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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2017

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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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 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!


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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  • wondercolliewondercollie Forumite
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    Thank You!

    I'm the world's slowest user upper!
  • ChicaBonitaChicaBonita Forumite
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    I'm going to join again this month, as I may be moving out in the next few months so need to make sure I'm not taking any dead weight (ie unnecessary beauty products!) with me.

    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 4
    • 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

    Out of this PP I have already finished:
    - Hourglass powder in diffused light
    - Hit pan on contour powder in wet 'n' wild palette

    I've just bought a Nina Ricci perfume off a FB group for half price, that should be my last IN for the whole of the month, although I may need shower gel but if I need to I'll buy a cheapy one. MUST NOT BUY ANYTHING ELSE!! Please slap me if I do :rotfl:
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    My PP list for July:

    Simple Kind To Hair Gentle Care Shampoo 200ml
    La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid 50ml
    Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm 4.8g

    These are the three oldest items I have open. The shampoo has been open since October, and the other two since November. The SPF and Lip balm are nearing the end so they should be finished in a week or two. The shampoo is going to take a while though.
  • getmyacttogether2016getmyacttogether2016 Forumite
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    Thanks sstevo for starting the thread, I'm in again this month.

    Will update with my pp later and also need to submit my last UUs on the June thread.

    Lost my way for far too long but now back on board and hoping to lead a more simplistic lifestyle

    Grocery challenge £103.91/£200
    2020 Fashion on the Ration 47/66
    No buying unnecessary toiletries - UU 0/24
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One sample UU:

    Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner sample WPB but need to try the other sample to commit. I used it last night and my skin was soft and smooth this morning. There must be an active ingredient in this as it advises SPF use if used during the day. It was hydrated though, so this is a good toner for me :)
  • sunny_moneysunny_money Forumite
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    Last travel UUs it seems:

    Tresseme -Conditioner 24hr Volume 100ml - makes hair frizzy
    Benefit - PoreProffessional Emergency Matt gel tiny sample - Not enough to test really
  • I'm in again this month - had 31 UU and 9 TA for June. I'm hoping to get close to this again, using up my travel size and mini's is definitely helping.

    My PP list:
    -Nivea Eye makeup remover
    -Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm
    -Michael Kors Wonderlust EDP
    -Clarins Water Purify One Step Cleanser
    -Clinique Face Wash
    -Elvive Anti Frizz Hair Serum
  • edited 19 July 2017 at 8:08AM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 19 July 2017 at 8:08AM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    I'm in again.

    My PP list

    1. Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Body Butter 200ml
    2. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Orange & Mint 150ml
    3. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser 50ml
    4. Elemis Frangipani Shower Gel 200ml
    5. Fragrance Library Wet Garden 50ml
    6. Imperial Leather Sherbert Lemon Shower Gel

    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
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

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  • getmyacttogether2016getmyacttogether2016 Forumite
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    Morning all

    My PP for July

    Gatineau radiance gommage
    V05 texturising gum
    Elemis quiet mind temple balm
    Liz Earle eyebright lotion
    OPI avonplex cuticle oil
    Boots firm hold mousse
    Boots maximum hold hairspray
    Elemis sweet orchid shower cream
    Elemis sweet orchid body cream
    Elemis pro-radiance cream cleanser
    Foot detox patches x15
    Any 2 make up items (1x sample & 1x full size :eek:)
    Any 4 samples

    Lost my way for far too long but now back on board and hoping to lead a more simplistic lifestyle

    Grocery challenge £103.91/£200
    2020 Fashion on the Ration 47/66
    No buying unnecessary toiletries - UU 0/24
  • wondercolliewondercollie Forumite
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    Yves Rocher Lily of the Valley shower gel 200ml.

    Lovely, light scent. Really lathers well and a little goes a looong way. Will buy the next time there is a good offer in the mail.

    Nothing else seems to be running down. But I am starting to see wear marks in some eyeshadows!
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