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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st Oct 16, 10:45 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2016
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    • 1st Oct 16, 10:45 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2016 1st Oct 16 at 10:45 AM
    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:


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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
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    • bradleysmum
    • By bradleysmum 6th Oct 16, 2:05 PM
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    bradleysmum
    I've just started doing overtime telling myself I will put the extra money towards Christmas presents, but in reality I imagine it might go on presents to myself! I got three advent calendars last year, which was excessive! What one have you gone for bradleysmum?

    Originally posted by bingbon
    Hi I have bought the Loccitane one. First time I have ever got one so I'm hoping I'm not disappointed, thought I would treat myself as I have already finished buying presents.

    On another note, has anyone used Yves Rocher and what do you think of it? I keep getting emails and the bits look lovely but wondering if it is a false economy. Thankyou
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 6th Oct 16, 7:48 PM
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    Houseplant26
    I have some INs to declare:

    Samples/freebies
    Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser
    Decker Aroma Cleanse Toner
    Clarks Botanicals Soothing Marine Cream
    Creme de la mer treatment lotion, eye balm, moisturising soft cream (I know I lucked out despite it being very clear I cannot afford such creams!!)
    Decker intense glow for eyes
    Decker facial oils x2
    Aromatherapy deep relax shower oil
    Laura Mercier primer
    Hourglass lipstick (tiny and so cute!!
    Victor and Rolf flower bomb

    Non free ins
    Body shop lip balm. Only paid £1 due to voucher and the 3for2 so also got soap and hand cream for Christmas present
    Emma Hardie cleansing balm (I couldn't do without it!!)
    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th Oct 16, 7:56 PM
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    VALM
    Another UU : LUSH King of Skin. Another of Emma's abandoned items. WDBA. Don't like the concept of putting body lotion on in shower. Was nice and moisturising though.
    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
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 6th Oct 16, 9:13 PM
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    seasideDreamer
    UU Burt Bees Lip Balm Pomegranate. Where has the week gone, so glad the weekend is nearly here. Need me a pamper
    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
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 7th Oct 16, 12:57 AM
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    lucia22
    UU
    Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter 50ml - This was great and lasted longer than I thought. It was a bit difficult to get the last of the product out but I managed to use all of it. Loved the scent. WDBA but got lots of body lotion in the stash. Have replaced this with an Avon strawberry body lotion.

    I too am in need of a pamper so I'm glad to have the whole of next week off work!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016 (started challenge on 27th Dec 2015)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Nov - 190
    | December - UU - 2| Makeup Total UU to end of Nov - 5
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 7th Oct 16, 8:51 AM
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    Houseplant26
    I have a couple of UUs

    Sample of aromatherapy associates relax bath/shower oil. I used this in the shower, I must admit to not being sure about the scent at first but it did make me feel super relaxed. However money would have to be no object to buy I think- I don't think you'd get hundreds of uses and a full bottle is very expensive! Might try to make my own using some of my essential oils...

    TBS camomile eye makeup remover. WNBA felt overly oily and hard to wipe off.

    Any recommendations for eye makeup removers?
    • pirateyqueen
    • By pirateyqueen 7th Oct 16, 10:11 AM
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    1 UU, Hada Labi Gokujyun super hyaluronic acid lotion. WBA. Really like this, is nice and hydrating. I have a few serums in my stash which I would like to use up first, but if I really miss it I will purchase again, but would prefer to wait until I'm out of everything else.
    No more goo hoarding!


    2016 UU: 52 IN: 16 TA: 0 Total: 36/72
    2015 UU: 74 IN: 43 TA: 3 Total: 32/64
    2014 UU: 114 IN: 67 TA: 7 Total: 38/92
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 7th Oct 16, 10:13 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    UU Burt Bees Lip Balm Pomegranate. Where has the week gone, so glad the weekend is nearly here. Need me a pamper
    Originally posted by seasideDreamer
    I'm almost finished a tube of this really like it.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2016 (87/227 UU)
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 7th Oct 16, 10:46 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a couple of UUs

    Sample of aromatherapy associates relax bath/shower oil. I used this in the shower, I must admit to not being sure about the scent at first but it did make me feel super relaxed. However money would have to be no object to buy I think- I don't think you'd get hundreds of uses and a full bottle is very expensive! Might try to make my own using some of my essential oils...

    TBS camomile eye makeup remover. WNBA felt overly oily and hard to wipe off.

    Any recommendations for eye makeup removers?
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    If you like aromatherapy things have a look at Tisserand, they are lovely and much more affordable.

    I have a uu

    Elemis Lime & Ginger Hand & Body Wash 250ml - this is lovely but too expensive to consider buying again.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 7th Oct 16, 4:40 PM
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    Hermia
    Hi I have bought the Loccitane one. First time I have ever got one so I'm hoping I'm not disappointed, thought I would treat myself as I have already finished buying presents.

    On another note, has anyone used Yves Rocher and what do you think of it? I keep getting emails and the bits look lovely but wondering if it is a false economy. Thankyou
    Originally posted by bradleysmum
    I used to buy from them and enjoyed the products, although some of them seem to be a lot more expensive than they were when I shopped with them. I might treat myself when I get through my stash. I notice that French YouTubers seem to always have Yves Rocher in their hauls (and rave about them) so I assume they are a well-regarded brand over there.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 7th Oct 16, 8:07 PM
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    lucia22
    I seem to be using things up pretty quickly recently which I'm really pleased about. I've got through another mini bottle I had on holiday with me.

