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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
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Mar 18, 7:10 AM
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    VALM
    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
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    Hope you enjoy the nail cream maddiemay.
    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 10th Mar 18, 8:40 AM
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    Anyone else find the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream a bit greasy?
    Originally posted by Tolteca87
    I've always been a bit suspicious of this, she claims she used to make her own cream at home and take it backstage and everyone raved about it. I believe she took a pot of something backstage then copied it and called it Magic Cream. I looked into it once when I was buying into the whole Charlotte Tilbury hype but it is so expensive and quite a number of reviews of the ingredients had likened it to Ponds cream I think it was. Some of her products are nice but they are not going to change your life - she is an amazing saleswoman though no doubt about that.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 10th Mar 18, 8:42 AM
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    VALM - I like the Eyeco Skinny Mascara, it has a really thin, long brush and the formula is excellent imo. I think M&S sell this brand now.

    I have a uu

    Chloe Body Lotion 100ml - this came with the perfume, it was very nice and the scent lasted, the perfume is almost done now so I'm glad to have finished this.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Mar 18, 10:56 AM
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    VALM
    VALM - I like the Eyeco Skinny Mascara, it has a really thin, long brush and the formula is excellent imo. I think M&S sell this brand now.

    I have a uu

    Chloe Body Lotion 100ml - this came with the perfume, it was very nice and the scent lasted, the perfume is almost done now so I'm glad to have finished this.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I did try their fat mascara but it smudged like mad.
    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 10th Mar 18, 5:06 PM
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    One UU this afternoon:

    REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk 25ml WNBA. I've tried this in the past and it was fine, but I was testing it for a few days and it started to make my skin a bit congested. I used it up as a hand wash. Another cleanser in my stash my get turned into a hand wash as well.

    And one TA:

    Lush Orange Roulade Shower Smoothie sample WNB. I can't get on with this. I've looked up how to use this and I still hate it.

    I should have another one or two UUs soon, my toothpaste and mouthwash are nearly done
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 10th Mar 18, 5:10 PM
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    IN

    I have broken my no buy to take advantage of a QV* offer on Pestle & Mortar Hyluronic Serum, 15ml free alongside the standard 30ml size. This is to follow on from my NIOD NMHC, the formula has changed and there are several reports of people not being suited to NMHC2.

    30ml Pestle & Mortar Hyluronic Serum 3/10
    15ml Pestle & Mortar Hyluronic Serum 4/11

    VALM - I am trying to be consistent with the No 7 Nail and cuticle cream as my nails are so weak, they layer and 2 of them keep trying to split vertically, partly a health thing, but trying to help them along. I have a shed load of lovely polishes, but have had to file nails so short I would be painting the ends of my fingers I have also bought CND RescueRx - no one can say that I have not tried
    Last edited by maddiemay; 10-03-2018 at 5:11 PM. Reason: typo
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Mar 18, 9:13 PM
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    VALM
    UU : LUSH Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves- WBA it's lovely. Have others in stash though.
    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 11th Mar 18, 8:15 AM
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    maddie - I had that flu virus at Christmas and my nails have never recovered from it, they are dry, brittle and they peel, I am having to keep them very short too. I repainted them last night with Nails Inc Uptown with Essie hors d'ouvres as a top coat on my ring fingers.

    I have two ins

    Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover

    Cutex Extra Strength Nail Polish Remover - this is supposed to remove glitter which is why I did one nail with glitter polish. I've got rid of most of my glitters because I hated removing them but a couple of really lovely ones survived.

    These were both on offer in Superdrug and I used 1 in points so not a big spend, I wanted to get them in Boots and pay with points but they only stock their own brand it would seem and their own brand is absolute rubbish.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Mar 18, 8:43 AM
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    VALM
    3 INS. Lovely LUSH bubble bars from my lovely daughter for Mothers Day x Did also get some food storage containers with inspirational messages on as non beauty gifts x
    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 11th Mar 18, 11:38 AM
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    VALM
    Another UU : Clairol Root Touch Up. Waiting for it to develop as we speak.

    Did place a couple of orders last night :-

    Another 7.5ml bottle of Bare Minerals Intense Power Serum. I haven't finished the other but have ordered this to take on holiday in two weeks time.

    I also placed an order for a Bath and Body Works hand cream. Again, to take away with me. I also ordered a candle, some wax tarts, box of tea lights and a grunge candle (?). This was only 75p on Clearance and took me over the 30 minimum spend for free delivery. Have started burning candles again and will need these soon.
    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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 11th Mar 18, 2:04 PM
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    Hi all. I don't know where the days are going but they sure are fast.
    Work has been brutally busy over the last 2 months and not gonna be different for the next two either. I've been trying to avoid impulse shopping but given in last Friday.
    I have some INs

    Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum
    Superdrug Vitamin E Superbalm for dry skin, nails, cuticle etc
    Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream
    Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
    Superdrug B-Nourished Advanced Serum
    Makeup Revolution Dragon's Heart Highlighters for Face and Eyes
    Makeup Revolution Triple Baked Bronzer
    Gilette Venus Snap blades
    Gilette Venus Swirl

    Vitamin E series were on offer - buy one get one-half price. Makeup remover is a favourite and will replace the same. I'm short on eye cream and I also like these serums, mostly use them for chest and neck now.
    I liked these highlighter/bronzers - they have the similar packaging/presentation of Too Faced ones. 5 each though.

