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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 30th Jun 19, 9:38 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2019
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    • 30th Jun 19, 9:38 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2019 30th Jun 19 at 9:38 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!


    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

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    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 30th Jun 19, 10:18 PM
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    • #2
    • 30th Jun 19, 10:18 PM
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    • 30th Jun 19, 10:18 PM
    Halfway through the year!

    Here are my stats so far:
    29 INs of which
    12 are NBI's
    and 17 were purchased
    63 OUTs of which
    8 GA
    4 TA
    51 UU

    Going forward...

    There is nothing I need. Anything new is only allowed when all owned stuff is used up and then I can think about it.

    use up 7 by Autumn is as follows:
    1. Hotel shampoo and Hotel conditioner - will count as one as they are minis
    2. Original Source Banana shower milk
    3. Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser - got to focus on this before it goes weird
    4. & other stories Topanga Waves Body Lotion
    5. Nivea suncream
    6. Superdrug devotion body spray
    7. Primark x Alex Steinherr Plump & Glow Serum-inCream Moisturiser

    I also have on my PP:
    Superdrug style expertise heat styling spray
    Aveda purifying scalp cleanser
    Lush none of your beeswax lip balm
    Avon Gel Shine in Emerald City
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 1st Jul 19, 12:20 AM
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    • #3
    • 1st Jul 19, 12:20 AM
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    • 1st Jul 19, 12:20 AM
    Thanks for a new thread sstevo!

    I'm in again for July, PP list:

    L'occitane verbena shower gel
    Soaper duper passion fruit shower gel
    Emma Hardie balm cleanser
    Algenist gentle rejuvenate cleanser
    Trilogy eye cream
    Ren vita mineral moisturiser
    Odilyque rose day cream
    Elemental Herbology night cream
    Nuxe lip balm
    Burts Bees vanilla lip balm
    Last edited by pinkfluffybabe; 31-07-2019 at 9:43 PM.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2019 105/146 UU, 61 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2019 No.64 528.74/1000
    Saving for Christmas 2019 No.13 365/365
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2019 No.12 107.05/150
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st Jul 19, 8:59 AM
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    • #4
    • 1st Jul 19, 8:59 AM
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    I'm in again. Thanks sstevo.

    July PP List

    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Dancing (b/f from June)
    Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Shampoo 200ml (b/f from June)
    Soap & Glory EDT 50ml
    Soap & Glory Shower Butter 250ml
    Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk 500ml
    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml

    My Finish 7 by Autumn list.

    1. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (b/f from the last project)
    2. Seventeen Miracle Matte Powder
    3. Lancome mini mascara
    4. Soap & Glory mini lip crayon
    5. Benefit Champagne Pink Eyeshadow (b/f from the last project)
    6. The Balm Down Boy Blush - would like to hit pan (b/f from last project.
    7. Mini Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Taupe

    Will not need to buy in 2019

    Shower gel - one can of Rituals foaming shower gel bought January, and one that came with my Liz Earle order.
    Body moisturiser - set of 3 Sanctuary Spa Body Butters bought March from the CS
    Hair conditioner/hair masks - one Bumble & Bumble styling cream bought January
    Foot cream
    Nail polish - 2 BN Ciate polishes bought for 1 each from a CS
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation) - eye primer bought March, mascara & foundation bought June.
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2019

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - will need to buy in Spring - already purchased Liz Earle
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use
    Day cream - already bought Liz Earle
    Curl cream - have one in use and one backup
    Deodorant - will be good for quite a while
    Hand cream - 2 from Avon in January.
    Last edited by dolly84; 02-07-2019 at 7:55 AM.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • Tolteca87
    • By Tolteca87 1st Jul 19, 1:13 PM
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    • #5
    • 1st Jul 19, 1:13 PM
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    • 1st Jul 19, 1:13 PM
    In yet again.
    Especially as I will have to move the Giant Really Useful Tubs of Toiletaries currently stacked in the bathroom and empty the bathroom cabinets to let the builders in to rewallpaper after the leak from upstairs.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Jul 19, 3:23 PM
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    • #6
    • 1st Jul 19, 3:23 PM
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    • 1st Jul 19, 3:23 PM
    I'm in again and my PP list for July is:

    A. Florence Super Serum 10ml
    Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid 30ml
    Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser 30ml
    Garden Of Wisdom Azelaic Acid 10% Serum 30ml
    The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Eye & Lip Contour Cream 15ml
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo 400ml

    I'm just focusing on these items, I really want to finish them this month.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st Jul 19, 3:49 PM
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    • #7
    • 1st Jul 19, 3:49 PM
    • #7
    • 1st Jul 19, 3:49 PM
    A few INs today:

    Maui Moisture Strength & Anti Breakage Agave Shampoo 385ml
    Maui Moisture Strength & Anti Breakage Agave Conditioner 385ml
    Impulse Instant Crush 75ml
    Ultradex One Go Liquid Sachets (10 pack)

    A few necessities, and a new item to try (the mouthwash sachets, they will be perfect for when I'm at work).
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 1st Jul 19, 4:51 PM
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    • #8
    • 1st Jul 19, 4:51 PM
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    • 1st Jul 19, 4:51 PM
    I have to TA the Avon Gel Shine in Emerald City - I love this colour and it was awesome for ages but it's unusable now. I tried a couple of tricks to make it less thick but no luck.
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 1st Jul 19, 6:09 PM
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    • #9
    • 1st Jul 19, 6:09 PM
    • #9
    • 1st Jul 19, 6:09 PM
    I need to join this month. I have loads of samples as well as half-finished bottles sitting around. It is driving me nuts!

    UU - Bayliss and Harding shower gel. It was actually a pretty nice creamy one so I would consider getting it again.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 1st Jul 19, 10:47 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread.

    Finish By Autumn List
    TBS Wild Rose Hand Butter
    Loccitane Foot Cream
    Seven Seas Energetic You Supplements
    This Works Deep Sleep Cream

    My June UU/PP List

    Estee Lauder Lip conditioner
    Benefit Dandelion Blush
    Clarins Lip Oil - Tangerine
    Beauty Pie All In Wonder Illuminating Primer Nude Glow
    Pixi Glow Mist

    Will not need to buy in 2019
    Hair styling products
    Shower gel (I go to Zero Waste shop to refill)

    Beauty Pie Strobing Stick
    Beauty Pie Make up setting spray
    Beauty Pie Fake Tan cream

    UU: Ordinary, The Buffet serum - Great product. Lasted a long time.
    Sold: Elizabeth Arden make up palette.
    2015 in 2015 / 2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 1st Jul 19, 11:25 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread sstevo.

    I would like to be in for another month please, PP list:-
    500ml Soap & Glory Butter Yourself moisture lotion
    50ml Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
    125ml Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
    7ml Clarins Lip Comfort Oil 01 Honey
    100ml Hand Chemistry Retin Oil
    250ml Body Shop Milk & Almond Shower Cream
    30ml Tata Harper Rejuvinating Serum
    15g Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Eye Cream
    Pixi (Caroline Hirons) Double Cleanse
    3ml Vichy Eye & Lash Serum
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • VALM
    • By VALM 2nd Jul 19, 10:11 AM
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    Thanks for the new thread steveo. My scores for last month were woeful. Must try harder although I have already ordered something. I have ordered the new TILI box. Think I may "treat"myself to this each time it's released (every 3 months) if I fancy more than half the products. It seems to be more skincare in the new one. There are two make up items which are a Tarte blusher and Benefit Hoola Bronzer.

    I have a UU which was on my PP list: Murad Clarifying toner lotion. Am hoping that a combination of the Lacura Retinol toner and Ordinary AHA solution (TILI box) will work as effectively. In the meantime, I have some First Aid Beauty dupe pads from Lacura to UU.

