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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st May 19, 9:28 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2019
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    • 31st May 19, 9:28 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2019 31st May 19 at 9:28 AM
    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 pinkfluffybabe 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
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
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    January 2015
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    • London baby
    • By London baby 28th Jun 19, 5:40 PM
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    London baby
    UUs:

    Lavender Portuguese soap : WBA, more in stash. I'm going to switch to coconut milk body shower for now so I don't get bored.

    Sally Hansen double duty strengthening top and base coat - WMBA, find that it takes ages to dry.
    Last edited by London baby; 28-06-2019 at 11:19 PM.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Jun 19, 8:04 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    No7 Blissful Body Wash 200ml - this is the old scent before they ruined it, I have been saving this one for ages. Loved it but WNBA due to the new scent being nothing like the gorgeous old one.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 30th Jun 19, 5:31 PM
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    ponypal
    June Progress:

    IN's : 1 purchased, 3 freebies
    UU: 5
    GA: 2

    Pretty pleased with this. The No Buy/Low Buy continues through July

    My Project Pan will roll over...

    Superdrug style expertise heat styling spray – need to use daily
    Aveda purifying scalp cleanser – using this once weekly
    Yorkshire Soap Co Happy in Harrogate – this is what I am now using instead of Showergel, will return to the Original Source next month to make it last. - Returning to Original Source until it is UU
    Lush none of your beeswax lip balm – need to use daily
    & other stories Topanga Waves Body Lotion
    Nivea suncream
    Urban decay all-nighter eyeliner
    Primark x Alex Steinherr Plump & Glow: moisturiser
    Superdrug Optimum PhytoFreeze Swiss Ice Wine Eye Cream
    Makeup Revolution Foundation stick
    Superdrug body spray
    UU Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Seaweed Volumising Shampoo
    UU Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Seaweed Volumising Conditioner

    Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser – going to switch up my daily cleanser for this for a month - this didn't pan out but I used it a couple of times a week.
    I promise to try this at least once: The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Hemi-Squaline - used it several times! I like it, will use it more when I have UU another skincare thing first.
    UU 2x Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jun 19, 8:23 PM
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    Two UUs from this morning:

    Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser Shea & Cocoa Butter 250ml WDBA and will do in the future. This is a great body moisturiser. It's cheap, and it sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturised all day. I will definitely buy more in the future.

    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml WDBA and have done. This is my go to daily face SPF. After a few minutes, it's not noticeable on my skin. Not a bad price too.

    My scores for the month:

    UUs - 18
    INs - 25
    TAs - 1
    GAs - 1
    Last edited by sstevo19; 30-06-2019 at 8:25 PM.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 30th Jun 19, 11:22 PM
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    Thanks for a new thread sstevo!

    I'm in again for June, PP list:

    L'occitane verbena shower gel
    L'occitane almond body oil
    Aveda cherry and almond shampoo
    Aveda cherry and almond conditioner
    Emma Hardie balm cleanser
    Algenist gentle rejuvenate cleanser
    Trilogy eye cream
    Ren vita mineral moisturiser
    Elemental Herbology night cream
    Nuxe lip balm
    Burts Bees vanilla lip balm
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Poor month!

    2 UU
    1 GA
    9 IN
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 79/146 UU, 44 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 £320.34/£1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 £243/£365
    Penny a day 2019 No.8 £343.13/£667.95
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2019 No.12 £80.80/£150
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 1st Jul 19, 7:00 AM
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    maddiemay
    June was not a great month for me in terms of UU, but happy with the purchases

    UU
    90ml Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 1/41
    60 Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Pads 2/42
    150ml LRP Serozinc Spray 3/43 HG new one on the way.
    Sample Beauty Pie Perfume 4/44
    Mini OPI Nail Envy
    IN
    Beauty Pie Fresh Glow Breathable Setting Spray 1/18
    TA
    Tarte Tartlette Tease Palette – used the 2 pale colours and the darker ones shed bits. 1/1
    Charles Worthington Thicker & Fuller boosting crème, pump stopped working, 2/2
    GA
    Boots No 7 GWP Eye Shadow unused too shiny. 1/4

    Summary:- IN 1, UU 4, TA 2, GA 1
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 1st Jul 19, 6:18 PM
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    Another month zoomed past!