    Also, I think I forgot to declare INs from LF beauty box
    Skin Chemist Rose Quartz Youth Defence Lip Plump
    Renu Flash Relax Mask
    Ducca Freematic Eyeshadow Duo
    Omorovizca Balancing Moisturisers full size
    Plus a makeup brush for the face.

    UU - Small bottle of Garnier Micellar water :P

    To be fair my stash is going down well. I should focus more on using some of the body care products and perhaps TA some makeup etc.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 11th Mar 18, 3:42 PM
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    Hi

    My week update. Got lots of toiletries for my birthday so here we go:-

    UU
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel
    Avene Cleansing Soap
    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream
    Allison Geranium Leaf Soap Cleasner
    Korres Wild Rose Facial Oil

    NBI
    Nivea Daily Essential Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes
    Nivea Daily Essential Rich Moisturising Day Cream SPF15
    Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion
    Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream
    Nivea Pearly Shine Caring Lip Balm

    Total =117

    Its great having a birthday!!
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 11th Mar 18, 3:47 PM
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    UU number four and five for March:

    Korres Rose Shower Gel. WBA. One of my favourites but now onto my Ren rose.

    Rossano Ferretti Splendido colour maintenance conditioner. WNBA. This was a sample but it didn't do much and it's 39 a bottle
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 11th Mar 18, 4:13 PM
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    Happy birthday shed35!

    I have selected 4 things to TA:

    Benefit Bo-ing Concealer - kept this and promised myself to UU it but never happened. Have had it for years so decided to TA.

    Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer: Freebie from a mag, nearly 3 years old.

    Elizabeth Arden Terrarose 03 Cheekcolor: Half used and nearly 4 years old. Didn't like this as much anyway.

    Maybelline Eyeshadow Lustrous Beige. Nearly 2 years old, the colour doesn't suit me.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Mar 18, 7:24 PM
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    VALM
    Hi

    My week update. Got lots of toiletries for my birthday so here we go:-

    UU
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel
    Avene Cleansing Soap
    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream
    Allison Geranium Leaf Soap Cleasner
    Korres Wild Rose Facial Oil

    NBI
    Nivea Daily Essential Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes
    Nivea Daily Essential Rich Moisturising Day Cream SPF15
    Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion
    Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream
    Nivea Pearly Shine Caring Lip Balm

    Total =117

    Its great having a birthday!!
    Originally posted by shed35
    Belated Birthday Wishes 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
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Mar 18, 8:37 PM
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    Happy Birthday shed35

    Two UUs this evening:

    Lush Polyamorous Bath Oil WBA. This was a nice scent and left my skin moisturised after my Bath.

    Art Mask Sugar Skull Sheet Mask WMBA. This was a nice fun sheet mask. It has a sugar skull pattern on the mask and has collagen in it. This was nice
    • Jonesy88
    • By Jonesy88 11th Mar 18, 8:48 PM
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    Can I dip a toe in the water?

    I have so many cosmetics and face products! I am seemingly in an eternal search for the perfect foundation for my pale pale skin and have an addiction to lipstick.

    This wouldn't be a problem if I used the products daily, even weekly, but aside from mascara and maybe a touch of concealer, I rarely wear makeup. So my purchases greatly outweigh my consumption.

    My PP for the month:
    • YSL Micellar Water
    • Clean & Clear Facewash (gifted to me)
    • French Connection Shower Gel
    • Benefit Posie Tint
    • Clinique Chubby Stick Highlighter
    Last edited by Jonesy88; 11-03-2018 at 8:50 PM.
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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 11th Mar 18, 9:24 PM
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    sunny_money
    UU
    Superdrug dry shampoo

    TA
    Batiste 2in1 dry shampoo + conditioner - literally does not work, maybe this was 4p on clearance because it was a dud batch...

    IN
    Batiste dry shampoo

    Sainsburys own brand Source of Nature Facial Wash - worth a go for 2 - 95% natural with cruelty free bunny logo :-) (wish the bottle was recyclable though!)

    I felt mortified by and couldnt afford my eyeshadow madness purchases; 13!? I decided to keep 5 and was very grateful that I was able to return the rest, although I dont think I have enough matt ones now, so I am nervous to TA all my old eyeshadows yet..

    Loreal Eye Paint x3
    Revlon Colourstay eyeshadow
    Elf liquid eyeshadow
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Mar 18, 11:20 PM
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    Another UU tonight:

    Colgate Plax Soft Mint Mouthwash 250ml WBA. This was nice and I could see myself using it again in the future. Not as harsh as some mouthwashes.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Mar 18, 9:02 AM
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    dolly84
    It was my birthday last Friday, I specifically ask to receive no cards or presents for my birthday or Mother's day, DH bought me some chocolate and my mum gave me money and that was it. There is enough clutter and rubbish in my life without adding more.

    I have a uu

    Chloe EDP 50ml - very nice and I love the vintage style bottle but it is expensive so WNBA.
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