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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Mar 19, 3:47 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2019
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    • 31st Mar 19, 3:47 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2019 31st Mar 19 at 3:47 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, er, 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
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    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 18th Apr 19, 11:16 PM
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    Dolly- I totally agree that the ladies on the counter make or break it. Expert knowledge and listening are key. However, a lot are argumentative about shade. One lady telling me I do too much; serum and glow tonic too much? Never

    The issue is that a lot of the ladies don't give away the samples even when wearing a t-shirt offering a 10 day sample! I can buy on line and not need to deal with it.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 18th Apr 19, 11:30 PM
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    I finished suspect shade in the naked pallet. I have 5 shades left; the black included. I have three wearable shades but no transitional colours. I might try for another shade. It might get there.

    Finished a toleraine riche tester. It was fine and basic.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 19th Apr 19, 8:46 AM
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    VALM
    Updated 7 by Summer
    Benefit Lemon Aid
    Urban Decay Darkhorse
    NARS Outlaw blush
    NARS Gilda blush
    MAC Lost Invite mini lipgloss
    OPI Tickle my Francey
    Philosophy Pure Grace

    I finished the MAC Lost Invite lipgloss just before my holiday. This was a mini I got for Christmas so good to know they can be rattled through in about 3.5 months when used constantly.

    Still no pan on the eyeshadow and blushers even with constant daily use. Still enjoying the blushers but getting bored of this eyeshadow and those in my Smashbox palette but will persevere.

    Lemon Aid has substantial pan and Iím hopeful that it can be done within this Project.

    Am wearing Tickle My Francey on my toes at the moment. Still going strong. As an aside, I pulled some Spring/Summer colours into rotation recently. Have a kind of unofficial Project Polish going on as I have way too many similar colours. Hoping to whittle down my Nudes, Reds and Pinks. I have finished a Pink and Red so far. Have been working on 4 full sized and 1 mini at a time and so am rolling in OPI A Definite Moust Have (wearing at the mo) and OPI Sparrow Me The Drama. Y mini is getting low too.

    I did have some INs on holiday:-

    Bare Minerals Love lipstick from Duty Free. Gorgeous warm coral shade
    My Burberry Blush Fragrance
    The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter. Both from Fund Grube.

    I will finish the Flower Shop Neon Rose perfume thaws in my TILI Box Today. WNBA. It was nice enough. Will look to see if anyone is selling a different variety on Facebook though.
    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!

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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 19th Apr 19, 12:15 PM
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    Well I got as far as April without any INs These are gifts or stuff my mum has given for holiday:

    L'occitane shea butter shower gel
    L'occitane verbena shower gel
    L'occitane lavender shower gel
    Balance me rose body lotion
    Lanolips hand cream
    Lanolips balm
    Neal's Yard Rose Balm
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 19th Apr 19, 5:06 PM
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    UU

    Seventeen mascara - good but discontinued

    Neal’s Yard - White Tea Toning Eye Gel 10ml - perfect for use in the morning. I have some sachets of this to use next.

    TA

    Optiat - vanilla coffee scrub - too messy and don’t fancy the scent of old coffee hanging around. Cannot rinse out of exfoliating mitt. Shame.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 19th Apr 19, 11:42 PM
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    Hi

    My first update for April

    UU
    Body Shop Satsuma Bath Gel
    Body Shop Mango Butter
    Waitrose Baby Butter Balm

    Total 113
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 20th Apr 19, 7:58 AM
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    https://mashable.com/video/recycling-makeup-into-paint/?europe=true

    This is a year old but popped up in my news feed today. Woman up cycles old cosmetics into paint.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 20th Apr 19, 8:20 AM
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    I have a TA which I am a bit annoyed about.


    Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow - this is a full size which I bought on sale but these are still expensive. The colour is perfect but no matter how I try to use it (tried it with all the primers I own and on bare lids) it starts out sticky, then creases, then I am just left with a creased mess and bits of glitter. On the whole I like these - apart from the Aubergine one I got rid of a few days ago - but probably WNBA in any colour.


    DD finished a 400ml bottle of Avon 2 in 1 anti dandruff shampoo which she finds more effective than Head & Shoulders and DS finished a Lynx Ginger & Ice shower gel.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 20th Apr 19, 8:43 AM
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    I have a TA which I am a bit annoyed about.


    Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow - this is a full size which I bought on sale but these are still expensive. The colour is perfect but no matter how I try to use it (tried it with all the primers I own and on bare lids) it starts out sticky, then creases, then I am just left with a creased mess and bits of glitter. On the whole I like these - apart from the Aubergine one I got rid of a few days ago - but probably WNBA in any colour.


    DD finished a 400ml bottle of Avon 2 in 1 anti dandruff shampoo which she finds more effective than Head & Shoulders and DS finished a Lynx Ginger & Ice shower gel.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I much prefer the Malay shadow sticks which are a similar price though I havenít actually paid for either of those I own. I had problems with the Caviar sticks breaking inside the packaging. A friend at work is a fan of the Malay ones and says she has never had one break on her.
    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!

