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My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Casey McIntyre is the VP and Publisher of Razorbill, an imprint that publishes books for kids and young adults. (She is also my former colleague!) Casey is like a ray of sunshine, if sunshine were also hilarious. Last fall, at the age of 34, she was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer. Here, she talks about what she learned this year, as well as her favorite natural deodorant, the perfect tinted lip balm, and her trick for using toner…

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

You’ve had quite the year.
Yes, it was like a bad school year. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last October and was in remission by early April.

How did you find out?
My husband, Andrew, and I were doing IVF in 2019. IVF is such a rollercoaster — you’re on all these drugs and you feel kind of untethered. I became really bloated and it never stopped, even after the IVF was done. One morning, I woke up so bloated I couldn’t go to work. We went to the ER, and they drained seven liters of fluid from my abdomen. After that, I had a laparoscopy, where they basically go in through your belly button and take a look around. At that point, I was hoping they might tell me that I needed to lose an ovary. Instead, they said, ‘You have stage 3c ovarian cancer and it’s pretty far along. You need to start chemo right away.’

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What was going through your mind at that point?
The moments after being diagnosed were really dark. For the first two weeks, before we formed a plan, I had a lot of panic and fear, but as soon as I got my marching orders, I was like, ‘Okay, I can do this.’ I had a big surgery in January, where they removed everything that had cancer on it — a full hysterectomy, part of my spleen, part of my liver, part of my lung. That was the scary part. These days, I’m feeling more hopeful. Doing IVF back-to-back with cancer treatment made me realize: women go through a lot of hard things and don’t talk about them that much.

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How has your attitude toward beauty changed over the past year?
Overall, I learned that you can handle a lot more than you think. Right when you’re diagnosed, they tell you to get fitted for a wig, before you start to lose your hair. I went and bought this insanely expensive wig. I thought, ‘I’m going to need this. I can’t go to work without it. I can’t go to meetings bald.’ But I never used it once. I used to have super long hair that I loved and was attached to. I was so worried about what I would look like bald. But when it actually happened, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

Did you shave it at home? How did it feel?
My aunt cuts hair, so she came over and gave me a cute pixie cut in my kitchen. When the pixie started to fall out, my husband shaved my head in the shower. When you save your head, it does feel like taking some of the power back. I felt a lot like G.I. Jane. I kept rubbing my head like, wow, this is kinda badass. One thing everyone says to you when you’re bald is, ‘You have such a good head shape!’ And I’m like, it’s a head. They’re all good. Everyone has a great shaped head!

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

I know you’re a big skincare enthusiast. Walk me through your morning routine.
In the morning, I cleanse with Glossier Milky Jelly, which I like because it feels very neutral on my skin. After that, I use toner, which is probably my favorite product. It removes any dirt the cleanser misses and preps your skin for other products. I really think toner saves my skin. The secret to making your toner super effective is to get nice, reusable cotton rounds that you can put in the wash. Shiseido also makes this nice disposable version. But the ones you get from the drugstore soak up all the product and aren’t that great. I like Thayers Witch Hazel toner, which I buy in a big jar for ten dollars and it lasts forever. I’ll go back and forth between using that and Primally Pure Everything Spray, which is essentially like spritzing apple cider vinegar on your skin.

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How about moisturizer?
If I’m feeling a little dry, I’ll add some oil to the mix — I like Herbivore Emerald Oil, which is very moisturizing — and then I’ll add some Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid. It’s called a moisturizing toner, but I use it as a super light moisturizer, which is perfect for summer when you don’t need something heavy. Sometimes, I’ll mix in some Glossier FutureDew to give myself a little shimmer. Finally, I put on sunscreen. I like Bioré UV SPF 50+, which you can’t feel at all. I got Andrew hooked on the Bioré, too.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

I know you love a bold lip, but how about other makeup?
I’m way more into skincare than makeup — I’m 35 and still cannot do cat eyeliner — but I do wear it. Usually, I use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes, and a light blush, like Glossier Cloud Paint in puff or dusk. I like a bold lip, especially NARS pencils in Cruella, a scarlet red, or Let’s Go Crazy, a hot pink Prince color. I also fill in my eyebrows as much as I can. I used to use Boy Brow, but when you don’t have any eyebrow hairs to fill in, it looks more natural to use powder. So lately, I use Anastasia brow powder, and I learned to draw them on with a little brush so they don’t look super fake.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Your wedding in 2015 was so beautiful. Did you do anything special when it came to your makeup?
I chose a specific lipstick for my wedding — NARS Audacious lipstick in Vera. It’s a dark ruby, and I liked that it’s a bold lip that feels classic.

