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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 30th May 17, 4:29 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2017
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    • 30th May 17, 4:29 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2017 30th May 17 at 4:29 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 er, mcculloch29, that would be me, 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 June and indeed the coming months, and remember to keep your stash lists updated, keep popping in for inspiration and support and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy!

    Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly! Do de-lurk if you are lurking, this is one of the friendliest threads on MSE.

    Oh - and anyone thinking "OMG my stash is FAR bigger than all of theirs, I cant possibly join" - believe you me, we have been doing this challenge for well over a year some of us - you wont scare us, and I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere will have had more and survived.... we are very supportive (and protective - so don't be scared!!) oh - and did we mention that are nosy??!!

    Useful abbreviations and jargon!

    WBA - Will Buy Again
    UU - Use Ups
    IN - Self explanatory - stuff you've gained into your stash - warning: lines may be given out for unnecessary purchases or you may be sent to the naughty step!
    NBI - A non-bought item such as a present, gift with purchase or free sample
    WNBA - Will Not Buy Again!
    Glitch - when a shop/online store make a pricing mistake so you end up paying less or even get freebies!
    PYN(M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su) DELETE AS APPROPRIATE! - Paint Your Nails Monday/Tuesday...... it allows everyone to try and finish those dastardly nail varnishes with group support! You can never be too groomed for this thread. Also see PY(T)N... - for toenails!
    Splutterer - the stage where an item is nearing the end of it's life and spluttering - also the most annoying and seemingly never ending stage!
    GWP - Gift With Purchase - a sample or mini sized item
    HG - Holy Grail - this is the product you would go back for time and time again, it does the job brilliantly, and is either economical, or so fantastic price becomes no object!
    NPI - Near Purchasing Incident (OMG we all have those!)
    LHJ - Long Haul Job - for those products - love 'em or hate 'em - that never seem to end no matter how often you use them
    PRCP - Pink Rose Candle Philosophy inspired by Erma Bombeck who said: 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose that melted in storage'. Don't keep things 'for best' or 'for a special occasion'. That day never arrives. Give the best to yourself now and enjoy it. (Thanks to McCulloch29 for introducing this thought provoking sentiment to us)
    GA - for an out that was given away to charity, as a present, or "just because" rather than binned or UU
    TA - for an out that was thrown away due to going off (generally as it has been lurking at the back of a stash since time immemorial) or for any other reason such as a broken container or spillage
    PP - Project Pan: a list of specific items targeted to be used up

    If anyone can think of any more we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon!


    Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

    1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
    2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
    3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
    4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
    6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014
    7. Fiasco55 - graduated with honours May 2017

    Previous threads

    In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review, here are links to past challenge threads. Click on the date to take you straight to it:

    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    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
    October 2015
    November 2015
    December 2015
    January 2016
    February 2016
    March 2016
    April 2016
    May 2016
    June 2016
    July 2016
    August 2016
    September 2016
    October 2016
    November 2016
    December 2016
    January 2017
    February 2017
    March 2017
    April 2017
    May 2017
    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.
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jun 17, 1:11 PM
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    The thread for July is now up
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 30th Jun 17, 8:39 PM
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    Final few UU:

    The Bodyshop Shea Body Butter 200ml WBA. This took me ages to use as i'm so lazy with moisturising. If i'm ever in need any time soon i'd get this again though.
    Soap and Glory Clean on me Shower Gel 75ml WBA. Another day, another soap and glory mini - must not buy so many gift sets in the sales this year!
    Black Diamond Black Peel off Mask sachet WMBA. This came in my glossybox and i used it straight away. I'll see how my skin feels in the morning.

    Ins - I signed up for Glossybox again, it was half price for the first month with two extra itemsL

    111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel
    Sleek Power Plump Lip Crayon in Notorious Nude Excited to try this, definitely something i'd buy
    Eness Cosmetics Argan Oil Hand Cream I need to repurpose some hand creams as foot creams the amount i have in stash.
    Batiste Heat and Shine Spray I'm just glad this wasn't dry shampoo!
    Manna Cosmetics Sheer Glo illuminator Will give this a go but oily skin and illuminators don't really go!
    Beauty Pro Black Diamond Mask Already used
    And the two extras:
    Model Co Contour Stick I've been looking at the Clinique one so really excited to try this.
    thisworks In transit camera close up Apparently a mask, moisturiser and primer in one?!

    Also bought The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution to hopefully clear my pores.
    Will post my final count and PP list in next months thread.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 30th Jun 17, 10:42 PM
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    My last update for June


    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream
    Tesco 24 hours Deodorant
    Ojon Damage Reverse Oil
    Carmex Lip Balm
    Avon Premium De Luxe Gold Premium
    Avon Supreme Oil Shampoo
    Avon Original Bath Oil Oil
    Body Shop Satsuma Soap
    Balance Hand and Body Wash

    Verbana Soap x 3
    Avon Suncare Sensitive Sun Cream SPF50 x3

    Total = 86

    Could not resist the Verbana Soap in France Market in my city centre. today But at least I have brought all the soap I need for the year.

    See you in July Thread
    Last edited by shed35; 01-07-2017 at 1:05 AM.
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 1st Jul 17, 11:53 AM
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    Morning all

    For final UUs from yesterday and the month of June. I also have a few INs .

    28) Marc Jacobs Daisy eau so fresh edt 75ml - WBA I like this scent for the daytime although it's not the longest of lasting. Will look to purchase towards the end of the years but I have other perfumes to use first.
    29) Lancome visionnaire advanced skin corrector 5ml - WNB this was okay but didn't notice anything special about my skin after using.
    30) Primark oval cosmetic pads x100 - WBA these are just as good as the boots ones and much cheaper. They do what they are designed for.
    31) Foot detox patches x2 - WNBA. Have plenty more to use but not sure if they actually do anything apart from turning the pad black. If after a decent usage I do think they are in fact doing some good I may change my mind and repurchase.

