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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Jul 18, 3:06 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2018
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    • 31st Jul 18, 3:06 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2018 31st Jul 18 at 3:06 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 catherine/kate 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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Aug 18, 10:04 PM
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    I have some hormonal acne that keeps flaring every now and then but i will keep an eye on products and see if it impacts me. Thanks!
    Originally posted by asajj
    I normally only have a small hormonal breakout the week before, or the week of my period. I accidentally used something with it in for a week or two and I was confused why my chin was covered in spots. Re-read the ingredients list and bam, there it is.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Aug 18, 11:46 PM
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    One UU this evening:

    Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask WDBA. This was soothing on my skin. Trying to calm my breakout down a bit. This has definitely helped
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 8th Aug 18, 8:15 AM
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    uu


    Macadamia Oil Moisturising Rinse 1l - this is a fancy name for conditioner, WNBA, I love the repair mask they do but this was average.


    L'occitane Ultra Rich Shea Body Wash 500ml - WNBA, packaging is a pain, and whilst the product smells lovely it isn't worth the price.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 8th Aug 18, 12:06 PM
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    L'occitane Ultra Rich Shea Body Wash 500ml - WNBA, packaging is a pain, and whilst the product smells lovely it isn't worth the price.[/QUOTE]

    Aside from the fact that L'Occitane no longer has a store in the Trafford Centre, I have given up with their packaging also.
    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 8th Aug 18, 9:23 PM
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    A few INs today:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml
    Ultrasun Family SPF30 100ml
    Vichy Ideal Soleil sample


    I've bought a backup of my moisturiser, and I got the Ultrasun to try as I've seen a lot of people rave about this one lately. I'm excited to try it as it has no silicones and no Avobenzone so my skin shouldn't be irritated from it
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Aug 18, 11:15 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Heimish All Clean Balm sample WMB. This was nice and it rinsed off very well.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Aug 18, 11:34 AM
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    Updated PP List
    Flora Mare eyecream carried over
    Boots Extracts Vanilla body wash
    Derma Vie night cream
    ESSIE Spa scrub
    Ath and Body Works Vetiver handwash
    L’Occitane eye make up remover
    Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen for face
    Lush Cupcake Mask
    E45 body cream
    Murad toner


    Both the sunscreen and E45 cream are gone. Will buy them both again but not yet. I am trying a strict no buy this month (with the exception of that Mally TSV if it turns up). Won't buy the sunscreen until I am going away in October. My PCMC has spf in it at the mo. I really prefer this to the normal version too. It's more creamy and I therefore don't have to apply as much. The E45 cream is lovely although I do prefer to layer fragrances but as I have a variety of small sized shower gels to get through, it's perfect.


    The Essie scrub will be the next to finish and I have a bit of a dilemma with this too. I love this product. Got it in a subscription box so would not have tried it otherwise. The tube is on offer on Nails Direct for £5.95 - normal RRP is £19.99! Really don't want to order one yet because of my no buy and also because it may well last me to the end of the month and is not a necessity (I have a couple of other scrubs I could use).
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 9th Aug 18, 9:13 PM
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    Ins:

    2 x Clairol roots cover up
    1 x Make up Revolution black hair crayon to cover greys in between my dye job
    1 x Superdrug nail polish remover
    1 x GWP - Superdrug shea butter and black castor shampoo
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 9th Aug 18, 11:08 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Paula's Choice Radiance Renewal Mask 10ml WNBA. Another product that has dimethicone in it. Used on my feet to help soften them a bit.
    Last edited by sstevo19; 10-08-2018 at 10:33 AM.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 10th Aug 18, 7:56 AM
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    uu


    Crabtree & Evelyn Himalayan Blue Body Lotion 200ml - this is lovely, quite thick and very scented, it has green tea which I love the scent of.


    Miaflora Pure Argan Oil - WMBA I used this as skincare and haircare and it did both jobs well.


    Prada Candy EDP - WBA, gorgeous scent, more for winter but I just wanted to finish the last bit off.


