A Sample Sale For Fragrance Fiends-------
If you managed to avoid the lure and the lines of Black Friday, you’re not in the clear just yet as far as holiday shopping temptation goes. Today is Cyber Monday, when online retailers hope to cash in with their own version of early-morning openings and in-store sales. To help you safely satisfy your beauty product lust in these trying economic times, allow us to direct your attention to www.beautyencounter.com (the name similarity to our own daily musings is purely coincidental). In addition to free shipping on its myriad makeup, skincare, and deluxe gift set offerings, the site, which relaunched last month, also sells perfume sample bottles at a fraction of their retail cost. A full, albeit unboxed, slightly scratched flacon of Thierry Mugler’s Angel thus rings in at a cool $35.90, rather than $68. And a tester bottle of Chanel’s Allure eau de parfum, in perfect working order, sans cap, is $85 rather than $110. They also offer miniature collectible fragrances, some of which are priced under $10, so you can live beyond your means while staying perfectly within your budget.