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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries February 2020

edited 31 January at 8:58AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 31 January at 8:58AM 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 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!

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 this month 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!



Link to last months thread is below.



https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=6086405
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  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Thanks dolly84 for the new thread!

    My PP list for February is:

    La Roche Posay Lipikar Surgras Lipid Enriched Cleansing Bar 150g
    Lush Baked Alaska 120g
    Lush Handy Gurugu 100g
    Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser 95g
    Soap and Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF50+ 30ml


    It's small, but these are the products I would most like to finish this month.
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    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 4 February at 8:44AM
    February PP List

    Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic (b/f from January)
    [STRIKE]Clarins Tonic Shower Gel 200ml (b/f from January)[/STRIKE]
    Philosophy Shear Splendour Conditioner 1L (b/f from January)
    Moroccan Oil Light 200ml (b/f from January)

    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml
    Vaseline Rosy Lips
    Beautannia Bloomsbury Body Lotion 100ml
    Gillette Shaving Gel (small can)
    Epiderm Moisturing Cream 500g
    [STRIKE]CK Eternity EDP 30ml[/STRIKE]




    Finish 7 by Spring list.


    1.Garnier Oil Free BB Cream 40ml
    2. [STRIKE]Bare Minerals Mineral Veil[/STRIKE]
    3. Benefit Champagne Pink Eyeshadow
    4. Mini Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Taupe
    5. The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint
    6. Revlon Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie
    7. [STRIKE]Lanolips Rose Lip Balm[/STRIKE]


    Will not need to buy in 2020

    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation)
    Perfume
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2020

    Shampoo bar
    Cleanser - have one in use and two back ups
    Facial Oil - have one in use and one back up
    Curl cream - have one in use and one backup
    Deodorant - will be good for quite a while
    Hand cream - will be buying ingredients to make my own
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  • ponypalponypal Forumite
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    thanks dolly84!

    Feb goal is no buy, there is nothing I need!

    Finish 7 By Spring

    Our Tiny Bees Cocoa & Honey Bath Melt
    Superdrug Ice Wine Eye Cream - Finished Jan
    Lucky Cloud Coconut Lip Butter
    Superdrug Devotion Body Spray - Finished Jan
    Urban decay all-nighter eyeliner
    Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Chai
    LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser

    February PP:
    Tisserand Cucumber and Grapefruit deodorant
    REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser - really hoping to finish this up this month
    Roots intensive spray
    Lush Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner
    Lucky Cloud coconut lip butter
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  • EssexHebrideanEssexHebridean Forumite
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    Thanks Dolly - I'm in again!

    Target list for this month then:
    The Nivea Micellar water
    Then the L'Oreal eye make up remover
    A Clinique 50ml wash off cleanser
    The Molton Brown handcream that I have at work.

    Andy sadly one thing that is only still going currently because I'm eking it out -
    Clinique Moisture Surge - I don't want it to be gone though!

    I'll also aim to paint my nails at least once (first time in AGES if I do) and use at least one more facemask, and 1 of the bath bombs, as well as remembering to use body butter (currently on the go is S&G Righteous Butter and handcream.
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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    uu


    Clarins Tonic Shower Gel Concentrate 200ml - this is lovely but WNBA.


    I have given DD two bottles of Nails Inc glitter polish and donated two more plus one Essie glitter to the charity shop.


    A couple of days ago I tried to remove my nail polish and after 5 minutes rubbing away at two nails it hadn't budged, there wasn't even a smudge on the cotton pad. The nail polish is three coats of Leighton Denny Butterfly Wings (used many times before without an issue) and the remover is Superdrug's own brand regular one. What is going on with remover? Is it being watered down? Can anyone recommend one that actually works?
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  • BetharooniBetharooni Forumite
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    February PP list:
    - Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Body Wash
    - Listerine Advanced Defence Gum Treatment Mouthwash
    - Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment
    - Garnier Oil Beauty Oil-infused Restoring Lotion
    - Cold Pressed Olive Oil Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque
    - Nivea Cleansing Wipes
    - No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover
    - Sure Cotton Dry Anti-perspirant
    - Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel
    - St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted (GwP-don’t want so will sell or give away)
    - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream
    - No7 StayPerfect Superlight Foundation in Calico

    Finish 7 by Spring:
    - No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser
    - No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner
    - No7 Beautiful Skin Radiant Exfoliator
    - L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water
    - Chocolate Masque
    - Cucumber Anti-stress Peel-off Masque
    - Champneys Citrus Blush Shower Gel

    I am very low on some of the products in my PP list so I’m hoping to have several use ups within the next week or so.