Are there any beauty splurges or special treatments you’re into?
Before both cancer and Coronavirus, I was really into eyelash extensions. With extensions, you wake up looking like Elizabeth Taylor. My eyelashes just grew back, and obviously I haven’t been back to get extensions, so for now I’m using Benefit They’re Real! mascara, which is pretty great, too. I also used to get gel manicures, and now I’m like, maybe it’s not so great to put your hands in little tanning beds. So I bought some Zoya natural nail polish, in Rue. Sally Hansen also just started making a plant-based polish line, and I got one of those in Cherry Amore.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Do you change up your skincare routine at night?
At night, I’ll do a double cleanse with the milky jelly and Belif cleansing gel oil. The Belif oil is one of the best cleansers I’ve tried. If I’m wearing makeup or if I’ve put on extra sunscreen, it actually gets it all off. Then, I rotate between three different oils. (As I’m saying this, I’m realizing that I use a lot of products. But they’re different!) The Herbivore Emerald Oil takes a while to absorb and is heavy on the moisture. If my skin is feeling dull, I like Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate — I really do wake up looking a little brighter. If I want to relax, I like the Biossance Squalane and Vitamin C Rose Oil, which smells great. Finally, I finish with a moisturizer. I read that Weleda Skin Food Light was a dupe for Crème de La Mer and didn’t think that was possible. But then I tried them side-by-side, with a sample of La Mer, and I actually liked the Skin Food better! It’s the best stuff.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Now that you’re a fan of short hair, are you planning to keep it short for a while?
Yes! Right now, I’m at a Mia Farrow length, and I’m looking forward to a Michelle Williams length, and also to Drew Barrymore back when she wore those cute barrettes. I’m also planning to dye my hair fun colors, which is something I never did before. I feel a lot more freedom now, and I’m having more fun when it comes to the way I look. To everyone who is posting during coronavirus wondering, ‘Should I cut my hair?’ Yes! Cut your hair!

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Do you have any recommendations when it comes to shampoo and body care?
Once I was diagnosed, I became very aware of the products I was using and did an overhaul to try to eliminate toxins. I particularly tried to cut out sodium lauryl sulfate, which is surprisingly hard to do. For shampoo, I like the L’Oreal EverPure line, which is sulfate-free. I also eliminated it from my toothpaste, and I noticed I stopped getting breakouts around my nose and mouth. I’m currently using Desert Essence toothpaste, which is great. I also love the natural deodorants from Primally Pure. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different ones, and for me, theirs really do go on like a regular deodorant — and they work.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

The term ‘self-care’ is tossed around a lot these days, but what are some things that help you feel good?
I’m a big face mask girl. I love the My Beauty Diary hyaluronic face masks. A cold face mask, especially in the summer, is the best. My skincare has taken over a section of our fridge. Another part of my self-care is following an Instagram account called @thecancerpatient. It’s basically a cancer meme account, and it’s amazing. Laughing about how bad the side effects are — and realizing there are other people out there who have a great sense of humor while having cancer — made my chemo easier.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Who are your current beauty inspirations?
There were two people who helped me feel strong when I was losing my hair. The first was Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who went public about living with alopecia this past January. I was so nervous about going into work without a head wrap on, but I figured if she can kick butt in Congress, then I can go edit some picture books! The second was Asia Kate Dillon. I highly recommend Billions, and they look really great with a buzz cut.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

You always have the most joyful clothes and accessories! Do you have any favorite sources?
I really like jazzing up stuff with pins. For me, pins are a way to tell people a little about myself, while also inserting color onto a jacket or blazer, which I often wear to work as part of my lady armor. For fun pins and patches, I like Pintrill and Lucky Horse Press. Maybe it’s post cancer life, or maybe it’s Covid, but these days I am truly embracing color in a way I haven’t before.

