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    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 31st Aug 17, 8:07 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2017
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    • 31st Aug 17, 8:07 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2017 31st Aug 17 at 8:07 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!!!8217;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 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
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    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-08-2017 at 8:10 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 52/162 UU, 22 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 540/2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 12% 2 savers No.12 - 80 5p Savers No.3 - 4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - 66.36/150 1p a day Challenge 357.77/667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 421.28/200
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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 15th Sep 17, 1:17 AM
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    Ladies I've been really bad. I did a huge splurge yesterday and it was so so so naughty. Lots of things were running out but I went OTT to get a GWP with the attitude of 'I may spend this much over 6months anyway '

    Can't bear to post about it now so will do a UU instead

    Lush soak and float shampoo bar WMBA
    • VALM
    • By VALM 15th Sep 17, 5:34 AM
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    An IN for me : Laura Geller Neutralizer Spackle. Someone was selling it on QVSell and I figured it would be cheaper than buying MAC Prep and Prime at airport.
    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 15th Sep 17, 10:29 AM
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    I have a uu

    Clarins Instant Smooth Primer 15ml
    - WNBA, this is lovely and does last a long time but there are other primers which do the same job for half the price and twice the product.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th Sep 17, 4:45 PM
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    Three INs to report today:

    The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Calming and Protecting Hand Cream 30ml
    The Body Shop Shea Nourishing Body Butter 200ml
    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml

    I'm so glad to have the Body Butter and Cleansing Butter back in my life. I've missed them and it's only been a few days, haha

    And one TA:

    Vichy Ideal Soleil Lip Stick SPF30 4.7g WNBA. This is not helping my lips and it tastes funny.
    Last edited by sstevo19; 15-09-2017 at 4:48 PM.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 16th Sep 17, 10:28 PM
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    UU - Sanex Hydrate 24 Hr body lotion - WNBA as it had a really strong medicinal smell. I ended up only using it on days when I wasn't going out as I was worried I smelt like ointment and people would think I had the lurgy!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 17th Sep 17, 9:04 AM
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    I have some GA

    No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse in Pewter - gorgeous colour and lasts really well but I wore it yesterday and it is just too silver for me.

    Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliater 50ml - totally useless product imo.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 17th Sep 17, 11:21 AM
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    One UU this morning and it's off my PP list:

    The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser 250ml WMBA. I like this but it sometimes irritates any healing skin where I had some spots. Hm.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 17th Sep 17, 11:22 AM
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    The Body Shop Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser
    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter - This is nearing the end so should be finished in the first week or so

    Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm
    Lush Rose Jam shower gel - This is so big and never ending
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list, only one item left to go.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th Sep 17, 10:11 AM
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    I have a uu

    Champneys Cloud Nine Bubble Heaven 300ml - WBA at half price but no way I would pay full price.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 18th Sep 17, 7:32 PM
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    Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel -- 250 ml bottle. Does the job and the kids get some Body Shop Citrus stuff every Christmas.

    2 foil shampoo samples

    2 foil conditioner samples

    Both did the job, nothing to get excited about, just wanted them gone.

    GA: 2 foil sample hair products, gone into a cosmetic bag that I'm filling for a shelter, found half a dozen tampons in perfect wrappers, so they've gone in as well.

    Those little foil pouches take up a lot of space and I always mean to take them on holiday but then can't open them because I don't have scissors. I want them gone.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 18th Sep 17, 7:39 PM
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    Hi everyone, hope all well.
    I Have an UU TBS Strawberry Shower Gel. I like this one. WBA in the future.

    If you haven't seen it, tomorrow Elle new issue is out and you can grab a free Benefit They're Real Double The Lip with this new issue. Mag costs 4.30. Each worth 10.50 according to the ad. Choose from three shades: Nude Scandal, Pink Thrills and Revved-up Red. Hope this helps.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th Sep 17, 8:59 PM
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    One UU from this morning:

    Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray 300ml WNBA. I hate this, so glad it's gone. Now to move onto my Toni & Guy one

    And three INs from this morning:

    Tony Moly Moisturising Sheet Mask
    Tony Moly Vitality Sheet Mask
    Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant 50ml

    TK Max had the Tony Moly masks in so I got two to try, I've heard good things about these masks
    • fixx
    • By fixx 18th Sep 17, 9:39 PM
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    A UU and a TA - slow going this month so far.

    UU - Tigi Dumb Blonde Reconstuctor 750ml. HG - have another in stash.

    TA - Botanics Face scrub. No idea how old this is, and I never use it - I don't like things this scrubby.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 19th Sep 17, 10:14 AM
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    I have a uu

    Benefit Dandelion
    - there is a bit in each corner but I can't get anything on my brush so I'm calling it done.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • xcarlyx
    • By xcarlyx 20th Sep 17, 6:40 PM
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    UU 75ml Impulse Into Glamour Deodorant - Sandalwood & vanilla scent,
    WBA because I love the scent
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2017 In's - 0 /UU'S - 6 / TA's - 67
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 21st Sep 17, 10:25 AM
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    I have some uu

    Essential Care Mascara - this came in a beauty box and it is a basic mascara which makes no bold claims, it lasts well all day but is very natural on the lashes and takes some time to build up. This brand ticks a lot of boxes for me - ethical, cruelty free, environmentally friendly etc but the price is too high for such a basic mascara so WNBA.

    2True WOW Waterproof Mascara - this was a cheapy brand sold in Superdrug and this was 2, it was very good overall but did dry up quicker than any other mascara I've ever had. Superdrug no longer stocks this brand (not near me anyway) but WBA.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 21st Sep 17, 10:27 AM
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    My Finish 5 by Autumn list:

    1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow RSVP mini
    2. Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer - Dark Brown
    3. Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Brown Glow
    4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Powder Blush - mini
    5. No7 Cream Blush in Candlelight
    Originally posted by dolly84
    This project finished today and this is how it ended. The brow pencil will be gone this month as will the Benefit eyeshadow. I still haven't hit pan on the blush and I think that will last for all eternity.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Sep 17, 5:04 AM
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    This project finished today and this is how it ended. The brow pencil will be gone this month as will the Benefit eyeshadow. I still haven't hit pan on the blush and I think that will last for all eternity.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Well done on your challenge. I own a Bobbi Brown blush and don't think I'll ever hit pan as it is so pigmented.

    I have 2 UUs :-

    Mini OPI Nail Envy - HG product. Have full size to replace this with.

    Dove Pistachios shower gel. Was OK. Dove is not a brand I love. I didn't buy this. I won it and have another in stash. Would not seek this out to repurchase.

    I go on holiday on Sunday. Last day in work - yay. Have packed my toiletries although I intend to use the hotel freebies and have kept it to the minimal. There will be purchases though.
    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 22nd Sep 17, 9:32 AM
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    Have a lovely holiday VALM.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 22nd Sep 17, 2:52 PM
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    Lee Stafford dry shampoo
    Aussie volumising dry shampoo
    Simple make up remover. Replaced with same.

    Going slow this month...
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