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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 28th Feb 17, 7:13 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017
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    • 28th Feb 17, 7:13 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017 28th Feb 17 at 7:13 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 bingbon 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 30th Mar 17, 8:19 PM
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    One UU:

    Lait creme concentrate. WBA. Good as a cleanser.

    5 INs:

    A goody bag from my local spa
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - (4/162 UU)
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £0/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 2/100%
    £2 savers club 2018 No.12 - £30 saved 5p Savers 2018 Club No.3 - £1.10 saved
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge No.12 - £10.21/£150 1p a day Challenge £62.51/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 0/£0
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 30th Mar 17, 8:51 PM
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    3 uu 1 in
    These have now bit the dust, no more likely tomorrow

    4 days of Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders set 7/26
    5ml S5 Replenishing oil for dry/scarred skin 8/27
    20ml Leighton Denny Best Defence hand cream 9/28

    100ml Caudalie Divine Oil 5/23
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 30th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
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    I love a goodie bag pinkfluffybabe what was in it?

    I'm debating treating my self to a facial one day if I get paid a decent amount next time.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 30th Mar 17, 10:39 PM
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    1 UU-Lancome visionnaire nuit 15 ml. This was I think from my boots luxury advent calendar. I like it and I'm debating whether to buy full size. I only have one night cream at the moment (Liz Earle) and it is not as moisturising as I hoped.

    I bought a Juicy Couture perfume set from TK Maxx, it was reduce to £16 and I like this scent.
    Afterwards, I went to Boots but didn't purchase anything.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 30th Mar 17, 10:39 PM
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    I love a goodie bag pinkfluffybabe what was in it?

    I'm debating treating my self to a facial one day if I get paid a decent amount next time.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    It was body wash, lotion, cleanser, moisturiser from the Ila brand and a bag of those pink Himalayan bath salts.

    I had a maasage and facial and both were excellent. Need to start using up my various masks to treat myself at home
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - (4/162 UU)
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £0/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 2/100%
    £2 savers club 2018 No.12 - £30 saved 5p Savers 2018 Club No.3 - £1.10 saved
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge No.12 - £10.21/£150 1p a day Challenge £62.51/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 0/£0
    • Zuzi
    • By Zuzi 31st Mar 17, 6:39 AM
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    Last day of March
    Oh where has this month gone!! Have been away in my other home for 10 days, and have moved some items between the two parts of the stash. Will update my lists for April. Here's an update to my Feb PP list:

    1. Olay Total Effects moisturiser + serum (carried over from February)
    2. Superdrug vitamin E leave-on moisture mask - don't like it on the face so using it on legs
    3. Indeed labs Retinol Reface
    4. TBS moringa body butter mini
    5. Estee Lauder Perfectionist serum mini
    6. Simple KTS cleansing wipes
    7. Burt's Bees deep cleansing cream
    8. Nivea powder touch antiperspirant
    9. Sure antiperspirant
    10. Garnier Ultimate Blends oat shampoo

    I would buy the Olay moisturiser again as I love seeing through the transparent dispenser how much is left... got other two Olay moisturisers lined up next but they are more expensive and the tubs are not see through, however when I hold them against light (or hold a torch to the bottom!) it kind of shows how much is still left...

    I would NOT buy the Burt's Bees cleanser again as I couldn't stand the smell and texture in the end and actually threw it away with a bit still left in. Also, the Superdrug cream/mask worked well on my legs but that's it.

    I hope everyone feeling down for some reason will feel better in April! I must say my current (relatively good) mood does not encourage buying, here's hoping it lasts.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Mar 17, 9:08 AM
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    Here's my scores for the month:

    UUs: 24
    INs: 21
    TAs 2

    Not too bad this month, I just need to concentrate on using a few more products up next month.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Mar 17, 10:49 AM
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    Thanks for the thread sstevo19.

    My PP list for March:

    L'occitane honey shower gel
    Living Proof volume shampoo
    Ren face wash
    Sjal toner
    Dr Organic eye gel
    Elemental herbology day creme
    Chanel Coco Noir perfume
    Kiehl's Grapefruit hand creme
    Alpha H liquid gold
    Nuxe lip balm
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Terrible March, 6 UU, 8INs

    Must try harder!
    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-03-2017 at 11:36 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - (4/162 UU)
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £0/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 2/100%
    £2 savers club 2018 No.12 - £30 saved 5p Savers 2018 Club No.3 - £1.10 saved
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge No.12 - £10.21/£150 1p a day Challenge £62.51/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 0/£0
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Mar 17, 12:17 PM
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    End of March already!
    Few more UUs:
    16. The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo WMBA. I'm trying to stick to sulphate-free shampoos but this does help with my itchy scalp sometimes.
    17. Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Rescue Masque WPNBA. Nothing special for the price and a tub only does me three uses.
    18. Ikea Vanilla Candle WDBA
    19. Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum WDBA
    20. Ikea Grey Candle WBA

    Only used up 4 of 10 on my PP list but fairly happy with the month overall.

    So totals for March:
    UU 20
    TA 4
    GA 7
    IN 11

    Started March with a stash of 455, now 435. Still going down!

