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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Apr 18, 9:43 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2018
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    • 30th Apr 18, 9:43 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2018 30th Apr 18 at 9:43 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 er, me, 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'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
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
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    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    January 2014
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    January 2015
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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 3rd May 18, 10:31 PM
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    Hermia
    I have sold some more make-up on eBay. I only made a few pounds after fees, but I appreciate the space in my cupboard!

    UU a charcoal face mask - did not like that at all, the mask was so wet and big, the holes were in the wrong place, I couldn't keep it on. It was meant to be for 20 minutes and I barely could do 2! It's gone now though and I doubt my skin is any better for it!
    Originally posted by kacie
    I don't think I have yet found a sheet mask that fits my face! If I want to see out of the eyeholes and breathe out of the lip/nose holes I have to always fold the mask over half way down my face!
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 3rd May 18, 11:04 PM
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    UU
    Baylis & Harding body butter 250ml

    IN
    Coco Chanel Mademoiselle 1.5ml freebie
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 4th May 18, 9:06 AM
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    UU (from April)

    Impulse Vanilla and Peach Body Fragrance - My last April UU. WDBA - only have one aerosol body spray left from around 20 when I started.

    UU

    Beyonce Heat Eau de Parfum 15ml - A mini from a gift set - really liked this perfume. Now onto using up another Beyonce mini.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 48
    |September - 6|Makeup Total UU to end of August - 5
    • VALM
    • By VALM 4th May 18, 5:21 PM
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    VALM
    3 UUs :-

    LUSH Baa Bar. Lovely. Have another one to use.

    ABC Body lotion. Have another 10!!!8361;ml tube.

    Soap and Glory Heel Genius. Don't see the point in buying specific foot cream anymore. Going to use travel sized lotions for this from now on.

    Gave away a Rituals shower oil and small Yankee Candle to a coworker for her birthday.
    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 4th May 18, 11:06 PM
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    asajj
    2 UUs from me today -
    Clinique Rinse Off Eye Make Up Solvent 50ml. This was a GWP and didn't like this and WNBA. I
    Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser 50 ml. I like the scent and feel of this. This one too a GWP and I have full size and WBA when needed.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • shed35
    • By shed35 5th May 18, 2:07 PM
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    This my weekly update

    UU
    Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Body Cream
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist
    M&S Clementine and Cardamon Handcream
    Nablus soap

    IN
    Avene Ultra Cleansing Bar x 2

    Total 117

    Finally getting through all the gifts that I have received from Christmas and birthday
    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th May 18, 8:26 AM
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    VALM
    Another UU
    Soap and Glory Righteous Butter. Emma left this behind. I do like this and would repurchase. Still waiting on my B&BW order so will use travel sized lotion for now.
    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 6th May 18, 10:16 AM
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    One UU today:

    Dentek Comfort Clean Floss Picks 60 count WDBA and will do. But I'm trying not to spend any money on toiletries this month. Nice and quick to use.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 6th May 18, 10:29 AM
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    I finished the No 7 Chilli lip lacquer yesterday. So, now will be working on my NARS Cruella. Will probably pair it with a red lip gloss.

    I also threw out some single eyeshadows from Laura Geller. I pulled out one called Praline which had got hard pan. The pigmentation is poor on these though so I also threw away two pink colours called Candy and Fresco. Each of these colours were in a split pan shared with a colour called Fig (purple shade that I don't care for) and one of her eye rimz which I could never get to work. These all came in kits from QVC and are pretty old. As I don't specifically choose to buy these shadows I'm guessing that's why I never reach for them.
    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
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 6th May 18, 7:32 PM
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    UU:

    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose spray. Maybe 15mls. From a four fragrance duty free set. I wanted to like this, I love grapefruit and all citrus scents. This was horrible! I don't know what it smelt like but it wasn't grapefruit on me. It's done. There are three more scents in the sampler. I've got high hopes for the rhubarb.

    Better than Sex Mascara. GWP size. Went clumpy towards the end. Does give you really nice lashes though.

    I'm amazed. I'm nearly finished with a blusher, hit pan on two eyeshadows and have used half a lip gloss since the start of the month.

    Who would have thought? If you use it, it goes down.
    • Robi90
    • By Robi90 7th May 18, 9:45 AM
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    UUs so far this month
    Mini sanctuary spa body lotion - such a lovely scent. I think I bought it once to use as a body lotion on a weekend away
    Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes -nice and effective so would purchase again

    I still my Boots tea tree and witch hazel wipes but I think I'll try and find a different purpose for them as I'm starting to break out a bit after I've used these. Definitely not buying these again.

    1 debt vs 100 days chapter 30
    Pay ALL your debt off by Cmas 2018

    799 -Personal Loan
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th May 18, 6:31 PM
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    One cheeky IN today:

    Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothpaste 19ml

    I couldn't resist a cheeky Superdrug yellow sticker bargain. I want to try a different sensitive toothpaste after I finish the Pronamel one.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th May 18, 8:13 PM
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    I have bought a Clairol ancient n Easy Root Touch up kit this weekend.
    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
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 7th May 18, 9:21 PM
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    One cheeky IN today:

    Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothpaste 19ml

    I couldn't resist a cheeky Superdrug yellow sticker bargain. I want to try a different sensitive toothpaste after I finish the Pronamel one.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    That's not a cheeky in would have been rude not to have bought it even if you did want to try something else. I've bought yellow sticker sensitive toothpaste, not because I want to try something else but because it's a yellow sticker
    Did owe 9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin 5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 3,427.89. Owe HSBC 5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 3,703.07. Owe Post Office 1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
    • London baby
    • By London baby 7th May 18, 10:06 PM
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    London baby
    Still slow product movements :

    Uus:
    Glycerin ans rise water toner mix
    Superdrug fruit sorbet face mask WNB Did not like the tacky feeling it left on my face

    Accra green tea body lotion. This was a hotel mini, which I used as a hand cream. OK but quite watery.

    Ins:
    2 x bottles of rosewater

    1 x oral B 6000n series electric toothbrush. Would highly recommend. Leaves my clean so clean.
    Last edited by London baby; 07-05-2018 at 10:10 PM.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th May 18, 10:40 PM
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    lyseydee I was actually pretty good, Superdrug had a whole shelf of stuff with yellow stickers or last chance on them. Boots also had a lot on the clearance stands but I resisted.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th May 18, 10:43 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml WDBA and have done. Lovely first cleanser.
    • wondercollie
    • By wondercollie 7th May 18, 11:34 PM
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    wondercollie
    I have bought a Clairol ancient n Easy Root Touch up kit this weekend.
    Originally posted by VALM
    Ancient? How old is the stock? Is it for Mummy's.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th May 18, 6:05 AM
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    VALM
    Ancient? How old is the stock? Is it for Mummy's.
    Originally posted by wondercollie
    Ha ha. Predictive texting eh?
    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 8th May 18, 1:27 PM
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    VALM
    I have had to throw away the mini OPI Apartment for Two this morning as whilst I could get good coverage on my left hand the polish was streaking on the right hand so it's time to go. This is a lovely colour and I may repurchase at some time.

    Instead, I am wearing OPI The Colour of Minnie with Essie A Cut Above on my ring fingers.
    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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