No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries November 2020

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  • dolly84
    dolly84 Posts: 5,851 Forumite
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    I'm thinking of joining in with this challenge but the area I really need to use up is makeup!

    In 2019 I decided to not buy a single new toiletry and make do with what I had, and to make me feel more motivated I decided to keep every bottle I'd used! It was really interesting seeing it all laid out because actually it made me realise that it really wasn't a lot of stuff... proof that what I already have is going to last me a long while.

    How do you guys manage to reduce make-up in current pandemic times? My skincare items are genuinely running out and I don't feel bad about buying new ones because I always use up what I have first before rebuying. But I had a bad habit of buying pretty make-up (especially eyeshadows) when I realised I just don't use it.

    I also feel bad binning it. I gave away some bits to friends but I don't just want to throw it in the bin.

    I work for an online retailer and (when I was in the office) we had regular sample sales which include make-up. Usually it's only been swatched and photographed. You could pick up designer make-up items for £1 a pop, so my collection really grew. I'm also not allowed to resell any of it. 

    Early this year I decided to push hard to finish up a very old mini eyeshadow palette (Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes. And not the bigger one they make, the tiny one!) Well I finished off the pale pink shade but I still have loads of the brown left and I've not worn it since March so it's not going down. Worst of all... I know for a fact this item was a treat I bought myself when I started my first proper job IN 2012



    I think everyday is worth looking and feeling your best so if makeup helps with that (as it does for me) then wear it even if all you plan to do is clean the house and walk the dog.  I've been wearing a red lip for dog walking and riding.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • dolly84
    dolly84 Posts: 5,851 Forumite
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    I have some NBI's

    Cowshed Salt Scrub
    Cowshed Invigorating Body Lotion
    Cowshed Blissful  Body Lotion
    Mandara Spa Coconut & Shea Shower Gel & Body Lotion

    I have had the Invigorating body lotion before and really loved it, I think it came in a beauty box but I never actually purchased one due to the price so I am happy to have these and my friend didn't want them so at least they won't go to waste.

    Does anyone remember what friends are?  I think we are on 14 weeks now where I live since you've been able to meet family and friends and before that it was only a few weeks and only in your garden. 
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • London_baby
    London_baby Posts: 436 Forumite
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    edited 5 November 2020 at 8:03PM
    I'm thinking of joining in with this challenge but the area I really need to use up is makeup!

    In 2019 I decided to not buy a single new toiletry and make do with what I had, and to make me feel more motivated I decided to keep every bottle I'd used! It was really interesting seeing it all laid out because actually it made me realise that it really wasn't a lot of stuff... proof that what I already have is going to last me a long while.

    How do you guys manage to reduce make-up in current pandemic times? My skincare items are genuinely running out and I don't feel bad about buying new ones because I always use up what I have first before rebuying. But I had a bad habit of buying pretty make-up (especially eyeshadows) when I realised I just don't use it.

    I also feel bad binning it. I gave away some bits to friends but I don't just want to throw it in the bin.

    I work for an online retailer and (when I was in the office) we had regular sample sales which include make-up. Usually it's only been swatched and photographed. You could pick up designer make-up items for £1 a pop, so my collection really grew. I'm also not allowed to resell any of it. 

    Early this year I decided to push hard to finish up a very old mini eyeshadow palette (Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes. And not the bigger one they make, the tiny one!) Well I finished off the pale pink shade but I still have loads of the brown left and I've not worn it since March so it's not going down. Worst of all... I know for a fact this item was a treat I bought myself when I started my first proper job IN 2012



    Welcome!
    Great work on your 2019 no buy. Really admire your discipline. I always give in to 'great bargains' as an avid moneysaver. Funnily enough, pre-lockdown mk I, I hardly ever wore make up but now I wear more when I do get the opportunity to go out. I guess I just miss having the choice of not wearing it.

    You can now 'bin' your make-up items such as mascaras, palettes etc guilt-free at certain Boots recycling points and you'll be rewarded £5 in points on the day https://www.boots.com/boots-recycling-scheme.
    I'm not sure how long it will last as it's quite generous since you only need to deposit 5 items. The recycling bin was brimming with normal household recyclable beauty things so I think people are slightly taking advantage, no pun intended. I'm sticking to recycling the harder products but I'm only depositing 5 at a time as there's no difference in the amount of reward if you deposit more. There's always a glitch somewhere that MSErs exploit, lol. 

  • savingfortomorrow
    savingfortomorrow Posts: 1,058 Forumite
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    edited 5 November 2020 at 10:00PM
    I bought 2 bars of soap in Holland  and  barrett.  They smell lovely. Sometimes a small treat that you know you will use up is good when there are so many long haul items. 


  • VALM
    VALM Posts: 5,827 Forumite
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    I'm thinking of joining in with this challenge but the area I really need to use up is makeup!

    In 2019 I decided to not buy a single new toiletry and make do with what I had, and to make me feel more motivated I decided to keep every bottle I'd used! It was really interesting seeing it all laid out because actually it made me realise that it really wasn't a lot of stuff... proof that what I already have is going to last me a long while.

    How do you guys manage to reduce make-up in current pandemic times? My skincare items are genuinely running out and I don't feel bad about buying new ones because I always use up what I have first before rebuying. But I had a bad habit of buying pretty make-up (especially eyeshadows) when I realised I just don't use it.

    I also feel bad binning it. I gave away some bits to friends but I don't just want to throw it in the bin.

    I work for an online retailer and (when I was in the office) we had regular sample sales which include make-up. Usually it's only been swatched and photographed. You could pick up designer make-up items for £1 a pop, so my collection really grew. I'm also not allowed to resell any of it. 

    Early this year I decided to push hard to finish up a very old mini eyeshadow palette (Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes. And not the bigger one they make, the tiny one!) Well I finished off the pale pink shade but I still have loads of the brown left and I've not worn it since March so it's not going down. Worst of all... I know for a fact this item was a treat I bought myself when I started my first proper job IN 2012


    Welcome. I wore makeup every day during lockdown to help me feel like I was at work. I’ll be still in the office so no change there. The only item I find hard to use is my Stila Glitter n Glow eyeshadow although I made an effort to wear it each time we went out. 
    I find it hard to pan a whole eyeshadow palette as I get bored. Was working on Smashbox Full Exposure last year and this and am halfway through but try to rotate through other shadows too for variety. It is satisfying to get through any make up item.
    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
  • VALM
    VALM Posts: 5,827 Forumite
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    3 UUS
    A sample sachet of shampoo and conditioner. Don’t know the brand name though the packaging had a picture of a lightbulb on it. Was nice but not enough product in them.
    Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes shower gel. This took ages to UU. Have one last shower gel in my stash and am going to save it until my E45 cream is UU so I can layer it with its corresponding body cream. I do use ABC Skinwash as a first cleanse but will use this solely for now.
    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
  • sstevo19
    sstevo19 Posts: 1,492 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post I've been Money Tipped!
    Two INs from the other day:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml
    La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water 150ml

    A few essential skincare products :) I really need to start looking for new moisturiser, as I worry it's going to get harder to get the Hydreane one in the future. The Ordinary moisturiser I got the other month, I have used it in the past, but now it's left my skin very congested and bumpy. And it was the only new thing in my routines. Hm. 
  • asajj
    asajj Posts: 5,123 Forumite
    First Anniversary Name Dropper First Post Rampant Recycler
    UU - Sample of Sisley Eau De Campagne Shower Gel.
    Quite disappointing to be honest as apparently full-size costs £55 for 250ml.
    ally.
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