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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Aug 18, 9:43 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2018
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    • 31st Aug 18, 9:43 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2018 31st Aug 18 at 9:43 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 me, 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!

    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
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    December 2012
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    • kadison
    • By kadison 2nd Sep 18, 11:47 PM
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    kadison
    Three OUTs and one IN

    RETURNED
    Avon Advance Techniques All-in-1 Sulphate-Free Shampoo 250ml - I seem to recall trying a sulfate-free shampoo before and not liking it, basically it doesn't seem to detangle my hair and I'd rather deal with colour fade than tangles!

    UU 2 x HGs
    Femfresh Powder 200g
    Johnson's Baby Cornstarch Powder 255g

    IN
    I was in town today and got a sample of the new Estee Lauder eye gel-creme, I'm keen to try this and perhaps get it instead of my normal Lancome one next time if I don't react to it.
    Last edited by kadison; 02-09-2018 at 11:50 PM.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2020
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Sep 18, 10:21 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel 250g WDBA. I love this scent. This lasted for a long time, nearly two months. I'm so in love with this scent
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Sep 18, 2:00 PM
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    Three INs today:

    Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It (Fine) 60ml
    Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo + Conditioner sample
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner sample


    I'm excited to try the Don't Blow It, I'm going to wait until after I've had my hair cut on Thursday before I use any of the samples or the cream. I'm trying to make a bit more effort with my hair and this air dry hair cream should hopefully help with the frizz I get. And also to use less heat on my hair.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 3rd Sep 18, 9:54 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Second UU of September:

    Eve Lom cleanser. WNBA. Good cleanse but not sure of the scent. Have another one though to use
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • asajj
    • By asajj 3rd Sep 18, 11:23 PM
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    asajj
    An UU tonight - The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. Given the price, this is a nice product. I don't have black circles or bags around my eyes so I cannot comment on the difference it made. However, I felt that it made me look more "awake". I would happily repurchase although controversy surrounding the owner/brand puts me off a bit.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Sep 18, 12:01 AM
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    One UU tonight:

    Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion 52ml WNB. I won this on Facebook from the official Cerave UK page. I was a bit wary about one ingredient in it so I used it on my neck and chest and they feel much more moisturised. It's a lightweight moisturiser which a lot of people would like.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 4th Sep 18, 8:50 AM
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    VALM
    6 INS and 2 TA
    My Bare Minerals TSV has arrived. Amazing delivery time as I ordered it on Saturday. So I have the following INs:-


    BarePro Foundation in Warm Natural - liking this so far. Will see how it performs over the course of the day.


    BarePro concealer - am now scraping product from the sides of the pot of Benefit Boing Concealer so am sure this will be gone soon and this will replace it.


    Mineral Veil - will stash or give to Emma as I think she uses it.


    Good Hydrations primer - will take this away with me


    Eyeshadow stick and lipgloss. Intend to sell these and have a buyer lined up for the lipgloss.



    TA: 2 x samples of YSL foundation. It tied me over until I got the foundation above but not wowed by it. It did the job but, if anything, wanted to try and find a cheaper foundation rather than another high end one. The search continues.
    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
    • By sstevo19 4th Sep 18, 2:12 PM
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    A few INs this afternoon:

    Aderma Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Lotion 400ml
    Noreva Sensidiane Soothing Micellar Lotion 500ml
    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml
    Garden Of Wisdom Vitamin C 23% + Ferulic Acid 30ml
    Garden Of Wisdom Azelaic Acid 10% Serum 30ml


    These should hopefully be my only INs for this month, including yesterday's, as I'm enjoying watching my stash get smaller and smaller. Currently at 86 items in my stash but that will go down (hopefully) over this month.

    Two items on my PP list should be finished in the next few days, hopefully
    • asajj
    • By asajj 4th Sep 18, 8:54 PM
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    asajj
    1 UU today - Argan Oil 5-Oil Miracle Shine Spray WNBA.

    TA - Boots Cuticle & Nail Moisturiser. Nearly full but forgotten inside a box and looks like it has gone off.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 4th Sep 18, 11:04 PM
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    1 UU this evening:

    Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Shower Gel - WMBA if I can find the regular sized ones, all the ones I have from this range are miniatures.

