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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:


    January 2012
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
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    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 13th Oct 16, 8:19 AM
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    UU Nivea Irresistibly Smooth body lotion. I WBA, but I prefer the Garnier body lotions.



    I think if you shop too much or you hoard it is essential to work out why. I see a lot of these decluttering experts who just concentrate on the practical side of decluttering and don't think the emotional side is important. I think if you do that you can slip right back into old habits.

    I think I tend to buy cosmetics and toiletries when I am feeling down. I tend to buy products for the life I want not the life I actually have. It started in my early 20s. I was caring for my terminally ill father. I only really got to go out to get the shopping and I would find myself buying glamorous party make-up that I had no chance of wearing. I later realised it was because I was depressed on missing out on my youth. Even now I find I have to watch myself if I am feeling down. I have to remind myself that it would be better for me to save the money and keep it to spend when my life is better.

    I do find it really useful to reflect on how much my unused stash is worth sometimes. I once looked at my make-up collection and was very depressed when I realised that I could have paid for a pretty high-end weekend in Paris with that money. I would prefer to have had a small cosmetics collection and a weekend in Paris! I think this is one of the reasons I stopped watching the YouTube beauty gurus. So many whinge in their vlogs about all the places they would like to visit or the house they would like to buy and then they haul £300 of products. It drove me bonkers watching them not getting that they could have the things they wanted if they didn't buy 20 lipsticks a month!
    Originally posted by Hermia


    I totally agree with you on this. I'm normally quite good at saving and then buying things with money I have saved etc, but recently have gone over board on the who spending thing. I think its a case of feeling down and trying to cheer myself up. I'm thinking the who feeling down thing is work related its not been good here for the last year or so with people being made redundant or leaving etc. Due to being a bit thin on the ground here I've ended up doing work that's not really either in my job description or anything I enjoy doing and it gets you down after a while.


    On the other side of things when I've been good and saved up for something larger like a new Shed or new kitchen (all these larger purchases were desperately needed at the time). I got winged at by my sister about it. Comments like I wish I could afford that, but I'll have to do without, I'm so skint etc etc. But she has a wardrobe over flowing with clothes, a bit of a QVC addiction and eats out a lot. Now if she didn't spend on all the smaller things that she didn't really need she would be able to afford the larger things that she does need, but she doesn't seem to get that at all.
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 13th Oct 16, 8:22 AM
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    Morning all
    Hope everyone is well
    I would say it's good to see so many returning to the tread, but is that really a good thing lol does it mean those stashes still aren't under control?
    Anyway lovely or 'see' you all again.

    Nothing to declare here but the blusher I'm still trying to use up that hit pan ages agar and just has a little left around the edge cracked this morning so think that's a good sign as it's obviously on its last legs. Lost the lid broke off this morning so I would feel guilty about binning rather than refilling when I do get to the end of it now.
    grocery challenge November budget £400 spent £231.76
    SPC~10 No100 : : X2
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    16 in 2016 challenge 12/16 stockings
    2016 wooligan stuff - 86 assorted hats, 9,beadbags 10,hedgehogs
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 13th Oct 16, 8:30 AM
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    Finally a UU from my carry over from the autumn challenge. I have finally UU my sample of Urban Decay Revolution Lip Gloss in Scandal. Finished this, this morning didn't go on well or seem the same colour, but think this is because there wasn't much left to use. Still need to work on UU the rest.


    1 - Benefit Fake up Concealer Full sized - Hate this
    2 - Benefit Watts Up Highlighter sample 2.5g. - Prefer Powder highlighter
    UU -3 - Urban Decay Scandal Lip Gloss mini 1.7ml.
    6- Urban Decay Eye Shadows, 505/50 from Naked on the run palette just remaining round the edges and in the corners
    7 - Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Body Lotion 250ml. Almost there


    Opened another Lancôme Sample today this was the visonaire moisturiser, won't be using this again, had a very strong perfume smell and made my skin itch slightly. I will give away this opened tube and the other unopened tube I have in my stash and try something else tomorrow.
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 13th Oct 16, 8:31 AM
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    Houseplant26, Hermia - may I chip in with my two cents?

    Houseplant, like you, my hair has damage/breakage from where I did a botch diy bleach job last March as I wanted a bright purple fringe! The only different between your and my hair is that mine is very frizzy and poofy rather than "flat and greasy" as you put it! Mine does get greasy very quickly tho.

