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    • WeAreGhosts
    • By WeAreGhosts 30th Apr 16, 11:55 PM
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    No Buying Unneccesary Toiletries May 2016
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    • 30th Apr 16, 11:55 PM
    No Buying Unneccesary Toiletries May 2016 30th Apr 16 at 11:55 PM
    Here we go again for another month (and year)! As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to Gemzie121 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 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 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
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    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
    April 2014
    May 2014
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    July 2014
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    November 2014
    December 2014
    January 2015
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    April 2015
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    • WeAreGhosts
    • By WeAreGhosts 30th Apr 16, 11:57 PM
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    • 30th Apr 16, 11:57 PM
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    • 30th Apr 16, 11:57 PM
    I'm going to try and use up some travel size products this month, as I don't travel often enough to use them for their original purpose and they seem to breed in my cupboard!
    Will organise a PP list later ...

    Have a lovely month everyone
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 1st May 16, 12:16 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 12:16 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 12:16 AM
    @WeAreGhosts - I'm doing the same with travel size products. I actually enjoy using them up as they don't take as long so it makes me feel a sense of achievement. After the travel size ones, I then move on to the larger bottles with the least amount of product left.

    My aim this month is to use up a bit more from my PP list (which I've added new products to) plus hopefully a few surprise use ups. I also want to avoid temptation as much as possible and be pickier with the clearance shelves. I have a limited income so I don't need to stockpile as much as I do and it'd be much better to save that money to put towards going out and doing things. I think I'm a 'comfort shopper', like being a comfort eater haha.

    Oh and I want to use up one or two makeup products. My mascara is currently running out so I hope to use it up and start the new one I've bought. I'm also going to stick to the same tinted moisturiser in the hope of using it up (it's only 50ml so that might actually be possible).
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 1st May 16, 12:27 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 12:27 AM
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    PP list for May
    ARU Borage Cream 30ml
    Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Bath Soak Salts 250g
    Beyonce Heat Rush Body Lotion 75ml
    Boots Vitamin E Night Cream 50ml
    Burt's Bees Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream 20g
    Creightons Mango & Papaya Balance Bath & Shower 500ml
    Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser 200ml
    Givenchy Amarige Mariage Eau de Parfum 1ml sample (x5)
    Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Volume Conditioner 400ml
    Lush The Comforter Shower Cream 100g
    Montagne Jeunesse Candyfloss Scrub Face Mask 15g
    Nip+Fab Yoga Blend Hand Cream 50ml
    Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser 10ml sample
    S&G Heel Genius 50ml
    S&G The Daily Smooth Body Butter 50ml
    S&G Sugar Crush Body Buttercream 50ml
    Ted Baker Cate Eau de Toilette 50ml
    Zoella Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion 100ml

    Some of the stuff is stubbornly almost used up but not quite but I will definitely be able to use it up in the month. There's a few samples there which are great easy use ups. Good luck everyone for May.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 1st May 16, 12:29 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 12:29 AM
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    Going to aim for 8 UU for May.

    Good luck everyone!
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 104/146 UU, 61 IN
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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st May 16, 1:11 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 1:11 AM
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    Thanks for the new thread WeAreGhosts!
    I'm in again for May. No particular aim except to do better than April!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 1st May 16, 2:00 AM
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    Thankyou for the new thread weareghosts may already

    Pp list:

    1. Avon advance techniques colour protection shampoo
    2. Pantene nature fusion oil replacement intensive hair mask
    3. Dove sweet cream & peony body wash 250ml
    4. Bomb cosmetics free spirit soap
    5. Lacura fresh pink deodorant spray
    6. Wilko White lily & sweet peony roll on deodorant
    7. No.7 completely quenched body lotion 200ml
    8. TBS Argan oil body butter 50ml
    9. Burts bees honey & grapeseed hand cream 20ml
    10. Asda cotton blossom roll on deodorant (work bag)
    11. Sensodyne toothpaste
    12. Superdrug pro whitening mouthwash
    13. Medicated talcum powder
    14. Elemis apricot facial toner 50ml
    15. Sensual grey eau de toilette 10ml
    16. Bath & body works honey & almond body scrub
    17. Bath & body works Chicago wild berry pocketbac
    18. Charlie black mini body spray
    19. Clearasil blemish + marks wash mask
    20. TBS Moringa hand cream 30ml
    21. Lush sweetie pie shower jelly 100g
    22. Malin + goetz lip moisturiser 5ml
    23. TBS Shea lip butter
    Last edited by Gemzie121; 29-05-2016 at 9:47 AM.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2015/2016/2017/2018

