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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Aug 18, 9:43 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2018
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    • 31st Aug 18, 9:43 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2018 31st Aug 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 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
    February 2012
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    • asajj
    • By asajj 13th Sep 18, 10:01 PM
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    Have three ins from Nip and Fab:

    2 x Kale fix protecting shot. Thought I didn't really need serum but have noticed my skin looking a bit dull. Might be change of weather but this was on sale and wanted to see what the fuss was about.
    [/B]
    Originally posted by London baby
    My order also arrived and I used this for the first time today. Along with the Glycolic Radiance Shot. My skin definitely looks better today.

    I have UU'ed a shower gel and will be replacing it with another from the stash.
    Also UU Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream - I like this but the fragrance puts me off. I have ordered a night cream from Clinique also Take The Day Off Make-Up Remover. There is a good GWP offer atm....Will declare when it arrives.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Sep 18, 3:24 AM
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    Another UU and IN

    UU Boots Extracts Vanilla body wash. Don’t like these as they smell synthetic however I do get through them quickly.

    In tub of coconut body butter. Cheapie at 99p. My body lotion keeps disappearing from the bathroom.
    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
    • chocolatelover93
    • By chocolatelover93 14th Sep 18, 12:37 PM
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    Still not got round to doing my list - had a busy few weeks.
    I have one to add in and that was 5 charcoal face masks (in a pack)
    Not UU yet though

    C xx
    Debts:
    520/3326.55 Credit Card 0%
    47.44/260.92 Sofa 0%
    OCT NSD 3/15
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Sep 18, 3:17 PM
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    A few INs today:

    REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml
    REN & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray 10ml sample
    REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 15ml sample
    REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel 25ml sample


    I bought the new REN Cleanser when it was released the other week, it sounds good. And I got a few decent sized samples in my order. Plus I got two muslin cloths to use with the cleanser, and a cute wash bag to go with everything.
    Originally posted by sstevo19

    I've been using the Ren cleanser you mention for years, have they changed it and re-released?
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Sep 18, 3:19 PM
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    A uu at last


    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 50g - WBA, love this. One more tube of this left, I did at one time have about 8.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Sep 18, 9:24 PM
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    I've been using the Ren cleanser you mention for years, have they changed it and re-released?
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I thought it was a new product, they must have reformulated it and released it again.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 15th Sep 18, 2:22 PM
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    1 UU Schwarzkopf Got2b Dry Oil Mist - WNBA. I am looking for a finishing spray that will give a bit of a gloss but yet to find it.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 15th Sep 18, 6:57 PM
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    I had some Love2Shop Vouchers and used them to purchase following :
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    Pixi Retinol Toner
    Mac Strobe Cream Mini
    Micro Nail Polisher (half price, so wanted to try this for 5)
    Absolute All in One Cream SPF20 from M&S Formula range.

    All were needed.

    UU'ed a bottle of mouthwash as well.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 15th Sep 18, 7:51 PM
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    One TA today:

    Tigi Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturising Detangler Spray 100ml I can't use this. Every time I do it makes my scalp itch like mad. My scalp feels like it's on fire.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th Sep 18, 7:01 AM
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    UU L’Occitane eye makeup remover. Want to try something else as this did not work on all mascara.
    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 Sep 18, 8:52 AM
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    uu


    Liz Earle Energising Body Wash - I love the smell of this and it lathers well so WMBA.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Sep 18, 8:54 AM
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    My September PP list


    Macadamia Oil Curl Cream
    Burts Bees Almond Milk Hand Cream
    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Cream 50g
    Philip Kinsley Elasticizer 1L
    Philosophy Sunshine Grace EDP 60ml
    Liz Earle Shower Gel
    Ren Vita Mineral Day Cream
    Clarins Blue Orchid Oil
    L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo 250ml


    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. I had better get my skates on with the Autumn challenge, I am using the items regularly but they just never end.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Sep 18, 8:56 AM
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    Another uu which I forgot


    Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Fair Matte - I don't really like bronzer on the whole but this was a nice light color, I used it a lot and hit major pan then DD asked if I had a pale bronzer so I gave it to her and she finished it.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 16th Sep 18, 11:07 AM
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    UU - 2


    Oz Botanics Major Moisture Conditioner 400ml - This worked well enough but not sure I would buy again as I have used better brands for my thick hair.



    Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner 200ml - Lasted a very long time! I didn't use every day as I found it too strong but good to use after taking off makeup.



    Got a few more items hitting pan so hopefully more to be added next week.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 48
    |September - 6|Makeup Total UU to end of August - 5
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 16th Sep 18, 1:56 PM
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    UU
    Garnier mini make up remover
    Est!e Lauder Double wear
    Sanex body wash
    • asajj
    • By asajj 16th Sep 18, 4:00 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread and I'm in as usual. This time I have a PP list:

    Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

    Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry
    Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment
    Erno Laszlo Firm & Lift Essence Lotion Deluxe Sample
    Gatineau Collagene Serum 5 ml
    Ordinary Caffeine Eye Serum

    Most of these are about to be UU'ed anyway but a list will help me to stick with them rather than switching between other stuff I have.

    I will also alternate some blushes I have and will try to sell some more goods.
    Originally posted by asajj
    Updated PP
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 16th Sep 18, 4:55 PM
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    UU


    Aussie Beach Mate Conditioner 250ml - Love Aussie products. WDBA.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018 (Total 2016 UU - 211|Total 2017 UU - 114)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 48
    |September - 6|Makeup Total UU to end of August - 5
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 16th Sep 18, 8:52 PM
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    I am very late to the party, been on holiday until yesterday, The Scores on the doors August UU 6/76, IN 9/32. GA 0/5, TA 0/2.

    I have not had time to look properly to make a new PP list, but will start off with the ones left on the August list.
    30ml Clinique Moisture Surge tinted moisturiser spf15
    30ml Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil
    Bobbi Brown Bone eye shadow
    Clinique mascara GWP size
    15ml Hylamide for Eyes
    41gm Mitchum AP/Deo stick
    15ml Clarins Gentle Refiner
    100ml Crabtree & Evelyn Geranium and Orange body lotion
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • asajj
    • By asajj 16th Sep 18, 10:37 PM
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    I have painted my nails tonight with Maybelline Superstay (Flesh Tone) when watching Phantom Thread. Lovely colour but no longer is available I believe. Good film too!
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Sep 18, 5:39 AM
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    VALM
    I have painted my nails tonight with Maybelline Superstay (Flesh Tone) when watching Phantom Thread. Lovely colour but no longer is available I believe. Good film too!
    Originally posted by asajj
    Speaking of good films we saw King of Thieves on Saturday. Would thoroughly recommend.
    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
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