My Beauty Uniform: Casey McIntyre

Before we sign off, do you have any other words you’d like to add?
It sounds cheesy, but having cancer really made me love my body a lot more. Before, I was always concerned with my weight or how my hair looked or if I had a zit. And now I truly get that your body is beautiful and amazing and can do incredible things. Learning that has been a big part of my self-care over the last few months. That, and remembering that life is short and it’s good to take care of yourself.

Thank you so much, Casey! You’re amazing.

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a NASCAR driver, a ballet dancer, and a minister.

(Photos courtesy of Casey McIntyre, and wedding photos by Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times.)

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  1. Monique Alonso says...

    One of my dearest friends was just diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer at age 54. I want to help her take care of herself and would really love any recommendations people have, including Casey, for products or supplies that they found particularly helpful. Much appreciated!

  2. Nancy Smith says...

    She’s beautiful and tres cool. ❤️

  3. Lindsey says...

    Casey—

    I’m reading your beauty uniform while sitting in a treatment room getting chemo for my own ovarian cancer. This is my 11th round of chemo—I know what you’ve been through!

    I agree with what you said about short hair. And having a shaved head makes me feel like a badass too!

    Your optimism shines through your answers and photos! Continued love and healing for your recovery.

  4. Elizabeth says...

    Whoa, going from IVF to hysterectomy plus cancer treatment sounds incredibly traumatic. I would love to read a post about Casey’s feelings about parenting and her future plans, if that’s something she’d be willing to share. More generally, her attitude toward life is so inspiring and freeing! Thank you for this, Casey!

  5. linda mitchell says...

    I love this! xo

  6. Katie says...

    Radiant smile, badass woman. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Katie White says...

    I loved this post. Thank you!

  8. ashley nichole says...

    I have ~another~ outfit related question – where were your bridesmaids’ dresses purchased? they are gorgeous (as are you!).

    • Casey says...

      They were from ASOS! My bridesmaids still love wearing them :) xoxo Casey

  9. Fiona says...

    In dire need of an outfit post as a follow up, and really any excuse to hear more from Casey, she’s so awesome! Thanks for your wonderful wise words, fantastic recs and sharing your phenomenal smile with us!

  10. Heather says...

    Those final words brought tears to my eyes – thank you for sharing!

  11. Suzie says...

    This made me cry. What a beautiful perspective from a beautiful woman.

  12. Jenn H says...

    Casey – you are just great. Thanks for sharing your story. You’ve inspired me and so many others! Kudos, COJ. This is the best Beauty Uniform ever… and that’s saying something!

  13. Kris says...

    I have cancer and it’s refreshing to see myself reflected in this post. We are so much more than cancer! And she’s absolutely right about loving your body after cancer.

  14. MH says...

    Loved this! I wish you a long, beautiful, joy filled life, Casey!

  15. Erin says...

    Thank you for your story, Casey! I had such a similar experience 10 years ago when I was 26. Multiple IVF rounds and cancer. For me it was always really helpful to hear from other survivors that are able to move past cancer and live and thrive. Today I wish I never had cancer but I’m also thankful for the strong person I am today that was forged through that difficult experience. I’ll be wishing you and your family love, grace and patience as you continue to recover. Enjoy your hair! I would never had the guts to have a pixie but after cancer forced me into it, I loved it!

  16. Julee says...

    Thanks for sharing your story.
    You inspire me.

  17. Robin says...

    This was an absolutely lovely piece. Well done Casey, on everything. You are so brave to share.

  18. Lauren says...

    I love this. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer last October, finished chemo in March, had a double mastectomy in May, and am in immunotherapy until November. It’s so nice to see someone else who is thriving. ❤️

  19. Cynthia says...

    What a brave soul! Simply beautiful!

  20. Melissa says...

    Love this. I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor 2 months ago and …. yes it is shocking how strong you can be when you’re up against something insane. You rock!

    • Tara says...