    My plan for February is to go back through my toiletries and sort out any bits that I don’t think I’m ever going to use, with the intention of either trying to sell these, throw away or donate them.

    Am also planning to try out my Sensationail gel nail varnish stuff this month so I can start using some of my varnishes and related products.

    I am not intending to buy any toiletries this month.
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  • lantannalantanna Forumite
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    Feb is a no buy for me.

    I will have 6 in from my LF beauty sub.

    I don’t count deoderant, toothpaste and face wipes in my in and outs as they r just items that are just bought and replaced as used and I’ve got through my back up stocks.

    Eyeshadow palette for Feb is morphe fall into frost. Had this a couple of years and enjoyed it at one point so it’s back out to be used this month.

    I’ve booked a holiday for May so I’m going to separate some of my travel products from my stash for this. No point in using them up now and then shelling out for more to take when the time comes.

    Should see at least one bottle of perfume finish this month.

    My stocks are def down to a more manageable level. Predict I won’t need to buy any shampoo or conditioner this year, mind you I didn’t buy any last year either so that gives you an idea of what my stocks used to be like. I will allow myself some duty free shopping in May it’s my birthday so that’s my justification.
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  • confusedsavingconfusedsaving Forumite
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    Hi dolly84, I would like to join :)

    I haven't got a list of my entire stash written out but I know what I have (too much!!).
    I'm not sure what I would like to use up. Instead I know what my necessary purchases will be for this month.
    I only need toothpaste, conditioner, hair gel/mousse & possibly deodorant. So the plan is to only buy those items!

    Let me know if I should post my stash list :)
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    dolly84 wrote: »
    uu


    Clarins Tonic Shower Gel Concentrate 200ml - this is lovely but WNBA.


    I have given DD two bottles of Nails Inc glitter polish and donated two more plus one Essie glitter to the charity shop.


    A couple of days ago I tried to remove my nail polish and after 5 minutes rubbing away at two nails it hadn't budged, there wasn't even a smudge on the cotton pad. The nail polish is three coats of Leighton Denny Butterfly Wings (used many times before without an issue) and the remover is Superdrug's own brand regular one. What is going on with remover? Is it being watered down? Can anyone recommend one that actually works?

    The Boots acetone one. The key is to press down on the lacquer with the acetone covered cotton pad to apply heat then pull and press it downwards. X
    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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    I’m in again. Thanks for the new thread Dolly84.

    Welcome confusedspending. You should make a stash list even if it’s just for your eyes only. Will highlight the key area(s) you could work on.

    So my Finish 7 by Spring Challenge

    Too Faced Rich Girl
    MAC Dare You lipstick
    NARS Gilda Blush
    NARS Outlaw Blush
    Rollin In Dough from Chocolate Gold palette
    Stila Bubbly from In The Light palette
    Hourglass bronzer from the Edit 4 palette

    My PP List
    Amika Bombshell Blowout spray (cf from January
    Jack Wills body spray (cf from January)
    Lacura Moisture Boost face cream (cf from January)
    MAC Prep & Prime Fix Plus setting spray
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom cleanser
    Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue
    Lacura Q10 serum
    Nivea deodorant
    Paco Rabanne Olympia body lotion
    The Ordinary Rosehip oil
    Lush Cup o Coffee

    I’m expecting some orders this month of my Elemis cleanser, Korea’s body butter and from Colourpop, Don’t really want to buy anything else other than my Amika Bombshell Blowout spray. Want to try and eek out my tee makeup remover.
    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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