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Close Up Madison Ave

Don’t let the petite purse-sized Fiona Dome fool you — she can pack a full face! I use this bag for days I need to carry everything and sometimes just to carry around 10 lipsticks (life of a beauty girl). Right now, I’ve got the sleek and sparkly Madison Ave pattern filled with my favorite complexion brightening beauty products.  With the colder air creeping in, Jouer’s Anti-Aging Moisture Primer is always a first step before I buff on Kjaer Weis Foundation. It’s like a drink of water for the face! For any dark spots or redness, I tap on MAC Matchmaster Concealer which adapts precisely to your skin tone. A sweep of Bobbi Brown mauvey ‘Telluride’ bronzer on cheeks and La Bella Figura Lisette La Coquette lip tint gives me some much needed color.  I have blue eyes and the rosy brown NARS Dolomites eyeshadow duo makes them pop. A swipe of Benefit They’re Real eyeliner and few coats of L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara and I’m ready to take on the day.

Madison Ave

About Laurie:

Laurie Leopold is the founder of, a guide to Chicago by way of beauty. Laurie is also the Chicago Beauty Editor for PrettyQuick and a contributor at Clementine Daily. She’s been featured in Refinery29, The Glitter Guide and appeared on Fox 32 Chicago. In addition to sharing her passion for beauty online, Laurie works for Chicago’s Olson Engage, where she specializes in corporate affairs and developing strategic brand initiatives.

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I’ve been a Stephanie Johnson devotee for years now so no wonder her bags are all I use in my admittedly large, on-the-go makeup stash. Currently, I am loving the new Galapagos Teal Mini Pouch and the Santiago Fiona Dome Cosmetic.

I prefer to keep my skin care separate from my color cosmetics. So my makeup goes in the Mini Pouch and the Fiona stores my skin care touch-up tools. Here is what I keep on hand:

Inside my Santiago Fiona:

I am a big believer that skin care leads to great skin. And, as a result, less makeup is needed. So I keep a couple staples in my purse.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre – This French pharmacy staple keeps my winter skin supple and radiant despite the dryness in the air.

Klorane Soothing Make-Up Remover Wipes with Cornflower Water – I can clean up any eye makeup drifts that might have happened during the day without any irritation. And being sans-liquid makes these super travel friendly.

Avene Eau Thermale – My skin tends to get really red. So I use this to calm my skin. Plus it makes a full face of makeup look very natural.

Rohto Eye Drops – These sting a bit, but after a late night there is no better way to fake clear and bright eyes.


Inside my Galapagos Teal Mini Pouch:

Lancôme EFFACERNES Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer – Thanks to my friend from Dallas, this has been my go-to under eye concealer because it doesn’t budge. It is also perfect for big events when you can’t be bothered with touch-ups.

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator – See the Avene spray above, but you can tell I prefer a luminous and fresh look. This special edition illuminator works on my paler, winter skin perfectly for a lit-within look.

Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner – Eyeliner is my “desert island” product because my larger eyes need the definition. This liquid is easy to use even in the car and lasts all day.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Julie – The newest lipstick formula from NARS is moisturizing AND long-lasting – something no one has managed to do well until now. Julie is sweet and youthful. Plus, it is so easy to wear as a soft and pale nude/pink.

About Lindsay:

Lindsay Rogers founded Belle Belle Beauty as an evaluative and informative review and discussion of products and style trends in 2010. The result is valued content creation and critique in the fashion and beauty genre. Along with skin care, Lindsay’s passions include travel, finance, her two sweet Maltese puppies and Stanford University Football.



By guest blogger Jessica Graves of The Love List

1. The unbelievable amount of comments I get on this makeup bag alone has made it worth the purchase price.  Every time it ends up in a tweet or Instagram, I have tons of people ask me about it.  The print is killer, but what I love most is the size.  It’s just big enough that I don’t have to cram in all my necessities when traveling – there’s room enough for everything, so I don’t have to sacrifice any important items.  Here’s what I normally tote around in there. . .

2. Sephora Brand Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner Crayon I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and that sticky Southern heat can melt the makeup right off your face in the summer.  I love this little magic stick – it smudges when I want it to, and then stays in place all day.

3. Essie “E-nuf is E-nuf” Nail Polish I have manicure ADD, but this punchy shade of coral red is a year-round favorite. It’s my default when a trendier shade just isn’t doing it for me.

4. Mason Pearson Comb I’ve had this comb for years, and it looks as good as the day I bought it.  I use it to comb conditioner through my hair in the shower or freshen up a dry blowout.  The investment in a Mason Pearson item is well worth it.

5. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion If I could buy this in a gallon jug, I probably would.  It’s my “desert island” beauty item – no lotion works better or lasts longer, and I love that it doesn’t have any sort of fruity smell.

6. NARS Lip Glosses (pictured L-R in Place Vendome, Wonder, and Coeur Sucre) They’re easy to apply and look great on my olive skin – I have a darker complexion in the summer because I tan easily, and the vivid shades keep my lips from fading into my face!

7. Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte Normally, Chanel’s scents are a little mature for my taste, and I feel like everybody in college wore Chance, so I didn’t even shop the Chanel counter until I went to a little fete the company threw in Palm Beach.  This perfume was in the gift bag, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.  It’s so fresh and bright!

8. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude I don’t do foundation or any kind of heavy makeup.  Somehow, this miraculous moisturizer has just enough tint to it to hide any little sins in your complexion while letting your real skin shine through.  I’ve since gifted it to my sister and my Mom, and they’re hooked too.  Even better?  SPF 20!

9. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 No fuss, no scent, no color, no gunk, just moisture.  My house is littered with tubes of this stuff; I keep it in every desk drawer and purse pocket I have.

10. Bosica Luminizing Black Mask This stuff is total voodoo.  I have no idea what’s in it or why it works so well, but it’s like conducting a really fun science experiment on your face.  It peels off in one big piece once it dries and takes all the icky stuff on your skin with it – just keep it away from your eyebrows!

11. NARS blush in Mata Hari It looks super bright in the compact, but I promise, it gives you the perfect note of pinky flush to your cheeks.  It’s the only blush I ever wear anymore!

12. YSL Volume Effect Mascara in Noir I think full-size tubes of mascara dry out way too fast for their price, so I always scoop up samples when I can.  This is what I currently have cracked open, and I’m digging it.

13. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage For those mornings when I was hooting with the night owls, a little touch of this under the eyes, and nobody ever has to know how many gin cocktails I downed the night before 😉


Jess Graves, a Ft. Worth, Texas, native spent the brunt of her childhood under the Spanish moss eating oysters on the state line of South Georgia and North Florida.  After visiting family there her whole life, she relocated to the island of Palm Beach, Florida as a young adult and traded shady oaks and camellias for palm leaves and hibiscus.  After a good long stretch of beach time, she now spends most of her time nestled back home in the South in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.  She has been in freelance creative services specializing in branding and social media since 2007, working with retailers, designers, and creative brands large and small.  She has been blogging for over six years and in self-publishing even longer  – she even takes on the occasional freelance writing gig.  Jess likes live music, cooking with friends, and painting her nails insane colors.  She does not like mosquitoes or phony baloneys.


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