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    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 1st Jul 18, 8:50 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2018
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    • 1st Jul 18, 8:50 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2018 1st Jul 18 at 8:50 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 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
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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 4th Jul 18, 8:44 AM
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    sunny_money
    UU
    Mini deodorant
    Dry shampoo
    Espa gradual tan mini
    Espa body scrub mini
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 4th Jul 18, 10:26 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml - WMBA.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 4th Jul 18, 11:19 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    First UUs of July:

    Aveda Shampure body wash. WBA. Love the fragrance.

    Yes to Grapefruit Mask. WNBA. Made my face a bit sore.
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 5th Jul 18, 8:46 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    Korres Japenese Rose Hand Cream 50ml - lovely product. I've liked pretty much everything I've tried from Korres.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 5th Jul 18, 8:49 AM
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    VALM
    INs
    Some of my aforementioned orders have arrived:-


    Elemis 6 piece kit. Can't bring myself to use my current cheapie night cream as body lotion as I have a bit of prickly heat on my arms and it wouldn't be wise to apply something fragranced. Have applied the Child's Farm moisturiser today and it is so much better. Probably the first item I will open and use is the PCMC as my current tube is ready to be cut open.


    Emma's bronzer arrived.


    My replacement Spackle has arrived. I'll probably be able to eek my curent one out to the beginning of next 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
    • Triggercat
    • By Triggercat 5th Jul 18, 3:06 PM
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    Triggercat
    I failed my June challenge as I found the weather too warm to use the products.

    So they have carried over to this month:

    Superdrug naturally radiant
    cleanser, day and night cream.
    Superdrug simply pure foam wash, toner and hydrating serum.

    Only UU so far:
    Toothpaste
    Schwarzkopf gloss repair conditioner
    • asajj
    • By asajj 5th Jul 18, 11:07 PM
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    asajj
    uu


    Korres Japenese Rose Hand Cream 50ml - lovely product. I've liked pretty much everything I've tried from Korres.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I've used Japanese Rose Shower Gel in the past as it is one of my favorite.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 6th Jul 18, 3:13 PM
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    sstevo19
    One UU this afternoon:

    Soltan Protect & Moisturise Mini Lotion SPF50+ 50ml WBA and have. Lovely and cheap and effective suncream. Great size to keep in a bag to take with you when you're out and about
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 6th Jul 18, 3:21 PM
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    sstevo19
    My PP List for July is:

    Lush Twilight Shower Gel 250g
    Cerave Hydrating Cleanser 236ml
    Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF50+ 55ml
    Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Toner 118ml
    Soltan Protect & Moisturise Mini Lotion SPF50+ 50ml
    Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum 50ml
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    My updated PP list. I'm staying strong and I haven't bought anything yet this month. Let's hope this holds out all month.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Jul 18, 7:15 AM
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    sstevo19
    One UU this morning:

    The Body Shop Shea Nourishing Body Butter 200ml WDBA and will do but I've got a small tub of body butter to use first. This is lovely stuff. Such a nice smell
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 7th Jul 18, 7:42 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Two more UU:

    Quartz spa shower gel. WNBA. Was a product test but wouldn't rush out to buy it, it's not that special for the price.

    Aveda damage remedy treatment. WBA. Love this for a bit of hair TLC.
    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 7th Jul 18, 4:43 PM
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    sunny_money
    UU
    No7 spray tan - WNBA

    IN
    b.tan mousse
    b.tan lotion
    On clearance at Superdrug, worth a try
    • VALM
    • By VALM 7th Jul 18, 7:32 PM
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    VALM
    My goodies that I won on Fb have arrived:-

    The Ordinary Blemish treatment that Im giving to Emma
    Shay and Blue fragrance
    Amiga blow out oil
    2 x Ruby nail colours
    Molten Brown Rise Granati Hand lotion
    Perfect pout lip balm. I think this has leaked though cos the tube is sticky so Ill TA.

