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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 31st Dec 19, 6:28 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2020
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    • 31st Dec 19, 6:28 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2020 31st Dec 19 at 6:28 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, 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 this month 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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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 15th Jan 20, 3:14 PM
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    Good tip VALM - thank you - I'll have a look for that!

    *edit* or rather I won't - "Product no longer available" according to Aldi's website.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 15th Jan 20, 6:55 PM
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    VALM
    Good tip VALM - thank you - I'll have a look for that!

    *edit* or rather I won't - "Product no longer available" according to Aldi's website.
    Originally posted by EssexHebridean
    Oh, sorry. If I see it again, Iíll let you know. X
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 16th Jan 20, 9:17 AM
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    Painted my nails last night with Leighton Denny Life's a Beige, topped with a Revlon shimmer top coat. I have a uu from that manicure


    Nailoid Total Duty - this is a top and base coat and does the job well. Have another in the stash plus numerous other top coats and base coats.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 16th Jan 20, 4:02 PM
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    I made a Space NK order to get my free N.dulge birthday gift and a little treat for myself. So I have a few INs today:

    Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Hand Creme 50ml
    Fresh Soy Face Cleanser sample
    Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cleanser 2ml sample
    Virtue Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner 7ml sample
    Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial 5ml sample
    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment 7.5ml sample
    Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C 5ml sample


    Excited to try all of these items
    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th Jan 20, 7:16 PM
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    VALM
    I may have wandered into Sally’s at lunch time. I may have been browsing for a replacement of my beloved Sparrow Me The Drama. I may have asked if they had any of the Tokyo colours. I was not expecting there to be a clearance bin. It was like opening the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. It would have been very rude to not buy the pack of mini Tokyo colours for £5.57 do you not think?
    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
    • ponypal
    • By ponypal 16th Jan 20, 10:27 PM
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    UU Lush Pop Art Bath Bomb - WBA (on boxing day) I enjoyed this.

    I haven't bought anything at all so far this month. Honestly there is nothing I need any time soon but sometimes the urge to splurge comes. Just checking in.

    PMNW yesterday painted my nails in O.P.I in Lost my bikini in Molokini - a fave colour but I find O.P.I. chips so easily
    Last edited by ponypal; 16-01-2020 at 10:29 PM.
    Debt Free since December 2017
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Jan 20, 6:21 AM
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    PMNW yesterday painted my nails in O.P.I in Lost my bikini in Molokini - a fave colour but I find O.P.I. chips so easily
    Originally posted by ponypal
    I used to own that colour but gave it away. I donít like purple nail colour.

    Inspired by dolly84 I am wearing Avon Naked Truth.
    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 17th Jan 20, 7:58 AM
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    GA


    I have donated 3 brand new Tanya Burr lip glosses to the charity shop, all sealed so they will be fine to sell on. All of them are lovely colours and the formula is great but I don't like lip gloss it just took me a really long time to accept that. The colours are Let's Travel the World, Berry Picking and Enchanted Forest.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 17th Jan 20, 11:18 AM
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    One out today Jo Malone 30ml Hazenut and oak or something similar. Liked it initially but as time wore on stopped enjoying it. Might move onto Clearing a mini perfume now from my stash before moving onto another bigger half used bottle.
    2020 my frugal year.
    7k savings 2020 £25/£7000
    Feb GC £78.30/ £300.00
    Toiletries 2020 In 8 Out 16
    • Betharooni
    • By Betharooni 17th Jan 20, 1:15 PM
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    One UU today

    No7 Match Made Concealer in Calico - bought a replacement last weekend
    2020 - Banish the Clutter
    Save £15K in 2020 #6 £918.91/£15,000
    Make £2020 in 2020 #11 £2.56/£2,020
    Saving for House Deposit £2,257.50/£40,000
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #300 £53.87/£1,000
    2020 Frugal Living Challenge
    • radioles1408
    • By radioles1408 17th Jan 20, 5:12 PM
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    Well, it's been a slow start to the month, but a few things have been finished in the last few days.

    1. Systane eye drops, HG, have already got more
    2.Cool Feet Heel Balm 100ml WNBA- I don't buy heel balms but happy to use if I acquire them. I got a new Sanctuary one in a gift set at Christmas
    3.Duck Island Mini body lotion 37ml WNBA as have 2 more plus lots of other body lotions/butters
    4. Mr Strong Tutti Frutti Handwash WMBA
    5. Mitchum No White Marks A/P spray HG, have got more in cupboard
    6. Mitchum Mens Roll on , HG, DH always uses Mitchum
    7-9. Two bars soap and toothpaste given away from stash as part of charity donation, so 9/120 annual challenge.

