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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
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
    February 2013
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    April 2013
    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
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    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
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    January 2015
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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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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 18th May 17, 1:22 AM
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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
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Congratulations on passing your theory test.
    I used to love going shopping in Newcastle, sadly arthritis has made that a thing of the past. It was impossible for me to walk past their Lush, it was the only one I could get to easily.
    I always used to go to a wonderful Italian restaurant on the Groat Market for lunch, it was amazing value. It changed hands and the prices actually dropped but the quality had gone. Their minestrone was to die for.
    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.
    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 18th May 17, 2:14 AM
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    Good to see you again, Pickle, and sorry that you have had such a carp day.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Thanks mcculloch! Glad to see you are still Using Up!

    Hello all! I've got a bit of news.....I'M ENGAGED!
    Originally posted by kadison
    Congratulations kadison!

    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
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    And congratularions sstevo!

    And happy birthday to all the celebrants.

    Isn't this a happy thread at the moment?!

    Right, I have one more UU: Est!e Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme. WIBA? This is far too old for me - it's more for ladies who have reached a certain age - but my mum wasn't using it up and it cost a ruddy fortune so I helped her declutter it when helping her to simplify her eye-watering stash. I'm not sure if I'm just used to simpler products, but it appears to be quite heavily scented as well as quite thick and nourishing.

    I hope the rest of you are all well.
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th May 17, 8:51 AM
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    One TA (It will be once I get to work):

    Palmer’s Concentrated Cream 60g WDNBA. Mineral oil strikes again. I read the ingredients for this the other day, and now wonder my skin was itchy after using it. So I'm taking a hand cream to work to replace it with. It was nearing being finished though, so I didn't waste much of it.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th May 17, 10:45 AM
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    Well done sstevo.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 19th May 17, 6:18 PM
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    I should not go into Boots. I bought three things, so three INs:

    Impulse Instant Crush body spray
    Impulse Charli XCX body spray
    Hylamide Low-Molecular HA serum


    The Hylamide range is on half price in Boots at the moment, and I've been wanting to try a Hyaluronic Acid serum for a while now.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 19th May 17, 9:18 PM
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    Ladies I've been useless and bought 5 things!?!?!? And I'm debating doing a lush order.... I really want to! Some of the kitchen stuff sounds very my vibe.
    Feeling a bit low and bad about my shopping as I've bought loads of toiletries this month.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 19th May 17, 9:53 PM
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    Ladies I've been useless and bought 5 things!?!?!? And I'm debating doing a lush order.... I really want to! Some of the kitchen stuff sounds very my vibe.
    Feeling a bit low and bad about my shopping as I've bought loads of toiletries this month.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    What works for me for all forms of retail temptation is to visualise myself eating/using it, whilst in the shop/online.
    If it is clothing, what will I wear with it? Do I have something very similar already, is that why I like it? (Before I employed this, I had been known to accidentally buy the same thing twice.)

    Food- if it's high calorie what does it taste like? Is that taste worth derailing a diet for?

    Toiletries - what do I have already that is going to lie unused and potentially going off if I buy this?
    What does it give me that what I already own doesn't give me?
    Why I am buying this? What else can I do that will make me feel 'better'? (Example, give my feet a relaxing home pedicure rather than buy an expensive foot cream that I don't really need.)

    If you are already upset by what you have bought, buying more may not be your best strategy.
    Although sometimes, when you break a diet, getting your splurge out of the way on one day and getting back on track the day after is better for you in the long run.

    I'm sorry you are having such a tough time. Consider yourself hugged, if you feel you can accept it.
    Last edited by mcculloch29; 19-05-2017 at 9:56 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.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 20th May 17, 4:47 PM
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    Another Uu
    19 Boots Extracts Mango body butter WDNBA horrible synthetic smell.

    Of all the Boots body butters I enjoyed the Coconut, Almond and peppermint ones.

    Am throwing away an OPI Top Coat as it makes my lacquer shrink.

    Have seen the preview of the OPI TSV which is being aired on Wednesday. Very disappointed as it contains all old colours.
    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
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th May 17, 5:59 PM
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    One UU from this morning:

    Impulse Rock & Love 35ml WDBA. Loving these Impulse sprays at the moment, well, I always have. It was a nice scent
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 20th May 17, 6:51 PM
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    Thank you Muccolloch for the kind words and advice. I think it is because I am feeling down, overwhelmed and out of control and I'm trying to pamper myself to relax. I haven't been too silly I don't have loads of back ups of things but I think I didn't buy much for a while and then suddenly spent.

    Have resisted a lush order for now. I have to move house soon and I think I will wait until I've moved and reward myself with a few bits then.

    Here were my ins:

    Lush figs and leaves soap (going to try this in the shower)
    Lush milk bar bubble bar
    A shampoo, coniditioner and scalp treatment from brand I forget from boots
    A deodorant I think Sanex

    Then UU:
    Lush wash behind your ears shower gel WMBA quite liked the scent of this, quite uplifting but felt a bit weird on the skin.
    Nude serum WNBA too expensive for what I felt it did (was a freebie full size as an apology for something from SpaceNK) and I think I'd be keen to try a different one next but maybe do without for a bit or get a cheaper one.

    Soon to UU a deodorant (hence new one) and my current conditioner.

    How's everyone's weekends going?
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 20th May 17, 11:22 PM
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    Thanks Houseplant, I was worried that my advice sounded patronising, but then I remembered that buying the same item twice happened more than once in fairly recent years before I had a word with myself.
    I think I shall line up a good pamper session tomorrow. No UUs on the horizon.

