No Buying Toiletries In September Challenge!

edited 31 August 2010 at 1:36PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 31 August 2010 at 1:36PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Thanks to trudij for preparing last months (where this has been loving copied from lol) and here goes for another successful month - GOOD LUCK!!!

Well, believe it or not, it's soon the 1st September so here we go with the NEW THREAD!!


This fab challenge was set up in January 2010 by katie clampet

Here's her original challenge post:

"No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, pefume 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 are making great progress reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

Come and join us for the month of September. The more the merrier!!

Regulars ignore this, but I thought a quick resume might be helpful for newbies;

Why not add the challenge to your sig 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!!

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 extravagently to finish it off is sometimes too much to bear!)
Brand new products ( or opened perfume) sell well on ebay
Unsuitable products can be 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 as mentioned earlier.
It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots, Bodyshop, 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'll always be another deal!

Good luck all for September and remember to keep popping in for inspiration and support.


Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier :hello:

Good Luck Girlies :j

Useful abbreviations!
WIBA - Will I Buy Again
UU - Use Ups
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 ;)
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!

If anyone can think of anymore we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon! :hello:
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  • edited 28 September 2010 at 7:49PM
    Jacks_xxxJacks_xxx Forumite
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    edited 28 September 2010 at 7:49PM
    :wave: Here's my ever shrinking list. I'll add the Mally stuff I just bought when I'm sure I'm keeping it. I'm also leaving Dental out because it's not frivolous or reduceable. Red is for UseyUppys Green is for stuff I chucked out because it's years old and doesn't suit me anyway! Purple is for new purchases this month, and Grey is for the eye pencil I appear to have lost.

    In Use

    Haircare
    Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 1000ml
    Philip Kingsley Maximiser 125ml
    Hairfix Heat Therapy conditioning treatment
    Frizzease
    Toni & Guy Jamelia Shampoo 250ml

    Skincare
    Mir Argan Oil 30ml
    Mir Cleansing Gel 200ml
    Mir Exfoliating Cleansing Gel 200ml
    Mir Skin Refresher 200ml
    Ren Mayday Rescue Balm 50ml
    Dermalogica Clean Start Bed time for Breakouts 60ml
    Dermalogica Sheer Tint Redness Relief spf 15 40ml nearly finished!
    Meaningful Beauty Mask 50ml
    Elemis Papaya enzyme mask 50ml
    Shizen Face Oil
    Alpha H eye complex
    Nude Cleansing Facial Oil 100ml
    Ren Rose Complex Moisture 15ml nearly finished!
    Ren Detox Mask 1 x 5ml nearly finished!
    Ren Glycolactic Mask 1 x 5ml nearly finished!

    Make up Palettes
    Models Prefer Backstage Pass Viva Glam
    Pop Eyeshadow Trio Plum
    Pop Eyeshadow Trio Grey
    Smashbox Pro palette eyeshadows
    Jemma Kidd English Rose palette
    Bobbi Brown Essentials eye palette Down to the pan on this one!
    Bobbi Brown Bridal palette (white one)
    Bobbi Brown Bridal palette (black one)
    Bobbi Brown Raspberry palette
    Bobbi Brown Mauve palette
    Bobbi Brown Pink palette
    Bobbi Brown Violet palette
    Bobbi Brown Summer Pink palette
    Bobbi Brown Sun Kissed palette
    Bobbi Brown Jet Setter palette
    Bobbi Brown Lip palette dark
    Bobbi Brown Lip palette light
    Bobbi Brown Nude palette
    Bobbi Brown Ski Slopes palette
    Bobbi Brown Face palette for eyes and cheeks - Indigo
    Bobbi Brown Face palette for eyes and cheeks - Smoke
    Bobbi Brown Face palette for eyes and cheeks - Espresso
    Bobbi Brown Antigua palette
    Mally Tribeca Taupes eye palette
    Mally Eyelift shadow Duo - Taupe
    Mally Brightening Shadow Duo -Plums

    Blushers & Bronzers
    Jemma Kidd Contour & Flush
    MyFace Paradisio Pink
    Dior Blush Rosebud
    Everyday Minerals Soft Touch
    Mally Shimmer Shape & Glow In the Pink Lighter
    Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Cherub nearly finished!
    YBF Cheek Color Passion Petal Blush
    Cosmetics a La Carte Silk Touch
    Prescriptives In Bloom Cheek Color Cool 02
    Bobbi Brown Bronzing Gel
    Jemma Kidd trio bronzer
    Mally Brightening Powder Blush in Pink Glow

