Swim into Beauty :: June IPSY Glam Bag

Swim into Beauty.

That is the perfect title for Ipsy’s June bag . . . or so I first thought.

Then I opened the electric pink envelope.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty

This month’s bag is black and red and made of the scuba/neoprene type material. The material makes sense . . . it’s a summer staple, but the bag’s color scheme just felt off to me.

And so did the products. Don’t get me wrong, I like most of them, but my samples don’t really seem to fit the ‘Swim into Beauty’ idea. I thought the bag would have more waterproof or waterproofing type things or maybe even sun enhancers or sun protectants. Maybe highlighters, bronzers . . .

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty

Anyway, on to what actually filled my bag.

The first product I pulled out was the product that most excited and disappointed me: Lipitude’s 24/7 hydrating lip stain. I can’t tell if the shade is LLS115, 15BEAD, or not listed on my container. It’s kind of a berry mauve shade. I love lip stains. They are hands down my favorite lip product. I excitedly applied this in my car right after finding my June bag in the mail.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Liptitude 24/7 Lip Stain

Que rapid disappointment.

It has the constancy or a liquid lipstick or really thick lip gloss. By the time I made it inside from my car, it had bled around my mouth and migrated to both my top and bottom teeth. I thought maybe I had not applied it correctly or was careless. This morning, on clean lips, I applied a trusted lip liner and then carefully applied the stain. Same results, minus the bleeding. It didn’t dry to a stain and when I wiped it off (easily, with a napkin) a few hours later, my lips weren’t even tinted. I’m going to offer it to my friend who does plays to put in her stage makeup with a full discloser of my experience. I’m hoping it works better for her!

As soon as I opened the pink package, I could smell a lovely cucumber smell. I went searching for that product next. Oh, my lanta. I found Befine’s cucumber facial mask. At first I thought it must have spilt in my bag, but it is just that richly scented. This stuff is like crack. I opened my June bag yesterday and I have already ordered a full size version of this. I’m actually wearing it while I type this. All the good things one can say about face masks can be said about this. My skin was softer, brighter, firmer, and my pores were clearer.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Befine Cucumber Mask

I got two face products in this bag. My second one is by Nuxe and is an exfoliating gel with rose petal. This one smells divine but didn’t work as well as my regular peel. My skin felt very tight and dehydrated after removing this, but looked clearer and firmer so I bet it works wonders on oily skin!

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Nuxe Rose Petal Face Peel

The next product I’m pretty happy with. I got an eyeshadow stick by trèStique in the shade Marimoto Pink Pearl. It’s a shimmery nude sand color that blends out beautifully. I think I will use this numerous times – I might even find a big one after I finish with the smaller size! It hasn’t creased after six hours of wear and it stayed in place without a powder over it. Win!

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty treStique Eyeshadow Stick

The last product I love! It is the photo finish primer by Smashbox. I used this as my main primer until November of last year when I switched to a Urban Decay primer. This is amazing! It goes on velvety and dries very matte. If you visit Ulta or Sephora, they have ones with different base colors for different problems so here is one for everybody.

IPSY June Glam Bag Swim into Beauty Smashbox Photofinsh Primer

Have you ever used any of these products? Have any suggestions on how to get better results with the lip stain? Please leave a comment 🙂

Recap: The Hill

Sarah's Feet and Cream Purse


A week ago, on the 4th, I had an appointment with my neuro-ophthalmologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. I have a kind of rare nerve disease in my head and he is one of the few doctors in the states near me that studies or examines people with this disorder. Anyway, I woke up ridiculously early, joined my family and Cody in the truck, and headed to my appointment.

We stopped on the way at Hardee’s to have breakfast around five-thirty. My family loves to stop there and so does Cody. I’m not a huge fan of fast food – especially for breakfast – so I got a biscuit and drank the water I had brought with me.

At my appointment, they had me do a couple of eye tests and then dilated my eyes. I am apologizing in advance for the blurriness and strange coloration of the photos in this post. I stay dilated for 12+ hours so I couldn’t really to see to take good pictures. I considered having Cody take them, but his were blurrier than my dilated ones!

