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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 28th Feb 17, 7:13 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017
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    • 28th Feb 17, 7:13 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017 28th Feb 17 at 7:13 PM
    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 bingbon 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 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
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 10th Mar 17, 10:55 AM
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    Gemzie - the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains are good, when the gloss wears off you are left with a stain which lasts ages. Another good thing would be a tinted lip balm which you can apply at your desk without a mirror, the Maybelline Baby Lips have a good colour pay off.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 10th Mar 17, 2:51 PM
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    Agree with Dolly, Gemzie! For an easy apply the Maybelline Babylips balm is great. For a long lasting lip stain Lipstains is brilliant. This brand is really hard to find in shops now - some independent chemists may have it - Am@zon link
    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.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 11th Mar 17, 10:33 AM
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    I'm late to this. It's been a busy month! I've had two UU so far in March:

    Baylis & Harding Beauticology Vanilla Frosting Body Butter 50ml
    - This was okay but I've used better body butters. Got this for Christmas but WNB.
    Natura Age Radiance Facial Wipes (25 pack) - I've always found these effective and good value. I've decided to use cleansers instead now in order to get things used up so I haven't replaced these.
    I've added Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo 50ml to February total (forgot to add it at the time!). It was a good dry shampoo and WDBA.

    My PP List (Total - 15; updated 25/03/17)

    The Body Shop Skin Clearing Tea Tree Toner 60ml
    Loreal Micellar Gel Sensitive Eye Make-up Remover 125ml
    T-Zone 6 Clear Out Face Pore Strips (1 left)
    Lidl Cien Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream 100ml
    Super Facialist Retinol+ Anti-Aging Night Cream 50ml
    C. O. Bigelow Apothecaries Lip Balm 3ml
    So? Sinful Lip Balm 10ml

    Hask Macadamia Oil Hot Oil Treatment 29.57ml
    Aussie Miracle Recharge Colour Lightweight Conditioning Spray 250ml

    Witch Doctor Skin Treatment Gel 35g
    Garnier Ultimate Blends Soothing Hydrating Lotion 250ml
    Britney Spears Fantasy Body Souffle 100ml

    Lidl Cien Madame Glamour Hand Cream 75ml
    Olivia Shower Gel 60ml (using as hand wash)

    1 x mini perfume from gift set 5-10ml approx
    Last edited by lucia22; 25-03-2017 at 7:33 PM. Reason: update list
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Apr - 30
    |May - 8|Makeup Total UU to end of Apr - 3
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Mar 17, 11:28 AM
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    2 more UUs
    10 Boots Extracts Marshmallow and Peppermint body scrub 75mlb WDNBA. Got these in the Boots Jan sales and am not a fan. Consistency is too runny. Think I have 2 more tubes left.

    11 Percy & Reed Wonder Balm This came in my Feel Unique advent calendar. Will have to see if there is a difference next time I style my hair as to what my verdict is.

    Have earmarked 10 products that are spluttering:-

    LUSH Prince
    Elemis PCMC
    Elemis PC Oxygenating night cream
    Boots Royal Jelly body cream

    All these tubs have hit pan

    200ml tube Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
    200ml bottle of Australian Body Care tea tree lotion

    Both cut open

    Toni and Guy mousse
    L'Occitane Verbena liquid soap
    Laura Geller Glamlsh mascara
    Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner

    Mousse is spluttering in the real sense, there's a thin layer of liquid soap in bottle, mascara is drying up and eyeliner is starting to go on patchily.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 11th Mar 17, 12:54 PM
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    I have a uu

    Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Mask - this was very nice thanks to all the silicone in it I suppose, it seems like it has been discontinued but can be picked up online cheaply but I have loads of hair masks to get through first.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 11th Mar 17, 12:55 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    My PP list:

    Avon Chocolate Orange Bubble Bath 1L
    Charles Worthington Hair Mask
    Avon Little Red Dress EDP 15ml
    Estee Lauder Beautiful EDP 15ml
    Bare Minerals Brightening Face Primer
    Vaseline Aloe Body Lotion 400ml
    St Ives Apricot Face Scrub
    Liz Earle IBST
    Decleor Essential Cleanser 1L
    Elemis PCMC 30ml
    Originally posted by dolly84
    My updated PP list.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 11th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    UU and INs
    UU today 30ml Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum 4/23

