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Beauty in a box

When I was in high school, I faithfully set my alarm every a.m. for a ridiculously early awakening. My pre-dawn beauty routine was rigorous, requiring a full 2 1/2 hours to tease my bangs to unnatural heights and lightly apply makeup so it would pass undetected by my mother and the nuns.

As I've gotten older, I've learned that skimping on sleep isn't doing my skin (or my health) any favors. Since I now try to cram as much shut-eye as possible into my schedule, I've had to streamline my beauty routine. And nothing gets the job done like this mini kit from Bare Escentuals.

This beauty shortcut includes a glittery graphite eye shadow, a warm honey-pink lip gloss and the absolute best mascara on the market. It's all packaged in the cutest little silver bag that can do double duty as a change purse. Plus the price tag is perfect: on sale now at Sephora for $16.

Pick one up, then feel free to hit the snooze button. I promise that you'll still look like you've spent hours preening.

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Bare Minerals Crash Course, $16

Available at Sephora