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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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Feb 18, 4:15 PM
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    VALM
    Finish 5 by Spring
    Laura Mercier Grey Pearl Caviar stick
    Marc Jacobs mini lipstick in colour Jetaime
    MAC Whenever you Call eyeshadow.
    No 7 Translucent pressed powder.
    OPI Mini - at the moment I am using Time for a Napa. Just pulled it out randomly.

    Have hit pan in the translucent powder this morning.

    Am wearing Time for a Napa at the mo but will be repainting my nails tonight with one of my new colours.
    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
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 14th Feb 18, 5:28 PM
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    maddiemay
    Happy birthday Val, hope that you are having a great day. x
    • asajj
    • By asajj 14th Feb 18, 8:28 PM
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    asajj
    1 UU - Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner
    It is a lovely toner but not the best value for money. WMBA if i have a discount or they have sale/deal etc. I think I prefer Clarins Clarifying Toner over this.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 14th Feb 18, 8:34 PM
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    ma-ri-ella
    couple of use ups -nivea invisible deo - wba - deodorant is the only smellies i should need this year
    jr bblonde- wba - i have a few left - its done great over red hair
    right guard deodorant 0 wba
    oral b complete toothpaste - wba

    revcently bought a foundation from £shop it has fairly light coverage but seems to be doing the trick
    91.50£365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Feb 18, 9:27 PM
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    Happy Birthday Valm

    One UU from this morning:

    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml WDBA and have. I love this sunscreen. My HG sunscreen at the moment. Replaced with a backup from my stash. I'm also testing one of the new ones I got recently, to make sure it doesn't break me out and that I actually like it
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th Feb 18, 12:08 AM
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    sstevo19
    One UU this evening:

    Ultradex Daily Oral Rinse Mint 100ml WNBA. This was nice but nothing startling. Not worth the price. I'll save my money.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 15th Feb 18, 8:30 AM
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    dolly84
    Happy Birthday for yesterday VALM.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • Annie Lawrence
    • By Annie Lawrence 15th Feb 18, 9:54 AM
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    Annie Lawrence
    Newbie here!!
    I`ll try to get my head round the abbreviations. Late for February but early for March.
    Here`s my list so far, though there may be more to add.

    Lush Sleepy body lotion 5
    Lush Volcano foot mask 1
    Assorted Lush soaps 12
    Lush liquid shower gel 6
    Lush shampoo 4
    Face cream 3
    Christmas goodies 6
    Boots foot cream 2
    Softly foot cream 2
    Dove body lotion 2
    Hotel freebies 8
    Hair removal cream 7
    Body spray 16
    Assorted perfume 10
    Clinique gift pack 2

    Trying to kick my serious Lush addiction.
    Even when I don`t buy anything I go in and just sniff the products.
    Think I`ve got enough to last for several months.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th Feb 18, 11:27 AM
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    It seems like all the products I want to finish this month are taking forever. But others are finishing quite quickly :/
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 15th Feb 18, 3:27 PM
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    I am being very seriously tempted by the Joules bag in Boots. Not for the contents, just the bag. Someone stop me. It's just that I do love the feel of their clothes and the bag feels as nice and my current shopper bag is on the way out.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Feb 18, 8:15 AM
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    dolly84
    I am being very seriously tempted by the Joules bag in Boots. Not for the contents, just the bag. Someone stop me. It's just that I do love the feel of their clothes and the bag feels as nice and my current shopper bag is on the way out.
    Originally posted by Tolteca87
    Have a look on ebay just for the bag, there are loads on there and Joules have an outlet shop on their website and on ebay themselves.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Feb 18, 8:43 AM
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    dolly84
    I`ll try to get my head round the abbreviations. Late for February but early for March.
    Here`s my list so far, though there may be more to add.

    Lush Sleepy body lotion 5
    Lush Volcano foot mask 1
    Assorted Lush soaps 12
    Lush liquid shower gel 6
    Lush shampoo 4
    Face cream 3
    Christmas goodies 6
    Boots foot cream 2
    Softly foot cream 2
    Dove body lotion 2
    Hotel freebies 8
    Hair removal cream 7
    Body spray 16
    Assorted perfume 10
    Clinique gift pack 2

    Trying to kick my serious Lush addiction.
    Even when I don`t buy anything I go in and just sniff the products.
    Think I`ve got enough to last for several months.
    Originally posted by Annie Lawrence
    Welcome. I've never really got Lush, I think they are doing good things packaging and animal cruelty wise but their ingredients are still high on synthetics.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • redglitters
    • By redglitters 16th Feb 18, 11:01 AM
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    redglitters
    A few more UU,
    From my PP Nuxe creme prodigieuse moisturiser 15ml WMBA , this was nice under makeup it kind of felt like a primer.
    Another from my PP Roger and gallet fig
    handcream
    WMBA, I liked the smell of this, it was highly perfumed but not the most nourishing handcream out there. Have a soap and glory hand food to replace it.

