difference in women’s lives.

© 2017 28daysbeauty