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Each of our shades are named after remarkable people in our community, some of whom our customers have nominated themselves.

Featured Namesakes

Meet Ruth

  • Named after a kind, funny, positive lady who was truly unique and had a love for life. Learn more about Ruth's story below.


Meet the Women Behind the Shades

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    Dr. Q

    Dr. Q: La Quita “Q” Frederick, Ed.D. — aka Dr. Q — is a powerhouse educator who uses her teaching talents to empower emerging leaders through her company, The Frederick Firm. Engaging, imaginative, and tenacious, she has made an indelible impact on the culture of Thrive Causemetics. Shop Dr. Q's universally flattering shade below.

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    Gailon Wixson was only 18 years old when she learned she had sarcoma cancer. She left college to undergo chemotherapy, and with determination and tenacity, Gailon ultimately beat cancer. She has since earned her master's degree and dedicates her life to helping others. Inspired by Gailon's story? Shop her shade below.

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  • Kristy Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Kristy and our Founder and CEO, Karissa, were close friends. At 23, Kristy was diagnosed with cancer, and after a 10-month battle, she passed peacefully. After losing Kristy, Karissa was inspired to create a brand that helps communities thrive with every purchase. Kristy's spirit remains alive in everything that we do. Shop the lashes that started it all below.

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  • Mieko Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Mieko was born in Japan, and as a young child, she escaped to Mongolia at the beginning of World War II. As the eldest child in her family, Mieko looked after her siblings and cousins while traveling in open train cars. Throughout her life, she displayed strength, tenacity, and exceptional courage. Inspired by Mieko's story? Shop her shade below.

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  • Nalie Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Nalie dedicated her life to helping others through openly sharing her story. Before her passing in 2022, she authored the best-selling memoir The Diary of Nalie, in which readers can discover her most profound lessons learned throughout her journey thriving with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Moved by Nalie's story? Shop her best-selling shade below.

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  • Nikki Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Nikki Benjamin is a longtime employee who embodies our Giving mission of helping others thrive. Thanks to her passion for supporting others, Nikki has taken on many roles within our community: customer experience aficionado, packaging professional, executive assistant, and now a program manager. Support our mission by shopping her shade below.

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  • Pili Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Pili is part of the Native Hawaiian community and a social leader advocating for women and children's safety on the islands of Maui and Lanai. A domestic-abuse survivor herself, she supports other survivors through her work at Women Helping Women Maui. Pili has made a huge impact on the lives of domestic-abuse survivors in the Pacific Islander community. Love Pili's mission? Shop her shade below.

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  • Riji Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    In 2016, Riji Raja moved with her husband to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and quickly faced the adversity of homelessness. After two years, she got back on her feet and turned pain into purpose. Riji founded Affirmation Darling, a stationery brand created to empower others no matter their life circumstance. Love Riji's mission? Shop her shade below.

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  • Ruth Image | Namesakes Landing Page


    Ruth is the mother of Jamie Greenberg, a celebrity makeup artist and friend of Thrive Causemetics’ Founder and CEO, Karissa. Jamie introduced Thrive Causemetics to our Giving Partner, The Ovarian Cancer Circle, an organization that focuses on ovarian cancer education and finding a cure. Support our Bigger Than Beauty™ mission by shopping Ruth's shades below.

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