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    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 30th Nov 13, 2:04 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2013
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    • 30th Nov 13, 2:04 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2013 30th Nov 13 at 2:04 PM
    Happy Christmas everyone

    AND 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 Maddiemay 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 locked 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 are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

    Regulars ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies;

    Why not add the challenge to your sig as a reminder?


    We have a "Swaps Group" on Facebook when you can swap good condition items with other like-minded addicts. PM Trudij, Tokkiandoliver, seasideDreamer or luvlycake your email address and they can add you to the group.

    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 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 as mentioned earlier.

    It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots,Body Shop, 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 December and indeed next year, and remember to keep popping in for inspiration and support, and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy, and keep your stash lists updated

    Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly!

    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 nosey??!!

    Useful abbreviations!

    WIBA? - Will I 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!
    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.From Erma Bombeck who said, 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculptured 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 rather than binned or UU, to charity,as a present, or "just because!".

    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.

    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 Jun 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer -graduated with honours Oct 2012

    Previous threads:

    In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review here are the links for the past few months challenge threads (just click on the date to take you straight to it):


    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
    February 2013
    March 2013
    April 2013
    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
    August 2013
    September 2013
    October 2013
    November 2013

    Can't wait to hear how people get on stash busting over the festive period and hearing about gifts that people get!
    Last edited by KT2802; 30-11-2013 at 2:17 PM.
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    • Clutterfree
    • By Clutterfree 2nd Dec 13, 10:11 PM
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    Rosemary, how are you doing?

    Any news on your son yet?
    I suppose with the time difference it may still be too early yet.

    I bet it's been a very long day for you.

    Hugs xx
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    • SmarterNotHarder
    • By SmarterNotHarder 2nd Dec 13, 10:32 PM
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    Hi I'm back in if that's ok? Thank you for the thread start KT

    I've been MIA for November and part of october, Birthdays, life holidays got in the way, don't think I've had any UUs or INs in all that time though so hey ho

    popping in to report a TA today - one of those silly tiny loofah things thats too small to be of any use. Must've come with a gift set at some point. Had it for years, then had an epiphany and wondered why I was still hanging on to it?

    And yes. I'm counting "accessories" as I seem to have developed quite a collection of these too and still when walking past the dreaded aisles think "ooh thse scrubby gloves/moisturising socks/nailbrush look nice, and/or are on offer, shall I pop them in the basket?"

    Please tell me I'm not the only one?
    • moneyless mac
    • By moneyless mac 2nd Dec 13, 10:36 PM
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    Hope there is good news about your son Rosemary.

    UU

    Elemis for men face wash - WBA DH likes it and its also handy for taking advantage of the numerous free gifts Elemis offer.

    Boots cotton Wool pads - WBA

    Colgate max night toothpaste - WBA love how minty this is.

    Palmolive mediteranean moments shower gel - WBA was cheap, foamy and smelled pleasant the only downside was the fragrance didnt linger.
    No more buying toiletries
    • evilsquid1603
    • By evilsquid1603 2nd Dec 13, 10:40 PM
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    hope DS1 is ok Rosemary xx
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries!
    • moneyless mac
    • By moneyless mac 2nd Dec 13, 10:48 PM
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    Stuggling with a PP list this month so will start with these:

    Miller and Harris shower gel - its been in my stash quite a while so want to use before its off. UU

    Miller and Harris body lotion - as above UU

    Miller and Harris mini perfume - as above UU

    Clarins lotus oil - I like this but its everlasting UU

    J&J baby naturals body cream - stash relic and my last one. UU

    10ml Stella roller ball - another stash relic that I found in an evening handbag and on the verge of being past it.

    Clarins tonic treatment oil - My DD nicknamed this 'granny' and that sums up how I feel about it. Although moisturising I dislike the smell so I do not like using it - this will be hard going and probably a LHJ! UU
    Last edited by moneyless mac; 19-12-2013 at 10:52 PM.
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    • kadison
    • By kadison 3rd Dec 13, 2:51 AM
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    Hello all!

    rosemary54 -
    I hope your son's op went ok xx

    VALM - TBH a lot of outs were GAs not UUs, so perhaps a little cheating?

