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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:

    January 2012
    February 2012
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    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    January 2014
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Mar 18, 8:26 AM
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    One UU from last night:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml WDBA and have.My go to moisturiser. I have another tube to replace this with and I'm going to start testing another moisturiser soon as well
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 7th Mar 18, 10:23 AM
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    VALM - you are totally right about how long a cream eyeshadow takes to finish, they just go on forever which is great if you just have a couple. Blusher lasts an age too.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Mar 18, 4:46 PM
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    VALM
    Have you ever finished one of these? They take a good 9 months to a year!

    I've watched a YouTube video recently whereby there is a calculator to work out how long a certain category will take you to use up, the one I saw was for blusher. I think I'll try this tonight but by my reckoning these eyeshadow will take you 10 years to finish if used consistently. Hope this helps.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Was watching another YouTube video this morning wherein the YouTuber counted all her eyeshadows singularly and had over 3000!
    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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Mar 18, 4:49 PM
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    Updated PP List
    No 7 face wipes
    Caudalie Serum
    Bumble & Bumble B Straight Creme
    Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser
    Elemis PCMC
    Liz Earle Rose and Cedrat Cleanse and Polish
    ABC body lotion
    No 7 Pressed powder
    Avon Winter Dreamland shower gel
    Time Bomb hand cream

    The PCMC and body lotion will be gone soon. I ordered 2 x 100ml of the body lotion from Ebay last night as I figure I can easily use one for travel at the end of this month.
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Mar 18, 7:55 PM
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    VALM
    I FP have 2 more UUs :-

    First Aid Beauty primer. Liked this but prefer a Glory finish. My new Spackle will be opened tomorrow.

    Soap and Glory Whipped Clean. I like this but it's not nourishing enough. Maybe try in the Summer.

    I've tried my French Connection nail lacquers today. Had a pale pink which has a very runny formula which I plan to give away. Am wearing a red which is gorgeous with a sparkly burgundy in my accent nail. Seems like a nice colour too. Will keep these two.
    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
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 7th Mar 18, 8:26 PM
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    Two UUs for me:
    I love . . . Coconut and cream body butter. OK but not as good as Body Shop body butter.
    Garnier Ultimate Blends coconut conditioner. Despite the stupid names I find these pretty good.

    Blusher . . . It's amazing how long these last. Took me about 2 years to use up Benefit Dandelion after I hit pan! Probably have about 15 years supply. At least powder blusher doesn't really go off, and I have stopped buying (more than can be said for lipstick).
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 7th Mar 18, 10:24 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    UU number 3 for March:

    Nuxe shower gel. WBA. This is a good everyday shower gel and often on offer.
    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
    • kadison
    • By kadison 8th Mar 18, 12:02 AM
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    I actually don't own any makeup so I'm not including it in my total.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    None at all? Not even nail polish?

    OK I have 448 items in my stash excluding make-up and I paid 1811.90 for it, a lot is top branded stuff though so it'll be worth a lot more than that. If I have a very slow day I might actually work out how much the RRP is!

    Was watching another YouTube video this morning wherein the YouTuber counted all her eyeshadows singularly and had over 3000!
    Originally posted by VALM
    Makes my 74 colours (including ones in palettes) pale into insignificance!!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Mar 18, 6:29 AM
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    No, none at all. I can't stand wearing Nail Polish, I buy some and I end up giving it to someone else as I can't stand wearing it. I was never any good at applying makeup so I just don't wear it. Maybe if someone helped me and showed me how to apply it and make it look nice I would, but I'm happy without.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 8th Mar 18, 8:03 AM
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    A few UU and some IN, I had a No7 voucher

    200ml Gatineau Body Scrub 3/26
    Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel pads (step 1 & 2) 4/27
    Sachet Body Shop hair treatment 5/28

    IN
    10ml No7 Nourishing nail and cuticle care 1/8
    1 pack No7 face wipe 2/9
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Mar 18, 5:34 PM
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    A few INs today:

    Brushbox Mint Flavoured Floss 50m
    Brushbox Ultimate Protection + Whitening Paste 37.5ml
    Brushbox Ultimate Protection + Whitening Paste 37.5ml
    Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14ml


    Brushbox is a new subscription service where they send you a new toothbrush, two tubes of toothpaste every two months, and they'll also send a tongue cleaner and floss if you want them to. They also donate a toothbrush to someone in need when you buy a box. It's a nice idea, and I got it discounted as well, so I'll see how it goes.

