Review: Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream

So a lot of people will have received some Urban Veda products in their summer Glossy Boxes, and boy am I glad I did.

Urban Veda was a brand I had never heard of before, and clever old Glossy Box took into consideration my dry skin orientated beauty profile and sent me the day cream, which was greatly appreciated. I didn't actually start using it until about October, when the temperature really dropped in the UK; my skin dried out like a raisin and I was left with horrible breakouts. So not nice, but I must say the Radiance Day Cream really came to my rescue.

Urban Veda works through grouping skin types like most great skincare brands, but have a different method by determining your 'Dosha'. As I have dry skin, my dosha is 'Vata', and so the range recommended for me is the 'radiance' products. In their own words 'Brimming with phytonutrients, antioxidants and with hydrators infused with anti-inflammatory peptides to impart luminosity to skin, our Radiance range helps to balance skin tone while boosting collagen and skin elasticity.'

The first thing I noted about this cream is it's gorgeous smell, it's very natural, I can't quite put my finger on a likeness, but you can just tell it's going to be good for your skin.

As well as doing what it says it's going to do, by hydrating my skin, I was amazed at how well it seemed to even out my skin tone in the morning before I put my makeup on. I literally can't believe the effect it has. It also sinks in nicely and leaves your skin feeling refreshed, unlike a lot of moisturisers that will just sit on top of your skin.

I liked the little sample from the Glossy Box so much that the full size jar was an immediate choice for my Christmas list. As far as I'm aware, you can only purchase it off their own website, but I was told it arrived within days after ordering, in the last week before Christmas - pretty good going I think. The full size 50ml jar is £14.99, so fairly expensive, but for me worth every penny, especially as you don't even need to use much - it's going to last me ages.

Another great thing about this holistic brand is that they're against animal testing, and approved by the Vegetarian Society, which can only be a good thing.

I am in love with this cream; I think it does wonders for my skin, and the great thing about this brand is they do specific products for different skin types or 'doshas' (it's all explained on the website) that are labelled clearly, so there's no confusion. I would thoroughly recommend looking into this brand and trying it out, you won't be disappointed.

Slippery Bugger

Note to self: do not moisturise feet, then walk on a wooden floor. Recipe for disaster.

My feet feel great though.

Payday Wishlist January 2014

FML. It's so long until payday, especially considering we all got paid before Christmas, so here's just a smidgen of the things I'm lusting over and can't wait to get my hands on for when the day finally arrives.

1. Topshop Leigh Jeans in Black, Topshop - £38, because you can never have enough black bottoms or black clothing in general for that matter.
2. Aubrey Cromwell Handbag, ASOS - £92 (on sale), I need a new bag and am loving the look of Aubrey at the moment so it's either going to be this one or another of their fine creations.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera Bundle, Amazon - £78, I need an instant camera in my life and I've toyed with the idea of this or the 'Wide' camera for a couple of years now. Even though I prefer the picture size of the 'wide', I'll be purchasing the Mini 8 for practicality and ease of carrying it around with me because otherwise, what's the point?!
4. Cooperative Textured Rose Dress, Urban Outfitters - £52, I love this dress and my new job is casual attire in the office so it would be rude not to really.
5. Essie 'Shearling Darling' Nail Polish, Boots - £8, Christmas has been and gone but I still want to wear dark and moody colours on my nails, this will help me in this quest.
6.  Pure Camille Cleansing Wipes, Yves Rocher £6, After using one of my flatmate's wipes when I had run out I was blown away by how soft, cleansing and moisturising these wipes are. Yes they're steep for 20 in a pack but on BOGOF, you can put them in the same category as the Boots No7 wipes. Boom, there's your justification.
7. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, HoF - £30.50, Dare I step away from my beloved Mac Studio Sculpt? Yes. New Year, New Start, New Face. I'm sure I won't regret it.

Coffee & Walnut Cake

As a little cheering up exercise for my flatmate I decided to make her favourite cake, Coffee & Walnut.

I'm always wary of making big cakes because I get upset when they don't rise properly but this one went quite well I think, and it was damn tasty.

I got the recipe from The Basic Basics Baking Handbook, which I swear by and everything I make from this book has been amazing. I used too much icing so it started dripping off the sides but it was still yummerz!

This Year I Resolve To...

... A bit late but here's a list of my resolutions for the coming year.

A lot of people get a bit negative about resolutions and lose faith in their ability to better themselves, I however, feel that New Years resolutions give us all an excuse to try new things, improve ourselves physically and mentally, and enjoy life more on a day to day basis.

Having previously always turned my nose up at fish and seafood a few years ago I prepared myself to start indulging in a whole food group I was missing out on which worked and now nearly every time I eat out, I order a seafood dish. Hot damn, I love the stuff.

In 2014 I resolve to;

Focus on myself - not only physically and becoming fit, but mentally; enjoying the things I like doing. Taking more photos, making more music, reading, focusing on getting my blog up and running again and cooking more adventurously.

Focus on my loved ones - birthdays, anniversaries, family events and taking the time to communicate and spend quality time with the people I love.

Use money more wisely - treat myself more often and go out, save up some money for a holiday with the boy, save up money for a potential trip to South Africa at the beginning of 2015.

I'll leave it there because I think that's enough to be getting on with.

2014 really is a new start for me as within the next week I'll be starting an amazing new job that I can't wait for and sadly moving out of my current flat with a flatmate that makes me laugh pretty much all of the time to get ready to move in amazingly with my boy in May.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you.