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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Mar 17, 12:20 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2017
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    • 31st Mar 17, 12:20 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2017 31st Mar 17 at 12:20 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 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 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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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 17th Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for the kind words/advice about my skin. I think stress and poor diet has been a big factor. I don't really feel like I'm in a good routine with skincare either, partly as been trying to UU so much stuff.

    Speaking off I have some more UU:
    Elizabeth Arden treatment boosting cleanser - this was a GWP, would not buy as too harsh/scrubby for my liking
    Pixi Glow Tonic - WBA although I might buy First Aid Beauty pads next as I had them before and seem to remember them being good

    Then a couple of ins:
    - Living Proof healthy hair conditioner. more than I planned to spend but I was getting so sick of cheaper conditioners not working for me and making my hair feel greasy so have this a go. Really glad I did hair feels good for it so far.
    - Sample of Sunday Riley CEO cream
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Apr 17, 11:08 AM
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    Hi everyone, welcome newbies and congratulations to everyone else on so much stash movement!

    Sunny_money, I also hate cleaning travel sized bottles, last time's scent never seems to quite leave. I have wondered about putting them in the dishwasher but haven't dared try.

    ValM all of my lipsticks are subtle variations on the same dusty rose colour . . . although at least I know what I like

    I seem to have nothing at all at the spluttering stage (although steady progress on some LHJs). Quite a few INs:

    Bourjois liquid lipsticks, one from the new range and one from the old, unnecessary but lovely
    Bourjois setting powder, my faithful Rimmel Stay Matte is settling in my fine lines these days
    2x suncream, replacing last year's, TA
    Summer glow body lotion - I am probably never going to use this but i like to think I am now the sort of person who might . . . we'll see

    UU: Body Shop Peppermint foot soak. I've had this since at least 2003 and it had lost its smell. PRCP.
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    I know, I keep looking for the perfect nude lipstick!
    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
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 17th Apr 17, 11:12 AM
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    3 nearly finished easy wins to get me started:

    Vaseline – Advanced Repair body lotion – 400ml - My OH says this makes my skin way too tacky, which it does, and has banned me from using it lol. Unfortunately I have 2 more 200ml bottles that my OH bought me from a shop closing down clearance among other things before she realised she hated it lol. I will have to use these on my feet, hands, elbows and legs after shaving only. I will start using Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hydrating Lotion for normal skin with aloe vera 400ml.

    John Frieda – Thickening Blow Dry lotion – 125ml - NBI gift from a friend. I have fine hair and am hopeless at styling, so products have to do the work for me or it's a waste of time. This didn't give any root lift but did give body to mid/ends. WNBA. I will start using David Babaii Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier 200ml - getting old.

    Simple – Foaming Cleanser – 150ml - I like the foaming application. It's OK but feels pretty basic. I will start using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash for Combination & Sensitive skin 200ml.

    Yesterday 90% of my makeup used was on my PP list / products I haven't used for ages.

    Neutrogena CC cream light – 50ml – OH's reject - it was the most terrible product I have ever seen, also it was too fair for her skin. We were going to TA but I thought I'd at least try it on me first. It wasn't as bad on me but still sticky and took effort to blend it in. The shade was OK for me. I would only use this on the weekend when I have time to apply it carefully and have full natural light. This will be a LHJ / TA if I get too annoyed with it.
    Last edited by sunny_money; 17-04-2017 at 11:28 AM.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 17th Apr 17, 4:12 PM
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    C. O. Bigelow Apothecaries Lip Balm 3ml - I've had this for a while and lasted a bit of time despite the small size. This was an airline freebie but WNB as it wasn't anything special. I have tonnes of lip balm in the stash so glad to use one up.
    T-Zone 6 Clear Out Face Pore Strips - I used up this today. The strips really didn't do anything for me. WNBA but might try different brands for the same kind of product.

    5 INs from shopping yesterday - 1 shampoo and 1 face mask from Holland & Barrett (on buy one get one half price) and 3 bits of 70% reduced make-up in Debenhams - a lip gloss, bronzer and waterproof blush. The lip gloss was a good colour and I thought the waterproof blush would do well in the summer.

