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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
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    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-08-2017 at 8:10 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 43/162 UU, 11 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 495/2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 11% 2 savers No.12 - 78 5p Savers No.3 - 4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - 62.85/150 1p a day Challenge 290.36/667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 381.28/150
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Sep 17, 8:50 AM
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    I have a uu

    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 25g - WMBA but already have these and other hand creams in the stash.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Sep 17, 10:30 AM
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    One last UU for the month:

    Avene Trixera Nutrition Nutri-fluid Lotion 100ml WPNBA. This was nice but I don't think I'll buy it again. Nice and hydrating but light as well
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
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    I have a uu

    Benefit RSVP Cream Eyeshadow - this is a small pot from a palette but when I checked the g against a full size it isn't much less so I am feeling quite proud to have finished one - it really takes some doing. WMBA as I love the colour but I have a full size plus lots of other cream eyeshadow so won't be for a very, very long time.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • fudgesmoothies
    • By fudgesmoothies 30th Sep 17, 7:38 PM
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    Last few UU for the month:

    B Pure Micellar Cleansing Wipes. WDBA. HG
    L'Oreal Casting Creme Conditioner - I didn't buy, just been sat in the bathroom for ages!
    Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle. WMBA.
    Merci Handy Love& Hand Cream. WDBA. This was from a beauty box, loved the scent of this.

    26 Empties this month, happy with that!
    • fixx
    • By fixx 30th Sep 17, 7:52 PM
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    Final UUs for the month:

    - John Freida foam hair dye. WNBA - too messy and annoying to apply to roots.
    - Benefit Air Patrol (eye primer) mini. WNB - fine, works, goes on well, but just not as good as UD Potion.
    - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair mini. WNB - again, fine, but very expensive, and not quite worth it.
    - Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing gel mask. WNB - got it in some beauty box or gift set, would happily use it again, but prefer Enzyme peel.
    - Toni&Guy Damage Repair mask. WDBA - HG. I've no hair masks left, so I'll have to buy soon.

    And a TA:
    - Estee Lauder dissolve the drama makeup remover mini. WDNB - horrible, just turns your makeup oily and smears it over your face, doesn't actually remove much. Ick. Great little bottle though - I'll keep it for eye makeup remover when travelling.

    I've done ok in September I think - but October will definitely involve some ins :P

    I've also repainted my nails - as had a big tear in one, so needed to repair it, then paint them all. I've gone for Rimmel 60 seconds in Rapid Ruby. Quite a deep browny red, as I've started feeling all autumnal - but goes on very smooth and shiny.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Sep 17, 7:57 PM
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    October thread is now up
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 30th Sep 17, 9:58 PM
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    Slowest month, started with 163 ended with 161.
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 1st Oct 17, 10:08 AM
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    I think I have a problem.

    Every INCH of my house has been kon mari'd and minimalised, and now it's time to face my toiletries!

    We have a huge stack of shampoo and conditioner to get through, because the MIL only uses posh stuff so unloaded all the stuff we won't use. The rest is completely my fault...

    I have done project 333 with my clothes, and I want to achieve a similar simplicity with my makeup and toiletries. My strategy is to put one of each thing into a basket, so I have my morning 'kit', then as one thing runs out I can go 'shopping' in my reserve stash. I'm going to try and UU small things/half used things first.



