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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Sep 19, 11:26 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2019
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:26 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2019 30th Sep 19 at 11:26 AM
    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 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 this month 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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    • kadison
    • By kadison 20th Oct 19, 12:57 AM
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    kadison
    Glad I didn’t get that one then as I have similar colours. Enjoy, though you may not wear it until next Summer. Do you buy the TILI boxes? I think there’s another due for release soon.
    Originally posted by VALM
    I'll probably put it on my toes! No I don't get boxes any more, I never seemed to like most of the stuff that was in them!

    I have some updates....

    GA - Avon Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Eye Gel Mask 15ml - this was a nice consistency but made my eyes itch as some creams tend to, glad I tried it though!

    NBIs from my Avon stash, I'm giving up Avon as it's pretty pointless for me these days, so I've nabbed the bits of my stock that I want and am selling off the rest!

    3D Plumping Lipstick Twig
    Gel Shine Nail Enamels in Daysie, Dazzle Pink P806, Illuminize and Sheer Love P805
    Glimmerstick Brow Definer Soft Black
    Lip Crayon Red Haute
    Magic Effects Fringe - Cosmic - Eclipse
    Nailwear Pro+ in Majestic Mauve and Real Red
    True Colour Glow Bronzing Pearls in Bronze Bright and Warm Glow

    Care Smoothing Oatmeal Soap 90g x 2
    Naturals Shower Gel 200ml - Cherry Blossom
    Nutra Effects Deep Nourishment In-Shower Lotion 250ml
    Senses Dark Chocolate & Coconut Shower Creme 250ml
    Senses Shower Creme 250ml - Happiness
    Senses Shower Gel 250ml in Garden of Eden and Lagoon
    SSS Original Dry Oil Spray 150ml
    SSS Silky Moisture Creamy Body Wash 250ml
    SSS Silky moisture dry oil spray


    I will have some proper INs towards the end of the month as well, I'm stocking up while I still have my discount!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • VALM
    • By VALM 20th Oct 19, 6:10 AM
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    An IN yesterday as we went into Manchester for lunch - Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Cream de Nude. Remembered that I like this as an eyelid primer.

    I have 4 items that I know will be finished this week.

    ELF setting spray
    Liz Earle Skin Relief Moisturiser
    Primark fragrance- pomegranate and black tea
    Carnegie lip balm

    Won’t need to replace any of these.
    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 20th Oct 19, 11:31 AM
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    A flurry of UUs this morning:

    Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser 250ml WDBA and will do in the future. For £3-£4 its an amazing body moisturiser. Gentle and moisturising, and there's no mineral oil in it which a load of other body lotions at this price point have in them. I love the smell as well.

    Colgate Total Original Toothpaste sample WDB in the future. I got this sample free after my hygienist appointment the other month, and I'm quite surprised by this. I actually really enjoyed it, my whole mouth felt really clean after using this everyday.

    Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask WDBA in the future. This is a nice, cheap-ish hair mask. Leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth when it dries.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 20th Oct 19, 4:43 PM
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    shed35
    A flurry of UUs this morning:

    Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser 250ml WDBA and will do in the future. For £3-£4 its an amazing body moisturiser. Gentle and moisturising, and there's no mineral oil in it which a load of other body lotions at this price point have in them. I love the smell as well.

    Colgate Total Original Toothpaste sample WDB in the future. I got this sample free after my hygienist appointment the other month, and I'm quite surprised by this. I actually really enjoyed it, my whole mouth felt really clean after using this everyday.

    Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask WDBA in the future. This is a nice, cheap-ish hair mask. Leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth when it dries.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Hi

    Boots does a large 500mil Child Farm body moisturiser so will last for longer. It was I use and love it. Thought you would like to know.
    Last edited by shed35; 20-10-2019 at 4:46 PM.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 20th Oct 19, 4:46 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    My weekly update:-
    Avon Rare Pearl Eau Du Parfum
    Sanctuary Rose and Wild Musk Body Scrub
    Calcot Spa Orange and Wild Rose Float

    TOTAL = 99
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th Oct 19, 4:51 PM
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    sstevo19
    Hi

    Boots does a large 500mil Child Farm body moisturiser so will last for longer. It was I use and love it. Thought you would like to know.
    Originally posted by shed35
    Cheers! I'll have a look next time I'm in Boots. I've got two body lotions to use before I need to buy any more, but I will look into it the next time I want the Child's Farm body moisturiser
    • VALM
    • By VALM 20th Oct 19, 5:04 PM
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    VALM
    An IN yesterday as we went into Manchester for lunch - Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Cream de Nude. Remembered that I like this as an eyelid primer.

    I have 4 items that I know will be finished this week.

    ELF setting spray
    Liz Earle Skin Relief Moisturiser
    Primark fragrance- pomegranate and black tea
    Carnegie lip balm

    Won’t need to replace any of these.
    Originally posted by VALM
    The Primark fragrance is done. Used as a room spray as did it like it on my skin. Have some body spray to use as room spray next.
    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 20th Oct 19, 6:56 PM
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    A "mini" UU - Clinique Happy 4 ml. I liked this when I used on holidays.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 20th Oct 19, 9:48 PM
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    In (and also UU) Giovanni 2chic ultra-volume Tangerine and Papaya shampoo and conditioner samples- they were NBI's... I did really like the scent WMBA

    UU Topanga waves moisturiser from & other stories, really pleased this is UU I loved the scent but the formula is terrible, not moisturising at all, WNBA

    IN: Mroobest anti-hair loss Shampoo
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • kadison
    • By kadison 21st Oct 19, 12:32 AM
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    UUs
    Aussie Miracle Hair Oil 100ml - WMBA, nice oil but it takes forever for me to get through 100ml and it's not massively travel-friendly so I'll probably stick to smaller bottles from now on.

    Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrator 1ml - WNBA, never very impressed by Clinique!

    Femfresh Powder 200g x 2 - HG talc

    Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Shampoo 400ml - White Strawberry & Mint - Very nice, WBA

    GA
    L'Occitane Icy Verbena Shower Gel 250ml - To my husband, this was eye-wateringly menthol and he has a bad cold so he'll love it!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • VALM
    • By VALM 21st Oct 19, 8:06 AM
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    VALM
    UU Boots Acetone Nail Polish Remover. Replacement bought in readiness. Only £1 a bottle. Good job I have replaced it as had a disaster with my nails this morning. Was going to wear OPI Black to Reality but it was applying really thickly. Then tried Leighton Denny Berry Nice and couldn't get enough products on my brush. Have TA. Now wearing Ted Baker Burgundy and not really impressive either.
    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 21st Oct 19, 9:15 AM
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    dolly84
    DD finished the Nivea Caramel Lip Butter I gave her a while ago and she has taken a Blistex Raspberry Lemondade one from my stash to replace it.


    Painted my nails last night with Barry M Vintage Violet. My nails are really strong at the moment and the cuticles look really neat, hope they stay that way.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 21st Oct 19, 10:17 AM
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    One GA today:

    Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic 100ml This wasn't agreeing with my skin and a friend wanted to try it, so I gave them the rest of it.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 21st Oct 19, 9:57 PM
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    sstevo19
    One UU tonight:

    Oral B Satin Tape 25m WDBA and will do. Cheap and effective.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 21st Oct 19, 11:07 PM
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    London baby
    Uus:

    Soap & Glory Summer Scrubbin' body scrub: WBA, smells lovely & lathers well. Have two more in stash.

    Loss/missing burt's bee lip balm: I think I dropped it whilst passing through security. WMBA, if on special offer.

    Few ins from Slovenia:

    Afrodita Silikon Elixir Pro-repair
    Afrodita vitain e haiir oil
    Mel honey ointment cream
    Last edited by London baby; 21-10-2019 at 11:10 PM.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 22nd Oct 19, 3:29 PM
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    One OUT today:

    Colgate Total Advanced Pure Breath Toothpaste 75ml I'm sorry, but this tastes like soap. It has a weird soap/parma violet taste at the same time. I'm going to move it out of my stash but I'm going to leave it in my bathroom for my family members to use.

    Two INS today:

    Colgate Total Original Toothpaste 75ml
    Oral B Satin Tape 25m


    My normal Sensodyne toothpaste isn't leaving my mouth feeling fresh any more. The Colgate Total samples I tried were good, but I thought by trying the Pure Breath one might help more but it didn't help at all.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 23rd Oct 19, 1:42 PM
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    VALM
    So, I scraped the contents of my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick into a separate pot yesterday and it is now a beautiful bronze colour. It has filled the pot though so there is still a lot of product left.
    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 23rd Oct 19, 1:50 PM
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    VALM
    12 Pans of Christmas update 1
    My 12 pans of Christmas Challenge update


    Shower gel - still untouched (STILL. Intend to use this to wash brushes. Washed them at weekend using a baby shampoo which is almost done so should start this soon).

    Corresponding body cream - ditto - STILL


    Eye cream - used since beginning of challenge. Will need to start contorting tube every which way to release product soon.


    Tweak’d hair mask - FINISHED


    Essie cuticle scrub - consciously using more.



    Primark Pomegranate and Black Tea fragrance - FINISHED


    Smashbox Full Exposure palette. Shimmery shadow FINISHED
    Dip in matte shade. Dip no bigger.


    Rich Girl from Too Faced Chocolate Gold. Have hit pan so hopefully can finish.
    Colourpop Supershock shadow Birthday Cake - used a few times. Pan does not appear to be expanding!


    MAC On The Line lipgloss - FINISHED. MAC Dare You lipstick in constant use.


    NARS Gilda and Outlaw blushers. Still ongoing (as ever). Can see dips though.


    Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick - as per last post, this has now been depotted.
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 23rd Oct 19, 7:31 PM
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    London baby
    Dental UUs:

    Ecodenta whitening toothpaste with bergamot & lemon: WMBA, don't see a difference in colour despite claims that it is made for tea drinkers & smokers. However, I like the taste and texture. I have one more in the stash.

    Oral b satin tape - HG
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 23rd Oct 19, 9:15 PM
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    catherine/kate
    So, I scraped the contents of my Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick into a separate pot yesterday and it is now a beautiful bronze colour. It has filled the pot though so there is still a lot of product left.
    Originally posted by VALM
    I have the Seventeen shimmer brick which is supposed to be a dupe for this. I've had it for years, dug it out recently and been using it for a month and it still looks untouched

    UU: L'oreal brow mascara. Does the job without looking too obvious against my blonde hair. Was starting to apply very patchily and I need something a bit darker for winter.

    I also hit pan on an eyeshadow!! Just a brown one in a Revlon quad, but I'm happy.
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