    I've repurposed an incredibly thick Burt's Bees body lotion as hand cream. It takes a while to dispense a body full so hands it is for the sake of my sanity.
    170g and only a few splodges gone. I may be some time...

    Oooh, yes. If anyone else has Amazon Prime, you can now read magazines on your Kindle or Kindle App as part of your perks. I read Good Housekeeping this afternoon and was pleased to see that I owned quite a few of their best buy beauty recommendations.
    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 21st May 17, 9:24 AM
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    More UUs
    20 Boots No 7 face wipes Emma has been home this week hence the quick UU of these. More in stash.

    21 10ml L'Occitane Shea hand cream I think I still have some minis in stash but am going to keep using the full sized Cow Shed hand cream that was on my desk. Will keep it in my hand bag.
    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 21st May 17, 9:32 AM
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    PP List swap ins
    So have chosen 2 new categories:-

    A product you dislike - the only product I have that I truly dislike is the TBS perfume in my Finish 5 so I will wear this again this week and try to get rid. I've even been spraying it down the toilet bowl!!

    Product in your favourite colour. This is Red. Am going to keep ESSIE With the Band in rotation.
    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 21st May 17, 10:49 AM
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    VALM
    Emma has donated 4 x 50ml bodybutters back to me. Need to pick up a scrub 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
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 21st May 17, 3:26 PM
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    Finally a UU!!

    St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower - Medium 200ml - I read reviews before buying that advised going a shade darker than usual so I did, and agree with that advice. At first I didn't think it worked well and it was annoying to stand in the shower waiting for it to develop but now I really like it! It's easier to do in the shower, and I know I can't be bothered sometimes with regular tan after showing. But a regular tanning product does actually work better, so its good top up product. It's not very economical though. WBA but I do have 3 regular tanning lotions to use...

    I also UU a deodorant but that's boring and I don't have a problem with deodorants so will not mention in the future.

    I've been a bit slack with a few PP products, but on the whole doing well. Makes me realise just how long it can take to UU and not to be so worried about running out / buying spontaneously. I might try to estimate how long it takes to use some things.

    I'm currently tempted by Charlotte Tilburys glow range *eek* anyone tried it?
    • shed35
    • By shed35 21st May 17, 6:26 PM
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    My weekly update:-

    UU
    Avon Premium De Lux Parfum
    Body Shop Satsuma Soap
    Superdrug B Glycolic Cleansing Peel
    Simple Kind of Skin Moisturiser

    IN
    Beauty Balm Min Lip Balm x 2
    Avon Premium Lux Gold Blush
    Avon Premium Lux (Travel Size)
    Avon Premium Lux (Travel Size)

    Total = 96


    I always get a little panicky when Avon brochure does not have my perfume in their catalogue so I stockpiled on ebay. Cannot recommended the Premium De Lux Gold Blush Perfume enough. Its smells beautiful. Everyone loves it at work and so cheap when you compare with high street brands.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 21st May 17, 9:04 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    DHC Face Wash Powder sample WBA. This was surprising. For a foaming cleanser this is very gentle. This was fun to use as well. Add a little bit of water to the powder and rub your hands together and boom, a cloud of foam. This was very gentle and it didn't strip my skin or leave it tight. I'm definitely going to purchase this once I've used a few cleansers up.

    My moisturiser is nearly finished, there's just enough left for the morning
    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 21st May 17, 9:46 PM
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    Congrats on passing your theory test sstevo19

    Sorry to hear things have been tough houseplant, really hope you're feeling better soon.

    Sunny money I too am tempted by the Charlotte tilbury glow range, I do like her products although think they are very expensive. I watched her tutorial on YouTube using the new glow palette, the model in the video is gorgeous - was disappointed to see though that it seems that a blurring filter was used on the video (this clearly was not needed!) Read in the comments and then watched back and you can quite clearly see for a second or so. Shame as the products should speak for themselves.

    UU the sanctuary lily and rose body lotion 75ml, not a huge fan of this. Very difficult to get out of the bottle and similar to the shower gel I couldn't really smell any rose.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 21st May 17, 9:59 PM
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    UU the sanctuary lily and rose body lotion 75ml, not a huge fan of this. Very difficult to get out of the bottle and similar to the shower gel I couldn't really smell any rose.
    Originally posted by KT2802
    I've got a Sanctuary body lotion - travel size- that I was using as handcream, for the life of me I couldn't get more than a 5p sized dab out of the bottle each time.
    If Sanctuary make it near impossible to dispense these cream type lotions they may be customer friendly and look a good buy in that they last longer (and I hate products that dispense too generously) but eventually people will get fed up with them.

    UU'd something I'd forgotten I had, a large bottle of a Garnier Ultra Body Lotion. I forget the variant, but it was a 7 days one for dry skin.
    WIB? Maybe, if on offer or even available. I've reviewed a lot of Garnier lotions but don't always spot them on shelves.
    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.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 21st May 17, 10:34 PM
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    Sunny money I too am tempted by the Charlotte tilbury glow range, I do like her products although think they are very expensive. I watched her tutorial on YouTube using the new glow palette, the model in the video is gorgeous - was disappointed to see though that it seems that a blurring filter was used on the video (this clearly was not needed!) Read in the comments and then watched back and you can quite clearly see for a second or so. Shame as the products should speak for themselves
    Originally posted by KT2802
    Thanks KT2802, I will check out the video. Might try and go to a store and get some samples before I splurge on the kit
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