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LOOK BANG TIDY; This year's beauty crackers are better than ever. KATIE WRIGHT takes a closer look.

Byline: KATIE WRIGHT

CHRISTMAS crackers have come a long way, haven't they? Gone are the days when paper hats and miniature screwdriver sets would suffice, now it's all about beautiful cracker-shaped boxes that house minis of the make-up and skincare variety.

They may not actually go 'bang', but lay these gorgeous creations on your Christmas table and they're sure to elicit oohs and aahs from guests, as they discover the treats inside.

From budget to blowout, here's our pick of the most banging beauty crackers 2017 has to offer...

MERRY & BRIGHT CRACKER, PS29 each, sarahchapman.net BRINGING together the ultra-effective Overnight Facial Serum with the uber-moisturising Intense Hydrating Booster, Sarah Chapman's shiny silver Merry & Bright Cracker will delight skincare obsessives.

2 3 4 DISTINGUISHED TREATS CRACKER PS20 each, Molton Brown MOLTON Brown's forest green cracker is described as 'for him', but we think it's suitable for ladies or gents, seeing as the shower gels inside are unisex scents, like Tobacco Absolute and Black Peppercorn.

CRAZY COLOURFUL CRACKER PS34 each, Jo Malone THE mack daddy of beauty crackers, the sizeable Jo Malone cracker comes with three luxury mini treats - Blackberry & Bay Cologne, Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash and English Pear & Freesia Body Creme. It's a fragrant festive delight.

BULLDOG ORIGINAL MOISTURISER CRACKER PS6 each, Boots WE'RE not saying a man shouldn't indulge in a popcorn-scented body lotion, but beauty crackers do tend to be skewed towards ladies' desires. Bulldog's manly crackers house Original Moisturiser winning grooming brand.

6 7 5 FESTIVE FRANGIPANI CRACKER PS15 each, Elemis GIVE the festive season a floral feel with the Elemis Frangipani cracker, which comes with a generously-sized shower cream and body oil, both scented with the divine tropical aroma.

NUXE SKINCARE CRACKER PS10 each, escentual.com ANOTHER delectable trio of beauty treats from a beloved French brand, this year's Nuxe cracker offers travel-sized cleansing water, moisturiser and celeb favourite, the shimmering Golden Dry Oil. Simply divine. Very tasteful packaging too.

MAKE UP FOREVER SMOKY LASH CRACKER PS11.70, currently reduced from PS13 each, Debenhams DEFINITELY one for the make-up mavens, this lip-printed cracker contains a full-size Smoky Lash Mascara from the brand that make-up artists love, plus a cute, red patent purse.

8 9 10 CAUDALIE VINOSOURCE CRACKER PS9.50 each, escentual.com WITHIN each chic berry-coloured box from French skincare specialists Caudalie, you'll discover a mini moisturiser, serum and micellar water, perfect for popping in your carry-on bag next time you're jetting off to Paris for the weekend, naturally.

PERFECT TWIST BLUR IT CRACKER PS15 each, erborian.com/House of Fraser GIVE your Christmas guests the gift of flawless skin with the Blur It cracker from Erborian, which holds a brilliant brightening BB Cream and a very useful blurring Pink Perfect Cream from the extremely trendy French-Korean company.

JOYFUL TREATS CRACKER PS20 each, espaskincare.com IN a chic dove grey colour scheme with pine-tree green ribbons, Espa's Joyful Treats Cracker is definitely one for the minimalists - and the tube of Nourishing Hand Cream and Lip Treatment inside are equally chic.

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