    3 x ABC body lotion IN today too.
    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 7th Jul 18, 8:51 PM
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    sstevo19
    A few INs today:

    Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion 170ml
    Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask
    Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 100ml
    Pyunkang Yul Cleanser sample 7ml
    Pyunkang Yul Shampoo sample 7ml
    Pyunkang Yul Lotion sample 7ml
    Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Oil sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel sample 1.5ml
    Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream sample 1.5ml
    Scinic Intensive Dual Mask Aqua Solution Sheet Mask


    All the samples were part of a set with the Essence Toner. These were all purchased last month as well. I'm excited to try my new goodies but I'm going to save them until I've finished a few things first. The samples should get used up quickly
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Jul 18, 10:37 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner sample 1.5ml WB as a full size in the future. This was nice on my skin but one sample isn't enough to form a good opinion on it. But I like their idea of skin cool down products and skin heat up products to promote healing. I'm getting very into Korean Beauty products at the minute
    • shed35
    • By shed35 7th Jul 18, 11:34 PM
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    shed35
    Hi

    This is my first update for July

    UU
    Nuxe Nourishing lip balm
    Dr Organic Rose Otto Facial Oil
    Body Shop Satsuma Gel x 2
    Avon Suncare Sensitive Sun Tan Face Cream SPF50
    Avon Premium De Luxe Gold Blush

    IN
    Dr Organic Rose Otto Facial Oil
    Dr Organice Aloe Vera Soap
    Weleda Almond Facial Oil

    Total 103

    Finally going through all the toiletries I received at Christmas and for my birthday!
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 8th Jul 18, 8:56 AM
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    maddiemay
    First UU for July

    200ml Batiste Original Dry Shampoo 1/65 WBA have a replacement.

    Tempted by the QVC Elemis offer today, I would use everything, but do not need yet, on my last PCMC, but have other moisturisers to use so will wait for the Christmas one.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 8th Jul 18, 10:07 AM
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    savingfortomorrow
    long time no posting. I think it is nearly a year as i stopped really using up stuff a year ago and the stash has not grown but not reduced.

    i mentioned on the frumpy tread that i have really let myself go. no skincare. so i found that it is all or nothing with me and time to toss those frumpy shoes away and re use all the cosmetics.
    i have to start re posting to hold myself to account and get my !!! in gear. half a year gone but i have half of one left to go and i'm going to make it matter.

    so in

    body cream * 2 aldi
    and edt * 2 aldi

    off to m&S to get some foot glove shoes that look nicer than what i have been wearing. even hunter wellies would be nicer!
    • asajj
    • By asajj 8th Jul 18, 8:47 PM
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    asajj
    Hello everyone. This heat is hard to bear without being able to swim in some cool waters

    I UU'ed my Urban Decay All night make up setting spray and purchased a new one to replace this. By far my favourite and it was discounted at Debenhams.

    I also bought 3 items from Superdrug on 3 for 2 -
    Elf Make-Up Setting Spray: I want to see if this could be a good, cheap alternative
    Revolution Foundation Lightning Drops
    Revolution Bake and Cake Powder
    Last edited by asajj; 08-07-2018 at 8:51 PM.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Jul 18, 9:04 AM
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    dolly84
    long time no posting. I think it is nearly a year as i stopped really using up stuff a year ago and the stash has not grown but not reduced.

    i mentioned on the frumpy tread that i have really let myself go. no skincare. so i found that it is all or nothing with me and time to toss those frumpy shoes away and re use all the cosmetics.
    i have to start re posting to hold myself to account and get my !!! in gear. half a year gone but i have half of one left to go and i'm going to make it matter.

    so in

    body cream * 2 aldi
    and edt * 2 aldi

    off to m&S to get some foot glove shoes that look nicer than what i have been wearing. even hunter wellies would be nicer!
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow

    Welcome back.


    uu


    Calvin Klein Eternity Shower Gel 100ml - came with the perfume, it was very nice and I have more of them in the stash.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
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