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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 30th May 17, 4:29 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2017
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    • 30th May 17, 4:29 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2017 30th May 17 at 4:29 PM
    Here we go again for another month. As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to er, mcculloch29, that would be 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 June 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! Do de-lurk if you are lurking, this is one of the friendliest threads on MSE.

    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
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
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    January 2015
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    January 2017
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    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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Jun 17, 1:56 PM
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    VALM
    I have UUed two more items from my PP list:-

    Essie Gel Setter Top Coat - WBA. Shame I can never get fully to the end of a bottle. I know it's not just me but it is now a very gloopy mess with fibres dripping off the brush. Need to forage in Emma's room for the bottle of OPI Brilliance that I gave her for now.

    NARS lip gloss in peach. This was part of a gift set a couple of Christmases ago. Nice consistency. May invest in more. Do have three more from the set still though.

    Kind Natured shampoo
    Kind Natured conditioner
    Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush
    Benefit Goofproof eyebrow pencil
    Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Nude
    Essie Gel Setter Top Coat
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser
    Boots Extracts Peppermint Body Butter
    L'occitane conditioner
    Avon Senses hand wash
    Liz Earle Jasmine & Osmenthus Cleanse & Polish
    Nars Peach lip gloss - I have taken the stopper out of this

    As well, I have UUed a 50ml tub of Soap & Glory Righteous Butter. WDBA. Lovely stuff. I have one tub of Soap & Glory Sugar Crush left and then will have to use a Soap & Glory gradual tanner and my Tea Tree lotin until my Avon order comes.

    Have also ordered a 400ml bottle of Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser from a FB group for the price of the 200ml so pleased with that.

    My Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream tub will be finished tomorrow too.
    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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Jun 17, 5:35 PM
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    13) Clarins - double serum sachet - sample too small to make a decision, will see if I can get a larger sample.
    Originally posted by getmyacttogether2016
    A heads up, this serum has mineral oil as one of the main ingredients which make it too expensive for what it is. Mineral oil is useless for the skin. It even makes me breakout I love Clarins but I was gutted with this one. Obviously, it is a matter of choice
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 12th Jun 17, 6:21 PM
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    sunny_money
    INs
    Dove Dermaspa Goodness3 Body Oil 150ml
    Benefit Boing concealer - freebie
    Head & Shoulders for greasy hair 250ml - x2 - purchased with voucher
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 13th Jun 17, 8:23 AM
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    My PP list for June

    Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil
    Sanctuary Comforting Night Butter
    Crabtree & Evelyn Aloe Vera Shower Gel
    My Little Beauty Lipstick
    Elemis Skin Buff
    Yardley Peony EDT
    Avon Mattifying SPF50 Face Cream
    Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation
    Originally posted by dolly84
    My updated list. I feel like the Avon SPF will never end it feels really light but just keeps going.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 13th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
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    getmyacttogether2016
    A heads up, this serum has mineral oil as one of the main ingredients which make it too expensive for what it is. Mineral oil is useless for the skin. It even makes me breakout I love Clarins but I was gutted with this one. Obviously, it is a matter of choice
    Originally posted by asajj
    Thanks for that asajj, will give it a miss. Have plenty more serums/oils to go through

    GMAT
    VSP 2017 #5 £338.97/£450 (2016 #5 £493.26)
    £2 savers 2017 #23 £64/£200 (2016 #32 £228.00)
    PAYDBX 2017 #33 £2253.59/£2253.59 (2016 #33 4372.37/4372.37)
    Saving for Xmas 2017 #57 £181/365
    MFiT - T4 #41a 0/130,000 (#41 35,963/35,963)
    No buying toiletries 2017 UU 48/211 (inc makeup) TA 4, GA 1, IN 13
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 13th Jun 17, 8:49 PM
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    Hermia
    UU Le Couvent Des Minimes hand cream - WNBA as it is not moisturising enough so I had to use tons of it. I also don't like the aftershave smell. I don't think I have liked anything I have tried from this range which is a shame as the packaging is lovely!
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 13th Jun 17, 11:01 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    i opened my lancome pressed powder'- well the powder was in smithereens and feel onto the ground. would i buy it again... no it was too powdery and brushes pick up loads of powder. I have some loose powder and it is much nicer.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 13th Jun 17, 11:56 PM
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    asajj
    TA/UU - No 7 Lip Crayon (can't see the color name on the packaging).
    This was part of one of those GWP sets and I enjoyed using it however it is a bit too pink for my taste and skin color.

    A little bit left on it but it feels like a neverending job so I will TA this. It was also part of my uu by summer list.

    finish by summer
    No 7 pink crayon x
    new zealand eye cream x
    body shop vitamin e facial serum x

    benefint benetint
    they are real mini mascara

    So only mascara and benetint left.
    Last edited by asajj; 13-06-2017 at 11:58 PM.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Jun 17, 5:15 AM
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    VALM
    More UUs
    6 15ml tub of Elemis PCMC HG. More in stash.

    7 Cowshed Cow Pat hand cream finished this as a body lotion last night as I had cut the tube open. Got this as GWP. WNB. Awful stuff. Felt drying on hands.
    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
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 14th Jun 17, 8:19 AM
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    fudgesmoothies
    A couple of mini UU:

    Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, both 75ml WMBA. I liked this better than other Aussie products i've tried and they lasted a good few uses each. I'd probably only buy on offer though!

