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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
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    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 15th May 18, 11:00 AM
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    UU

    Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub 50ml - This was in a Christmas gift set - just the shower gel left now. WDB as it had a lovely scent and made my skin very soft.

    The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 250ml - A HG product for me. Although expensive, it lasts a long time as I use it occasionally. WDBA.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 48
    |September - 4|Makeup Total UU to end of August - 5
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th May 18, 4:36 PM
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    Well this is a slow month for me. Only 3 UUs so far. I've got two products which will be UUs soon. The sunscreen on my PP list and my hand cream at work. Both should be finished in the next few days. Though I've only bought one thing this month. The other INs were bought at the end of last month.

    Though in other news, I've recently started having driving lessons. Oh my god it's terrifying but exhilarating at the same time
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 15th May 18, 9:02 PM
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    A few UU to report from May:

    Nuxe Moisturiser. WNBA. This was a sachet but I had a full size before that separated so it put me off.

    Aveda Rosemary Mint Shower Gel. WBA. Lovely fragrance.

    L'occitane shampoo. WNBA. Makes my hair a bit dry.

    Elemis conditioner. WNBA. This was a hotel freebie but didn't do much for me.

    Fresh black tea moisturiser. WNBA. Nice cream but left my face very shiny.

    One IN:

    Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut. Quite different but fancied a wee treat.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 62/162 UU, 25 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £675/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 15% £2 savers No.12 - £94 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £94.68/£150 1p a day Challenge £464.29/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 £421.28/£200
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 15th May 18, 9:07 PM
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    sunny_money
    UU

    Miss Patisserie vanilla oil sugar scrub 400g - WNBA

    No7 Perfectly Bronzed Self Yan Quick Dry Tinted Lotion 200ml - ok but WNBA

    Im going to start tracking my expenses.
    No luxury items - to be fair I dont think I have purchased any for about 3yrs so just got to keep the resistance going.
    High street brands - only when on a good offer
    Cheaper brands - do my research first and be confident to buy!

    IN

    Seventeen mascara Falsify HD -£2.10
    Seventeen mascara Dolld up - £2.10
    Seventeen waterproof mascara - £1.41
    Seventeen Stay Time foundation - £1.95

    Seventeen brand is discontinuing.
    Last edited by sunny_money; 15-05-2018 at 9:10 PM.
    • kacie
    • By kacie 16th May 18, 8:20 AM
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    UU a roll on deodorant, but still got others here so nothing in so far this month.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th May 18, 8:45 AM
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    VALM
    Updated PP List
    PP List:-

    Liz Earle Skin Repair
    Flora Mare eye cream
    OPI Original Nail Envy
    LUSH Dirty
    LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
    LUSH Cup o Coffee
    No 7 Nourishing cuticle cream
    ABC Skinwash
    Liz Earle Rosemary and Lavender hand cream
    OPI IS Top coat

    Liz Earle Skin Repair UU. I now only have two x small sized night creams: another Skin Repair 15ml and L'Occitane Divine cream 8ml.
    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 16th May 18, 8:57 AM
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    uu


    Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel 500ml - loved the scent of this.


    Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Body Lotion 500ml - lovely strong scent and very nice lotion.


    Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 15ml - I've used the normal version of this many times but this is the first time using the intense, it was very nice.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th May 18, 8:59 AM
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    My May PP list


    Percy & Reed Wonder Balm 75ml (b/f from February)
    L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo 250ml
    Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel 500ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Shower Gel 500ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Body Lotion 500ml
    Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter 200ml
    Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 15ml
    Leighton Denny mini in Plush Pink


    My 7 by Summer list

    Mac Patisserie Lipstick
    Bourjois CC Cream
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Birthday Suit - try to hit pan- done.
    Nails Inc Top Coat
    Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
    Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint
    Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
    Originally posted by dolly84

    My updated lists. I'm still using the 7 by summer items regularly apart from the Bourjois lip crayon as I am focussing on the Mac lipstick but nothing seems to want to finish.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 16th May 18, 7:20 PM
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    Seventeen brand is discontinuing.
    Originally posted by sunny_money
    That's sad, some of my first makeup was from Seventeen. Having said that, brands like Revolution and Collection 2000 are much better quality for a very similar price so I don't suppose i'll miss it.