    I have to confess, I've just ordered the big Lancome beauty box. I had 73 worth of Boots points thanks to various glitches so I bought a 22.50 cleanser to get the box for 50, so really it didn't cost me any 'money'

    I decided it was ok to get it since no-one spoils me except me (and sometimes Boots review panel), so sod it, life's too short and it'll make me happy!

    I need to decide now whether to wrap it and open it on Xmas day or use it now.......
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2020
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    • Sundaysgirl
    • By Sundaysgirl 3rd Dec 13, 7:59 AM
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    ^ Good for you kadison - if you can afford it then why not? I vote for wrapping and opening on Christmas Day

    I seem to be on a bit of a roll and gave another two UUs this morning:

    3. Ted Baker Bidy Souffl! 300ml - WNBA, nice enough consistency but the scent was a bit too subtle for my liking.

    4. Sure Crystal Diamond APD 250ml - WMBA but not for a while as I have found the max compact version to be much more effective. Whilst it's pricey, given how quickly I got through this spray I think that it probably works out better value for me. I have another aerosol in the stash which I will use first, then I'll stick to the compact.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 3rd Dec 13, 10:34 AM
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    Hi all.

    Have another uu

    Clinique All About Eyes 7ml - I really like this and have replaced it with a 5ml pot.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • rosemary54
    thanks for all the good vibes ladies,the surgeon called last night from California and said all had gone well and DS1 has since messaged us to say some discomfort but not too bad.The worst is to come for him I think as his jaw will be wired for 4 weeks so no Christmas dinner
    he will be a girls dream man.....a man who cannot answer back!!!!


    am enjoying my shellaced (? spelling)nails in subtle bronze sparkle,getting them changed to rock star red next week,very pretty for Christmas ,did want them done later but salon full the week after!
    • suzitiger
    • By suzitiger 3rd Dec 13, 11:04 AM
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    Rosemary fingers crossed all goes well with your son's surgery and I hope he recovers quickly

    1 UU to report already for December which is my bar of Lush Porridge soap. Am hoping to get onto the Lush onsite sale early to stock up in the Jan sales. Any Lush SAs who can give me a heads up it would be appreciated.

    My Project Pan list had gone down from 19 products to 5 so very pleased with that.

    Have added more items to it for this month and my list now is:-

    Cutex nail polish remover
    Elemis Eye Renewal Serum
    Decleor Herbal Clay mask
    Origins eye serum
    Mark Hill Straightening serum

    These were on the original list so I am adding:-

    L'Occitane verbena hand cream (only a small tube in my handbag)
    Elemis PCMC 30ml
    Philosophy Pumpkin Pie shower gel (big size)
    LE C&P 200ml that Emma and I are sharing. It's squishy at the moment so not sure how many uses left in it.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Hi, we are kept in the dark as much as anyone else about what the plans are for a sale, but if we do have one it will probably start on boxing day, not sure if it is online too but I am assuming so


    I'd also like a Project Pan challenge for December. So, I'd like to add the following to my PP list:


    Aussie Mega Shampoo 300ml
    Aussie Mega Conditioner 250ml
    L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 250ml
    Atrixo Enriched moisturising cream 200ml
    Nivea Soft moisturising lotion 200ml
    Simple facial wash gel 150ml (this stuff seems to last forever and I don't particularly enjoy it, BUT I spent money on it aaages ago and I've used other products since then)


    There are more, but these are the ones I'd like to try to concentrate on using!
    Originally posted by VickyA
    Good PP lists guys, I will have pretty much the same stuff on mine but I should see most of it gone with a real push this month
    Don't turn a slip up into a give up
    *NSD Challenge Nov 0/10* *10 a day challenge Nov 0/300*
    No buying unnecessary toiletries challenge-in it for the long haul


    • suzitiger
    • By suzitiger 3rd Dec 13, 11:12 AM
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    popping in to report a TA today - one of those silly tiny loofah things thats too small to be of any use. Must've come with a gift set at some point. Had it for years, then had an epiphany and wondered why I was still hanging on to it?