    UU
    OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner 88.7ml - I really liked this - wonderful scent and really softening on my hair. This is definitely one of the best I've used. It lasted a while as well even for a small amount. WDBA but got an OGX larger sized bottle in the stash.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016 (started challenge on 27th Dec 2015)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Nov - 190
    | December - UU - 2| Makeup Total UU to end of Nov - 5
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 7th Oct 16, 11:59 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    hit pan on the boing concealer. a real surprise to see metal.
    so no new in's, yet. really want to work down the stash. i want more out before christmas.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 8th Oct 16, 2:11 PM
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    shed35
    My weekly update

    UU
    Avon Premium Deluxe Perfume
    Avon Original Bath Oil
    Superdrug B Glycolic Cleansing Peel

    IN
    Superdrug Solair Anti-Age Face Cream SPF50 x3
    Greek Honey Soap

    Total = 97

    The ins were because I stockpile on sun tan face cream before they disappear off the shelf ( you are suppose to wear a SPF even through autumn and winter and the soap a gift)
    • fixx
    • By fixx 8th Oct 16, 3:41 PM
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    fixx
    Some In's and out's for me since the start of the month:

    In:
    - Garnier Olia hair dye
    - 2 Essence nail polishes. I don't really count nail polishes, and don't really buy many now (I have loads!) but these were very cute - part of the "I heart trends" range, I got a "Porcelain" in 'pretty little thing', and a "Jelly" in 'flying flamingo'. The jelly is quite like a Bourjois one I had and loved, but used up a couple of years ago, and I'd seen nothing like it since. The Porcelain one is quite muted, but with a really fine shimmer - very cool.

    And the outs:
    - Garnier Olia hair dye :P
    - Batiste Cherry, large. WDBA HG
    - Elemis Omega-rich cleansing oil. WPNBA. Nice, but not better than blending my own. Came in a beauty box.
    - Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo mini. WNB. Nothing special.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 8th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    fixx
    Advent Calendars - there do seem to be a lot more coming out this year - there's even an Opi one to rival Ciate! This is the most comprehensive list I've found so far.

    http://theldndiaries.com/the-best-advent-calendars-for-2016/

    I'm still not sure what I'll get, i'm debating my options - but certainly not one of the top priced ones
    • Lou85
    • By Lou85 8th Oct 16, 6:25 PM
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    Lou85
    Finally got round to handing my stuff into the baby bank so here are my GAs

    Smoothie star buttercream
    Hand sanitizer
    TBS cocoa lip balm
    TBS coconut shower cream
    Bio oil 200ml
    Baylis and harding french lavender and cassis moisturiser
    E45 moisturising lotion 500ml
    Earth therapeutics tea tree oil foot scrub 50ml
    Bling bling body lotion
    Loccitane soaps x 4
    Toothpaste (IN and straight out)
    Toothbrushes x 3 (IN and straight out)
    Sanitary towels
    No7 nail polish x 2
    No7 mini eyeshadow

    IN

    Nivea hand moisturiser - free as part of a maternity gift set from my employer

    UUs

    Nivea cocoa lip balm - loved the scent but didn't feel it did much for my lips - WMBA
    L'occitane ultra rich scrub sample - this took 3 uses to use up. It did feel nice at the time and was a fairly neutral scent. No idea if it's still something they sell. I probably wouldn't buy it again as I didn't rate it any better than cheaper alternatives

    That's all for now but I think I might treat myself to a sheet mask tonight to try and work my way through them.
    #27 £2016 in 2016 = £763.61

    #42 £2 Savers Club = £160

    [I]*Savers Club not included in overall 2016 savings until the tin is opened and my estimates have been confirmed later in the year.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 8th Oct 16, 7:08 PM
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    seasideDreamer
    I'm almost finished a tube of this really like it.
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Its good, as are the mango and grapefruit one. There's a few other nice ones too but cant remember as Ive been using the multi packs from the States with the same 4 flavours for the past year
    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
    • sam.4000
    • By sam.4000 8th Oct 16, 8:49 PM
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    sam.4000
    The naughty seat beckons.

    INs
    7 products from The ordinary by deciem
    35 sheet masks
    15 lush products
    2 foot masks
    10 Lador hair filler tubes
    Mizon face serum
    Heimish all clean balm
    2 hand creams
    4 sampled of water jelly cream
    Sleep mask
    2 mini face wash
    9 other sample sized items
    2 X 10 sachets
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 8th Oct 16, 10:26 PM
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    wondercollie
    Yvette Rocher? Love their shower gels. Better value than TBS. I've had some makeup brushes from the, good and holding up well. Travel size mascara was good as well.

    Free shipping after a certain amount spent
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Oct 16, 8:25 AM
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    VALM
    Advent Calendars - there do seem to be a lot more coming out this year - there's even an Opi one to rival Ciate! This is the most comprehensive list I've found so far.

    http://theldndiaries.com/the-best-advent-calendars-for-2016/

    I'm still not sure what I'll get, i'm debating my options - but certainly not one of the top priced ones
    Originally posted by fixx
    I want the feelunique and Sephora ones. Or the L'Occitane one.
    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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