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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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Oct 19, 4:47 PM
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    sstevo19
    The thread for November is up.

    My scores for the month:

    UUs - 16
    INs - 12
    TAs - 0
    GAs - 1
    OUTs - 1
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Oct 19, 8:40 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Thanks for a new thread sstevo!

    I'm in again for October, PP list:

    Soaper duper passion fruit shower gel
    Aesop a rose by any other name body wash
    Aveda shampure shampoo
    Aveda shampure conditioner
    Elemis apricot toner
    Odilyque coconut cleanser
    Beauty Pie Japanfusion cleanser
    Caudalie Premier Cru moisturiser
    Caudalie Premier Cru serum
    E45 body lotion
    Living Proof Prime
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Final score for October:

    10 UU
    0 IN

    Will carry the remainder forward to November.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 105/146 UU, 61 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 528.74/1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 365/365
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2019 No.12 107.05/150
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st Nov 19, 5:39 AM
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    VALM
    Are you outside of the UK? Or do you have a way of getting B and BW here?
    Originally posted by dawn1980
    Im in the UK, There are B p&BW selling pages on Facebook. I believe the members are cabin crew and some buy to order.
    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 1st Nov 19, 8:29 AM
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    sunny_money
    October results:
    INs - 8
    OUTs - 12
    Happy with this.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st Nov 19, 2:34 PM
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    VALM
    Scores on the doors

    14 UUs
    19 INs including 11 from the QVC bundle
    3 TA
    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 1st Nov 19, 10:38 PM
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    maddiemay
    Scores on the doors

    UU 5/78, IN 5/41, TA 1/3, GA 0/1

    3 items from October to be carried forward.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Nov 19, 6:38 AM
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    VALM
    [QUOTE=VALM;76415240]My 12 pans of Christmas Challenge update


    Shower gel - still untouched (STILL) Must make an effort to wash my brushes and sponges today to finish the baby shampoo and get this Started.

    Corresponding body cream - Im getting rid. Who am I kidding that Ill put it on my feet? The problem is that the only time I would apply this is bedtime and then my feet get too hot at night with socks on.

    Eye cream - getting There.

    Tweakd hair mask - FINISHED

    Essie cuticle scrub - will need to cut this open this week.

    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. Pan is increasing,

    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. I am really hopeful that this will be done this week.
    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 24th Nov 19, 3:11 PM
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    VALM
    [QUOTE=VALM;76504254]
    My 12 pans of Christmas Challenge update


    Shower gel - still untouched (STILL) Must make an effort to wash my brushes and sponges today to finish the baby shampoo and get this Started.

    Corresponding body cream - Im getting rid. Who am I kidding that Ill put it on my feet? The problem is that the only time I would apply this is bedtime and then my feet get too hot at night with socks on.

    Eye cream - getting There.

    Tweakd hair mask - FINISHED

    Essie cuticle scrub - will need to cut this open this week.

    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. Pan is increasing,

    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. I am really hopeful that this will be done this week.
    Originally posted by VALM
    The Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is done. I crushed up the last of the flaky bits earlier this week and applied the last of it to my eyes using Mac Fix Plus today. This is my accomplishment for the year. Wish I could post a photo x
    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 28th Nov 19, 4:40 PM
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    VALM
    My 12 pans of Christmas Challenge update

    Shower gel - still untouched (STILL) Must make an effort to wash my brushes and sponges today to finish the baby shampoo and get this Started.

    Corresponding body cream - Im getting rid. Who am I kidding that Ill put it on my feet? The problem is that the only time I would apply this is bedtime and then my feet get too hot at night with socks on.



    Eye cream - getting There.

    Tweakd hair mask - FINISHED

    Essie cuticle scrub - will need to cut this open this week.

    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. Pan is increasing,

    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. I am really hopeful that this will be done this week.



    Essie Cuticle scrub. Love this and must buy more.
    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 30th Nov 19, 1:46 PM
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    VALM
    Finish 12 by Christmas update
    Shower gel - still untouched (STILL) Must make an effort to wash my brushes and sponges today to finish the baby shampoo and get this Started.

    Corresponding body cream - TA

    Eye cream - Finished today though I did also apply it to my face to get rid.

    Tweakd hair mask - FINISHED

    Essie cuticle scrub - also gone. I think Santa is buying me one.

    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. Pan is increasing,

    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 - gone.

    I think the reality is that I may finish Rich Girl by Christmas and thats all though all the makeup products are in full use.
    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 30th Nov 19, 1:51 PM
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    VALM
    Scores on the doors for November

    UUS 9 includes Philosophy Snow Angel that I finished this morning. This is gorgeous and I would look to repurchase.

    INS 16 12 of which are skincare items to be stashed, 1 is hair product and the other 3 are make up.
    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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