    Sometimes I will pull my hair tie out at the end of the day and there is a clump of hair wrapped around the hair tie! Even when I wake up in the morning there are strands of hair on my pillow.

    Also like you, I was severely bullied at school, mostly about my appearance. I had the dreaded tiny bugs in your hair problem, my peers picked up on it and as a result I was bullied for it. I also was larger than most of the girls not just in my year but the whole school. I only remember there being one other girl who was larger than me. Ironically, me and her were good friends

    I am and always have been very lax in the hygiene/basics department. I'm a lot better now than I use to be. I won't scare anyone here with details but it was bad when I was younger. I don't know when the "turning point" was for me, I just know now that if something is stinky or dirty, it needs to be cleaned straight away, and it gets cleaned there and then. I'm still guilty of only brushing my teeth in the mornings but I think a lot of people can put their hands up for that one

    Hermia re: decluttering experts - like the ones on the programme "Hoarders"? Yup, I know the ones you mean!

    Like you, I also wander down the aisles of the products I want to buy for the life I want not the life I actually have. As I said further up in my post re: hygiene/basics I'm lucky if I manage to do something to my hair today before I go to work later, but knowing me it'll stay as it is right now(high ponytail) for the rest of the day and I will wile away the hours on here and not get ready for work until the last minute.

    I also have a complete makeup collection that is still sealed that I must have bought at least 2 years ago, but still it sits in the snazzy makeup bag I bought for it all, gathering dust

    Sorry about this post being so long, it's just those 2 posts spoke to me and I felt compelled to put my views across. Hope you don't mind!
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 13th Oct 16, 8:43 AM
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    Not wanting to read and run but I too have left getting ready to the last second so don't have time to reply more properly (I overslept this time rather than sat in bed, in my defence I am awful in the mornings and very groggy/anxious first thing probably due to medication at least in part).

    So much of what everyone is saying rings true and it's so nice to know I'm by the only one!

    Gemma - I get the hygiene stuff. I've always been pretty good, my mother used to say things like 'have you remembered deodorant' all the time and her being pretty on the ball probably helped me to be. I totally get the lack of motivation to self care though. I think a routine even if super simple, and a bit flexible, is so important.

    I think the concept of holy grail products that you love is so useful and making them into something special you look forward to using each day helps avoid the desire to blow cash on whatever new thing is out.

    Those who buy for the life they don't have/wish they had I can soooo relate to this, even if on a smaller scale of not wanting to socialise or go out much at points in my life and then not really needing makeup as such. I also buy when depressed and I think I've been in a bit of a low phase again.
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 13th Oct 16, 8:56 AM
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    It actually feels good to be able to talk about it!

    When I have tried to talk about it to people in the past, I just get "that's disgusting, you should wash more" yeah thanks I'm cured now I follow the most intricate million step routine and I'm the cleanest person on the planet haha

    I was apparently diagnosed as being supposedly on the autistic spectrum when I was a child but my parents both keep saying now how I'm a lot better now I'm grown up and it's as if I've "grown out" of it, even tho I know that doesn't happen!

    As far as I'm concerned, I either have autism, or I don't. And I feel like I don't.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 13th Oct 16, 11:06 AM
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    I have a sample UU - ole Hendrickson vit c serum. Wmb seemed to give skin a nice glow and radiance but pricy and not an essential.

    I have some sample ins though (not doing too well at the stash, it's too tempting to try and get freebies it's a bit addictive...) a sachet of khiels shampoo and conditioner been wanting to try as I have quite a sensitive scalp and annoying flat hair that is both greasy and damaged/breaking from old bleach diy jobs. I've also obtained a random hotel freebie bottle of body lotion from OH who goes away sometimes with work.

    Ive been thinking a bit lately about this thread, and me and why I spend money on toiletries. I'm aware that my self esteem can be quite low. I'm also aware that if I'm feeling rubbish (I suffer from depression and anxiety which is currently mild and managed) I find skincare in particularly is like a little bit of a weird crux. It reminds me I am capable of taking care of myself and almost gives me a sense that I know what I am doing in this area of my life. Some days I don't want to even do my teeth (but I 9.5:10 do!) but making myself pamper a bit makes me do the basics too. I've also realised I was bullied quite badly at school in a very much unkind comments based way, and I have some memories of people being very unkind about the way I looked.

    I'm quite lazy in my appearance these days and I'm rubbish at making myself do my makeup and only do the basics - but I want nice fancy face things regardless of using some of them regularly (I've been better lately and I do use my skincare)!

