Friday, 4 December 2015

The Best Beauty Crackers

There is one particular beauty product that didn't feature at all in any of my gift guides - beauty Christmas crackers! They are everywhere at the moment, with more and more brands jumping on the cracker bandwagon as their popularity has increased over the years. I think they are a great little stocking filler, or as a table decoration at a girly pre-Christmas get together. As they seem to be so popular, I thought they deserved a gift guide of their own - so here are my top picks.

Single Crackers

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Cracker £20.00 One of the pricier options in my guide, but I think worth it for the size of the products that you get. This contains a 40ml hand cream, 50ml body wash and 50ml body lotion, all in the pink pepperpod scent.

Yankee Candle Five Votive Cracker £9.99 I guess technically this doesn't count as a beauty cracker, but everyone loves candles right?! This comes with five different festive scents - Cinnamon Stick, Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Garland, Christmas Eve & Christmas Cookie. There's also a three votive set available for £6.99.

The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Cracker £5.00 These are sold out online but I'm sure they are still available in some stores. This comes in with a strawberry hand cream and mini soap. If you're not a fan of the strawberry scent, there's also a shea cracker available.

Nails Inc Festive Cracker £19.00 This is probably my favourite of the single festive crackers. The three nail polish colours in this set are gorgeous and fit in nicely with the festive theme without being too traditionally Christmassy. And it's always nice to add a bit of sparkle to your nails at Christmas time!

Boots No7 Glamour Cracker £8.00 This little cracker would be great for anyone who is really into their eye makeup, as it contains minis of their Intense Volume Mascara and Stay Perfect Amazing Eye Pencil, both in black.

St Tropez Instant Party Cracker £5.00 St Tropez have two mini crackers out this year, this one being the cheapest and actually containing my favourite product of the two - bonus! Inside you get a rather decent sized minature of their Instant Tan Lotion, perfect for those that love an all year round glow.

Soap & Glory Kissmas Cracker £6.00 Soap & Glory always seem to have some of the best beauty gift sets around at Christmas, and they're always so affordable too. This one is another good buy, and comes with a mini Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Rose & Shine, a really nice nude-pink shade that is going to suit a lot of people.

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker £32.00 Now this one is pretty pricey, but it is the ultimate in luxury when it comes to beauty crackers! Jo Malone is one of those brands that I see as being a real treat, so perfect for a Christmas gift for someone special. This cracker contains a 15ml Peony & Blush Suede Body Creme, 15ml Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash and 9ml Blackberry & Bay Cologne.

Cracker Sets

Nails Inc Festive Cracker Kit £42.00 for 6 Nails Inc are absolutely smashing it with their festive range I think! The set comes with a variety of different shades, less festive than the single cracker but still fun, as well as their Nailkale. This set would be perfect for a table decoration, or as a more fun gift for a nail polish addict.

Clarins Christmas Crackers £49.00 for 6 Like the Jo Malone cracker, this set is going to be more for those who want some real luxury from their Christmas cracker. Clarins is a really good option for a table decoration if your guests are all fans of beauty, as it's a brand that everyone loves but can't always afford to splurge on. The set contains minis of their Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, Rouge Eclat Lipstick, Wonder Perfect Mascara, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, Beauty Flash Balm and Eau des Jardins Treatment Fragrance.

Ted Baker Polish & Sparkle Crackers £24.00 for 3 Not the best ones to go for if there's going to be a large group of people at the table, as there's only three in the set, but I think it would be a great idea to split the set up and give one cracker each to friends as a small Christmas gift. There are still pretty good value though, as you get two products in each this time. Each cracker contains a different nail polish and miniature fragrance. 

Soap & Glory Soaprise Crackers £16.00 for 6 This cracker set contains six different body washes from the various Soap & Glory scent ranges, so it's a really useful little set. It would be an ideal one to go for if you're not sure all of your guests are that into beauty - everyone uses body wash right?! I'm actually considering getting this set for my get together with my friends - handy that there will be six of us there!

Will you be buying any beauty crackers this year?

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