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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
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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 12th Aug 18, 9:20 AM
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    sunny_money
    UU
    Deodorant
    Toni&guy volumising dry shampoo
    Lavera sensitive hand cream mini
    Superdrug relaxing bath

    TA
    Schwarzkopf volume powder - too old gone sticky

    IN
    Imperial Leather Moroccan oil bath
    Superdrug mini shampoo GWP
    Superdrug mini conditioner GWP
    Kath Kidson mini body cream & full size hand cream - OH received last xmas and hasnt UU yet because shes not fussed by them and Im out body cream so 2 more INs for me..
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Aug 18, 9:33 AM
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    VALM
    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.
    Originally posted by asajj
    That Essie colour looks gorgeous however I bought one of theirs last year called Eclair my Love which is very similar.

    I need to repaint my nails today. Am currently wearing OPI Made It To the seventh Hill but donít like how it looks in daylight. Will see if Emma wants it or sell it.

    Bought a bottle each of Mane and Tail shampoo and conditioner on Friday as they were on offer and my bottles are getting light.
    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!

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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Aug 18, 11:56 AM
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    Does anyone know what happened to Clarins Boosters? I have "re-discoverd" my Detox Booster recently and it made a huge difference to my skin but it is no longer available to purchase
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 12th Aug 18, 1:50 PM
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    It's on sale at Escentual.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 12th Aug 18, 4:58 PM
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    asajj
    It's on sale at Escentual.
    Originally posted by Tolteca87
    Thanks. Not on Clarins nor Boots. Never used Escentual before.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 12th Aug 18, 8:00 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Second UU of August:

    Living Proof Prime. WBA. Have already got a replacement lined up
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £877.32/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 19% £2 savers No.12 - £102 5p Savers No.3 - £14.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £150/£150 1p a day Challenge £648.97/£667.95
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 13th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
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    UU

    Superdrug Simply Pure Spot Clearing Moisturising Cream 75ml - Good value and really worked. Got another Superdrug facial moisturiser on the go now!

    Dr Organic Pomegranate Shampoo 265ml - Loved this shampoo and it foamed up quite well so one bottle lasted quite a while. Replaced with a bottle of Organic Surge from the stash.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of November- 55
    |December - 2|Makeup Total UU to end of November - 5
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 13th Aug 18, 11:07 PM
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    Two UUs this evening:

    Pyunkang Yul Oil sample 1.5ml WPNB. I don't really like oils so I used this on my feet before covering them in lotion.

    Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel sample 1.5ml WPNB. This was very sticky. I don't see the purpose of this.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Aug 18, 9:12 AM
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    VALM
    Emma has had a pre-return to Uni declutter of eyeshadow palettes so I have inherited:-


    Urban Decay Naked Basics - one heavily used shadow (pannage)
    Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette
    Too Faced Love palette (I think it's called)


    and an Anastasia Beverley Hills contour palette from which two pans have been removed.


    Will see how I get on with these. If I don't love them I will see if I can pass them on to someone.


    I have hit pan on another blush : NARS Orgasm from the Killing Me Softly palette. I have been using the Albatross highlighter contained in this palette and think I'm near to hitting pan. I had pulled out a NYX blush called Wanderlust which isn't showing up too well on my tanned skin so have been topping it up with Orgasm. Saw the tiniest glint of pan this morning so will keep this in rotation to try and use up.
    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 15th Aug 18, 9:51 AM
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    One TA this morning:

    The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 30ml WNBA and I really can't get along with this.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 15th Aug 18, 8:16 PM
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    One UU this morning:

    Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner. WBA. This was a hotel freebie but a nice zingy fragrance.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £877.32/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 19% £2 savers No.12 - £102 5p Savers No.3 - £14.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £150/£150 1p a day Challenge £648.97/£667.95
    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 15th Aug 18, 9:00 PM
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    UU

    Body Fantasies Signature Body Spray in Sparkling Pink Grapefruit - I like this scent but I have 3 more to use up from this range.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
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    One UU from this afternoon:

    Vichy Ideal Soleil sample WNBA because I can't use it on my face because of some of the ingredients (Dimethicone) and the smell Vichy products have is nauseating. Used this on my neck.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 15th Aug 18, 11:41 PM
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    Hermia
    UU Dove antiperspirant. This used to be a HG product for me, but I now prefer Nivea Pearl & Beauty so I would only buy this if it was super cheap.

    UU Imperial Leather Cosmic Unicorn shower gel - it's shimmery and has a unicorn on the bottle. What's not to like??

