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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 31st Jan 18, 6:50 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries Feb. 2018
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    • 31st Jan 18, 6:50 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries Feb. 2018 31st Jan 18 at 6:50 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 can 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 February 2018 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
    February 2012
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    October 2013
    November 2013
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    January 2014
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    March 2014
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    January 2015
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    Last edited by mcculloch29; 31-01-2018 at 9:32 PM.
    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 7th Feb 18, 6:21 AM
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    One UU last night:

    Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner sample WDBA. This was lovely. My face felt so smooth and soft after using this. I will definitely get a full size in the future
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Feb 18, 8:41 AM
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    Updated PP List
    Botanics eye cream
    Jessica Phenomenon Oil mini
    ABC Tea Tree skin wash 1000ml
    Batiste Blush - the large can
    Happy Days (or whatever it is called now) conditioner (cut open)
    A body oil from Haiti
    Aussie Shampoo - decanted into pump bottle
    Laura Geller Spackle - may need to cut this open soon as there is a lot of air in there and it's difficult to squeeze.
    L'Occitane Immortelle oil make up remover
    Caudalie Serum
    No 7 Beautiful Skin face wipes
    Bath & Body Works Pumpkin hand wash

    The conditioner was finished off in my shower this morning. I can't say that I have found a HG conditioner. WNBA. Nothing wrong with the product itself just the packaging. I need squeezy tubes.
    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 7th Feb 18, 9:06 AM
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    VALM - I hope you resolve your dispute, so annoying when this type of thing happens.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 7th Feb 18, 3:33 PM
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    UU and a TA
    UU
    30ml National Trust skin rescue balm 1/12
    300ml Elemis Tranquil touch body wash 2/13
    TA
    Max Factor eye shadow (sheds bits onto my face) 1/3

    Still being good with no facial or body care ins, but have a root touch up colour on order to try and blend in the re-growth, note to self make appointment at hairdressers for early March.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 7th Feb 18, 3:59 PM
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    The conditioner was finished off in my shower this morning. I can't say that I have found a HG conditioner. WNBA. Nothing wrong with the product itself just the packaging. I need squeezy tubes.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Aldi now do several John Frieda dupes in squeezy tubes in their shampoo and conditioner range. 1.49

    This is a link to the Beautiful Brunette squeezy tube conditioner.

    Haven't tried it myself, but I got an original shampoo and conditioner from the John Frieda range to review last year, and was impressed.
    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.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Feb 18, 6:42 PM
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    VALM
    Aldi now do several John Frieda dupes in squeezy tubes in their shampoo and conditioner range. 1.49

    This is a link to the Beautiful Brunette squeezy tube conditioner.

    Haven't tried it myself, but I got an original shampoo and conditioner from the John Frieda range to review last year, and was impressed.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Thanks And. I have a John Frida conditioner to use next.
    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
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 7th Feb 18, 7:43 PM
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    I went to SD at the weekend and stocked up on all my essentials, I didn't buy anything extra but I got a free bubble face mask with my skincare products. The extracts shampoo was bogof so I'm probably stocked up for the year now!

    Only had a couple of UU,
    3. Tony moly handcream, WNBA, only bought it for the cute panda jar in the first place! I'm keeping the jar and will refill it with more handcream

    4. Dior nudeskin foundation sachet, was a good foundation but definitely a shade too dark for me. I still have a few foundation samples left so I'm going to get through them now, although I'll probably open them at the weekend in case they are tango orange

    I also rooted through my make up drawer and have more blusher and bronzer than I will ever get through! Next in line for a cull I think ;-)
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Feb 18, 7:49 PM
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    I have a GA and TA today :-

    GA Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold. The daughter of my friend at work needed a gold eyeshadow to wear in a school production and the only one they have is Half Baked by UD. Gave her this for her daughter and friends to use instead. It was quite old and startling to dry out. I had hit pan too so think I was quite generous to give it away.

    TA : Leighton Denny Indulgence. Wasn't getting much product on brush. Think it's discontinued. I have other reds so not particularly bothered to seek out dupe. Am wearing OPI The Color of Minnie instead which reminds me of another favourite called Cara Mia Crimson.
    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 8th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
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    I have a uu

    No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow in Nude - this was in a tube with a wand like a lipgloss, I took the stopper out ages ago and there is just a bit at the bottom and a bit at the top I can't get to. I used this as an eye primer and it did the job well. I have way too many products to consider buying again and am trying to simplify my makeup over time so WNBA.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 8th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
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    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling (b/f from Jan)
    Philosophy Pure Grace Shower Gel 500ml
    L'occitane Shea Body Lotion
    Liz Earle Skin Repair 50ml
    Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream 50ml
    Macadamia Oil Shampoo 1l
    Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Conditioner 400ml
    Champneys Bubble Bath
    Rituals White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Body Cream 250ml

    My 5 by Spring list

    Garnier Oil Free BB Cream
    No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit - I would just like to hit pan on this.
    No7 stick concealer

    Mac Lipstick
    Originally posted by dolly84
    My updated lists.

