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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:

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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Oct 19, 10:28 AM
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    Welcome newbies!

    I will have some INs tonight, I forgot a few things when I was shopping the other day. Still no UUs yet.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Oct 19, 10:30 AM
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    One IN from yesterday:

    Oral B Satin Tape 25m

    An essential.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Oct 19, 1:15 PM
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    Two INs this afternoon:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml
    Mustela Hydra Bebe Facial Creme 5ml sample


    Nearing the end of my current tube, bought as a replacement ready for when I do finish it.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Oct 19, 6:07 AM
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    Hi

    This my first post for October

    UU
    Avon Supreme Shampoo
    Superdrug B Glycolic Cleansing Peel
    Aveeno Baby Daily Wash
    Marsellie Cleansing Soap 600g
    Molton Brown Travel Lotion
    Santuary Spa White Lily Demesk Body Scrub

    IN
    Weleda Almond Facial Oil x3
    Superdrug B Muliti Acid Retexurising Pads x 2
    Superdrug B Glycolic Cleansing Peel x 2
    Liz Earle Body Cleanse and Polish
    Body Shop Coconut Hair Oil
    IT CC Cream

    Total 100
    Originally posted by shed35
    Hi, how did you find the Superdrug glycolic pads? Have you tried Nip and Fab and able to compare? Iíve managed to get 2 x pots of the ALDI ones and want to keep the expenditure on this product down when they are gone and unavailable.
    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 Oct 19, 6:11 AM
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    VALM
    I'd like to join.
    I will do a proper list tomorrow of the stuff I have to use up but basically, today doing weekly shopping I almost brought nice shower gels but then I clicked the remove item button on them as we have a whole basket full of mini shower gels, body butter etc from last Christmas to use up.

    As my money is extremely tight right now (Meaning - I only got paid half of what I usually do because of illness , I've had to borrow £120+ out of mine and my hubs honeymoon fund ; money gifted to us from family for our wedding) I'm trying to save pennies where I can. The hubs says money isnt a worry for me as he has lots but I'd rather have extra money for date nights or saving for a new house then on stuff we already have at home.
    Originally posted by lifeatthekings
    Welcome to the thread. You definitely have the right mindset already. Keep posting your use ups xx
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Oct 19, 6:20 AM
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    2 UUS -



    OPI Aurora Berry-Alis. This was the mini I was working on. I will repurchase a full size of this.


    OPI Lost on Lombard. Have had this for some time and it's now gone gloopy. Lovely oxblood red colour. Am pretty sure I have similar colours.


    Am now wearing Essie On The Bright Cider.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Further to the above, I have returned my OPI A Definitel Moust Have to my stash. Itís too bright for Autumn/Winter and pulled out a replacement mini in Samoan Sand.

    I have also ordered a bottle of Espresso Your Style from EBay. Another old favourite.
    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
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 5th Oct 19, 4:12 PM
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    Did you see us all featured on the MSE Facebook page this week

    About 6 hours later they also put on a Look Fantastic promotion but hey.

    Some INs for me:
    2x mascara - turned out I had run out and this was BOGOF
    Vichy Aqualia serum - best serum ever, I do have a Superdrug serum in the stash but I hate it, will finish hate panning it at some point in the future but just now I can't face it
    Garnier Moisture bomb night cream - I had a tub of this previously and hated it, bought it because it was on sale, silly really but I will use it up.

    And three UUs:
    2x hotel freebie mini shampoo
    L'oreal extraordinary oil facial moisturiser - love this
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 5th Oct 19, 6:17 PM
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    uu


    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Dancing - finally finished this. It was lovely and lasted really well I just got a bit bored with it in the end. I have more of these in other colours.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 5th Oct 19, 6:20 PM
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    Another uu, I thought I had posted about this but don't seem to have.


    Philip Kingsley Moisture Balance Condtioner 1L - WNBA
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 5th Oct 19, 6:22 PM
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    October PP
    Neals Yard Palmarosa facial moisturiser mini
    Neals Yard Frankincense serum mini
    Neals Yard Bee Lovely All Over Balm
    All 4 liquid/cream eye shadows - add to Use By Christmas challenge or decide to TA!

    By Christmas challenge:
    Loreal lipgloss
    Soap & Glory lipgloss
    Hit pan on 4 least used eyeshadows in palette

    I had to make a Neals Yard order to continue being Ďactiveí and receive discounts. I was holding out for a sale which luckily happened a couple of weeks before my cut off date. I only needed a couple of things imminently so I had to think about the next 6-12 months which was challenging! I could also choose 2 minis at a discounted price. Hopefully Iíve made the right choices!

