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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!


    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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Dec 18, 9:17 AM
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    One IN from my Advent Calendar today:

    The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner Black 3ml

    I'm a bit excited to try this. Though saying that, I've never used a liquid eyeliner before. So I think I'm going to have to look for a few tutorials on YouTube to get an idea of how to apply it properly.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 12th Dec 18, 9:26 PM
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    UU so far this month
    15ml Merumaya SPF15 Moisturiser 1/103
    15ml Olay Pro Retinol Eye Treatment 2/104
    10ml Clarins Vital Light /serum 3/105
    GWP size Clinique Aromatics Elixir spray 4/106

    I am still managing to resist purchases of skin and body care, but as a Christmas present to myself I have ordered new make up brushes and a matte eye shadow palette from Beauty Pie.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 12th Dec 18, 10:21 PM
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    i finished t gel shampoo. wnba it didnt do a great deal for my hair
    blueglass perfume. it is so old school that the school was not even built but different than the super sweet modern fragrances
    aussi conditioner it is was nothing special
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Dec 18, 10:50 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask WDBA and will do. Love these sheet masks. So soothing and hydrating.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 13th Dec 18, 11:29 AM
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    One IN from my advent calendar today:

    The Body Shop Lip Definer 1.1g (Hot Date) This is a nice shade. I really need to watch some like makeup tutorials on Youtube as I am clueless when it comes to applying make up. I am really enjoying this advent calendar though, I may have to treat myself to one next year
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 13th Dec 18, 2:21 PM
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    two from my PP list!

    UU Tisserand Wild Rose and Geranium Leaf handcream WMBA - not in this scent though as I'm not a rose scent fan. It was really high quality and came in a pump dispenser. Another beauty box thing I would never have otherwise used.

    UU Beauty Kitchen Rainbow Bath Bombs - these were a gift - purchased from Holland & Barratt - Would DEFINITELY NOT BUY AGAIN, absolutely ineffective avoid avoid!
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 13th Dec 18, 2:53 PM
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    One IN this afternoon:

    Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream 210ml I received this for free (only had to pay postage) after I did a survey for Paula's Choice. I'll save this for when I've finished the current body moisturiser I have open is finished, and when I've used the mini TBS ones I got out of my advent calendar up.
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 13th Dec 18, 7:13 PM
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    1 UU this evening:

    Marks and Spencer Rose Hand Wash WMBA, part of a present from a friend a while ago, so may not be available anymore!

    Stash total is 122
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 13th Dec 18, 8:17 PM
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    Hello everyone, don't think I checked in at all in November and no idea what I UU!

    UU for December is Avon visual perfection tinted moisturiser, WNBA this was so old and I made myself finish it eventually

    Going into town tomorrow afternoon for xmas shopping and I might just go to lush to buy more snow fairy shower gel, it's my absolute favourite
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 13th Dec 18, 9:30 PM
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    One more UU today, a HG and is replaced with same.

    500ml LíOccitane Lavender Liquid Soap 5/107
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 13th Dec 18, 9:46 PM
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    One UU tonight and this was definitely a LHJ:

    Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 180ml WDBA and probably will in the future but I would like to try the unscented version next. Going to try the samples I have next. But this left my skin feeling so nice. Hydrating as well
    Last edited by sstevo19; 14-12-2018 at 10:35 AM. Reason: Spelling
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 13th Dec 18, 10:29 PM
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    Head & Shoulders shampoo
    Happy Naturals argan oil body wash

    Herbal Essences bio renew conditioner
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Dec 18, 10:43 AM
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    I have 3 UUs:-

    Bath and Body Works Nourishing Pumpkin Cupcake handwash. Really prefer these nourishing ones to the foaming ones. Alas I now have all foaming ones in my stash. Have replaced this one with an Apple Pumpkin handwash. Do have four others in the stash. This one has taken two months to use so won't have to repurchase for a while.

    ABC body lotion. Have another in stash to replace with. Love this product and will continue to repurchase, when needed.

    Sample of Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme. This was nice. Don't usually like rose fragrance. Would not buy though.

    Bought some cotton wool pads yesterday as I am nearly out of them.
    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 14th Dec 18, 10:46 AM
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    Finish 12 by Christmas Update
    OPI mini - I'm Not Really a Waitress
    OPI full size Don't Pretzel My Buttons
    Lorac Pro Pink Mauve eyeshadow from mini Lorac Pro Matte palette
    NARS Albatross highlighter
    Bare Minerals Boss Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Colour
    Laura Geller Balance N Brighten
    Urban Decay Darkhorse eyeshadow from Naked 1 palette
    No 7 GWP mini eyeshadow
    Marc Jacobs Sonic Truth lipstick
    Urban Decay Kinky Revolution High Colour lipgloss
    NARS Orgasm blush

    The frankenshadow has gone. Pleased that I could use these eyeshadows up this way. My Lorac Pro mini matte palette only has four colours left in it now so half used up.

    Am hoping to at least finish the lipgloss by Christmas but don't think the other powders will be done. I have however totted up that I have used up 23 make up items over the year. I am intending to just count make up items that are non-staples (ie primer, foundation, concealer) next year for Finish 19 in 2019.
    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 14th Dec 18, 10:48 AM
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    One IN from my advent calendar today:

    The Body Shop British Rose Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub 50ml I do like a body scrub but I never really buy them. This smells so nice. I can't wait to use it
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Dec 18, 10:53 AM
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    My PP list for December:

    Aderma Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Lotion 400ml
    Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 180ml
    Paulaís Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner 118ml
    Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo 250ml
    Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner 250ml
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list. The shampoo and conditioner are nearing the end, so they should be finished before the end of the month. And the micellar lotion should be as well. I may not finish the toner this month but I'm trying to. Since I can't use it on my face, I'm using it on my body before I apply body lotion and it really helps to hydrate my skin.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Dec 18, 9:56 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil 3ml sample WMB as a full size. This was nice and light. I've always been put off by Cleansing oils thinking they'll be too messy but this wasn't messy at all.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 14th Dec 18, 11:37 PM
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    I finished simple micellar cleanser. It was nice and effective. However, I have a bottle of loreal and garnier to work through.

    I finished a small sample of estee lauder serum, it is in the bin now and i can not recall the name. It did not made a huge impression on me.

    I finally finished urban decay chopper. Five finished so far, I still have seven shades left but progress. It is a massive undertaking and seems silly to want to get as much use out of it as possible.
    • rogueylawyer
    • By rogueylawyer 15th Dec 18, 8:18 PM
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    Well, itís been years, but Iím back to clear my stash. Incidentally, much of my stash is the same as it was 4 years ago 😂

    Iíve gotten much better at not buying, through kind of forced circumstances. I left my career as a lawyer (maybe I should update my username!) and went self employed 18 months ago. Thereís been some lean months so Iíve been cutting back - thereís next to no stash of items like shower gel and shampoo, but more body lotion and skin products than you could shake a stick at!

    Iím identifying products to UU first; lots of miniatures and part-used to hand!
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 15th Dec 18, 8:36 PM
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    Has anyone ever used baby shampoo on their own hair?

    I've got some I bought when my son was younger and he's turning 7 next month I did think about giving it to my nephew to use when his baby is born early next year but am a bit worried as it's old. Obviously want to use it somehow and not let it go to waste and the only thing I can think of is using it myself.
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
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