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Backups!

Most of these are samples or minis I bought in kits.  Quite a few are just full sized items I bought in advance, so I have backups when I run out.  People have asked me about the stash that made my husband ask me to stop buying things I have backups of.  

 

These pictures do not include anything in my current stash, which has a ton of unused makeup from lippies to nail polish and more, especially eye shadows.  I do need to go through my perfume samples a little better, because I have a lot of duplicates I need to move over to the backup section to make more room in my train cases.

 

Many of these items are duplicates, but I am going to hold onto my HG duplicates from here on out.  One lovely lady just got a bottle of Genefique, which I know she will love, but she will be the last.  That will have me repurchasing less often.  Any item I have a duplicate of that I have not tried, I may be willing to part with.  To the other lovely lady I just traded with, I really wanted to send you the It's a 10, but I must try it when I am done with my current brand.  Hopefully, you score it another way.

 

Makeup

Body Cleansers

Face Creams, Eye Creams and Serums

Hair styling products (the Sauve ones came from a VoxBox, but I will not put them up for trade as I think my husband may have used each once before returning to the box).

Big Items (I am not using antibacterial soap on my body, so no need to fret.  I do use it on my hands in the shower).

Miscellaneous Items 

Shampoos and Conditioners

Face Cleansers and makeup removers

Sunscreens/tanners

Nail Products

Facial wipes (currently working on the Ole Henriksen from Ipsy, so it is in the active stash for those curious).

Cotton

Unused Stuff hiding

Deodorant/ kids stuff (I do use their stuff sometimes).

Body Moisturizers

Hand Moisturizers

Stuff put aside for trades 1

Stuff put aside for trades 2

Stuff put aside for trades 3

Foils (so excited I am down to only one bin.  I've been using them and giving them away).

 

 

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I almost cracked yesterday and today.  Yesterday, I wanted that Too Faced special.  Joannimation is trading me for the item I most wanted from that special, so she saved me that order.  Today, I wanted the Ole Henriksen special.  The facial wipes I am currently using are Ole Henriksen (received from Ipsy), and they are amazing.  Zpsid91 was kind enough to send me a $15 off code that works with the $50 purchase for a free GWP bag valued at $100.  I could not get the darn $15 code to load, so I bravely decided I did not need the offer.  I am sure I will pout when it is over, but at least seeing all of the wipes in my stash makes me feel a little better.  I just have to overlook that the wipes are all cheapies and may bite.  I look forward to trying them though to see what works for me.

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Wow! I used to be you Smiley Happy

 

Then my husband got sick of having to relocate my back-up beauty skincare and make up and hair care collection from house to house and country to country (in the last twenty years, we've lived in 6 countries, and we've never been in the same house for longer than a year), so I've had to refrain from hoarding, which is not easy (At. All).

 

I still make sure I always have a back up of Bi Facil, a La Prairie serum, a bunch of alternate serums and creams to target various ageing problems (usually from Dior Capture Totale, La Prairie, and Estee Lauder ReNutriv ranges), and Clinique anti blemish gel. For make up, I always like to have a back up of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and concealer, a Nars the Multiple, a Dior mascara, and Laura Mercier primers. To be honest, if I don't have back ups I worry incessantly! 

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i am so anti clutter.   I like to have things contained all neatly in their respective places.  If they start overflowing then I have a problem.  This applies to everything (except palettes haha, gotta have them allSmiley Wink

as it is i have enough samples to last me a couple months.  I'll be taking them camping I think to try and use em upSmiley Happy 

i'm not too concerned about backups.  I have backups of makeup remover... Porefessional...yeah I'm struggling to come up with other things.  In my defence sephora is just down the street.  Today I need yo go pick up a brow wiz pencil. 

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I have OCD, which works two ways with clutter.  One, I generally hate it.  Two, I make exceptions when I am truly into something, because I obsess over collecting.  The two constantly battle each other.  Now, that I have separate bins for all of the different type of items, and I keep them buried away inside the linen closet in my bedroom, I am okay.  It is the best of both worlds. Out of sight helps number one, but the fact that they're still there helps number two.  Win/win!