      I too was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor a little over two months ago. Currently undergoing concurrent chemo and radiation. While the type of chemo I am having doesn’t cause hair loss, I am losing loads of hair to the radiation. I haven’t cut the rest off yet because I am learning to appreciate the advantages of a comb-over as a quick way to protect the bald parts of my scalp. Best wishes for your treatment Melissa and thanks Cup of Jo for showing strength in the face of cancer.

  21. Amy says...

    Casey’s energy jumps off the screen: She makes me want to roll down hills, get that bold hair cut, and finally (!) try out coveralls because life is too short to worry about my short legs and whether I can pull off a certain look. Just do it!! x

  22. Ramona says...

    I think the real beauty uniform tip here is to have a light and open spirit–the beauty that comes from within shines through with equal force in the wedding pictures and in the chemo pictures! So glad you’re feeling better, I hope it all continues to be uphill from here.

  23. Mistie Brown says...

    I loved this so much. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  24. NN says...

    This is my favorite Beauty Uniform post, ever! So many good recs, and Casey seems like the absolute 100% total best.

    [I love Herbivore Emerald Oil, too! I rarely re-buy stuff (fickle) but this is one product I keep buying. ]

  25. Zsuzsanna says...

    Thank you!

  26. Michele says...

    What a lovely person and outlook. I noticed the concern over some ingredients in beauty products. I used to share those, and also believed that deodorants could be harmful to my health. I highly recommend that anyone who shares these beliefs follow https://www.theecowell.com/about and FoodScienceBabe on their various platforms. They’re scientists who share the overwhelming science on the safety of our products and food; the regulations are robust. (not affiliated in any way, just a fan as a consumer who no longer needs to buy into the fearmongering).

    • Julee says...

      Love the absence of fear. Thanks for spreading positivity. Spread the light.

  27. EL says...

    Thank you for sharing your story Casey! I feel that as an “outsider”, most cancer stories portray people as super-strong fighters that kick cancer’s ass, but I’m sure it doesn’t always feel like that going through it. A friend recently had ovarian cancer and wrote a memoir about all the facets of it, and I appreciated reading her interior monologue – sometimes funny, sometimes devastating. Highly recommend the short yet brilliant read.

    http://www.ameliaclairemiller.com/store/p1/My_Grossly_Unremarkable_Year.html

  28. Amy says...

    Her personality shines through in every photo. What a beautiful soul.

  29. Lindsey McClintock says...

    Casey, you are a bright light and beautiful on the outside, but moreso, on the inside. Thank you for sharing your story.
    My Mom was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer, and fought it bravely for two years before passing away in February. After her diagnosis, I was shocked by how little information is out there about this disease and how little we, as women, actually know about ovarian cancer, a disease that can only affect us. With the help of my Mom’s oncologist and a few others passionate about this cause, I started an ovarian cancer awareness campaign @nail.ovarian.cancer
    It is our goal and mission to get the word out to women and get women sharing and talking about this disease so we can advocate for ourselves and look out for each other.

    • Katie says...

      You are brave like your mom. Thank you for empowering other women.

  30. Gaby says...

    Casey is gorgeous inside and out. She seems to have such a positive and insightful perspective. I bookmarked every product mentioned, but I also feel inspired to look at beauty in a different way. It’s so easy to focus on our outward appearance and forget that our bodies, strong and resilient, are beautiful in their own right. Thank you for that reminder, Casey.

  31. J says...

    Echoing all the comments about what an amazing post this is, Casey seems like a true ray of sunshine and it sounds like she’s been a real warrior through so much!
    I feel bad asking this, but I am curious…how is it that fertility specialists didn’t find the cancer sooner? I’ve had some labs and imaging done recently related to amenorrhea and it seems like….wouldn’t some kind of red flag go up?
    Either way, many applause for this post and to Casey for sharing!!

  32. abcde says...

    thank you for this. as someone going through the diagnosis of some big health issues at around the same age, it’s so encouraging and normalizing to see Casey’s story. she shines!

  33. Claudia says...

    What a strong and beautiful woman. :))

  34. Raleigh says...

    As a young adult ovarian cancer survivor, this was such a joy to read. Thanks for representing this experience on Cup of Jo.