    And yes. I'm counting "accessories" as I seem to have developed quite a collection of these too and still when walking past the dreaded aisles think "ooh thse scrubby gloves/moisturising socks/nailbrush look nice, and/or are on offer, shall I pop them in the basket?"

    Please tell me I'm not the only one?
    Originally posted by SmarterNotHarder
    Well if they are a problem area of your stash then yes count them in
    I'm sure ur not the only one
    I don't really count make up and toothpaste stuff even though I list them as I don't consider them problems.
    Shower gels and bath bombs however are another matter....


    I am making my PP list today, and I've got quite a few things listed on ebay, several with bids on at the moment so here's hoping for a bigger dent in my stash before Christmas, still got quite a few things to list....
    Don't turn a slip up into a give up
    *NSD Challenge Nov 0/10* *10 a day challenge Nov 0/300*
    No buying unnecessary toiletries challenge-in it for the long haul


    • Kiwisaver
    • By Kiwisaver 3rd Dec 13, 11:17 AM
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    In desperate need of a quick win I UU a sample sachet of Nivea in shower moisturiser. Was nicer this time as I have since realised you're not actually meant to wash with it.

    The Elemis parcel arrived today which gives me a few INS:

    Tri-enzyme Papaya Peel 50ml
    Herbal Lavender Repair Mask 75ml

    plus GWP of Pro-collagen Marine Cream and Cleansing Balm and couple of other bits
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    • suzitiger
    • By suzitiger 3rd Dec 13, 11:18 AM
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    Totally forgot to declare a UU the other day of a golden slumbers bath bomb from lush
    Only just noticed it whilst going through my list.
    I have another one in now though which my friend sent me from Canada
    But at least its nice and fresh, I've had the other one about a year :rotf
    Last edited by suzitiger; 03-12-2013 at 11:18 AM. Reason: smiley error
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  • TheOxfordOwl
    UUs:

    3. L'Occitane Flower Brightening Mask sachet - WMBA, lovely but expect it's expensive!
    4. Balance Me Moisture Rich face cream, 20ml - WNBA, really nice but too rich for my skin.
    5. St Ives Apricot Scrub 150ml - WBA, probably HG, but at the moment I'm loving Let The Good Times Roll from Lush and have enough of that to last me for months!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in January!
    UU: 5, IN: 2
    Total Stash: 99 - ultimate target 33 (year start 99)
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 3rd Dec 13, 11:37 AM
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    I decided to spend a little time going through "the part used stores" again recently, this has yielded a couple of TA's and made me look out others for finishing off

    UU
    75ml Philip Kingsley Scalp Toning Tonic WBA, but going to try and locate something less expensive or try to make my own.
    Time Delay Under Eye Patches, WNBA did not seem to doing anything more than my eye cream does.
    TA
    Small amount of a 100 mil Hair Removal Cream. WNBA - use Epilator these days and never go swimming!
    Small number of Facial Wax Hair removing strips, these had lost "stickiness". WNBA - I find them difficult to use.
    Remainder of Benefit Dr Feelgood WNBA does not seem to do anything for me, already in use (and love) Bare Minerals Prime Time.

    Whilst "pondering" have missed the SensatioNails kit, not too disappointed as I found the UV lamp and Seche UV topcoat that I bought just before I had surgery last year, it got mislaid in the spare room and covered with "stuff", so I will be buying some base coat and prep etc soon.

    PYNOS - Spa Ritual Precious, I love their polishes and they are on the Cruelty Free List.