    I forgot my other uu from yesterday

    Imperial Leather Sweets Shower Gel in Fruit Chews - very nice and smelt great.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • redglitters
    • By redglitters 8th Feb 18, 12:02 PM
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    A UU from my PP list- finally the Hugo boss Orange edp 75ml is done. WBA if I ever get through the rest of the perfumes in my stash. Had a few compliments on this fragrance, I liked it in summer especially the evenings.
    Have replaced it with Noa summer 50ml from stash, This is supposed to be another version of Noa but it smells just the same as the original to me!
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Feb 18, 6:40 PM
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    Argh, I really shouldn't go into Superdrug and Boots after I've finished work. I have a number of INs to report:

    The Chemistry Brand Extreme Hydration Complex 100ml
    Uvistat Lipscreen SPF50 5g
    Impulse Instant Crush 35ml
    Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum 50ml
    Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Night Serum 50ml
    Mixa SOS Repair Hand Cream 50ml
    Skin Republic Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Sheet Mask
    Sensodyne Repair & Protect Toothpaste 75ml
    Sensodyne Pronamel Multi-Action Toothpaste 75ml
    Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Mouthwash 400ml


    I didn't mean to but I had some time to look round the shops after work today. I'm on a roll with UUs this month so I should be able to reduce my stash a bit this month. I'm going to have a sort out of my unopened skincare products and see if anyone would want to buy them. The sheet mask was a GWP so that's a bonus
    Last edited by sstevo19; 08-02-2018 at 6:57 PM.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th Feb 18, 7:12 PM
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    I suppose I'm quite fortunate in that the Boots near work is small and doesn't stock much.

    UU : Botanis 8 hour roll on Radiant Youth eye cream. WNBA. Didn't like the consistency.

    I returned the Elemis kit today. Have not even had The courtesy of a response from Feelunique. If anyone orders from them I suggest you screenshot your shopping bag prior to checkout. Let's hope they refund me quickly.
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 8th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
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    January was very slow with UUs so I've ended up accumulating a few ins:

    Hyaluronic Acid Serum
    2 x Hask Superfruit Healthy hair shampoos samples from Superdrug
    2 x MyTrusty Sunflower Face & Body Oil - Hope it's good, skincare from the NHS so would be nice to be able to be able to continue to buy
    Colgate Plax Sensation white mouthwash
    Bobbi Brown Hydrating face tonic - Donation from a work colleague


    UUs:

    Colgate mouthwash
    Aldi dupe of Sure roll-on
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Feb 18, 10:38 PM
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    A sample UU tonight:

    Paula's Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask sample WMBA. This was nice and hydrating. My skin feels plump. This was greatly needed today as my skin felt a bit dry after work today.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 8th Feb 18, 10:50 PM
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    My Feelunique order came but I may be returning something as I am in dispute with them. The free gift that I spent an allocated amount for which to qualify appeared in the Shopping Bag but not at Checkout. I continued with the order thinking that it was excluded from Checkout as it was not something for which I was paying hence why it did not appear. I emailed them immediately stating it had been in SB and could they ensure it was sent. Got a blunt generic email telling me the item was never in my SB as they were out of stock and the offer over. Further m that they would not offer a replacement but I could have a 20% off code instead. I was livid to say the least and have emailed them stating their site did not advise me of the unavailability of the item and demanding a replacement. If I don't get a reasonable response (which I don't think I will) I'm returning the Elemis kit. So INs so far:-

    L'Occitane oil make up remover.
    Originally posted by VALM
    This happened to me last year and I emailed them. Received a very unhelpful response. I needed the items I've ordered and I didn't have time to follow up but I was annoyed!
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Feb 18, 4:53 AM
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    This happened to me last year and I emailed them. Received a very unhelpful response. I needed the items I've ordered and I didn't have time to follow up but I was annoyed!
    Originally posted by asajj
    I won't shop with them again because of this. I usually get a Feedback request via FEEFO and am hoping I do this time.
    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
    • poppytattoo
    • By poppytattoo 9th Feb 18, 1:39 PM
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    Two UU for me so far this month:

    Full sized Estee Lauder Advanced Micro Cleansing Foam - This was from a gift set I got last year, I do like it but it's not my favourite cleanser and I have so many that I'm halfway through at the moment! So my plan is to start with the ones that have the least product left and work my way through until my cleanser stash is under control...

    MUA Cover and Conceal liquid concealer - Bit of a meh product, but understandable considering I think I paid a pound for it! Only really ever used under my eyes or as a highlighter on top of foundation, I've never managed to make it cover or conceal any actual spots...
    Total consumer debt: 21,000


    2 pot challenge, no 50: 4/goal to fill up wedding savings pot!
    Declutter challenge: 55/365
    Using up all toiletries before buying new. UU: 5/224
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 9th Feb 18, 2:15 PM
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    Another small UU

    5ml Clarins HydraQuench lotion spf 15 3/14

    It feels like a hard slog ATM, but hopefully will gain pace before end of month.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Feb 18, 4:04 PM
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    I have some uu

    Macadamia Oil Rejuvinating Shampoo 1L - WNBA, I bought this based on how much I love the repair mask they do but the shampoo was OK nothing more.

    Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Conditioner 400ml WNBA - this was fine but I am aiming to go more natural in future.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
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