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    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Aug 17, 8:07 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2017
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    • 31st Aug 17, 8:07 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2017 31st Aug 17 at 8:07 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 sstevo19 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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    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-08-2017 at 8:10 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 (58/142 UU, 35 INs)
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 4th Sep 17, 8:21 AM
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    dolly84
    My Finish 5 by Autumn list:

    1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow RSVP mini
    2. Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer - Dark Brown
    3. Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Brown Glow
    4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Powder Blush - mini
    5. No7 Cream Blush in Candlelight

    The brow pencil and cream eyeshadow may be finished but I haven't even hit pan on the blush, it is a tiny GWP blush so this product is amazing value for money.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Sep 17, 8:28 AM
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    sstevo19
    One UU from last night:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere moisturiser sample WBA and have.

    I have no samples left at all now!
    • elvishnoodle
    • By elvishnoodle 4th Sep 17, 2:38 PM
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    elvishnoodle
    I so very much need to do this
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 4th Sep 17, 11:08 PM
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    lynseydee
    A bit slack on my UUs at the moment but I did finish off a perfume this morning. Only another 31 to go
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Sep 17, 8:03 AM
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    VALM
    I have both the OPI colours you mention and love Wooden Shoe Like to Know but do find OPI chips quickly on me.

    I repainted my nails last night with Maybelline Really Rosy on fingers and Essie China Doll on toes.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Of all the brands I own I find that Sally Hansen and Essie wear best. Wooden Shoe is now chipped but I didn't have time to repaint this morning. Will do them tonight.
    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 5th Sep 17, 8:11 AM
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    The count down is on - I am moving house by the end of the month. I'd like to try and UU as much as possible, but to be honest I don't think I will UU that much by then, and don't have time to consider a supporting PP. At least I'm happy with my general progress. From now on I am on a new tighter budget so I will be trying budget brands like Lacura.

    UU
    Unknown conditioner tester
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Sep 17, 8:46 AM
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    VALM
    My Finish 5 by Autumn list:

    1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow RSVP mini
    2. Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer - Dark Brown
    3. Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Brown Glow
    4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Powder Blush - mini
    5. No7 Cream Blush in Candlelight

    The brow pencil and cream eyeshadow may be finished but I haven't even hit pan on the blush, it is a tiny GWP blush so this product is amazing value for money.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Well done. I loved the RSVP shadow when I used it however at the time had a Laura Mercier Rose Glow Caviar Stick to use. Out of the two I prefer the Benefit one as the Caviar Sticks keep breaking on me.
    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 5th Sep 17, 8:48 AM
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    VALM
    First UU for September
    One UU from last night:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere moisturiser sample WBA and have.

    I have no samples left at all now!
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Well done on your graduation xx

    I so very much need to do this
    Originally posted by elvishnoodle
    Jump in. x

    First UU - Batiste dry shampoo. Have back up ready.
    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
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 5th Sep 17, 2:42 PM
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    Houseplant26
    Hi all, wanting to rejoin for September and try to stick with it! August was a bad month for ins...

    So I'll start with some outs, I GA 7 nail varnishes and TA 4.
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 5th Sep 17, 9:16 PM
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    xcarlyx
    I would like to join this challenge too I also have created a toileteries used up page in my bullet journal to track
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 5th Sep 17, 9:33 PM
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    sstevo19
    Welcome xcarlyx
    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 5th Sep 17, 11:11 PM
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    InaPickle
    Hello everyone!

    I've got another UU: Oil of Aloe Heat Protection Straightening Spray (Strong Hold) 200ml.

    WIBA? I have no idea whether it did the job or not. T'was cheap and cheerful. I might buy again but I'm not sure.
    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~

    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th Sep 17, 5:07 AM
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    VALM
    I would like to join this challenge too I also have created a toileteries used up page in my bullet journal to track
    Originally posted by xcarlyx
    Welcome.

    I am in the process of painting my nails. Really don't feel like it cos I've started with this cold that's going round and nose is dripping like a tap. Too vain not to paint them though lol. Am wearing Avon Naked Truth.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 6th Sep 17, 9:04 AM
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    dolly84
    Welcome xcarlyx.

    I have some uu

    Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse - this was a full size and took ages to use, I don't find it absorbs well so WNBA, did like the scent though.

    Elemis PCMC 30ml - the last of many, many GWP tubes and pots of this, WMBA if it wasn't for the price.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 6th Sep 17, 10:05 AM
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    sunny_money
    Welcome xcarlyx
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 6th Sep 17, 2:19 PM
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    xcarlyx
    Thank you all for your kind welcomes I am a 24 year old who lives with parents but my best friend is an avon rep so thats bad for me buying shower gels and bubble baths!
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 6th Sep 17, 2:30 PM
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    Hermia
    Thank you all for your kind welcomes I am a 24 year old who lives with parents but my best friend is an avon rep so thats bad for me buying shower gels and bubble baths!
    Originally posted by xcarlyx
    I was kind of happy when my friend gave up being an Avon rep. At one point I could have opened up my own hand cream and bubble bath store!
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 6th Sep 17, 2:35 PM
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    xcarlyx
    I was kind of happy when my friend gave up being an Avon rep. At one point I could have opened up my own hand cream and bubble bath store!
    Originally posted by Hermia
    I've got 5 coming next month
    Even though I bath daily they dont seem to run out very quickly :O X
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 6th Sep 17, 4:08 PM
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    Houseplant26
    Welcome Carly!

    I'm glad I don't have any friends who are Reps, I bet it's hard to say no if they're a mate.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 6th Sep 17, 8:27 PM
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    London baby
    Small sample UUs:

    Bodyshop White musk edt WNB
    Hawaian Tropic Silk hydration WMB, smells nice and sinks nicely into the skin
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