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Monthly favorites – August 2018

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So we’ve finally arrived at the end of August—Autumn is just around the corner! rainbow sparkle graphic The air is starting to get crisper here, and I can’t wait to start wearing cute tights and sweaters again. I have so many outfits planned for the cooler weather~ ANIMATED ANIMU FACES♥3 But for now I’m still trapped inside, hiding in the air conditioning…But at least I’ve had lots of time to be productive! I’ve spent a lot of time this month drawing and writing (I’m working on a new fanfic…but it’s a secret, sssh!) and have several new favorite things to share with you all this month. Starting with…

*disclaimer: none of this post is sponsored content*

1.) The ‘#drawthisinyourstylechallenge’ – if you follow any artists on Instagram or Twitter, then you’ve probably seen this drawing challenge going around!

The idea is to try and draw another artist’s character or specific piece in your own style…It’s been really fun to see artists I admire collaborating with each other, and I’ve been enjoying all of the unique outcomes! Now I’m not much of an artist, but I draw as a hobby, so I took a stab at the challenge myself (as you can see above~)—I attempted to draw my version of characters by OceaninSpace (left) and RukokoArt (right). How did I do?! If you’d like to see more of my little drawings, you can visit my art instagram!

2.) Charcoal Face Masks – Another thing I picked up from social media trends, lol. ANIMATED ANIMU FACES♥2 I’ve heard so many things about charcoal face masks that I finally picked up some to try them myself! Now, I won’t lie to you all…I don’t have very good skin. I have big pores and get blackheads easily. But even this affordable charcoal mask easily rips out any black/whiteheads I have! The only downside is, is that it hurts like hell to peel it off, lol. I only do small sections of my face at a time (like the ridge of my nose and my forehead) to minimize the pain…but it really does work!

3.) The film ‘Hausu’ – This has been one of my favorite movies for years now–I believe I watched it back in 2014-2015 or so? But it had been a long time since I had last seen it, and it deserved a re-watch. It’s one of those movies that’s hard to describe–the basic premise is a story about a group of school girls who go to visit a long-lost aunt in a dusty old house in the middle of nowhere…the plot of a basic horror movie, basically. But things get weird–really, really weird. There’s a man-eating house, dancing skeletons, and an evil Persian cat that spits blood…and it’s all beautiful and bizarre at the same time, with a groovy 70s soundtrack that’s oddly upbeat for a horror movie. It’s campy, hilarious, and spooky in the sort of way your childhood nightmares are. I brought this movie out for a gathering with friends–some of whom are picky when it comes to arthouse-style movies with subtitles–but it ending up being a hit all around! It’s a film that’s worth at least one watch, just to say you’ve experienced it.

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4.) Flesh-colored pasties – Okay, this one is a little embarrassing but these pasties have been soo helpful for wearing low-back/strapless tops and dresses this summer! They’re easy to stick on, discreet, and super comfortable…to the point that you’ll forget you’re wearing them later, LOL. ANIMATED ANIMU FACES♥7 I’m grateful to have these on hand while dressing for the super humid weather we’ve been suffering through this summer! It’s nice to not add an extra layer to your outfit when it’s so hot out~

5.) ‘Urasawa Naoki no Manben: Itou Junjui’ – because I’ve spent a lot of my free time drawing this month, I’ve watched (listened?) to many documentaries for background noise…and this Japanese program featuring legendary horror artist Junji Ito was my favorite that I stumbled across! If you haven’t heard of Ito, and enjoy horror/creepy manga, then you’re missing out big time. His classic manga “Uzumaki” is a great place for the uninitiated to start, but my personal favorite is his short story “The Enigma of Amigara Fault”. Anyways, this documentary follows his artistic process, showing how he first sketches out his manga panels and how he inks each one. It’s relaxing and slow-paced…even if the content being drawn is gruesome. XD

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I have to give an honorable mention to Ito’s “Cat Diary” manga…a manga dedicated to raising his two cats. It’s a slice-of-life story drawn in his own unique spooky way. And it’s hilarious.

What was your favorite thing on this list? Do you have any special end-of-the-summer plans? Tell me all about it in a comment! rainbow sparkle graphic

And don’t forget to check out my past favorites as well, if you enjoyed this one~!

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