    IN
    Neals Yard Rose facial polish
    Neals Yard Frankinscence facial wash
    Neals Yard Palmarosa toner
    Neals Yard Frankinscence eye serum
    Neals Yard Seaweed & Arnica foaming bath
    Neals Yard Rose & Geranium body polish
    Neals Yard Rose & Pomegranate foaming bath (mini)
    Neals Yard Bee Lovely Hans cream (mini)

    UU
    Neals Yard Rose & Pomegranate foaming bath - WBA
    Neals Yard Honey & Orange facial scrub - probably WNBA, very scrubby so felt like I could only use it once per week and felt like it was something to use in the bath and leave on the face rather than part of my regular routine in the shower.
    Max Factor setting spray - first time using a setting spray, liked it, but summer is over now and I survived without it before so Iím going to see how I go without replacing it for a while!
    Last edited by sunny_money; 07-10-2019 at 8:44 AM.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th Oct 19, 8:49 AM
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    VALM
    uu


    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Dancing - finally finished this. It was lovely and lasted really well I just got a bit bored with it in the end. I have more of these in other colours.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Well done. I get like that with panning too. Iíll get bored but I canít give up on it. The Smashbox palette is a good case in point.

    Speaking of palettes I threw away Stila I The know yesterday. When Emma was returning to Uni last week she decluttered 3 mini Tarte palettes, Stila in the light and this one. Iím just not going to reach for this one as itís all matte and I prefer shimmers.
    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
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 6th Oct 19, 9:59 AM
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    Did you see us all featured on the MSE Facebook page this week

    About 6 hours later they also put on a Look Fantastic promotion but hey.
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    the more the merrier! What day was this posted, is it still visible?
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 6th Oct 19, 10:52 AM
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    Walked away from some products in TK MAXX yesterday which is my usual downfall
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th Oct 19, 12:52 PM
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    Walked away from some products in TK MAXX yesterday which is my usual downfall
    Originally posted by ponypal
    Well done. I now hate looking at makeup in there because people open it all.
    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 Oct 19, 1:08 PM
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    VALM
    Did you see us all featured on the MSE Facebook page this week

    About 6 hours later they also put on a Look Fantastic promotion but hey.

    Some INs for me:
    2x mascara - turned out I had run out and this was BOGOF
    Vichy Aqualia serum - best serum ever, I do have a Superdrug serum in the stash but I hate it, will finish hate panning it at some point in the future but just now I can't face it
    Garnier Moisture bomb night cream - I had a tub of this previously and hated it, bought it because it was on sale, silly really but I will use it up.

    And three UUs:
    2x hotel freebie mini shampoo
    L'oreal extraordinary oil facial moisturiser - love this
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    Iíve tried finding us on Fb but canít find it. Do you think you could post a link?
    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
    • radioles1408
    • By radioles1408 7th Oct 19, 12:11 PM
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    I had a look on FB but couldn't find us either!

    UU
    75ml Nivea Soft moisturiser- HG, have used this for years and although I have tried other ones, I always go back to this.

    IN

    It's not a full In yet, but my husband always asks if there is anything in particular that I want for Christmas (I know, I know, it's only October!) and I fancy the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar. This is already sold out on line, so I did go and get one in store. It's not really an IN until I open it, right? And it will be a gift.

    Oct challenge 2/15
    Sep-Christmas challenge 33/75
    Last edited by radioles1408; 07-10-2019 at 12:13 PM. Reason: Forgot to update totals
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 7th Oct 19, 1:10 PM
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    Did you see us all featured on the MSE Facebook page this week
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    Iíve tried finding us on Fb but canít find it. Do you think you could post a link?
    Originally posted by VALM
    I had a look on FB but couldn't find us either!
    Originally posted by radioles1408
    The only time I know we've been mentioned was a few years back.
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Oct 19, 1:29 PM
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    One IN today:

    Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It (Fine) 150ml

    This should be my last IN for the month. A daily necessity, my hair is much more controlled when I use this. I have been trying the Invisible Oil Primer on damp hair, and it does help a bit to control my hair. But I love this so much.

    Still no UUs so far. A few items should hopefully be finished soon, but it might not be until next week.

    Here's a link to the Facebook post about us on MSE Facebook page.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Oct 19, 6:16 PM
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    The only time I know we've been mentioned was a few years back.
    Originally posted by lynseydee
    I remember us having a troll some years ago and also someone b*****ing about us on another 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
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 7th Oct 19, 8:28 PM
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    Why are there so many comments about the use of plastic in there? I know it's important but that wasn't the reason behind the post.
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
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