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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 28th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries March 2018
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    • 28th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries March 2018 28th Feb 18 at 9:12 AM
    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 mcculloch29 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'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:

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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Mar 18, 8:31 AM
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    Caroline Hirons posted at the beginning of February saying they were launching in Boots on March 5th and some people on Reddit have already spotted it in their local Boots store. I hope it's good, a lot of people rave about it, but it's like £20 on Amazon and eBay so I never wanted to buy it. I'll post my thoughts when I start using it
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 3rd Mar 18, 8:40 AM
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    I'm in for March too. Thanks for the new thread!

    Two UUs and one TA yesterday:
    Vichy Aqualia Thermale serum, HG but trying a Superdrug one for a bit
    Max Factor mascara, time to change it
    Rimmel Colourstay mascara (the one that is supposed to dye lashes over time). Smudge central!!! TA!

    Would like to reach 10UUs for March, I have a couple of items nearly there.

    ideally there will be no ins for me this month . . . we'll see . . . I'm down to my last mascara, but spending Boots points doesn't count, right?
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    It still counts as an in if you spend your Boots points, it is just a freebie in.
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 3rd Mar 18, 9:14 AM
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    Caroline Hirons posted at the beginning of February saying they were launching in Boots on March 5th and some people on Reddit have already spotted it in their local Boots store. I hope it's good, a lot of people rave about it, but it's like £20 on Amazon and eBay so I never wanted to buy it. I'll post my thoughts when I start using it
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    I will look forward to your thoughts on this, it is unlikely that my small branch of Boots will stock it and I have too much other product to use before I can allow myself to order it in
    • VALM
    • By VALM 3rd Mar 18, 9:50 AM
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    I will look forward to your thoughts on this, it is unlikely that my small branch of Boots will stock it and I have too much other product to use before I can allow myself to order it in
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    The Boots near work won't stock it either. I have 2 x LE C&P left but always happy to try other evening cleansers as long as they aren't foaming Ines as they dry my skin out.
    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
    • shed35
    • By shed35 3rd Mar 18, 12:06 PM
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    Hi

    This is my first update in March

    UU
    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream Travel Size
    Child's Farm Sensitive Body Moisturiser
    Avon Premium De Luxe Parfum Gold Blush
    Superdrug B Micellar Water
    Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Sking Protectant

    Total 102
    • VALM
    • By VALM 3rd Mar 18, 2:19 PM
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    I have hit pan on another shadow from my Lorac Pro Matte palette. It's called Bare and is a pale pink. Have pulled out another pink shadow to pair with it along with using my MAC shadow that I want to pan.

    Have cut my primer and Tea Tree lotion containers open.
    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 3rd Mar 18, 3:16 PM
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    Second UU of March:

    Batiste dry shampoo. WBA. Have two more in the stash.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 37/162 UU, 11 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £405/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 10% £2 savers No.12 - £66 5p Savers No.3 - £3.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £49.89/£150 1p a day Challenge £231.14/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 £314.28/£100
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 3rd Mar 18, 4:26 PM
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    INs

    Radox coconut bath cream

    Batiste 2in1 dry shampo & conditioner - 4p on clearance from my local Superdrug!!! Last one on the shelf.

    I donít count everyday toothpaste Superdrug had OralB on clearance for 70p so got 2!

    I feel like this is a public service announcement - Superdrug cotton fresh deo (the blue one) has a male fragrance but it is for women :-/
    • VALM
    • By VALM 3rd Mar 18, 5:48 PM
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    xUu : Time Bomb Hand to Hand Combat hand cream. WDBA. I've used this as body lotion today as I have a massive dry spot on my breast bone and down my legs and feet. The Soap and Glory Whipped Clean is not nourishing enough. It did make that pffft sound this morning though so hopefully it's nearing the end.

    Have pulled out a small tube of L'Occitane hand cream and then I'll only have a tib of Cuccio hand cream left.
    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 3rd Mar 18, 8:31 PM
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    I will look forward to your thoughts on this, it is unlikely that my small branch of Boots will stock it and I have too much other product to use before I can allow myself to order it in
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    I hope the Boots on the retail park where I work stock it. I may do a click and collect to pick up when I go to work next week. I'm definitely going to get the cleanser, possibly the hand cream and maybe the moisturising lotion. Caroline Hirons said they're launching with 5 or 6 items to begin with and then 7 more items are to follow soon after. I hope they bring their Cerave PM moisturiser over here as I would like to try it again. And their Salicylic Acid Cleanser and Lotion look good. I think this is the skincare addict side of me coming out
    • asajj
    • By asajj 3rd Mar 18, 11:36 PM
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    Hello everyone. Thank you for the new thread sstevo19.

    I was planning to do some decluttering but ended up binge watching Big Little Lies - amazing show. However, I have some UUs to report:

    Merumaya Retinol Surfacing Treatment
    - I love this and have another one to UU. I am not using it at the moment though as weather is really cold and my skin feels dry already.

    Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum - I liked this but not sure if it was really iconic. Perhaps my skin is already in good standing for my age? WMBA but I have other stuff to UU first.

    Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash - I like this face wash. It really helped my skin with adult acne although eventually, it wasn't as effective. I will re-order at some point. I might go through some half used washes first.

    A small pot of Borghese's Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Dry Skin - Came with LF beauty box. It felt nice. Not drying but I think it is discontinued.

    I think my stash is again under control on certain items. I don't feel like buying much anyway. I want to use some of my make-up stash by the end of this year. I will try to commit using some eyeshadows - my work face could do with some color.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 4th Mar 18, 8:41 AM
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    I have a uu

    Burts Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Cleanser - I used to really like this and stocked up but now it breaks me out, I have stopped and started with it numerous times and after a few days I break out. Unfortunately I have another full size tube in the stash.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Mar 18, 11:40 AM
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    One UU today:

    Avon Naturals Cinnamon and Cranberry Spritz 100ml WNBA. I thought this was never going to end. It was an okay scent but nothing I'd buy again. Only one Avon spray left now and only one Avon product left in my stash.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 4th Mar 18, 12:45 PM
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    My PP List for the month is:

    Avon Naturals Cinnamon and Cranberry Spritz 100ml
    Bioderma Atoderm Huile de Douche 200ml
    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 56.7g
    Noreva Sensidiane Micellar Milk Cleanser 500ml
    Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Normal to Dry Skin Moisturiser 60ml
    Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz 100ml
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo 400ml
    The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list
    • shed35
    • By shed35 4th Mar 18, 2:13 PM
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    I have a uu

    Burts Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Cleanser - I used to really like this and stocked up but now it breaks me out, I have stopped and started with it numerous times and after a few days I break out. Unfortunately I have another full size tube in the stash.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Hi I using this currently as it was on offer at Boots in January. It is quite a few years since I used it and but noticed that you do not need too much - a really small dollop - that what i would suggest - too much does cause congestion and I would recommend a double cleanse with a different product.

    Burt Bees do a sensitive creamy cleanser if you want to look at this.

    Hope this helps!
    • shed35
    • By shed35 4th Mar 18, 2:19 PM
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    Hi

    Having doing another update as been receiving pressies for my birthday next week. Everyone delivered early before the cold weather hit.

    NBI
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist (Travel size)
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Shower x 4
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Scrub
    Body Shop Satsuma Satsuma Hand Cream
    Body Shop Satsuma Lip Balm
    Bayling and Harding Neroli & Orange Blossom Foot Crystals
    Baylng and Harding Neroli & Orange Blossoms Foot Cream

    In
    Avon Premium De Luxe Parfum Gold Blush

    Total = 115

    Yes, I do love the Body Shop Satsuma range and Avon has discontinued my favourite perfume so scouring around for left around stock.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 4th Mar 18, 3:24 PM
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    3 INs :-

    2 x Clairol Root touch up kit 2 for £7 at Tesco
    Nivea body lotion. I need something for the dry patches I have at the mo. Will use this until I start to use the two matching sets I have then re-use this after they are done (if it lasts).
    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 4th Mar 18, 3:33 PM
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    Forgot another UU : Liz Earle Rose and Cedrat Cleanse and Polish. This was lovely and creamier than the original. I see they have released another limited edition which I'd like to try.
    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 4th Mar 18, 4:13 PM
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    I will start with the UUs....
    200ml Darphin Intral Toner 1/24
    23ml Akin Rosehip seed oil 2/25
    I have another of these toners, they are great when skin is sensitive. Always have some Rosehip oil around a HG for me.

    Having mentioned a few days ago that I would not be buying the Cerave cleanser when it comes into store (tomorrow), I thought I should do a little stock take to, hopefully, keep me on the straight and narrow, my cleanser list:

    200ml Body Shop Camomile Cleansing oil (in use)
    200ml LRP Toleriane Dermal Cleanser (in use)
    200ml Elemis Tri-enzyme facial wash (in use)
    50ml Elemis Tri-enzyme facial wash
    70ml MV Gentle Cream Cleanser
    90ml Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm
    200ml Elemis Omega Cleansing Oil
    150ml LE Rose & Cedrat C&P
    200ml Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellar Water
    150ml Superfacialist Rose Calming Creamy Cleanser
    125ml Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
    65ml Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm
    30ml Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

    Several of these have been part of sets or beauty boxes that I had as birthday or Christmas request gifts, but as you will see I really need to sit on my hands for a while

    Next worst stash is body lotion/butters, but I think the above is a big enough shock to the system for one day
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 4th Mar 18, 5:47 PM
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    Hi I using this currently as it was on offer at Boots in January. It is quite a few years since I used it and but noticed that you do not need too much - a really small dollop - that what i would suggest - too much does cause congestion and I would recommend a double cleanse with a different product.

    Burt Bees do a sensitive creamy cleanser if you want to look at this.

    Hope this helps!
    Originally posted by shed35
    You might be right, I could be using too much. I use it in the morning just as a face wash really so to then use another one would be a pain, I've never used it to remove make-up, I might try the other tube some time in the future.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
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