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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Nov 18, 11:46 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2018
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    • 30th Nov 18, 11:46 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2018 30th Nov 18 at 11:46 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 er, me, 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 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!


    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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    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 30th Dec 18, 3:21 PM
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    3 TA as I have only used them once:

    Charles Worthington 3D Boosting Creme
    Bleach London Swamp Spritz Texturing Spray
    L’oreal Paris Heat It Spray

    4 INS (Christmas presents)

    Academy of Colour Lip Gloss x4

    Stash total is 120
    Less is the new more
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 30th Dec 18, 3:34 PM
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    UU: Yorkshire Soap Co Fresh deli lettuce and cucumber - WBA this lasted ages! I initially used it as a face soap and then as I ran out of soap for showering over the year I used it for that and handwashing.
    UU: Lush Cheer me up Buttercup bath bomb - this was a gift. It's fine, but I would probably not repurchase myself.

    My updated PP list for end of the month:

    Crazy Rumors Mint Chocolate Lip Balm
    Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer
    UU Tisserand Wild Rose and Geranium Leaf handcream - hoping to finish this!
    UU B. Superdrug Day Cream with SPF - think I will finish this too! Would love any recommendations of face creams with SPF that are vegan friendly!
    Roots Double Effect Hair Growth Conditioner
    Elemis samples - 2 left ( I UU one of them!)
    UU Beauty Kitchen Rainbow Bath Bombs
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 30th Dec 18, 7:30 PM
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    Another UU today:

    Faith in Nature coconut shower gel. WBA. Love this and it lasts ages!
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 30th Dec 18, 7:42 PM
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    Hello everyone, hope you had a good Christmas?

    I'm here to report my xmas ins
    I asked my mum for the no. 7 star gift for xmas, it's quite sensible though because I would have to buy day and night moisturiser next month and I haven't got any mascara back up in my stash. The lip crayon and face mask might linger in my stash for a while

    I bought myself lush snow fairy before xmas, it's my first shower gel purchase for a few years. I do still have a huge stash under my bathroom sink but I love this one and it's only for sale just now
    I have 4 handbag size handcreams from the body shop which I didn't give away as presents so I will keep them instead
    I bought 6 body sprays in the boots sale, this will last me all year! 3x jack wills and 3x so .... I still had one jack wills in my cupboard from last year which I thought I had got through but never mind
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 30th Dec 18, 7:53 PM
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    Urgh just lost this post when I looked for a suitable new year emoji lol
    Shorter version with my UU

    Yardley English daisy perfume, not very long lasting scent but fine for a daytime spritz
    Jack wills body spray, part of last year's sale purchases, have bought this year's set in the sale
    Korean sheet face mask, WNBA don't seem to do much

    Happy New year to everyone when it comes!
    I'll be back in January for another year haha
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 30th Dec 18, 11:44 PM
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    1 UU this evening:

    Cath Kidston Hand Cream - WDBA, I have never known a hand cream absorb so quickly!! Great for using when you’re out and about.

    Stash total is 119
    Less is the new more
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Dec 18, 12:20 AM
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    One UU tonight:

    I’m From Honey Mask 3ml sample WMB as a full size. This was nice and gentle. And no smell at all.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Dec 18, 10:03 AM
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    One TA:

    Garden Of Wisdom Vitamin C 23% + Ferulic Acid 30ml WNBA. I have been testing this for months and I can't make it work in any of my skincare routines, and it irritates my skin quite a bit lately. I want to use a Vitamin C serum for the antioxidant benefits but the few I've tried my skin doesn't agree with them. Hm.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Dec 18, 10:11 AM
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    The thread for January is up

    My scores for the month:

    UUs - 31
    INs - 43
    GAs - 0
    TAs - 2
    OUTs - 0
    • VALM
    • By VALM 31st Dec 18, 2:02 PM
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    VALM
    UUs 33
    7 INs
    4 GA/TA

    I haven’t counted gifts as INs as I didn’t buy them and as mentioned previously I won’t count nail colour in this challenge though I am trying to use as many of them as I can. Have repainted my nails today with OPI Less Is Norse which is gorgeous.
    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
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Dec 18, 7:19 PM
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    Two more UU today:

    Fab Radiance Pads. WNBA. These were a free sample, not that fussed.

    Laura Mercier Creme Brūl!e body lotion. WNBA. Nice lotion but slightly too strong fragrance.

    Totals for 2018:

    Started with 163 items
    UU 86
    IN 64
    End 141

    Must do better in 2019
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 31st Dec 18, 8:39 PM
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    Two items from December not finished and will be c/f to January.

    125ml Clinique Moisture Surge Spray
    200ml Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash

    Totals
    UU 8 December 110 for the year.
    IN 5 December 48 for the year includes 4 gifts
    GA 1 December 8 for the year
    TA 0 December 5 for the year

    Pretty happy with this, onward and forward to 2019
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 1st Jan 19, 4:09 PM
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    UU (Yesterday)Elemis Superfood Day Cream sample - I am now all out of the day cream samples WNBA I am not a fan of the smell of this at all!
    GA Barry M Crown Jewels eyeshadow palette - i have swatched a couple of these and used it twice but... I have another palette I much prefer and never use this.

    End of month total:

    IN: 29
    UU: 12
    GA: 1

    I am quite pleased with this because this month I finished up some products I had been trying to use up for months. The influx of stuff is some gifts and then my Lush annual sale splurge which I am okay with! Just going to post a stashlist on the new thread
    Last edited by ponypal; 01-01-2019 at 4:18 PM.
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 1st Jan 19, 4:49 PM
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    4 TA today:

    The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub
    The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue
    The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Butter
    The Body Shop Wild Arian Oil Miracle Solid Oil

    I’ve had these for so long and they’re all half used. I opened them up to smell them and they are all starting to go off. Better they are disposed of.

    Stash total is 115
    Less is the new more
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 1st Jan 19, 6:09 PM
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    1 UU

    Ted Baker Body Scrub in Blush Pink - WBA as it smells lovely and leaves your skin soft and not dried out!

    Stash total is 114
    Less is the new more
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Jan 19, 9:55 AM
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    VALM
    Finish 7 by Spring
    Just want to post this here to bump it.


    Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth mini lipstick
    Buxom Samantha lipgloss
    UD Darkhorse
    Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder - Dim Light
    Benefit Lemon Aid
    OPI I Theodora You
    NARS Albatross

    I think the Buxom lipgloss will be gone this week as the stopper has been removed and once again I'm scraping product from the side.
    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 16th Jan 19, 10:04 AM
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    Finish 7 by Spring
    Update

    Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth mini lipstick
    Buxom Samantha lipgloss
    UD Darkhorse
    Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder - Dim Light
    Benefit Lemon Aid
    OPI I Theodora You
    NARS Albatross

    One down. It's hard to say which, if any, of the products will be finished next.
    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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