  35. Dana says...

    Casey is absolutely delightful–thank you for sharing her excellent perspective. Speaking of sharing…possible to share where she got that incredible printed jumpsuit in the last photo? I need a Covid colorful pick me up! xo

    • Casey says...

      Hi Dana! It’s from MOTHER (another rent the runway find, but I think it’s still available for sale on their site!). xo!

  36. Kate D says...

    A gorgeous person!

  37. Terra Arnone says...

    One of my favourite beauty uniforms to date! Did I miss the best tinted lip balm reco? I love a tinted balm and can’t seem to find Casey’s suggestion in the piece!

    • Kate says...

      I was looking for it too!

    • Laura S says...

      I was also looking for it and did not come across it. The suspense!!!

    • G.M. says...

      Me too, I scrolled through four times thinking I missed it… thanks for asking.

  38. Jessica says...

    Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Julie says...

    Gorgeous, and she has fabulous taste in lipstick.

    That sounds like she eats it, you know what I mean!

  40. Dee Nargi says...

    You are so strong and beautiful Casey.

  41. Paige says...

    This uplifted my entire morning! A Cup of Jo always does <3

  42. Ramona says...

    Bravo to your Sassy, Badass, Stunning Self !!! 🦋

  43. Lauren E. says...

    GORGEOUS style! I want everything Casey is wearing, from her earrings and glasses to that incredible print jumpsuit. And I love the line about how much hard stuff women go through that they never talk about. Also, thanks for the tip about the toner. I’ve tried toner before with little to no results, but I’m going to try the reusable cotton rounds!

    • Nora B says...

      Fingers are ideal too! No wasted product.

  44. Lindsay says...

    This brought me so much joy – Casey’s bright light shined through every word. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Casey!! xo

  45. Ilona says...

    The short hair really suits you! I’d love to see a week of outfits too, Casey has great style.

  46. Rusty says...

    A joyful take on a scary journey!
    Such a great, genuine smile that exudes inspiration!!

    I don’t know about or understand how “Doing IVF back-to-back with cancer treatment” even works?!? Like, hysterectomy and IVF?
    I’m embarrassingly not in the know about these things…can someone explain, please?

    • Julie says...

      It sounds like she meant “Doing IVF and then immediately having to go through cancer treatment.” Back to back as in consecutively.

    • Casey says...

      Hi Rusty! I did IVF first (two retrievals) and then the cancer was discovered. So no actual embryo transfers, but we are fortunate enough to have embryos, so maybe kids with a surrogate someday if we are extra lucky! xo Casey

  47. Mia says...

    Casey, you are amazing! What a delight.

  48. LBD says...

    Beautiful!

  49. Lori says...

    This may be my favorite beauty uniform yet! Thank you for sharing Casey with us. It was a pure joy to read.

  50. Molly says...

    Casey is lovely. And thank you CofJo for limiting (stopping altogether even?) linking to Amazon. I REALLY commend you for that!

  51. Casey! says...

    I loved this, Casey! You are so beautiful and brave – thank you for sharing. Honored to share a name with you…with the correct spelling ;)

  52. Lilian says...

    Beautiful inside and outside! I love her style

  53. Dee says...

    Thank you for posting this. I found a lump last weekend, and it gives me courage to read this because I’m terrified. If you can get through this, so can I. My gynae did an ultrasound Monday and saw not one but three lumps. Mammogram tomorrow. Ladies, don’t forget to check yourselves regularly and please never feel paranoid if you go to the doctor just because something feels off. I thought it would never happen to me, there’s nothing in my family – but apparently 85% of women with breast cancer have no history.

    • Sarz says...

      *hugs* You’ve got this, Dee. 💪Thanks for the reminder.

    • Alexis says...

      Good luck Dee! Sending love and healing vibes your way <3

    • Mercy says...

      Sending lots of hugs and strength your way!!

    • Robin S. says...

      Lifting you up in prayer, Dee. YOU HAVE GOT THIS!

    • Casey says...

      You got this, Dee! Sending you love. xo Casey

  54. Agnès says...

    You have such a great smile! I love your new haircut; even if you had no choice, it seems like you made the best of it and it really suits you, it shows you. I love the expression “lady armour”. I have one too; it has changed over the year. Gisele Halimi who was a strong feminist, just died (at 93), she was a lawyer and she talks about her gown (I don’t know how you would call that uniform for lawyers that they wear in France, in English), and how many times she repaired and mend it. An armour. Anayway, thanks, I loved that post, it’s giving me energy.

