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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
    February 2012
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    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 15th Dec 18, 9:13 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    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.
    Originally posted by lynseydee
    I have used it, it's fine as a shampoo. I also sometimes use it to clean my make up brushes.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 1/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £28.73/£600
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Dec 18, 9:32 PM
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    maddiemay
    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!
    Originally posted by rogueylawyer
    Hi Roguey, good to hear from you. My stash is worse than 4 years ago, but I am now happy "shopping my stash" instead of buying more, light bulb very firmly switched on these days
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 15th Dec 18, 9:37 PM
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    lucia22
    UU

    Superdrug Aqua-Hydrating SPF 15 Day Cream 75ml - Lasted 3-4 months and quite cheap so WDBA. However lots in stash to get through first.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 15th Dec 18, 9:47 PM
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    captainhoarder
    1 UU today:

    Radox Moisturising Nourish Shea Butter and Ginger Shower Cream - WBA, it smells lovely and is exactly as it says on the bottle; nourishing!

    Stash total is 121
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 15th Dec 18, 10:22 PM
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    lynseydee
    I have used it, it's fine as a shampoo. I also sometimes use it to clean my make up brushes.
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Hi Pinkfluffybabe, glad to hear it's fine for me to use on myself. I don't wear makeup so this wouldn't be an option for me. Will start using is then as my current shampoo has pretty much run out.
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 15th Dec 18, 10:23 PM
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    London baby
    UU:

    Jour d'automne hair spray: WNBA, beauty box item and only used to retexturise my curly wigs so don't know how effective it is.

    Sainsbury's cotton wool pads - WNBA, worst brand I've used.

    Ins:

    Primark top coat & base
    1 x Lidl dentalux toothpaste
    2 x Lidl cotton wool pads

    It seems that I'm now down to buying essentials but it's so boring :-(
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 15th Dec 18, 11:21 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    I have used baby shampoo on my hair and it was fine very mild. I also used it for clothes washing. I had some organic brand and it needed clean hair as it would not remove a lot of build up or oil.

    My stash is looking worse than when I started as it has gone from basic to more expensive items. I have less cheap shampoo and it has been replaced with ogx and premium sulphate free shampoo. The severe head scratching and dry skin on the forehead, ears and eyebrows are gone but the sash has increased.

    I have reduced the hoard of random freebies- I just don't accept anything that i will not happily pay for as something can be used by someone else is a burden to me. I try and avoid samples unless it is some thing i really think it will work for me.

    I might never clear the stash but if i can use and replace with things I know that suit me and my pocket. Sometimes certain expensive products are worth it and other times not so, I find here helps me be more reasoned in my purchases.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Dec 18, 9:03 AM
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    dolly84
    Welcome back roguey.



    Lynseydee - I've used baby shampoo too and it's fine but like saving said it won't remove product build up.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 5/66
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 16th Dec 18, 11:21 AM
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    lynseydee
    Welcome back roguey.



    Lynseydee - I've used baby shampoo too and it's fine but like saving said it won't remove product build up.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Hi Dolly

    Thanks, I don't use products on my hair so shouldn't be a problem. It'll only be until we've used up the bottle and a half and then I can go back to using normal shampoo.
    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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 16th Dec 18, 1:47 PM
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    asajj
    Hi everyone. I have resisted urging to buy any advent calendars this year. I still have products from the last 2 years and they don't look so different anyway.

    I have UU'ed Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash. This was my 3 tube I think. Give this brand a try - you will love it.

    I bought Japanfusion Cream Cleanser from Beauty Pie and it is amazing. I'm loving Beauty Pie recently.

    LF beauty box has arrived and I have 5 INs. I was expecting a more Christmas theme but i was wrong - I prefer this box than glittery make-up stuff. Products are:
    This Works Sleep Spray
    LF beauty blender
    GrowGorgeus Scalp Detox
    Illamasque Hydrating Veil
    Karl Lagerfield for Model Co Brow Pen


    I haven't managed to get into Christmas spirit this year. Nothing I see at shops inspires or excites me either. I am in two minds about No7 star gift. Is anyone buying it?
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 16th Dec 18, 2:27 PM
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    savingfortomorrow
    I finished the kaeson calming face mask , it was a moisturizer but dried out at the end. I added so oil to make it liquid again for the last application. It was very cheap and nice but i have loads to use up before even considering buying anything new. .
    • shed35
    • By shed35 16th Dec 18, 3:30 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    My weekly update. I have to confess that I have already opened my Xmas pressies. I know bad but like to know what I have and plan sale shopping!

