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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Mar 18, 9:14 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2018
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    • 31st Mar 18, 9:14 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2018 31st Mar 18 at 9:14 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 err, me 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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    • London baby
    • By London baby 8th Apr 18, 3:00 PM
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    London baby
    UUs:

    Me to you body lotion: WNB, part of a Xmas gift many years ago. Re-used as hand cream in the home.

    Superdrug baby wipes WMBA, nothing special but cheap.

    Ins: Bottle of castor oil, which was going to be thrown away. Will use on my hair as a hot treatment oil.

    African braid sheen spray

    Mum roll-on anti-perspirant Should not have bought this but I forgot I had a crystal rock in my draw, which I was going to use after my current deodorant finishes.

    Acca Kappa Green mandarin body lotion Hotel sample from a recent conference which I will use a handcream.

    Waitrose fragrance free baby wipes

    Resisted temptation to buy from Superdrug so quite pleased with myself.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th Apr 18, 4:06 PM
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    VALM
    2 UUs but only small:-

    Travel sized Creightons conditioner. WNBA. Need new conditioner.

    Sample of Chanel Gabrielle. WNBA. Smells similar to one I own already.

    Hoping to UU quite a few items this week.
    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
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 8th Apr 18, 4:11 PM
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    mad_scientist
    Finally getting round to writing down my UU, some of these from March as well

    Jack wills body spray, bought in xmas sales and was nice enough, have 2 more
    BS almond milk and honey handcream 30ml, WBA, quite a subtle scent which is sometimes quite nice in a handcream
    Nature republic tinted cc cream, WNBA, I'm certainly not going to Korea just to get more! Was a good foundation though
    Bare minerals mineral veil sample size, WNBA, didn't give me any amazing results compared to a cheaper powder
    And a miscellaneous pressed powder compact which all the label has rubbed off in my handbag

    Quite a few makeup UU for once, everything just finished all at once :-)

    I'm currently packing my bags for my holidays and everything fit in the first time. I have obviously forgot something essential!
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    21 UU / 8 ins
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 8th Apr 18, 4:15 PM
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    mad_scientist
    Oh and I forgot, I UU a sheet mask that was free from SD, WNBA it was the bubbly cleansing one and it left my skin feeling quite dry
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    21 UU / 8 ins
    • InaPickle
    • By InaPickle 8th Apr 18, 4:54 PM
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    InaPickle
    Hello laaaadies!

    I have two UUs:

    Mitchum Advance Control 48 Hour Deodorant Stick: WIBA? Yup - HG product.

    Voys Hand Crème: WIBA? Hmm...smelled nice and moisturised pretty well but it was very liquidy. I can't be sure if this is due to me having it so long it has gone off a bit or should have been like that anyway. A salutary lesson in having too many toiletries!
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    P
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

    • asajj
    • By asajj 8th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
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    asajj
    I have some INs due to Superdrug 3 for 2 :P :
    Barry M Nail Paint - Bespoke Dirty Pink
    Barry M Gel Nail Paint Coconut Infusion - Flamingo
    Esse Nail Paint - At The Helm
    Barry M 7 in 1 Nail Treatment
    NIP+FAB Make Up Colour Corrector Lavender
    I Heart Revolution Unicorn Heart Rainbow Highlighter
    I Heart Revolution
    Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Sheet Mask
    Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Sheet Mask
    Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Nail Polish Spray
    Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette
    3 x Imperial Leather foaming body wash

    UUs , Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash - WMBA in the future
    Nivea Silk Mousse Body Wash - bad packaging design and it didn't foam well. WNBA.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 8th Apr 18, 10:33 PM
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    sunny_money
    Update on 5 by Summer:

    *Palmers cocoa hand cream
    *Mavala nail polish - 187 Roma (on a tight budget now, nails to be painted at home for a while!)
    *Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab
    *Iceland Mineral Intensive Cream (mini)
    *Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition + Soft Serum Feel - dont think this is for my hair type, use as serum or GA

    Adding 2 things!

    *Nivea nourishing night cream
    *Bayliss & Harding body cream
    • ChasingSunshine
    • By ChasingSunshine 9th Apr 18, 6:50 AM
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    ChasingSunshine
    Finally one UU this month. Neutrogena hydro boost - WNBA, nice and light, bought on offer so cheap but prefer the la roche posay hydraphase range

    Not making much progress otherwise. Have decanted the remainder of Tata Harper cleanser into a travel size pump bottle as the packaging was driving me crazy and meant I have avoided using it. So hopefully will manage to use that up by end of the month or at least in May.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 9th Apr 18, 1:07 PM
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    halogen
    Morning ladies....
    I have a question.
    What to do with your 'used once and never again items'?

    I have a bathroom overspill cupboard and and bathroom overspill cupboard overspill box, all of these I'll never use. But they are all still usable....
    • ChasingSunshine
    • By ChasingSunshine 9th Apr 18, 2:00 PM
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    ChasingSunshine
    Morning ladies....
    I have a question.
    What to do with your 'used once and never again items'?