  55. saemi says...

    you are so beautiful. inside out. thank you for sharing your story w us! from a fellow cancer survivor <3

  56. Amazing story, full of grace and strength. Best wishes and continued good health to you and Andrew.

  57. Lauren says...

    Wow, what a joyful soul! Loved reading this :)

  58. Natasha says...

    Love this! I’d love a week of outfits with her.

    And YES to products without SLS- they make my mouth erupt in sores!

  59. DC says...

    I wish you all the best Casey and many more years of good health. I’m 2 years NED for ovarian cancer. I had to laugh about the “you’ve got a such a good head shape” comment. That’s just what everyone told me when I lost my hair to Chemo.

  60. K says...

    so lovely. wishing you health, safety, happiness, and silliness, Casey!

  61. Jennifer says...

    This is such a great post and beauty uniform! Also, I love her smile and overall positive attitude.

    Thanks for choosing such Thoughtful, honest, complicated, beautiful and charming women to interview.

  62. Kim says...

    I have a weird shaped head!

    Great piece. What a total badass!

    Week of outfits, please!

  63. Sal says...

    Please look at toxicity in lipstick ingredients not just skin and body care. I am diagnosed as estrogen heavy myself and Have endometriosis and thus avoid NARS like the literal plague. Lipstick ends up being swallowed. Watch out for parabens, phalates as well as sulfates. Agree that after going thru a major Health issue I no longer care about how fat I may look in a swimsuit or zits, Etc. liberating! It’s shocking how little this country cares about women’s health and it shows in what’s in our products and the hormones we stew in as a result. We have to look out for ourselves.

    • Elizabeth says...

      My observation may sound really petty, but one of the upsides of wearing masks is not having to wear lipstick. I was a lipstick slave until COVID and now when I leave the house I have a sense of liberation.

      I’m in total agreement about the lack of care for women’s health. With all we accomplish and provide and endure it’s sobering to consider how much more we could do without the obstacles in our way.

  64. Kristina says...

    Such a beauty!

  65. Nectar says...

    Loved this beauty uniform!

    Is there anyway you can ask where she got her eyeglasses from?

  66. J says...

    Wow, this was a really powerful piece. The joy on Casey’s face in every picture is just so beautiful. Lately I’ve been down on my body and looks and I think I needed this reminder of all that I am fortunate to have. Casey, this interview shook me up. Thank you. PS: You look amazing in bold lipstick. I’m going to start giving it a try. PPS: Thanks for linking to the Ayanna Pressley video. I loved it.

  67. Alison says...

    I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this post. Casey is a gem, inside and out.

  68. Caitlin says...

    Casey! Thanks so much for sharing! As a fellow woman who found out they had cancer in the middle of fertility treatments and is also rocking the bald chemo buzz this summer it was so lovely to see you and hear your story. It’s amazing how something like cancer can simplify your life in that it alters your view on what’s important ie my body is functioning properly vs how many greys on my head. Would love to hear more from you.

    Also, COJ, a few weeks ago Julie Kim mentioned Kate Bowler’s podcast “everything happens.” Kate also found out she had cancer in her mid thirties and now has a book and podcast exploring grief and living life. It would be amazing if you could feature her or her work on the blog in some way.

  69. beth says...

    This was just a really beautiful beauty uniform post, thank you. Lots of wisdom here. I am definitely going to try her toner cotton idea- I always think I am wasting so much of my nice product on my pharmacy cotton pads…and I am (it feels good to admit that out loud, haha).

    Incidentally, I did a recent overhaul of my product shelves for similar reasons (I have an autoimmune), and I have since been enjoying products from Beautycounter, fyi.

  70. Eva says...

    What a beautiful and inspiring beauty diary – thank you Casey for sharing!

    Could you also please share who makes that amazing print blouse in the top pic??

    • Megan says...

      Seconding the blouse request!

    • Jenna says...

