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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
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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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    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 12th Feb 18, 2:14 PM
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    Seconding the Dentyl - especially the enamel restore one.
    • LLM2018
    • By LLM2018 12th Feb 18, 2:18 PM
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    Hello. I have had a few UU this month:

    Fuzzy Duck Mistletoe and Mulberry Balancing body wash. Was a xmas gift. The scent wasn't very strong and it didn't lather very well either.
    1 mini Lavender bath bomb in shape of a duck and a Lemon one too(lol): Xmas gift. Nice smell and had a moisturising effect on my skin in the bath.
    Strawberry Bath bomb. Xmas gift.
    Lush glitter bath bomb. Xmas gift. I love Lush stuff but there is glitter everywhere and it took two days to wash off (lol).
    Dove Lemon Roll on deodorant. WBA. I like these but has others to use up first before repurchase.
    Passion body spray. WBA and have done so. I keep it in my handbag for work.

    7 UU out of 46 and 1 IN
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    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 12th Feb 18, 4:01 PM
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    UU

    Atelier Cologne Figuier Ardent. 4ml. Nope. Husband liked it on me but it didn!!!8217;t do it for me. I!!!8217;ll stick to their citrus scents.

    Herbacin Kamille hand cream. 20ml. A go to. Leaves your hands soft but not greasy or sticky. Hands stay soft after a wash.

    Had to buy nail files today due to a broken nail while out. Can!!!8217;t stand having a broken nail snagging constantly
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 12th Feb 18, 5:26 PM
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    UU : Jessica Phenomenon Oil. Got this in a Mani and Lola box. WDNBA. made my cuticles dry and smelt awful.
    Originally posted by VALM
    I love the smell of this like marzipan, yum.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 43/162 UU, 11 IN
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Feb 18, 6:46 PM
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    I love the smell of this like marzipan, yum.
    Originally posted by pinkfluffybabe
    Really don't like Almond fragrance.

    UU : Soap and Glory Clean on Me 500ml. Have had baths with this since Friday.
    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
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 12th Feb 18, 7:13 PM
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    UU
    Skin Iceland hydro cool firming eye gels. One pair. Think I got these in a beauty box.

    Feels cool while on. Looks a bit firmer, less puffy.

    Might buy for before a wedding or something important
    • kadison
    • By kadison 12th Feb 18, 8:14 PM
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    Seconding the Dentyl - especially the enamel restore one.
    Originally posted by Tolteca87
    Where do you get this from? I'm struggling to even get the standard mint one these days....
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Feb 18, 8:50 PM
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    I have that Maybelline polish, I have quite a few and really like the formula.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    This one has one of my favourite type of brushes - easy to paint my nails. Unfortunately, GelSetter left the finish a bit "bubbly" so took the paint off this morning.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 12th Feb 18, 9:37 PM
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    Where do you get this from? I'm struggling to even get the standard mint one these days....
    Originally posted by kadison
    Superdrug and Boots both have it, in Central London.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 12th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get on with Listerine. Older readers may recall Ultrabrite toothpaste, which burned like nothing else before or since, well it did me. I blame my smoking older brother and sister's insistence on my mother buying this for their pearlies for all the fillings I got as a kid, there was no way I could brush my teeth for two minutes with that stuff.

    I've just ordered a mix your own face mask kit as a freebie, and kinda wish I hadn't, the last one was a huge let down. We'll see.
    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.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Feb 18, 10:25 PM
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    I honestly feel like the Listerine made my teeth more sensitive than they are :/ The Ultradex one is alright, but it claims to help get rid of bad breath, but it doesn't take the edge off when I eat anything with garlic :/

    One UU tonight:

    Paula's Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask sample WMBA. This was a weird and fun mask. It goes on smooth, leave for 10-15 minutes, and it's dried. When you apply water to rinse it off, it starts to lather gently as you rub to remove it. It was nice and fun, haha. I think there would have to be a good offer on for me to buy this, but if someone bought it for me, I would use it
    • kadison
    • By kadison 13th Feb 18, 3:10 AM
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    Superdrug and Boots both have it, in Central London.
    Originally posted by Tolteca87
    I haven't seen it in Boots here (Reading) for ages!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 13th Feb 18, 9:09 AM
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    asajj - I got the bubbly effect with Essie Gel Setter too but I didn't make the connection until you said, I thought it was something I did.

    I have a uu from my 5 by Spring list

    Garnier BB Cream 40ml - this is the oil free version which I like much better than the regular one which is thick and bright orange. WBA and already have a back up.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 13th Feb 18, 3:11 PM
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    Use ups are a bit slow, but have some small progress.

    15ml Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel 4/15
    Perfume sample Calvin Klein? 5/16
    3ml Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eye & Lashes 6/17
    • VALM
    • By VALM 13th Feb 18, 4:05 PM
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    I have 2 TA items today:-

    A body oil that I bought in Haiti. It had sediment in the bottom and smelt off.

    Benefit Natural Eyes palette. I thought I had used one of these shadows up previously but it had hit hard pan. Have tried using the shadows again but there is no pigmentation left. I have similar colours in mys stash so they have gone.
    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
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 13th Feb 18, 9:54 PM
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    First UU of February, at last

    Green People Face Serum WNBA. A bit gloopy for my liking.
    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
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    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 381.28/150
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Feb 18, 9:01 AM
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    I have a uu

    First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask with Red Clay 90g - WNBA, this is expensive and a total pain to remove, it is a peel off mask that comes off in tiny bits and there is always a bit that doesn't dry plus I don't notice anything amazing after using and it is a bit drying.

    I've been unimpressed with the First Aid Beauty products I've tried and won't be bothering with trying anymore.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Feb 18, 4:10 PM
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    VALM
    I have a uu

    First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask with Red Clay 90g - WNBA, this is expensive and a total pain to remove, it is a peel off mask that comes off in tiny bits and there is always a bit that doesn't dry plus I don't notice anything amazing after using and it is a bit drying.

    I've been unimpressed with the First Aid Beauty products I've tried and won't be bothering with trying anymore.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I had the cleanser which was soapy.

    I have a sample size of the primer which I've read and seen good reviews about both online and on You Tube. Will see soon enough as my Spackle is coming to an end.
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Feb 18, 4:11 PM
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    It's my birthday today and I've received the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, the OPI TSV containing five new lacquers and a Nail Envy and a kit from my friend at work from French Connection containing five lacquers, 2 lip crayons and two liquid lipsticks. V happy. 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!

    SPC Member 046
    2. Challenge member 55
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Feb 18, 4:13 PM
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    VALM
    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
    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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