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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Sep 15, 8:59 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2015
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    • 30th Sep 15, 8:59 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2015 30th Sep 15 at 8:59 AM
    And 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 Babafette 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: letís 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 years!!) and are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

    Regulars ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies:

    Why not add the challenge to your signature as a reminder?

    We have a "Swaps Group" on Facebook when you can swap good condition items with other like-minded addicts. PM your email address to Trudij, Tokkiandoliver, seasideDreamer or luvlycake and they can add you to the group.

    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, 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 March 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!

    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

    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
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
    February 2013
    March 2013
    April 2013
    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
    August 2013
    September 2013
    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
    April 2014
    May 2014
    June 2014
    July 2014
    August 2014
    September 2014
    October 2014
    November 2014
    December 2014
    January 2015
    February 2015
    March 2015
    April 2015
    May 2015
    June 2015
    July 2015
    August 2015
    September 2015

    Last edited by dolly84; 30-09-2015 at 9:06 AM.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 30th Sep 15, 9:06 AM
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    dolly84 -thank you for the new thread, I wish that the year was not passing so quickly though. Need to do a PP list, I seem to have so many things open in all categories (the joy of super sensitive skin)
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • rdone
    • By rdone 30th Sep 15, 9:39 AM
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    Thanks Dolly, I know this is a very adult thing to say but how has October happened already?!

    On a more positive note I should have a good few UUs to report within this month, there's many splutterings on my dressing table.
    • rdone
    • By rdone 30th Sep 15, 9:44 AM
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    Ooo also, Mac have started testing on animals again. I found out this morning, I do not understand why these days this would be done!?
    • asajj
    • By asajj 30th Sep 15, 11:00 AM
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    Ooo also, Mac have started testing on animals again. I found out this morning, I do not understand why these days this would be done!?
    Originally posted by rdone
    I thought they never stopped doing that!

    Thanks for the new thread Dolly!

    My short PP List for the month:

    1.No 7 Protect&Perfect Day Cream
    2.The Body Shop Wild Cherry Shower Gel
    3.The Body Shop Wild Cherry Body Butter
    4.Neutrogena Blackhead Scrub
    5.Samples x 10
    Last edited by asajj; 01-10-2015 at 11:42 AM.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • Plumpudding
    • By Plumpudding 30th Sep 15, 12:21 PM
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    Thanks Dolly.

    My new PP list
    1) Olay 30 second wrinkle filler 7ml
    2) Origins starting over facial moisturiser 15ml
    3) Elemental herbology cell plumping facial hydrator 15 ml
    4) Keratin conditioner 250ml
    5) Sanctuary mandelular body scrub 200ml
    6) Organic Surge sugared almond shower gel 250 ml
    7) Organic Surge sweet orange body cream 200ml
    8) Ren rosa centifolia exfoliating scrub 100ml
    Bee Good propolis and honey 2 in 1 cream cleanser 100ml
    10) Origins GinZing for tired skin 7 ml
    11) Maddie Alexander rose bath oil 20ml
    12) Molton Brown lip saver 10ml

    I counted my full list up - I have about 165 products (not all full size) and would like to get it firmly below 150 before I get tempted by the beauty advent calendars.
    Last edited by Plumpudding; 30-09-2015 at 12:29 PM.
    • BirdNerdSophie
    • By BirdNerdSophie 30th Sep 15, 12:30 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread dolly84!

    I'm off on holiday next week so won;t be posting much. I am hoping to achieve a few UUs because I know I'm going to come home with a tonne of stuff from CVS, Walgreens and Bath & Bodyworks. Hopefully I can justify them all as my HG cleanser is less than half price in the States and I know I won;t be going there next year (going to Iceland instead!) so I'll be stocking up on my favourite things and some new bits to try!

    Also, happy birthday indiepanda!
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Sep 15, 12:33 PM
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    My PP list for this month:

    1. Elemis Lavender Toner
    2. Tigi Moisture Maniac Conditioner
    3. Emma Hardie Moringa Balm
    4. Weleda Citrus Body Oil
    5. Philosophy Summer Grace 3 in 1
    6. Philosophy Summer Grace EDT
    7. ]Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Day Cream
    8. Body Shop Vitamin C Reviver
    9. Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath Oil
    10. Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser
    Last edited by dolly84; 06-10-2015 at 4:49 PM.
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    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 30th Sep 15, 1:13 PM
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    • 30th Sep 15, 1:13 PM
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    OMG October already?! yay, can get out my B&BW pumpkin body lotion in honour of Halloween!