    Primers, Correctors, Foundations, Concealers & Powders
    Jemma Kidd Pro Bio Complex Veil nearly finished!
    Jemma Kidd Pro Bio Complex Veil
    Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser
    Makebelieve Tinted moisturiser
    Jemma Kidd Pro Mineral Skin Tint
    5 Everyday Minerals foundation Samples
    3 Christopher Drummond mineral make up samples nearly finished!
    Bare Escentuals Fairly Light
    Bare Escentuals Medium
    Amazing Cosmetics Concealer nearly finished!
    Mally Cancellation Concealer & setting Powder
    Bare Escentuals Bisque
    Everyday Minerals concealer sample nearly finished!
    Everyday Minerals concealer sample
    YBF Neutralizing Creme nearly finished!
    Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil nearly finished!
    Bare Escentuals Tinted Mineral Veil nearly finished!

    Eye Bases
    Jemma Kidd I Rescue Complex Cover
    Urban Decay Primer Potion nearly finished!
    Laura Geller Eye Spackle
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance

    Highlighters
    Smashbox French Kiss
    Prescriptives Magic Illuminating Liquid Potion
    Bare Escentuals Spotlight
    Jemma Kidd Highlighter
    Makebelieve Highlighter
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Epernay
    Mally Eye Brightener
    Shavata brow arch enhancer pencils
    Benefit Eyebright pencil

    Mascaras
    Lancome Definicils
    Lancome Definicils

    Lip Liners
    Mally Nude Light
    Bobbi Brown Mauve x 2
    Bobbi Brown Baby
    Urban Decay 24/7 Wicked

    Lip Balms
    Shizen Lip Balm nearly finished!

    Lip Gloss
    Bobbi Brown Crystal Clear Lip Gloss
    Bobbi Brown Lip Tint
    Bare Escentuals Lip Guard
    Fran Wilson Amethyst
    Fran Wilson Star Ruby
    Fran Wilson Imperial Garnet
    Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss x 2
    Smashbox O Gloss nearly finished!
    Smashbox Smile Brightening Lip Gloss nearly finished!
    Fran Wilson Pink Diamond
    Fran Wilson Forever
    Prescriptives Sassy Lip Gloss
    Laura Geller Better than Bare
    Laura Geller Party Pink
    Jemma Kidd lip Gloss Candy
    Jemma Kidd lip Gloss shell
    Jemma Kidd lip Gloss Fuchsia
    MyFace Gloss Glamorous
    Mally Blossom nearly finished!
    Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick - Starburst

    Lipstick
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Rose Petal
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Blue Raspberry
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Pink Sequin
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Berry Mauve
    Virgin Vie Sheer Mulberry nearly finished!
    Laura Geller Victorian Quartz
    Laura Geller Venus
    Lancome 06
    Fran Wilson Cute
    Myface Vintage Pink

    Eyeshadows
    Duwop Shadowlift Heat
    Sue Devitt Eye glides Bambari
    Sue Devitt Eye glides Kouri
    Sue Devitt Sierra Leone
    Sue Devitt Lonely Splendor
    Bobbi Brown Woodrose
    Bobbi Brown long wear cream shadow Sand Dollar
    Models Prefer Taupe Cream eyeshadow
    Models Prefer Earth mist Mousse eyeshadow nearly finished!
    Jemma Kidd Antique cream shadow
    Smashbox ASAP
    Smashbox Pronto
    Too Faced Label wh0re

    Eyeliners
    Laura Geller Bewitching Bronze Eye Rimz
    Laura Geller Firewater Eye Rimz
    Models Prefer Eyedentity Plum
    Models Prefer Eyedentity Olive
    Revlon Vital Radiance Soft Espresso
    Revlon Vital Radiance Soft Brown
    Revlon Vital Radiance Soft Denim
    Revlon Vital Radiance Soft Khaki
    Revlon Vital Radiance Soft Black
    Clinique Cream Shaper Chocolate Lustre nearly finished!
    Clinique Cream Shaper Chocolate Lustre/ Cream Lustre
    Clinique Cream Shaper Cocoa Shimmer / Mink
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Cocoa Mauve
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Bronze Shimmer
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Espresso
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Graphite Shimmer
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Violet shimmer
    Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Ivy Shimmer
    Smashbox Cream eyeliner On Trend
    Smashbox Cream eyeliner Thunder
    Smashbox Cream eyeliner Putty
    Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Starstruck
    Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Fanclub
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Surat
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Chiang Mai
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Zaire
    Urban Retreat Black Kohl eyeliner
    Collection 2000 Glam Crystals eyeliner grey
    Mally Lash Illusion
    Mally Evercolour Starlight Waterproof Eye pencil - Gunmetal

