If they have read this thoroughly, you should have less problems with your teenagers' and tweenagers' understanding of how to deal with the alarming bombardment of the beauty world. Hart-Davis is a seasoned beauty journalist, not given to falling for hype, and she has turned her expertise to the task of answering her daughter Molly's questions about everything from toes to hair and back again. It's packed with practical advice, and reminded me of when we had time for the happy hours spent getting ready for parties with friends - face-packs, mutual manicures, too much scent - almost invariably more fun than the party itself. The pictures, of Molly and her friends, are refreshing and sweet. These are real girls with nice soft tummies and radiant, make-up free faces.
And this is NOT puritanical, the seductive pleasures of make-up are not avoided - something that appeals to most women of any age. As we are daily presented with images of teenage girls as either skeletally thin on a catwalk, or precociously covered in slap and dressed like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver, it is soothing to the maternal heart to have our own experience of our teens reinforced. Perfect Christmas present - I suggest you order it for all your daughters and god daughters, nieces and protegees, who fall in the age range 10 - 15.