    IN today
    30ml Alpha-H spf50 Daily Protection Plus 1/19
    100ml as above 2/10

    I also bought cotton wool balls, but no longer stash cotton pads or balls so not counting them anymore, I have also graduated in AP/Deo, I will finish 1 soon and have just 1 in stock, will need to buy 1 for my weekend/holiday bag soon, cannot rely on my memory to take the one from home these days

    I looked through the hand cream stash today hoping to find a handbag size one with spf, nothing available locally so will have a trawl through the jolly old Ebay, or last resort will be to decant some into a small pot. I still have enough hand cream/lotion to last at least until the end of this year though
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
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    maddiemay Vichy have a nice SPF hand cream, but it costs £7.50 in Boots.

    I have five INs to declare:
    Lush Your Mother Should Know
    Lush Yummy Mummy
    Lush Ups-A-Daisy
    Lush Sunrise soap
    Lush Plum Rain sample

    I didn't need a Lush order but it was made the other day when I was feeling down in the dumps and upset about my job and my social life. I'm going to the shopping centre with the nearest Lush shop to me, so I'm going to see if there's any from the Easter range I want. I doubt it, it all seems a bit lacklustre this year
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 12th Mar 17, 9:54 AM
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    i have been super busy this week and my make up routine has been minimal. I splodged on the remainder on the primark beauty blender at one point as i took a call pulled in on the side of the road.... multitasking.

    i found my mascara, it had rolled out of my bag and on to the floor of the car. I have applied too much lipstick and finishing my brows in a car park this week. I have miles to go as regards the make up, I have to find a routine that is fast and effective but allows me to get it done really well.

    I bought and lost a heat protection spray, so I had to buy another one in lidl. I am going to give it a try.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Mar 17, 1:54 PM
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    Let's see if this works. Photo of eyeshadowstock and blush I've hit pan on.
    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
    • shed35
    • By shed35 12th Mar 17, 2:57 PM
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    My weekly update:-


    Simple Kind to Skin Mosturiser
    Harding and Bayliss Pomergranate and Fig Bubble Bath
    Boots 24 Derodorant

    Dover Pampering Nourishing Patashio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash
    Dove Pampering Nourishing Coconut Milk and Jasmine Patel
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel x 3
    Body Shop Sorbet Satsuma Body Lotion
    Body Shop Satsuma Soap
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist
    Child's Farm Baby Moisturiser

    Total = 113

    Its was my birthday on Monday so a lot of beauty gifts which has taken me over 100!!
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 12th Mar 17, 5:18 PM
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    is it ny good it seems to take a lot of time
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow
    Re the L'oreal low shampoo, I have massaged it into my hair at the start of my shower, done all other in-shower things, and then washed it out at the end. It's a lot quicker than my usual 2x shampoo then conditioner routine, though I am finding that I need to wash my hair daily with it (not unusual, I get quite greasy roots).

    UU: Vichy Aqualia Serum, HG
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Mar 17, 5:19 PM
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    My weekly update:-


    Simple Kind to Skin Mosturiser
    Harding and Bayliss Pomergranate and Fig Bubble Bath
    Boots 24 Derodorant

    Dover Pampering Nourishing Patashio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash
    Dove Pampering Nourishing Coconut Milk and Jasmine Patel
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel x 3
    Body Shop Sorbet Satsuma Body Lotion
    Body Shop Satsuma Soap
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist
    Child's Farm Baby Moisturiser

    Total = 113

    Its was my birthday on Monday so a lot of beauty gifts which has taken me over 100!!
    Originally posted by shed35
    Belated Birthday Wishes xx
    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
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 12th Mar 17, 6:13 PM
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    Happy Birthday Shed45!