    UUs for 2016: 513 In's: 447 UUs for 2017: 207 Ins: 161
    UUs for 2018: In's:
    Self Confessed Lush Addict!
    • Elizabeth Braun
    • By Elizabeth Braun 1st May 16, 7:34 AM
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    Elizabeth Braun
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    • 1st May 16, 7:34 AM
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    Here's my PP for the month:

    Long-term No Buys: print books, make-up, art/craft items
    Lost 8 of the 20lbs I need to shed
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 1st May 16, 7:59 AM
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    • 1st May 16, 7:59 AM
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    Thank you WeAreGhosts for starting the new thread for May

    I too have been trying to use travel sizes and the smaller volume gift sets, some have been here for ages and I don't want them to go off. I have kept a good selection of empty pots, bottles and spritzer bottles so that I can decant into them for any few night away trips once the stash has gone, but I have learned from experience always to decant into like for like, i.e. shampoo, face cream etc as over the years have made a few boo boos it takes ages to wash my hair with body lotion, a distinct lack of suds.

    Don't expect a great May as I need to pack enough of everything for the whole month, which may mean leaving several in use items at home and taking new full sizes with me.

    Hopefully back at some stage with a PP list.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st May 16, 8:19 AM
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    Thanks for starting us off WeAreGhosts. I'm in of course.

    My lists for May:

    Finish 7 by Summer
    1. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Eyeliner
    2. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
    3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
    4. Revlon Lip Butter - Pink Truffle
    5. Clinique Lip Gloss in Kissy Fit
    6. Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Pink
    7. Soap & Glory It's about prime

    My PP list for April:

    1. Vaseline Hand Cream
    2. Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Bath Jelly
    3. Treacle Moon Cinnamon Nights Shower Gel 500ml
    4. Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel 250ml
    5. Lancome Hydrating Toner - mini
    6. Ole Henriksen Youth Activating Oil 15ml
    7. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - full size
    8. Clinique Take The Day Off - mini
    9. Elemis Frangipani Oil - full size
    10. Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk Body Lotion 250ml
    Last edited by dolly84; 28-05-2016 at 8:58 AM.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st May 16, 8:22 AM
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    My monthly makeup basket for May:

    Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm/Benefit Porefessional
    Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation
    Benefit Boing Concealer – this is in the Big Beautiful Eyes palette/Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
    Clinique Airbrush Concealer – for undereyes
    No7 Crème Touch Powder/Revlon Photoready Powder
    Benefit Dandelion
    Seventeen Eyebrow Pencil/Maybelline Brow Drama
    S&G It’s about prime/Smashbox Photofinish primer (eyes)
    Bobbi Brown mini palette with Bone, Taupe and Caviar eyeshadows and Pale Pink Blush
    Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero/Corrupt (double ended one)
    Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara/Teeez Desert Metals Mascara
    Revlon Lip Butter Pink Truffle/Clinique Lipgloss in Kissy Fit
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st May 16, 8:30 AM
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    maddie - hope you enjoy your hols.

    Elizabeth - you have done a very good job with those lipsticks in palettes, I am rubbish at using lipstick/gloss from palettes, I can never be bothered with them.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • getting-there-slowly
    • By getting-there-slowly 1st May 16, 8:39 AM
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    Back in for May - last few months have not been kind to me but May IS going to different! Had a bit of a perfume buying splurge but nothing else of late but also haven't really used anything either but this going to change - starting today!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries: July stash 72/0 INS/2 UU/0 TA
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 16, 8:53 AM
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    maddie - hope you enjoy your hols.

