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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Mar 17, 12:20 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2017
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    • 31st Mar 17, 12:20 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2017 31st Mar 17 at 12:20 PM
    Here we go again for another month. As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to sstevo19 for starting us off last month.

    Welcome all newbies and regulars to this very friendly and chatty thread where we give lots of lovely tips on how to use up your stash and lots of support and encouragement if you need them.

    Keep up the pampering and keep down the spending: let’s make the naughty step an empty and lonely place this month (rather than one so long that it can be seen from space)! Will this be the month when the "usual suspects" rein it in a bit? Let's see..... (but I doubt it!)

    Remember - those products do nothing for you while they are stashed in drawers, boxes and cupboards!

    We are eternally grateful to Katie Clampet who set up this fab challenge in January 2010. Here's her original challenge post:

    "No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, perfume etc... until I have used up ALL the ones I already have. I got a huge amount of (really nice) stuff for Christmas but I am going to resist the urge to browse Boots, Asda, Superdrug etc, and pop another tub of cream, face scrub, shampoo or conditioner into my basket. I reckon the stuff I have will last me until possibly June. I have decided that the money I save I will put into my special holiday account. Anyone else?"

    Lots of us have taken part in the challenge over the past few months (and some of us even years!!) and are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

    Regulars ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies:

    Why not add the challenge to your signature as a reminder?

    How about taking a bit of time to do a stock-take and see if there are any gaps in your stash that you might need to spend on this month? Some of us set a budget for the month for essential purchases or to help with withdrawal symptoms, others like to go cold-turkey!! Other ideas which some people find useful: Listing everything out so you can cross things off as used to increase the sense of achievement, and putting a sum of money in a pot each time you use up an item to save for something you really want, or simply to assist in making future essential purchases "cash neutral".

    Remember the challenge is about making the most of your money, enjoying your products, finding which products really suit you best and are worth buying, giving yourself a well-deserved pampering and breaking the habit of buying for the sake of buying. In money-saving tradition, it should also be about making your products l-a-s-t as long as possible (although the temptation of using an unloved shower gel extravagantly to finish it off is sometimes too much to bear!).

    Brand new products (or opened perfume) sell well on eBay.

    Unsuitable products can be repurposed and used for other jobs (shower gel/shampoo as handwash etc).

    Some items can be returned to certain stores for exchange (for essential items or gifts!!) without a receipt.

    Unwanted items can be recycled as gifts or for gift hampers (saving the money you'd have spent on gifts).

    Unsuitable items can be donated to charity or a local women's refuge as mentioned earlier

    It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots, Body Shop, email newsletter, the supermarket toiletries aisles, Grabbit board, online toiletries browsing, seductive department store beauty counter offers etc. Remember retailers are making offers and promotions all the time, so there will always be another deal! Honest!

    Good luck all for March and indeed the coming months, and remember to keep your stash lists updated, keep popping in for inspiration and support and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy!

    Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly!

    Oh - and anyone thinking "OMG my stash is FAR bigger than all of theirs, I cant possibly join" - believe you me, we have been doing this challenge for well over a year some of us - you wont scare us, and I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere will have had more and survived.... we are very supportive (and protective - so don't be scared!!) oh - and did we mention that are nosy??!!


    Useful abbreviations and jargon!

    WBA - Will Buy Again
    UU - Use Ups
    IN - Self explanatory - stuff you've gained into your stash - warning: lines may be given out for unnecessary purchases or you may be sent to the naughty step!
    NBI - A non-bought item such as a present, gift with purchase or free sample
    WNBA - Will Not Buy Again!
    Glitch - when a shop/online store make a pricing mistake so you end up paying less or even get freebies!
    PYN(M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su) DELETE AS APPROPRIATE! - Paint Your Nails Monday/Tuesday...... it allows everyone to try and finish those dastardly nail varnishes with group support! You can never be too groomed for this thread. Also see PY(T)N... - for toenails!
    Splutterer - the stage where an item is nearing the end of it's life and spluttering - also the most annoying and seemingly never ending stage!
    GWP - Gift With Purchase - a sample or mini sized item
    HG - Holy Grail - this is the product you would go back for time and time again, it does the job brilliantly, and is either economical, or so fantastic price becomes no object!
    NPI - Near Purchasing Incident (OMG we all have those!)
    LHJ - Long Haul Job - for those products - love 'em or hate 'em - that never seem to end no matter how often you use them
    PRCP - Pink Rose Candle Philosophy inspired by Erma Bombeck who said: 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose that melted in storage'. Don't keep things 'for best' or 'for a special occasion'. That day never arrives. Give the best to yourself now and enjoy it. (Thanks to McCulloch29 for introducing this thought provoking sentiment to us)
    GA - for an out that was given away to charity, as a present, or "just because" rather than binned or UU
    TA - for an out that was thrown away due to going off (generally as it has been lurking at the back of a stash since time immemorial) or for any other reason such as a broken container or spillage
    PP - Project Pan: a list of specific items targeted to be used up

    If anyone can think of any more we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon!


