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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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    April 2012
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    December 2012
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    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 17th Sep 18, 12:22 PM
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    Tolteca87
    I have finally got all my toiletries/make up/OTC meds organised.
    It only took two bathroom cabinets, a shelf, a stacker unit, a bedside cabinet, a bedside cabinet, a box, two massive Really Useful tubs and a Kipling bag. But at least I can now find everything.
    And the step pyramid of toiletry tubs topped off with the bag looks oddly fun. It may be the pink monkey.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Sep 18, 4:15 PM
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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


    I've decided to TA or GA the Molten Brown hand lotion as I really don't like the smell. I'm hopeful that I can finish the last three products by the end of the month. Only 3 weeks left in work until I go away. I sorted out my holiday toiletries yesterday and don't need to buy anything with the exception of the Hawaiian Tropic Facial sunscreen that I like.
    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
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 17th Sep 18, 9:04 PM
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    captainhoarder
    Had a big clear out last night (I’ve been watching organisational videos on YouTube and I was inspired!)

    TA:
    Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Melon Mania
    MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm in Rouge Rumba, Cherry Bomb and Dusky Rose
    No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Pink Hint, Rose Dream, Sweet Chesnut, Raspberry Truffle and Soft Cherry
    No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Pillarbox, Auburn Whisper and Hot Copper
    No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Tropical Beach and Neutral
    No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Neutral
    Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in shades 110 and 03
    Maybelline New York Colur Sensational Matte Lipstick in Smoky Rose
    L’oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Pink-a-Porter and Blush in a Rush
    Barry M Matte Liquid Lip Paint in 24 Carat, Go To and Runway
    NYX Lingerie Liquid Lip Stick in Exotic
    Kiko Smart Fusion Lip Pencil in shades 505, 511, 519
    Barry M Lip Liner in 24 Carat, Go To and Runway
    NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Cannes
    PS Lip Liner in Neutral
    No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Raspberry and Paprika
    Maybelline Colour Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Dusty Rose
    No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Gold x2
    PS Lash Primer
    L’oreal Paris Mega Volume Water Proof Baby Doll Mascara in Black
    No7 Shimmer Eye Palette in Rose
    Dior 5 Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Shine
    MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal
    PS Pro Longwear CC Concealer
    Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Concealer in Medium
    Natural Collection Cover Up Cream in Fair
    Rimmel London 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory
    The Body Shop Bronzing Powder in Medium
    PS Mattifying Blotting Paper

    Stash total is 145
    • asajj
    • By asajj 17th Sep 18, 10:19 PM
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    asajj
    Had a big clear out last night (I’ve been watching organisational videos on YouTube and I was inspired!)

    TA:
    Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Melon Mania
    MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm in Rouge Rumba, Cherry Bomb and Dusky Rose
    No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Pink Hint, Rose Dream, Sweet Chesnut, Raspberry Truffle and Soft Cherry
    No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Pillarbox, Auburn Whisper and Hot Copper
    No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Tropical Beach and Neutral
    No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Neutral
    Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in shades 110 and 03
    Maybelline New York Colur Sensational Matte Lipstick in Smoky Rose
    L’oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Pink-a-Porter and Blush in a Rush
    Barry M Matte Liquid Lip Paint in 24 Carat, Go To and Runway
    NYX Lingerie Liquid Lip Stick in Exotic
    Kiko Smart Fusion Lip Pencil in shades 505, 511, 519
    Barry M Lip Liner in 24 Carat, Go To and Runway
    NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Cannes
    PS Lip Liner in Neutral
    No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Raspberry and Paprika
    Maybelline Colour Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Dusty Rose
    No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Gold x2
    PS Lash Primer
    L’oreal Paris Mega Volume Water Proof Baby Doll Mascara in Black
    No7 Shimmer Eye Palette in Rose
    Dior 5 Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Shine
    MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal
    PS Pro Longwear CC Concealer
    Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Concealer in Medium
    Natural Collection Cover Up Cream in Fair
    Rimmel London 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory
    The Body Shop Bronzing Powder in Medium
    PS Mattifying Blotting Paper

    Stash total is 145
    Originally posted by captainhoarder
    That's some TAs :P I can't bring myself to TA a lot of stuff easily so just do it one by one
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th Sep 18, 6:50 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a uu


    Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 30ml - really like this WMBA.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • VALM
    • By VALM 18th Sep 18, 12:18 PM
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    VALM
    Uu
    UU; Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily perfume. WNBA although this was a gift. I am now using my Caroline Herrera Good Girl fragrance until the end of the month and then will need to decide which one I'll take away with me. Am thinking it may be My Burberry.
    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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 18th Sep 18, 9:07 PM
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    asajj
    I have a uu


    Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 30ml - really like this WMBA.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I want to buy this one sometime soon

    1 UU from me Merumaya - Luxury Facial Wash WDBA. I love the brand. The product is good for my combination skin. It doesn't strip the skin and helps with spots and blackheads.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 19th Sep 18, 9:21 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - this was a darker colour than my normal foundations so I used it whilst my skin is a bit tanned. WNBA I don't think as it always looks a bit greasy on me, I do however have another part used bottle in this darker shade and a brand new one in my normal paler shade.


