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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!


    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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    • asajj
    • By asajj 7th Oct 19, 8:49 PM
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    Welcome to lifeatthekings & Betharooni

    Hi all

    My PP list for October:

    Beauty Pie Suncreen for Face SPF 25
    Beauty Pie Anti Aging Face Cream
    Lush Lip Scrub
    Rituals Hand Scrub
    Thisworks Deep Sleep Cream
    Mio Boob Tube Bust Cream

    I have UU'ed Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. HG and bought numerous time. WBA but I have Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm in my stash so will use that one first.

    Also Pixi Rose Glow Mist: I did like this. I'm currently using Beauty Pie facial mist and it is also good. WMBA Pixi if it is on offer in the future.
    Originally posted by asajj
    One from the list this weekend - BP Sunscreen. I have another one in the stash and I love using this. Doesn't break me out and sits well under my make-up.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th Oct 19, 8:27 AM
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    Another UU: Bath and Body Works Cherry Merlot hand soap. This was gorgeous and I would repurchase. I have ordered three more from a FaceBook group I belong to but all Autumnal foodie fragrances.
    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 9th Oct 19, 5:13 PM
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    Baby Lips Cherry Me - this has been going on forever, there is a ton of product in these. I sort of had a love hate relationship with this, loved the cherry tunes scent and the nice red tint but it wore off quickly and left my lips feeling drier. WNBA but I do have more of these in the stash in other flavours but DD is ploughing her way through them too.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 9th Oct 19, 7:28 PM
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    Well done. I now hate looking at makeup in there because people open it all.
    Originally posted by VALM
    yeah it's SUCH a mess at the best of times. I get sucked into the skincare stuff v easily
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 9th Oct 19, 8:40 PM
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    Re the facebook post, I don't seem to be able to post a link (except to my own profile ha ha) but it was posted to the page on 2 October at 7am

    No INs, no Outs, some splutterers. I'm aiming for 9 more UUs by the end of the year, then my complicated system of allowing myself £2 of beauty budget for each Out in the year will be in balance.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 9th Oct 19, 10:13 PM
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    I used up the orginal source shower gel. It was nice but honestly I recall the smell was more powerful a few years ago. I used it for the gym but I think one of the soap boxes might be lighter to carry

    I can't recall if I mentioned i mentioned an additional urban decay shadow finished. Should I carry on as the colours were never easy to use and have a lot of fall down- for the last 3 shades left.

    I had to pull out a lighter foundation from the hoard- good bye summer. My skin always takes a week or two to return to normal after a cold or illness. I find it time to change out colours.

    I have a few in .... nivea face wash for the gym as the look of melted make up is not flattering
    glycloic wipes, cleaner and moisturizer. I got a gift with purchase.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 10th Oct 19, 4:27 AM
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    One UU this morning, Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream 50 ml.
    Something about the scent of this product bothered me. It almost felt like it was off. Apart from that, it is very hydrating. However, due to scent, I used this on and off so not sure about the effect. Not sure if I repurchase.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Oct 19, 8:02 AM
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    I can't recall if I mentioned i mentioned an additional urban decay shadow finished. Should I carry on as the colours were never easy to use and have a lot of fall down- for the last 3 shades left.
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow

    I'd say that if you don't enjoy using them get rid. I salute you for finishing any UD eyeshadow in any event. I gave up on Darkhorse and put the Naked palette back in my stash for a later date. Which palette were you working on?

    I've used a shadow called Gilded Gold from the Stila In the Light palette this morning and those shadows appear to be so much softer than UD. Lovely colour.

    My OPI Espresso Your Style arrived yesterday and I am wearing it today. Still such a beautiful colour.
    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 10th Oct 19, 6:06 PM
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    2 x Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm - I am really enjoying using this and they had a 20% off code so I stocked up.

