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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Jul 18, 3:06 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2018
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    • 31st Jul 18, 3:06 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2018 31st Jul 18 at 3:06 PM
    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 catherine/kate 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

    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
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Aug 18, 8:12 AM
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    Kadison - of course you can keep posting. I would say this however, I used to spend like crazy on beauty products (and I mean crazy), when we overspend like this it most often has an underlying cause, maybe a relationship problem, health, work, illness or weight maybe and it is better to tackle the reason or at least for me it was. Just think what you and your partner could be doing with the money, add it up for the last few months then do an average for the year. If DH & me hadn't overspent on rubbish for years we could have paid our mortgage off now.

    Also does this stuff make you really happy? I found that it did for that day or so then it just stressed me out because it was more that I had to use up and makeup particularly takes forever.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Aug 18, 9:32 AM
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    Another UU from yesterday:

    SVR Sun Secure Hydrating Milk SPF50+ 100ml WNBA. This had an odd texture and it broke me out on my face. I finished it up by using it on my arms and hands.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Aug 18, 10:23 PM
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    Three INs today:

    Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Primer 60ml
    Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo 250ml
    Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Conditioner 250ml

    Some new goodies to try in the near future. I'm going to finish my current shampoo and conditioner and my current heat protection before trying these. I wanted to mix things up a bit and try something new
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 30th Aug 18, 11:10 PM
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    Two use ups to report

    Simple Kind To Eyes Make Up Remover Pass - WMBA , not a huge fan of wipes but they did the job well

    The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Body Lotion - I bought this when our local branch was closing down and they were selling the mini bottles for about £1 each. This one smelt lovely but had a bit bit of a watery consistency (although it absorbed quickly because of that!)

    Stash total: 198
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Aug 18, 12:15 AM
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    One UU tonight:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml WDBA and have. This is my favourite moisturiser, nice and light and moisturising.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Aug 18, 9:43 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion 160ml WNBA. This was nice but my face didn't agree with it. I used this up on my body and applied it before applying a body moisturiser, this is nice to add a bit more hydration to my body.

    One TA as well:

    Tigi Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender 237ml I can't get on with this. Every time I use this my scalp gets so irritated and I can't bare it. No one in my family wanted to try it either :/
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 31st Aug 18, 10:23 AM
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    1 UU this morning

    Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo and Conditioner with Orange and Pomegranate - WDNBA!! It made my hair look really greasy, I had to apply it an hour before I left the house so that it wouldn’t look really greasy ��
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 31st Aug 18, 10:24 AM
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    Total stash: 197
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 31st Aug 18, 11:32 AM
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    kadison I am struggling at the moment and finding the Makeup Rehab reddit really helpful. Lots of good ideas on there for satisfying yourself with your existing stuff without buying more.

    Some Youtubers have been doing videos called "How many years of eyeshadow do I own". I worked out that I have about 5 years of eyeshadow and 12 years of lipstick. This is also helping me to resist buying (although as Dolly84 says it also stresses me out!)

    Been on holiday this week and took all my travel sizes with me including a Stila palette I was really excited about and have been "saving for travel" for ages (bought it in May 2017). It's incredibly powdery and has no colour pay-off at all. Cross about this. It will be my next panning project once I've finished my current eyeshadow.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 31st Aug 18, 2:06 PM
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    My last uu for August

    Bourjois CC Cream - WNBA, it was OK but that's all I can really say. It didn't help that it was too light for me over the summer so I had to mix it with a Rimmel foundation which is too orange.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Aug 18, 9:56 PM
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    PP list for August:

    Tata Harper Cleanser
    Aveda Rosemary mint conditioner
    Aveda Botanicals eye cream
    Ren moisturiser
    E45 body lotion
    Ren rose shower gel
    Odylique shampoo
    Living Proof Prime
    Burts Bees honey lip balm
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    August result: 8UU, 2IN. Not a bad month
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • asajj
    • By asajj 31st Aug 18, 10:17 PM
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    Last UU of the month - Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin x 1 pack (inc. 28 individual packs). I love this cleanser. Made a difference to my skin especially when I first started using it.

    I don't like individual packaging and price tag. It is worth it but more than I'd like to pay each month. I will buy this on and off but probably not for a bit. I have a few cleansers to go through first.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 31st Aug 18, 11:59 PM
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    *GOAL - 100 products by mid Sept!*

    Iím moving house twice over the next few months! So I need to UU/TA as much as possible! Iíll also need to throw away some empties I save for travel because I have too many.

    August PP

    Aussie 3 miracle oil
    V05 dry back combing spray
    Schwarzkopf volume powder
    Loreal self tan spray
    Benefit the pore professional matt rescue mini
    Benefit the pore professional mini
    Champneys hand cream
    Lavera hand cream mini x2
    La Mer refreshing face gel cream sample
    Originally posted by sunny_money
    Of all months I didnít keep track of movement well and was not really focused. I think I have only reduced my stash by 3 items!
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Sep 18, 8:16 AM
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    My scores for August

    UUs - 23
    INs - 9
    \TAs - 3
    GAs - 0
    OUTs - 0
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st Sep 18, 8:45 AM
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    Results of No Buy
    UUs 12
    GA 4

    I threw away quite a few nail polish bottles.

    5 - all replacements of items finished off or, in the case of the cleanser and pencil sharpener, items Emma took back to Uni. I bought a gift for a friend yesterday which Iím not counting as it was not for me. All in all, including the gift I spent £22.

    I have however today ordered the BareMinerals TSV as itís practically the same kit as the Mally one that I was not destined to receive. Contains Foundation (only have samples at the mo), concealer (Benefit Boing will be UU soon), Mineral Veil (I have other powders so this will be stashed I think), Primer (will be stashed although I only have the one thatís open), eyeshadow stick (Iím considering selling it as Iíve had unimpressive experiences with them in the past) and lipgloss (will sell this because I have this colour).
    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
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