    Has anyone else given much thought to why they overbuy toiletries?

    Is this a bit too heavy for this thread? Sorry if it is and do tell me, I won't be offended. I'm
    Just wondering if thinking about this may help us?
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Great post! I'm fine on the basic stuff, but am dead lazy about using body butters etc - and those are the things I end up with lots of stashed generally. Other than that I have in the past been a sucker for a special offer and that's let me down - there are a few on here still who remember the great Tesco John Frieda glitch, I'm sure! That resulted in me having about 9 bottles of shampoo if I remember rightly!

    Having been present on here before it's largely cured me of the tendancy to over buy because things are on offer - I now remind myself that the same offer will come along again, and will only buy if I actually need the product.

    Frizzy/unmanageable hair tip. My lovely hairdresser friend told me to be cautious about what shampoo I used - she says generally a clearer shampoo is better for your hair than an opaque one - and recommended Tressemme Frequent use which I have now switched to and is excellent. her recommendation on use was to use a 50p-sized blob at the most for the first wash - work that well into the roots only. Rinse, then use a second smaller blob on your mostly clean hair and work this through the lengths also. Essentially a lot of the shampoos "designed" for frizzy hair types give the illusion of helping by coating the hair with stuff - but continued use means these build up and eventually make the problem worse. For conditioner - use half the amount you think you need to start off and ONLY use it on ends and lengths - never anywhere near the roots. The only other specific product she recommended was the Moroccan Oil I mentioned before - it cost me £30 for the bottle I think - I nearly passed out - but it's seriously good. I now use this instead of my old serums etc and my hair is far, far better than it was less than 6 months ago. (She does still tell me off about home-colouring my hair but that's a whole other subject!)
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 13th Oct 16, 2:06 PM
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    Gemma - technically probably everyone is on that spectrum somewhere! I believe that all aspects of personality, mental health etc are a set of spectrums. Also with mental health you can have a diagnosis and be in a good place and not have one and still be in a good place, and the opposite is also true. My moods and well being are a spectrum and I have good days and bad days and on bad days I try to be kind to myself and take things a bit at a time!

    Some people find self care a completely second nature and experience little or no lack of motivation around this are, so they may never understand how it feels to struggle a bit or forget things. Obviously we all need to keep ourselves clean and healthy for our sake and the people around us but be kind to yourself it sounds like you're doing well these days with it.

    Thanks for the hair tips Essex! I'm currently using a lush shampoo bar and a Treseme conditioner and seems to be both working out ok. I just find I'm someone who needs to wash their hair every two days or it gets greasy.

    For me my spending is less about offers and more about aspiration and fancy packaging and scientific claims. Actually i really love the science aspect I think, maybe I need to find another scientific related hobby that's free!
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 13th Oct 16, 6:10 PM
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    Talking about shopping to cheer myself up I have a confession to make. I saw the OPI breakfast at Tiffany's Mini Mani Month in Sally's last Friday, but managed to talk myself out of buying it over the weekend. Then on Tuesday got really fed up at work so bought it on the way home to cheer myself up. Have been feeling really guilty about my purchase ever since.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 13th Oct 16, 7:08 PM
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    Talking about shopping to cheer myself up I have a confession to make. I saw the OPI breakfast at Tiffany's Mini Mani Month in Sally's last Friday, but managed to talk myself out of buying it over the weekend. Then on Tuesday got really fed up at work so bought it on the way home to cheer myself up. Have been feeling really guilty about my purchase ever since.
    Originally posted by SuiDreams
    Oh bless you, we've all been there!
    Not a total disaster. If it's not too rude to ask what was the financial damage? I don't know what this particular item is but it sounds totally adorable. If it's a set and there are colours you like less than others could you pick those out if they'd work well for a friend or family and incorporate into a Christmas gift, reducing what you would have spent here?

    I'm having a pretty rubbish week at work two so I can relate! Managing to stay away from shops but that's only because I went to return some clothes at weekend partly because couldn't afford but then spent the money on other bits and feel guilty about this!
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 13th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
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    Oh bless you, we've all been there!
    Not a total disaster. If it's not too rude to ask what was the financial damage? I don't know what this particular item is but it sounds totally adorable. If it's a set and there are colours you like less than others could you pick those out if they'd work well for a friend or family and incorporate into a Christmas gift, reducing what you would have spent here?