    I have some UUs:
    Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel small size - WMBA was nice but not totally my thing
    - Lush Monsieur Gustav bath melt - WPBA smelled really good lavender and herbal
    - Lush Divination re-usable bubble bar - WMBA although took a lot of agitating the water to get lots of bubbles and it only lasted three baths. Liked the smell and turned the water a lovely purple. Really nice paired with the bath melt above and also oil over troubled water
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Mar 17, 7:51 PM
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    Three UUs tonight:

    Lush Peeping Santa bubble bar WBA. Such a nice scent and its a moisturising bubble bar.

    Bomb Cosmetics Purple Rain soap WBA. This was a nice scent and a gentle soap. It also lasted for about 5 to 6 months.

    The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Gel-lotion WBA and have a spare waiting to be used. Its last three months with near daily use.
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 12th Mar 17, 9:39 PM
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    Evening all

    Few UUs and Ins for me so far this month.


    1) Spa orange body wash 275ml - wnb did not like this and smell was too artifical.
    2) Toni & Guy rough texturiser 200ml - wnba did not do what it was meant too and hair went flat almost immediately
    3) Gatineau defi lift 3d revolumising lip care 10ml - wba and have another one to use as does seem to plump lips slightly
    4) morrisons sensitive toothpaste 100ml - wnba as did not help much with my sensitive teeth (no longer have a stock of toothpaste so will not count in future)
    5) 007 for women 0.7ml - wnb as not keen on scent
    6) Garnier moisture bomb 1ml - wmb did a good job, not greasy and skin felt lovely after use
    7) Elemis frangipani monoi bath & shower nectar 7ml - wmb smelt lovely and did not need much but have other shower gel/creme to use first.

    Night all
    VSP 2017 #5 £338.97/£450 (2016 #5 £493.26)
    £2 savers 2017 #23 £64/£200 (2016 #32 £228.00)
    PAYDBX 2017 #33 £2253.59/£2253.59 (2016 #33 4372.37/4372.37)
    Saving for Xmas 2017 #57 £181/365
    MFiT - T4 #41a 0/130,000 (#41 35,963/35,963)
    No buying toiletries 2017 UU 56 (inc makeup) TA 4, GA 1, IN 30
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Mar 17, 10:14 PM
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    While im here. I dont count make up personally i only count toiletries as thats my main problem area, but can i ask you guys for some reccomendations? I have only just started wearing lip colour, never used to bother, but i like to look more grown up at my new job. Im using lush it started with a kiss tint or an avon lip stick. However if i dont drink constantly through day i get awful headaches. Cant be nipping off every 2 minutes to re apply and no sooner than i am in office then drinking has took most of it off. Anyone got any reccomendations for a product that will help keep the colour on? As i really like these colours. Does the lipcote thing do the job well?
    Originally posted by Gemzie121
    If you own YSL Touch Eclat, it is good at keeping the lip colour in place. The product itself is really good for everything anyway Any concealer would do the same as well as exfoliating the lips and moisturising them will help.

    Hope all well, had a busy weekend and now again back to work tomorrow. Haven't had any UU's. I have found a small bottle of Benetint - I decided to use this until the end of the month and if not UU'd by then, it will go to bin. I am hoping to TA some bits and bobs this week too.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 13th Mar 17, 1:06 AM
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    A couple of disappointing UUs

    19) Montagne Jeunesse sauna mask - WNBA, total rubbish. Went very hot for about 15 seconds and then that was it. My skin looked exactly the same afterwards. Also does anyone else find the weird photos of models with fruit exploding from their eyes on the packaging disturbing?!

    20) Gatineau Vitamina Suractivee hand cream - WNBA, also total rubbish. I had to constantly reapply it as it did so little to moisturise my hands. My hands are definitely now looking worse for wear.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 13th Mar 17, 8:23 AM
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    I have a uu

    Aromatherapy Associates Revive Evening Bath Oil 7.5ml - I am getting close to the end of my large stash of these oils now and am rationing them a bit, this one was one of my favourite ones.

    Hermia - I find a lot of mask are a complete waste of time, I have a few which I really rate and am going to stick with those in the future.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 13th Mar 17, 8:52 AM
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    One TA:

    Lush Apandapand soap sample WNB. Smelt like soil, blegh.
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