    Soo, pp list:

    1. Swizzles fizzers body butter
    2. TBS blueberry lip butter
    3. Imperial leather fruit salad shower cream
    4. Katie's kouture eau de toilette
    5. Avon on duty light bloom roll on
    6. Sure bright Bouqet spray deodorant
    7. Loccitane vanilla Bouqet hand cream
    8. Elvive nutri gloss shampoo
    9. Elvive nutri gloss conditioner
    10. Argan oil conditioning hair mask
    11. Soap and glory girligo spray
    12. Boots fresh strawberry body cream (using as foot cream)
    13. TBS vitamin e night face cream
    14. Lush lip scrub bubblegum
    • shandyclover
    • By shandyclover 30th Sep 15, 1:51 PM
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    OCT PP

    1.Garnier Fructis repair and shine shampoo
    2.SKIN organic massage oil
    3.Derma 10 anti aging hand and nail cream
    4.Derma 10 derma serum
    5. Isadora mascara
    6. Essence Mineral foundation
    7.Lypsil cherry blossom lipbalm
    8. Astor 'perfect stay' liptint 'berry nude'
    9. Puig bath soap
    10.BS 'Ananya' eau de toilette

    An unexpected UU already ' Hennara henna wax intensive conditioner' - visiting DD used it up to treat her hair after dying.
    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2014. Epiphany on 4/4/14 - went into shop to buy 2 items, walked out with 17!

    • LunaL
    • By LunaL 30th Sep 15, 4:57 PM
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    My October PP list:

    Clinique CC cream
    Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner
    Benefit high beam
    Charlotte Tilbury primer
    Clarins mascara
    Bobbi Brown blusher
    Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm
    No7 eye serum
    Olay regenerist luminous serum
    Ren AHA concentrate
    Clarins hydraquench lotion
    Body Shop hair serum
    L'Occitanne hair oil
    Clarins tonic bath and shower concentrate
    Lush lip scrub popcorn
    No buying unnecessary toiletries!

    March: UU 46 April: UU 35 May: UU 36 June: UU 46 July: UU 20 August: UU 41
    September: UU 16
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 30th Sep 15, 5:43 PM
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    Maisie M
    October list for me

    1. No7 smooth and improve cellulite lotion (next on my hit list of body lotions)
    2. No7 stay perfect foundation Soft Rose
    3. No7 time resisting day cream
    4. No7 Naturally kissed moisturiser face x 1
    5. No7 protect and perfect lipcare
    6. No7 radiance revealed exfoliator
    7. Nails inc. avocado oil for nails
    8. No7 revitaliser hand saviour
    9. No7 smoothing eye base
    10. No5 hot oil treatments for hair (one gone, two left)
    11. White Gift shop verbena soap
    12. S&G Girliglo body spray

    • indiepanda
    • By indiepanda 30th Sep 15, 7:35 PM
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    Thanks Dolly for the new post. I am definitely in again for this month.

    Will sort out a PP soon, but not expecting to UU that much this month as much of what I am using is quite full, having UU quite a lot last month.

    My main goals for this month are:-

    - Only permissible INs are shampoo and conditioner (and I think I might be able to delay those till next month)

    - Must apply hand cream / nail oil obsessively. My hands are a mess - think it's due to hiking in the rain in Austria earlier in the month without gloves on and I've been picking at the hangnails and making it worse ever since.

    - Must keep on top of night time face routine - I've only been back at work two weeks and I've slipped a bit already.

    - Make an effort to wear make up to work more often - I buy enough of the stuff, would be good to UU rather than TA because it's gone off. At 43 (eek!) I really should be looking more polished at work.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 30th Sep 15, 9:28 PM
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    I'm in, its Birthday month too Wonder if there will be any challenge related treats
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • amfowler
    • By amfowler 30th Sep 15, 11:00 PM
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    Ok, I need to join this challenge instead of drooling over reviews. Here is my almighty list of stash!

    Eucerin intensive repair foot cream
    Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand cream
    Bamboo & lily hand cream
    Gold bond eczema relief hand cream
    Bath and body works Rio rumberry lotion trial size
    Eucerin skin calming creme
    Eucerin in shower moisturizing lotion

    Face care:
    Hada labo skin plumping gel cream (HG!)
    Anti stress mask dead Sea minerals mask
    Hada labo skin plumping gel cream trial size
    Eucerin redness relief night creme
    Cerave foaming facial cleanser (HG!)
    Hada labo replenishing hydrator
    Hada labo hydrating facial cleanser trial x 2
    Cvs brand makeup remover
    Paulas choice exfoliating sample 8% something (can't remember)
    Simple micellar water
    St Ives fresh skin scrub trial

    John Frieda fine to full spray trial
    Tresemme heat protectant spray
    Nexxus comb thru hair spray trial
    Herbal essences hydralicious silky boost shampoo & conditioner
    Neutrogena triple moisture hair mask
    Mixed pantene classic clean & beautiful lengths shampoo
    Neutrogena clarifying shampoo
    Generic value product conditioning balm