      Yes, please please please! :D Or even just clothing brands/stores she recommends because her style looks right up my alley! :)

    • Jenna says...

      Aha just scrolled down a few and saw it was referenced as being from Tory Burch (I found it: “Piped printed silk crepe de chine shirt” is the description)!

    • jules says...

      Pro tip >>> it’s 50% off right now on Net Porter — Just splurged as I’ve bought almost nothing during the COVID era and bold blouses are timeless IMO

  71. R says...

    Love this. And her. And wow is she gorgeous!

  72. Wendy says...

    This is such a great “My Beauty Uniform”. I don’t have much interest in beauty products, but I love her style and attitude. I agree that going through crazy times, whether a pandemic or cancer, or both(!), frees one up to make beauty and fashion decisions based on what brings joy. Why have I always limited myself to dark, solid colored pants? Time to go wild!

  73. Meredith says...

    I went to college with Andrew! He is so fun; I’m not surprised he married a (beautiful!!!) badass. Congratulations on your remission and thank you for sharing your story.

    • Andrew says...

      👋 👋👋

  74. Lee Ten Hoeve says...

    What a powerful thought to leave us with, a healthy body is an amazing thing. Period. The end.

  75. Alexa says...

    such a beauty inside and out! thank you, Casey! <3

  76. Bri says...

    Loved reading this beauty routine in particular and trying some new products she recommends!

  77. Shirley says...

    Thank you for introducing us to Casey! This post is definitely one of my favorites and I’ve been reading for 10+ years. Thank you Casey for being so open and sharing your story. As a former infertility patient and after watching a very close family member deal with cancer, I find so much meaning in your words. You seem to be so humble, friendly, genuine, AND badass. And of course, beautiful! Also I peeked at your instagram and did I see a wheaten terrier?! We have a 14 year old wheaten who thinks he is 2. Sending light and love to you and your family.

    • Casey says...

      Hi Shirley! My parents have a Wheaten names Buzz, he’s about 10 years old. They are the cutest! Thank you so much for your kind words. xo Casey

  78. AJ says...

    You are so right… bodies are beautiful and amazing! Enjoyed this so much, thanks so much Casey. Wishing you all the absolute best.

    And… your skin is incredible! I’m always fascinated – and a bit bamboozled – by multi-step skincare regimes, I’ve tried to edge towards something that resembles a more sophisticated regime with multiple products but I’m never sure I’m using them in the right order 🤣 and just seem to over-feed my oily skin.

    • Calla says...

      I’ve been a skin care hobbyist for years and for the most part I feel like the only reason to do an extensive routine is if the process itself is enjoyable for you. The common denominators in advice I hear from actual skincare professionals is gentle cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen during the day and gentle cleanser, retinoid, moisturizer at night. Vitamin C also gets recommended a lot but I think its the combination of regular sunscreen, moisture and retinoid that does most of the heavy lifting. If you enjoy trying other products (like me!) then by all means go for it and dig into reddit’s skincare addiction for advice. But I don’t think multi-step routines are really more sophisticated or necessary. you do you :)

      P.S. I have super oily skin and spironolactone has been a godsend

    • AJ says...

      Oh thank you, Calla :) Skincare hobbyist, love that!

  79. ally condie says...

    Oh, wow. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Casey in the past, and had no idea she’d been through all of this. Casey, thanks for sharing your story, your beauty routine, and your smile. I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through this last year, and am rooting for you like crazy. xo.

    • Casey says...

      Ally! Thank you so much. xoxo

  80. Kathryn says...

    These are always my favourite stories to read on Cup of Jo. Love them always. So beautiful xx

  81. Jay says...

    That smile…what a beauty!

    I just wanted to mention that the link for Weleda light is taking me to the original Weleda and not to the light version.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thanks for pointing that out, we fixed it! :)

  82. Monica says...

    Holy amazing-ness there is so much to love about Casey & this post. And her Instagram today, she wins the internet with her #challengeaccepted post. Because all of her style, advice and lipstick is kick-butt on point, can you let us know where her hair turban is from? That one is ace!

    • Casey says...

      Hi Monica! Thank you for your kind words, you are so sweet! The turban is from SWAK Couture, they are super comfortable.