    VALM - a no buy is a no buy, something always comes along to make you give in, I find the easiset thing is not to look.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 10th Aug 18, 8:00 AM
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    Macadamia Oil Curl Cream
    MiaFlora Argan Oil
    Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser
    Burts Bees Almond Milk Hand Cream
    Crabtree & Evelyn Himalayan Blue Shower Gel 200ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Himalayan Blue Body Lotion 200ml
    Macadamia Oil Conditioner 1L
    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 50g
    Prada Candy EDP 50ml
    Philip Kinsley Elasticizer 1L
    L'occitane Shea Body Wash 500ml





    My 7 by Autumn list

    1. Bourjois CC Cream
    2. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
    3. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
    4. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
    5. Soap & Glory Cheekmate
    6. Revlon Photo Finish Powder
    7. Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Black
    Originally posted by dolly84

    My updated lists.


    The 7 by Autumn list never has any movement. The CC cream is really light now, I haven't touched the lip crayon as I've been using a more summery one, the concealer just goes on and on, the foundation stick is nearly done. The cheekmate is a very long lasting product which I doubt I'll finish, I don't use the powder everyday and I am still ploughing on with the broken eyeliner.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Aug 18, 8:09 AM
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    uu


    Crabtree & Evelyn Himalayan Blue Body Lotion 200ml - this is lovely, quite thick and very scented, it has green tea which I love the scent of.


    Miaflora Pure Argan Oil - WMBA I used this as skincare and haircare and it did both jobs well.


    Prada Candy EDP - WBA, gorgeous scent, more for winter but I just wanted to finish the last bit off.


    VALM - a no buy is a no buy, something always comes along to make you give in, I find the easiset thing is not to look.
    Originally posted by dolly84

    I know nut the otch is real. Rang QVC yesterday and the Mally kit is due around w1 August. I hope its late!
    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 10th Aug 18, 10:36 AM
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    One TA this morning:

    Dr Organic Vitamin E Lip Balm 5ml WNBA. I can't get along with this. It's too waxy, and it doesn't actually moisturise my lips.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Aug 18, 10:48 AM
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    I know nut the otch is real. Rang QVC yesterday and the Mally kit is due around w1 August. I hope its late!
    Originally posted by VALM

    Let me just assure everyone that I was not drunk on the way into work when I typed this.



    Translation:-


    "I now but the itch is real ..... 21 August."
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 10th Aug 18, 6:51 PM
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    UUs:

    Aqueous Cream

    Ins:

    2nd order from Superdrug

    2 x De-stress face mask

    1 x Argan oil clay mask

    1 x OGX Shampoo & Conditioner Gift Pack Vanilla & Chai Spice

    Plus 4 x anti-bacterial travel packs from Aldi
    Last edited by London baby; 10-08-2018 at 7:12 PM.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 10th Aug 18, 11:36 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Contour Yeux 20ml WMBA but probably not. This was nice but I don't see any improvements from using it consistently for 6 months.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Aug 18, 7:17 AM
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    One UU this morning:

    Pyunkang Yul Shampoo sample 7ml WPNB. This was nice and gentle but I probably won't buy a full size.
    • kadison
    • By kadison 11th Aug 18, 4:02 PM
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    Hello all, sorry for being MIA (not sure if anyone noticed but thought I'd apologise anyway!), had a rough time recently and we've also been away.

    Some advice please, we stopped by Cribbs yesterday and I had a skin analysis with Elemis in John Lewis, now she put my skin down as 'cleansed' when I said I had SPF cream and other products on, wouldn't that have skewed the result?

    I showed patches of sun damage in places such as my lower jaw and around my eyes, with my freckles of course showing up darker, but surely SPF shows up dark anyway as it's meant to deflect UV light?
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • asajj
    • By asajj 11th Aug 18, 6:14 PM
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    I have painted my nails last week with Essie - At the Helm, a lovely red-orange colour. I take them off today and will probably repaint tomorrow.
    Also uu'ed today a satchet of Collistar Talasso Body Scrub. This came with LF beauty box and it is nice but not sure it is worth the price tag. I prefer to use a brush nowadays anyway so WNB the full size.

    I have listed few beauty items on various sale but I think due to summer, it is quiet. I hope i will be able to sell few bits and pieces as I've accumulated a massive number of trial sizes/samples mostly thanks to LF monthly beauty boxes and I cannot use them fast enough.

    I bought 2 x Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo today as they were half price at Boots.
    Also benefited from No7 offer currently running - bought 2 sculpting No7 blenders and got a free Nude to Night Beauty Palette. RRP £25. I am likely to gift this to someone or sell it though.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 11th Aug 18, 7:56 PM
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    Another UU today:

    Nivea Ultimate Protect Deodorant 50ml WDBA and will do. This is my favourite deodorant and my favourite one from Nivea. It really does last all day.
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