Bourbon Beauty: Awakenings Boutique Louisville, Ky.

Who's tackling those Christmas lists? (I'm not organized enough, but seeing her shop got me in the mood lol).


I visited Awakenings Boutique, and fell. in. love. with this comfy blanket! Its perfect for cozing up in this chilly weather. (Anyone else waking up to ice?? This morning some schools were cancelled due to freezing rain. Crazy!)


Almost as good as an actual bottle of wine. Almost.


They have Organic Skin Care, and really super cute Jewelry! I loved this necklace gifted to me earlier this year by Heidi (the owner).

I should've sneaked these into my bag hahaha. HOW CUTE are this ribbons? I think these would look super cute sitting under the Christmas tree!

I loved these socks! These would look adorable peeking over boots.

Last but not least, I loved the gold embellishments on this hat. Pair it with a camel or white jacket, you'll be looking cute during your next holiday gathering!

For more information about these items, and other goodies in this shop, Check them out!

Awakenings Boutique
12121 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, Ky. 40243

Bourbon Beauty: Natural Glam 360 Beauty

I am the *biggest* lippie hoarder lover that has ever existed. From the moment I could convince my strict (hispanic) parents to let me wear lip gloss, Lip Smackers didn't have a chance. I would put so much gloss on, my mom would say "I'm surprised your lips aren't sliding right off!". They weren't fans. Fast forward 20 years, I'm still a huge lippie fanatic! I literally have to stop myself from adding another lip balm to my grocery cart whenever I'm at any store.

A friend of mine asked me if she could send me over some products for review, and hello LIP GLOSS, I was all over that in a second. Per their site:

Experience your softest, plumpest pout ever with LipBalm360’s Diamond Illumination Technology and moisture enhancing nutrients.
This silky balm conditions, protects, and plumps lips while giving them a naturally glossy glow.
Diamond powder lightly exfoliates the lip surface, while Marula and Avocado Oils hydrate and soften. LipBalm360 is even infused with Virgin Cocoa Butter and a touch of vanilla and sugar, so your lips will taste as good as they look.

I thought it was a neat concept that it came with an exfoliating file, I'd never seen that before. When I first tried it, I couldn't believe how smooth my lips felt. It was much more easier than using a gunky exfoliating cream, and less time consuming because I didn't have to wash my lip off or hands after use.

Two-sided Diva File eliminates dry, rough skin and prepares lips for hydrating extracts and oils.
Diva File helps improve circulation.
All-natural balm hydrates and soothes irritated lips.
Natural flush of color for a perfect pout.
No artificial ingredients.


Since I love nude lippies (I'm not much of a big color person!), she sent me the color "Nude Diamond". I'll be honest, it isn't exactly what I picture my nude to be, but I ended up loving the color. I think its perfect for fall!

(Sorry I was cold! Goosebumps lol).
Diamond powder gently exfoliates to help lips absorb hydration better.
Marula and Avocado Oils are rich in fatty acids, hydrate, soothe, and prevent moisture loss, while Sweet Almond and Vanilla Extracts condition skin.
Cocoa Seed Butter has antioxidant properties.
Copernicia Cerifera, a natural plant wax, provides a creamy consistency, making application smooth and effortless.


Since I suffer from Atopic Dermatitis, I wanted to give this product a good amount of time before I gave my final thoughts on it (products can take a while to show irritation on my sensitive skin!).

 The gloss was very shiny (loved the sheen), and the color makes me want to explore others! I was surprised when I removed it, how soft and supple my lips felt. (Most thicker glosses do not leave your lips feeling good after removal.). It definitely is not long wear, but if you don't mind re-applying (I don't own glosses that don't require reapplication since I don't wear matte) then this one is worth checking out! I love that this is all natural ingredients, and it wasn't irritating on my skin. It was sweet smelling and tasting :-)

Have you tried Natural Glam 360 before?
I took a look at her Instagram, and was impressed with the mascara before and afters!

Here is a link to her Instagram.
Here is the link to her Web Page for purchase.

Bourbon Beauty: ABKC Nationals in Louisville!

