Q & A + Spring Giveaway

Hey loves! I’m so excited to do my first Q&A post! I have been asking you on my social media channels lately to submit me your questions and I wanted to thank you all for your suggestions and participation! I truly appreciate your interaction- you asked some truly great questions that I had so much fun answering! If you’re not already following me on social, be sure to follow my channels below so that you can participate in these interactive posts too!

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At the bottom of this post, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY too, so don’t forget to read all the way through! 😉 Now for the Q&A…

Question: “I always love your shoes! Where’s your favorite place or online boutique to order from?” (submitted by Amanda Bellantoni, check out her YouTube channel here!)

Answer: Actually, a few different people asked me this question! And I’m sure happy they did because I can basically never talk enough about shoes! My very favorite place to shop online for shoes is at PublicDesire.com This is a London company that has so many style options that are super affordable! I am particularly obsessed with their collab collection with Hailey Baldwin and also their over the knee boots! They constantly post promo codes on their social media accounts, but you can also get 20% off by signing up for emails and 15% off as a student. They only sell in whole sizes, so I am usually an 8.5-9 and always order a 9 with them and it fits perfectly! Because they are shipping “across the pond” to us here in the US, shipping can take up to 2 weeks. It costs $10, but you can upgrade to 2-day shipping for only $5 more so that is a great option if you need your shoes in a hurry! They also have a cool rewards system which earns you points for each $ you spend, which are redeemable for $ off future orders! Below are some shoes I’ve purchased from Public Desire:

Public Desire Shoes

Another favorite place to shop for shoes JustFab.com The tricky thing about this site is that you need to join as a member to be able to order and they want to charge you monthly, however as long as you login in the first few days of the month and opt to “skip” that month, you won’t actually be charged unless you place an order! They also have such a large selection of styles which are mostly all priced at $39.95. Below is a cute pair of wedges I got for this price from JustFab:

JustFab.com Lace Up Wedges

And last but not least of course is the wonderful Designer Shoe Warehouse aka DSW! They have actual stores, but you can get free shipping on orders of $35 + when you shop at DSW.com and you know I am all about that online shopping! You can do returns in-store so it is pretty foolproof 😉 The DSW clearance section is bomb and they usually have some kind of promo code going on when you browse their website as well! Below are some cute shoes I’ve found at DSW:

Question: “How do you pack shoes so that they don’t get damaged up in your suitcase?”

Answer: My favorite way to pack shoes is inside the shoe organizer bags that came in this luggage cubes set I bought on Amazon! I will pack 1 or 2 pairs of shoes per bag depending on the size of the bag and the shoes! If they are strappy heels I can fit more pairs together, but chunky wedges or booties may require their own bags! I do also save duster bags that expensive shoes come inside so that I can pack shoes in them for travel as well. If there are shoes such as booties or wedges that have a shape I don’t want to get squished during travel, I’ll stuff them “full” with small items such as socks, scarves, sports bras, etc. that I was already planning on packing 🙂

Travel Packing Tips - Shoes - Luggage Cubes

Question: “What are the top 3 destinations you want to travel to?” (submitted by Amy Lyn, check out her beauty blog here!)

Answer: .My number one travel goal is to take a trip to Whistler, British Columbia! I have been obsessed with the Nita Lake Lodge located there ever since I started following their Instagram. This is an adorable ski town in western Canada where I would love to hole up in the lodge as well as taking in all of the beautiful landscapes. Mark my words, I will be there in 2018! The other two places I am dying to visit are Greece and Palm Springs.

Question: “What made you want to become a blogger?” (submitted by Tiffany, check out her blog here!)

Answer: I would say that at first I would post fashion/beauty/shopping tips on my personal social media accounts and friends started to come to me whenever they had a question about one of these things. A few of them suggested I create a blog or some kind of account to share this info and that’s the first time I really ever considered blogging. After thinking about it and looking into the logistics of it all, I decided it sounded fun! I’ve always been the creative type- I was a dancer for almost 20 years and had recently been desiring a new creative outlet. Everything just seemed to match up and I decided to give it a go! My main passion and reason for starting Beauty and the Least was so that I could share my tips and suggestions for quality fashion and beauty products that wouldn’t cost people too much money. There are so many blogs that feature the same, sometimes pricier, items, but I wanted to be able to bring people similarly beautiful products at a lower price tag. I have always been savvy as far as finding discounts, getting the best deals, online shopping tricks, etc so I wanted a place to compile all of this information for my readers. At the end of the day, I blog because I love being able to help men and women feel beautiful inside and out without breaking the bank 🙂 ❤

Question: “What is your favorite product to refresh dehydrated skin on a plane?”

Answer: .My very favorite skin refresher is the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray (only $5-12 depending which size you choose!) I keep a mini bottle in my purse at ALL TIMES and also have some around my house. This is so great for setting makeup, refreshing it during the day, or giving your skin some extra hydration – perfect for when you’re stuck in the dry air on an airplane! He also just launched a Cucumber and Green Tea Spray that is just as hydrating.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, & Rosewater

Another thing I love to use on airplanes to avoid dehydration is a good sheet mask! This is an awesome way to keep your skin hydrated with amazing ingredients, yet you can just throw it away when you’re done and won’t have to work about making a big mess! I like the Yes To Sheet Masks and also the Patchology Sheet Masks. I also apply moisturizer to my face hourly when I fly. One of my favorites is the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Travel Size!

It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream + It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:


I am so appreciative of each and every one of my readers and supporters, so I will be incorporating more and more giveaways throughout the year to reward those who are loyal readers that subscribe to my blog, constantly check out my posts, leave me comments, interact with me on social media, etc!

This time, one lucky reader is winning this kit containing the following:

Beauty and the Least Giveaway

ColourPop Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Collection Lippie Stix in ‘I’m Yours’, It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil, It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Travel Size Mascara, It Cosmetics ‘It Girl’ Makeup Bag (over $42 value!)

How to enter:

  1. Subscribe to my blog if you are not already:

    Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  2. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what types of posts you want to see from me in the future. Would you like to see more Q&A’s? Relationship advice? More OOTDs? Bachelor/Bachelorette Recap Posts? Let me know anything you’d like to see from me!
  3. You get one extra entry for following me on each of my social media below:

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Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Saturday, April 1st & the winner will be announced on my blog on April 2nd! Make sure to check back here to see if you’ve won & claim your prize. Must be located in the U.S. to enter, & provide valid shipping address. Good luck!

xoxo, Nicole

5 thoughts on “Q & A + Spring Giveaway

  1. Great post! I totally flaked on sending my question which is- witch are your tips for keeping lipstick in place during meals/drinking? I wear a lot of mattes and I find myself reapplying but then it dries out my lips.

    I’d loved to see Bachelor stuff especially tied in with fashion! Sometimes I see things they’re wearing and wonder where i can get a similar style


  2. Just discovered your blog today and already loving it! I unfortunately live in the UK so can’t enter your giveaway 😦 But really like the budget ideas, keep it up!


  3. I enjoy your posts! I would love to see more of the OOTDs and also facial product reviews.

    I am following you on Instagram (gmathew1220) and Pinterest (gmat77).


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