    I should use up my night cream tonight so I'll hopefully get in some more UU before the end of the month.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Apr - 30
    |May - 10|Makeup Total UU to end of May - 5
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 17th Apr 17, 4:25 PM
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    Latest NBI, and rather impressed with this one: Neutrogena T/Gel 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It's been a while since I used a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner.
    I used to love the way they saved time when I was in a tearing hurry, dashing out for the bus at 7 am. Now I work from home it's less of an issue.
    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 17th Apr 17, 7:40 PM
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    2 more UUs
    Things have really slowed down but hey ho. I have three UUs but they are miniscule:-

    3 10ml tube of L'occitane Lavender hand cream. Do love this fragrance. Won't repurchsae for a while though as I have a Liz Earle and CowShed full sized and then quite a few 10ml Loccitane tubes to go at.

    5 2 x sample sachets of L'occitane Almont Concentrate Milk Used the Almond oil in the shower this morning so thought I'd pair it with this to use them up.

    Updated PP list:-

    LUSH Prince - there is a very thin scrape of this product left.

    Full size Original Nail Envy - again very little left but need to use this as treatment as my nails feel paper thin after soaking them in acetone and buffing like crazy to remove the gel lacquer.

    Mini Pink Nail Envy - will move onto this once the bottle above has gone.

    Nuxe facial oil - very little left

    Nivea Pearl deodorant - maybe a week's worth left.

    15ml Elemis PCMC - will need cutting open soon

    LUSH Cup o Coffee - may depot what's left of this if I get a chance to get to Lush at the weekend so that I can give them 5 pots.

    Boots Extracts Mango body scrub - only just opened but they don't last long.

    No 7 facial wipes - probably about 5 wipes left.

    Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Skin Wash - Think this will see me to the end of the month.

    L'Occitane lavender hand cream mini tube

    Mandara Spa body butter full size - only just started.
    Originally posted by VALM
    11 no 7 wipes Emma finished these so I've pulled another part opened pack from stash.

    12 Nuxe facial oil lovely but not sur I need one.
    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
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 18th Apr 17, 10:51 AM
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    Hi all - sorry been AWOL for a while - things just seem insanely busy at the minute!

    Happy to report no ins yet this month! (shock and horror!)

    but no UU either for a while - everything seems fairly full! oh well at least the stash is staying neutral!
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    • pirateyqueen
    • By pirateyqueen 18th Apr 17, 2:33 PM
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    1 UU, Poppy Austin Retinol cream. WNBA, did nothing for my face so finished it up on my body.
    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
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 18th Apr 17, 9:14 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    I have a couple of UUs from a very decadent bath:

    Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb
    Lush Cloak of Invisibility
    WBA loved both of these together we're a glorious floral bath. I'm not sure Ylang Song behaved quite like it meant to though. In the middle was like a bright blue bit full of petals which I loved but it kind of just sank to the bottom of the bath rather than fizzed.
    • KT2802
    • By KT2802 18th Apr 17, 10:06 PM
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    UU7 - L'Or!al fibrology air shampoo 400ml - WBA I think, didn't notice that it particularly made my hair look thicker but was nice enough.

    IN1 - OGX thick and full biotin and Collagen shampoo - to replace the above.

    Hope everyone's well. Have had to put the heating on again this evening, feels chilly!
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 18th Apr 17, 10:55 PM
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    used up toleraine moisturizer. It is fine, it did not cause any reaction but is expensive for a plain moisturizer.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 19th Apr 17, 3:02 AM
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    Super Facialist Retinol+ Anti-Aging Night Cream 50ml - This was lovely. I was searching for Retinol products for a while and found this in TKMaxx. WDBA but will use up other night creams first.
    H&M Mango Body Scrub 50ml - Not a favourite of mine although it worked better than I thought as it did leave me with soft skin. This would suit if you're not looking for a really 'scrubby' scrub. WMBA.