    Graduates

    Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

    1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
    2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
    3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
    4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
    6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014


    Previous threads

    In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review, here are links to past challenge threads. Click on the date to take you straight to it:


    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
    February 2013
    March 2013
    April 2013
    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
    August 2013
    September 2013
    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
    April 2014
    May 2014
    June 2014
    July 2014
    August 2014
    September 2014
    October 2014
    November 2014
    December 2014
    January 2015
    February 2015
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    April 2015
    May 2015
    June 2015
    July 2015
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    September 2015
    October 2015
    November 2015
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    January 2016
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    May 2016
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    October 2016
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    January 2017
    February 2017
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    Last edited by bingbon; 31-03-2017 at 6:29 PM.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Apr 17, 8:45 AM
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    sunny - I had exactly the same problem with Herbal Essences dry shampoo, half way done and they stop working, I complained and got vouchers too.

    I have a little in

    Charcoal Konjac Sponge - from TK Maxx for £3.99, this is the best price I have seen and I have been wanting to try for a while.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 30th Apr 17, 10:00 AM
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    As I finished the mini Nail Envy I've pulled another category from my roulette which is Something you want to repurchase. For this I'm choosing my Kind Natured shampoo. There's half a bottle left so should go in a month.
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Apr 17, 11:24 AM
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    Here's my totals for the month:

    UUs - 13
    INs - 4
    TAs - 3
    OUTs - 1

    And I managed to finish all but one product on my PP list. Hopefully there will be some more UUs next month
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 30th Apr 17, 1:04 PM
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    This was my April PP list:

    Aldi Lacura Argan Oil hand cream

    Aldi Lacura Soy serum for mature skin

    L'Oreal Toner for mature skin.

    L'Oreal Revitalift serum 30 ml

    Aldi Argan Oil Shower Gel. 250ml

    The Revitalift serum is on the 'tip it up, as the dropper doesn't reach any more' stage and the hand cream is at the 'firing gobbets of cream across the room when squeezed' stage. It's a bit more than a splutter...

    TA of a Primark Coca Cola lip balm. This was years old and no longer tasted of Coca Cola. Binned. I don't need to buy lip balm again this decade and wouldn't buy this one, it's a bit juvenile for me now.
    Iirc it was an emergency purchase one dry-lipped winter's day on the way home from work.

    Will work out a May PP list and add it to the new thread.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 30th Apr 17, 1:36 PM
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    Uus for the last day of the month:

    Monuspa Ginger and Olive oil massage warming oil - sample from a beauty box. Very relaxing aroma but would not but it especially.

    Sleek SPF 30 Foundation - Very good colour match for darker skins but can look cakey after a few hours. WMBA.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 30th Apr 17, 6:36 PM
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    A few more UUs over the last couple of days to end the month:
    - Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel WDBA - favourite mask, have been though multiple tubes
    - Benefit California Kissin mini. WNBA (though got in a kit) Fine but I prefer tinted balms
    - Roques Oneil Therapie serum 30ml WDBA - best serum/facial oil I've used, love it, this was my second bottle. I've a few others to use first though.
    - 2 bottles John Frieda Sheer Blonde shampoo. Not sure which ones as I had decanted them into a 500ml pump bottle, but the whole range works for me.
    - Intuition razor. WDNB. Got in a beauty box. Hated it. Wore down unevenly, heavy and clumsy, got dirty very easily, just not pleasant.
    - Elemis Frangipani Monoi body oil 35ml size. WDBA - looooove this, best thing I've ever found to put on my skin. Shame it's so expensive

    So quite a few things off off the PP list for April...

    PP list for the month:
    - Tigi dumb blonde Conditioner (current bottle, not new)
    - Monu primer
    - Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
    - Clinique eye serum
    - Benefit lip gloss
    - Organic Surge face wash
    - Crabtree & Evelyn Shower gel
    - Elemis Papaya enzyme face mask
    - Organic Surge body cream

    And I'll join in with a summer challenge too - 5 by summer:
    - Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. Just want rid of this, but there’s nothing wrong with it, so I have to use it up :P
    - Erno Laszlo face cream
    - Kedma eye cream (using on d!colletage)
    - Ark face scrub
    - Soap and Glory Micellar water – has cucumber in it, which I hate (I can smell it), but I haven’t got much other makeup remover, so might as well use it.
    Originally posted by fixx
    The other items in the April challenge are spluttering, so I'll roll over into May, and hopefully they'll be done very soon.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 30th Apr 17, 7:33 PM
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    Hi

    Happy Bank Holiday to everyone.

