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    • By mcculloch29 1st May 17, 12:09 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2017
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    • 1st May 17, 12:09 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2017 1st May 17 at 12:09 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 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 May 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
    7. Fiasco55 - graduated with honours May 2017

    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
    February 2012
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    Last edited by mcculloch29; 07-05-2017 at 9:18 PM.
    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.
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    • kadison
    • By kadison 15th May 17, 10:40 PM
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    Hello all! I've got a bit of news.....I'M ENGAGED!

    It was my birthday on Saturday and I went shopping with friends then me and the fiancee (hehe!) went out to Oxford on Sunday and he proposed! Still hasn't entirely sunken in I don't think.....
    Back on the 'No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries' Bandwagon as of 8/5/17!
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 15th May 17, 10:40 PM
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    It was my birthday today and I had a small NBI of a tablet of Lily of the Valley soap. I also had a Lily of the Valley fragranced drawer liner put in a card.
    My Mum grew lilies of the valley and always picked some for the house for my birthday when I was living at home. These two gifts were a lovely reminder of her, and those giving them were unaware of how special the flower is to me.
    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.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 15th May 17, 10:42 PM
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    Hello all! I've got a bit of news.....I'M ENGAGED!

    It was my birthday on Saturday and I went shopping with friends then me and the fiancee (hehe!) went out to Oxford on Sunday and he proposed! Still hasn't entirely sunken in I don't think.....
    Originally posted by kadison
    That's a birthday you'll never forget! Many, many congratulations. Delighted for you. xxx
    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.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 15th May 17, 10:46 PM
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    kadison ...... congratulations and happy birthday. Best wishes on the engagement!

    mcculloch ......... happy birthday and enjoy the gifts
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 16th May 17, 7:36 AM
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    Madison and And belated birthday greetings to you both.

    Madison congrats on your engagement, lovely news
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th May 17, 8:18 AM
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    Kadison & And - happy birthday and congratulations on your engagement Kadison.
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    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 16th May 17, 8:32 AM
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    Kadison - Congrats and belated Happy Birthday
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 16th May 17, 8:33 AM
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    Mcculloch - Happy Birthday for Yesterday
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 16th May 17, 8:34 AM
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    Hi everyone!
    Kadison - Congratulations how exciting!! Was it a big surprise?
    And - happy birthday glad you got a thoughtful gift, it's amazing how certain smells can be so familiar and comforting

    I haven't got much movement on toiletries front after my recent flurry of UUs and ins, but my freebie Nude serum is nearly done with. I can't decide about it my skins been ok lately apart from some big hormonal spots on jawline, and it has good reviews, but it just doesn't feel very nice to use. Probably will try something else next, as guessing it is expensive too so needs to be wow! Oskia serums get a good reputation and I love their cleanser so might try that, or perhaps something cheaper like hylamide.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 16th May 17, 11:31 AM
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    Latest NBI - Maybelline Big Shot Mascare
    Hmm. This is ok-ish, I couldn't give it three stars for OK as that is seen as being critical, and it's not THAT bad, just not wow. It clumped from the word go though, and dried very quickly so I very much doubt if this will last very long.
    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.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th May 17, 4:20 PM
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    Hello all! I've got a bit of news.....I'M ENGAGED!

    It was my birthday on Saturday and I went shopping with friends then me and the fiancee (hehe!) went out to Oxford on Sunday and he proposed! Still hasn't entirely sunken in I don't think.....
    Originally posted by kadison
    Wow Congratulations. The proposal sounds very romantic. x
    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 16th May 17, 4:21 PM
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    It was my birthday today and I had a small NBI of a tablet of Lily of the Valley soap. I also had a Lily of the Valley fragranced drawer liner put in a card.
    My Mum grew lilies of the valley and always picked some for the house for my birthday when I was living at home. These two gifts were a lovely reminder of her, and those giving them were unaware of how special the flower is to me.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Belated birthday wishes And xx
    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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th May 17, 4:25 PM
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    2 more UUS and INs (ordered)
    [QUOTE=VALM;72549935]Updated PP List for May:-

    Kind Natured shampoo
    Kind Natured conditioner
    Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush
    Loccitane 10ml original shea hand cream
    Benefit Goofproof eyebrow pencil
    Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Nude
    L'occitane Almond Shower Oil
    Boots Extracts Peppermint body butter
    Boots No 7 facial wipes
    Pureology Red hair oil

    The Almond shower oil that we've finished is the original bottle however I do have part of an eco refill left. Am thinking of saving this for Emma for her upcoming holiday though. Will bring out a Boots Extracts Mango body wash and the last remaining body butter next.

    Did really like the Peppermint body butter. It smelt like it had vanilla mixed in so did not make me feel bodily cold on application.

    Will have to pull two more items out via the roulette list later.

    So I ordered some items from Avon via my friend at work. All needed:-

    2 x body butters

    1 x deodorant - not needed yet but they were reduced to 99p and I don't like spending more than £1 on deodorant.