    I will hopefully have a couple more finished toiletries by the end of the month.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Apr - 30
    |May - 10|Makeup Total UU to end of May - 5
    • VALM
    • By VALM 19th Apr 17, 1:45 PM
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    Hurrah, the Smashbox shimmery gold shadow from my Full Exposure Pallette has been UU. In the end I was trying to scoop it out with an eyeliner brush which became manotinous (sp?) so I crushed the little bits clinging to the sides of the pan with said brush and then crushed it onto my regular eyeshadow brush to use. Do love this colour.

    Posted on March thread in error. Doh.
    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 19th Apr 17, 5:43 PM
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    VALM - well done on finishing an eyeshadow, it takes some perseverance.

    I have a sort of uu

    Soap & Glory Archery Brow & Tint
    - this is the one with a crayon at one end and a felt tip at the other. It is rubbish and I WNBA. The felt tip does less than half an eyebrow then goes dry and the crayon end is too thick to get a fine line then when I used it the other day it crumbled and broke into 3 bits.
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    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 19th Apr 17, 6:30 PM
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    I have been a bad, bad, bad girl. I have enough body scrubs from TBS to keep me going for years, yet more soaps, hand cream, body butter and an Aloe toner from there which is really helping to calm my skin and which was a good buy for a quid in the sale. I might have to snag another one. To be fair, some of it was a birthday voucher and sale purchases giving another £5 voucher on the loyalty card, so the cost was less than otherwise.
    This would not be too bad but for snagging some very nicely discounted L'Occ Xmas crackers adding Almond hand creams and soaps. The hand cream smells nice and is smoothing but I think my hands really prefer the high shea., which I am out of.
    Then there was a box of perfume with a free gift with purchase.
    And another pack of Cream Neroli sheet masks, using up the last of a TKM voucher.
    All due to self-medicating with smellies the longest wait ever for a vital piece of financial news.
    I will be over here on the naughty step.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 19th Apr 17, 8:29 PM
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    Two UU here:
    LUSH Percy Penguin Bath Melt quite liked this one
    Dove Colour Care Shampoo will be buying more once I've used up the Elvive stuff
    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
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 19th Apr 17, 10:36 PM
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    I seem to have lost my make up bag i bring to work sometimes, gone is the lovely collection of blushers, lipsticks and what not. If it fell out of my bag off site, it seems like a real lost cause. I looked in the car and oh it is so annoying.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 20th Apr 17, 1:15 AM
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    Sympathies on losing the make up bag, savingfortomorrow. I once lost most of my make up when I lost a bag, I scaled down on what I used from that point as it was the loss of the money invested in it that galled me.

    A UU - Olay Total Effects Night Moisturising Cream, 37.5ml. I'd started using this when going out for an evening to get it used up, as SPF isn't an issue in the dark. I went to put it on and the pump was dry halfway through the operation
    Cue dismembering the pump to get enough cream out to complete doing my face and neck. The cream left in there was quite well hidden, but there were a few scraps in the base that gave me enough to be moisturised without having to wipe it off or risk a reaction with a different cream.
    Plus I quite enjoy taking these sort of things apart.

    WIB? (I think it was an NBI. Had it a while.)I liked this but as a rule I dislike sleeping with heavy night creams on my face. I usually end up not using a cream every night. I don't think my skin would be vastly better if I did use it.
    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 20th Apr 17, 6:36 AM
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    I seem to have lost my make up bag i bring to work sometimes, gone is the lovely collection of blushers, lipsticks and what not. If it fell out of my bag off site, it seems like a real lost cause. I looked in the car and oh it is so annoying.
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow
    I think I would literally die if that happened to me!
    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
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 20th Apr 17, 7:57 AM
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    Savingfortomorrow Sorry to hear you lost your make up bag! I left mine on a train a couple of years ago, realised as soon as I'd got off when terminated so ran back, went through the whole train and told the train cleaners, logged it at lost property and it was never handed in. Lost my favourite MAC blush. Try to resist buying all new replacements and use what's in your stash!
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