    I'm having a pretty rubbish week at work two so I can relate! Managing to stay away from shops but that's only because I went to return some clothes at weekend partly because couldn't afford but then spent the money on other bits and feel guilty about this!
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    It was £60 so £2.40 per polish each 3.75ml. Don't have any of the colours, nd think I will like them all. Just need to not by any nail polish for at least a year now. Going to have to keep away from the shops until things settle down.

    Hope work improves for you.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 13th Oct 16, 7:50 PM
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    It was £60 so £2.40 per polish each 3.75ml. Don't have any of the colours, nd think I will like them all. Just need to not by any nail polish for at least a year now. Going to have to keep away from the shops until things settle down.

    Hope work improves for you.
    Originally posted by SuiDreams
    Thanks. We need to get those pyn Thursdays or whatever up and going on these threads! I'm awful and never can find the energy to paint my nails but I have a fair few nail varnishes to use up!
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 13th Oct 16, 9:12 PM
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    New BootsFreebie day for me, Cucumber water toner IN. Other products are going down so slowly at the moment. That might be a good thing as most of the Christmas sets I've sen so far dont remotely appeal even at half price in the sales...maybe I'm cured....again
    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
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 13th Oct 16, 9:31 PM
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    Hi ladies - some really interesting conversations.

    I buy makeup that I don't have the confidence to wear, in the belief that the makeup will give me the confidence. To be fair, over the last 5 years I have learnt (thank you Youtube) to apply good neutral makeup for everyday, but I still don't dare to wear bright eyeshadow and strong lipstick. That doesn't stop me buying them.

    Had a major Near Purchasing Incident today in Boots in the Arndale centre - which is massive! There's probably more lipstick in there than in all of the shops in the whole of the North East put together! Anyway, I gave myself a stern talking to, as I've spent my October budget, and reapplied the (lovely) lipstick in my handbag and walked back out.

    Nothing but LHJs at the moment, including a Lush shower gel which is making our whole house smell like the Lush shop. OH is unimpressed.
    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 13th Oct 16, 10:59 PM
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    Little tip - if you shave, applying body lotion before you do makes the skin softer and shaving easier (I find). This is how I use up my body lotions!
    Originally posted by Catriona_P
    Thank you! I'm blessed with very fine hair, so don't shave often but that's a good tip for when I do!
    SPC 2016 number 058. Target £250....bring it on!
    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 14th Oct 16, 3:21 AM
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    Hey everyone, apologies for being very very late to the party again but im still doing the challenge, just have been very busy moving into new house. Still got loads of unpacking to do. So theres been less movement on the toiletries front but hopefully back to normality soon. I have some uus to report anyway and heres this months PP:

    1. Dove beauty finish roll on deodorant
    2. Lush dont rain on my parade shower gel sample
    3. Lush beautiful shower gel sample
    5. Lush lord of misrule shower gel sample
    6. Lush olive branch shower gel sample
    7. Lush elbow grease moisturising bar sample
    8. Lush love & light hand cream sample
    9. Lush key lime lip balm sample
    10. Lush enzymion moisturiser sample
    11. Lush karma kream body lotion sample
    12. M&S peach & almond body butter 200ml
    13. Sanex dermo invisible spray deodorant
    14. St. Ives normal & combination skin chamomile facial cleansing wipes
    15. Avon far away exotic eau de toilette 50ml
    16. Lynx attract for her deodorant body spray


    UU's:

    Lush plum rain shower gel sample - WBA, and already have full size in stash. I love the smell of this and the scent lingers on the skin.

    Lush retread conditioner sample- WMBA as full size. Not sure how much it did for my hair but did like the smell and the scent lingered.

    Lush cynthia sylvia stout beer shampoo sample - WBA as full size when ive finished my current lush shampoo, i actually quite liked the smell of this in use and my hair seems to like it.

    Lush yellow fun sample - WMBA i dic like the scent of this but its quite subtle and didnt linger much. I used it in shower as soap and it did me a few showers. I think i prefer shower gel though so will probably use my full size bars as bath bubbles or for shaving.

    Next velvet bloom eau de toilette 30ml - WBA if i can get hold of more! I actually nearly cried at finishing this as i love the scent. Kicking myself that i didnt get a 100ml as its such a lovely scent and its been discontinued now i think the bottle is really pretty too.

    TBS cherry blossom eau de toilette 10ml - WBA and already have more in stash. I like the smell of this one, its quite a light scent so i wore it a lot for work.

    TBS white musk libertine eau de toilette 10ml - WBA and have more stashed. One of my favourite scents when i want something lighter and pretty. The scent seems to linger and last a good amount for the price.