    I have been using a Max Factor foundation for work and I really like that it dries and then doesn't move about so I can rely on it for a full day, I don't like the slippy foundations that transfer onto everything and slide about on your skin. Going forward I will be looking for ones that set.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 19th Sep 18, 11:02 AM
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    Oh poo. The Pureology Conditioner I got last month, which I haven't opened yet, has Mineral Oil in it. I don't know what to do with it. My skin reacts badly to Mineral Oil, especially my scalp, and I don't want to risk it Any ideas on what to do with? I can't return it to Look Fantastic as they're returns period is only 14 days. I might try and pass it on to someone.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 19th Sep 18, 12:28 PM
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    dolly84
    I have some NBI's


    Givenchy L'Interdit perfume sample to test and also a Givenchy mini Noir Couture Volume mascara.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • asajj
    • By asajj 19th Sep 18, 9:25 PM
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    asajj
    Oh poo. The Pureology Conditioner I got last month, which I haven't opened yet, has Mineral Oil in it. I don't know what to do with it. My skin reacts badly to Mineral Oil, especially my scalp, and I don't want to risk it Any ideas on what to do with? I can't return it to Look Fantastic as they're returns period is only 14 days. I might try and pass it on to someone.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Overall skin? Could it be used as a shaving cream?
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 19th Sep 18, 9:42 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    This is my weekly update

    UU
    Kind to Nature Sea Bergamot Body Wash
    Dr Organics Aloe Vera Soap
    Lidll Deodorant

    IN
    Planet Spa Morrocan Rose Oil
    Avon Techniques Dry Shampoo
    Avon Rare Amethyst Eau Du Parfum
    Avon Rare Pearl Eau Du Parfum

    Total = 87

    Cannot wait to try my Avon perfumes!
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 19th Sep 18, 10:15 PM
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    sstevo19
    Overall skin? Could it be used as a shaving cream?
    Originally posted by asajj
    Even when I used a hand cream or a foot cream containing mineral oil, my scalp would be irritated so much and my skin just feels itchy all over. So I think using it as a shaving cream would still cause this reaction. Hm. My sister suggested selling it on eBay, but I don't know.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 19th Sep 18, 11:00 PM
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    asajj
    Even when I used a hand cream or a foot cream containing mineral oil, my scalp would be irritated so much and my skin just feels itchy all over. So I think using it as a shaving cream would still cause this reaction. Hm. My sister suggested selling it on eBay, but I don't know.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Oh I see Perhaps talk to LF and see if you can get a credit note rather than a refund?
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th Sep 18, 9:22 AM
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    sstevo19
    Oh I see Perhaps talk to LF and see if you can get a credit note rather than a refund?
    Originally posted by asajj
    I spoke to them to see if I could return it and they said since I've missed the returns period they won't take it back.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 20th Sep 18, 11:25 AM
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    sunny_money
    IN
    Neal’s Yard Frankincense & Mandarin Body Polish

    TA
    Calvin Klein lipstick - old freebie
    Loreal lipstick - loved this but the lid broke and it’s no longer clean :-( annoyed
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th Sep 18, 2:21 PM
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    sstevo19
    One IN this afternoon:

    Paula’s Choice Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturiser 60ml I was intrigued by the new Defense line that they've just launched, and this moisturiser piqued my interest. It claims to neutralise daily environmental damage.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 20th Sep 18, 9:56 PM
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    asajj
    UU of the day: Moringa Body Yogurt from TBS. Loved this but it isn't very moisturising if that's what you are looking for. It doesn't feel sticky, smells divine and not great value for money considering the price. I WMBA if it is on an offer though as Moringa is one of my fave ranges from TBS.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • asset2004
    • By asset2004 20th Sep 18, 10:04 PM
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    asset2004
    Another IN to test - deodorant. Smells nice, will try tomorrow
    Originally posted by asset2004
    and another IN of facial wipes. I've had a really good run of INs to test thi month all nice products.
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 21st Sep 18, 10:11 AM
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    captainhoarder
    Thank you! Ha I do usually do only 1 or 2 at a time. It was a bit exhilarating to be honest! I used to have about 70 lipsticks!
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