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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
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    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 13th Jan 19, 12:33 AM
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    savingfortomorrow
    finished moisturizer

    Hit pan on highlighter

    on target for easter!
    • VALM
    • By VALM 13th Jan 19, 5:51 AM
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    finished moisturizer

    Hit pan on highlighter

    on target for easter!
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow
    Which highlighter are you working on?
    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 13th Jan 19, 12:27 PM
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    Which highlighter are you working on?
    Originally posted by VALM
    physician formula in a light colour. It is discontinued as the soft launch of the range was never extended.
    • moneyless mac
    • By moneyless mac 13th Jan 19, 2:11 PM
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    UU:

    5. Mitchum roll on deodorant - HG have more in stash.

    6. Philosophy pure grace shower gel WMBA but have plenty of shower gel at the moment.

    7 Philosophy pure grace body moisturiser WMBA but again have plenty.

    8. Philosophy hope in a jar 7.5ml sample WNBA was ok but prefer others.

    9/10/11 Pixi glow gift set - GA to DD's friend got as a GWP a few months ago but could be years before I ever got around to using it and I'm trying to be ruthless.

    12. Essence lipstick - as above.
    No more buying toiletries
    • VALM
    • By VALM 13th Jan 19, 5:18 PM
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    physician formula in a light colour. It is discontinued as the soft launch of the range was never extended.
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow
    I have their Bronzer Booster which is gorgeous. Did you buy the highlighter in the UK?
    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 13th Jan 19, 5:31 PM
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    UU:
    9/10/11 Pixi glow gift set - GA to DD's friend got as a GWP a few months ago but could be years before I ever got around to using it and I'm trying to be ruthless.
    Originally posted by moneyless mac
    I wonder if this is the same kit I received as a GWP last year. Mine contained a small blush/highlighter, cream highlighter and lipgloss. I gave the lipgloss away at Christmas. I’m actually sending the blush to the FB recipient I mentioned yesterday along with the Lacura copy Charlotte Tilbury bronzerduo, ESSIE mini polish, L’Occitane Body Lotion and Burts Bees lip shimmer. Like you, it will take me at least a year to get to use the makeup.
    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 13th Jan 19, 5:34 PM
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    19 Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine sample this was lovely.
    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 13th Jan 19, 5:39 PM
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    One UU today:

    Lush Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel sample WBA. This is nice and I like the idea.
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 13th Jan 19, 7:44 PM
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    UU - Palmers solid cocoa butter! Never thought this day would come. WNBA as I am not convinced of the ethics of Palmers parent company, but as a product I love it. For the first time in years I have just 3 moisturisers to get through, moisturisers are my stash problem!
    UU - Lush Bucks Fizz body conditioner - came in a gift set I got half off on boxing day but WNBA this smells of orange Calpol, NOT A FAN
    UU - Lush Luxury Xmas Pud bath bomb shout out to VALM for suggesting cutting up, I got two baths out of this but it was a nightmare to cut to be honest!
    January 2019 NSD Count: 14/31 so far
    Emergency Fund: £400/£1000 so far
    ~Frugal Living Challenge~
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • asajj
    • By asajj 13th Jan 19, 10:05 PM
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    UU - Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum: Nice serum but probably not for harsh winter weather.

    TA - Clinique Eye Pencil I bought 6 years ago.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Jan 19, 9:36 AM
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    Another UU
    20 Ateliar Cologne 40ml body lotion Rose Anonyme Again the packaging was awful. Had to cut the bottle open to get product out.


    Have one more of these left to which I still have the corresponding perfume so will use them next.


    I also posted my question about night cream on various QVC associated facebook pages and the product that was recommended the most was a Judith Williams Retinol cream. I am watching one on Ebay and hope to pick this up reasonably cheaply.


    My concealer has practically run out this morning as well. It is the Bare Minerals Bare Pro one which is contained in a lipstick style bullet. I can't wind the product up any more however managed to get some onto a brush. Will have a look at Boots for the NYX one I like and think I still have enough AP for this.
    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 14th Jan 19, 9:39 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 6)
    Ateliar Cologne body lotion


    So my night cream and concealer are done. I've posted about them in the last post. My PCMC will be done in a couple of days.
    Last edited by VALM; 14-01-2019 at 4:15 PM.
    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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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 14th Jan 19, 10:41 AM
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    uu


    Cerrutti 1881 EDT 50ml - love this, have been buying for years and will buy again but I do have a 100ml bottle in the stash plus about 30 other perfumes
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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 14th Jan 19, 11:49 AM
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    A few UUs this morning:

    Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask 200g WDBA and will do, but I'm going to try a different hair mask first. This was really nice. Helps moisturise my hair, I particularly love using this after I bleach my roots. And I love the toffee smell

    The Body Shop White Musk Body Lotion 60ml WMB as a full size but I'm not sure. I would happily use this if I received it as a gift, but I wouldn't buy it. The scent is nice, and it's a light body lotion, just if you use too much, the smell can be overpowering.

    One TA today as well:

    Lush Cinders Naked Shower Gel sample This is a horrible scent, I couldn't bring myself to use it more than once.

    And a few INs as well:

    Avene Eau Thermale Spray 300ml
    Noreva Sensidiane Soothing Micellar Lotion 500ml
    SVR Sebiaclear SPF50+ Creme 50ml


    A few necessary INs, these are items I use every single day. And I love them as well.

    Stash total is currently at 97 items and I love seeing it go down
    • VALM
    • By VALM 14th Jan 19, 1:58 PM
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    Goodies posted
    As per Random Act of Kindness FB group I have sent the following:-


    21 Lacura copy Charlotte Tilbury bronzerduo

    22 Pixi highlighter/blush duo

    23 Burts Bees Lip Shimmer

    I decided against sending the nail polish or body lotion as I wanted to keep the packaging down so that the recipient would not have to traipse to collect it if they were out when delivered. I did put in a couple of mini bars of Green and Blacks dark chocolate instead.


    I have also ordered from Boots a NYX concealer and a fragrance free body lotion, both using AP and these are now used up. Due for collection tomorrow so will try and squeeze the very last out of my BM one tonight.
    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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    • captainhoarder
    • By captainhoarder 14th Jan 19, 7:02 PM
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    1 UU

    Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser - WDBA, good consistency and lasts through the day without drying out.

    Stash total is 112
    Less is the new more
    • VALM
    • By VALM 15th 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 6)
    Ateliar Cologne body lotion

    PCMC done. HG product. Have 100ml tub in stash. Will keep decanting this into the 30ml tub I've just finished.
    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 15th Jan 19, 8:52 AM
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    More Movement
    24 Elemis PCMC Enough said above.


    25 Smashbox eyeshadow from the Full Exposure pallette This is the fourth that I have used up from this pallette. Am planning to pan the entire thing except a black shadow that is in there. Have three shimmer shades and the eight matte shades left. Am going to attempt to pan one of the grey shimmer shades next as these have the least usage of the shimmer shades.
    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 15th Jan 19, 4:13 PM
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    Ins
    NYX Dark Circle Concealer and E45 200ml lotion. Both bought with Boots AP so not counting as a spend.



    The hunt goes on for the night cream though.
    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 15th Jan 19, 4:38 PM
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    NYX Dark Circle Concealer and E45 200ml lotion. Both bought with Boots AP so not counting as a spend.



    The hunt goes on for the night cream though.
    Originally posted by VALM

    I like the Liz Earle moisturiser as a day and night cream and in winter I like her oil followed by the moisturiser, I always feel like my skin breathes a sigh of relief when I go back to it.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
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