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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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    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 11th Jul 18, 10:18 AM
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    captainhoarder
    That takes my total down to 208 but had a few ins yesterday (Iím staying at my Dads and I forgot some toiletries and in this weather....... clean and fresh always!! !!!127774;!!!127800

    INS
    Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil Shampoo
    Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil Conditioner
    Simple Hydrating Oil Cleanser
    Simple Soothing Toner
    Simple Hydrating Micellar Water

    Brings my total to 213
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Jul 18, 10:52 AM
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    sstevo19
    Two UUs this morning:

    Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner sample 1.5ml WB as a full size and have. This was nice, and I'm looking forward to opening my bottle of this

    Pyunkang Yul Lotion sample 7ml WPNB as a full size. This was nice but I like to try different body lotions. I might change my mind though.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Jul 18, 4:36 PM
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    VALM
    INS and PP List
    Realised I have not entered my PP list:-


    Carried over from last month:-


    Flore Mare eye cream
    No 7 cuticle cream
    Bath and Body Works shower gel
    Loccitane shampoo


    Added:-


    Elemis PCMC 15ml
    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml
    Primark Pomegranate and Black Tea hand wash
    Paco Rabanne Olympea
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom cleanser
    Bath & Body Works hand cream in cucumber melon


    INs: 2 x Bath and Body Works hand creams, 1 candle and 1 handwash.
    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 Jul 18, 4:45 PM
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    One UU this afternoon:

    Pyunkang Yul Cleanser sample 7ml WNB as a full size as I don't like foaming cleansers. I tested this on my hands to see what it was like though. Nice, but not for me.
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 11th Jul 18, 5:32 PM
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    catherine/kate
    I recently finished a MAC lipstick and even with DD using it quite a bit too it took forever, the trouble is I like to chop and change and do get bored using the same one. I find nail polish very, very hard to finish even the mini ones last sooo long and I get fed up of them.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I don't mind using the same one, I just forget to reapply. I'm starting with a well used mini so hoping to be through it by the end of August . . .

    I always find nail polish goes all gungy once there's less than half the bottle left. I did buy some nail polish thinner but it was nearly the same price per ml as most of my nail varnish, so have decided to use down to gungy point and then TA. Successfully managed this with, er, three to date. Since 2012.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Jul 18, 12:02 AM
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    sstevo19
    One UU tonight:

    Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water sample 10ml WMB as a full size but probably not. This was nice to use though.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 12th Jul 18, 9:15 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Another UU:

    Cerave body lotion. WBA. This was a tester but it's been excellent for my sunburn and as an all round moisturiser. Dries in really quickly and not claggy like some products.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £765/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 17% £2 savers No.12 - £98 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £110.47/£150 1p a day Challenge £584.43/£667.95
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Jul 18, 10:39 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    Beautannia Brighton Body Lotion 100ml - I bought several of these when they were being discontinued, it is really lovely and WBA if I could.


    St Tropez Bronzing Mist - this came in a beauty box (M&S I think), WNBA, it makes such a mess I have to use it outside.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Jul 18, 1:43 PM
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    Two INs this afternoon:

    Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion 52ml
    Cerave Eye Repair Cream 14ml


    I didn't buy these, I won these on Facebook from the Cerave UK Facebook page. I won the Facial Moisturising Lotion to try and they included the Eye Repair Cream as a surprise for me. I can't wait to try these goodies And I have managed to maintain my no buy so far this month.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 12th Jul 18, 4:55 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Two INs this afternoon:

    Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion 52ml
    Cerave Eye Repair Cream 14ml


    I didn't buy these, I won these on Facebook from the Cerave UK Facebook page. I won the Facial Moisturising Lotion to try and they included the Eye Repair Cream as a surprise for me. I can't wait to try these goodies And I have managed to maintain my no buy so far this month.
    Originally posted by sstevo19
    Well done! Great range
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £765/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 17% £2 savers No.12 - £98 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £110.47/£150 1p a day Challenge £584.43/£667.95
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 12th Jul 18, 8:18 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Nine INs to report. Bought hair product from Space NK and got a birthday gift and several samples:

    Living Proof Prime
    REN Glycolactic Mask
    Oribe dry shampoo
    Malin + Goetz Cannabis
    Malin + Goetz Vetiver
    Malin + Goetz Petitgrain
    Ven Moisturiser
    Caudalie Serum
    Caudalie Cleanser
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £765/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 17% £2 savers No.12 - £98 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £110.47/£150 1p a day Challenge £584.43/£667.95
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Jul 18, 8:39 PM
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    VALM
    3 UUs

    Loews shower gel. From Orlando hotel some years ago, I think. Mini size. Finished in bath tonight. Nice enough.

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. None left in stash but will replace with Elemis Micellar Water.

    Derma Vie Red Algae Mask. Nice. Good dupe for the Loreal one. Will use masks Emma has left in the bathroom 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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 13th Jul 18, 8:57 AM
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    dolly84
    UU


    Calvin Klein Eternity EDP 30ml - love this, I have been wearing this for many years and WBA, do have more in the stash for now.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 13th Jul 18, 2:42 PM
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    VALM
    Updated PP List
    Flore Mare eye cream
    No 7 cuticle cream
    Bath and Body Works shower gel
    Loccitane shampoo
    Elemis PCMC 15ml
    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml
    Primark Pomegranate and Black Tea hand wash
    Paco Rabanne Olympea
    Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom cleanser
    Bath & Body Works hand cream in cucumber melon
    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 13th Jul 18, 11:29 PM
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    sstevo19
    Two UUs tonight:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml WDBA and have. My HG moisturiser

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml WDBA and will do once I've got through another Cleanser. My HG first Cleanser.

    I went into to Boots today and I didn't buy any toiletries or skincare
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Jul 18, 8:16 AM
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    dolly84
    uu


    Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm - this was a mini pot, it was nice but WNBA as there are much cheaper cleansers I like as much.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 14th Jul 18, 9:09 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Another UU this morning.

    Ren rose centifolia face wash. WBA. Lovely fragrance, good for the shower and last for absolutely ages
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £765/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 17% £2 savers No.12 - £98 5p Savers No.3 - £4.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £110.47/£150 1p a day Challenge £584.43/£667.95
    • asajj
    • By asajj 14th Jul 18, 9:35 AM
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    asajj
    Hello everyone. I have some INs from LF beauty box, i will declare later.

    2 UUs this morning
    Oral B Mouthwash - I need to buy a new one to replace this as I run out.
    Korres White Tea Facial Cleanser Gel 15ml - This was from LF beauty box a while back. I used it as shower gel.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 14th Jul 18, 3:38 PM
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    sunny_money
    UU
    Rituals body moisturiser sample
    Lavera Body moisturiser sample
    Original source pineapple shower foam

    IN
    Imperial Leather unicorn shower foam
    Batiste dry shampoo
    Garnier oil infused Micellar 400ml
    Biore baking soda Micellar 75ml - freebie
    Loreal Infallible foundation (didnít need this yet but my other half needed make up and it was 3for2..)
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Jul 18, 8:55 PM
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    sstevo19
    One UU tonight:

    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum sample 1.5ml WPNB as a full size but we'll see. This was nice and my skin feels so plump. I only had to use a tiny amount of moisturiser after using this. I'm a bit concerned about the Dimethicone in it though.
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