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I did not realize how out of hand the stash was until my husband asked me if I thought I had enough.  Another lovely BTer suggested I go through everything, and that really helped too.  For the past month, other than add ons to my Julep subscription and other cheap nail polishes, I have only purchased things I have no back ups on. I almost cracked a couple of times, but I made it through.  My mascara backup is insane.  When I realized I had 38 unopened mascaras, 7 unopened eyelash primers, and unopen lash serum and 2 unopened brow gels, I should have been content.  Then, I saw the new 100 point perk for Better Than Sex Mascara at Sephora and thought I must have it.  I need help!

 

Good for you for letting go.  I worry about not having backups too.  I do not have Clarisonic brush heads.  A lovely BTer is mailing me a face one (we traded some items), but I still need a new body brush.  Placing small orders is hard for me, so I hope I can order a body brush without too much extra stuff falling into my cart.

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I have semi let go, but a few days ago I bought products as back ups on Cult Beauty just to get the gift with purchase offered (it comprised 10 items I maybe want to try, but have not yet, and the haul arrived a week ago! :-(

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It is so hard to pass up a deal like that, so I understand.  Great haul.

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That is a great collection of backups, notcreative! I thought I had a lot of backups, but you definitely have me beat Smiley Wink. I love that Tarte self tanner! I have started to give some of my foil samples away as well. I have too many to use up!

<3, Randee

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I have not been able to bring myself to try the Tarte self tanner, because I am really not into tanning creams.  I got one in the 2013 sun safety kit and another in the 2014 one.  At some point, I need to try it.  Unless I love it, I doubt I will use the second one though.  

 

At this point, I have accepted that some of this stuff will go bad before I get to it, so I am trying to spread it around.

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I like trying new things way too much to have backups of anything! The closet I've got of backups is I have a bottle of makeup remover in the bathroom and one on my vanity so I'm covered wherever I end up taking my makeup off that day. And I have a bottle of body lotion in my bedside table and one on my vanity as well. Other than that, living on the edge! Smiley Very Happy

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I think I would panic if I did not have backups of certain things.  I have lip balms and lotions all over the house, because I use them so frequently.  The other day, I realized I had three hand creams on my end table and thought that was a little crazy, so I put one away.  I could not bring myself to put two away though, because one is thicker than the other.  Sometimes, I just need a thicker cream and other times a thinner one does just fine.

 

I think this hoarding came from having almost nothing a little over a year ago to buying every single special I saw that had a sale or amazing GWP.  Before I realized it, my backup collection was almost as impressive as my current collection and in some cases, even better.  The Days of Beauty at Ulta in April really contributed to my backup stash.  I thought those eye patches, that It Cosmetics primer and quite a few other things would be amazing despite never sampling them first.  Three months later, I have not used 95% of the stuff I bought.

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I've begun hoarding/stockpiling products (I had four 0.5 oz Boscia tsubaki oils, and five 0.25 oz Tarte maracuja oils), five open face cleansers, lots of foils, etc. I was starting to become anxious of having too many products that I will never use/products that might go bad before I get around to using them.  

 

Now, I get satisfaction from using up products and foils, and am going to layoff buying so much from Sephora/live off my stash. There are other pretties and trips that I would like to save my money for. 

 

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I have an open bottle of the Tarte Maracuja oil, but I am not feeling it.  I have 7 open face cleansers, which is ridiculous I know.  My full size one will hopefully be done by the end of the month, so I can start making dents in the six open minis.  As panicked as I get about the thought of not having backups, I also feel worried that some of this lovely stash will waste too.  Honestly, there are certain products I do not care about wasting, so I am thinking of trading them away or donating them.

 

I am trying to live off my stash too, and it is making my husband happy.  Added bonus on that one.  I want the Siren palette, but I have what my husband would consider backups.  Therefore, no Siren for me.  That makes me a little sad, but I will buy any after the summer is over.  At first, I did not commit to a timeframe for my no buy of items I have backups of.  Later, I threw the idea that the end of summer could end my no buy, and he agreed.  Siren will be ordered 09-01-14 (even though I think summer does not officially end until 09-21-14).

 

My skin took a little beating from using straight foils for a while.  I am still using them, but I am mixing them in with more of my regular products.

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Yeah, Tarte Maracuja oil is okay, but I prefer Boscia Tsubaki oil, if I use oil at all. 

 

I start to panic when I get low on my favorite shampoo and conditioner, so I really stock up on it when it's $5 off per bottle. 

