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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!


    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
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    July 2012
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    January 2014
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    January 2015
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 27th Sep 18, 10:13 PM
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    My Clinique and Beauty Pie orders have arrived..

    Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer
    Take the Day Off Make Up Remover Balm
    City Block Sheer SPF 25 (full size GWP)
    Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask (GWP)
    Dramatically Different Lotion Very Dry to Dry combination (GWP)
    2in1 Micellar Gel Light Make Up Remover (GWP)
    Smart Night Custom-Repair Mouisturizer (GWP)
    Sorbet Pop Lip Gloss (GWP)
    Nude Pop Lipstick (GWP)

    Beauty Pie

    Super Healthy Skin™ Ultralight UVA/UVB SPF25
    Fruitizyme™ Five Minute Facial
    Plantastic™ Micropeeling Super Drops
    Super Translucent Loose Setting Powder
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 28th Sep 18, 4:31 PM
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    Superdrug Naturally Radiant Day Cream
    Superdrug Naturally Radiant Night Cream

    the above came with a freebie exfoliater, body lotion and sponge from the Vitamin E range.

    I don't have much moisturiser left so these will be in use soon.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.

    Fashion on the Ration 5/66
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 29th Sep 18, 8:17 AM
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    Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach - this was a bit too peachy and cheap looking when first applied but after some of the gloss wore off it was a nice coral colour - WNBA.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.

    Fashion on the Ration 5/66
    • chocolatelover93
    • By chocolatelover93 29th Sep 18, 11:44 AM
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    Still never got round to writing a full list! but have a few UU and no more IN's to I'm counting that as a win!

    UU's -Avon advance techniques hair masque - love this, smells so good and really nice on your hair.
    No.7 air brush away foundation - love this, they are the only brand that doesn't make me look orange!
    Barry M Primer - can't remember the full name of this but was a really good primer.

    Also had a bit of a purge and gave some old make up to my mum
    Read my diaryHere
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 29th Sep 18, 9:05 PM
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    I have a number of INs today. First up is some INs from my Bumble and Bumble order:

    Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo 60ml
    Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner 60ml
    Bumble and Bumble Scalp Detox 150ml
    Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo + Conditioner sample
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner sample
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner sample
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner sample
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Go Big Treatment Spray sample 30ml
    Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray sample 30ml

    I only paid for the mini shampoo and conditioner and the Scalp Detox. I got a Thickening set for free because I spent so much, and you get two shampoo and conditioner samples with any order as well. A payday treat for me and my hair.

    And a small FeelUnique order:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml
    Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner 250ml

    My daytime moisturiser is nearing the end, so this is a back up ready to go. And the Pureology Conditioner is to replace the one I couldn't use.

    And one impulse buy this morning:

    Sensodyne Gentle Whitening Toothpaste 100ml

    Total impulse purchase, but I've wanted to try it for a while.

    I'm going to make no purchases next month unless absolutely necessary.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 30th Sep 18, 10:03 AM
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    To end September I have:-
    250ml Dr Organic Tea Tree hand wash 5/82
    Bobbi Brown Bone eyeshadow 6/83
    15ml Hylamide for Eyes 24 7/84
    30ml Clinique Moisture Surge tinted moisturiser spf15 25 8/85

    Dregs of 30ml Maybelline BB cream 1/3 (too dark for winter and old so spf suspect).
    2 x 50ml Gatineau Firming Throat Gel,1&2/7 (Hate the texture and don't need it)

    I will be carrying these forward to October
    30ml Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil 66
    41gm Mitchum AP/Deo stick
    250ml S&G Mist You Madly
    100ml May Lindstrom Facial Mist 63
    I am listing the prices (retail) of the more expensive items, in an effort to source suitable, but less expensive items ongoing in some areas.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Sep 18, 10:54 AM
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    The thread for October is now up

    My scores for the month, as I won't have any more empties today.

    UUs - 10
    INs - 25
    TAs - 1
    GAs - 0
    OUTs - 1
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 30th Sep 18, 3:03 PM
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    September totals:

    7 UU
    0 IN

    Not a bad month. Will carry forward my other PPs to October
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 28.73/600
    • asajj
    • By asajj 30th Sep 18, 5:56 PM
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    Ahhhhh, this month my spending has gone out of control again. Autumn blues..

    A lot of INs and few outs. I will be nice in October.

