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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
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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 9th Jul 17, 5:44 PM
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    Houseplant26
    Hi everyone.

    I went completely MIA. I've been going through a difficult time due to a relationship ending and having to move then move again. I'm doing ok now and I want to try to keep track of my UUs and INs again.

    I had the odd in, mostly feeling down purchases. However I also did some decluttering and ditched quite a few things, I'd guess around 20.
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 9th Jul 17, 6:26 PM
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    ChicaBonita
    Couple of ta's and one in:
    TA - collection eyebrow powder - this was my HG for a while, it's a powder with a wand, I actually still like this but I'm trying out a brow palette by HD brows now. This is cheap at £4.99 but I was having to buy one a month as the wand went wonky very quick and the powder didn't come out as well, so my logic was to buy something a bit more expensive that lasts a hell of a lot longer! May go back to this, see how it goes.
    Also TA dove summer glow tanning moisturiser - these are fine, but they always go streaky (and orange) on me and although I live in Essex I don't want that look! This is old now anyway so rather than risk dodgy-looking legs for a week I've just tossed it.

    IN - I caved and bought the CC cream from bourjois using B00ts points. Haven't used it yet but excited to try it again
    House Deposit:£10,856.75/£14,000 = 77.54% Money Made'17 August: £41.04July:
    £4.95
    June: £5.35 May:£30.30April: £51.09March:£28.25Feb: £120.47 Jan:£14.35
    Total Made '16:£284.60
    • asajj
    • By asajj 9th Jul 17, 8:14 PM
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    asajj
    Hi everyone.

    I went completely MIA. I've been going through a difficult time due to a relationship ending and having to move then move again. I'm doing ok now and I want to try to keep track of my UUs and INs again.

    I had the odd in, mostly feeling down purchases. However I also did some decluttering and ditched quite a few things, I'd guess around 20.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Sorry to hear that and hope you will be better and very soon.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 10th Jul 17, 4:50 AM
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    UU

    Yves Rocher Apricot Scrub. Nice, would buy again but have three scrubs in the stash and I'm trying really hard to be good.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 10th Jul 17, 8:47 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Paula’s Choice Calm Repairing Serum sample WMBA. I'm still undecided on this. The other day when I used it, it left my face tight. That could of been because of the serum or because I accidentally over-dried my face. Today, it's left my skin soothed, and not tight. Hm..
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 10th Jul 17, 1:51 PM
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    WJN222
    Hi All,

    Couple of UU and GA and IN to report
    UU 7: sample wella colour shampoo: WMBA was nice enough but prefer my usual
    UU 8: sample Wella colour conditioner - WMBA as above
    UU 9: Hask argan oil leave in spray - WMBA really helped detangle my hair and left it with a nice shine
    UU 10: Dove deo: WBA HG

    GA: Hask dry shampoo: I wasn't impressed so have given it to a friend

    IN 2: BM foundation: HG replacing one that is very nearly finished
    IN 3: BM mineral veil: as above.

    July so far UU 10, IN 3 GA 1
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 415 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 14lb of 28
    Clear the stash July OUT : IN = 17:2
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 10th Jul 17, 4:42 PM
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    It's been a slow month so far for UU. On the positive side, I've been really good at not impulse buying. There were only a few purchases last month - two body sprays.

    Still have to sort out the July PP list. Doing a house clear out and emptying multiple handbags so I might find a few extras to add to the PP list and some things to give away to friends and family.

    IN - Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream 200ml - My mum was clearing out and found this to give to me. I love this cream so I'll certainly get some use out of it.

    UU
    Baylis & Harding Beauticology Chocolate Shower Creme 50ml
    - I don't really like B+H products so I used this up as a hand wash. Have replaced with another B+H Beauticology Shower Creme to use as a hand wash. WNB but I got this as a gift so I wanted to use it rather than give it away.

    If the clear out today goes well, will come back here later with an updated PP list and a feeling of calm.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017 (Total 2016 UU - 211)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Aug - 84
    |Sep - UU - | Makeup Total UU to end of Aug - 3
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Jul 17, 7:39 AM
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    VALM
    Realised I posted these on wrong thread! Doh !

    UU: Superdrug Cotton Wool roll - Bought in error. Complete waste of money as it is so messy to use.

    Have hit pan this morning on my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush (using as bronzer)

    Hopefully these items will be UU this week:-

    Sanex deodorant - feels very light and is not applying as wetly as before.

    L'Occitane 10ml shea hand cream

    Boots No 7 face wipes - about three left

    M&S 75ml lavender shower gel. Tube feels light

    Australian body care tea tree body lotion - not pumping anymore. Have turned bottle upside down.

    L'Occitane shampoo.

    I rotate my perfumes and this week have pulled out my bottle of Paco Rabanne Olympea which does not have much left in it. I'll be sad to use it up and will definitely purchase a bottle from duty free when I go away to US.