 

I also start to panic when my favorite scalp scrub runs out, too, and now it's out of stock again! I went several months without it, until it came back in stock, and my hair became limp and unhealthy. 

 

Good for you on the no buy! I need one more product, and then I'm going on a low-buy, probably until the end of summer, as well. September 1 is close enough! Smiley Wink

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What scalp scrub do you use?  I use Alterna Caviar Daily Root and Scalp Stimulator, and I do not currently have a backup.  I almost bought one during the love your hair even at Ulta, because I am platinum so I would have received 1.25x3 points.  I never did though, so now I am waiting to see what deals pop up before I buy a replacement.  Sephora has not really had any promos that interest me lately either.  Less than two months to go!

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Whao that is some back up.I never purchase anything for back up but order a new one when I'm left with a couple of weeks supply of what I'm using. All the stash I have is from the GWPs and Promo codes.I put each category in a separate makeup bag, SO I can use them before buying new stuff ( serums are exception, I buy what I want to use).same goes for foils.each category of foils go in separate zipper bags. My stash is no where near yours.

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I would say 75% of my stash are GWP items.  The other 25% was me buying in advance for a sale, to get an awesome GWP that accompanied it or items I bought in bulk to save.  Very rarely do I buy a full price item without an awesome sale or promo unless I am out or very close to running out.  The problem is I just bought anything and everything I wanted, and I hardly passed up an awesome deal.  I mostly blame Ulta and Lancome for that.  Sephora takes a little blame with its kits too though.

 

Organizing my items helped a lot, so I agree with you there.  Once I bought smaller bins and separated them by type, I started using them more than when everything was in one large basket.  Things were so hard to find that I often gave up and stuck with all full sized items (because they're bigger thus easier to find, and I was never trying any samples).  My foils were super organized until two days ago when I went through them looking for foils I could send someone I was trading with.  I need to reorganize them.

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Wow! You have so many backups! I don't necessarily have backups, but I have things that I want to try, separated by type into subscription boxes (those have been so useful for organizing my stash!). I am so OCD about using one thing at a time that I would go crazy with more than one moisturizer or cleanser open.

 

Thursday night, I started labeling all my products with the expiration date and put away stuff that won't go bad for a while (expiration dates in late 2015 and 2016). ive even put some HG's on the back burner to use products that are so-so. Unless the product makes me look hideous or is too old to use, I just can't throw things away!

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I hate putting off HG items to use samples or other products I bought that are so-so.  That is why I have finally decided to trade and give more away.  Despite never trying that Guava Pacifica in the pictures above (I have a lot of body moisturizers open right now), I tried to put it in your box as one of your bonus items.  It was too big!  Hopefully, you like the items I sent in its place.  I see the package is out for delivery and I cannot wait to see if you like what I picked.

 

A lot of my backups are originals, like the It's a 10, but I have a current product opened of another brand.  For the most part, I agree with you on not having items of the same type open.  I feel they will go bad before I use them all.  Exceptions are products that help my extremely dry skin: lip balms, hand creams, body moisturizers, face moisturizers, etc.  It is nice to have them anywhere and everywhere, so relief is never far away.  I also like alternating what I am using, because I am more dry at times.  They never go bad, because I use an insane amount!  I hate having multiple opened mascaras, body soaps (one for body and one for hands in the shower), nail polish remover, etc.  

 

I kind of have a labeling system that you may or may not see on the items I sent you.  Items received in 2013 (only started collecting in late April, so nothing is currently too old) were labeled with a one (if I have more than one of the same type of item).  I have labeled item items received in the first half of 2014 with a 2.  Now, that the second half of the year had begun, I will label items with a 3.  It makes no sense to use an item out of order, so they have to be labeled.  It is a good method.  I know I need to use and trade/give 1s before 2s and so on.  Items that were received at the same time as in the H2o+ cream I sent you and the one I have in my backups have no label, because it does not matter which one is used first.  

 

I went through all of my products a few weeks ago and looked for expiration dates.  Of all the items I own, there were only three that needed to be tossed.  Two expired before I ever received them (Beauty online has done that to me a couple of times), but I put them away without noticing.  I have a hard time throwing things away too, but I can do it easily if something is expired.  When a sample does not work for me, I usually give it to my sister or my Step MIL.  Very rarely do I chuck it unless it is a foil.

