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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jul 17, 4:29 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2017
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    • 30th Jul 17, 4:29 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2017 30th Jul 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 me, haha, 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: 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!


    Graduates

    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
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 30th Jul 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 5:14 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 5:14 PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo19. Am in as always Need to be on very low buy this month.
    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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jul 17, 5:28 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 5:28 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 5:28 PM
    I've treated myself to a small French Pharmacy haul, so those will be my only INs this month. I'm putting myself on a strict no buy, where I'll only buy something if I don't have a back up of it already. I must stop spending so much. I'm hoping to reduce my stash down a bit this month. I'm going to try and sell a few items as well. If I don't use them or don't enjoy them, why not sell it someone else who might enjoy it more.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 30th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
    Last month I ended with 183 and I think have 178 now. I think I did better than that actually, I'm bad at keeping count.

    August PP list:
    Any older lipstick/lip gloss - Newer lip glosses and lipsticks to remain in lock-down! Didn't miss them at all, but I do miss having a long lasting lipstick though as I still haven't replaced them.
    Need to make a decision to keep or get rid of:
    Lipcote - horrible and doesn't really work. I'll persist with it but I will likely TA after this month if I still don't get on with it.
    St.Tropez - Everyday Face tan 50ml – I think this clogs my pores
    Pearl Drops - Now Smile Corrector - 5ml - old and not sure I can be bothered with it
    Bourjois - Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara - 12ml - Like but the product comes out of the lid and is messy, just want it UU
    Blanx toothpaste - 75ml - annoying packaging, use weekly
    Beyond Bronze by Fake Bake – Self Tanning Mousse – 210ml – twice weekly
    Kiehl's - Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Aromatic Mist - 1.5ml - one use left
    Any hair styling product used at least once per week
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 30th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
    My PP list for August:

    Simple Kind To Hair Gentle Care Shampoo 200ml
    Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser 190ml
    Avon Naturals Pomegranate & Mango Spritz 100ml


    These are the three products I want finished the most.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Jul 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 31st Jul 17, 3:19 PM
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    • 31st Jul 17, 3:19 PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo19!

    Had a very slow month in July, need to start shifting my UUs

    PP list for August:

    Sjal toner
    Trilogy moisturiser
    Yes to blueberries shower gel
    Living proof prime
    Living proof frizz shampoo
    Living proof frizz conditioner
    Living proof volume spray
    Aveda cleansing soap
    Chanel Noir perfume
    Nuxe body oil
    Keihl's grapefruit hand creme
    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-08-2017 at 8:12 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 105/146 UU, 61 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 £528.74/£1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 £365/£365
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    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 1st Aug 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 1st Aug 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 1st Aug 17, 10:01 AM
    Morning all and thanks for the new thread!!

    PP List for Aug:
    Monu eye cream - just want this finished now!
    Vitamin C serum - again sick of using as I don't think it does much for my skin
    Elemis Papaya face mask - I have other masks I prefer using but really muct finish this one
    Any 5 Samples

    First UU of the Month
    UU 1: Sure Deodorant - WNBA OK but not as good as my HG Dove
    walk 2018 miles in 2018 - 781 of 2018
    Save £5 for every PR: 10 of 35
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 1st Aug 17, 4:24 PM
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    • 1st Aug 17, 4:24 PM
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    • 1st Aug 17, 4:24 PM
    Thank you sstevo19 for the new diary, I will be sticking around through August, and probably at least until next August too Each time I look in the drawers I use for storage I seem to find something else that I had forgotten that I own, I really need to have every of like stored together, but it seems difficult to achieve at present, but I will keep plodding on.

    August PP/In use list
    100ml Alpha-H Liquid gold
    15ml Clinique Repairwear Uplifting cream
    150ml Better You Magnesium Body Lotion
    56g First aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
    30ml Hotel body lotion
    30ml Molton Brown body lotion
    30ml Molton Brown ginseng body lotion
    30ml Lacura Face Treatment Oil
    250ml Verveine Hand and Nail Cream
    75ml OPI Avoplex Cuticle to Go
    5ml Vichy Eye Serum
    45 ml Clinique Almost Make Up
    30ml Percy & Reed No More Oil

    I ought to be able to UU all but the Magnesium lotion and the Alpha-H if I really apply myself.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 2nd Aug 17, 8:52 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 17, 8:52 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 17, 8:52 AM
    Two UUs from last night:

    Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA sample WMBA in the future but not right now. It was nice, even it did smell a bit like nail varnish remover :/

    Sensodyne Rapid Relief Toothpaste 15ml WBA. This was good. I will definitely buy a full size tube in the near future. But I don't need to buy any toothpaste as I have a back up. I used this every night and it does help.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 2nd Aug 17, 7:39 PM
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    Thanks for this months thread sstevo, I am in this month. My PP list for this month is:

    Liz earle shower gel 500ml bottle
    Liz earle cleanse and polish
    mud mask
    LE foot spritz
    LE eyebright full size
    LE toner
    Ghost sweetheart perfume
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge
    £2 saver club #21 £40.00/£250
    Save for Christmas 2020 £1 a day challenge, 18 - Treasurequeen £ / £366
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 2nd Aug 17, 7:41 PM
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    One UU: Liz Earle foot scrub WNBA this product didn't help my dry skin on feet if anything it made it worse. It had a chemical smell to it and was hard to get out of the tube. I will be replacing it with a homemade foot scrub using store cupboard essentials.
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge
    £2 saver club #21 £40.00/£250
    Save for Christmas 2020 £1 a day challenge, 18 - Treasurequeen £ / £366
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 2nd Aug 17, 7:47 PM
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    UU

    Little Mix Wishmaker Bubble Bath 250ml - Got this in a gift set. Lovely fragrance. Have replaced with other bath stuff from the stash.

    Ted Baker London Body Wash 50ml
    - I got this on clearance for £2 and it lasted a while, despite the size. Have some other travel size shower gels which I'll save for traveling.

    Boots Chic Dream Bergamot & Berries Body Fragrance 75ml - I loved the scent of this and was complimented on it. WDBA but have lots of body sprays in the stash still to use up.

    Will have my updated PP list up soon.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 2nd Aug 17, 9:48 PM
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    Two INs arrived today, from an order I made last month:

    Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 15ml
    Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream sample


    I've wanted to try the cleansing balm for a while now, so I got the little travel size to try so I don't feel bad if I don't enjoy it. And you get to choose a free sample when you make an order and this was the only one that interested me
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Aug 17, 8:23 AM
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    One UU last night:

    Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream sample WPNB. It was alright but nothing exciting. I won't even think about purchasing it.

    I will have some OUTs tomorrow as I've managed to sell a few items on the Skincare Exchange again.
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 3rd Aug 17, 1:45 PM
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    Afternoon all,

    UU: from PP list MONU eye cream - WNBA, I don't particularly get on with eye creams anyway but this did nothing for me!
    GA: NARS primer and BB cream - again did nothing for me and was only using them to try and finish them but have gifted them to someone who might get more pleasure from them than me!

    Aug OUT: 3 IN: 0
    walk 2018 miles in 2018 - 781 of 2018
    Save £5 for every PR: 10 of 35
    • asajj
    • By asajj 3rd Aug 17, 11:11 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread, I just lost track of the days and ins and outs but will try to be more active this month Hope all well.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Aug 17, 8:47 AM
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    I'll post this now, as I'm going to post them in half an hour, I have four OUTs:

    La Roche Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream 200ml
    Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 50ml
    Bioderma Photoderm Spot Creme SPF50 30ml
    Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Dry Touch SPF50 50ml


    I sold these all to one person on a Skincare Exchange so I'm quite happy
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 4th Aug 17, 8:54 AM
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    I'm back in this month, got a bit distracted at the end of July but am going to be focused for this month!

    Also, i had Martin Lewis on my flight i was working on the other day! He was lovely and we had a bit of a chat, seems like a very nice guy!
    • VALM
    • By VALM 4th Aug 17, 1:46 PM
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    I'm back in this month, got a bit distracted at the end of July but am going to be focused for this month!

    Also, i had Martin Lewis on my flight i was working on the other day! He was lovely and we had a bit of a chat, seems like a very nice guy!
    Originally posted by fudgesmoothies
    I know this is his site an' all but I love Martin Lewis. 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!

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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • VALM
    • By VALM 4th Aug 17, 1:55 PM
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    UUs and PP List
    So I have two UUs already. Nothing earth shattering:-

    1. Pack of Superdrug cotton wool pads Again I picked up the wrong ones. These are the small ones. Prefer the bigger oval ones however have two packs still in stash first.

    2. Vidal Sassoon hair colour in Intense Red Have no more in stash now. Will wait until I need one to either repurchase this or Nice N Easy.

    My PP list:-

    Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lo-Fi blush
    Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Nude
    Liz Earle Jasmine & Osmenthus Cleanse & Polish

    These carried over from last month. Have hit pan on first two. I did tell Emma that she could use up the C&P but I've still been using it as I can't stand things being used at a very slow rate any more!! (Becoming OCD with challenge, me thinks).

    So, I have other items taht will go this month:-

    15ml Elemis PCMC
    30ml Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
    15ml OPI Original Nail Envy
    The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng mask
    LUSH Cup o Coffee mask (use as a facial scrub only)
    200ml tube of Liz Earle original Cleanse & Polish
    Rituals Yogi Something or other shower gel

    I have been using my Urban Decay Naked 2 pallette and Too Faced Natural pallette this week and will keep rotating each week. Really loving the UD one in particular.
    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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