    And the Regenerate toothpaste is a free sample, I forgot I even filled in a form to get a free sample of this. If you haven't guessed I'm a bit obsessed about oral hygiene products I know I'm weird
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 8th Mar 18, 10:40 PM
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    UU

    Dove fine silk bath - WBA

    Boots time delay youth maintain eye cream - WNBA, think I need something that feels more potent
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Mar 18, 8:54 AM
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    I have a uu

    Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream 30ml - this was lovely, absorbed quickly and smelt so nice.
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Mar 18, 8:56 AM
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    My updated PP list

    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling (b/f from Feb)
    Liz Earle Skin Repair 50ml (b/f from Feb)
    Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream 50ml (b/f from Feb)
    Champneys Bubble Bath (b/f from Feb)
    Rituals White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Body Cream 250ml (b/f from Feb)
    Soap & Glory Hand Food 50ml
    Chloe EDP 50ml
    Chloe Body Lotion
    DHC Cleansing Oil 30ml
    Pecksniffs Calm Body Lotion 200ml
    Total Debt 01/14 13043.00, now 0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Mar 18, 1:04 PM
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    VALM
    Another UU: ABC body lotion. HG. Replacement on order.
    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
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Mar 18, 6:00 PM
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    NBI A Garnier Express Retouch Root Concealer, it appears to be a new product. My hair normally takes dye very well, so I was excited to try this. Well, it didn't work for me. No idea why, others report that it worked for them.
    Here's my review.
    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.
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 9th Mar 18, 6:49 PM
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    Anyone else find the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream a bit greasy?
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 9th Mar 18, 8:19 PM
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    A few INs today:

    Holika Holika Mild Sun Cushion SPF45 PA+++ 15g
    Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 180ml
    Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum 80ml
    Art Mask Sugar Skull Sheet Mask
    Tigi Bedhead Ego Boost Split End Mender 237ml


    I promise that these are going to be my last INs for the month. A few Asian Beauty treats for me and I picked up the Ego Boost in B&M as I was interested in trying it
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Mar 18, 6:59 AM
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    VALM
    I FP have 2 more UUs :-

    First Aid Beauty primer. Liked this but prefer a Glory finish. My new Spackle will be opened tomorrow.

    Soap and Glory Whipped Clean. I like this but it's not nourishing enough. Maybe try in the Summer.

    I've tried my French Connection nail lacquers today. Had a pale pink which has a very runny formula which I plan to give away. Am wearing a red which is gorgeous with a sparkly burgundy in my accent nail. Seems like a nice colour too. Will keep these two.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Since posting this I've decided to get rid of the red French Connection nail colour. It chipped badly on day 1. I'm going to try them all and then bundle up what I don't want on the FB List it ... Gift It page.
    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 10th Mar 18, 7:07 AM
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    VALM
    No, none at all. I can't stand wearing Nail Polish, I buy some and I end up giving it to someone else as I can't stand wearing it. I was never any good at applying makeup so I just don't wear it. Maybe if someone helped me and showed me how to apply it and make it look nice I would, but I'm happy without.
    Originally posted by sstevo19

    Finding a good mascara seems to be an art form. I have very short lashes and need a long spindly brush. All the newer ones have weird shaped brushes that I can't use or they actually hurt when applying due to the brush being too bristly. Then getting the formula right is also tricky. Whilst I'd love to lengthen my lashes it's no use because I wear glasses and end up with mascara smears all over them. I'm using It Cosmetics Superhero at the moment. The wand is OK but the formula is too thick. Think I must resign myself to sticking with No7 Dramalash (though the wand was not the best), Clinique Lash Power or YSL Baby Doll. I go away in a couple of weeks and am going to get some Babydoll then I think.
    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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