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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Dec 18, 10:09 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2019
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    • 31st Dec 18, 10:09 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2019 31st Dec 18 at 10:09 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 er, 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
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
    August 2013
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    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
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    November 2014
    December 2014
    January 2015
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    October 2015
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    January 2016
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Jan 19, 8:57 AM
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    More UU and OUT
    14. ABC Cleansing Bar Lavender Sold


    15. 7.5ml sample of Ateliar Cologne Clementine California. This is lovely and I have a full size but don't want to start using this as I want to work through the 2.5ml samples I have and start using my Philosophy Pure Grace at some stage. I have the corresponding shower gel in use and think this will be finished tomorrow.
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Jan 19, 11:28 AM
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    PP List updated
    My PP List

    No 7 Cuticle and Nail Cream
    Elemis PCMC
    Elemis Overnight Matrix
    Atelier Cologne Bois Blonde soap
    Vaseline Body Lotion
    Nivea Deodorant
    Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather handcream
    Bare Minerals Bare Pro concealer
    Cremo Shave Cream
    Atelier Cologne perfume samples. I have 8. Want to work through them all (now 7)


    I think the two Elemis creams will be finished shortly.


    I wanted to make a concerted effort to wear my Stila Glitter and Glow eyeshadow as it is drying up and I've taken the stopper out. Bit miffed as I've only had it about a year and wear it when I go out. Anyway, the last couple of days I have used it as a "sticky base" under other eyeshadow and on first application it makes anything else on top of it look really gorgeous however I have just been to the bathroom and my face is a glitter ball! Will TA this later and report back.
    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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 10th Jan 19, 3:15 PM
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    One UU from this morning:

    Nivea Pearl and Beauty Deodorant 50ml WDBA and have done. I like this but I prefer the Stress Protect version but I can't find it in stock anywhere. Cheap and effective.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Jan 19, 4:34 PM
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    VALM - my stash list would be way bigger than yours and that's after only having about 10 ins last year, it just never seems to go down. The only area I have under control is skincare.
    Originally posted by dolly84

    Yes, I have skincare, bodycare and haircare under control. The only makeup items I have under control are staples ie foundation, concealer and powder.
    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
    • VALM
    • By VALM 10th Jan 19, 4:37 PM
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    VALM
    One UU from this morning:

    Nivea Pearl and Beauty Deodorant 50ml WDBA and have done. I like this but I prefer the Stress Protect version but I can't find it in stock anywhere. Cheap and effective.
    Originally posted by sstevo19

    My HG too. I like the fact that the container is glass so I can see how much is left. Not fussy about the fragrance of it and pick up any I find when I repurchase.
    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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    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 10th Jan 19, 7:53 PM
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    I finished a catrice concealer. It is good, excellent coverage and the colour is ok, a bit too dark but would get again as so cheap and workable.

    I bought the La roche posey spf 50 in a spray tin, I used rhis aerosol when it first came out and loved it as it goes on over my foundation and doubles as a setting spray. It keeps the makeup looking perfect, blusher and highlighter last all day. It is better than any setting spray I have ever used and I can protect my skin.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 10th Jan 19, 9:51 PM
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    Second UU of January:

    Liz Earle Eyebright. WBA. This is great for hay fever in summer.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 15 UU, 4 GA / 146
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 £144.73/£1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 £90/£365
    Penny a day 2019 No.8 £79.69/£667.95
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2019 No.12 £36.26/£150
    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Jan 19, 8:49 AM
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    Updated PP List
    My PP List

    No 7 Cuticle and Nail Cream
    Elemis PCMC
    Elemis Overnight Matrix
    Atelier Cologne Bois Blonde soap
    Vaseline Body Lotion
    Nivea Deodorant
    Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather handcream
    Bare Minerals Bare Pro concealer
    Cremo Shave Cream
    Atelier Cologne perfume samples. I have 8. Want to work through them all (now 7)
    Ateliar Cologne body lotion



    I'm getting rid of the Vaseline body lotion as it's vile. I can only think that it's chock full of mineral oil as it won't absorb and I'm even still feeling sticky when I get home from work and change my clothes. Have replaced this with one of the small bottles of Ateliar Cologne body lotion from my advent calendar.
    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 11th Jan 19, 8:53 AM
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    More Movement
    16 Vaseline Advanced Repair Fragrance Free Body Lotion TA - I've made my feelings known above.


    17 Ateliar Cologne shower gel Clementine California love this fragrance and it foamed nicely however the gel was very thin in consistency and I had to use quite a bit each time. The packaging was rubbish as well. I had to unscrew the cap rather than flip up the top as I couldn't get it open. I have one more of these which I intend to use after I've used up my Elemis shower milk so that I can gauge when I will need to order more shower gel and body lotion.
    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
    • MsM09
    • By MsM09 11th Jan 19, 9:07 AM
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    2 more UUs

    LíOr!al kids shampoo - I bought this as I have coloured hair and was recommended as itís gentle. Itís nice but not a fan of the mango scent. WBA when I redye my hair but iif you want a good cleanse or have oily hair you probably need something stronger

    Coffee body scrub (present from Spain) - I loved the smell of this and the scrub was coarse and good for dry skin. However it did leave a Ďlayerí afterwards which was a bit brown so I did have to concentrate to remove it. WNBA as although the smell was amazing and the scrub good, i didnít love how my skin felt afterwards

    Replacing above with an S&G scrub and a mini shampoo

    Now Iíve got the hang of this a bit more, my PP for January:

    S&G moisturiser
    Lush ectoplasm SG
    Lush fresh face mask
    15 samples/minis

    • VALM
    • By VALM 11th Jan 19, 12:49 PM
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    Coffee body scrub (present from Spain) - I loved the smell of this and the scrub was coarse and good for dry skin. However it did leave a Ďlayerí afterwards which was a bit brown so I did have to concentrate to remove it. WNBA as although the smell was amazing and the scrub good, i didnít love how my skin felt afterwards
    Originally posted by MsM09

    LUSH Cup o Coffee is a favourite of mine. Smells divine. Is more scrubby than oily and rinses well. Only problem with it is that it can be messy and I usually have to give the shower/bath a clean after using it. I repurchase time and again though.



