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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!


    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
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    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 21st Apr 17, 8:07 PM
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    Thank you for the Elemis link!

    No UU to report over the last couple of days but I don't think there's much left in my shampoo at the very least so hopefully be reporting that soon.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 (21/142 UU, 11 INs)
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 21st Apr 17, 8:19 PM
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    UU of Burt Bees Lip Balm mango, plenty more in the stash
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Apr 17, 8:35 AM
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    Now completely UU had to UU every last crumb it was 50/50 from UD Naked on the Run palette this one has been almost gone for ages. That's 4 shadows UU this year now.

    Also thrown out an OPI mini in A Rose by Dawn...broke by noon. Loved it but it stopped applying properly so in the bin it went. May try and repurchase in full size once I've reduced my collection.

    Also finished a foundation at the weekend, stash is going down
    Originally posted by SuiDreams
    Well done on UU the eyeshadow. Emma has lent me her ABH Modern Renaissance palette and the colours are pretty amazing. I may have to get this when I visit the US.

    I've never owned A Rose At Dawn. Not sure if it's not discontinued. I had some INs yesterday. wandered into Superdrug yesterday and bought an Eyebrow pencil for Emma and 2 Sally Hansen nail colours. Got Pink Tank which reminds me of a fave OPI colour from years ago called Party in my Cabana and another SH colour called Can't Beet Royalty (I think) which looked like good dupe for OPI Mrs O'Leary's BBQ. Am wearing Pink Tank.

    Also picked up 2 x Batiste yesterday as Emma UUed mine. Got the Ravishing one as it was reduced to £1.50.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 22nd Apr 17, 9:24 AM
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    And - I swear by my body brush, I have an Elemis one which is made from cactus, it takes some time to build up a tolerance to the feel I think. I use mine once a day and then massage in body cream after my shower and I don't have any dry skin and not a bit of cellulite.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 22nd Apr 17, 9:39 AM
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    My cellulite was established when I started body brushing - back in the 90s I think - but it improved no end with the routine.

    Somebody at Amazon likes me - a Burt's Bees gift set and 2 lip balms offered to me. Including the limited edition coconut and pear, hooray. Plus a Ginger Spice, more of a winter flavour but what the heck, I will definitely still have it come December.
    I noticed that my Carmex soft tube of cherry lip balm has about a third left, finally I might actually manage to use one up. Always assuming I don't lose it somewhere in the interim!
    I still have 2/3rds of a pot of the cherry and 4/5ths of a pot of the Original Carmex left. I prefer the cherry as it has SPF, plus I also prefer the flavour.
    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.
    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 22nd Apr 17, 3:50 PM
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    Few more UU/TA plus some IN!!

    UU8 - bleach London silver shampoo 250ml. WPBA, going to try a L'Or!al one though next.

    UU9 - mini benefit they're real mascara WBA

    UU10 - benefit gimme brow. Probably wouldn't buy this, this was a freebie and I'm throwing it out as I got another one free today when I had my brows done. I do like this product but probably not enough to purchase it.

    Now for the IN -

    IN2 - Charlotte tilbury golden goddess eyeshadow palette. No excuse for this or the other purchases below. Did not need this but couldn't resist as had a £10 voucher for house of Fraser.

    IN3 - mini gimme brow. Freebie as mentioned above.

    The next 3 INs I bought via a blog sale -

    IN4 - mini jouer lip cream in terra
    IN5 - Charlotte tilbury vintage vamp eyeshadow palette
    IN6 - by terry sun designer palette in light and tan vibes

    Excited to try these all out. Am sorting my make up stash this afternoon so there will probably be some more outs later on.
    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 22nd Apr 17, 5:23 PM
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    Clear out complete! Won't list every item, they are all some form of make up.

    9 things to be TA (gone off, broken or nearly used up) and 29 things to hopefully sell at a car boot sale. Will count them as out as either way they won't be returning to my stash. 48 outs for April so far. Shockingly I still have a huge make up stash!
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 22nd Apr 17, 10:35 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Few ins from today:
    Primark lavender body scrub (thought might be worth a go!)
    Lush wash behind your ears shower gel
    Lush Sakura bath bomb

    Re: black peel off masks, I have one I use occasionally but I'm not sure it makes much difference. I have been getting clogged pores I think due to a shower gel so switching to a lush one for a bit to see if it helps. The main thing I find does help my congested and dehydrated skin is a good oil or balm cleanser, that's quite natural. The body shop might be a place to start.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 22nd Apr 17, 11:02 PM
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    UU a Steam Cream, onto last one now so will need to reorder soon
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 22nd Apr 17, 11:08 PM
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    Stash reorganised for easier use. However, one gym bag stuffed with LE and L'Occ, one backback full of shower products and body butters, one box and bag full of facial care, two bathroom cabinet, a stacker unit and a shelf sull of everything else are still possibly too much.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 23rd Apr 17, 7:14 AM
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    OK ladies, it's early and I'm bored! Have watched some YouTube panning roulette videos and thought it sounded like fun so have decided to incorporate it into my Finish 5 by Summer for this challenge. So:-

    One of your most expensive items
    Something you are loving right now
    Something you regret buying
    Matte product
    Tarte item

    So in that order I've chosen:-

    ABC Tea Tree Skinwash - I really found it hard thinking of anything to use for this category. For me, the most expensive things I buy are my skincare but I don't buy that at RRP anymore. I think my most expensive make up item is my Bobby Brown Shimmerbrick but I can only get away with wearing that in the Summer so I've gone with this body wash as it's expensive for what it is. Am getting low and will probably buy the TSV next week to replenish.

    Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper. I seriously do not want this product to end.

    I found this category hard too because I try to consider everything I buy now however am putting in the Body Shop perfume I put in my Finish 5 Challenge. Have been using as room spray but it doesn't seem to be going down. Will put it in my bag to wear every day as well.

    UD OC Blush. Have hit pan on this and will now need to use it as an eyeshadow as can't get Tge product onto a blush brush.

    Foundation. Was getting low on this before my hols and the tube is getting to the point where it needs to be cut open.

    From my current PPList I think I'll UU this week:-

    Elemis PCMC - Tube cut open
    OPI Original Nail Envy - have to tip bottle with every application to get product on brush
    No 7 face wipes. Even though I've finished a pack I'm almost through another. Emma has been using them too though. I see they are on 3for2 again so willl replenish on Wednesday when I get paid.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 23rd Apr 17, 9:58 AM
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    I have some uu

    Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment 15ml - WMBA.

    Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Souffle - lovely but would only buy at half price.

    Rituals White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Foaming Shower Sensation 50ml - smells gorgeous but quite runny and hard to dispense so WNBA.

    Nails Inc Top Coat - has some still in the bottle but I am ruining my polish when I apply as I can't get enough on the brush.

    Re painted my nails last night with Maybelline Purple Storm.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 23rd Apr 17, 11:52 AM
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    Hi everyone! Not keeping up with the thread very well this month but have a couple of UUs
    6. Lush Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar WDBA One of my favourites, let's hope they don't attempt to discontinue it again! More in the stash anyway.
    7. Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub WPNBA. I really like the smell and the amount of 'scrub' but this was one of the solid scrubs and it basically disintegrated even though I was really careful so it only did one bath!
    Well done on the clearout KT2802 - I've just started another run of decluttering the makeup. Only done palettes so far so will post TA/GA once I've done the lot. I found that I have too much choice and end up using the same things all the time rather than getting a bit of use out of everything. I do go through my collection regularly but I am being much more thorough this time and comparing things so I don't have too much that's really similar. It's so time-consuming though!

    Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • Massa1982
    • By Massa1982 23rd Apr 17, 11:58 AM
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    Superdrug pro vit E Classic shampoo 400ml (Feb)
    Superdrug Exfoliating face mask (Jan)
    Bar of plain baby soap (Mar)
    Nivea Crème 50ml (Mar)
    Nivea Q10 face cream(Mar)
    Lush Avobath bath bomb (Mar)
    Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Showergel (Mar)
    Superdrug Lime & ginger Showergel
    B&H 130ml rose & ylang ylang & Patchouli body lotion

    Quick update for me, the shampoo is finally done and boy is my hair happy about the change back, working through the remaining LHJs Hope everyone is getting on ok.

    I like the idea of Valms five by summer may have a think and change it up a bit on Mays PP list to help me enjoy and also use up unloved stuff.
    Desperately Determined to Destroy the Debts one at a time.. and Seriously Save for the Spectacular future.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 23rd Apr 17, 12:38 PM
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    My Burt's Bees gift set and Ginger Spice lip balm arrived already as NBI's. Still enroute is the Burt's Bees Coconut and Pear balm, although there was also one in the gift set. Given how long it has taken me to use an inch of the current Coconut and Pear I may well have lip balm for the next decade.
    Good job I ignore best before dates.
    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.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 23rd Apr 17, 1:19 PM
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    Dior – Capture Totale Le Serum – 1.5ml. Lovely treat but WNBA due to price.
    Nivea deodorant - Invisible 150ml - Second of 2 bought for 88p on clearance. Don't love the heavy scent, but most of the invisible ones do have a heavy scent. I do wonder if most deo's are just invisible these days anyway and I can buy a fresh fragranced one and not worry about marks..
    Didn't make a dent in my travel sized products when I went away for the night :-(

    Wunderbrow in Black/Brown. I have finally succumbed to the constant promos! Read reviews and many people said the brush it comes with is too big so I bought a boots eyeliner brush. I hope the shade is right, I have very fair skin and dark brown hair. I'm going to watch a few YouTube tutorials! Has anyone used it before?

    Also bought an Ecotools Kabuki brush to use for my pressed powder foundation. Currently using Boots Velour Powder Puffs which aren't great.
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