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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Aug 16, 10:25 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2016
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    • 31st Aug 16, 10:25 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2016 31st Aug 16 at 10:25 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 Er... Me! 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
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
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    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 22nd Sep 16, 9:57 PM
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    seasideDreamer
    A coupe of UU, Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Right Guard Invisible. Only have the one in use for both product types so will need to get more 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
    • fixx
    • By fixx 22nd Sep 16, 10:40 PM
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    fixx
    A few UUs:
    - 2 x Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi melt (small). WNB - always have a few of these around from various places Love it, but would not pay the price for it!
    - Nip + Fab Body slim Fix mini - WNB. Not even as a normal body lotion. Just nothing special.
    - Tisserand Sweet Dreams bath oil (20ml). WNB. Used in one bath, smelled nice, but nothing special that would make me go out and buy it. Give my lush bubble bars any day
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 23rd Sep 16, 1:14 AM
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    lucia22
    2 INs from Boots clearance today and 1 IN yesterday:
    Dove Pure Care Dry Oil 100ml - My current hair oil isn't the best and it looks almost finished (though these things tend to last longer than I think). This cost £1.50 and I think it will last a while.
    Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50 Dry Oil 125ml - This was reduced to £1 in Boots Clearance and I noticed that it's suitable for face so I bought it as a daily SPF. I wore it today and it gave me a little glow without looking greasy so I'm impressed so far.
    Radox Muscle Soak Herbal Bath 500ml - My guiltiest purchase although it was only £1. It's just finding the time to use it that's the trouble. I'm needing a relaxing bath but I'm always clock watching because I'm so busy and stressed. I hope Sunday will be a good time to use it.

    UU
    Superdrug Self-Heating Face Mask Vanilla Fudge 15ml - I got 3-4 uses out of this and I have one face mask a week as part of my routine. At 25p this turned out to be good value for money. I like that it contains clay as it seemed to clear up my skin. WDBA.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016 (started challenge on 27th Dec 2015)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 134
    | September - UU - 9| Makeup Total UU to end of Aug - 4
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 23rd Sep 16, 10:24 AM
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    VALM - DD is nearly 13 and DS is 10 so we have a while yet, it's DD that worries me, she is so headstrong, opinionated and has to try everything plus she spends money for fun.

    I have a uu

    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml - WBA
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 23rd Sep 16, 2:00 PM
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    VALM
    As someone who graduated from university not in the too distant past and who has also worked for one in student services I promise she will be ok!

    What I would say is there is always loads of help available if she needs it, although universities tend to really struggle to explain and promote this to students. I know the one I worked for had a money advice team for example! What was sad was they spent a lot of time helping young people who had gotten themselves into a right pickle with debts, but they did a fantastic job helping advise those in need and especially those without parental support and guidance, which your daughter clearly has!

    I had a job at university and I'm very glad I did. I kept the same one the whole time I was there and got it straight away before it became hard to find one. Yes at times it was tough balancing things but I only did it one day at the weekend or the odd evening shift after class. It was also somewhere I wanted to buy things from so I sort of worked to pay for my clothes.... Even if that is essentially what happened!

    It massively helped my CV on graduating. From seeing university from both sides I'm aware even those with seemingly slightly rubbishy part time work are in a better position when graduating as it shows they can stick at something.

    What helped me at university was using cash, getting good at cooking, staying in a lot (fairly easy for me as a bit of a natural introvert who tired of going out on the drink!) no credit card no store cards.

    I didn't have a bank of mum and dad apart from a tiny amount a month at one point when I was going to really struggle to make ends meet. Like £50 I think it was.

    I also found time at work helped me cope with university stress better, as it was in some ways a proper break from studying and a new set of people. I graduated with a first class degree in the end and did better than some people who made a point of not working to have more time to study.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Thanks for your post Houseplant. Emma did have a part time job until recently and was counting on a transfer but the only one that was available to her was too far to travel to from Uni. She has mentioned looking for work in the Student Union bar/cafe at Uni. I've told her to look around the local stores as well as it's coming up to Christmas Temp time (that's how she got her last job).
    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 23rd Sep 16, 2:03 PM
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    VALM
    2 more UUs ladies:-

    Pixi Glow Tonic. Love this but am going to try the Murad one that Emma had next.

