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Pamper yourself with these Christmas crackers

Who needs a paper hat when you can have these treats instead, asks Katie Wright

Yule beauty: make-up fans love the gift sets
Yule beauty: make-up fans love the gift sets
The Body Shop Hand Cream Crackers, £25 for six
Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream Christmas Cracker, £5, Superdrug
Jo Malone Christmas Cracker, £32
Caudalie Vinosource Christmas Cracker, £10, Feel Unique
Winky Lux Surprise Cracker, £13
This Works The Big Bang Cracker, £13
Too Faced Christmas Cracker, £14, Cult Beauty
Liberty London Beauty Cracker with Hourglass and Essie, £18
YSL Beauty Holiday Cracker, £25

Along with Advent calendars and baubles, beauty treat-filled Christmas crackers have boomed in the last few years, with brands now offering everything from multi-packs of minis to huge luxury versions. And it's the most expensive ones that sell out first.

However, you don't have to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous cracker-shaped gift set - there are fantastic options at every price point.

Plus, you won't have to endure those groan-inducing jokes, flimsy paper hats and tacky toys that come inside regular crackers.

So whether you're looking for little treats for your Christmas dinner table, stocking fillers or a more substantial gift for a make-up maven, here are the best beauty crackers of 2018...

The Body Shop Hand Cream Crackers, £25 for six

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The Body Shop Hand Cream Crackers, £25 for six
 

What's inside: each cracker comes with a mini hand cream in a fruity or floral scent like mango, pink grapefruit or rose.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream Christmas Cracker, £5, Superdrug

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Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream Christmas Cracker, £5, Superdrug
 

What's inside: A travel-size pot of the much-loved Regenerist 3 Point Firming Anti-Ageing Cream Moisturiser.

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker, £32

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Jo Malone Christmas Cracker, £32
 

What's inside: Mini bottles of Red Roses Cologne and English Oak & Red Currant Body & Hand Wash; little pot of Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Creme.

Caudalie Vinosource Christmas Cracker, £10, Feel Unique

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Caudalie Vinosource Christmas Cracker, £10, Feel Unique
 

What's inside: A trio of mini skincare essentials - micellar water, serum and moisturiser - worth £20.50.

Winky Lux Surprise Cracker, £13

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Winky Lux Surprise Cracker, £13
 

What's inside: The surprise is that you don't know which of three full-size Winky Lux favourites this cracker contains - either Flower Balm, Glimmer Balm or Disco Gloss.

This Works The Big Bang Cracker, £13

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This Works The Big Bang Cracker, £13
 

What's inside: A miniature bottle of the cult hit Deep Sleep Pillow Spray along with a chic galactic print sleep mask.

Too Faced Christmas Cracker, £14, Cult Beauty

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Too Faced Christmas Cracker, £14, Cult Beauty
 

What's inside: A trial-size tube of the massively popular Better Than Sex mascara and a Melted Matte-tallic Lipstick in the chocolatey brown You Better Work shade.

Liberty London Beauty Cracker with Hourglass and Essie, £18

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Liberty London Beauty Cracker with Hourglass and Essie, £18
 

What's inside: Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings (a deep red), and Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Canvas, a dusty pink - both full-size products.

YSL Beauty Holiday Cracker, £25

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YSL Beauty Holiday Cracker, £25
 

What's inside: Mini versions of Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator, Rouge Pur Couture N°1 (a signature red), Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in classic black and Black Opium Eau de Parfum.

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