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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!


    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
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    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-08-2017 at 8:10 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 (57/142 UU, 35 INs)
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 6th Sep 17, 11:03 PM
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    LF beauty box is in. Very pleased with this month's box -
    Illamasqua Gel Sculpt 4g
    Hikari Eye Shadow Quad in Tonya
    EveLom Cleanser 20 ml + muslin cloth
    Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste 40 ml
    Decleor Hydra Floral Anti Pollution cream 15 ml
    Eyeshadow brush

    Also visited Waitrose today and saw Korres products on sale. Bought 2 packs of facial wipes, 3 shower gels and 2 body milks for half price each.

    UU'ed a mini Porefessional primer. This never works on me, my make up disappears and looks horrible. Maybe I should wait more before putting on my make-up but I don't have that much time.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 7th Sep 17, 7:27 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    It is when they've just lost their job
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 7th Sep 17, 10:23 AM
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    I have a uu

    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 50g - WBA but have more of this and other hand cream in the stash.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Sep 17, 10:38 AM
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    One UU from last night:

    Gum SensiVital Soft Pick WPBA as it was nice. I might get some to keep in my bag for when I'm out and about to use to get food particles out from between my teeth.
    • MarieJohnson
    • By MarieJohnson 7th Sep 17, 10:50 AM
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    Thanks for starting this useful thread. My PP list for September is

    body mesh sponge
    bath and shwr gloves
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 7th Sep 17, 5:21 PM
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    First UU of September:

    Yes to Blueberries shower gel. WBA. Really liked this, moisturising, lasted ages.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 (57/142 UU, 35 INs)
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Sep 17, 5:31 PM
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    3 UUs

    1L ABC Teatree Skinwash - HG product

    Avon Skin So soft body lotion. OK Probably WNBA.

    Sample L'Or!al face mask. The green one. Nice. May repurchase.
    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
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 8th Sep 17, 10:11 AM
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    Morning all,

    Does anyone have it where they use up a shampoo and a shower gel at the same time or is it just me?

    1 x Dolly Mixtures Bubblegum Shower Gel 300ml - WBA
    1 x Avon Cleansing & Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner in Mango & Ginger - 250ml - WNBA, my hair just becomes greasy quickly as with this
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Sep 17, 8:29 AM
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    I have a uu

    L'oreal Elvive Triple Resist Shampoo 400ml - WMBA, this was nice and my hair did seem to benefit from it, the conditioner is still going. I have so much shampoo in the stash I can't consider buying anything at the moment.

    I repainted my nails with Liz Earle Moonlight - a lovely blue, grey.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Sep 17, 8:51 AM
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    I TA another nail colour yesterday- OPI Nein Nein Nein OK Fine. Very little product on the brush so it's gone. Am wearing ESSIE Ladylike.
    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
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 9th Sep 17, 10:19 PM
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    Four INs to report: Odylique shampoo, cleanser, moisturiser and lip balm. The lip balm was a freebie and I'm pretty low on al the others
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 (57/142 UU, 35 INs)
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 9th Sep 17, 11:50 PM
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    Hesperides Grapefruit Eau de Parfum 30mls. Already replaced. A favourite citrus scent for work.

    Lancôme Cils Booster XL Mascara base. It was a "deluxe" sized sample that is almost identical in size to the one you buy (which I did). Lashes aren't breaking anymore and don't seem so dry when the mascara comes off.

    Got two face creams and a wash that should be done by the end of the month.

    I'm finally getting to the point where I can toss things without feeling guilty.

    The push is too use up samples, the little foil packets that multiply and take over you counter top.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 10th Sep 17, 10:52 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 50ml WDBA. This is my favourite range from The Body Shop and I'm tempted to get a big tub but I don't know whether I'd use it all up before it went bad. I've got a £5 voucher at The Body Shop to use before the end of the month. What to buy?
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 10th Sep 17, 6:06 PM
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    One UU this morning:

    The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 50ml WDBA. This is my favourite range from The Body Shop and I'm tempted to get a big tub but I don't know whether I'd use it all up before it went bad. I've got a £5 voucher at The Body Shop to use before the end of the month. What to buy?
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Hand cream?
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 10th Sep 17, 6:54 PM
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    Hand cream?
    Originally posted by wondercollie
    Well I ended up buying three things. I got the Almond & Honey hand cream, another tub of the Camomile Cleansing Butter and a big tub of Shea body butter. But I did save about £14. It came to £29 altogether but there's a 30% off code on the website and I had a £5 reward, so I only paid £15 for it all
    • shed35
    • By shed35 10th Sep 17, 8:48 PM
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    This is my first September update

    Here we go

    Waitrose Baby Coconut Oil
    Sure 24 Hours Deodorant
    Rosemary Essential Oil
    Body Shop Satsuma Soap
    Body Shop Orange Body Sorbet
    Superdrug B Glycolic Cleansing Peel
    Palmolive Sensitive Shower Gel
    Champney Travel Blush Shower Creme
    Champney Travel Blush Daily Scrub

    Palmolive Sensitive Shower Gel x 5
    Total= 79

    There is more used as I tidied my spreadsheet.

    Hopefully will go below 75 for the first time ever. When I started doing this about 2 years ago, I started with 144 products. Hurrah!!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 11th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    I have a uu

    Yes to Carrots Nourishing Mask 50ml - I like this but find that it is deep cleansing not nourishing, it is a clay which dries quickly so all done in just over 5 minutes. WBA.

    and a GA

    Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer to DD to replace her Collection one.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Sep 17, 11:41 AM
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    One UU from last night:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml WDBA and have. This is my HG cleanser. It's nourishing and gentle and hydrating. It's perfect and it smells divine. I'm going to start using the Clinique TTDO balm to see what it's like, I've heard good thing about it. But I've got another tub of this on it's way to me
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Sep 17, 11:43 AM
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    My PP list for September is going to be

    The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser
    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter - This is nearing the end so should be finished in the first week or so
    Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm
    Lush Rose Jam shower gel - This is so big and never ending
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list. There's not much left in the Aloe cleanser, that should be finished next week
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 11th Sep 17, 1:04 PM
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    The Body Shop - Spa of the world Scrub-in-oil - 350g. There was lots of oil left so I added some table salt but oh no left me itchy and I've now wasted the oil, lesson learnt. Can anyone recommend another really oily scrub?
    La Roche Posay - eye cream - 2ml sample. Don't think I'll get to Aldi this week, any recommendations for a cheap eye cream available at Boots?

    Boots dry shampoo
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