Anyway, we always head to The Hill to eat and get gelato after my appointments. The Hill is kind of like St. Louis’ version of Little Italy. It’s adorable, the food is amazing, the people polite, and the atmosphere quaint. I love the houses and the tiny, immaculate yards. It reminds me of Joe’s neighborhood from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books.

Each year we pick a different place to eat and this year we decided on Mama’s.

Mama's on The Hill

I will be going back there! It was amazing – all of it. They brought bread for the table and my parents decided to order cheesy bread, too. My dad had spaghetti and meatballs, my mom and Marley got pizza, Cody had alfredo, and I had lasagna.

Mama's on The Hill

The lasagna was almost the best I ever had! It was second only to the lasagna I had in Venice.

The amazing lasagna!!

The amazing lasagna!!

Mamas on The Hill

Papa's Special Pizza

Papa’s Special Pizza

The sauce was almost exactly the same, though! You could tell that these foods were made with old Italian recipes.

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My lasagna came with the Mama’s house salad. It was the only thing that wasn’t that stellar – in my opinion. My dad LOVED it.. The Mama’s dressing was an Italian vinaigrette, but it was very, very sweet.

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After we finished at Mama’s, we hoped back in the truck and headed on over to the gelato shop, Gelato Di Riso. We usually walk over to the shop, but it was humid and rainy so we opted for the dry route.

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This shop serves the real deal. Some places in America that serve gelato just sell you creamy ice cream hoping you don’t know or won’t notice the difference.

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My dad got chocolate and lime. Marley got strawberry and peach. She picked out her own flavors. My mom got almond and lemon and Cody picked orange and lemon. I adore their lemon. It’s extremely flavorful while being sweet and tart at the same time. I got espresso chip and caramel. It was the perfect combination. We braved the rain and sat at the outside tables because Marley asked to sit there. I have yet to sit inside, but I think it’s too cute.

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Marley's gelato!

Marley’s gelato!

Gelato di Riso The Hill

Cody's gelato!

Cody’s gelato!

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They also serve coffee and coffee house type snacks. I have never had either, but they always look so good! The guy in front of me last time I was there order espresso and it smelled amazing. I keep telling myself to try it . . .

We wanted to head to the zoo but it was raining too much so we headed home instead.

The day was super fun even without the zoo and with the doctor’s appointment. Sometimes, it is just nice to spend the day with your family.


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10 + 2 {more} Things About Me

It’s suuuuhhhhhhhhmmmmmmeeeeerrrrrrrrr time!

Sarah - Wall Tagging

That means, unlike most people, I’m doing less than usual. I’m on medicine that makes me very sensitive to heat and sun, meaning I spend most of the summer feeling under the weather and too tired to do much. I wish I lived in a more temperate climate. It would make it much easier to do fun things like hike, picnic, tennis, and other outdoor summer activities. But, because of this sensitivity to the weather, I haven’t had a lot to post about. I don’t even have any fun Netflix workouts to post because my internet has been unexplainably down. Nobody really wants to read how I got bored and washed all of the spice containers in my pantry . . .

Sarah and Kirsten Shawnee Community College Business Skills

Because of this lack of content, I have decided to tell you guys (my very limited readers) more about me.