    Last few outs from September - a bottle of shampoo and shower gel. Also a bar of soap. All replaced from stash. I will repurpose Caudalie 3in1 moisturizer as hand cream. Not a great product but will work as a hand cream.
    See you in October..
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 30th Sep 18, 8:03 PM
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    My last UU for the month:

    The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Butter 200ml - Love TBS! Had this as a gift but WDB.
    Tresemme Hair Mask - Can't remember what it was called but was effective and lasted a while. I enjoyed using it.

    I'm making a big move so it's lucky I still have things in stash. I'm taking one of everything plus one spare then top up when I go back to visit home!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • London baby
    • By London baby 30th Sep 18, 10:57 PM
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    London baby
    Last report for September:


    5 x Mitchum antiperspirant sprays

    1 x Eartherapy Body lotion from hotel in Uganda

    1 x Chap ice Lip balm from KLM business class

    2 x mini toothpastes from business class


    Primark travel dental floss - WNBA, nice product and compact size but didn't last too long. May as well stick to normal brand.

    Burt's bees shea butter hand repair cream - WNB, again another hotel freebie. Sinks nicely into skin but contains no sun protection.

    Pixi shea butter lip balm from a beauty box - WNB Did good enough job but nothing special and did not SPF.

    Marks & Spencers True red edp hand-bag size

    Sure roll-on anti-perspirant


    Half-bottle of boots spf30 sun spray to a colleague on a work trip in Uganda. She will need it more than me as I'm back in the good old Blighty. WNBA, not moisturising enough compared to Sainsbury's brand.
    Last edited by London baby; 02-10-2018 at 3:34 PM.
    • amfowler
    • By amfowler 30th Sep 18, 11:05 PM
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    Hi everyone,
    It's been forever since I've posted in this thread, but I'm back again to challenge myself to use up my stash if you'll have me!! I will post a list in next month's thread. I know I have at least 7 bottles of scented lotions in my stash and 7 body sprays!! Considering I can't typically wear scented things to work because of my cube-mates it's going to take a while to use these up. Good job to everyone this month using your items!!
    • VALM
    • By VALM 2nd Oct 18, 12:18 PM
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    Finally able to post my totals for September:-

    UU: 16
    TA/GA: 2

    Haven't made a note of my INs but fairly sure they are low.

    Will post PP list on October thread.
    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
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 3rd Oct 18, 8:54 PM
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    I have read your forum, it is very helpful for me. It is very informational.
    Originally posted by Jasonaldean
    Informational??? I think you are just trying to get your post count up to the point where you can spam; just mho, of course.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • VALM
    • By VALM 24th Oct 18, 2:13 PM
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    Finish 12 by Christmas
    Back to this challenge now that I'm back from holiday:-

    To be finished:-

    OPI mini This is not Whine Country - I used the last of this yesterday and will choose another from my stash to replace this. Will keep rotating them in until the end of the project. They seem to last about a month and a half with regular usage.

    OPI full size Don't Pretzel My Buttons - I couldn't find this in my nail polish bag yesterday so not sure if I have put it away in my stash or finished it. Don't remember finishing it. Will check later.

    Lorac Pro Pink Mauve eyeshadow from mini Lorac Pro Matte palette - need to get back to using this.

    Wet n Wild yellow powder from two powder compact - I threw this away on holiday as the packaging broke and I didn't want to travel back with it. Don't think I'd repurchase but it was nice to try. Will have to rotate another product in. Will let you know.

    Bare Minerals Boss Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Colour - again, need to start using this again. I was noticing prior to my holiday that I was scraping product from the sides so hopefully this will be gone soon.

    Benefit Eyebrow highlighter pencil - I finished this on holiday. Could not sharpen it anymore. WNBA. Was amazed however to see a Benefit Cosmetics vending machine at Atlanta Airport.

    To hit pan on:-

    Laura Geller Balance N Brighten - think that it won't be long before I hit pan. Have to keep scraping the hard pan away though. Have been using this as foundation since my return from holiday.

    Urban Decay Darkhorse eyeshadow from Naked 1 palette - has dip (no progress at all it seems).

    No 7 GWP mini eyeshadow - has dip - looks like I may hit pan soon. Have used this whilst away.

    Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth lipstick - didn't take this away. Will resume wearing it.

    Urban Decay Kinky Revolution High Colour lipgloss - Ditto.

    NARS Orgasm blush - pan has widened. Will keep in project to see if I can finish 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
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