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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2019

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM 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!


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

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  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    I'm in again for another year. I'm on a mission this month to use up all the products I don't like or I don't get on with.

    My PP list is:

    The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream 30ml
    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Pro Recovery 40ml
    Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum 80ml
    Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner 118ml
    Paula’s Choice Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturiser 60ml
    Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 100ml
    REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml

    It does seem like a lot but I'm hoping that with consistent use I can finish everything on the list. I'm going to resist buying new products this month, and only buy something to replace something I finish and if I have no back up ready.
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    Thanks for the new thread Steveo and Happy New Year everyone. The only item I want to buy this month is a bottle of ABC Skinwash. Have been without it for a while and miss it so much. Can’t order at the moment as I’m awaiting a replacement credit card because mine was used fraudulently by someone trying to treat themselves with numerous Argos orders on Christmas Day!

    My concealer is getting low. I think I still have enough AP to order the NYX one I like however hope to get through January before replacing.

    My PP List

    No 7 Cuticle and Nail Cream
    Elemis PCMC
    Elemis Overnight Matrix
    Atelier Cologne Bois Blonde soap
    Vaseline Body Lotion
    Nivea Deodorant
    Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather handcream
    Bare Minerals Bare Pro concealer
    Cremo Shave Cream
    Atelier Cologne perfume samples. I have 8. Want to work through them all.
    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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  • edited 19 January 2019 at 8:53AM
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in. My lists are as follows:

    'Finish 7 by Spring' items.

    1. Benefit single eyeshadow in champagne pink colour
    2. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick mini in Amethyst
    3. Max Factor All Day Flawless foundation
    4. Clinique High Impact Mascara
    5. Guerlian Mascara mini
    6. No17 Eye Brow Pencil
    7. Rimmel Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Keep Mauvin

    Will not need to buy in 2019

    Shower gel - one can of Rituals foaming shower gel bought January
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks - one Bumble & Bumble styling cream bought January
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation)
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2019

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - will need to buy in Spring
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use -
    Day cream - only have one in use and one backup
    Nail polish remover -
    Curl cream - have one in use and one backup
    Deodorant - will be good for quite a while
    Hand cream - have ordered 2 from Avon which are due soon.

    My January PP list

    Liz Earle Tiare & Jasmine Shower Nectar 250ml
    L'oreal Ever Riche (might be Ever Sleek) Conditioner 250ml
    Estee Lauder Beautiful Body Lotion 100ml
    Cerruti 1881 EDT 50ml
    Ren Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser
    Avon Age Restore Hand Cream
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel 1L
    Sally Hansen Top Coat
    L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo 250ml

    That's it from me for now, enjoy this evening folks however you prefer to spend it.
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  • Eyes Stash. In again and for the duration.
  • edited 10 January 2019 at 9:48PM
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    edited 10 January 2019 at 9:48PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in again for January (and for 2019!). I've checked my stash today and I start with 146 items.

    My current PP list is:

    Aveda shampure shampoo
    Aveda shampure conditioner
    Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel
    [STRIKE]Liz Earle Eyebright[/STRIKE]
    Aveda body oil
    Dr Haushka rose day cream
    [STRIKE]Living Proof Prime[/STRIKE]
    Korres rose face brightening mask
    Keihls Ultimate hand cream
    Nuxe lip balm
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 4/91 UU, 0 IN
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  • maddiemaymaddiemay
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    Thank you for the new thread sstevo.

    Please count me in for January, PP list is
    150ml Superfacialist Rose Cream Cleanser
    41g Mitchum Stick AP/Deo
    100ml Alpha-H Liquid Gold
    400ml L’Oreal Fibrology Conditioner
    15ml Clarins SOS Repair Concentrate
    15ml NIOD FECS
    30ml Pestle & Mortar Pure Hylaronic Serum
    30ml Nip+Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot
    65ml Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
    200ml Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellar Water
    400ml Aldi Carino Hairspray
    10ml? Estee Lauder Beautiful Love perfume

    Stash total stands at 111
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  • edited 1 January 2019 at 6:37PM
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    edited 1 January 2019 at 6:37PM
    Thanks for the new thread OP and Happy New Year!

    These are my INs from the post-Christmas sales, nothing needed now for quite some time so no excuses!

    Calvin Klein Minis Set - CK All EDT 10ml, CK One EDT 10ml and CK One Gold EDT 10ml

    2 x Clarins Make-up heroes sets - Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 5ml - Shade 01, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch 15ml (full size of my HG primer), SOS Primer 5ml - Universal Light and Supra Volume Mascara 3.5ml

    DKNY Be Delicious Body Lotion 100ml and EDP 30ml

    Elizabeth Arden White Tea Body Cream 100ml and EDT 100ml

    Gucci Minis Set - Flora EDP 5ml, EDT 5ml and Gardenia EDT 5ml x 2

    NARS Orgasm Set - Blusher 4.8g, Illuminator 30ml and Multi-Purpose Cream Stick 14g

    (Stocked up on body scrubs and I will keep the Peppermint stuff for warm weather)
    The Body Shop Berry Bon Bon Body Scrub 250ml and Shower Gel 250ml
    The Body Shop Frosted Berries Sugar Scrub 250ml
    The Body Shop Peppermint Candy Cane Body Butter 200ml, Body Scrub 250ml, Hand Cream 30ml, Shimmer Mist 100ml and Shower Gel 250ml
    The Body Shop Vanilla Marshmallow Body Scrub 250ml
    The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub 250ml
    The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose EDT 100ml

    2 x YSL Touche Eclat Sets - Blur Primer 10ml and Touche Eclat Shade 1

    INs from November but forgotten(!!)
    No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer x 2
    No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask 100ml
    (Bought during the 3 for 2 across skincare & Cosmetics where you could also use the £5 and £3 vouchers)