    I'm very nearly finished an 80ml bottle of my favourite 'In Love Again' perfume, so that is next on my hit list.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 17th Jan 20, 6:57 PM
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    A number of INs today from my shopping trip:

    Lush Rose Jam 100g
    Lush D’Fluff Shaving Soap 70g
    Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
    Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar
    Maui Moisture Agave Shampoo 385ml
    Maui Moisture Agave Conditioner 385ml
    Superdrug The Moisturising Little Blue Stick 4.8g
    Superdrug The Moisturising Little Blue Stick 4.8g
    Alex Steinherr x Primark Pore Balance Blemish Rescue Stickers
    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml
    The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Yogurt 200ml
    The Body Shop Shea Body Lotion 200ml


    This seems bad but these are treats for myself, using the money I was given at Christmas. The shampoo, conditioner and body lotion are too replace the ones that should be finished before the month is out (hopefully). And I'm going to start having baths again to try and help me relax so my bath bombs and bubble bars will be used up. And I probably won't buy any bath or body stuff next month, just the essentials if I run out.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 17th Jan 20, 8:04 PM
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    I may have wandered into Sallyís at lunch time. I may have been browsing for a replacement of my beloved Sparrow Me The Drama. I may have asked if they had any of the Tokyo colours. I was not expecting there to be a clearance bin. It was like opening the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. It would have been very rude to not buy the pack of mini Tokyo colours for £5.57 do you not think?
    Originally posted by VALM
    I never heard of Tokyo colours?!

    Sparrow me The Drama is a lovely color. I need to take my nail polishes off tonight and will re-paint hopefully this Sunday.

    I've put a can of hair mousse on Olio app - someone contacted me to collect it, so let's see if she will turn up.

    I have sold 5 items over the last few days. They are all travel sizes but undoubtedly were part of my stash. One person bought a bundle so I threw in a Double Serum sample into the mix. 6 items out.

    I haven't bought anything and I sometimes feel the urge like you do ponypal. It is normal, don't give up
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th Jan 20, 8:15 AM
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    uu


    Westlab Epsom Salts 1kg - in the future I will be looking for replacements in a box rather than a bag which is how these were packaged.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 18th Jan 20, 8:19 AM
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    My Leighton Denny polish chipped super quickly as his always do - for the price they should be awesome. I will be adding that to the out pile, it takes time to do nails and I want a few days of them looking nice at least.


    So Leighton Denny Life's a Beige is being either donated or recycled, I just need to check how much is in it first.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.


    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 18th Jan 20, 8:48 AM
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    UU this week

    Beauty Pie Moonlighting Balm 3/3
    1 tablet hand soap 4/4

    Love the NP chat, now my nails are in better condition I am trying to keep them painted more (hardly used any for a year or so). ValM - I used to love the end of line shelf in Sally's, but have not been able to visit one for ages

    Most polishes have not worn well on me because of my flaky nail tips, but I got fantastic wear last week from A-England Her Rose Adagio, and this week from just 1 coat of LD Beyond Gold, my faves are Nails Inc though
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 18th Jan 20, 11:19 AM
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    Slow goings for me so far on the PP..

    UU
    Max Factor mascara, think it was 2000 calorie, dried out quickly
    TA
    Max Factor Volume infusion mascara - dropped on floor! Wasn’t wowed by this anyway.
    1 Superdrug wax kit - old, not microwaveable WNBA
    1 Veet wax kit - old
    (unsure if I counted the wax kits as ins or not.. but will count as outs!)
    IN
    Rimmel Extra 3D lash mascara - thought I’d try the cheap range!

    Had too many empties I was saving for travel, threw out 11!
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 18th Jan 20, 11:26 AM
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    Two UUs from last night:

    Fresh Soy Face Cleanser sample WPNB. I was excited to try this but it let me down a bit. It's a gel, and it does cleanse well, but it smells like cucumbers to me.

    Plan 36.5 Collagen & Tomato Plant Cell Daily Mask WNB. This was alright but I'm just looking to use up my sheet masks and not buy any more because of the waste from them.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 18th Jan 20, 1:45 PM
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    VALM
    Dolly84 I can only get a nail colour to last on me if I am off work. I type all day so they soon get chipped. Saying that the Avon one I am wearing seems to have faded at the ends.

    Steve o I have never found a sheet mask that fits my face and I don’t like the excess serum they leave on my skin. Prefer the old fashioned type that dry hard.
    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
    • asajj
    • By asajj 18th Jan 20, 3:06 PM
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    asajj
    uu


    Westlab Epsom Salts 1kg - in the future I will be looking for replacements in a box rather than a bag which is how these were packaged.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Please share if you find it x
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
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