    Johnsons facial cleansing wipes (pale blue packet) - WBA when on offer, these are really good quality and nice thick wipes. Do the job well.

    I also have a ton of ins as my friend posted out the lush she had got and kept for me while i had no address for nearly 2 months. They are in drawer under my bed so will declare those tomorrow when i can get them out as cant remember it all! Was a lovely house warming/welcome home parcel
    Last edited by Gemzie121; 02-11-2016 at 3:31 AM.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Oct 16, 4:46 AM
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    VALM
    Hi ladies - some really interesting conversations.

    I buy makeup that I don't have the confidence to wear, in the belief that the makeup will give me the confidence. To be fair, over the last 5 years I have learnt (thank you Youtube) to apply good neutral makeup for everyday, but I still don't dare to wear bright eyeshadow and strong lipstick. That doesn't stop me buying them.

    Had a major Near Purchasing Incident today in Boots in the Arndale centre - which is massive! There's probably more lipstick in there than in all of the shops in the whole of the North East put together! Anyway, I gave myself a stern talking to, as I've spent my October budget, and reapplied the (lovely) lipstick in my handbag and walked back out.

    Nothing but LHJs at the moment, including a Lush shower gel which is making our whole house smell like the Lush shop. OH is unimpressed.
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    Lipsticks used to be my Achilles heel too until I got to the point where I was buying the same kind of colour over and over again looking for the MLBB colour and getting it completely wrong. Saying that this week I have pulled out a no 7 lippie and have new found love for it. It was bought on impulse. On a previous shopping trip with Emma we had gone into Boots when they were doing a lipstick matching service. I much preferred the lipstick Emma got and convinced myself that I really didn't like mine - I think it's called Soft Tulip. Anyway I've been applying it all week and have really liked it. Maybe it's Autumn appropriate.

    Speaking of fragrance too I opened my Peppermint Cream goodies from the Yorkshire Soap Company this week and am finding that the body lotion is having the same effect as the Lush Christingle from last year. Once applied it is making my body so cold! Smells amazing 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!

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    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 14th Oct 16, 8:33 AM
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    EssexHebridean - Thank you so much for the hair tip! Ironically the shampoo I'm using is basically clear in colour anyway so I've got that part sorted!

    I really didn't know if washing twice was really necessary but I will give it a shot from now on. My shampoo I'm currently using is on my UU list anyway

    As for conditioner. Well, I haven't conditioned for about 2 years maybe? I know, naughty me! I don't have any conditioner right now and payday is still 2 weeks away but I will buy some as soon as I get paid

    I also get my hair cut every 6 weeks and that can only be a good thing

    Catherine/kate - me and you must be the same person. I feel that I don't wear the makeup I have as I don't have the confidence!

    I have 1 more day at work today then I'm off until Monday so I think what I am going to do tomorrow morning with a couple hours of my spare time(and with a freshly clean face after showering ) is try applying some makeup. Mess around a bit and see what looks I can achieve with what I have. The products and tools I have should allow me to create some rather intricate looks, it's just seeing if my hands will play ball!

    I'm going to watch some tutorials too. Some basic/everyday look ones and some more drastic ones such as how to do a smokey eye, proper going out makeup etc

    If I achieve anything tomorrow morning I want to at least learn how to do my brows properly. I get them waxed frequently anyway when I go and have my nails done so if I "start the job" so to speak, may as well learn how to "finish it"
    Last edited by gemmajenkins0208; 14-10-2016 at 8:56 AM.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Oct 16, 10:06 AM
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    Gemzie - good to hear you are finally in your new house.

    I repainted my nails last night with Maybelline Really Rosy - an old favourite.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 14th Oct 16, 11:50 AM
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    Another little IN

    30g Lanoline Rosehip age defying eye crème – a TKMaxx purchase, seemed worth a try as I love Rosehip oil. 2/72

    I seem to need a richer eye cream at night than I can wear under make up for daytime, so thought it worth a try.

    Nails painted Illamasqua Raindrops, a pretty slightly pearlised light grey, really suits my skin tone.

    while I have been away from home such a lot I have been applying a clear base and a top coat from my Sensationail kit, either leaving nails plain or adding one of my regular nail polishes on top and removing them with acetone free polish. I don't use the primer and only very lightly buff the nails and they don't seem to dry out and become weak in the same way as when I have a full salon application, now have really long nails that don't break
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