    B&Bw sleep aromatherapy bath and body wash
    Eos shave cream raspberry pomegranate
    Soft soap heavenly vanilla body Butter body wash
    B&Bw sweet pea bubble bath
    Bath shoppe body soak white tea & jasmine
    White tea calendula exfoliating shea butter soap
    Dove unscented soap bars x 3
    Aura cacia sweet almond oil

    Dove advanced care beauty finish deodorant
    Secret outlast oh lala lavender

    Nail polish:
    Sally Hansen insta dri wicked wine
    Leapin lilac
    Mauve it
    Sally Hansen miracle gel in
    Smart ease
    Top coat
    Essie all in one

    NYx HD studio finishing powder
    L'Or!al la palette nude 1
    Urban decay perversion mascara travel size
    Maybelline colossal volume express waterproof mascara
    Cover girl ink it eyeliner
    Maybelline fit me matte and pore less foundation
    Cover girl clean concealer
    Cover girl outlast lip color in mauve
    Nivea kiss of cherry lip balm
    Burts bees ultra conditioning lip balm
    Smash box purple eyeshadow trio
    Maybelline color tattoo metal eyeshadow barely branded

    Ouch. So much stuff. Plus I have a trip to Lush planned Sunday that I will use to stock up since my friend and I go only twice a year since it's 3 hours away... also I do have some UU!

    Mini floss
    Suave deo
    2 mini eucerin skin calming
    3 Paulas choice samples
    • BlueEyedGirl
    • By BlueEyedGirl 1st Oct 15, 8:44 AM
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    Thanks Dolly for the new thread I finally started sorting through my stash again yesterday and checking my list off, will post a new one later. I cannot believe we are in October already!

    For those hand cream lovers, the new edition of Marie Claire is out today and it comes with one of four L'occitane travel hand creams!
    • emma-6584
    • By emma-6584 1st Oct 15, 9:51 AM
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    Thanks for the new thread Dolly.

    Last month was not very good for me so here is this months PP list.

    *Herbal Essences Honey Shampoo*
    *Trial shampoo from Givaudan*

    *St Ives Hot Oil Treatment*
    *Lee Stafford Purple Hot Shot*
    *Trial Conditioner from Givaudan*

    *French Fig Bar Soap*


    *Body Shop Olive Body Butter*
    *Coffee Exfoliator scrub*
    1 x Listerine Whitening

    *Taramar cleansing oil *
    *Iaso Moisturising Serum*
    *Una Brennan Rose Moisturiser*
    Garnier Samples
    *Decleor Neroli Oil*
    Clinique Moisturiser
    *Benetint Balm*
    *Inishfree exfoliator Sample*
    *2 x Korean Collagen Mask*
    *2 x Crest Whitening Strips*
    *Clarins Beauty Flash for Eyes*

    *Dior Mascara*
    *Home made Lipstick Medley*
    *1 x Jar of foundation concoctions*
    *Lancome Artliner*
    July 2015 - £997 in Debt.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries challenge, started June 2015 UU x 18, TA x 6, IN x 26.
    July 2015 - No more paying full price!!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st Oct 15, 10:54 AM
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    Welcome amfowler.

    I repainted my nails last night with Essie China Doll - a very pretty pink. I did my toes the other day with Liz Earle Signature Blue, I don't like it so much on fingers but it looks fab on my toes, if anyone has it and isn't keen it is worth a try.

    I think I ended September with 24 uu's and no ins which I am super pleased about, if I can carry on like that till Christmas then I should notice a difference in the amount of space all this stuff is taking up.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • pirateyqueen
    • By pirateyqueen 1st Oct 15, 11:38 AM
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    1 UU to start the month.

    • Balance Me Radiance face mask – free with magazine, WNB, I have masks that I prefer.

    Project Pan for this month:

    • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
    • The Body Shop Chocomania Lip Butter
    • Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50
    • Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm
    • Olay regenerist luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Serum
    • OST C20 Serum
    No more goo hoarding!

    2018 UU: 9 IN: 1 TA: 0 Total: 58/67
    2017 UU: 50 IN: 16 TA: 2 Total: 42/78 2016 UU: 53 IN: 17 TA: 0 Total: 36/72
    2015 UU: 74 IN: 43 TA: 3 Total: 32/64
    2014 UU: 114 IN: 67 TA: 7 Total: 38/92
    • asajj
    • By asajj 1st Oct 15, 11:42 AM
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    Welcome amfowler!

    My Hypnose mascara started smudging-might try baby wipe trick or just TA soon.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
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