  1. I love cheese. Yea, I know. Most people are indifferent or like it, but I love it. Seriously, I frequently have a cheese and cracker plate (with hummus and maybe some turkey) for dinner.
  2. I’m obsessed with face products. Like masks, serums, oils, gels, scrubs, peels . . . I have way more than any twenty-two year old without chronic cystic acne needs. I might start a weekly or bi-weekly post series with face recommendations or homemade mask recipes. I peel every Wednesday and mask on with Saturday or Sunday.
  3. I once had braids. I had medium micro braids (what a juxtaposition) when I was in high school. I think I was a junior. I had been researching how to grow my hair longer and braids kept coming up. I begged and begged my mom for months on end for them. She finally consented and took me up to Fairview Heights to a place called Fast African Hair Braiding. They really were fast! It only took them about fourteen hours to do mine. Okay, you’re probably thinking that that is anything but fast, but it really was. My hair was down to the middle of my back and really thick. Most people who get braids have shoulder length or shorter hair so it was obviously going to take them longer than usual. I think I looked so cool with them and I would happily do it again.
  4. I have a brown thumb (gardening). I would love to have a large, beautiful, diverse flower garden. I have tried since I was little to raise flowers and have had little to no success…but I’m getting better! I actually have three plants alive and flowering at the moment.
  5. I don’t know how to French braid. I’m working on learning, but I don’t have anybody to practice on.
  6. I would love to live in Italy or Germany. Maybe not permanently, but for a short time. I went there on a Globetrotters trip when I was in high school and fell in love. I plan on, in the next few years, going back to Italy on a long Globetrotters trip.
  7. I love weddings. Every tiny miniscule detail about weddings I love. If I lived in a larger area, with more of a market for it, I would be a wedding planner. I have made a couple of my friends promise to let me coordinate/plan theirs.Sarah and Amy
  8. I’m a person of mixed heritage. My mother is of European and Native American decent while my biological father is of Haitian and Native American (I’m pretty sure) decent. This causes me to tan really easily and have a head full of wild curls.
  9. I used to get Brazilian blowouts.  I got my first on in December of 2010 for my senior homecoming and my last one last summer. They completely changed my curl pattern, but didn’t get rid of it. My curls now hang looser and are easier to straighten. Despite this, I have decided (for the time being anyway) not to get anymore. I want to grow out my natural curl texture and then visit a salon in Cali that specializes in curly hair for a haircut. I need to start treating my hair with more love and be more careful of what I put on it in order for it to look, feel, and grow the best that it can.

    My first blowout!

    My first blowout!

  10. I learned to talk in the South. And so now when I get highly emotional (sad, angry, etc.) my southern accent comes out in full force.
  11. I cheered.Both my 8th grade year and my Senior year.
  12. Heavily involved in Beta Club. Beta Club is a really neat honors society that I was involved in since 5th or 6th grade. We went to Nationals my 8th grade, sophomore, junior, and senior years. I had so much fun and I have so many fond memories from my time in the club.
Beta Nationals : Me and KT

Beta Nationals : Me and KT

Roomies at Beta Nationals in Nashville

Roomies at Beta Nationals in Nashville

I was a cheerleader!

These photos are all from high school or the summer following graduation!




Being bored at the eye doctor resulted in several pictures.  

Today I’m wearing my Half United bullet necklace! I love, love, love that this necklace provided meals to hungry children. 

Things that give back are my favorite!

I’ve been looking into some other organizations that give back when you purchase their products. Soon I’ll have a post about the ones I plan on purchasing from! 

Day Date: Craft Shopping & Logan’s

I woke up this morning motivated to craft. I bought a couple of canvases on sale at Hobby Lobby a last month but I didn’t have all of the things I needed to paint them. I roused my boyfriend and headed to Marion to get supplies. 

We stopped at Walmart where I picked up a chalk pen, paint brushes, glitter, and wax melts for my candle warmer. 

After Walmart, we headed over to Logan’s Roadhouse.  I had the most amazing salad. Well, the chicken was the best part! It was grilled and had some sort of sauce drizzled over it. Yum! Next time, I’m going to ask the server if they have the chicken in entrée form. 

I forgot to take a picture of the salad before I ate the chicken. I love how soft and warm their rolls are! 

Cody got shrimp and steak. It looked very good – he said it was. 

They had the coolest art on the wall! It was the United States and each state was made of a license.  

I had such a great time with Cody! It was nice to get out and have a chill day. 


*all photo taken by iPhone. Sorry for the lack of quality! I forgot my camera 🙂 

*You can see more of my iPhone photos over at my Instagram: @serendipitously_sarah