 

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I went through my stash yesterday and put all my "backups" in a box, maybe 15"x15"x15". The rest is in my train case. Hopefully I will limit it to that!

 

I can't use up lotion very quickly either. I mostly use it at work, after I wash my hands. I have some body butters from Victoria's Secret and am forcing myself to use those. I don't like how I feel an extra layer on my skin right after I apply. I'm big on lightweight moisturizers, if you haven't noticed Smiley Happy

 

For the items that expired when you received them, have you tried contacting their CS team? I got some Sample Society boxes during the Warehouse sale, and received two dried out Lashfood Eyebrow Conditioners. I messaged them about it, and they gave me a $7 credit. Then I got the Gilt City offer for Space NK and forgot to use a 4th of July code I received an email about. I forgot to use the code and emailed them. They gave me that $5 back on Paypal! I'm sure not every company will be as understanding, but it's worth a shot!

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I love the deals on Beauty (online), but their customer service is not great.  They forgot to give me samples once, and I called.  I never really got anywhere.  There was another time an item I purchased (my Clarisonic Plus) was missing items that were advertised online as having.  Not only did I not really feel helped, but they did not update the listing online for months.  So anyone after me who ordered who assumed they would be getting three included samples and only got one would have also been disappointed.  I chose to order my Clarisonic from them over Ulta or Sephora, because I wanted to try the samples inside their kit more.  You can imagine my disappointment when it arrived and the advertised samples were not in the box.  Anyway, I have chosen not to contact them unless something is really wrong.  Otherwise, I just get really frustrated.  

 

I also received those samples in February and only recently noticed they expired in October (four months before they sent them).  Had I noticed before I put them away in February, I may have called then.  Now, I feel like it is my bad for noticing too late anyway.  It really bums me out too, because they were deluxe samples that came with the order, like the one Sephora gives for orders over $25 or $35, so that was two wasted promos.  They have also given me foils that have expired, but that disappoints me a little less, I guess.  You get one promo and three samples with every order, although they only let me pick 2 samples and one promo with my second to last order.  I called and was told that was their new policy (3 total perks rather than 3 samples plus a promo).  My guess is people complained though, because it was back to 3 samples and a promo on the last order I placed.

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That sounds awful. I get disappointed when the samples I requested are replaced with others, so I can only imagine how you feel being jipped out of the ones that were promised to you. When a company has really bad customer service, it really hinders me from purchasing from them again. Unless the deal is really amazing, I don't think the savings is worth the risk of not getting my money's worth.

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I almost stopped ordering from them, because of all that.  However, they are a reputable seller, and I shop deals. Their bags (filled with deluxe goodies), which are always available just about every other month with a $100-$150 purchase lure me in a lot!

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Those would get me too! For me, I think it'd have to be a $50 purchase. When it goes into triple digits, it just feels like too much work haha. But I try to wait for a good deal or promo to make my purchases. I don't even want to think about how much I'll buy during the holidays!

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They've gotten me more times than I care to admit.  Occasionally, they do have some for $40-$50, but they are always mostly samples or just 3-4 deluxe items.  The ones for $100+ usually have 11-15 items almost always from the Beauty side, but they will throw one in from the Drugstore side once in a while.  I have found a few loves from those bags, so I love when they pop up.  Sephora never has anything that nice, and it is very rare for Ulta.

 

All of the Holiday promos are amazing.  Lancome releases a bag every Holiday for around $60.  It is a purchase with purchase meaning you purchase anything even a $15 nail polish (although I would opt for an $18 Juicy Tube over than garbage), then you can buy the bag.  It typically has 11-12 full sized items and 1-2 deluxe items.  It is a great way to stock up on items for a good price.  The bag is always valued over $300, so it is a must for a Lancome fan or someone interested in exploring the brand.  You can even combine it with a GWP.  I bought mine last year from Lord and Taylor while they were having a GWP, so I made out like a bandit.  I ordered a 4 piece full size Juicy Tube Christmas set for $30 (cheaper than you buy 2 full sized ones for).  Then, I bought the kit for $59.50.  I got free shipping and paid no tax, because there are no stores in my state.  So for $89.50, I got the Holiday bag, 4 Juicy tubes (actually five because there was one in the Holiday bag) and a GWP with deluxe samples.  I love Christmas time!!!

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