    I have a bathroom overspill cupboard and and bathroom overspill cupboard overspill box, all of these I'll never use. But they are all still usable....
    Originally posted by halogen

    Could you donate them? Places like women's refuge etc will often take partially used toiletries if there is a reasonable amount left and decent quality. Give and make up take them or somewhere local to you might take them directly.
    Selling on eb@y etc is also an option depending on exactly what you have in all the overspill piles.
    • kadison
    • By kadison 9th Apr 18, 3:17 PM
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    kadison
    Morning ladies....
    I have a question.
    What to do with your 'used once and never again items'?

    I have a bathroom overspill cupboard and and bathroom overspill cupboard overspill box, all of these I'll never use. But they are all still usable....
    Originally posted by halogen
    There are a few things, this place takes used stuff.....

    https://www.carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup

    Otherwise go on facebook and search for 'Buy Nothing' then where you live, if you're in a large town it'll be the suburb you're in, it's all done by postcode so very local, you don't get the rudeness and timewasting you get elsewhere as a result.

    If stuff is new, contact your local women's refuge, foodbanks are often glad of toiletries as well but generally speaking they won't take anything used or opened, HTH.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • halogen
    • By halogen 9th Apr 18, 3:36 PM
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    halogen
    Thank you. I live in a small town as far as I know there isn't a womans refuge and I don't do facebook( far to depressing!) but I'll post some stuff to that place I think.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 9th Apr 18, 9:42 PM
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    sstevo19
    A few INs today:

    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml
    SVR Sun Secure Fluid SPF50+ 50ml
    SVR Sun Secure Hydrating Milk SPF50+ 100ml
    GUM ActiVital Toothpaste 12ml
    GUM ActiVital Mouthwash 30ml
    GUM Soft Pick
    Bio Beaute by Nuxe Anti Pollution Gentle Exfoliating Gel sample


    These should be my last INs for the month, hopefully. I haven't spend anything on toiletries or skincare yet this month. All of these INs this month I paid for last month.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 9th Apr 18, 11:35 PM
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    sstevo19
    One UU tonight:

    Oskia Renaissance Brightlight serum sample 2ml WPNB but this was nice. I doubt it will have much of an effect with one use.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Apr 18, 4:31 PM
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    VALM
    Updated PP List
    Bumble & Bumble B Straight creme
    Liz Earle Skin repair Moisturiser
    John Frida conditioner
    L'Occitane Pamplemousse Rhubarb shower gel (50 ml)
    BM Intense Serum Sample size
    Flora Mare Illuminatimg eye cream
    Original Nail Envy
    L'Occitane Cherry Blossom hand cream
    Lush Dirty shave cream
    Lush Mask of Magnaminty.

    The Bumble & Bumble tube is cut open. Other than that, everything chugging along.
    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 Apr 18, 4:34 PM
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    VALM
    Updated Finish 7 by Summer
    My Finish 7 by Summer list:-

    NARS Cruella lip crayon
    MAC eyeshadow Whenever You Call
    No 7 Sugar Mauve lip lacquer
    NYX concealer
    OPI Big Apple Red
    Urban Decay Easy Blush
    L'Occitane Jasmine & Bergamot fragrance

    Calling the Sugar Mauve lip lacquer done as there is no stain product left. There is some gloss but I don't want to keep the whole component for what little is left. I am going to start using a No7 lip lacquer in Chilli to pair with the NARS Cruella 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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 11th Apr 18, 8:47 PM
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    asajj
    I have few more INs but these are from LF beauty boxes
    Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Pads - 10 Pack
    Nuxe Anti-Pollution Moisturising Cream 15 ml
    Vegan by Dr Botanicals - Bergamot & Poppy Seed Body Bar
    Glamglow Mud Mask - 15 g
    Pur Fully Charged Mini Mascara
    Emma Hardy Moringa Cleansing Balm - 15 ml

    I have UU'd a hand cream that I bought from TK Maxx long ago. Also UU'ed Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Serum. The pump wasn't working well on this one. I bought when it was heavily discounted in Debenhams but not sure if it would be worth the full price as I didn't think it lasted long. Good product though.

    I need a new serum - still not found a holy grail.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Apr 18, 9:42 PM
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    VALM
    I have UU my Bumble and Bumble B Straight Creme. Have a back up in readiness.

    I decluttered 5 lip products today. The first was a Rimmel lipstick. Can't remember the name. It was bright red. It was not bullet shaped, was kind of squared off at the top. Didn't like the shape and have other reds. It came from an advent calendar so not concerned about throwing it away.

    The other 4 were from a French Connection kit I was given as a gift. 2 were the kind where you wind the product up through a brush applicator. Have never liked these as I don't feel you can control the amount of product coming out. Tried one today and there were chunks in it. The other 2 were liquid lipsticks and were Matte which is another formula I don't like. Again, I think the formula had gone off as it was gloopy. None were unique colours 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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Apr 18, 8:30 AM
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    dolly84
    Hi all.

    I have some uu

    L'oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner 400ml - I really liked this, left my hair looking really shiny and feeling soft.

    Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo 50ml - this was fine but WNB as nothing special.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Apr 18, 8:18 PM
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    VALM
    2 x UU

    OPI Big Apple Red. Another mini gone. Lovely colour but have plenty of red lacquer. Replaced by Apartment for Two.

    LUSH Mum in a Spin bubble bar. I got this for Mothers Day. It was nice but nothing special.
    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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