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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2017

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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
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July 2012
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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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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread And. I'm in.
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  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread mcculloch29 I'm in again. I'm going to try and not buy anything in June.
  • savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    Count me in as i need to work down the stash.

    My first out will the horrific lipstick i bought easier in the week... i would had more value from a large latte in starbucks. It would have lasted longer and been more enjoyable.

    Has any one seen elf in store in superdrug yet? The city centre is a nightmare for parking so i try and avoid it.
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Count me in as i need to work down the stash.

    My first out will the horrific lipstick i bought easier in the week... i would had more value from a large latte in starbucks. It would have lasted longer and been more enjoyable.

    Has any one seen elf in store in superdrug yet? The city centre is a nightmare for parking so i try and avoid it.
    I saw a picture on Instagram of a store with the Elf stand up, but no product were on it yet :/
  • fixxfixx Forumite
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    I'm back in :)

    I'm carrying over a few things from May PP, plus have the 5 by summer still to finish, so not really adding much this month:

    June PP
    - Neal & Wolf Hair Oil (carry over from May)
    - Garnier Summer body lotion (carry over from May)
    - Carrefour lip balm (carry over from May)
    - Nivea hand lotion (carry over from May)
    - Champneys body lotion
    - Max Factor Mascara

    And my 5 by summer list
    - Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
    - Erno Laszlo face cream
    - Kedma eye cream (using on decolletage)
    - Ark face scrub
    - Soap and Glory Micellar water
  • WJN222WJN222 Forumite
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    Hello all,

    I'm in for June. May was a write off, not because I bought loads - I really only bough what I needed and 1 other item of makeup but because without concentrating on UU (with the help of the thread) then I kinda lost my way.

    Not going to make a list just try and UU as much as I can - especially bits that are open! will take a few samples away with me this weekend and make a start!
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  • Thanks for the new thread And!

    I'm in again, I have 2 months left in Hong Kong before I pack up and head home (via a holiday in Japan first!) and I need to focus on getting rid of as much as possible. I had a couple of sort throughs of my toiletries last month and have pulled out quite a few things I want to finish or haven't used for a while and want to try again.

    I won't make a proper PP list this month but in my head I have already decided what I'm targeting for my UU. Quite a few things should finish soon, my C&P and face wash tubes are both cut open and my shampoo bottle is very light :D

    Good luck everyone!
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread And. I am back of course.

    My updated list for 5 by Summer.

    Culling of old nail polishes

    No7 eyeshadow. One of the teeny ones that come with GWP. . I have hit pan. Am hopeful of finishing this by the end of the challenge.

    [STRIKE] Kat Von D eyeliner [/STRIKE]

    Urban Decay Vice eyeliner. I am going to swap this for the Urban Decay Zero eyeliner. I have decided I don't like coloured eyeliner and will stick with either black or brown. To be truthful though after loving the Kat von D liner I am not even enjoying using the Zero one. I do have an Eyeko felt type liner in stash and can't wait to start this.

    The Body Shop Amazonian Lily perfume.
    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!

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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Updated PP List for June:-

    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

    The abvoe are carried over from May. The shampoo and conditioner are getting low and I have hit pan on the Colour Tattoo too.

    I did pull out the NARS Ablatross heighlighter to use but I don't like it. It's too stark. Whilst I like the other blushers in the NARS palette I'm bored of using them and so am putthing them out of rotation for this month. I have the UD GS palette out in any case and have been using the highlighter in there although as an eyeshadow.
    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!

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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Has any one seen elf in store in superdrug yet? The city centre is a nightmare for parking so i try and avoid it.

    No, was not aware of this. The Superdrug near work is pretty big too so no doubt they will get 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
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