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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Nov 18, 10:41 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries November 2018
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    • 1st Nov 18, 10:41 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries November 2018 1st Nov 18 at 10:41 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, 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!


    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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    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 7th Nov 18, 9:26 PM
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    Really enjoyed reading your stashlist @kadison I might post something like that next month.

    UU - Barry M Top and Base Coat - I consider this to be a HG but I have other ones to use up in the meantime, switching in my Avon Gel Shine topcoat and Barry M Peel It Base Coat
    TA - a mustard yellow Beauty UK nail polish which was just, so gloopy it was no longer useable.
    PYNW - Just painted my nails in & Other Stories Seafoam Coast which is a shiny pearlescent purple.
    Switched in a Palmers Cocoa Butter to use up next as I finished my previous moisturiser.
    March 2019 NSD Total so far: 7
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 7th Nov 18, 11:14 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask WDBA and will do in the future. Nice and calming on my skin.
    • kadison
    • By kadison 8th Nov 18, 1:16 AM
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    Really enjoyed reading your stashlist @kadison I might post something like that next month.
    Originally posted by ponypal

    Yes, it takes some reading doesn't it?!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2018
    I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 8th Nov 18, 10:06 AM
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    I'm a big fan of the Yorkshire soap company too! Trying to reduce packaging so feel like I might allow myself a bit of a spree in December when I am next in York
    March 2019 NSD Total so far: 7
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Nov 18, 11:16 AM
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    One UU this morning and it's something off my PP list:

    Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream 100ml WNB. This is a nice moisturiser but my skin didn't get along with it. I used it as a body moisturiser.

    I'm enjoying using up the products in my stash, it's nice to see the size of it dwindle.
    • mmmsnow
    • By mmmsnow 8th Nov 18, 1:03 PM
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    I've been decluttering my house this month, lots already off to charity and I'm hoping to get started on my toiletry collection. I tend to bulk buy stuff I like when it's cheap so I don't see an issue with that - it's the little bits and pieces that I want to use up.

    This month, I hope to get rid of:
    Zoella Bath Foam
    Body Shop Brazil nut body scrub (this has moved house with me twice!)
    Clarins samples (2)
    Pixie toner 100ml
    M&S Eyeliner and Eye pencil
    L'Occitane almond shower oil

    Starting small!

    Also, I have to ask: Kadison, how do you keep all your stuff organised?
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 8th Nov 18, 9:44 PM
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    One TA today:

    Sensodyne Gentle Whitening Toothpaste 100ml The pump stopped working and even following the instructions on what to do when the pump fails it still won't come out. I'm not that disappointed though, as it was irritating my mouth.

    One GA as well:

    Sensodyne Strong & Bright Enamel Toothpaste 75ml Given to someone in my house who actually likes using this. This made my mouth burn a bit.

    And a few INs today:

    Dentek Comfort Clean Floss Picks 60 count
    Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening Toothpaste 75ml
    Superdrug Pro Care Sensitive Mouthwash 500ml

    All necessary items. Nearing the end of my current bag of floss picks, and I need a mouthwash.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Nov 18, 9:50 AM
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    I'm a big fan of the Yorkshire soap company too! Trying to reduce packaging so feel like I might allow myself a bit of a spree in December when I am next in York
    Originally posted by ponypal

    Love that shop. Sadly, don't get to York enough to shop there.
    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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    • VALM
    • By VALM 9th Nov 18, 9:52 AM
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    What a slow week. Still no UUs but feel the Elemis PCMC and Laura Geller Bronze Spackle will be gone over the weekend/early next week.

    A couple of INs yesterday. Did not buy the Laura Geller TSV last week however found someone who was selling both highlighters which I intended to give to Emma but now that they have arrived I am torn!

    Repainted my nails this morning with OPI Manicurist of Seville. A favourite of mine.
    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
    • makeupmad03
    • By makeupmad03 9th Nov 18, 2:04 PM
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    I have quite a few UUs -

    quite a few small perfume samples:
    Dior Joy - liked this and would consider it at some point.
    Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours - WNB smelt really powdery on me.
    Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal by night - really liked this and would consider it at some point. It was really strong so I got many uses out of the tiny sample!

    So am now 4/12 on my 12 perfume samples by xmas challenge.

    Have also finally finished off a 5ml L'occitane Terre de Lumiere perfume - this was pleasant but i don't think I would buy it again.

    bleach london sulph obsessed shampoo - this was ok but I don't think they still sell it in boots. I have a few more in the stash to get through first anyway.

    2 x bumble and bumble thickening shampoo & conditioner sachets - this was fine for our trip away, have a few more of these sachets in the stash for travelling but would not buy the full size.