    I'm off work today so I'll get an April post up.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Mar 17, 12:21 PM
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    New Thread for April!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 31st Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    My PP list:

    Avon Chocolate Orange Bubble Bath 1L
    Charles Worthington Hair Mask
    Avon Little Red Dress EDP 15ml
    Estee Lauder Beautiful EDP 15ml
    Bare Minerals Brightening Face Primer
    Vaseline Aloe Body Lotion 400ml
    St Ives Apricot Face Scrub
    Liz Earle IBST
    Decleor Essential Cleanser 1L
    Elemis PCMC 30ml
    Originally posted by dolly84
    My updated PP list for March. The primer and cleanser will be finished off early next month I hope.

    I will post my totals in a bit but I did very well this month as I sold quite a few bits.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Mar 17, 12:37 PM
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    Hi all,

    How's everyone's week going. I'd say hurrah it's nearly the weekend but I'm working well into the evening tomorrow and potentially in work at the weekend a fair bit. I'm beyond exhausted at the moment, doing lots of overtime but really could do with the money and hopefully I'll be able to treat myself once I get paid. I feel like all I do at the moment is work

    Anyway apologies for the woe is me spiel! I kkkw a few others were feeling a bit rubbish ATM too.

    Use ups:
    Lush Bar Bar bubble bar - WBA I liked this it was a nice calming scent and made plenty of bubbles
    Lush face wash sample - WMBA

    I have lots of nearly UUs including lush shower gel, full size face wash, moisturiser samples
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Hope things are on the up Houseplant! Don't burn yourself out with the overtime; I know the money is nice but you need to give yourself a break. When i did it, I found it much easier to do 2 days OT in one so I knew I had a "normal" day the next day. I know it depends how many hours you're doing but I found it easier to do an extra long day and a normal day instead of 2 long days.

    How strong was the smell of the Baa Bar once it was in the bath? I haven't bought it yet because I think it smells a bit weak in the shop. I might have another sniff at the weekend!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 31st Mar 17, 2:59 PM
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    My totals for March

    17 UU
    5 TA
    4 GA
    25 SOLD - this included a job lot of nail polish

    4 IN
    Spend - £32.95 but my sales came to more than this which is good.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 31st Mar 17, 6:19 PM
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    An unplanned IN - a Batiste dupe dry shampoo from Lid!. I don't often use dry shampoo but when you could do with it and your only resort is talcum powder it can be a bit of a dilemma.
    Been offered some more John Frieda stuff to review but that will be for April's 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.
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 31st Mar 17, 6:23 PM
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    March seems to have been a long month -though not in a bad way! It's also been a bit tight budget wise so I l have been much better than I would have liked to be!

    I have:
    10 UU
    0 IN

    See you in April!
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 31st Mar 17, 6:35 PM
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    Some last minute UU

    UU - Lanolips Cranberry Lip Balm - last item on my 5 by spring list so now complete.
    UU - UD eyeshadow in Smog from the Shadow box - Lovely colour and already have this in another UD pallete. Thats my eyeshadow UU for the month 3/12 eye shadows UU.
    • Massa1982
    • By Massa1982 31st Mar 17, 9:03 PM
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    The month has been manic and the products on the pp list just seem to be going on FOOOOOREVVVVERRRRR

    Superdrug pro vit E Classic shampoo 400ml (Feb PP) -less than 25% left
    Superdrug Exfoliating face mask (Jan's PP) sick of this, must finish it a total faff and doesn't give much benefit!
    Aussie leave in conditioner (Feb PP)
    Bar of plain baby soap - LHJ
    Nivea Crème 50ml (relic found in bottom of draw)
    Nivea Q10 face cream - probably 50% gone
    Lush Father Christmas Bath Bomb
    Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Showergel

    Last day of the month and only the leave in conditioner and bath bomb are gone.

    had 2 more bath bombs In from my daughter for mother's day, one of which is also gone straight out, hope to enjoy the remainder avobath this weekend. now to think about the PP list for April
    Desperately Determined to Destroy the Debts one at a time.. and Seriously Save for the Spectacular future.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 31st Mar 17, 10:27 PM
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    London baby
    UUs for March :

    [B]Dop shampoo
    Montagne jeunesse face mask
    Hold Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish - OK quality but not long lasting. We are at full price
    Rose water
    Boots No. 7 Coral lipstick - This lasted many years. WBA, once I finish my stash/B]

    New PP to use up as many products as possible before moving house so many pampering days to come.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Apr 17, 7:44 PM
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    5 by Summer update
    1. Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper. Once this has gone I'm going to also attempt to UU Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Zero

    2. Urban Decay eye pencil in Vice. Not sure I can UU two eyeliners but want to use this more.

    3. The Body Shop Amazonian Lily perfume. I just don't reach for this and may use it as room spray.

    4. NARS Rakugian lip crayon. Is stumpy now so want to UU to the point where I can't sharpen it anymore.

    5. UD The OC blush from the Gwen Stefani palette. Is better suited as a bronzer on me. Have hit pan and want to UU completely.

    What's the end date on this challenge?
    Originally posted by VALM
    UU : NARS Rakugian. I had to keep sharpening this on every use towards the end as I think it had dried out a bit. Went to sharpen it tonight and it looked like I had got to the plastic inside so done! I have a backup of this but won't open it yet.

    The pannage on my IC blush has gotten bigger too so hopefully this will be UUed up too soon.
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 19th Apr 17, 10:35 AM
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    Another UU
    Hurrah, the Smashbox shimmery gold shadow from my Full Exposure Pallette has been UU. In the end I was trying to scoop it out with an eyeliner brush which became manotinous (sp?) so I crushed the little bits clinging to the sides of the pan with said brush and then crushed it onto my regular eyeshadow brush to use. Do love this colour.
    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
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