    Last, but certainly not least, great news Rosemary, you must be so relieved.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • kadison
    • By kadison 3rd Dec 13, 3:24 PM
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    Hi again, I have some NBIs to declare. I blagged some samples off the Bumble & Bumble woman at Merry Hill, and Boots review panel have sent me some hair stuff as well that I'm looking forward to trying

    Bumble & Bumble Gentle Conditioner 7ml
    Bumble & Bumble Gentle Shampoo 7ml
    Bumble & Bumble Surf Conditioner 7ml
    Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo 7ml
    Toni & Guy Rough Texturiser 200ml
    Toni & Guy Wave Memoriser 100ml

    thanks for all the good vibes ladies,the surgeon called last night from California and said all had gone well and DS1 has since messaged us to say some discomfort but not too bad.The worst is to come for him I think as his jaw will be wired for 4 weeks so no Christmas dinner
    Originally posted by rosemary54
    Awww poor him, he'll have to have one to celebrate New Year instead Glad he's ok xx
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    • his missus
    • By his missus 3rd Dec 13, 5:01 PM
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    Hi all,

    My plan for December (well by the 2th really ) is to use up:

    -tresemme shampoo - some has been decantered into soap dispenser in bathroom as I've run out of liquid soap, in fact I'm sure there was some bubble bath in the dispenser anyway
    - avon shower gel...this is my last shower gel so let's hope I get some for Christmas!
    - hair dye as my hair really needs colouring!

    Also plan to use up some travel sized toiletries when we go away next week

    • minicooper272
    • By minicooper272 3rd Dec 13, 6:57 PM
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    Glad to hear your son came through the operation OK rosemary, and it was really good of the surgeon to call you and let you know everything went well. He will find something nice for Christmas dinner I'm sure.

    I have UU a pot of Organic Surge facial moisturiser. This was part of a Glossybox I got a few months ago, and I'm not sure I'll buy this one again. It was just a little bit too heavy for my liking, and I'm trying to switch to SPF moisturisers.
    • kadison
    • By kadison 3rd Dec 13, 7:19 PM
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    Can I just play devil's advocate/enabler here and ask if anyone has anything on their toiletries xmas wish list or to find in the sales at a super low price?

    This is mine, hoping for about 20!

    http://www.johnlewis.com/molton-brown-the-bathing-treasures-collection-12-x-50ml/p591549

    Really not holding out ANY hope though, it's out of stock on the main MB website and the link doesn't even get you to the product, so doubtful there'll even be any left come the sales
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2020
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    • evilsquid1603
    • By evilsquid1603 3rd Dec 13, 7:22 PM
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    i have INs, put in an order for Bobbi Brown whilst there was good freebies on i just missed the free full size lip gloss offer but i really do not need lipgloss so I'm kind of glad i missed it! id rather have skincare than the make up free gifts as i at least get through it then.

    IN:
    Vitamin enriched face base - HG and I've missed it SO much since i ran out!
    Smokey eye liner brush
    then freebies of:
    30ml hydrating face cream (I also love this!)
    30ml long wear eye make up remover - had before and love for taking off going out make up
    15ml cleansing oil - will be good for my gym bag

    also due soon is an order of UNII palettes. ive got two and got my mum one for xmas, the hinge on mine broke the other day its had 3 years of daily use though so its done very well!

    all going away in my stash for xmas though!

    Can I just play devil's advocate/enabler here and ask if anyone has anything on their toiletries xmas wish list or to find in the sales at a super low price?

    This is mine, hoping for about 20!

    http://www.johnlewis.com/molton-brown-the-bathing-treasures-collection-12-x-50ml/p591549

    Really not holding out ANY hope though, it's out of stock on the main MB website and the link doesn't even get you to the product, so doubtful there'll even be any left come the sales
    Originally posted by kadison
    Laura Mercier Colour wardrobe, not that i need ANY more Laura Mercier palettes lol! these usually go to 50% off on boxing day so I'm going to have a look and see if i can find one. i usually have a look in the Illamasqua sale too, they usually do a really good new year one and I've had some really good bargains from them.
    Last edited by evilsquid1603; 03-12-2013 at 7:25 PM.
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