    2 x Kate somerville eradikate cleanser sachets - this was nice but not sure if would buy the full size.

    2 x Elemis hydra day cream sachets - prefer others in the elemis range so would not buy the full size.

    1 x Loccitane ultra thirst quenching cream - would not buy as it felt so greasy on the skin.

    I also have a couple of ins
    Dior Joy 5ml mini bottle from Debenhams Beauty Card with small samples of joop! wow for her and YSL black opium.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 9th Nov 18, 5:02 PM
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    I'm a big fan of the Yorkshire soap company too! Trying to reduce packaging so feel like I might allow myself a bit of a spree in December when I am next in York
    Originally posted by ponypal

    I visit the Yorkshire Soap Co in Hebden Bridge which I live close to and cycle to regularly. If you are in Yorkshire it is well worth a visit, it is Calderdales most visited town, very arty and bohemian with tons of independent shops and no chains shops really, except a little Boots. I love it.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 10th Nov 18, 5:41 PM
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    I'm in again for November, hoping for No Buy November, I shouldn't need to make any purchases. October was (I think) two INs and four UUs.

    Baby arrived at the end of October and I'm now on maternity leave, so will need to focus on making sure I keep UU'ing things - two weeks experience has shown that keeping clean and fragrant is i) tricky and ii) important for my mental health.

    One UU for November: Superdrug peach handwash purchased in 2009 (I prefer soap, glad this is gone)
    Originally posted by catherine/kate

    1 UU Clarins Body Lotion - love the consistency and the feel of it but I prefer Body butters.
    I should make a list of my stash too but too lazy..I do have too many of the same products and not any back up for others. I try to focus on a certain item each time. Since the summer, I have been using up some cleansers I have. That has been successful. I do have a lot of travel size cleansers from beauty boxes. Most of these are not suitable for my skin and I think I should repurpose them as shower gels or gifts!
    Last edited by asajj; 10-11-2018 at 6:16 PM.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 10th Nov 18, 8:41 PM
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    First UU for this month
    LíOccitane La Mer soap small bar 1/97
    70ml MV Gentle Cream Cleanser £39 2/98

    Still no Ins, but did find an OPI Infinite Shine set in TKM, but nail polish etc not included in this challenge.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 10th Nov 18, 9:02 PM
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    I have a problem. I have been using up a sachet of L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water and my skin seems to love it in terms of healing and normalising the red and irittable bits. It's not rich enough as my skin does need several layers of it, though it is the norm/comb version. I have decades of moistourisers and loads I haven't tried but am seriously temped to buy the dry/sensitive version.
    Last edited by Tolteca87; 10-11-2018 at 9:04 PM.
    • Dolly Rocker
    • By Dolly Rocker 11th Nov 18, 10:55 AM
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    Dolly Rocker
    Bodyshop vitamin E facewash
    Bodyshop vitamin E moisturiser
    Bodyshop vitamin E facespray
    Bodyshop Vitamin E cleanser
    Bodyshop vitamin E toner
    Garnier skin active facewipes day
    Garnier skin active facewipes night
    Garnier skin active moisture bomb
    Bio oil
    Lacura Q10 face serum
    Simple micellar water
    Nutra nail healing foot moisturiser
    Lancome miracle
    Garnier ultimate blends handcream
    Zoella wonderhand
    EOS lip balm
    Loreal infallible 24h matte powder (sand beige)
    Loreal falsh lash teloscopic (magnetic black)
    Lancome hypnose mascara (black)
    Dove deodorant
    Rose bath fizzer

    Rose bath fizzer - this was actually used up from my Mums stash but she won't use anything like that - WNBA

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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 11th Nov 18, 7:34 PM
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    I feel like Iíve had the mindset change to reduce my stash, really happy with progress, slow and steady.

    I need to do the same with my clothes and shoes now! Do you guys know if there is a similar thread to this for those?

    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Nov 18, 12:36 PM
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    One UU today:

    Impulse Instant Crush 75ml WDBA and will do in the future. Lovely scent. And cheap
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Nov 18, 3:46 PM
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    Two INs today:

    La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere Moisturiser 40ml
    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml

    Necessary items. Both items get used daily and I'm nearing the end of my current tubes of each.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Nov 18, 5:49 PM
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    I feel like Iíve had the mindset change to reduce my stash, really happy with progress, slow and steady.

    I need to do the same with my clothes and shoes now! Do you guys know if there is a similar thread to this for those?

    Originally posted by sunny_money

    I think it's called the Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge and might be on the Old Style Board.


    Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Butter 300ml - really liked this.
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    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 12th Nov 18, 9:05 PM
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    Thanks dolly84, looks hardcore!
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