We've come a long way since the days of the traditional Christmas crackers, with their retro jokes and plastic toys. Following in the beauty advent calendar's footsteps comes the beauty cracker, with a huge selection now available to cater to every need - from make-up, skincare and body products to general grooming. And the same goes for beauty-inspired baubles and tree decorations, which not only look beautiful hanging from the tree, they also house a miniature beauty treat you can enjoy. HELLO! Online takes a look at some of the top best beauty crackers and baubles for Christmas 2017...
Elizabeth Arden has partnered with beauty e-shop Feel Unique to create a sumptuous Christmas cracker.The striking metallic and gold packaging includes three make-up essentials: the Grand Entrance Mascara, Sheer Tint Lip Oil in Heavenly Rose, and a mini Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Duluxe. It’s worth £47.50 individually, but retails at £25!
Elizabeth Arden Christmas Cracker, £25, FeelUnique
If you are after a fashionable, super-stylish offering, this make-up cracker from Marc Jacobs Beauty is the one for you. The animal-print design houses a mini gel eye crayon eyeliner, a liquid liner, and a full-size Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara. The eyes have it!
The Night Owl Holiday Cracker, £24, Marc Jacobs
If you love the cult Eve Lom Gel Balm cleanser, you will totally covert this golden pyramid shaped decoration, which comes with a miniature pot of the super-powerful cleanser, and a muslin cloth. It's a great introduction to the brand if you have never tried it before, and it would look incredibly stylish on your tree!
Eve Lom Cleanser Bauble £19, Skin Store
This transparent bauble is totally adorable. Anything slightly miniature and kitsch gets our vote, and this little gem includes the world famous Beauty Blender - considered the ultimate make-up sponge. And it even comes with a Blender Cleanser, which is an ingenious little bar of soap to keep your blender fresh and hygienic.
Beauty Blender Midas Touch Bauble, £18, Debenhams
A total blue beauty, this delightful cracker from luxury skin experts Elemis is an eye-catching surprise, which contains a travel size Pro Cleansing Balm, an accompanying cleansing cloth, and a 15-minute Pro-Collagen Treatment. A great gift for someone who loves a speedy pamper session.
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Cracker, £19, Elemis
The Bold & Bright cracker by Jo Malone is a delightful dinner party accessory. We love the bold red and blue packaging, teamed with the statement bows, and the cracker is filled with three adorable mini products: a Blackberry & Bay Cologne, a Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash and a English Pear & Freesia Body Crème.
Bold & Bright, £34 Jo Malone London
This cracker not only contains a Yule Tide favourite, Frankincense Bath and Massage oil , but it retails for just £6.99 - perfect if you're looking for a festive and fragrant treat on a budget. Add a few capsules of the oil to your bath for soft supple skin, and an oriental aroma.
Hydrated skin is imperative during the winter, and this Cicaplast Christmas Cracker Gift Set by La Roche-Posay houses two Cicaplast balms - one for the hands, and one for the lips - to help soothe and repair the skin. The cracker is just £12, so a great budget price, and is a great present for fans of the first-rate French brand.
Cicaplast Hands & Lips Cracker, £12 La Roche-Posay
This decoration will give you total shower power! The Sanctuary Shower Delight is a rose gold prism which opens to reveal a plethora of travel-sized products to make shower time the most pleasant of experiences! It includes a body wash, body scrub, and Wet Skin Moisture Miracle Cream, in the signature citrus Sanctuary scent, as well as a body puff to complete the set.
Sanctuary Shower Delight, £8.50, Boots
We all love gorgeous and glossy hair, especially at Christmas! Thanks to ghd, it's easy to banish those split ends, with their advanced split end therapy treatment. This luxurious wonder treatment works instantly to seal those pesky ends; leaving hair feeling sleek, smooth and super shiny. All packaged in this gorgeous purple bauble, which would perfect hanging on your tree.
We love these bold and bright crackers from L'Occitane! Not only are they so vibrant and fun, they contain some adorable travel mini products that are perfect for popping in your hand luggage when you take a trip. We especially love the Pleasure and Fragrance Cracker- as it includes three delightful products from the Cherry Blossom range.