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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Oct 17, 4:31 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries November 2017
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    • 31st Oct 17, 4:31 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries November 2017 31st Oct 17 at 4:31 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, err me, 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
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    June 2013
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    September 2013
    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
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    January 2015
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    January 2016
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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 28th Nov 17, 9:26 PM
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    Miss Patisserie cupcake bath melt - Papaya Tea - left skin very nourished with oil, lovely freebie as I don!!!8217;t buy bath bombs.

    Simple dual effect eye make up remover
    Nivea Micellar make up remover
    On the Sainsburys bargain shelf.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 29th Nov 17, 5:18 AM
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    I think MRM may have bought the Too Faced Gold Chocolate Bat Palette online yesterday. Can't wait for Christmas.
    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
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 29th Nov 17, 9:30 AM
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    One UU today:

    La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet AP+ Cream Wash 200ml WMBA. This was nice and nourishing. A good body wash for the colder months
    • pirateyqueen
    • By pirateyqueen 29th Nov 17, 10:37 AM
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    1 UU:

    !!!8226; Sanex Hand Cream !!!8211; WNBA, very thin, didn't seem to do much.

    3 INs:

    !!!8226; O'Keefe's Hard Working Hands !!!8211; already much happier with this.
    !!!8226; Lush Superbalm
    !!!8226; John Masters Scalp Purifying Serum

    I've had some scalp issues recently, so bought the Superbalm as a treatment and the scalp serum to keep everything healthy. Loving both so far!
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 29th Nov 17, 6:27 PM
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    2 more UUs:-

    Aussie conditioner. I buy this for Emma. Now have no conditioner left at all.

    Soap and Glory Sugar Crush scrub. Gonna stick with Cup o Coffee from now on.
    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
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 29th Nov 17, 7:26 PM
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    Hello! First post since the start of the month but my UU rate is so slow it hardly seems worth posting more often!

    UU for the whole of November

    Liz Earle C&P 30ml - WPBA but I have just started a full size and want to try the SD own brand as well so won't be for a while!
    Max Factor Facefinity foundation - WBA but want to finish a few liquid foundations first, really like this for travelling and keeping the shine away in the summer
    Crabtree and Evelyn Citron & Coriander shower gel - WNBA, this was a gift but I wouldn't pay C&E prices for shower gel (especially when I have 20 odd in the stash to go!)
    Palmers cocoa butter lotion - WBA, I love smelling like chocolate I finished this off as a hand cream so I'll have to dig something else out of the cupboard now

    And I have managed the whole of November with no Ins which was my personal challenge for the month. I am sure this won't last until the end of December though with all those xmas goodies out in the shop.

    Keep warm everyone! Just going to turn the heating on now I think!
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    21 UU / 8 ins
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 29th Nov 17, 7:47 PM
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    One IN today:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml

    I love this stuff. My HG cleanser. I went shopping today and I managed to avoid buying any other toiletries, I only bought this as I was nearing the end of my current one and it's easier to buy it from a store than order it online.

    My electric toothbrush arrived the other day and it's amazing, one of the best things I've ever bought
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 29th Nov 17, 8:14 PM
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    I hit pan! on an eyeshadow!

    only took five years.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 30th Nov 17, 9:11 AM
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    I have some uu

    Liz Earle Superskin Facial Oil Rollerball 15ml - I like this but don't find it quite moisturising enough, WMBA but for summer.

    Clinique Superdefense Moisturiser 15ml - I like this and may consider buying but I do plan to go cruelty free when I've use everything I already have and I doubt Clinique are.

    That will be it for November, I have had 5 ins with a total spend of £4.99, I have used/sold 67 items this month, I did sell a job lot of brand new makeup which was 17 items plus lots of other bits too.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 30th Nov 17, 12:48 PM
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    I hit pan! on an eyeshadow!

    only took five years.
    Originally posted by wondercollie
    Congratulations you. That one of mine is still lingering. I'm away at the weekend and don't really want to take that palette with me but feel I'll have to.
    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
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Nov 17, 9:06 PM
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    The thread for December is now up
    • VALM
    • By VALM 30th Nov 17, 9:09 PM
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    I may have bought some OPI today on 3for2 at Sally's. Got Coalmates, sending you holiday hugs and snow glad I met you.
    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 30th Nov 17, 10:57 PM
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    As of Nov 5th recount I had 145 now have 147. I can put this down to buying 6 discounted essentials which is fine.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 30th Nov 17, 11:38 PM
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    My November PP list:

    John Masters scalp shampoo
    John Masters Detangler
    Cowshed Grumpy Cow shower gel
    Ren Rose face wash
    Aromatherapy associates bath oil
    Pai cleanser
    Odilique rose toner
    Ren moisturiser
    Laura Mercier body lotion
    Aveda body oil
    Living proof volume spray
    Chanel Noir perfume
    Jo Malone Red Roses perfume
    Burts Bees honey lip balm
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    November total: 4UU (3 from PP list, 1 unexpected), no INs.
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 30th Nov 17, 11:41 PM
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    London baby

    Gabrini Multi-vitamin metallic pink nail polish Poor quality, washes away in hours. Not worth keeping.

    Last in:

    Rimmel dark brown eye brow pencil This was a filler item for an Amazon order, which I will use to replace my current one.

    Personal challenge not to buy anything in December.
    Last edited by London baby; 30-11-2017 at 11:50 PM.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Dec 17, 9:23 AM
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    My scores for November are:

    UUs - 10
    INs - 19
    OUTs - 0
    TAs - 1

    A bad month, as I bought too many things. At least I'm not going to be buying much in December only the essentials.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 3rd Dec 17, 12:55 PM
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    During November I had 3 use ups, total for year to date 100. 7 Ins total 63, no GA total 18 and no TA need to find total figure.

    TA at end July 4, cannot remember things since so will stick with that. LOL.
    Last edited by maddiemay; 03-12-2017 at 1:09 PM.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 4th Dec 17, 8:02 PM
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    Forgot to add one product to my November total!

    Superdrug Cleansing Facial Wipes for Sensitive Skin (25 pack) - Effective wipes. Very happy with them and they didn't irritate my skin. WDBA. Haven't replaced them yet as I've started cleansing my face with leftover toner now to try and use it 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
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