NOTO Botanics | Hydra Highlight

A few weeks back I did a small introduction post to NOTO Botanics and featured their Multi-Benne Lip Stain (HERE). This time I'm featuring their Hydra Highlight All Over Glow *! You all probably know by now that I love a good highlight - if I could have all the glow I seriously would. I'm really rubbish with cream product anythings so cream highlighters are still a work in progress for me. I have the TopShop Glow Highlighter in Polished (I should look for this as I haven't touched it in a while) and the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz (Which happens to be back in stock! Get 20% off your first purchase using this link!).

One thing I love about blogging is that it definitely pushes me outside of my comfort zone. I like to use my regular products and if it wasn't for jumping into the blogging world, I would probably just be doing the bare minimum and keeping my hoards of lipstick all to myself. Blogging doesn't make me put on more makeup, but it gives me that extra boost of confidence and desire to just go for it. Who cares if someone thinks I wear too much makeup or apply it poorly - I wear makeup for myself and that's what matters! 

I like the idea of using cream products more as they give a different finish than what I'm used to. I know that "wet lid" trend is getting big and this one is a great one to just top on the eyelids. My eyelids do tend to get a bit oily throughout the day so I find that setting it with a powder works wonders - my go-to as of late has been the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I don't love using my fingers to apply this to my eyes so I do like to go in with a brush to pat it in. 

Because this is a cream product I find that it blends in so much more naturally with your skin. It's one of those products I almost forget I'm wearing because it feels so comfortable on my skin. The one thing that I'm still getting used to is the tacky feeling it leaves behind - like I said, I'm not keen on layering products on. However, I do like the subtle finish this leaves so I continue to use it. I like that this one is marketed as a body glow too, it definitely gets the beauty gears rolling in my head. My work holiday party is this Friday night and I have two outfits in mind - either a jumpsuit (that fits petite me!) and a one-shoulder long sleeve dress. With both my shoulders / collarbones are showing, and since I've been working out for the past few months I feel like they're a bit more prominent than usual. So why not show off some of my hard work and add some to the high points for a little extra something? :)

I think my favorite thing about using a cream product is that I can go as subtle as I want, or as bold as I want. I love setting the cream highlight on my cheeks with a bit of actual powder highlight. For a more subtle glow I may go for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette - I find that the highlight shade pulls a bit more gold and blends in nicely with my skintone. For a brighter look I like to reach for BECCA Moonstone as it's more of a pale gold and gives that little pack of shimmer. For my all out glow, I may layer the Hydra Highlight with the Haloscope in Quartz, and top it all off with BECCA Opal. I find that this one has an almost purple-silver tone which gives me that alien-babe glow. 

I took these photos as part of an interview I did with NOTO Botanics. The interview should be going up soon on their blog! Although I don't have a link just yet, I'll be sure to insert it / tweet it once it goes live. But I did want to share a bit more about the product and also share these ah-mazing photos that my boyfriend took. I always try to recruit him to help me take photos as I'm usually the one behind the lens. I'm working on feeling more comfortable in front of the camera, it's definitely something I have on my blog "to-do" list. I think as long as I can get my boyfriend on board I'll have a shot - and I think he really does have fun with photography! Hope you guys like these shots - compliment them and his photo style (so hopefully he'll help me more hehe).

Are you a fan of cream highlighters? If so, what are your favorite ones? 

*Products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for consideration. I have not been compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.