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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2017
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    • 30th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2017 30th Jun 17 at 1:10 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 mcculloch29 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
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    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 6th Jul 17, 11:26 AM
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    WJN222
    morning all - hope everyone is enjoying the sun

    another sample sized UU for me
    UU: Charlotte Tilbury miracle cream sample: WNBA nice enough but nothing special for the price tag!

    July 6 UU: 1 IN
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 415 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 14lb of 28
    Clear the stash July OUT : IN = 17:2
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 6th Jul 17, 11:44 AM
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    ChicaBonita
    morning all - hope everyone is enjoying the sun

    another sample sized UU for me
    UU: Charlotte Tilbury miracle cream sample: WNBA nice enough but nothing special for the price tag!

    July 6 UU: 1 IN
    Originally posted by WJN222
    I always wonder about the Charlotte Tilbury stuff it it's any good...I've not tried any as the price tag puts me right off!
    House Deposit:£10,309.90/£15,000 = 68.73% Money Made'17 July:
    £4.95
    June: £5.35 May:£30.30April: £51.09March:£28.25Feb: £120.47 Jan:£14.35
    Total Made '16:£284.60
    • pirateyqueen
    • By pirateyqueen 6th Jul 17, 11:46 AM
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    pirateyqueen
    3 UU:
    • Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer 1 Minute Treatment – WNBA, nothing special
    • Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Mask – WNBA, nothing special
    • Soap & Glory Righteous Butter – WBA, love a good body butter!

    4 INs
    • Living Proof Full Shampoo - have finally run out of all shampoo and conditioner, so I've treated myself to this set
    • Living Proof Full Conditioner
    • Superdrug Glycolic Pads - these were on offer so I thought I'd give them a go to use on my body to get rid of bumps. Seems to be working really well so far!
    •Sanex hand cream
    No more goo hoarding!


    2017 UU: 34 IN: 8 TA: 1 Total: 51/78 2016 UU: 53 IN: 17 TA: 0 Total: 36/72
    2015 UU: 74 IN: 43 TA: 3 Total: 32/64
    2014 UU: 114 IN: 67 TA: 7 Total: 38/92
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 6th Jul 17, 9:30 PM
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    sstevo19
    Two INs today:

    Tigi Bedhead Dumb Blonde Shampoo 750ml
    Tigi Bedhead Dumb Blonde Reconstructor 750ml


    Both necessary as nearing the end of my current ones. And I got them for £14, so not too bad.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 7th Jul 17, 8:14 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a uu

    Fake Bake Amplify 236ml - WNB, this came in a M&S beauty box I think and it is more aimed at people boosting a natural tan but it does do the gradual tan thing, dries reasonably quickly and moisturises too.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 7th Jul 17, 11:02 AM
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    savingfortomorrow
    i may have missed caudalie shower gel. nice but have a tonne to use up

    tossed out la roche posey vit c moisturiser. it oxidized very fast and i would be reluctant to keep it beyond the expiry. It was free so no real loss but i would be very reluctant to buy it
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Jul 17, 12:43 PM
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    VALM
    3 more UUs
    VS conditioner from hair dye kit. Love this stuff.

    Kind Natured conditioner. Love this too.

    Rituals Himalayan Salt Scrub. WDNBA. Waste of money. Very dry and difficult to apply.
    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
    • fixx
    • By fixx 7th Jul 17, 1:23 PM
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    fixx
    Back in for this month, and some things to report already.

    UU:
    - Clinique for men charcoal face wash 30ml. WBA - Really liked this! Don't know why this is only 'for men' - I ignore that anyway. But a really nice effective cleanser.
    - Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate sample. WMB - skin is very happy and balanced today after using this. I always get on well with Kiehls, and I do like oil based treatments too. I'll look into it, and maybe purchase if the price is right.

    And some INs:
    - NYX warm neutrals palette. A cheaper version of the new UD Naked Heat palette Got it based on this review, and because I already have one of their palettes in a different colour combo, which I get on well with. http://www.beauddiction.com/2017/06/two-drugstore-dupes-for-naked-heat.html
    - And I also succumbed to the Elemis QVC TSV Delivery driver just arrived with it 10minutes ago.