    Stash total: 195
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Sep 18, 3:26 AM
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    VALM
    Yesterday I UUed a sample of Caroline Herrera fragrance. Not impressed by this. Couldn’t smell it on me even straight after application. Will GA or TA away the other samples and rotate a different fragrance in for 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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Sep 18, 8:17 AM
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    VALM
    Updated Finish 7 by Autumn
    Murad Toner
    Derma Vie night cream
    L’Occitane make up remover
    LUSH Cupcake Mask
    Flora Mare Illuminating eye cream
    Essie Spa Scrub
    Molten Brown hand lotion
    LUSH Dirty
    Murad Cleanser
    YSL Foundation

    Finish 7 by Autumn
    UD Easy Blush - done
    MAC Brave - done
    Benefit Boing Concealer - done


    Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth mini lipstick
    UD Darkhorse from Naked 1
    OPI min This is Not Whine Country
    Wet n Wild yellow powder
    Avon eyeshadow

    The concealer is done. I do like this but think the Nyx is comparable and I'm likely to buy that for a cheaper price. I have a BM one to use next though.



    I repainted my nails this morning using the OPI mini as a base with OPI Amore at the Grand Canal on top. My Essie top coat has gone gloopy though so they don't look great. Will have to tip some thinner in it later and repaint them.
    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
    • By VALM 6th Sep 18, 8:50 AM
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    VALM
    3 uus
    Last night I UU Derma Vie night cream. WNBA. It was too heavily fragranced and never seemed to absorb into my skin.


    Today, I've UUed OPI Nail polish thinner. Chucked the last of it into my top coat. Am wearing OPI By Popular Vote with This is not Whine Country underneath.


    Also UUed Boots Extracts peppermint body wash. Have pulled out a vanilla one to replace it.
    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
    • By sstevo19 6th Sep 18, 10:20 PM
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    One UU from yesterday that I forgot to post:

    Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Night Serum 50ml WNBA. I couldn't use this on my face so I used it up on my arms. That's one thing crossed off my PP list
    • shed35
    • By shed35 6th Sep 18, 11:22 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    This is my weekly update

    UU
    Kind Natured Begumont and Salt Body Soak Wash - Absolutely lovely and reasobably price - WBA
    Coconut Body Cream
    Avon Supreme Hair Conditioner
    M&S Natural Ingredients Hand Cream

    Total = 87

    Right now going through the last of my toiletries gifts!
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Sep 18, 9:21 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner sample WPNB. This was an alright shampoo and conditioner, but I wasn't wowed by it. I can't tell if it does what it says as my hair is still drying at the minute, haha
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Sep 18, 9:27 AM
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    VALM
    Updated PP List
    Murad Toner
    Derma Vie night cream
    L’Occitane make up remover
    LUSH Cupcake Mask
    Flora Mare Illuminating eye cream
    Essie Spa Scrub
    Molten Brown hand lotion
    LUSH Dirty
    Murad Cleanser
    YSL Foundation

    LUSH Cupcake mask finished. I do like these but hate that you have to use them so quickly. I bought a tube of mud mask yesterday from Bodycare to replace this. I also bought some sheet masks for Emma, some eye masks for each of us and a foot mask for me. UU the foot mask last night. I think it just made my feet cold but to be honest I think a flame thrower would not even help rid my feet of the hard skin that's accumulated. I've booked a pedicure before I go away in four weeks so am attempting to lessen the blow for the poor woman at the salon.
    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
    • By sstevo19 7th Sep 18, 10:44 AM
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    Another UU this morning:

    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml WDBA and have. My HG daily SPF. I'm going to replace it with the Sun Secure Fluid by the same brand.
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 7th Sep 18, 1:46 PM
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    1 GA yesterday:

    Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera - Mum ran out of lip balm so I thought I would make a dent in my 14 lip balms!

    Stash total is 194
    • chocolatelover93
    • By chocolatelover93 7th Sep 18, 3:59 PM
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    chocolatelover93
    Hope it's ok to join! I used to do this a few years ago.
    I have a drawer and cupboard full of toiletries and make up etc. but keep buying! I will write a list later

    CL xx
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