    I also ordered an UD Primer Potion from Debenhams which Hermes tried to deliver today, they need a signature by all accounts, total pain now, it took Debenhams ages to despatch.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 10th Oct 19, 9:58 PM
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    Welcome to all the new people! I've not updated in a while, but have a few Ins and Outs:

    - Mark Hill Moroccan Argan Oil (hair oil/serum). WDBA - HG. Light, non-greasy, leaves hair looking and feeling great. I've tried a lot of oils/serums and this is the best I've found.
    - Clinique clarifying lotion 2, 60ml. WDBA - I've loved this for years.
    - James Read Gradual Tan sleep Mask Tan Body. WDBA - this is great. Applies easily, dries quickly, and I always woke up with a really nice natural colour the next morning. It's so easy! Got it in a beauty box.
    - Sure Invisible Aqua deodorant. WDBA - this is my regular now, very effective and non-fuss. No white marks too!
    - Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. WDBA - HG product, though I only buy it on offer, as it is not cheap...
    - Ciglione lash booster mascara. WNB - it was ok, when I switched out the brush for a better one. It gives a nice doll eye effect, very black lashes, and lasts very well. I prefer something more natural though.
    - MAdara regene facemask. WNBA.
    - generic pack of cotton wool pads.
    - Aldi Lacura Exfoliating mudmask. WNBA - it was ok, but I wasn't blow away by it.
    - Olia hair dye. WDBA - HG

    - Benefit Hollywood Glo. This was discontunued yeeeeaaaars ago. I don't know why I still had it.
    - Yves Rocher Sunkissed Effect Fluid Foundation. Again very old, and almost used up. I used it to darken my main foundation, which I don't need to do now.

    - 2 Olia hair dyes (HG), 1 used immediately
    - Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System. My hair came back a bit frazzled after a recent holiday, so thought I'd give this a go.

    I've a few sputterers, and need to do a bit of a tidy up, so hopefully more progress soon!
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 10th Oct 19, 11:41 PM
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    I finished my roger & gallet body oil in bois d'orange. I found it ok but the spray was difficult to get enough out of the bottle. It was fragranced but not powerfully so.

    I cut open a nuxe boudy cream. It had about 50 ml left in the tube and pulled out with a knife and put it in an empty glass jar. It was nice but so much wastage of product.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Oct 19, 5:10 AM
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    I’m throwing away a Colourpop lip lacquer in the colour Lucky Nights. I just can’t make the formula work for me. It bleeds everywhere no matter how much I boot it and then pills up on my lips. Very uncomfortable and because I have fairly thin lips I end up looking like Robert Smith from the Cure when it bleeds. Shame.
    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
    • Spinelli92
    • By Spinelli92 11th Oct 19, 7:25 AM
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    Hi everyone, hope you're having a good month.

    Imperial Leather Orange Blossom & Argan Oil bubble bath - WBA. Doesnt really smell of orange blossom though.
    No7 Beautiful Skin cleansing balm 125g - WBA but not at RRP. Nice no-fuss 1st cleanse, removes makeup pretty well. 4 in stash as I offer-stacked in Boots and got them for around £4 each.
    Unidentified Molton Brown Christmas bauble 75ml - WNB, nice gift though
    Bareminerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion serum 7.5ml - Nice wet-feeling serum which I like, very hydrating but not sure it did much else. WPNBA

    TO Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% - gone off
    Philosophy The Miracle Worker Eye Cream SPF25! - seal must have broken in storage as it had gone hard and waxy.
    Liz Earle Eyebright lotion 50ml - gone off

    PP List - an ambitious 18
    Nivea Gentle Cream Cleansing Wash (Dry/Sensitive) 150ml - cut in half
    S&G Hand Food 50ml
    S&G Scrub of Your Life 250ml
    S&G The Righteous Butter 200ml
    Superfacialist Neroli Retinol Day Cream
    Glamglow exfoliating mud mask 15ml
    Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask 200ml - cut tube in half (tons left)
    Lancome Genifique Mini 5ml
    First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance pads (28)
    Superdrug B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Facial Spritz
    Superdrug B. Refreshed Essence Lotion 125ml
    Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum 50ml
    The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml
    The Ordinary Buffet peptide serum 30ml
    Philosophy Renewed Hope Eye Cream 7ml
    Garnier Moisture Bomb Multi Protecting Hydrating Mist 75ml
    BP Apricot Nourishing cleansing balm 125g
    BP Double Phase Cleanser

    No makeup items on my list this month, as I havent been wearing it much lately.