    Aussie miracle shine hair spray
    Aussie take the heat hair spray
    1/2 bottle Keihls oil-in-cream for hair
    2X mini mitchum 48hr deo spray (free samples)
    2X B.Pure miscellar water
    Elemis white brightening even tone cleanser
    Elemis skin bliss capsules
    Sainsburys anti-perspirant
    Macadamia hair therapy oil
    St Tropez gradual in shower tan
    Perfect day sunscreen and lip balm
    Lancaster tan maximising cream - mini
    Elemis papaya skin cream
    Thierry Mugler Angel - unopened
    100ml Elemis pro-collagen marine cream (this cost me about 100 and I haven't used it yet!!!)
    P20 once-a-day sunscreen
    George gel pro pink nail polish
    St Morix tanning mist
    Veet precision wax strips
    Chloe mini perfume roller


    3X mini mitchum 48hr deo spray (free samples)
    Lynx anti-perspirant
    Cien men anti-perspirant

    Household (shared)

    Aussie Repair shampoo and conditioner
    Tresemme expert shampoo X 2
    Tresemme expert conditioner X 1
    Whitening toothpaste X2
    DD's snowman bath bombs
    6 toothbrush heads
    Vanilla frosting Christmas soap
    Antiseptic mouthwash
    Golden jojoba oil


    Small travel bottle of Keihls oi-in-cream for hair
    Nail polish remover
    Senspa bath soak
    Issy Miyake parfum
    Travel sixed Sephora miscellar water (used to remove eye makeup/makeup before cleansing)
    Ole Henrikson face wash, toner and moisturiser
    Sainsburys sensitive deoderant
    St Tropez facial self tan
    St Tropez bronzing mist
    Keihls body cream
    Sephora brush cleaner
    Tarte pearly girl tooth whitener
    Chanel nail polishes X 2 - rouge noir and pink
    Nose pore strips
    Nair argon oil hair removal cream

    Keihls facial wash (to take to work)
    Molton Brown recovery balm (work)
    Keihls facial fuel moisturiser (home)
    Lynx deo
    V05 wax clay

    READY TO USE - household

    Shampoo and conditioner (in shower)
    Leave in Aussie 3 min miracle
    Mini mouthwash
    Eucryl tooth powder
    2 mini colgate toothpaste samples
    Antiseptic mouthwash

    TO TAKE TO WORK (I run at lunch, so I'll keep these things there to use)

    Cheapo Lidl Suddenly Glamour perfume
    Living proof perfect hair day dry shampoo
    Mini mitchum 48hr deo

    Smashbox photo finish pore minimising primer
    MAC nine eyeshadow palette
    Mulberry blotting paper
    Dior plumping lipgloss
    Bobbi Brown eyeliner
    Eyeliner brush
    eyeshadow brush
    blusher brush
    Sephora touch up razor
    eyebrow brush
    MAC prep+prime concealer
    NARS orgasm blusher
    MAC NW20 and NW35 powders (base and contour)
    MAC Spiked eyebrow pencil
    Bobbi Brown smokey eye masacara
    MAC Soar lip pencil
    Chanel pink lip gloss
    Nivea pearly shine balm
    Beaty blender
    pencil sharpener
    NW20 studiofix fluid X2 - one almost empty and don't want to be caught short at work!


    Smashbox photo finish pore minimising primer
    Bobbi Brown nectar brick (blush)
    NARS the multiple - orgasm
    MAC Give me Sun! bronzer
    MAC spiked eyebrow pencil X3
    Maxfactor mascara
    MAC Soar lip pencil
    NW15 studiofix powder
    NW30 pro longwear foundation (little squeezy tube)
    NW30 studiofix fluidX5
    NW20 studiotech foundation compact
    NW20 studiofix fluid X2
    NW10 studiofix fluid X3
    NW15 studiofix fluid (only a wee bit left)

    Don't know what to do with
    MAC NW35 studiotech foundation compact - bought in
    Sephora false eyelashes and glue - can't get them on!
    Smashbox step by step contour crayon kit - not great for me

    MAC empties - need to see if recycling scheme still running and if so, which packaging can be traded for a lippy

    2X studiofix powders
    7 empty MAC foundation bottles

    If they can all be traded in then I am three empties away from 2 lippies
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 1st Oct 17, 12:11 PM
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    Yesterday I noticed 2 bottles of dry shampoo were UU'ed at the same time.
    Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo:- Nice but maybe a bit lightweight if you have oily hair. Worked well for my dry hair. WMBA.