    UU a Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water 200ml WDBA I love this stuff I have bought this for years and probabably will always buy this. Its so gentle on the eyes. The only con is the price.
    • redglitters
    • By redglitters 16th Feb 18, 11:07 AM
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    redglitters
    Also nearly forgot 2 INs to report,

    Fearne bodysprays from Poundland x2
    The green and orange ones.
    I definitely did not need these but wanted to buy something to cheer myself up a bit (old habits die hard)
    and these were damage limitation.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 16th Feb 18, 11:50 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Second UU for February:

    Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle defense serum. WNBA. Sample size so difficult to say if it did much, quite runny.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 40/162 UU, 11 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £405/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 10% £2 savers No.12 - £70 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £53.30/£150 1p a day Challenge £242.06/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 £314.28/£100
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 16th Feb 18, 7:25 PM
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    lucia22
    UU

    Tesco Natural Extracts Argan Oil Body Butter 50ml
    - This was lovely - just as good as more expensive brands. WDBA.

    The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Cream sample size
    - Loved this too. Will buy full size once the stash reduces.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Apr - 30
    |May - 8|Makeup Total UU to end of Apr - 3
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 17th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
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    dolly84
    As part of my Zero Waste journey I bought a metal safety razor which arrived yesterday, I tried and tried to buy one in a shop but could only get the blades. I had a go with it yesterday and it made me realise just how rubbish the plastic type are this was so close and it was easy to use, slow and steady but this was the type I started with when I first started shaving my legs. No more horrible plastic heads in the bin - YAY.

    Whilst out in a local town I spotted some hand made bars of soap, totally vegan and soap free and suitable for skin and hair, they did two types, I will be buying one of these when I need it and using it instead of bottled shower gel and shampoo.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 17th Feb 18, 12:07 PM
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    sunny_money
    As part of my Zero Waste journey I bought a metal safety razor which arrived yesterday, I tried and tried to buy one in a shop but could only get the blades. I had a go with it yesterday and it made me realise just how rubbish the plastic type are this was so close and it was easy to use, slow and steady but this was the type I started with when I first started shaving my legs. No more horrible plastic heads in the bin - YAY.

    Whilst out in a local town I spotted some hand made bars of soap, totally vegan and soap free and suitable for skin and hair, they did two types, I will be buying one of these when I need it and using it instead of bottled shower gel and shampoo.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Keep us updated on your Zero Waste journey
    • asajj
    • By asajj 17th Feb 18, 6:07 PM
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    asajj
    As part of my Zero Waste journey I bought a metal safety razor which arrived yesterday, I tried and tried to buy one in a shop but could only get the blades. I had a go with it yesterday and it made me realise just how rubbish the plastic type are this was so close and it was easy to use, slow and steady but this was the type I started with when I first started shaving my legs. No more horrible plastic heads in the bin - YAY.
    .
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Where did you get it from?

    I sold 2 items yesterday/today so 2 outs (1 mascara and 1 lipstick). I will be adding 1 sample in each envelope therefore 2 samples are also out.

    I'm planning to do some tidying and TA some haircare stuff. First one is Wella Silvikrin Hair Mousse. I actually liked this but the last time I tried to use it, no product came out very watery. I tried to shake but still the same. Perhaps it has gone off?
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Feb 18, 6:54 PM
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    VALM
    Laura Mercier Grey Pearl Caviar stick
    Marc Jacobs mini lipstick in colour Jetaime
    MAC Whenever you Call eyeshadow.
    No 7 Translucent pressed powder.
    OPI Mini - at the moment I am using Time for a Napa. Just pulled it out randomly.

    Have hit pan in the translucent powder this morning.

    Am wearing Time for a Napa at the mo but will be repainting my nails tonight with one of my new colours.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Following the receipt of my Sweet Peach palette I have "decluttered" some eyeshadows. So I have TA a Pop eyeshadow trio, a No7 grey shadow and the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick. The trio were peachy colours but too shimmery for me - I received these in a subscription box. The No7 shadow was a GWP and when I swatched it earlier it was very patchy. I'm a bit sad about the Caviar stick. Even though I've put it in this challenge I'm not reaching for it. I've used it as a base but don't have many shadows that I can wear it under. Tried it on its own today but it had worn off in 4 hours. It's going. Life is too short.

    I have pulled out a Laura Geller pink eyeshadow for this week however if it does not perform well I will TA this. I have an Avon duo also that is not very pigmented but I could get away with using as a base.

    I repainted my nails this week with OPI Tagus in That Selfie which is gorgeous pink and not streaky which OPI light pinks tend to be.

    The lipstick is nearing the point that I'll have to use a brush to apply it.
    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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