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Three amazing last minute beauty and grooming gifts

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With Christmas just a handful of days away, The Makeup Examiner found herself scrambling to finish her own holiday shopping list. Now that it’s done, TME thought she’d share a few of her best last-minute gift finds, and you won’t believe how easy these are to acquire … right down to Christmas Eve!

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For the beauty box lover, or actually anyone on your list, you can head over to Birchbox and in less them 5 minutes, print out a gift box subscription or gift certificate (even on Christmas Eve!). Birchbox subscriptions come in increments of 3, 6, and 12-months. Birchbox subscriptions are so easy to gift, instructions can be explained in four steps:

1. Log onto Birchbox
2. Select men’s or women’s, and the subscription length
3. Pay for your gift
4. Print out the PDF gift certificate

It's as easy as that! Oh, and if you’re purchasing a 1-year women's gift subscription, enter the code cynthiarowleybeauty to receive a free Cynthia Rowley eyeliner ($18 value) for yourself!

Next up is Clarins “The Essentials” Eye Palette for the eco-conscious beautynista. From day to night, The Essentials Eye Palette has 10 mineral eye shadows in beige, taupe and brown shades to create eye-catching looks this holiday season. 93% of the raw materials used in the mineral and plant-based formulas are of natural origin, carefully selected according to Clarins eco-responsible guidelines aimed at reducing the brand’s environmental footprint.

The palette also includes a double-ended brush made of birch wood from sustainable forests, recycled aluminum and cruelty-free natural pony hair. As a part of a reforestation project with the PurProject organization, Clarins will also be planting 10,000 trees known for their medical and cosmetic properties in an effort to preserve the Kuntanawa culture. The Essentials Eye Palette ($45) available at Clarins.

Rounding out the last-minute gift ideas is The Makeup Examiner’s treasured find from Pinch Provisions. This Chicago-based mother-daughter company has the most amazingly brilliant beauty and grooming emergency kits! TME actually got one from Birchbox and was so blown away that she went directly to the brand’s site! Pinch Provision designs a beauty and grooming emergency kit for just about everyone on your list. Ranging from $13 - $26 Pinch Provision kits have a style for him, her, girls, the teacher, the bride … you name it! Can you tell that TME is obsessed?

The Minimergency Kit for Her ($15) includes 17 must-haves: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, safety pin, mending kit, Shemergency tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandage.

The Minimergency Kit for Him ($13) is the size of a deck of cards, comes in a aluminum flip-top box embossed with a mustache logo, and contains 13 must-have items for him that include: lip balm, dental floss, breath freshener, stain remover, mending kit, safety pin, extra buttons, shoe shine towelette, nail clipper, hand-sanitizing towelette, deodorant towelette, adhesive bandage, and pain reliever. Orders can be placed at Pinch Provisions by 9 am EST on Dec. 23 and will arrive overnight.

Happy Holidays! And remember lovelies -- Ugly is not a physical flaw, but is of one’s character … choose beautiful!

This author writes other columns. To view other topics from this author, visit the author’s page. ©2013 Yvonne P. Mazzulo, a.k.a., The Makeup Examiner. All rights reserved. Connect with Yvonne P. Mazzulo on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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