September 2017 Favorites
After surviving what I can only hope is the last heatwave of the year*, I’m fully prepared to leap into my second favorite season: AUTUMN!
September was an oddball month filled with new projects, spontaneous outings and even more spontaneous buys (I’m so sorry, my poor bank account). I found out that I really love ube bread pudding and that I can cook up a decent steak that probably wouldn’t offend Gordon Ramsay too much. I also celebrated my brother’s 20th birthday and caught up with friends I haven’t seen in an embarrassingly long time. All in all, it was one of the better months of the year and not a bad way to start the last quarter of 2017.
1 | Kyle Webster’s Photoshop Brushes
After many trials and errors trying to emulate the effects of watercolor with Photoshop brushes, I’ve thrown in the towel and decided to buy them. I started out with one of Kyle’s free brushes, the Wet and Wild, which created the desired watercolor effect with ease. Right away, I knew I had to buy them all eventually. I purchased the Watercolor Mega Pack, along with the Artist’s Pencil and Natural brushes. The last two are free to begin with, but they’re totally worth the small donation.
All brushes are easy to download, install, and use. And you can achieve just about every traditional art effects you want with them. I love the sets that I have now, but when I draw more often, I’ll get the Ultimate Mega Pack. For now, I’m super happy with the results I get with the watercolor brushes, even though I’m still learning. I can’t wait to use them to update the illustrations on my blog some time this month! I downloaded these in the nick of time, too, since he removed them from his site at the end of September. But have no fear, they’ll be back!
[UPDATE] They’re back! However, they’re exclusive to Adobe’s Creative Cloud users, who have free access to hundreds of his brushes.
2 | Uni POSCA Paint Markers
I’ve had my eyes on these markers for months but never really had a purpose for them until now. They work perfectly as chalkboard markers since they’re usable on nearly every surface. Seriously, the site listed over forty. I love how opaque and vibrant they are, too! I mostly use the markers for making signs since they work better than most chalk markers I’ve used. They’re also great for adding a splash of color in drawings (best done on watercolor or mixed media paper).
I bought mine from JetPens for $3.00 each, but you can also purchase them at Blick and in sets from Amazon.
3 | MUJI Toning Water
I wrote about this in my Mini MUJI Skincare Review a couple of weeks ago, but it’s my favorite toner at the moment. It’s paraben-free, alcohol-free, mineral oil-free, and fragrance-free. Basically, it’s super gentle, perfect for anyone who has delicate skin that’s prone to dryness and irritation. It feels so hydrating and refreshing on the face. And it comes in multiple moisture levels so you can decide based on how oily or dry your face gets. If you want to test the waters, they come in travel sizes. And if you end up liking it as much as I do, you can invest in larger bottles that are still relatively affordable. At $12, the 200mL bottle will last you a while and add a nice minimalist touch to any bathroom.
4 | Trader Joe’s Cornbread Crisps
Trader Joe’s never ceases to amaze me with their snacks. As a lover of cornbread, I had these crisps in my shopping cart in 0.5 second. They taste exactly how you’d expect them to taste and you’re going to be so tempted to inhale an entire bag. They’re great on their own, but you can take them to the next level with a cranberry cheese dip, a jalapeno cream cheese dip, or even a fresh bowl of chili!
5 | Boku no Hero Academia Season Two
I know I mentioned My Hero Academia in a previous recap, but it’s pretty much taken over my life this month. Season one just scratched the surface, and that was already a fun watch. But from the tournament arc to some intense fight scenes, the second season was an exciting one from start to finish. I don’t remember being so engaged in a long-running series since Haikyuu (season four, where are you?!). And it just keeps getting better and better, which is why I’m so excited that they announced a third season even before this one wrapped up.
And the original soundtrack was A+. Yuki Hayashi, you did it again.
And thus ends another monthly recap! To think there are only three months left in the year. With the bigger holidays coming up, I know the time’s gonna fly right by. So much to do, so little time! First off on my list is sprucing up this blog a bit. I can’t wait to share new illustrations, and maybe even a new layout at the end of the month!
*That was not the last heatwave of the year. We’re well into fall with triple digit weather and everything sucks.