  83. Calla says...

    Such a lovely post! Thanks so much for sharing. Her hair journey reminds me a lot of my mom. When she lost her hair during chemo she said she suddenly realized how sad it was that all these women around her were unhappy with their hair when it all looked so beautiful to her. Short, grey, thin, whatever it was all good. Once it grew back after chemo she stopped covering the greys.

    On an unrelated note, if anyone else is into enamel pins and lives in the Bay Area please please please check out the Oriental Art Gallery in the Inner Sunset! Even though its called an art gallery, its actually a tiny little hole-in-the-wall family run place that sells baseball cards, little figurines and every enamel pin you can imagine. They even have a pin of the very sweet owner!

  84. Jill says...

    Far out, what a year. Thanks for sharing your story and your many skincare tips. Wishing you much health and happiness for the future.

  85. Maria says...

    I wish you health and happiness, Casey 🌻

  86. Molly says...

    What a beautiful and courageous woman. Thank you for sharing your story, Casey!

  87. chrisitne collins says...

    Casey sending you healthy energy! Thanks for your inspiring story.

  88. Nicole says...

    Love you in your full rainbow tie-dye and Crocs! Going to go get me some of those reusable facial rounds!

  89. What an incredible woman! Thank you for featuring Casey and her story. As a young cancer survivor (diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30) it’s so uplifting to see others portrayed in such a positive light. :)

    • CM says...

      Ditto from a long-time reader and recent young adult lymphoma survivor!

  90. maria says...

    true epitome of beauty. and oh my, what a mega-watt smile! pure joy personified. i wish her all the best in life and health!

  91. Tina says...

    I don’t always comment either, but WOW — how inspiring. I agree she is just as beautiful with or without hair. Thank you for this fantastic feature just when so many of us need it. Btw, she is so right about the cotton rounds. I always thought the re-usables would soak up more products. But they do soak up less. They feel so much better on the skin and clean up well. Don’t know why it took me so long to buy them.

  92. Joanna says...

    This was such a lovely and uplifting post for this weird time we’re all in. It’s encouraging and refreshing to hear Casey’s story and how happy and balanced she sounds…hard-fought battles to get to that place, I’d guess. This was such a breath of fresh air. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Liz says...

      You said exactly what I’m feeling and was having trouble articulating :) she just seems like a joyful soul

  93. Celeste says...

    Buying the toothpaste for sure but loved the nail, lip and cheek colors. She is just beautiful with short hair.

  94. Katie says...

    Casey’s joy and zest for life jumps off the screen! What an inspiration. I’m a huge fan of witch hazel toner, too!

  95. Corrie says...

    Cup of Jo for the win again! Thank you for including so many diverse voices–you make my day, over and over. And, Casey, you rock! Thanks for sharing. Love to you and your family.

  96. Emily says...

    I am in LOVE with the pajama top in the first photo…. is there any way to track down who the maker is from Casey?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will ask!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Casey says it’s Tory Burch, from Rent the Runway. :)

    • Would not mind if Casey did a week of outfits here…just saying. :)

      Thank you Casey for sharing your beauty philosophy, wishing you all the best.

  97. Kristin says...

    Wow, what an incredible woman.

    I am in the middle of IVF and back-to-back surgeries for Asherman’s (uterine scarring). I cannot even imagine going through everything IVF entails and then adding cancer into the mix.

    Casey, you are an enormous badass.

    • Nicola says...

      I agree, we are doing it too and ‘untethered’ feels exactly right. Was feeling a little sorry for myself today as I just had a surgery cancelled for COVID reasons, and reading this post just made me feel so proud to be a woman.

      Casey you’re amazing!

  98. silly lily says...

    Amazing story, full of grace and strength. Best wishes and continued good health to you and Andrew.

  99. Sophie says...

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

  100. Elizabeth says...

    I don’t always comment but this one compelled me to. This woman is absolutely beautiful- with hair- without hair. I wish her health and happiness. She just seems like someone who really deserves it.

  101. Willow says...

    How wonderfully uplifting and joyful. Your zest for life just shines through. Sending you every good wish, Casey.

  102. M says...

    Wow, what a badass.