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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • London baby
    • By London baby 20th Apr 19, 11:55 AM
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    UUs

    Avon Advance techniques shampoo: WMBA, not sure exactly which one but left hair smelling fresh afterwards and seems to clean hair well.

    Dove Macadamia & Rice milk exfoliating body scrub: WBA on special offer. Smells lovely and has natural exfoliators which is better for the environment.

    Aquafresh 24 fresh and minty toothpaste: WNBA, nothing special also leaves a mess in the sink.
    Last edited by London baby; 21-04-2019 at 2:52 PM.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 20th Apr 19, 2:01 PM
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    UU

    Neal’s Yard - Calendula & Oat Lotion 200ml - WBA - I have very dry skin with the occasional mild eczema, this is a pleasure to use compared to the pharmacy type brands.

    TA

    be.tanned - tanned AF - gone bad
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th Apr 19, 7:52 PM
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    One UU today:

    Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50+ 80ml WNBA. I wanted to love this but the skin on my face didn't agree with it. Used it up on my neck and the backs of my hands. Its a lovely texture though.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 21st Apr 19, 8:37 AM
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    VALM - I've never had a Mally product or even seen one. I haven't had a problem with the caviar sticks breaking but the Sandglow one was the only full size one I've had the rest have been minis. The Charlotte Tilbury pencils are really good (can't remember the name) but the colours were all really dark or were when I bought mine. I do have a NYX one in yoghurt I think which is my go to champagne pink/gold colour.


    ins


    2 x St Moritz Self Tan Mousse - both myself and DD will be using this, I have half a bottle of Garnier Summer Body from last year but it doesn't tan anymore so I will use it up as body lotion, I also have 1 new can and 1/2 a can of the Sally Hansen leg something or other which I love and a little tube of St Tropez wash off tanning gel but we just needed something that lasts a few days.
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 21st Apr 19, 10:26 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    A. Florence Hydration Booster Serum 2ml sample WDBA. This is lovely. Love using this in my morning routines as this plus the Hada Labo lotion I have, leaves my skin feeling very moist and glowy. Very nice. I will repurchase the full size version in a few weeks or so, I'm going to try the Super Serum next.
    • MsM09
    • By MsM09 21st Apr 19, 10:50 AM
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    April PP

    Carried over:
    3 samples (any)
    Lush once upon a time moisturiser 100g
    1x mini


    Super drug day cream 75g
    Chanpneys body scrub

    Barry M primer
    1x conditioner
    1x shower gel


    Made some progress which is great considering Iíve been quite ill and off work for about 2 weeks.

    UU

    Clarins body wash 30ml WNBA this was a freebie along with the hair stuff. Was fine to go on hols with but not for every day

    Lush once upon a time moisturiser. This was LHJ WNBA unless they changed formula as just a bit too greasy

    Philip Kingsley pre shampoo 40ml WNBA just didnít do anything for my hair

    Clarins shampoo 30ml and conditioner 30ml as above

    Superdrug day cream for combo skin 75ml WNBA this was ok but probably more for dry skin

    Anatomicals cucumber mask WBA but 2 doffeeent ones left in the pack

    Champneys heavenly lavender warming scrub 250g. This felt lovely and was warming WMBA

    Lush unicorn horn HG
    Lush guardian of the forest bomb HG
    Lush figaro bomb. WNB nice in the bath just not my scent
    Lush umbrella tree bomb WBA I like the perfume of this and the bomb was nice but it was a little drying

    Stash is now 236. Iím chuffed how Iím almost on top of my haircare. But shower gel and moisturiser is going to be a tough one to get through but I will persevere.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 21st Apr 19, 2:37 PM
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    Used my Boots points to buy a Face Halo, will let you know how I get on with it.
    Originally posted by sunny_money
    Works well! The only thing is that itís difficult to remove make up from the lower lash line. My OH likes it too and will buy one. Our cotton pad and make up remover use will decrease massively, but I did have to buy baby wash to wash it with. Doesnít come fully clean, will put it in the wash weekly. I do wonder how much better it is than a flannel though, having never used one..
    Last edited by sunny_money; 21-04-2019 at 4:36 PM.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 21st Apr 19, 5:17 PM
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    One UU today:

    Korres rose brightening face mask. WNBA. Didn't like the texture of this.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Apr 19, 6:49 AM
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    VALM
    [QUOTE=dolly84;75727410]VALM - I've never had a Mally product or even seen one. I haven't had a problem with the caviar sticks breaking but the Sandglow one was the only full size one I've had the rest have been minis. The Charlotte Tilbury pencils are really good (can't remember the name) but the colours were all really dark or were when I bought mine. I do have a NYX one in yoghurt I think which is my go to champagne pink/gold

    Mally is sold on QVC.

    I have had the NYX ones too but donít find them as soft as either the Laura Mercier or Mally ones and think I prefer the push up type to those that you sharpen.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 22nd Apr 19, 9:19 AM
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    sunny_money - I have a microfibre mitt which removes makeup with just water but I have always used it with cleanser. I may look into the face halo when I am getting near the end of my cleansers.
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    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 22nd Apr 19, 9:37 AM
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    One IN: Purchased a foot treatment thing from Superdrug, as a treat. On track to not purchase anything else til May...
    Debt Free since December 2017
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