I didn't do a roundup post last week as I took a little break over the holiday weekend. My friend CharlestonGirl came to town and we had a great time shopping and repulsing each other with our complete opposite taste in fragrance. If you haven't read her recap on Best Things In Beauty, you really should.
More from my friend's blog: A gorgeous Claudio Riaz highlighter. It was hard to resist getting one, too, but I went with a couple of other Riaz items. Details soon.
On Ars Aromatica: Dain takes the mystery out of good manicures and recommends several staple products. She will also convince you that you dearly need a Caron powder.
Cafe Makeup has some excellent swatches of Chanel foundations. They're so good I think I find my shade (of course, I need a new foundation as much as I need a new cat. Oh, wait...)
Sabrina's swatches on The Beauty Lookbook almost make me consider Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet; yet I never do matte lips.
Modesty Brown shares her brush collection. Oh, yeah!
On Birkin Bag Beauty: Some of the best basic French skincare.
Bloomin' Beauty features the spring set from Ellis Faas.
British Beauty Blogger has a serious rant about scam bloggers. These things make me want to pull my hair out with frustration. The idea that some brands and PR firms don't distinguish between people like that and real bloggers is mind-boggling.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Antigone on Everyday Beauty.
Jane from Daly Beauty and I share the love for Nuxe Dry Oil. I'm on my eleventy seventh bottle.
Shannon reviews an Armani foundation on Lipstick Musings.
Vintage fiends will love this post by Lisa Eldridge.
For more reasons to covet Suqqu makeup see Messy Wands.
Musing On Beauty is not impressed with Le Metier de Beaute.
Jessica from Tinsel Creation takes on a legend.
Other fun stuff:
The diaries of Queen Victoria are now online. I may never come up for air.
More royal stuff: I'm probably the only one who finds Prince Charles kind of endearing, I know. But his reaction to watching footage from his childhood is incredibly cute, and that photo of him, Princess Anne and the corgi is priceless.
The State o'the Interwebs. A long but fascinating presentation.
Photo of the Queen visiting Prince Charles' school during the summer of 1957 from the British Monrachy's Flickr collection.