    UU Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac - nice enough, but didn't do anything spectacular.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Aug 18, 8:16 AM
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    dolly84
    asajj - Escentual are very good, I've bought from them numerous times, I think they buy up end of lines.


    uu


    Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick - WNBA, I have a love hate relationship with this. The colour match was perfect, it is easy to draw on the face and blends when it is warmed a bit, it looks a bit streaky at first but by the time I've finished my makeup it looks really good, however that only lasts a few hours before it turns patchy and disappears. BB say this is long lasting but it isn't, that coupled with how much you actually get, how quickly it gets used up and the price tag - over £30 I think - it is not worth it.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th Aug 18, 12:52 PM
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    VALM
    Finish 7 by Autumn
    Urban Decay Easy blush from Gwen Stefani palette
    MAC Brave lipstick
    Avon eyeshadow (from Warm Cashmere duo)
    Urban Decay Darkhorse eyeshadow from Naked palette
    Wet and Wild Contour duo - yellow powder only
    Benefit Boing concealer
    OPI mini - Got Myself in a Jambalaya


    Whilst everything else is plodding on (although the pan is getting bigger in the concealer) I have finished the mini OPI. I applied it on Tuesday night noticing that I got good application on one hand but not the other but then yesterday, in day light, the lacquer looked patchy so I'm considering it done. WNBA. Not a huge fan of pure peach colours. Don't mind a pinky peach though.

    So, as we still have a while left in this challenge I'm going to continue to roll in mini bottles. I picked one randomly from my pile (I now have 19 OPI and 2 Leighton Denny minis left) having thrown away two which were a green colour (remember it being from the OPI Coca Cola collection) and a light lilac (from the Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland collection I bought in 2011! - this always managed to look like Tippex on my nails). The one I'm boing to UU is another Sephora By OPI mini from the above mentioned set called Access 24/7 - a bright pink. It's been stored on it's side and only looks like it has half a bottle left anyway.

    Wanted a change from brights last night though as the weather has become a bit cooler and am wearing today OPI Manicurist of Seville. Love this colour and think I'll keep it in rotation to use up once I've finished my full sized Don't Pretzel My Buttons.

    I did wander into Sally's yesterday and saw that the OPI Grease minis were reduced. I resisted - yay me. Have still not bought anything other than the shampoo and conditioner mentioned the other day and we are on day 16.
    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 16th Aug 18, 1:59 PM
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    VALM
    asajj - Escentual are very good, I've bought from them numerous times, I think they buy up end of lines.


    uu


    Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick - WNBA, I have a love hate relationship with this. The colour match was perfect, it is easy to draw on the face and blends when it is warmed a bit, it looks a bit streaky at first but by the time I've finished my makeup it looks really good, however that only lasts a few hours before it turns patchy and disappears. BB say this is long lasting but it isn't, that coupled with how much you actually get, how quickly it gets used up and the price tag - over £30 I think - it is not worth it.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Iím getting a foundation stick in the Malay kit and was hoping it would be good for travel. Will have to give it a good test before we go (assuming it arrives).
    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 16th Aug 18, 8:48 PM
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    asajj
    asajj - Escentual are very good, I've bought from them numerous times, I think they buy up end of lines.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Thank you - I'm waiting for payday and I hope they will still have stock as they only had 14 left when I checked.

    I've listed Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette for sale. Gorgeous colour but I will never use it and I could use the cash. Hope it will be sold.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 17th Aug 18, 3:10 AM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    Two INs to report:

    Aveda shampure conditioner
    L'occitane shea butter shower gel

    Both categories where I have worked my stash back to empty
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - 73/162 UU, 42 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £877.32/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 19% £2 savers No.12 - £102 5p Savers No.3 - £14.75
    Virtual Sealed Pot No.12 - £150/£150 1p a day Challenge £648.97/£667.95
    • London baby
    • By London baby 17th Aug 18, 10:15 PM
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    London baby
    Today was hair wash day so was able to use up a few products.

    UUs:

    Aussie winter miracle shampoo - WMBA, this was a shampoo lying around, which I wanted to get rid off to make room in the bathroom. Had a nice creamy texture and lathered nicely but I found my hair matted and clumped together. I'm not sure whether it was the shampoo or whether it was I had removed my extensions.

    Clairol root touch up -2B black colour - HG

    Right Guard Women Total Defence 5 anti perspirant - WBA, pleasant smell and works well.

    Oral B Satin floss tape - HG

    TA:

    Henna Wax conditioner - I couldn't get on with this. Felt that it left a film on my hair. Saw rave reviews about it but did nothing for me. It was available in Poundland so don't feel too bad about throwing it away.

    Benefit Pore Professional - WNB, received in a beauty box years ago. Initially thought it was ok but soon realised it made my face look ghost white.
    Last edited by London baby; 18-08-2018 at 3:43 PM.
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