    Brows
    Jemma Kidd Brow palette
    Mally Brow Boost

    Nail Polishes
    Creative Nail Design Spike
    Creative Nail Design Cuppa Joe
    OPI Marooned On The Subway
    OPI Nutcracker Sweet Glitter Top Coat
    OPI The Grape Lakes
    Leighton Denny Butterfly Wings
    Leighton Denny Sugar Daddy mini
    Nails Inc Caviar Base Coat
    Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat
    Nails Inc Elizabeth Street
    Nails Inc New York
    Nails Inc London
    Nails Inc InStyle Mink
    Nails Inc St Johns Wood
    Nails Inc Duchess Street
    Nails Inc Belgrave Place
    China Glaze LOL
    China Glaze Liquid Leather
    Nubar Purple Beach
    Misa Fatal Affair
    Zoya Freja
    Zoya Iris
    OPI Princesses Rule Mini nearly finished!
    OPI Plugged in Plum Mini
    OPI Over the Taupe Mini nearly finished!
    SpaRitual Mystic
    SpaRitual Hypnotic

    Hands and Feet
    Scholl Heel Repair Cream
    Scholl Hard Skin Softening Cream

    Bath and Body
    A'kin bodywash 500ml
    Boots P&P Body Serum 200ml
    Elemis Lime and Ginger Hand & Body Wash 300ml nearly finished!
    Dermalogica stress relief oil
    Dermalogica Hydroactive Mineral Salts
    Shiseido Daily Bronze 150ml
    Ren Seaweed & Sage body wash 200ml
    Ren Neroli & Grapefruit body wash 200ml

    Fragrance
    Jo Malone Grapefruit
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere


    In The Stash and not in use yet

    Haircare
    Hairfix 123 1 50ml
    Hairfix Heat Therapy conditioning treatment 9 x 25ml
    Louise Galvin Mask 125ml
    Louise Galvin Mask 100ml
    Toni & Guy Erin Shampoo 250ml
    Toni & Guy Helena Shampoo 250ml

    Shower gel
    A'kin bodywash 500ml
    Ren Neroli & Grapefruit body wash 200ml
    Ren Rose Body wash 50ml
    Ren Rose Body wash 200ml

    Body Products
    Ren Rose Body Cream 100ml
    Ren Grapeseed Jojoba Body cream 250ml
    Ren Grapeseed Jojoba Body cream 50ml
    Ren Grapeseed Jojoba Body cream 50ml

    Skincare
    Ren Jojoba Microbead purifying facial scrub 200ml
    Neals Yard Powerberry Daily Moisture 50ml
    Gatineau eye compresses 2 pairs
    Alpha H eye complex 15ml
    Mir Argan Beauty Oil 5ml
    Ren Glycolactic Mask 4 x 15ml + 2 x 5ml = 70ml
    Ren Detox Mask 1 x 15ml
    TreSonic spare heads x 6

    Makeup Backups
    Amazing Cosmetics Concealer 6ml
    Revlon Vital Radiance Green Corrector pen
    Models Prefer Taupe Cream Shadow with attached eyeliner
    YBF neutralizing cream

    Hair dye
    Nice & Easy touch up
    Nice & Easy touch up
    Colorsport eyebrow tint
    Dyelash eyelash tint
    Perfect 10 Used up!
    Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Einstein
  • edited 31 August 2010 at 1:10PM
    BronnieBronnie Forumite
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    edited 31 August 2010 at 1:10PM
    OMG! to the above LOL!
    Follow that!

    I'm still here for September. Not much of a stash left, but trying to keep to the principles of use-up, use-up, use-up!

    Hopeful that the bar of unlovely soap in the shower that I started at the beginning of the year and use intermittently will, with concerted effort be out of my life by the end of the month. It has become something of a symbolic reminder to me of this challenge, but also a reminder of my roots and the twin facets of my character as it sits alongside my Clarins £43 eye cream. LOL!!!!
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Well here we are in September and as it's only three months away we'll all be no doubt thinking about the C word. I am going to be strong and try to keep some of the L'Occitane goodies I bought at Cheshire Oaks last week for my sister for Christmas.

    This morning I have UUed a 75ml tube of Daisy shower gel. Thought I may as well get this out of the way as the lotion had all gone already. On the go in my bathroom right now (as I love variety) are the following sets of matching shower gel and body lotion:-

    Tommy Girl, Philosophy Amazing Grace and Body Shop Love Etc.

    I have a L'Occitane Almond shower gel (must remember to decant some off for the holiday in October as MrM enjoys using this on holiday), half a bottle of TBS Cherry Blossom shower gel and a newly opened Philosophy Cinnamon Dots shower gel.