    I have in the past made my own scrub with coffee grains and baby oil but the consistency was too oily.
    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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    • MsM09
    • By MsM09 12th Jan 19, 8:32 AM
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    Oh yes I’ve tried that before. Loved it for my face and smelt amazing. Definitely way better than the last one!

    UU yesterday:

    Lush ectoplasm shower cream WNBA great smell (like orange juice) and crazy yellow colour but as it’s a cream it doesn’t lather well and the smell doesn’t stay on your skin as some of their others do.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 12th Jan 19, 10:38 AM
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    2 more UUs

    LíOr!al kids shampoo - I bought this as I have coloured hair and was recommended as itís gentle. Itís nice but not a fan of the mango scent. WBA when I redye my hair but iif you want a good cleanse or have oily hair you probably need something stronger
    Originally posted by MsM09
    My hairdresser advised me to not use any hair products containing SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate) to help my colour last longer. I think the kids shampoo does contain it, also the scents used in some of the varieties are reported to be strong and cause irritation in some cases.

    I always check out the labels for it now (same with toothpaste as I kept getting sore patches close to my mouth). HTH
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • shed35
    • By shed35 12th Jan 19, 3:07 PM
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    Hi Happy New Year

    This is my first update of the year

    UU
    Waitrose Baby Butter Cream
    Avon Supreme Hair Shampoo
    Avon Supreme Hair Conditioner

    IN
    Child's Farm Body Moisturiser

    Total 110

    Good start to the year
    Last edited by shed35; 12-01-2019 at 9:07 PM.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Jan 19, 4:21 PM
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    18 LUSH Puddy Holly bubble bar Emma gave me this for Christmas and it was lovely. Finished it in my bath today having chopped it into about 4 parts. So cold up in Stockport today. We went to the cinema earlier and it was cold in there too. Anyway nicely relaxed now.

    I signed up for another FB page to send a gift to someone as a Random Act of Kindness and I, likewise, will receive something. Will report back if I decide to send something Beauty related.
    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
    • London baby
    • By London baby 12th Jan 19, 5:36 PM
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    London baby
    UU:

    HIPP baby hair and body wash - WBA, very gentle cleanser and a little goes a long way. It's probably best to use in colder seasons if you're a sweaty betty like me as felt it was not adequate in the summer.

    Nivea micellar water - WNBA, felt that it did not clean all traces of make-up properly.

    Ins:

    1 x Child Farm sweet orange hair and body wash - Needed to decant into travel shower gel container. This brand always seems to appear in articles in a certain right-wing paper so would be interesting to see if the hype is deserved.

    2 x anti-antiperspirant roll-ons from Yves Rocher. This was a necessity/impulse purchase as I needed some during travel and the sale in Lyon was too hard to resist.

    1 x Yves Rocher micellar water - GWP - handy for travel bag

    1 x Yves Rocher jeunesse elixir
    • VALM
    • By VALM 12th Jan 19, 7:02 PM
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    VALM
    19 Elemis Overnight Matrix not a fan. WNBA.

    Looking for new night cream. Any recommendations?
    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
    • MsM09
    • By MsM09 12th Jan 19, 7:03 PM
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    My hairdresser advised me to not use any hair products containing SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate) to help my colour last longer. I think the kids shampoo does contain it, also the scents used in some of the varieties are reported to be strong and cause irritation in some cases.

    I always check out the labels for it now (same with toothpaste as I kept getting sore patches close to my mouth). HTH
    Originally posted by maddiemay

    Yeah it does but I think it has less than normal shampoos because of the risk getting into kids eyes etc. SLS is bad for colour but itís also the chemical which actually cleans your hair, so I have oily hair and the SLS free shampoos do nothing for me but cause more icky build up I top up my purple every 8 weeks or so which is about enough
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 12th Jan 19, 9:28 PM
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    One UU tonight:

    Paula’s Choice Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturiser 60ml WNBA as this didn't react well with my skin. Used up on my neck. I must learn that Paula's Choice moisturisers don't agree with me, I never learn :/
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 12th Jan 19, 10:05 PM
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    maddiemay
    Yeah it does but I think it has less than normal shampoos because of the risk getting into kids eyes etc. SLS is bad for colour but itís also the chemical which actually cleans your hair, so I have oily hair and the SLS free shampoos do nothing for me but cause more icky build up I top up my purple every 8 weeks or so which is about enough
    Originally posted by MsM09
    Oh that must be so frustrating for you, my hair is normal and I have recently bought a Hask shampoo and conditioner which are leaving my hair looking and feeling lovely Your purple hair sounds lovely, for a while I had bright pink and purple highlights put into my grey hair
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
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