    My PP list :-

    Lacura hot cloth cleanser
    The Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter
    Bath and Body Works Shea Butter hand cream
    Snake Venom eye cream
    Living Proof Restore hair detangler
    Tweak'd hair mask
    ABC cleansing bar
    ABC body lotion
    Laura Geller Spackle
    Lacura Q10 serum (carried over).
    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 2nd Jul 19, 9:58 PM
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    A backup of a product I use everyday arrived today:

    Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Light) 170ml

    I use this everyday and I'm nearing the end of my current bottle. Should be the last of my INs for a while now, the only thing I'll probably need to buy this month is moisturiser.
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 2nd Jul 19, 9:59 PM
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    Need to pay more attention to my Neals Yard best before dates spreadsheet, time to reassess

    White tea facial mist - mini
    White Tea face mask - mini
    Palmarosa facial moisturiser - mini
    Palmarosa mattifier
    Bee Lovely body lotion
    Bee Lovely All Over Balm
    Bee Lovely lip balm (finish on body)
    Wild Rose hand cream (finish on body)
    Rejuvenating Frankincense oil - mini
    Garden mint and bergamot soap
    • asset2004
    • By asset2004 2nd Jul 19, 10:24 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread.
    I'm back again doubt I'll ever be graduating though.
    I have GA 2 nice gift sets as raffle prizes, figured they were better away than taking up space and also decluttering, so figuratively speaking it's win win!!
    Also sold some Liz Earle items so that all helps.
    • London baby
    • By London baby 2nd Jul 19, 11:27 PM
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    London baby
    Oops posted below in last month's thread

    First UUs:

    Monuskin firming moisturiser: WMBA, if significantly reduced again but not at original selling price. Smells nice but nothing special.

    Hydrogen peroxide 6% solution for mouthwash - HG

    Proud that I resisted purchasing new products in TK Maxx this weekend.

    PPs for this month:

    Rihanna Rogue perfume, have another celebrity perfume ready to take its place. After my stash is finished, I'm going to just buy smaller perfume oils so I don't get bored so quickly.

    1 nail polish

    1 face mask
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 3rd Jul 19, 7:33 AM
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    Avon 2 in 1 Anti Dandruff Shampoo 400ml - this was DD's, she finds this more effective than H&S, we have one bottle this size yet but she is going to try the shampoo bar we have and see how she gets on and keep the Avon one to fall back on. We are hoping that by the end of the year we will all be using the solid shampoo bars, I have 3 bottles of shampoo left from a pretty large stash.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 3rd Jul 19, 10:15 AM
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    One TA last night:

    La Roche Posay Effaclar Clay Mask 100ml WNBA. I used this last night and it left my skin very irritated. I've used it numerous times before and its never irritated my skin until last night. I feel bad about tossing it, but I can't use it up. And I don't want to pass it onto my mother as she's recently had facial cellulitis and I don't want to irritate her skin.
    • chocgirl
    • By chocgirl 3rd Jul 19, 10:52 AM
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    I am not joining this but I just wanted to say that it absolutely had never occurred to me to use unwanted shower gels and shampoos as hand wash.

    I feel a bit stupid and guilty now! But I will be putting that right. I might even use unwanted body lotions as hand lotion.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 3rd Jul 19, 11:35 AM
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    I have another IN to fess up. It's Emma's birthday at the end of the month and she wants a Colourpop eyeshadow palette. They are US brand and will ship to UK free for a minimum spend of $50. I may have added a palette for myself to the basket to meet the threshold. To be fair it is a peach palette and I don't have one of those. I did have the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette but gave that to Emma as I didn't get on with the smell. The colours were gorgeous though.

    I did also TA a blusher yesterday : Laura Geller Ethereal Rose and a Sateen one. It was one of those split pan affairs. I pulled this into rotation last month and just did not reach for it. Never liked the Sateen side either so it's gone. Have pulled out another LG blusher called Apricot Berry for this month. Do like this one still and am wearing it today.
    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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