    Body lotion wise I have open: TBS Almond and Garnier Summer Body. I want to use these two up by the end of the month.
    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
  • roshydoshyroshydoshy Forumite
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    Jacks - you are an insipration to all of us!!! hope everyone keeps up the good work and i know this thread has been started a day early but a few of us have lost our ways with the days and months! good luck to all :) x
  • scubaangelscubaangel Forumite
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    Am in again this month, will get around to entering my stash at some point this month!
    It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
    Sir Terry Pratchett
    Find my diary here

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5135113
  • Jacks_xxxJacks_xxx Forumite
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    Bronnie wrote: »
    OMG! to the above LOL!
    Follow that!

    I'm still here for September. Not much of a stash left, but trying to keep to the principles of use-up, use-up, use-up!

    Hopeful that the bar of unlovely soap in the shower that I started at the beginning of the year and use intermittently will, with concerted effort be out of my life by the end of the month. It has become something of a symbolic reminder to me of this challenge, but also a reminder of my roots and the twin facets of my character as it sits alongside my Clarins £43 eye cream. LOL!!!!
    roshydoshy wrote: »
    Jacks - you are an insipration to all of us!!! hope everyone keeps up the good work and i know this thread has been started a day early but a few of us have lost our ways with the days and months! good luck to all :) x

    I know my list is getting shorter because it's getting a bit quicker to scroll past it now! :rotfl:

    It's because I'm not stashing or stocking up on anything. I buy what I need and some (:o) things I want, but they're to use now not put away.

    There's a very real chance that when my birthday rolls around next June I may be in actual real immediate need of Shower gels etc! :eek::D (I use my birthday as a stocking up opportunity usually.)
    Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Einstein
  • Afternoon all - I am in again for September - stash slowly reducing - now have 1136 items left to use! So although I do still cave in now and again and add things at least the number is decreasing rather than continually increasing.

    Did I read that the blank Sunday on the QVC listings was going to be a beauty day? Oh dear - will be on the thread for support that day then! I resisted the Decleor and Philosophy TSVs which I would have just done without thinking before joining the thread so that is good but on the downside I did cave in and buy the Elemis TSV - mainly because it had a 30ml size of the pro-collagen oxygenating night cream which is gorgeous. Now I have to use 5 items before I am 'toiletry neutral' in Sept and can then start reducing again. I do have quite a few splutterers so hope to manage this quite easily.

    My latest UUs include:

    Clarins gentle soothing mask - WIBA? not in a full size - this was GWP and was ok but didn't inspire me to commit to the full size - I prefer the Elemis exotic cream moisturising mask which is lovely and leaves your skin really soft

    Gatinea firming throat gel - WIBA? yes but am planning to use my Liz Earle moisturisers as my neck cream until they are all UU although I have filled a Gatineau collector card so may get a neck gel free from that so wouldn't technically be buying......and it does feel to be doing something when you apply it.

    L'Occitane foaming jelly - WIBA? no as the honey smell was too strong for me. I am not a big fan of honey :p so it just didn't do it for me.
  • SophySophy Forumite
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    Afternoon all, lovely new thread! Hopefully I will have something to put on it, other than the box of green tea I finished this morning. My stockpile is still, er, stockpiled, but at least I know I buy so much less now.
  • kiwigirlkiwigirl Forumite
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    :oCan I join too please?

    I have too many toiletries - don't think I need to visit anywhere resembling shops that sell any toiletries this year - albeit it I've only got 1.5 toothpaste and a couple of deoderants so min spends! Might buy them tonight as I need to go and do a monthly shop - trying to get the free 5p off litre of fuel in Sainbury's if still on and that will mean spend in August not Sept? :beer:

    Although I'm not into your higher costs things I've got plenty of shower gels to last maybe til 2012? :o

    Been using some of the stacks of body moisturisers for the last few nights so using them a bit - still no UU though. Hopefully have a few UU by the end of September.

    KG
  • kiwigirl wrote: »
    :oCan I join too please?

    I have too many toiletries - don't think I need to visit anywhere resembling shops that sell any toiletries this year - albeit it I've only got 1.5 toothpaste and a couple of deoderants so min spends! Might buy them tonight as I need to go and do a monthly shop - trying to get the free 5p off litre of fuel in Sainbury's if still on and that will mean spend in August not Sept? :beer:

    Although I'm not into your higher costs things I've got plenty of shower gels to last maybe til 2012? :o

    Been using some of the stacks of body moisturisers for the last few nights so using them a bit - still no UU though. Hopefully have a few UU by the end of September.

    KG

    Hi welcome to the gang. I find it really helpful being a member of this thread - it does make me think more before I buy, especially as I have so many things anyway and want to get my stash down to 1000 items by Christmas.

    We've all got loads of things to use up on here - Boots, Body Shop, QVC TSVs etc.
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