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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st May 19, 9:28 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2019
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    • 31st May 19, 9:28 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2019 31st May 19 at 9:28 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 pinkfluffybabe 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 February 2018 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:

    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
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    July 2012
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    December 2012
    January 2013
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th Jun 19, 4:19 PM
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    One UU from this morning:

    The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter 200ml WMB but I'm not sure. I got this in my Advent Calendar at Christmas, and I didn't really like the scent at first, I'm not a fan of coconut scents, it did grow on me. It's a nice, thick body butter as well. Nearing to the end of the month, I'll purchase another body butter and some Camomile Cleansing Butter, as I have a discount code for them.

    And one UU from this afternoon:

    Soltan Protect & Moisturise Active Suncare Stick SPF30 5g WBA and have. The only SPF lip balm that doesn't leave a white cast. Replaced with another stick. It's cheap as well, compared to some.
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 18th Jun 19, 4:23 PM
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    UU: Happy Naturals Conditioner - this was purchased in January and I have used it about 90% of the time since then, so I feel like it was good value and WDBA though it's not an exciting product it does work well. On to the next Conditioner in my stash!

    GA: Spouts farmers market crazy coconut lip balm
    GA: COOP haircare dry shampoo

    There is a local drive in aid of - worth checking out, I am also donating clothing, the above items were the only sealed things in my stash beauty/toiletries/makeup wise
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 18th Jun 19, 4:24 PM
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    Afternoon all!

    Once again, I’ve been overtaken by other things recently (not good)

    But I am re-evaluating and have gone through my stash again. I really feel like I am on the home straight with my toiletries!

    Face cleanser - 2
    Microdermabrasion exfoliator - 2
    Lip scrub - 1
    Body wash - 1
    Shampoo - 2
    Conditioner - 2
    Dry shampoo - 1
    Hair Oil - 1
    Hairspray - 2
    Bio Oil - 1
    Bubble Bath - 3
    Nail polish - 7
    Hand gel - 1
    Hand cream - 1
    Foot spray - 2
    Foot cream - 1
    Body spray - 1
    Perfume - 1
    Micellar water - 1
    Toner - 2
    Night serum - 1
    Moisturiser - 1
    Eye cream - 2
    Blistex Relief Cream - 1
    Vaseline - 2
    Sudocrem - 1
    Deodorant - 1
    Foundation - 1
    Concealer - 2
    Corrector - 1
    Finishing powder - 1
    Blusher - 3
    Highlighter - 1
    Eyeliner - 1
    Eyebrow pencil - 1
    Eyeshadow - 1
    Mascara - 2
    Lipstick - 7
    Lip gloss - 7
    Tinted lip balm - 4
    Liquid lipstick - 2
    Lip liner - 7

    Total is 84
    Originally posted by captainhoarder
    I might do this at the start of July! Great list thanks for posting
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 18th Jun 19, 7:54 PM
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    I'm still reading and cheering you on from the sidelines.

    Two successes:
    UU Max Factor primer sample, was a GWP, fine
    Hit pan on a Stila blush in the Fairly Light palette, Now have pan in 3 (2 blush, 1 eyeshadow) of the 7 products. Hoping to have pan in everything by the end of the year.

    8 INs, a Body Shop gift set and some Clarins samples, both gifts.

    No purchased INs, Got really excited about the Maybelline Rose Gold mascara, but then it turned out that only the packaging was rose gold, not the actual mascara. How exciting would that have been?
    • London baby
    • By London baby 18th Jun 19, 8:42 PM
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    London baby

    Rosehip oil: WNBA this particular brand as it smelt like cod liver oil. I may have been sold a fake,

    Colgate mint toothpaste: WMBA, basic, cheap toothpaste


    3 x natural Portuguese soaps in Cherry, orange and apple scents. Given as a gift from colleague.


    To make time to use up remaining face masks instead of scrubs.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th Jun 19, 10:07 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    A. Florence Balm to Milk Cleanser 35ml WMBA. This was a beautiful cleanser. I liked this, but there's other balms that I prefer. I may buy the Hydrating Gel Cleanser from this brand in the future. I loved the sample I had of it. But this was really nice.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 19th Jun 19, 8:27 AM
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    Philosophy Pure Grace Firming Body Emulsion 500ml - this is lovely to use as all Philosophy lotions are but WNBA as when my stash is used up I will be looking for a plastic free option.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 19th Jun 19, 6:10 PM
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    One GA away today:

    Dr Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm 40g I like this, but not enough to use it. Gave to a friend who will use it up.

    And two INs today:

    Soaper Duper Silcillian Lemon Body Butter 50ml
    Oral B Satin Tape 25m

    A new item to try and an essential, ready for when my current one finishes.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 20th Jun 19, 8:34 AM
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    Another two INs from an online order arrived yesterday as well:

    Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 30ml
    Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant sample

    I wanted a mini of the toner to see whether I really like it or not, since I've missed it.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 21st Jun 19, 6:47 AM
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    End of the Finish 7 by Summer Challenge
    Finish 7 by Summer:-
    Benefit Lemon Aid
    Urban Decay Darkhorse
    NARS Outlaw blush
    NARS Gilda blush
    MAC Lost Invite mini lipgloss
    OPI Tickle my Francey
    Philosophy Pure Grace

    Lemon Aid done. This is now a discontinued item so I could not repurchase and not sure that I would as there are so many eyeshadow primers on the market now. I have my NYX one that will replace this.

    So, I love these seasonal projects and am going to do a Finish 7 by Autumn Project. Won't roll over all of the items above as I'm sick of saying that there is no progress in Darkhorse though I still use (and will continue to use) it in my brows every day.