    Elizabeth - you have done a very good job with those lipsticks in palettes, I am rubbish at using lipstick/gloss from palettes, I can never be bothered with them.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Me too. I always got fed up of applying lip products with a brush and they ended up looking so messy. Fab photo again Elizabeth.

    I'm in again. Will post my makeup basket and PP list when I tidy the bathroom later.

    The remainder of my 7 for Summer challenge is:-

    Benefit Boing concealer. This will be UUED in the next day or so as I am scraping product from around the rim. Have a mini replacement of this.

    Benefit Lemon Aid
    Laura Geller Bronze n Brighten
    Smashbox Illume lipgloss

    Have pulled out Sephora by OPI Break a Leg Warmer to UU this month. Not a Spring colour I know but one that I love.
    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!

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    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 1st May 16, 9:08 AM
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    I had a shower this morning and finished a Soap & Glory mini body butter as expected. I also unexpectedly used up a serum which I have replaced with one from the stash. The serum is in a white bottle so I couldn't tell how much of it I had used.

    S&G Sugar Crush Body Buttercream 50ml
    - I really liked this although I prefer the original Soap & Glory scent. I would definitely buy this again as I liked the scent and consistency.
    Sanctuary Spa Firming Youth Serum 30ml - I can't testify whether it does what it says it does - I didn't notice any particularly firming effect but then again, I'm not quite old enough to have developed a lot of wrinkles. I'm sure that will happen before I know it ha ha. I got this at a reduced price at the Original Factory Shop and would probably only buy it again at a reduced price as I've used cheaper serums before which have performed just as well.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 1st May 16, 9:23 AM
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    I'm in again on this

    Going to go at it hammer and tongs this month as I have 3 weeks off work starting in a weeks time
    • sam.4000
    • By sam.4000 1st May 16, 10:06 AM
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    Count me in again. I should be a far better at not buying this month.
    • evilsquid1603
    • By evilsquid1603 1st May 16, 12:16 PM
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    thanks for the new thread WeAreGhosts!

    im also hammering the travel sizes at the moment, i have the bobbi brown empties sets so theres no point me saving purpose made travel sizes when i can decant into those. i figure i may as well get them all used before they go off waiting for me to have a holiday and they get the UU target up!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries!
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 1st May 16, 1:25 PM
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    Thank you for starting the thread, We Are Ghosts.
    I am back, having been well de-railed by dozens of Am@zon freebies. In my defence, I have only bought one shampoo, one conditioner, one shower gel and three foot-creams this year, along with wipes and cotton wool pads.
    Every time I look like needing something I usually get offered it but the latest offer of foot cream arrived after the fantastic 10% urea one was on Specialbuy at A!di.

    I hope you are all well, hello to anyone I haven't 'met' yet and hello again to those who know me well.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 16, 2:19 PM
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    Anyone know how to upload photo via IRL on iPad? I used to use photo bucket but it now looks like it is full of pop up ads. Anyhow if not I've UUed my Benefit Boing concealer. I have a Benefit mini Boing and Eyebright to UU next.

    My PP list

    Face mask samples and packets
    Eye mask packets
    Elemis PCMC
    Hand Sanitizer
    OPI Avojuice on my work desk
    Boots Florence Anne Grapefruit and Lime hand cream
    OPI Nude Nail Envy
    The Orange Tree Orange Blossom and Neroli body lotion.
    Boots Nail polish remover
    Yes to Carrots wipes

    List above made up of items that I need to make the effort to use : all masks, hand sanitizers and the Avojuice at work, items that should be finished: PCMC, hand cream, nail polish remover, Nail Envy and wipes. Have added the body lotion as it is only a 50ml tub. Should be in the category of effort needed to as it is just as bad as the body scrub. Is very watery.

    For my makeup this month I have pulled out my Benefit World Naturals kit along with my Naked palette, a Laura Geller shimmery shadow and an Avon duo. For blush I've pulled out my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani kit, Laura Geller ethereal blush and Benefit Rockateur and Dandelion. Only have one eyeliner out : UD Zero and one mascara : Clinique High length?
    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
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