    Primark oval cosmetic pads x100 - 4 packs
    Collection 7 day nail varnish in purplicious
    Collection 7 day nail varnish in teal
    Collection 2 in 1 top and base coat - for the last 3/4 weeks I have stopped biting my nails so thought if I started painting them it would help. Cheap varnishes just in case I start nibbling again.
    Elegant touch cuticle pusher and nail cleaner
    Boots nail toe separators
    Body Shop mediterranean sea salt scrub
    Body Shop fan brush
    Boots no 7 retractable lip brush
    Boots no 7precision eye liner brush
    Boots no 7 gwp extreme waterproof mascara, stay perfect amazing eye pencil, high shine lip gloss, protect and perfect intense advanced facial sun protection spf15

    Not the best as thats 17 items just in this one shop.

    Best I try and do as well next month in using as many products as possible.

    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
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 1st Jul 17, 11:57 AM
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    Updated PP
    Afternoon all

    Updated PP list

    Elemis apricot toner
    Elemis pro-radiance illuminating flash balm
    Elemis pro-collagen cleansing balm
    Elemis white lotus & lime bath/shower nectar
    Decleor handcream
    Gatineau radiance gommage
    Alpha H liquid gold
    Daisy body lotion
    Clarins tonic body polisher
    Daisy eau so fresh edt
    Daisy eau so fresh shower gel
    Aveda phomollient sytling foam
    V05 texturising gum
    Boots firm hold hairspray
    Any 2 make up items (All samples)
    Any 4 samples

    2 items left so they will be carried forward to my July PP.

    Hope everyone has had a great month.
    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
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 2nd Jul 17, 11:40 AM
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    thank you for the new thread! I'm in for june.

    My pp list for june:

    L'occitane almond soap
    john masters shampoo
    nivea soft cream
    le cleanse and polish
    sjal skin toner
    ren moisturiser
    nuxe perfume
    dr organic eye rollerball
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    uu: 6
    in: 2
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 26/162 UU, 10 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £315/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 8% £2 savers No.12 - £56 5p Savers No.3 - £3.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £45.30/£150 1p a day Challenge £182.63/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 £112.08/£50
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 2nd Jul 17, 1:24 PM
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    I had one last minute IN 250ml Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo 3/33

    So the scores on the doors for June are IN 3/33, GA 0/5, TA 0/4, UU 17/60.

    I need to stay strong and continue not buying very much, I seem to have had an expensive few months (lots of holidays) and want to have a lean few months on all fronts - needing to buy some GF products and general price increases mean my food shopping bill is scary
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 2nd Jul 17, 7:42 PM
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    Had some June UU I haven't been able to add yet (was down with the cold!):

    Wella Silvikrin Hairspray 75ml
    - Used this up partly as a make-up fixing spray but have also been doing more with my hair, and therefore needing more hairspray. WDBA as a hairspray but have enough in the stash. Will also get a proper fixing spray for my make-up.

    Nivea Pearl & Beauty Roll-on Deodorant 50ml - I love Nivea deodorants. WDBA but got a few odd deodorants in the stash to get through first.

    Sass Cleanse Me Purifying Cleanser 100ml
    - Got this on clearance in Boots. Have replaced with a new intimate cleanser.

    Aussie Colour Mate Conditioner 75ml - I'm surprised that I used up this whole bottle. Took this on holiday with me. Good conditioner but next time would take one of their hot weather conditioners to the Med. WDBA.

    New Look Pure Touch Eau de Parfum 10ml
    - Sadly this broke in my handbag and I had to throw it away while I was on holiday. At least I'd used up half of it so it was good while it lasted and was only a couple of quid in the sale.

    John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer sample - I've had this sample before from a magazine and it was really effective on my hair. Have so many products so won't purchase yet but I'm considering buying some in the future.

    I also used up an eyeliner pencil (added this to my separate subtotal). It's been a good month. There were a few INs - mainly travel minis for going on holiday. Roll on July!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of March - 24
    |Apr - 4|Makeup Total UU to end of March - 1
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Jul 17, 4:30 PM
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    [QUOTE=VALM;72738641]Updated PP List for July:-

    Kind Natured shampoo
    Kind Natured conditioner
    Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush
    Benefit Goofproof eyebrow pencil
    Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Nude
    Essie Gel Setter Top Coat
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser
    Boots Extracts Peppermint Body Butter
    L'occitane conditioner
    Avon Senses hand wash
    Liz Earle Jasmine & Osmenthus Cleanse & Polish
    Nars Peach lip gloss
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Jul 17, 8:00 AM
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    1 UUs - Updates and hopeful UUs this week
    UU: Superdrug Cotton Wool roll - Bought in error. Complete waste of money as it is so messy to use.

    Have hit pan this morning on my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush (using as bronzer)

    Hopefully these items will be UU this week:-

    Sanex deodorant - feels very light and is not applying as wetly as before.

    L'Occitane 10ml shea hand cream

    Boots No 7 face wipes - about three left

    M&S 75ml lavender shower gel. Tube feels light

    Australian body care tea tree body lotion - not pumping anymore. Have turned bottle upside down.

    L'Occitane shampoo.

    I rotate my perfumes and this week have pulled out my bottle of Paco Rabanne Olympea which does not have much left in it. I'll be sad to use it up and will definitely purchase a bottle from duty free when I go away to US.

    Repainted my nails at weekend and am wearing Nails INc Piccadilly Circus. I think this was the first Nails Inc lacquer that I acquired (probably a magazine freebie). It's a lovely colour. Will keep it.
    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
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