    Unplanned Purchases
    A'Kin Set spotted while doing my Ocado shop - Cleanser & Toner 140ml, Rose Mist Toner 150ml and Rosehip Oil Lotion 150ml

    No7 5 Steps to Radiance Set (for £8 when the mask alone is normally £15 so I couldn't resist!)
    Beautiful Skin Day Cream Normal/Dry SPF15 25ml, Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry 25ml, Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask 100ml, Radiant Results Revitalising Daily Face Polish 15ml and Radiant Results Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water 30ml

    Actual Necessities
    Oral B Toothpaste 75ml - Deep Clean
    Oral B Toothpaste 75ml - Strong Teeth
    Superdrug Charcoal Toothpaste Normal 75ml
    Superdrug Charcoal Toothpaste Sensitive 75ml
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  • Well I did some budget reviews and looked at my spending and my beauty spending is a little like a kid in a seeet shop 😂

    I’ve got draws full and had LOADS for Xmas AND bought in the sales 😱🙈 So it’s time to start using some stuff up!!

    I won’t list my INS as it would take me all day but I have got some UU from pash few days

    LUSH shampoo (juicy one) WDBA once my shampoo stash is under control.
    2 x RADOX bubble bath WMBA I buy sometimes when on over and low on my “fancy” bath stuff
    LUSH balm cleanser (can’t remember again) WNBA as I’ve got enough cleansers to last me a couple of years probably 🙈
    GANTINEAU peeling expert WDBA once all similar used
    PERCY AMD REED hair mask WNBA sample from sub box. Was ok.

    For me that’s amazing as I don’t actually use my stash daily so I’m using up the bottles with dregs in.

    I’ve got a target stash to use up in Jan and I’ve cleared out a draw with just those in so I’ll be using these first as all open. This will make me look after myself a lot better too so I’m actually excited!!!!
  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    Welcome Legittrying and Happy New Year everyone!

    My first UU of the year:

    The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Gel Lotion 60ml WPNB as a full size. Pink Grapefruit is not my favourite scent from The Body Shop. But it does the job and it moisturises my skin well.
  • edited 1 January 2019 at 4:29PM
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    Welcome Legittrying love your name!!

    My first UU of the year:
    Elemis night cream sample - my mum is a beauty product obsessive and often sends me stuff/gives me stuff which is quite useful but sometimes I am not a fan so plan is to get through all these samples first!

    Here is my current stashlist: Total 70 (or 71 inc now used up item above)

    Hair Products
    Lush Roots Hair Treatment
    Superdrug style expertise heat styling spray
    Aveda purifying scalp cleanser
    Roots intensive spray
    COOP haircare dry shampoo
    Roots Double Effect Silk Finish Conditioner
    Lush Godiva Shampoo Bar
    Lush Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner

    Bath products - plan is actually to make these last as long as possible
    Lush Butterbear bath bomb
    Lush Perle De Sel bath bomb
    Lush Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar!
    Lush Puddy Holly Bubbleroon
    Lush Golden Wonder bath bomb
    Lush Shoot For The Stars bath bomb
    Lush Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb
    Lush Lord Of Misrule bath bomb
    Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar

    Yorkshire Soap Co Happy in Harrogate
    Lush The North Polar Bear Left the Tap on Soap
    Lush Cinders Shower Gel
    Lush Bucks Fizz Body Conditioner

    Lip balms
    Crazy Rumors mint chocolate lip balm
    Lush none of your beeswax lip balm
    Lucky Cloud coconut lip butter
    Spouts farmers market crazy coconut lip balm

    Body Moisturisers
    & other stories Topanga Waves Body Lotion
    Lush Dream Cream
    Palmers Cocoa Butter Original Solid Formula (about 1/3 left)
    Nivea suncream
    Lush Once Upon A Time Body Lotion
    Superdrug Hand and Nail Cream

    Face Products
    Elemis Superfood Night Cream sample
    Elemis Superfood facial oil sample x 2
    Dermatologica ultra smoothing eye serum
    Elemis superfood facial wash
    Lush eau roma water - okay this was unused but in going through my stash I have found it was open and leaking! So less than half left, v sad.

    Deodorant/body spray/perfume
    Sure Cotton Dry roll on - absolutely hate this, have been using natural deodorant for 8 years but was in a bind during the heatwave last summer and got this and now I am stuck with it for a while.
    Salt of the earth deodorant travel size
    Superdrug devotion body spray

    Essence stay all day concealer
    Urban decay concealer pencil
    Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara - think this was a free sample
    Barry M feature length mascara
    Urban decay Naked Skin foundation
    Urban decay all-nighter eyeliner
    Mina pencil eyeshadow in black
    Mina cream eyeshadow in a green colour
    Makeup Revolution Foundation stick
    Essence to the moon and back eyeshadow palette

    Nail products
    Superdrug nail polish remover - this is my go to holy grail so In just replace when I need a new one! One day everything I own will be like this, I hope!
    Nails inc Hyde park basecoat
    Barry M Peel It peel off base coat

    Nail Polishes:
    American Apparel glitter polish in Americana
    Avon Gel Shine in Emerald City
    Avon mark Gel Shine in Olive-it
    Avon Nail Style Studio satin matte n Island Goddess
    Barry M Superdrug Limited Edition in Icicle
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Black Cherry
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Blue Jade
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Chai
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Black Pistachio
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Cardamom
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Damson
    Miss Sporty gel shine no 510
    Nails Inc Wigmore St (freebie with Glamour)
    O.P.I in Lost my bikini in Molokini
    PS (primark) black nail polish ‘witchcraft’
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