    I'm not keeping all of it though - but it did have a few of my HG products in it, plus a new night treatment I wanted. I'm keeping: frangipani monoi oil and body lotion (HG products) and the Night cream-to-oil. Have already agreed to sell the cleansing balm through the QVSell FB group, and have also listed the marine cream and shower nectar (both of which I love, I just already have a lot of them!). So not awful INs

    Also sold two other pro-collagen marine cream a few days ago through the same group (seriously, I have loads ) and the buyer confirmed delivery yesterday, so two additional outs, offsetting the QVC purchase cost a little...
    Last edited by fixx; 07-07-2017 at 4:17 PM.
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 7th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    ChicaBonita

    I have my own PP going on, deadling 31st September, of the following items:
    • Finish shimmery eyeshadow in MUA 2 palette
    • Clarins liquid facial tan
    • No7 lipgloss
    • Mac lipstick in viva glam 5
    • HIt pan on 1 new blush
    • vita liberata facial fake tan
    • ELF loose powder
    • Burberry body spray
    • Marc jacobs lipstick
    • Finish gold eyeshadow in MUA 2 palette
    • Jack Wills body spray
    • Hit pan on one new eyeshadow
    • Finish sop & glory higlight/bronzer
    Originally posted by ChicaBonita
    UU my mac lipstick in Viva Glam V (I said 4 originally but that was wrong!) It's my first ever MAC lipstick and the pan inside the tube was so DEEP! It had a good 2-3 week's worth of product in there, and that was with me scraping it out multiple times a day at work.

    I WBA, it's a lovely nude-y colour that has shimmers in, which works well for me as I'm not a fan of flat nudes on myself. I have a maybelline dupe of this to use now, so wouldn't need another one for a while.
    House Deposit:£10,309.90/£15,000 = 68.73% Money Made'17 July:
    £4.95
    June: £5.35 May:£30.30April: £51.09March:£28.25Feb: £120.47 Jan:£14.35
    Total Made '16:£284.60
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 7th Jul 17, 2:53 PM
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    ChicaBonita
    Fixx that NYX palette looks like a good dupe for the UD one! I'm not sure how I'd get on with colours like that but it looks to have a good range. Are their eyeshadows creamy or powdery?
    House Deposit:£10,309.90/£15,000 = 68.73% Money Made'17 July:
    £4.95
    June: £5.35 May:£30.30April: £51.09March:£28.25Feb: £120.47 Jan:£14.35
    Total Made '16:£284.60
    • fixx
    • By fixx 7th Jul 17, 4:20 PM
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    fixx
    Fixx that NYX palette looks like a good dupe for the UD one! I'm not sure how I'd get on with colours like that but it looks to have a good range. Are their eyeshadows creamy or powdery?
    Originally posted by ChicaBonita
    Ooops, I forgot to add the link to the review/dupes Have added it now

    And its this one (I really like this blogger - US based, but very straightforward posts): http://www.beauddiction.com/2017/06/two-drugstore-dupes-for-naked-heat.html

    I do the nyx shadows very similar to UD, I can't really tell much of a difference from UD formulas I already had the nyx smokey palette, and I've found the colours lasting well from that, though I always use a primer too.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Jul 17, 4:39 PM
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    sstevo19
    One UU today:

    Paula’s Choice Calm SPF30 Mineral Moisturiser sample WPBA. This is great, so I may purchase it in the future.
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 7th Jul 17, 4:49 PM
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    ChicaBonita
    Ooops, I forgot to add the link to the review/dupes Have added it now

    And its this one (I really like this blogger - US based, but very straightforward posts): http://www.beauddiction.com/2017/06/two-drugstore-dupes-for-naked-heat.html

    I do the nyx shadows very similar to UD, I can't really tell much of a difference from UD formulas I already had the nyx smokey palette, and I've found the colours lasting well from that, though I always use a primer too.
    Originally posted by fixx

    I always find it so funny how close high-end palettes and their dupes are....like are they actually made in the same factory!? Thank you, if I decide to be naughty I might give that one a go
    House Deposit:£10,309.90/£15,000 = 68.73% Money Made'17 July:
    £4.95
    June: £5.35 May:£30.30April: £51.09March:£28.25Feb: £120.47 Jan:£14.35
    Total Made '16:£284.60
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Jul 17, 7:29 AM
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    sstevo19
    Two UUs, one from last night, one from this morning:

    Paula’s Choice Calm Toner Normal to Dry Skin sample WMBA. The second time I tried this, it was a bit more hydrating than the first time. But I think I'd still go for the Skin Recovery Toner over this.

    Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash 50ml WNBA. I've been using this as a hand wash and a foot wash for the past few weeks. It was way too harsh to use on my face. It was good as a slightly exfoliating foot wash because of the microbeads in it. I'm glad it's gone though.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 8th Jul 17, 1:02 PM
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    asajj
    Hi all, hope all well.
    Got my Lookfantastic beauty box and I have following INs:

    Cowshed Camomile Refreshing Toner 50 ml
    Mimitika Facial Sunscreen 10 ml pot
    Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14 ml
    Imedeen Collagen and Vitamin C drink 15 ml
    Revers Hot Makeup Bronzing Powder
    Moroccan Po; Hydrating Styling Cream
    Bare Necessities Highlighting Pencil/Crayon

    I think this is the first time that I wasn't very impressed with the box.

    I'm also selected to test Batista Dry Shampoo & Conditioner 2in1 so received one full and one travel size of the same. The travel size to give people to get their ideas on the product.

    I have UU'ed a pack of cotton pads and a bottle of mouthwash.
    Hoping to have some UUs this month.

    I will catch up with thread later this weekend hopefully. Don't know where the first week of July has gone but mine was busy and slightly depressing.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 8th Jul 17, 1:08 PM
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    London baby
    Uus:

    Aqueous cream
    Olive oil replenishing
    Nair hair remover

    ORS Protein leave in conditioner: WMBA
    Cantu shea butter hair repair cream: WNBA, nothing special. Didn't see any difference to my hair.
    Beautiful textures: Tangle taming leave in conditioner: WBA, great detangler for afro hair
    Lidl spf30 suncream: WMBA, good value for the price.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Jul 17, 7:55 PM
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    sstevo19
    Another UU from this morning:

    Nivea Stress Protect Roll On Deo 50ml WBA. This was nice, it has a nice scent and last a long time.
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 8th Jul 17, 11:39 PM
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    getmyacttogether2016
    Evening everyone

    Couple more UUs for me from yesterday.

    5) Elemis sweet orchid body balm 100ml - WBA as liked this. It smelt nice, sunk in quickly and moisturised my skin very well.
    6) Flowers by Kenzo edp 1ml - WB full size. Like this scent, think it's the vanillia that does it for me. This scent made me feel happy and elegant ( sorry if sounds stupid).

    GMAT
    Last edited by getmyacttogether2016; 08-07-2017 at 11:42 PM.
    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 56 (inc makeup) TA 4, GA 1, IN 30
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 9th Jul 17, 4:14 PM
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    sunny_money
    I have finally gotten around to doing a PP list. I'm taking a different approach this time as my list was getting rather tired after 3 months.

    July PP list:
    *I've put my newer lip glosses and lipsticks in lock-down!* All my pre-UK items only be used this month, all 13 of them, in every shade I need really. I will use the horrible Lipcote when needed because I have no long lasting lippys left at all.
    Beyond Bronze by Fake Bake – Self Tanning Mousse – 210ml – twice weekly
    St.Tropez - Everyday Face tan 50ml – twice weekly
    Dove – DermaSpa Goodness3 oil – 150ml
    David Babaii – Hair Polish
    Testing all 5 of my concealers - I should be attempting to cover my dark circles but don't get on with concealer at all.

    UU – E45 cream, replaced with same from stash.
    Last edited by sunny_money; 09-07-2017 at 8:36 PM.
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 9th Jul 17, 5:20 PM
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    fudgesmoothies
    Had a very busy start to the month, i think its going to be slow going for empties this month! I've had lots of Ins, too many to list but they're done i'm confident all will be used completely so at least that's something.

    UU:
    Soap and Glory Shower Gelly mini WDNBA. Hated the texture of this, means i now don't need to try the Lush ones.
    Mark Hill Miracoilous Shampoo and Conditioner minis WNBA. I didn't like these, i don't really get on with any Mark Hill products so i must not buy any more in the xmas sales.
    Montagne Jeunesse Argan Oil Mud Mask WDBA. This is the best mask i've used from them, one of those that brings everything to the surface so need to remember that when using again!

    Still powering on through with my PP list and expect to have some empties when i go on holiday in a couple of weeks too.
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