    1 x liquid soap. Have really enjoyed using this in the kitchen and will save me money as I won't replace with L'Occitane though I will keep buying L'Occitane for the bathroom.
    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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th May 17, 9:15 PM
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    OK 2 more categories:-

    something you have a love/hate relationship with : have chosen the L'Occitane conditioner that I tried to sell because I hated it but am learning to get on with and want to love cos it's L'Occitane.

    Something neutral coloured : latte eyeshadow from Larousse Pro matte palette

    Painted my nails using OPI Elephantastic Pink.
    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
    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 16th May 17, 11:39 PM
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    Wow congratulations kadison that's lovely news. Were you really surprised?
    Happy birthday to you and And too, hope you both had lovely days.

    Hope you can get some time to yourself soon houseplant. I saw the space nk gift with purchase, it looked lovely.

    I have another small out - Emma Hardie protect and perfect moisturiser spf30 sample. Wouldn't buy this, felt too heavy for my skin unfortunately. Might need to take a break from using samples for a bit. I always find the change in skincare gives me spots. Opened my Sunday Riley UFO facial oil this evening now I have UU the Clarins one. Very odd smell!
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 17th May 17, 1:00 AM
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    Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes.
    Love -hate relationship with a product? (Great idea Val.)

    That one is easy, it must be one of my NBI's, a Jo Hansford Illuminoil

    This drives me nuts. Some days I apply it and everything is most pleasing, I have a sleek look and tamed hair.

    Other days I apply it and ....

    It works a bit too well so that I look like I have dipped my head in the chip pan.
    Or, some days. the oil apparently just cba'd to tame any frizz I have and lets my hair look like I just put my finger in an electricity socket.

    It's a real enigma. Gorgeous product when it works... which isn't always.
    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.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 17th May 17, 9:00 AM
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    I have a uu

    L'occitane Verbena EDT 20ml
    - I liked this better than the shower gel and body lotion, it had a deeper, warmer scent to it. I would happily use but WNB due to their prices for perfume.
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    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 17th May 17, 11:15 AM
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    OK 2 more categories:-

    something you have a love/hate relationship with : have chosen the L'Occitane conditioner that I tried to sell because I hated it but am learning to get on with and want to love cos it's L'Occitane.

    Something neutral coloured : latte eyeshadow from Larousse Pro matte palette

    Painted my nails using OPI Elephantastic Pink.
    Originally posted by VALM


    Something you have a love hate relationship with (hmmm) L'Oreal Low shampoo, have gotten used to how it works now and think it makes my hair look nice, but on the downside have found it causing a build up on the scalp, think I need to alternate this with a normal shampoo/conditioner - will add to list of things to UU (but may take a while its a big bottle).


    Something neutral coloured : Anaheim eye shadow from Gwen Stafani Palette - concentrating on UU colours from this palette at the moment
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 17th May 17, 11:25 AM
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    I have 2 UU to report (one from this morning and ne from last week that I forgot about):

    From last week UU Benefit Gimme Brow this was one of the older style ones left from last year, I have a mini of the new style one from my Brow wax last month that I have started to use and think I prefer the colour. I still have a full size of the old one in my stash.


    From this morning UU Murad Invisiblur primer - This is a great product, but over £50 for a primer is a bit much, also find that occasionally it doesn't apply properly and you get those rolled up flakes (not sure what I do wrong on those days). Need something with the same benefits but at a lower price - now using MAC spf 50 one, but need something without spf for going out on a night.


    Updated lists

    My 5 by Summer

    1 - UD Gwen Steffani Lipstick in Ex Girlfreind
    2 - UD Gwen Steffani Lipliner in Ex Girlfriend
    3 - UD Lip Gloss in Walk of Shame
    4 - Boss Ma Vie Perfume
    UU- 5 - Benefit Gimme Brow


    Additional items
    One of your most expensive items - UU - Murad Invisiblur primer - going through this ridiculously quickly and it was expensive for a primer
    Something you are loving right now - difficult as there are quite a few things that I love at the moment, but as most of them are quite new and will take forever to UU I'm going to go for UD Baby eye shadow (this has already hit pan) wearing this today and had forgotten how pretty it looks on the lid.
    Something you regret buying - UD Allnighter foundation - horrid stuff not sure I'll ever be able to get rid of it though.
    Matte product - Another difficult one - going to cheat and go for something easy to UU as its already hit pan. UD Stark eye shadow the perfect transition colour.
    Something you have a love hate relationship with - L'Oreal Low shampoo
    Something neutral coloured - Anaheim eye shadow from Gwen Stafani Palette

    1 item left from 5 by Christmas.
    1 - Urban Decay one & Done - not yet finished - almost

    2 items left from 7 by Autumn - These 2 may end up getting binned
    1 - Benefit Fake up Concealer Full sized - Hate this
    2 - Benefit Watts Up Highlighter sample 2.5g. - Prefer Powder highlighter
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 17th May 17, 7:57 PM
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    I went to Newcastle today to do my theory test, and I passed!

    I had a few hours after my test to have a look round the city with some friends, and I went into The Body Shop and bought a few minis to try. So I have three INs today:

    The Body Shop Mango shower gel 60ml
    The Body Shop Shea body scrub 50ml
    The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml
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