    UU 3
    TA 5
    IN 1
    • VALM
    • By VALM 2nd Jul 19, 9:02 AM
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    VALM
    Scores on the Doors xx
    IN: 22
    UU: 11


    Ooops 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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • London baby
    • By London baby 2nd Jul 19, 5:50 PM
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    London baby
    First UUs:

    Monuskin firming moisturiser: WMBA, if significantly reduced again but not at original selling price. Smells nice but nothing special.

    Hydrogen peroxide 6% solution for mouthwash - HG

    Proud that I resisted purchasing new products in TK Maxx this weekend.

    PPs for this month:

    Rihanna Rogue perfume, have another celebrity perfume ready to take its place. After my stash is finished, I'm going to just buy smaller perfume oils so I don't get bored so quickly.

    1 nail polish

    1 face mask
    • kadison
    • By kadison 3rd Jul 19, 4:04 PM
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    kadison
    uu
    No7 Blissful Body Wash 200ml - this is the old scent before they ruined it, I have been saving this one for ages. Loved it but WNBA due to the new scent being nothing like the gorgeous old one.
    Originally posted by dolly84

    They ruined a lot when they rebranded everything, all their primers now stink to high heaven!!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th Jul 19, 8:52 AM
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    VALM
    Finish 7 by Autumn Challenge Update
    NARS Outlaw and NARS Gilda blush
    OPI A Definite Moust Have
    A fragrance
    Colourpop Supershock shadow : Bill
    Shimmery brown eyeshadow from Smashbox Full Exposure palette
    OPI mini lacquer Aurora Berry Alis
    NYX colour correcting concealer

    I think that I'm going to finish a fragrance today : Abercrombie & Fitch Revolution 8. The packaging is opaque so I can't tell how much is in there but the sprayer is not distributing much product now.



    I'm wearing OPI A Definite Moust Have today. Bottle is half empty (or half full depending on your perspective).
    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
    • kadison
    • By kadison 18th Jul 19, 5:24 PM
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    kadison
    Blimey, where is everyone?!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th Jul 19, 6:11 PM
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    There is a July thread set up kadison Just follow this link
    • kadison
    • By kadison 19th Jul 19, 12:38 AM
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    kadison
    There is a July thread set up kadison Just follow this link
    Originally posted by sstevo19

    Never even occurred to me! I thought I was in the July thread!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • shed35
    • By shed35 28th Jul 19, 3:45 PM
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    shed35
    Two UUs from this morning:

    Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser Shea & Cocoa Butter 250ml WDBA and will do in the future. This is a great body moisturiser. It's cheap, and it sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturised all day. I will definitely buy more in the future.

    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml WDBA and have done. This is my go to daily face SPF. After a few minutes, it's not noticeable on my skin. Not a bad price too.

    My scores for the month:

    UUs - 18
    INs - 25
    TAs - 1
    GAs - 1
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    I Love Child's Farm Body Moisturiser as well and you can buy the larger 750ml at Boots which I use on my face and body. More Economical and last forever
    • shed35
    • By shed35 28th Jul 19, 3:47 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    My weekly update:-

    Aveeno Daily Body Wash x 2
    Avon Skin So Soft Oil
    Superdrug B Multi Acid Rexturising Pads

    Totla 106
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 30th Jul 19, 5:09 AM
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    savingfortomorrow
    I finished lancome foundation tester. I love this foundation. Beautiful texture. I have a few others to use up.i will wait. Better to buy when I need it as colour might change and ownership and better to save

    I bought bargain shampoo for the gym.
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