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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Jul 19, 10:03 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2019
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    • 31st Jul 19, 10:03 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2019 31st Jul 19 at 10:03 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
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 30th Aug 19, 12:48 PM
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    One more UU - Garnier The Sleek Restorer Hair Mask with coconut oil and cocoa butter. WDBA. This is really good for the price you pay, helps my hair to look better. It isn't the best but very good value for money
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 30th Aug 19, 2:42 PM
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    Three In's I forgot to report before. None strictly necessary, but I'm happy with them

    - Note Detox & Protect Foundation
    - Note Full Coverage Liquid Concealer
    - Clarins 4 in 1 pencil

    I was back in Ireland, and everyone is RAVING about Note foundations, so I had a look when I saw them in a local store. Low price (£8.95!), liked the coverage, so figured I'd give it a go when I found a good colour match.
    And wow - it's utterly fantastic.
    I've not used my other foundation (Clinique Beyond Perfecting) once since I got it, it's just ridiculously good - so natural, beautiful finish, very longwearing, and nice coverage, which you can easily build up if you need to. Also vegan and creutly free! Some of the colours are a bit odd though, it wasn't easy to find a match - some quite grey and ashy, some VERY pale (this was in Ireland :P).

    I've not used the concealer much yet - it's really nice, but I've others to finish first. And the Clarins pencil hasn't been used yet at all - it was a total impulse buy as it was less than half price, and looks just like the old-school 4 way ballpoint pens, so I couldn't resist
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 31st Aug 19, 10:40 AM
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    I finished the nuxe oil. It is grand , fine but nothing extraordinary. I have another full bottle to be getting on with but no decision on replacing yet

    I hate waste and try and use things up. Re
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 31st Aug 19, 10:53 AM
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    I'm using my phone and pressed post to fast.

    Avoided temptation in boots and tk Maxx. Worried that my make up obsessiveness is transferring to athletic gear. How much do I need. Got new real swim suit and hat. I bought it instead of a new shampoo. I have loads of unopened bottles at home so was really delighted with myself.

    Note appeared out of nowhere. A lot of companies do a soft launch in Ireland before moving forward with UK launch. They fine tune markets and ranges. Physician formula, wet n wild, la girl, flomar, Milani and another few that I can't recall are in the process of soft launch in Ireland. There is always more selection of high Street make up in Ireland compared to the UK.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 31st Aug 19, 2:15 PM
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    London baby
    Last UUs for the month:

    Arm & Hammer sensitive care toothpaste -WMBA, didn't see any difference between this and the ordinary version.

    Victoria's secret dual-phase soap & skin coconut oil: WMBA, if on special offer. Smelt nice and moisturised my skin.

    Mitchum Shower fresh deodorant spray - HG


    2 poundland brand perfumes to use as room sprays

    Beau reve - Dupe of Lancome's La vie est belle
    Vivid Sky - Dupe of Dolce Gabbana's Light Blue

    I've seen these on ebay for £9 so I hope people do their research before buying!

    Sainsbury's tampons - The applicators are now biodegradable so will reduce the need for nappy bags for pads and disposing.
    Last edited by London baby; 31-08-2019 at 4:02 PM.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 31st Aug 19, 2:35 PM
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    Note appeared out of nowhere. A lot of companies do a soft launch in Ireland before moving forward with UK launch. They fine tune markets and ranges. Physician formula, wet n wild, la girl, flomar, Milani and another few that I can't recall are in the process of soft launch in Ireland. There is always more selection of high Street make up in Ireland compared to the UK.
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow
    Aaaah interesting - I remember a lot of alcoholic drinks being trialled in Ireland when i was younger - if the Irish didn't like it, it wouldn't work anywhere i guess

    I never thought about cosmetics being soft launched like that - very interesting, thanks! I have to admit, I was very suspicious when I first heard about the Note foundation, as I'd never heard of the brand before. But I'm very glad I gave it a go! I'm very fussy about foundation, and have had samples of many. But I'm totally won over, so am very pleased it was mentioned to me while I was back. It's quite like doublewear - lasts as well (or better!), but doesn't have the colour issues I had with doublewear (being Irish I'm quite pale and pink toned), and the finish is more natural to me (I've only tried one Note foundation though).

    I might have to check out more of the range next time I'm back
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Aug 19, 5:58 PM
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    A few INs today:

    La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water 150ml
    Nivea Dry Confidence Deodorant 150ml
    • kadison
    • By kadison 31st Aug 19, 6:30 PM
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    I have had a bit of a spree this week, I took advantage of various offers to stock-up on things I am reasonably low of in my stash, however I bought so much soap it's ridiculous, I just went a bit bonkers since discovering I can make shower gel from it! At least it can't leak or take up much room I guess!

