Tried and Tested: Summer 2016

We absolutely love testing new products here at UWM. As soon as a box arrives it’s a huge rush to see what’s inside! The items in this list were very kindly sent to us by the companies’ PR at no cost. However, we do not have to write about an item, let alone anything positive! These are our honest opinions and are only featured because we think you may like them. Enjoy!

1. Corkcicle Canteen

Corkcicle Canteen Picnic
Provided by Root7

Keep a bottle of wine chilled for up to 25 hours. Has that got your attention? This is Corkcicle Canteen, a stylish triple-insulated stainless still flask which not only looks good, it actually works! It comes in a range of colours and three different sizes. We have the matt grey which is my favourite colour. Whenever I’ve used it in front of friends they’ve asked what it is and have gone on to order their own! I tested the capability of keeping drinks hot and it does indeed keep coffee hot. I kept hot coffee inside for just over 9 hours and it was perfectly hot inside. Tried it with a cold drink with ice and it stayed cold for much longer. Even inside a hot car, it was ice cold! – Ricky

Buy online: root7.com

2. JKB Argent Millionaire Hair Mist

JKB-Argent-Bottle
Provided by JKB Argent

Well hello to a fab new product that claims to nourish your hair with an oil mist to create super shiny hair! The good news is this product actually does work and we are just a little bit in love with it! Completely paraben and sulphate free which is great news, it contains organic aloe vera and blackcurrant extract. You can use this either on damp hair to enrich or as a finishing gloss spray when dry.

It is no secret to regular readers that even though I am a hair stylist I have spent years abusing my hair. When a new product launches I am always keen to test it and see if it lives up to its claims. This one definitely does and I have noticed a marked change in the condition of my hair and it’s appearance. This mist now has a firm place in my essentials kit!

Bridal prep to ensure your skin and hair is glowing for your big day should start a minimum of 6 months before. Plenty of water, healthy eating, not too many excesses (!). This spray is a great addition to your bridal prep kit, get those locks in a tip top condition!

The great news is that there will be additions to this product range in a few months, so enjoy the mist and keep your eyes peeled for their new shampoos and conditioners which will be joining the range. – Tina

Buy online: jkbargent.co.uk

3. Men-U Skincare Products

men-u-skincareMen’s skincare products have exploded into the market recently. There are so many brands to choose from for the body, hair and face. To be honest, this was the first time I heard of the Men-U brand. I’ve been testing out some of the ultra-concentrated face, shave, shower and hair styling products. With the products highly concentrated a little really does go a long way. Trust me on this one! For example, a small amount of the shower gel foams up very well compared to a large amount of another brand. So far I have noticed a difference using the D-Tox ‘deep clean’ Clay Mask and the Healthy Facial Wash. My skin feels smoother and pores much cleaner. I love the scent of these, especially the menthol in the Facial Moisturiser Lift. Just what you need after a shave, after using the Shave Créme of course! You can buy the Men-Ü products online and are available in sets, ideal for groomsmen presents! – Ricky

Buy online: men-u.co.uk

4. Gold Collagen

gold-collagen-box

For the past few weeks, I have been taking this liquid beauty supplement to see what effect it has on my skin! The theory is that this nourishes from within, targets visible signs of ageing (perfect for me then) and gives you plumper more youthful skin.

Produced by Minerva Research Labs, there is a range of products available for the bride, groom and mother of the bride. The best way to get your skin wedding ready is to start 6 months prior with lots of water, sensible diet etc. There is a huge amount of scientific evidence/clinical studies etc to back these products up but I was keen to see for myself the effect they would have on my skin.

The most important thing we can do to help our skin is hydration and these products have it in abundance, plus an assortment of vitamins and antioxidants. I wanted to know if not only would help reduce the ageing in my skin but would I feel better in myself as I have zero vitamin D in my body.

So here is the good news! The fine lines on my face reduced, my skin looked younger/plumper but surprisingly for me was that I felt better inside. Having had several months struggling with low energy levels I felt that I had more life, more spring.

I am loving my skin and feeling chipper, what a fab product one which I will definitely continue to use! – Tina

Buy online: gold-collagen.com

5. Nuva Drinks

nuva-drinksLeading up to your wedding you want to eat and drink as healthy as possible. It’s always something we’ve recommended here at UWM! But that doesn’t mean everything has to be dull and boring. We’ve been testing out Nuva, a delicious new flavoured water. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, flavoured water = sugar. This new flavoured water has no sugar, no calories and no sweeteners. Just a hint of either Ginger and Lemon, Cucumber and Mint or Melon and Jasmine. The flavours aren’t overpowering like other flavoured drinks. They have a subtle but tasty flavour, making these ideal for any occasion wherever you are. So next time you’re out and about and feel thirsty, reach for Nuva. You’ll love it! – Ricky

Buy online: nuva.co.uk