    Here is my weekly update:-

    UU
    Santex Deodorant
    Superdrug B Micellar Solutions
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Cream
    Carmex Lip Balm

    In
    Sure Sensitive Deodorant x 2
    Asda Little Angel Bath Oil

    Total 94

    Heartbroken that Avon has discontinued their Avon Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil. They had been selling it over 40 years so now trying out alternative bath oil that is cheap.

    Before I forgot Superdrug are selling Sure Roll Deodorant for half price currently
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 30th Apr 17, 8:53 PM
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    Despite every shop having sales today and offers, i resisted and only bought some hair ties.

    I threw out an old bottle of bed head conditioner and shampoo as it seemed to split in to some water and goo mix. It worryingly made my hands feel like it was stinging so very relieved to let it go,
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 30th Apr 17, 9:00 PM
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    Thanks Fixx and Savingfortomorrow for the Estee Lauder Double Wear opinions. I'll use my samples and see how I go.

    My first PP list was a bit enthusiastic, especially as I only started it mid month!

    Vaseline – Advanced Repair body lotion – 400ml
    Sanex – hand cream - using every few days
    Soap & Glory – Pulp Friction body scrub – 250ml - using weekly, this may take a while
    St Tropez – In Shower Gradual Tan Medium – 200ml - using weekly
    Simple – Foaming Cleanser – 150ml
    Biore – Charcoal Pore Minimiser scrub – 92ml - using weekly
    Neutrogena – Spot Stress Control foaming face wash – 150ml - using weekly, this may take a while
    Toni&Guy – Reboost dry shampoo – 250ml
    John Frieda – Thickening Blow Dry lotion – 125ml
    Eucryl – Tooth Whitening powder – 50g- using weekly, this may take a while
    Vitabiotics – Perfectil Plus Hair supplements – Exp May 2017 - using twice weekly, too potent on my stomach
    Dior - Addict 2 and J'Ador perfumes – travel size – getting old. Using every few days, may take a while to finish

    Simple – Cream eye make up remover – 100ml - using weekly
    Boots Botanics – All Bright make up remover – 150ml - using daily
    No7 – Stay Perfect mascara – 7ml - haven't even tried yet
    Bourjois – Volume Glamour Ultra Curl mascara – 12ml - using on weekends only
    Benefit – Black They're Real Push Up Liner - haven't used in April yet
    Neutrogena CC cream light – 50ml - LHJ
    No7 – Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Oily Fair – 40ml - using on weekdays
    Rimmel - Stay Matt pressed powder 005 – 14g - need to buy new brush for it
    Revlon – Plumping lipgloss 01 -7ml – starting to separate - haven't used in April yet
    Max Factor – long lasting 120 red + balm – starting to dry - used once in April
    Max Factor – long lasting nude + balm – starting to dry - used several times

    INs - 8 (1 make up, 1 cleanser, 2 deodorants and 4 freebie mini/samples)
    UUs - 7
    OUTs - 3

    I'm happy with my progress though, as I have a schedule of how to use them up. I even resisted buying the new Aveeno yogurt range - I need Aveeno but I have always disliked the scent so I was so excited to see these - they do smell lovely.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 1st May 17, 12:18 AM
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    It's May! I took the liberty of starting The May Thread as there wasn't one yet.
    See you over there everybody - newbies and former lurkers especially welcome.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st May 17, 11:13 AM
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    Oh dear, I really haven't kept up - it's May!

    Some more INs, only for my hateful scalp.
    15. L’Oreal Phytoclear Soothing Shampoo - bought this to try. It's not bad, does stop the itching for the most part.
    16-17. 2 x Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Shampoo - after buying the above, chatted to my sister and she reminded me I used to buy this. I had thought it was discontinued as I couldn't get it for ages once they repackaged the whole Dercos range but it's back! It was a third off on Escentual so I got two. Just hope they haven't reformulated it when they repackaged it.

    Also UUs:
    12. Freedom Makeup Primer Water WMBA. I'm not big on primer but once I've used up my other one, I would possibly use the spray type again as it's much quicker.
    13. Ikea Purple candle WDBA. Really nice floral smell, cheap, burn well.
    14. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel sachet WMB. Think this could be good for summer. It's very light on the skin but still feels hydrating
    15. Primark Moroccan Rose Candle WBA but I don't think they make it anymore. Smells like Lush Rose Jam!

    So totals for April:
    IN 17
    UU 15
    GA 16

    Total at beginning of the month 435, now 421. Glad it's gone down, but aware that it's only because of the GAs this month. Must try harder!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 2nd May 17, 12:40 PM
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    Finished my Lush Sleepy Body Lotion on the last day in April.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 3rd May 17, 12:11 PM
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    Post 273 reported as spam. Wrong month anyway, lol.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 3rd May 17, 2:08 PM
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    Post 273 reported as spam. Wrong month anyway, lol.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    I have also reported it.
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