    UUs:
    Hotel shampoo x2
    Champneys sheet mask. First sheet mask I've ever used. Turns out I don't like them, not one bit! Nine more in the box!
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 16th May 18, 7:43 PM
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    That's sad, some of my first makeup was from Seventeen. Having said that, brands like Revolution and Collection 2000 are much better quality for a very similar price so I don't suppose i'll miss it.
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    Iíve never tried it, I was looking for budget buys and the reviews were good so hopefully these items are ok. Iíll try Revolution and Collection 2000 next time, thanks!
    • asajj
    • By asajj 16th May 18, 9:06 PM
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    Iíve never tried it, I was looking for budget buys and the reviews were good so hopefully these items are ok. Iíll try Revolution and Collection 2000 next time, thanks!
    Originally posted by sunny_money
    I've been using Revolution blushes and they are really good. Eyeshadows are not too bad as well.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th May 18, 9:07 PM
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    UU: LUSH Baa Bar. Very nice but think it was a Mothers Day special. 1 bubble bar left in stash. I'm going into Manchester next Thursday to watch Bryan Adams and hoping to have time to call into LUSH to pick up Cup o Coffee and Dirty (can see bottom pan on this product 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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th May 18, 3:12 PM
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    VALM
    My updated lists. I'm still using the 7 by summer items regularly apart from the Bourjois lip crayon as I am focussing on the Mac lipstick but nothing seems to want to finish.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Do you like the smell of MAC lipsticks? I thought mine had gone off but Emma said they all smell like that. Smells like biscuit.
    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
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 17th May 18, 7:51 PM
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    I'm drying to use a Lush Dream Cream up. Is is supposed to smell weird?
    • asajj
    • By asajj 17th May 18, 10:51 PM
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    MONUPLUS Anti Aging Super Serum Day

    This was from one of the Look Fantastic offers, spending X amount and get Y gift set or something similar and I used on an off so not sure about the actual impact but it felt pleasant enough on my skin.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 17th May 18, 10:55 PM
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    No ins so far, UUs:

    Barry M Blue nail polish - WMBA, lasts longer than some more expensive brands.

    Baylis and Harding Ginseng and Black pepper handwash - WNBA, smelt like men's aftershave.

    Sainsbury's acetone free nail polish remover - WNBA, does not effectively remove nail polish.

    Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream Spf25 50ml - WMBA, more expensive than other brands but has SPF in it.

    Aloe vera and menthol gel - WBA if I could, was a purchase from Thailand. Very good, cooled the itchiness of my eczema.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th May 18, 9:01 AM
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    dolly84
    I'm drying to use a Lush Dream Cream up. Is is supposed to smell weird?
    Originally posted by Tolteca87

    I used to buy this for DD and only really remember a lavender smell.


    VALM - I haven't noticed a scent from the MAC lipstick.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th May 18, 1:19 PM
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    One UU from this morning:

    Etude House Sunprise Must Daily Lotion SPF50+ 50g WPNBA. This was too shiny when I tried it on my face but it made a decent body SPF. Used it on my arms everyday to finish it.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th May 18, 8:55 PM
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    My PP list for the month:
    Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Cream 200ml
    Mixa SOS Repair Hand Cream 50ml
    Caudalie Moisturising Toner 100ml
    Etude House Sunprise Must Daily Lotion SPF50+ 50g
    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 100ml
    Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2 in 1 Serum & Moisturiser 50ml
    The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Gel-Lotion 250ml
    Superdrug Little Moisturising Blue Stick 4.8g
    Colgate Plax Gentle Care Extra Mild Mouthwash 500ml
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list
    • shed35
    • By shed35 18th May 18, 10:10 PM
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    shed35
    This is my weekly update

    UU
    Avon Suncare Senstive Face Cream SPF50
    Nuxe Nourishing Body Oil
    PK Balm Travel size
    Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel
    Nuxe Nourishing Lip Balm
    Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel
    Balance Me Rose Otto Body Balm

    IN

    Superdrug Sun Care Face Cream SPF30 Travel Size

    Total 107

    Under 110 for the first time this year. Hurrah!
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