    UU
    Body King Begamont and Salt Body Wash
    Satsuma Lip Balm
    Charity lip balm (lost it)
    Superdrug B Purifying Charcoal Face Mask

    IN
    Elizabeth Ardent 8 hours Skin Protection
    Boots Extract Skin Care Avocado Skin Scrub
    Waitrose Baby Butter Cream
    Waitrose Pure Body Lotion x 2
    Skin So Soft Body Oil x 3
    Avon Suncare Sun Lotion x 3
    Superdrug Suncare Sensitive Sun Cream

    NBI
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel x 3
    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream x 2
    Elemi Frangipani Body Cream
    Body Shop Mango Shower Gel Travel Size
    Body Shop Mango Body Lotion Travel Size
    Sanctuary Spa Foaming Cream Body Soak
    Sanctuary Spa White Lily Damesk Rose Body Scrub
    Sanctuary Spa Gentle Body Scrub

    Total = 103
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 16th Dec 18, 5:16 PM
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    sstevo19
    One IN from yesterday from my advent calendar:

    The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm 10ml

    And one IN from today from my advent calendar:

    The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 50ml

    I'm quite happy with both of these
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 16th Dec 18, 8:48 PM
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    lynseydee
    Have pretty much come to the end of my lip balm but there is still some product in it that I can't wind up any more. What does everyone else do in this situation? Use your finger or just do away with it? I was hoping to re-use it for my homemade lip balm as I like that it's see through but not sure now if I can't get the bottom out so easy.
    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
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 17th Dec 18, 8:01 AM
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    sunny_money
    IN
    Free No7 Matt Liquid Lips lipstick
    Free Rimmel mini nail polish and gold eyeshadow - may give this away
    Rimmel Wonderfully Real mascara
    Lanolips lemonaid
    Lanolips strawberry
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Dec 18, 9:45 AM
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    VALM
    PP List updated
    PP List :-


    Murad Blue Cleanser
    Murad Pink Cleanser
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser
    Ameka hair styling product mini spray
    No 7 cuticle cream
    Batiste Dry shampoo
    Mane and Tail shampoo
    Mane and Tail conditioner
    Elemis Sea Lavender and Samphire Scrub
    Nivea eye makeup remover

    Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser gone. HG. Know that Santa has bought a replacement.


    Mane and Tail shampoo. Noticed my hair has been drier lately so have bought a different brand to replace this with.


    Atelier Cologne Musc Imperial sample. Nice enough but smelt more masculine than feminine. WNBA.
    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
    • fixx
    • By fixx 17th Dec 18, 12:31 PM
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    fixx
    Have pretty much come to the end of my lip balm but there is still some product in it that I can't wind up any more. What does everyone else do in this situation? Use your finger or just do away with it? I was hoping to re-use it for my homemade lip balm as I like that it's see through but not sure now if I can't get the bottom out so easy.
    Originally posted by lynseydee
    Use a lip brush to get it out - I'm doing this at the minute with a benefit benebalm. I 'finished' it almost 2 months ago, but it's still going using a lip brush, and that's applying it every morning! I must be almost there...
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Dec 18, 2:10 PM
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    VALM
    I also forgot to mention that I have hit pan in another shadow from my Smashbox Full Exposure palette. I intend to pan this palette completely next year (with the exception of the black shadow).
    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
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 17th Dec 18, 8:36 PM
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    lynseydee
    Use a lip brush to get it out - I'm doing this at the minute with a benefit benebalm. I 'finished' it almost 2 months ago, but it's still going using a lip brush, and that's applying it every morning! I must be almost there...
    Originally posted by fixx
    I don't own a lip brush as I don't wear make up
    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
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 17th Dec 18, 10:34 PM
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    captainhoarder
    2 UU this evening:

    Superdrug Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub - Nice but a little too oily for me, WNBA

    Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion - WDBA, I loved it!! Good consistency and smells fabulous!

    Stash total is 119 (not long to 100, I’ve used up/ thrown out/ given away over half my stash now!)
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