    Repainted my nails at weekend and am wearing Nails INc Piccadilly Circus. I think this was the first Nails Inc lacquer that I acquired (probably a magazine freebie). It's a lovely colour. Will keep it.
    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 11th Jul 17, 7:40 AM
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    VALM
    Another UU - No 7 I think
    7 Boots No 7 face wipes HG Enough said.

    Repainted my nails last night and am wearing OPI Press * for Silver. May keep this to paint toes with in future. Not a fan of it on my finger nails.
    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
    • ChicaBonita
    • By ChicaBonita 11th Jul 17, 9:45 AM
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    ChicaBonita
    Few INs from eb@y:
    2 x lancome bi-facil 125ml (HG eye makeup remover, mine is almost done)
    2 x lancome hypnose masacara samples in black (never tried this before but it was cheaper for me to get this bundle than buy 2 separate makeup removers. Also helps that my mascara is almost out as well)

    One TA:
    Rimmel eyeliner pencil in jungle green - pretty sure I've had this since college. It's had some use over the years, but I tried to use it again yesterday as a bit of colour under my eyes with my normal eye look, and I just ended up like a panda after 2 hours. So giving up with it.

    One UU:
    Sample of urban decay primer potion in Eden - actually ended up really liking this. It comes out very white but as it settles on the eyelid it just acts as a brightener that really helps the eyeshadows you put over it "pop". The sample lasted me about a month as well. Considering purchasing this, probably not soon though as I have some more samples left. You do have to use a brush to buff this into the eyelids though, gets a bit messy otherwise!
    Last edited by ChicaBonita; 11-07-2017 at 9:55 AM.
    House Deposit:£10,856.75/£14,000 = 77.54% Money Made'17 August: £41.04July:
    £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 11th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Paula’s Choice Calm Repairing Serum sample Still undecided on this. Hmm... I've got one sample of it left to try and I'll probably just save my money and not buy it.
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 11th Jul 17, 4:33 PM
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    hello all, another UU
    UU 11: Eminence Red Currant mattifying mist - WDNBA, bloomin waste of money, did not mattify my skin and took forever to UU, I just hope the spray gave my skin some moisture - I'm glad to see the back of this one!
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 415 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 14lb of 28
    Clear the stash July OUT : IN = 17:2
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 11th Jul 17, 7:58 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    surprise use up urban decay eye liner, well the amount of product in it would make you weep, so small and really not a great product.

    My flomar concealer was totally empty, it was nice but oxidized a little
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Jul 17, 9:21 AM
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    Two UUs this morning:

    Paula’s Choice Calm Repairing Serum sample WMBA. This was the last sample of this serum. It was nice, and I might purchase it in the future but not right now. It's nice and soothing.

    Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel 75ml WBA. This was nice. I like the scent and it cleans my skin well. Will definitely buy this in the future.

    I think I'm going to have a lot of UUs this month, which is good. I'm getting closer and closer to the end of my SPF, should be finished this month. I've got a body lotion that has a few more uses left, once I cut into to scoop it out. Also nearing the end of my cleansing balm, that should be finished in the next few days.
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 12th Jul 17, 9:53 AM
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    Hi all, another UU this morning - I seem to be on a roll this month!
    UU 12: Elemis Fragapanni Shower nectar - WMBA, this is really nice I just dont think i would pay for it - but very happy to use when it comes in the sets
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 415 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 14lb of 28
    Clear the stash July OUT : IN = 17:2
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Jul 17, 10:27 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a uu

    Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 250ml - I love this, very moisturising and a lovely comforting scent, expensive though so I WNB.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    A TA for me. Revlon Dramatic something or other mascara. Didn't like the. The wand was spiky and prickled my lashes. Have thrown it now as it has started to flake off. Am using L'Oreal Feline Volume something or other. Seems ok for now. Haven't found a High Street one to beat either Clinique Lash Power or YSL Babydoll unfortunately.
    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 12th Jul 17, 5:23 PM
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    sunny_money
    UU's
    Head & Shoulders for greasy hair - 400ml, shared with OH. Replacing with same from stash
    Est!e Lauder - Double Wear Foundation - 2 of 3 samples. This is great for summer but not sure if worth the price compared to cheaper brands..
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Jul 17, 9:03 PM
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    asajj
    So No7 has 3 for 2 and selected eye creams for £10 offer and I bought myself 3 youthful eye serum. Also I bought myself the new Lancome mascara. No outs yet.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • Carolyn12
    • By Carolyn12 13th Jul 17, 4:25 AM
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    Carolyn12
    Hi all,
    Hugs to all that need them. Feeling rather low at the moment, but struggling on.
    A few UU to move out of the stash:
    Superdrug red cherry and fig condtioner 400ml - two more in the stash after i bought the for i think 35p each. Very nice, light conditioner, and the scent lingers.
    Orginal source green banana and bamboo milk shower milk 250ml- nice enough. I do go through OS quickly though.
    St Tropez in shower self-tan 75ml- this has been in the shower for months, didn't see it make any noticable difference. WNBA

    Also UU a deodorant, so that's always good, as have a few if those lingering again for some reason.

    I hope everyone has a nice day.
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