    LUSH Mask of Magnaminty. Love this too but have enough pots for a fresh mask and have a couple of other masks to use.
    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
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 23rd Sep 16, 3:16 PM
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    Houseplant26
    Thanks for your post Houseplant. Emma did have a part time job until recently and was counting on a transfer but the only one that was available to her was too far to travel to from Uni. She has mentioned looking for work in the Student Union bar/cafe at Uni. I've told her to look around the local stores as well as it's coming up to Christmas Temp time (that's how she got her last job).
    Originally posted by VALM
    Working for the students union is ideal! They're normally super flexible and easy to get to! She'll do great
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 23rd Sep 16, 4:14 PM
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    I have at last sat down and tried to update my UU and PP lists, this is what I have remembered so far

    UU
    Sample Clinique Be Happy 2/68
    200ml Darphin Intral Toner 3/69
    Sample Tea Rose perfume 4/70
    Nivea sensitive face wipes 5/71
    2ml Liz Earle Superbalm concentrate 6/72
    15ml Hylamide SubQ Eyes 7/73

    IN
    2 x MAC ZOOM FALSE LASHES EXTREEME BLACK MASCARA TRAVEL SIZE. 1 & 2/64 & 65
    Simple Micellar Face Wipes (bought with Aps) 3/66
    200ml Darphin Intral Toner 4/67
    2 x 10ml Decleor Aromessence Neroli 68 & 69. With winter on the way I will need face serum soon, so going to try a few sample sizes before committing to a full size of anything.
    Neal’s Yard Body Cream (Magazine freebie) 7/70
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries
    2016 IN 36, UU 33, TA 2, GA 10.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 23rd Sep 16, 4:38 PM
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    VALM
    Working for the students union is ideal! They're normally super flexible and easy to get to! She'll do great
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    I said that to her - at least they will have a good understanding of her study schedule and commitments.
    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
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 23rd Sep 16, 7:09 PM
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    bingbon
    Hi everyone. I'm a bit behind on the thread but stopping in quickly before i go away tomorrow.

    I have INs, mostly due to a Lush Kitchen order.
    10. Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart Palette
    11-12. Dove Regenerate Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair is so brittle at the moment and nothing in my stash is really suitable for that problem so giving this a go.
    13. Derma V10 Micellar Water. This is the brand they sell in £land so I'm hoping it's good!
    14. Palmers Coconut Oil Lipbalm
    15. Apple Orchard Candle. This was from B&M Bargains and apparently is a dupe for a Bath and Body Works one? Really Christmassy smell.
    16-18. 3x Lush Pop in the Bath because they said they were discontinuing it but now they're not.
    17. Lush Kitchen Baby Face Solid Cleanser
    18-19. 2x Lush Kitchen Ne Worry Pas Bath Bombs
    20. Lush Kitchen Rainbow Worrier Bath Bomb
    21. Lush Kitchen Waving not Drowning Bath Bomb

    Luckily I also have UUs!
    19. New Look Amber Vanilla Candle WBA. This was lovely.
    20. Kind Natured Ylang Ylang and Sage Conditioner WNBA. Smelt quite nice but nothing special and not intensive enough for my hair.
    21. Lush Butterball Bath Bomb WBA although this didnt seem to dissolve or fizz as easily as the Butterbears. Could just be that it's a little bit old though.

    And I TA Organic Surge Intensive Smoothing Serum because it started to smell off.

    Hopefully I won't do too much more damage while on holiday. I shouldn't be near shops too often. I've also got a few things at home with only one or two more uses in so they should go at the beginning of next month.
    I'll try and catch up with the thread soon! Have a lovely weekend everyone!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 24th Sep 16, 2:42 PM
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    I have used a lot of the fcuk fragrance this past week. I've been spraying it on myself every time i think about it.