    So my new list:-

    NARS Outlaw and NARS Gilda blush

    OPI A Definite Moust Have
    A fragrance
    Colourpop Supershock shadow : Bill
    Shimmery brown eyeshadow from Smashbox Full Exposure palette
    Kat von D Tattoo Liner
    NYX colour correcting concealer

    I've grouped up the blushers and eyeshadows as I intend to use them all regularly. I want to at least hit pan on the blushers and finish the eyeshadows both of which have significant pan.

    Want to rotate my fragrances to keep them all in regular use and if I finish one that will be great. I have 8 bottles including two body sprays. I do have a further Primark fragance that I've decided to use as room spray and this is excluded from my numbers for this reason.

    I'm hoping that the Tattoo Liner and NYX concealer are gimmee items.
    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 21st Jun 19, 6:50 AM
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    Updated PP List
    PP List:-

    Lacura Q10 night serum
    Philosophy Purity Cleanser
    Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream
    Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (cut open, think it will be gone tomorrow)
    Nivea deodorant
    OGX shampoo
    ABC Tea Tree SkinWash

    Murad Clarifying Toner
    Margaret Dabbs hand cream - cut open.

    No update although the toner will be finished by the end of the month. I really can't tell with the serum as the packaging is opaque.

    I have a TA and UU to report:-

    TA: Maybelline nail polish called Cherry. Was going to pan this and wore it yesterday but it was applying streakily already. Have far too many red colours to try and revive this so it's gone. Will replace it in my unofficial project polish with OPI Bullish on OPI.

    UU: Bumble and Bumbe Bee Straight Styling Creme. This was a HG but I now prefer Amika Bombshell spray (though they have changed the name). I do have a mini Living Proof styling product to use next and then may borrow some of Emma's (as she is home) for now.
    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 21st Jun 19, 11:15 AM
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    One UU from last night:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml WDBA and have done. I love this. It's a great first cleanse, removes all of my SPF and leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean. I've got another one on it's way to me.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 21st Jun 19, 2:21 PM
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    Two INs today:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml
    The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 200ml

    A replacement for the ones I've finished this week. It's been a long week and I'm glad it's nearly over.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 21st Jun 19, 4:48 PM
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    Philosophy Pure Grace EDP 60ml - WBA, love this.

    VALM - I'll do a Finish 7 by Autumn too, like you I think I will ring the changes a little bit and not put the never ending No7 Eyebrow pencil in although I will continue to use it. I will do my list tomorrow.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Jun 19, 5:15 AM
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    One UU from last night:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml WDBA and have done. I love this. It's a great first cleanse, removes all of my SPF and leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean. I've got another one on it's way to me.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Great cleanser. If Iím feeling lazy I can use this alone without moisturiser on top.
    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 22nd Jun 19, 7:51 AM
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    My '7 by Summer' list

    1. No17 Brow Pencil
    2. Givenchy mini mascara
    3. Rimmel Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Keep Mauvin
    4. The Balm Down Boy blush - would like to hit pan
    5. Smashbox Full Exposure mascara - full size
    6. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
    7. Benefit Champagne Pink Eyeshadow single from Big Beautiful Eyes Palette.

    Originally posted by dolly84

    This is where I have finished this project. The brow pencil is just going on and on, I haven't hit pan on the blush and it doesn't look like I'm anywhere near, the foundation is about halfway done and despite using the eyeshadow really regularly I haven't hit pan on it yet. I am calling the Givenchy mascara done for this project but I am still using it for now.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 22nd Jun 19, 7:57 AM
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    My Finish 7 by Autumn list.

    1. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (b/f from the last project)
    2. Seventeen Miracle Matte Powder
    3. Lancome mini mascara
    4. Soap & Glory mini lip crayon
    5. Benefit Champagne Pink Eyeshadow (b/f from the last project)
    6. The Balm Down Boy Blush - would like to hit pan (b/f from last project.
    7. Mini Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Taupe
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 22nd Jun 19, 12:38 PM
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    London baby

    Mitchum shower fresh antiperspirant deodorant spray: HG, two more left in stash

    Glycerin solution - HG

    Rosewater - HG

    Sainsbury's dry shampoo - WMBA, knock-off of market leader but not great. Alcohol scent was very strong.

    New challenge is to buy absolutely nothing except essentials for the rest of the year, no matter how tempting the offers are.
    Last edited by London baby; 22-06-2019 at 2:17 PM.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 23rd Jun 19, 12:49 PM
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    Two INs today:

    [B]The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml

    A replacement for the ones I've finished this week. It's been a long week and I'm glad it's nearly over.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Really good cleanser. Planning to buy it today along with TBS SPF.

    1 UU - Clinique Double Serum. This is almost a HG. I love it but it is also pricey. I have few other serums to finish and WBA this in the future.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 23rd Jun 19, 1:21 PM
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    Max Factor Radiant Lift foundation
    Max Factor Dark Magic mascara
    Neals Yard White Tea Toning Eye Gel x12 sachets

    Revlon Youth FX foundation - for mature skin I think so not sure why I chose this but so far so good

    Loreal tan mist - not risking stains from mist these days

    Toni&Guy wave memoriser - canít be bothered with hair in general let alone styling products. Got this super cheap on clearance on a whim so feel ok about it.

    Iím no good at nails so get them done at the salon despite the cost, so getting rid of:
    Mavala mini (red) (freebie)
    Champneys (pink) (gift)
    Champneys (base&top coat) (gift)
    Last edited by sunny_money; 23-06-2019 at 2:01 PM.
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