    My hayfever progressed into a full blown cold! Working as cabin crew really doesn't help my immune system!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Jun 17, 8:38 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a uu

    Right Guard Total Defense 5 Floral Power
    - WBA it did a reasonable job but I still sweat if I decide to walk up a big hill in a wool cardigan like I did yesterday.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 14th Jun 17, 8:56 AM
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    lucia22
    UU

    Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream 200ml - I used this on face and body and it's a great all rounder. It moisturises the skin without being greasy. WDBA.

    Herbal Essences Seriously Smooth Conditioner 200ml - I love Herbal Essences and this conditioner did the job. WDBA. Plenty to use from the stash first though!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017 (Total 2016 UU - 211)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of May - 53
    |June - UU - 13| Makeup Total UU to end of May - 2
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 14th Jun 17, 10:57 PM
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    A heads up, this serum has mineral oil as one of the main ingredients which make it too expensive for what it is. Mineral oil is useless for the skin. It even makes me breakout I love Clarins but I was gutted with this one. Obviously, it is a matter of choice
    Originally posted by asajj
    I have just seen on C Hurons instagram page that as from Sept this will not have any mineral oil in the ingredients.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 14th Jun 17, 11:37 PM
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    I have a body lotion that was sent to me to test. I decanted the remaining into a pot and will try to UU it this month.
    .
    Originally posted by asajj
    I have now UU'd this. So one unnamed product out. Wish I knew what it was as I didn't particularly like it.

    Also another one: Murad Anti-Ageing Blemish Advanced Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer. For the price, I didn't feel that I got good use out of this. Also unsure about the effectiveness. However sometimes you only see it after stop using it.I like the texture and it was very easy to apply though. I might buy again, if I find a good deal.

    1 IN: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Natural. I had £10 worth of Debenhams points so this cost £17 and I needed something like this to use in summer. This gets very good reviews and I only used once but really liked it.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 14th Jun 17, 11:38 PM
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    Thanks for that asajj, will give it a miss. Have plenty more serums/oils to go through

    GMAT
    Originally posted by getmyacttogether2016
    Looks like they have decided to remove mineral oil from this, from September Too bad I can't take my serum back for a replacement
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 15th Jun 17, 9:12 AM
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    lucia22
    UU

    Safemate Hand Sanitising Gel 57ml - Had this in my work bag. WDBA but have other hand gels in the stash to get through.

    Aussie Miracle Recharge Colour Lightweight Conditioning Spray 250ml
    - I love Aussie products and have always enjoyed using their conditioning sprays on my hair. WDBA. Have another Aussie spray in the stash to use up.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017 (Total 2016 UU - 211)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of May - 53
    |June - UU - 13| Makeup Total UU to end of May - 2
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 15th Jun 17, 3:32 PM
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    fudgesmoothies
    2 UU and a few essential in's

    UU:
    Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin 100ml WMBA. I got this as a freebie from the girl on the counter when i used to work in Boots. I did like this and haven't used anything with a similar formula, but the price tag is ridiculous! I'd happily use again but not sure i'd ever buy it for myself.
    Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream WDBA. Love this, smells incredible. This bottle seemed to go quite quickly, but never the less i'll always repurchase

    In's:
    Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner I don't have any full size shampoo and conditioner left, only minis!
    Imperial Leather Bubble Bath - Marshmallow and Muscle Soak On offer in tesco and needed something soothing to help shift this cold
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 15th Jun 17, 3:42 PM
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    mad_scientist
    2 more UU!!!

    8. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml - WBA I'm not sure it's a HG but I keep using it, I have a mini and I think another full size in my stash and I want to try the Botanics version to see if its a cheaper alternative

    9. Lush Rub Rub Rub - WBA, I really like the fragrance of this and it's good and scrubby, I just need to remember to use scrubs more often!

    Keep up the pampering ladies
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries, started May 2017 - 14UU
    • fixx
    • By fixx 15th Jun 17, 6:59 PM
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    fixx
    Soooooooo who has been drooling over the new UD Naked Heat palette?! It doesn't launch until 20th July, so safe for now - but ooooohhhhhhhh I want it! Perfect colours for me - but I already have 4 UD palettes, not sure I need it

    I really want to new red/wine coloured eye liner (Alkaline) too - it's amazing

    http://www.beauddiction.com/2017/06/urban-decay-naked-heat-launching-june-12.html
    Last edited by fixx; 16-06-2017 at 1:52 PM.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 15th Jun 17, 11:29 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    2 more UU!!!

    8. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml - WBA I'm not sure it's a HG but I keep using it, I have a mini and I think another full size in my stash and I want to try the Botanics version to see if its a cheaper alternative
    Originally posted by mad_scientist
    my local aldi have a liz earl versoin that is very good according to the papers. I looked at the ingrediants and they were very good, but i resisted as i hate washing my face.

    I have been very lazy for the last few days no make up or progress. I have a headache that made me go dizzy. I know it is stress and overwork, anxiety and sheer pressure. I have time off in july and i intend to relax.
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