    I've got a Holland & Barrett order to declare later, also I'm awaiting a Beauty Pie order and an Avon order, I am down to my last bit of Lancome Genefique serum, which is my HG, there's no offer on it at the moment so I've ordered some Avon ones to try instead.

    My update for now is below.

    Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Cleansing Wipes x 25 - OK but nothing special.
    Boots Time Delay Day Cream spf 30 50ml - very nice, I've got one more in the stash.
    Elemis Skin Buff 50ml - WNBA, didn't do much!
    Herbal Essences Shampoo 400ml - Bee Strong - Not a big fan of the fragrance so WNBA.
    Lancôme Hydra Zen Night Cream 15ml - Very nice, WNBA though unless it's in a GWP set.
    No7 HydraLuminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream 50ml - Rubbish in comparison to the (generally) much cheaper Avon ANEW overnight gel, which I have now moved on to.
    Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion 50ml - UUd as hair mask, bored of the fragrance now!

    Morrisons Charcoal Toothpaste 100ml - Too minty for me but did an excellent job of whitening in one use!
    Sephora Cleansing wipes x 2 - Green Tea & Rose - to my neighbour's daughter, who was unable to source any in the US or Spain!

    Avon Simply Delicate Soothing Feminine Wash 300ml x 3 - HG, on sale at 75p each to reps so I stocked up!

    (Will) TA
    Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Serum 10ml - HORRID stuff, purchased last year but seems it was manufactured in 2015, I will try to trace on here where I purchased it from as I've put a complaint in to Elemis as I think it was out of date when I bought it.
    Last edited by kadison; 31-08-2019 at 6:54 PM.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 1st Sep 19, 7:39 AM
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    TA Lush none of your beeswax lip balm - I had been forcing myself to finish this up - even though it was definitely way past it's best... but the tin got completely stuck shut and I cannot for the life of me open it again. I feel like this is not the first time this has happened to one of these with me so will try and avoid re-purchasing.
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 1st Sep 19, 7:44 AM
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    August numbers:
    1 IN
    4 UU
    1 TA

    2019 running total
    40 INs of which
    15 are NBI's
    and 25 were purchased
    70 OUTs of which
    8 GA
    6 TA
    61 UU

    use up 7 by Autumn is as follows:
    1. Hotel shampoo and Hotel conditioner - UU
    2. Original Source Banana shower milk - UU

    3. Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser - got to focus on this before it goes weird
    4. & other stories Topanga Waves Body Lotion - made some progress!
    5. Nivea suncream - made a lot of progress
    6. Superdrug devotion body spray - made some progress
    7. Primark x Alex Steinherr Plump & Glow Serum-inCream Moisturiser - UU

    Project Pan update
    Superdrug style expertise heat styling spray - made some progress
    Aveda purifying scalp cleanser - I am using this weekly and I absolutely love it
    Lush none of your beeswax lip balm - TA due to getting stuck shut!
    Avon Gel Shine in Emerald City - TA as it went weird!
    Last edited by ponypal; 02-09-2019 at 3:54 PM. Reason: I can't add!
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 1st Sep 19, 10:00 AM
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    Neals Yard Bee Lovely body lotion - lovely. I’m trying to UU a balm and an oil and this just reminded me how much more convenient a cream is and seems to work just as well..
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 1st Sep 19, 11:20 AM
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    Thanks for a new thread sstevo!

    I'm in again for August, PP list:

    L'occitane verbena shower gel
    Soaper duper passion fruit shower gel
    Aveda shampure body wash
    Aesop a rose by any other name body wash
    Ren rose body lotion
    Aveda shampure shampoo
    Aveda shampure conditioner
    Living proof healthy hair shampoo
    Living proof healthy hair conditioner
    Elemis apricot toner
    Algenist gentle rejuvenate cleanser
    Trilogy eye cream
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    August totals

    UU: 13
    IN: 4

    Not a bad month
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 85/146 UU, 47 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 £451.93/£1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 £274/£365
    Penny a day 2019 No.8 £421.09/£667.95
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2019 No.12 £88.97/£150
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Sep 19, 3:33 PM
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    My scores for the month are:

    UUs - 19
    INs - 17
    OUTs - 2

    Not a bad month overall.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 3rd Sep 19, 6:13 PM
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    A bit late - August Scores on doors UU 10/62, IN 2/27, TA 0/2, GA 0/1
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
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