    I just want it gone. Mum got it for me 3 christmases ago. I hadn't opened it for 2 years due to a "backlog" of other fragrances/sprays and now i have other, much smaller(thus, be UU quicker) fragrances and sprays i want to start using alternately so i can have a different scent depending on my mood etc. I'm getting very bored of the scent of the fcuk.

    I have about a 5th or a bit less than that left now and I'm determined to get it finished before the end of the month, that way i can declare it this month and not carry it over into next month
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 24th Sep 16, 4:26 PM
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    lynseydee
    Hi everyone

    I've been awol for quite a while and a lot has happened personally since I was last on here.

    My toiletries are slowly going down, albeit not quickly enough (might help if I got myself into more of a routine lol) and am pleased that my using up is definitely more than my buying. In fact I have treated myself to a couple of new perfumes as a treat

    I hope everyone is well and the UUs are happening on a regular basis
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 24th Sep 16, 6:23 PM
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    SuiDreams
    Good news this morning another eyeshadow has hit pan this morning, its good to see them going down.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 24th Sep 16, 11:38 PM
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    I'm having one of those no nights where you just feel gross and hugely unattractive. My pores look huge and horrible and my scalp itches. I accidentally decided to go at my skin with one of those comodone (so?) tools and I know in my heart they do sod all apart from make things worse. This was after a peel off mask as well! I've been way too rough with my face.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 24th Sep 16, 11:39 PM
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    That was meant to be a (sp?) as in I am not sure I spelt that right.

    What do people do when they feel unattractive? Do you have a go to thing that makes you feel much better?
    • VALM
    • By VALM 25th Sep 16, 8:55 AM
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    VALM
    Well Emma's gone to Uni now. Was a good day all in all. Got there for 9.00am. Room set up by 1.00pm. Following her registration we walked into Newcastle for 3.00pm reservation at Jamie's and then bought her some things we hadn't thought about (iron and chopping board). Was a bit emotional on the way home but am up and getting ready for our trip to York. 3 UUs this morning:-

    Emma's Philosophy Peppermint Bark shower gel. Was only one squirt left so it's gone. Was lovely. WBA.

    L'Occitane Verbena shampoo travel sized. Lovely but prefer the repairing one. Would use again if in GWP.

    Tresemme conditioner. Think it was the moisture one. Don't have the packaging any more. Huge litre size bottle. WDNBA. The bottles are too cumbersome.

    Chat again 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!

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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • VALM
    • By VALM 25th Sep 16, 9:45 AM
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    VALM
    Since posting I have also UUed my Laura Geller oil Mattifying primer. Was disappointed by this in the end. It's in a squeeze tube. Git half way through and product stopped coming out. The consistency and effectiveness then changed as I had to cut the tube open. £25 is too much to pay for this product in its present packaging. Looking for new primer tomorrow.
    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
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 25th Sep 16, 11:50 AM
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    catherine/kate
    Two UUs for me:
    Vichy factor 50 suncream, this was a free sample. Too thick for daily use, took ages to rub in. WNB.
    Garnier The Sleek Restorer coconut oil & cocoa bean shampoo. This was a 400ml bottle so should have lasted forever, but because the hole at the top is massive, I ended up using too much every time and got through it in two months. WNBA because of that.

    I am nearly at the end of my last tube of Rimmel Stay Matte foundation which, because of a mixture of forgetfulness and special offers, I once had 6 tubes of. It is my HG foundation but all of the shops round here suddenly seem to have stopped stocking it. Trying to decide whether I rush out and buy 6 more tubes now, or just work through this last one and my inferior foundation stash and then start the search in a year's time. Probably the second . . .

    What do people do when they feel unattractive? Do you have a go to thing that makes you feel much better?
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    If I've got to go out, I put a big swishy skirt on and wear heels. And if that doesn't work then a glass of wine probably will

    VALM glad the drop off went well.
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