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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 me 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 can 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 February 2018 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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  • edited 31 May 2018 at 1:08PM
    snorfing_alongsnorfing_along Forumite
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    edited 31 May 2018 at 1:08PM
    I know I'm a day early for June but I've fallen off the wagon this month and bought 3 new make up products (2 were lip glosses which I don't even use that often) with a 3 for 2 offer in the Body Shop, so I want to continue my U's from April and pretend May never happened

    No 7 beautifully matte foundation - hit the pan but it's a bit too heavy and light coloured for summer I'll use it as long as I can with a bit of bronze
    Body Shop pencil concealer - still going
    Lee Stafford - anti fizz spray - 1 application left
    Body shop facial shimmer stuff - still going
    Dove Summer Glow - been using a St Tropez one instead
    Body Shop primer - this is steadily going down
    Body Shop Satsuma shower gel - used up (don't know how to do a strikethrough
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  • edited 1 June 2018 at 6:20AM
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    edited 1 June 2018 at 6:20AM
    My PP list for June:

    Lush Twilight Shower Gel 250g
    Lush Santa's Postbox 100g
    Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2 in 1 Serum & Moisturiser 50ml
    The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Gel-Lotion 250ml
    Colgate Plax Gentle Care Extra Mild Mouthwash 500ml


    A small PP list this month. I'm just working on using up products I have before I get anything else. I will have 3 INs this month, I'm hoping not to buy anything this month. I may treat myself but I'm going to keep in mind I have a lot of products to use.
  • edited 30 June 2018 at 10:17AM
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    edited 30 June 2018 at 10:17AM
    My PP list for June:

    [STRIKE]Ren rose shower gel[/STRIKE]
    Crystal Clear Quartz body wash
    Aveda shampure body wash
    Cerave body lotion
    [STRIKE]Aveda rosemary mint shampoo[/STRIKE]
    Aveda rosemary mint conditioner
    Aveda damage remedy treatment
    [STRIKE]Elemis cleanser[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Ila toner[/STRIKE]
    Ren rose face wash
    Living proof prime
    Korres rose face mask
    Aveda eye cream

    Ambitious but lots of them are nearly done :rotfl:
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  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    I would like to be in for another month, thank you for starting us off again sstevo19.:A

    I will do a new PP list, I have 2 INs due today, but have been trawling through my stash in an attempt to stop me being tempted to buy things. Time to update my "no buy" list me thinks.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • snorfing_alongsnorfing_along Forumite
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    I have 3 UU today
    Lee Stafford anti humidity spray probably WNBA - this worked a bit but it mainly just made my hair look a bit flat, I've found a good conditioner blocks out humidity just as well
    Lacura Facial wash (Aldi) - WNBA cleaned my make-up off but left my face a bit red and tight afterwards, just didn't agree with my skin completely
    Lacura Mud Mask WBA - this is a nice mud mask with and exfoliator in it so it polishes your skin as you wash it off, my skin feels really soft, smooth and clear after using this but I have a similar mask from the body shop that I want to use up before getting any more
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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in.


    We've just returned from a weeks holiday in Northumberland - it was gorgeous on the beaches there.


    I had a uu whilst away


    MAC Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie - WNBA, this was my first MAC lipstick and will be my last. The colour was OK, a bit browny nude for me but the product just isn't good enough to justify the £16+ price, it disappears very quickly on the lips, no staying power when not even eating or drinking. I can get really good lipsticks for a third of this price.
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  • edited 21 June 2018 at 3:15PM
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    edited 21 June 2018 at 3:15PM
    My June PP list

    Crabtree & Evelyn Savannagh Garden Shower Gel 500ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Savannagh Garden Body Lotion 500ml
    Philip Kingsley Moisture Balance Shampoo 1L
    [STRIKE]Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter 200ml[/STRIKE]
    Clinique Moisture Surge 15ml
    Essie Mini in Roar Orange
    Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream 15ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 25g



    My 7 by Autumn list

    1. Bourjois CC Cream
    2. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
    3. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
    4. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
    5. Soap & Glory Cheekmate
    6. Revlon Photo Finish Powder
    7. Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Black

    Will not need to buy in 2018

    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Night cream
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup of any sort
    Perfume
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2018

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - should get through most of the year
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use
    Day cream - should get half way through the year
    Nail polish remover - already purchased so should be fine for a while.
    Curl cream - do have a few so should get quite a way through the year
    Deodorant
    Hand cream - should get halfway through the year
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for starting new thread ssteveo.



    Items left over from May PP List:-

    Flora Mare eye cream
    OPI Original Nail Envy
    No 7 Nourishing cuticle cream
    ABC Skinwash




    To be added:-


    Bath & Body Works Magic in the Air shower gel
    Bath & Body Works Magic in the Air body lotion
    L'Occitane repairing shampoo
    Avon eyeshadow from Warm Cashmere duo
    Chanel 144 lip gloss
    Jean Paul Gaultier Classique perfume sample



    Finish 7 by Summer



    [STRIKE]
    MAC Whenever You Call eyeshadow
    No 7 Chilli lip lacquer
    NYX concealer
    OPI Apartment for Two mini
    L'occitane Jasmine & Bergamot fragrance[/STRIKE]
    [/STRIKE]

    [/STRIKE]


    Urban Decay Easy blush
    NARS Cruella lip crayon


    I need to make a real effort with these two products. Have been combining the NARS lip crayon with the Chanel gloss.
    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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    dolly84 wrote: »
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in.


    We've just returned from a weeks holiday in Northumberland - it was gorgeous on the beaches there.


    I had a uu whilst away


    MAC Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie - WNBA, this was my first MAC lipstick and will be my last. The colour was OK, a bit browny nude for me but the product just isn't good enough to justify the £16+ price, it disappears very quickly on the lips, no staying power when not even eating or drinking. I can get really good lipsticks for a third of this price.


    We are going to Newcastle this weekend to bring Emma home from Uni. We keep meaning to tag time on to stay on the coast. She's looking into staying on for a year to do a Masters Degree so still some time I suppose.


    Well done on using up the MAC lipstick. I own that colour too and it is very pink on me. I'm not really enjoying using the Brave one mainly because of the smell but, like you say, the price is making me think twice about ditching it. I think I'll have to make more of an effort once the NARS Cruella pencil and Chanel lipgloss have gone.
    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
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    First UU of the month : 75ml Bare Minerals Intense Power Serum. I loved this at first but now I prefer the new Elemis cream.
    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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