    Good luck x
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Oct 19, 10:40 AM
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    Finally a UU!

    Mustela Hydra Bebe Facial Creme 5ml sample WNB. This was alright but the scent is odd. Hm.
    • radioles1408
    • By radioles1408 11th Oct 19, 1:57 PM
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    Managed to use up a few things yesterday.

    Star Wars Body Wash (150ml)
    Arran Aromatics Rosemary, Sage and Vitamin E rejuvenating bath soak (300ml)
    HycoSan extra eye drops
    Amie Morning Clear Purifying Face wash (150ml)
    Secret Life of Pets Shower Gel (75ml)
    Don't need any other shower gel/bubble bath/face wash at the moment and now get eye drops on prescription.

    I also did a PYTNTh and used a nice grey Jack Wills varnish that I'd never used before (got it for a gift last Christmas). I like the colour and it has gone on well for only one application.

    I had a trip to the Drug of Super this morning as we need general household toothpaste and Mr Radio wanted family shower gel. (My S&G body cream is too girly and too good for the kids to use).
    Got a few things at good prices while I was there:

    Lemon and Tea Tree Shower Gel
    Dragonfruit and Vanilla Shower gel, both 250ml, 2 for £1.50 (Might still be too girly for him, but will be used).

    2 x Mitchum APD spray, one unscented, one no white marks. These were half price and Mr Radio also likes the unscented one, which can sometimes be hard to find on offer.

    2 x 75ml Nivea Soft moisturiser- HG that I use every day. It was £1 and was on a BOGOF, so worked out at only 50p per tube. You can't get this any cheaper than that.

    I was good though, I was looking at vitamin C serums and toners, but walked away as I still have stuff to use up and I'm sure there will be some lovely things in my H & B beauty advent calendar.

    I also did get Colgate deep clean whitening toothpaste for the house in£stretcher (it was dearer in SD), but this is in my general household category. (I don't include standard toothpaste, handwash, sanitary products, baby wipes etc in my totals, as these are used up then replaced. If I buy speciality versions for me to try, I do include them in my totals)

    Oct challenge 7/15
    Sep-Christmas challenge 38/75

    I'm half way to my Christmas challenge, so feeling quite good even though I bought few things this morning.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Oct 19, 1:59 PM
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    1 UU today: ABC body lotion. HG. Have three new ones due in the post tomorrow.
    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
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 11th Oct 19, 9:12 PM
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    Back from my holiday so time to sign in for another month, thank you SSTEVO for starting us off. Great to see new faces - welcome.

    October PP
    250ml Pixi Glow Tonic
    15ml Ole Henrikssen Truth Serum
    125ml No 7 Radiant Results Cleansing Balm
    150ml Faith in Nature Natural Baby Lotion
    40ml A-Derma Epitheliale AH
    7.5ml Tata Harper Velvet Moisturising Cream
    14 ml Jessica Phenomen Oil

    2 x 250ml Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream 1&2/38

    15ml Ole Henrikssen Truth Serum 1/74
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 11th Oct 19, 9:39 PM
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    UU Lush Dream Cream - WDBA this is my HG body moisturiser in a lot of ways.
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 11th Oct 19, 10:02 PM
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    I got two new body moisturizer cerave sa moisturizer and lidl moisturizer nordic hudvard. The lidl moisturizer is in a pump and smells amazing. I love lidl for basic functional value skincare.

    I have a few splutters that are going to end soon.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Oct 19, 11:15 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Noreva Sensidiane Soothing Micellar Lotion 500ml WDBA and have done. This is a lovely cleanser. Very gentle and non stripping.
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