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Bigger Than Beauty™ Spotlight: Liliana Hernandez

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Meet Liliana, the namesake for our Sheer Strength™ Lip-Plumping Peptide Gloss shade in Deep Berry!

In the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Liliana Hernández, a resilient Mexican American in her early 30s, has been on a courageous journey battling kidney failure since 2011. Liliana is a certified yoga instructor, model, actress, and self-taught musician. However, her life has been profoundly impacted by a decade-long battle with dialysis, enduring treatments at 4:00 am, three times a week, and facing the isolating challenges that accompany medical issues.

In 2021, Liliana received a double kidney transplant, a hopeful turning point in her health journey. Unfortunately, she experienced rapid rejection four months later, coupled with severe sepsis, marking one of the most challenging periods in her life. Undeterred, Liliana finds herself back on the 12-year waiting list in California for another transplant. Determined to explore all options, she is now actively seeking waiting lists in other states, where the wait time is often significantly shorter.

Throughout her struggles, Liliana has emerged as a prominent advocate for kidney patients globally. Her story has touched lives far and wide, landing her on magazine covers, mentioned in two books, and featured in numerous interviews. Liliana has collaborated with organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation, American Association for Kidney Patients, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Renal Network, and her influence has even reached as far as Indonesia.

Adding a musical note to her journey, Liliana has found solace and joy by starting her own band with her little sisters, named Las Sirenas. Through their music, they address the injustices of the world, creating a powerful platform for advocacy.

Liliana wears lipgloss

Always stylish and now with a signature product, Liliana is thrilled to introduce the Thrive Causemetics Sheer Strength™ Lip-Plumping Peptide Gloss named in her honor, contributing to her ever-growing legacy. This Deep Berry shade not only adds a touch of glamour to any look but also symbolizes Liliana's strength, resilience, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of kidney patients worldwide.

As we embrace Liliana's story and celebrate her unwavering spirit, let us join in supporting her advocacy efforts and recognizing the impact she has made on the world around her. The ‘Liliana’ shade is not just a lip gloss; it's a testament to Liliana's triumph over adversity and her determination to thrive against all odds.

You can check out Liliana’s Sheer Strength™ Lip-Plumping Peptide Gloss shade here! With every product you purchase, we donate to help communities thrive. Thanks to you, we’re Bigger Than Beauty™.

Comments on This Post (14)

  • Jun 12, 2024

    Thank you

    — Sarah Russel

  • Jun 5, 2024

    Sending prayers and hugs to you, Liliana. I was blessed to be a kidney donor for my husband 9 years ago. He’s doing extremely well. While it wasn’t lottery odds that I was a match, it was rare. My husband was born premature in 1967, and some of the drugs he was given as an infant caused scarring of his kidneys. It was truly the most incredible blessing to be able to help him. Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue, and I pray God brings you a suitable donor!

    — Laurie Zeck

  • Jun 5, 2024

    What an inspirational story! I have so, so much admiration and respect for dialysis patients, my father being one of them. He struggled with CKD for 30+ years with two transplants and was recently called home to be with the Lord this past January. No matter how painful the journey, he fought to the very end, never gave up. Your story, reminds me of him and brings a smile to my face to see how courageous and optimistic you are against all odds. Wish you the absolute best outcome!

    — Z Gleason

  • Jun 5, 2024

    Liliana, thank you for sharing your incredible story. Behind that beautiful smile, there is so much going on in your young life, yet your strength and courage prevail. As I enter my 70s, I too face medical issues, and I know I could be doing more. Thank you for being a bright light and opening my eyes. I pray that you find what you need, and that is better health and peace.

    — Mary

  • May 22, 2024

    Liliana I also am a kidney transplant patient, 12 blessed years out, and had many medical struggles. I named my kidney Grace as the Lord blessed me with Grace. I’m living on 25% function now. I’m so proud of your positive attitude and I know a kidney is out there for you. I love the lip plumping gloss and it makes me smile like you.

    — Claudia Wilkes

  • May 22, 2024

    I am very proud of you. Keep going me. I had three open heart surgery. My liver is not doing that great but I keep it moving and I keep going God bless you

    — Toni

  • May 22, 2024

    Your story is inspiring to everyone! I myself have struggled with kidney issues, surgeries all my life. I have had a completely rebuilt bladder opening and bi-lateral ureter re-implantations at age 3 with recurrent kidney infections (nephritis) throughout my life. When I was in my mid 30’s they became so continuous that i became septic with a ruptured ureter. After surgery i have battled kidney function since my late 30’s. I turned 65 this week. Thank you for all you do Liliana! 💝

    — Teresa Russell

  • May 22, 2024

    You Go Girl!
    My mom was on dialysis 4x a week and lived until almost 90.
    Until the end, she was enthusiastic and the first one on the bus to a casino (against doctors orders!).
    You’ll find the right match and donor because it’s evident you have the right energy!
    Keep living your best life!!!!❤️🌈

    — Donna

  • May 1, 2024

    You are so beautiful and such an inspiration, Liliana! Please seek out Dr. Brooke Goldner’s help. She has helped so many people regain their health and kidney function. She has many YouTubes. You can find her at She helps cure more than lupus with her protocol which is basically following a raw diet, hyper nourishment that includes an abundance of cruciferous veggies, Omega 3s and water. You will need her personal guidance to manage kidney disease. Sending prayers for you.

    — Rhonda Foster

  • May 1, 2024

    I like too tired

    — Maria Rivera

  • May 1, 2024

    Your story has inspired me to never give up hope. My husband has been on dialysis for 10 months now. He is working on getting on the transplant list and there always seems to be one more test that they want him to have. It is very exhausting for him but hearing what you have gone through makes me feel like we are not alone and we have to be patient and hopeful.

    — Mamie

  • May 1, 2024

    I also have kidney disease. I havent had to have dialysis but its always a possibility. It is a scary disease. I also have heart failure. I’m 73 so its not as bad because my life has had many years. You in your 30’s it is a lot more important for you to get kidneys. I hope things work out for you soon.

    G. Goss

    — G Goss

  • May 1, 2024

    Hi Liliana,
    You are to be applauded: a beautiful, spark of goodwill hope for yourself and others like myself. Who may display happiness and look like the pillar of good health; but are in the health fight of our lives with seen and unseen medical occurrences. Thank you for all you do, Liliana!

    — Lisa Collins-Simmons

  • Apr 25, 2024

    This was so inspiring. I myself, have been battling stage 4 colon cancer. After reading this, it reminds me that we have to continue fighting and never give up.

    — Renee Riedel

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