Kyle Cathie Ltd, £8.99

This is undoubtedly the book for any woman who has ever written down - and promptly lost - the results of a lip gloss test in a magazine or the best mascara as decided by Sunday newspaper. Or, as often happens, stood confused in front of a display of beauty products. Which range to choose? Is it worth spending extra money on a big brand or will the cheaper ones work just as well? All these questions come answered in Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey's incredibly useful 'The Handbag Beauty Bible'.

Looking good can be an expensive business, especially if you buy the wrong thing, but this book helps you to make the most of your money. To decide on the best of the best, the products - ranging from body oils and tweezers, through face masks, lip balms and hair wax - were tested by 240 panels of ten women.

Each section has Top (ie expensive) Treats, relatively reasonable Beauty Steals and there's also a daisy rating to indicate if natural ingredients are included. These days, fortunately, most of the ranges are readily available in Ireland but there's a directory at the back, with plenty of website details, for more difficult to find products. Well worth investing in.

Caroline Hennessy