    Ojon Dry Shampoo: I bought this from Boots clearence shell a while back and I didn't like it. I think it might be discountinued anyway. WNBA.

    Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturizer - Light: I liked the cream but the packaging is really not good. I would buy again if it is in a pot.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Oct 17, 2:32 PM
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    My scores for the month are:

    UUs - 12
    INs - 16
    OUTs - 0
    TAs - 3

    I think October is going to be a better month for UUs for me
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st Oct 17, 3:34 PM
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    Welcome MandM90.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 1st Oct 17, 6:42 PM
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    September was a terrible month

    1 UU
    9 INs

    Must do better
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 43/162 UU, 11 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 495/2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 11% 2 savers No.12 - 78 5p Savers No.3 - 4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - 62.85/150 1p a day Challenge 290.36/667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 381.28/150
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 2nd Oct 17, 7:08 PM
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    Hi Everyone,

    I don't get to post on here much these days and since taking on more work, haven't had a lot of time to devote to getting through the stash. However I know I am making a dent in my everyday products so they will get used slowly but surely. At the same time, I'm not impulse buying anything anymore due to saving money and the lack of time!

    IN - S&G body butter and body scrub. I got this as a freebie when buying birthday presents in Boots. I think I picked the right stuff as I know I will get through these fairly quickly compared to other products.

    Britney Spears Fantasy Body Souffle 100ml - I love this scented moisturiser. It doesn't take me long to get through a tube of this if I apply fairly regularly. I won't repurchase though until I get through more moisturisers from my stash.

    Baylis & Harding Body Wash 100ml - Can't remember the name - it was the one which smells like cherry bakewells. I'm using up all the mini B&H in my stash as hand wash. Have replaced this with another one to use up.

    Barry M Flawless Matte Foundation - so cheap and really great coverage! I'd definitely buy this again
    Aim for next month is to get through some shower gels (I have two half full ones), some shampoo and conditioner, and use up at least one body lotion. Hopefully I'll have some time this week to have a look at the stash and gather a few things that are almost used up.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of May - 41
    |June - 1|Makeup Total UU to end of May - 5
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 2nd Oct 17, 10:09 PM
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    Not been around much for a couple of weeks, so here is my September list in one go.

    Having used the majority of my gwp/travel sized items I treated myself to a Naturisimo box, really happy with it, several products that I have been wanting to try. Also thought the Avon Reversalist system as reviewed by CH worth a try to follow on when I have finished the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil which I love, but is rather expensive.
    15ml NIOD CAIS, (replacement ready to use) 1/89
    30ml NIOD MMHC (replacement ready to use) 2/90
    45ml Clinique Almost Make (No longer in range) Up 3/91
    7ml Espa Lift & Firm Moisturiser 4/92
    5ml Vichy Eye Serum 5/93
    Avon Anew Reversalist Night Treatment Cream 1/44
    Avon Anew Reversalist Day Cream spf 25 2/45 GWP
    Tata Harper Creme Riche, 7.5ml: A velvet moisturising cream packed that helps to lock in moisture for a soft, supple, youthful appearance. 3/46
    Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser & Muslin, 30ml: An intelligent, creamy infusion that lifts off impurities and protects against signs of ageing. 4/47
    Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum, 15ml: A rich but light restorative serum that helps to increase elasticity, minimise fine lines and restore skin clarity. 5/48
    Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturiser, 15ml: An innovative cream with a nourishing active formula for younger, healthier looking skin. 6/49
    Madara SOS Hydra Moisture & Radiance Mask, 12.5ml: A luxurious mask to plump the skin and strengthen its barrier to protect from dehydration. 7/50
    Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic, 5ml: A soothing and hydrating tonic that cleanses, tones and gently balances the skin's natural acid mantle. 8/51

    150ml Argan Oil heat defence spray. Weighs my fine hair dow
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