Who’s ready to see ALL the puppies?!!
American Bully Kennel Club Nationals 2018, are this weekend
Nov. 10 - 10 a.m.
Kentucky International Convention Center
Tickets are $20 
The American Bully Kennel Club, or A.B.K.C. for short, is the official registry worldwide for the American Bully breed. The events and shows hosted by the A.B.K.C. are to help fanciers learn to show their dogs and positively promote breeds. These events are helping to educate the public and promote the positive nature of the American Bully breed.

Bourbon Beauty: Grand re-opening of Barre Code Louisville

Count down is on! Can't wait!

Join The Barre Code Louisville for their Grand Re-Opening to celebrate their studio ownership! There will be free classes, complimentary snacks, amazing retail specials, local vendors and EXCLUSIVE membership deals. Sign up for one of their core classes on Minbody, and stay for the fun! Don't have time to take a class, plan to stop by anytime from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. So much fun! *9:00 AM Brawl - Cardio Kickboxing *10:15 AM TBC - Total Body Conditioning Boot Camp 11:30 AM Barre Code - Strengthening *The Kids Room will be open for the 9 AM Brawl and 10:15 AM Total Body Conditioning.

Bourbon Beauty: Louisville Event! 3rd Annual Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique!

3rd Annual Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique AND Cowboy Christmas! 80 vendors, food, music, Cowboy entertainment, professional face painter, caricature artist, Balloon Man of Kentucky.. and MORE!!

For more information, check out their Facebook Page :-)

Bourbon Beauty: Bento Asian Kitchen & Sushi Review

It's no surprise how much I love Asian food. Sushi, Boba, Lumpia, Pancit... I could go on and on with foods I adore! Whenever a new sushi place opens up, I get really excited, but once I compare it to my most favorite place in town, it just never really compares!

According to Wikipedia:

Bento (弁当, bentō) is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box.

You know my sushi expectations heighten, when there is a sign that literally supports my sushi habit.


 Here is the menu they have stacked as you wait in line. I loved the bento idea, but I was on a mission to try sushi and their Poke bowls.

Per Wikipedia:
Poke /poʊˈkeɪ is diced raw fish served as either an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine.
It's interesting, I had always considered Poke to be a Hawaiian dish. I never correlated it with Japanese food. I wasn't aware of the Japanese influence in Hawaii, but apparently (according to a quick google search), Japanese people are the 2nd largest Ethnic group in Hawaii. You learn something new everyday! I'm still unsure how poke came to be, but its peaked my interest. (Back to the food...)

I forgot all of the ingredients I chose, but from what I can see on my picture it was everything but the kitchen sink haha. I chose 3 different types of proteins (Salmon, Spicy Salmon, & Hamachi (Yellow Tail). I also chose sticky rice, seaweed salad, avocado, green onion, daikon, cucumber, and pretty much every seasoning they allowed on it.

It was DELICIOUS! Now, I have to admit this was my first time trying Poke at a restaurant, so I don't have much to compare it to. Although I've never had poke, I challenge you to find someone that loves sushi more than I do LOL. I *know* my sushi, and for sushi grade fish, it was great!


While the Poke bowl was great, the nigiri was *okay*. It tasted good, but when I compare it to Oishii Sushi, meh. The tempura roll was edible, but I wasn't crazy about the mayo, and the shrimp tempura tasted more like breaded shrimp than legitimate tempura. It was okay. I'd eat the sushi again if my favorite places were closed, but I wouldn't make a special trip for the sushi.

This was why I made my trip to Bento, BOBA. The closest boba place to me is Nam Nam Cafe, but driving down busy Shelbyville Rd, isn't always ideal. Both places must use a mix, because it doesn't taste anything like the boba I get in Chicago. That being said, its okay! It fixes my craving, but I prefer the chewier boba pearls from Nam Nam if I'm being completely honest. I purchased Taro flavored (Purple Yams), but next time I may try the Litchi flavor! 

All in all, the Poke was great, everything else was okay! I'd eat there again, but I'll probably get some noodles or teriyaki instead of the sushi rolls. I would make a trip just for Poke.

What's your favorite place for sushi?

Bento Asian Kitchen & Sushi
12951 Shelbyville Rd
Ste 114
Louisville, KY 40243
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