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Yesterday Skin Addiction had it’s Black Friday sale and a ton of great skin creators participated. One of them, Amacci, had a problem with her demo for her offering, Oleana in nutmeg, well SL lost it from it’s data base so people couldn’t try it on so she has fixed the problem and put the sale on for another day.  So her loss is everyone else’s gain, because you have a chance to get this great bargain for another day! Happy dance everyone now!

This is seriously one of the best if not THE best bargains of the sale. You pay 950L, and you get back 475L if you join Skin Addiction, a free group, which is in my opinion the friendliest group in SL which everyone should be in, and have your that group active when you buy.

I showed you the body of the skin above, well here is a close up of the face, Carina does a marvelous job of shading on her skins, she highlights and shadows with skill and panache, never too much, never too little. I have a very narrow face shape, so blush tends to make me look like a drag queen, but her skilled application makes it look great on me. I love these eyebrows but there are 4 eyebrow shapes included so you can make the skin look great with your shape, and have eyebrows that appeal to you.

You also get a freckle version of the skin, not just a freckle tattoo. I’m not a big freckle person, I tried on a freckle skin yesterday that actually scared me, the designer will remain nameless, but this one I like. It’s heavy enough that the freckles don’t just look like a case of run away moles and not so many that you look like a red head that someone tied out in the sun about 10 days too many after the horrid sunburns have healed but the extra freckle storms have arrived.

You have probably noticed the eyes I’m wearing. These are Amacci’s new Look eyes. I’ve been lusting after the fatpack of these since they have come out, I’ll get the money and buy it someday. I love all my Amacci eyes, they are great. These eyes are included in the skin pack, and would be 120L if you just bought them by themselves.

With this set you also get 10 lipstick tattoos, I have photographed all of them above. I love the shine and subtle colour changes.

So what else could she put in a package of skin that your getting for 475L?

How about hair?

Yeap…you get the hair I’m wearing too..including the hairbase. This hair is called Nena and it’s even prettier in the game then it is in these photos.

You also get the cleavage enhancements, and smaller breast options too in tattoo and underwear layers.

You also get the Oleana shape, which I’m not wearing here, but is a nice one, I just wear my own shape with all skin examples in my blog so my readers can compare skins more easily, knowing what is a skin feature and what is shape.

Here is a sexy photo of the skin, and a better look at the Blacklace Lingerie I’m wearing. This is one of their pieces that is on sale today as part of their Model’s Choice Black Friday sale this weekend, it is called Leave Your Hat On in Burgundy and Black. You will find it is on sale for 199L and has a ton of pieces that I haven’t had a chance to show here.  It get’s it’s name because it has a fedora hat and an open and closed versions of an man’s black shirt. Perfect 50’s jazzy look for any seduction scene you have in mind for that special someone in your life. Like almost anything you buy from Blacklace, it is no copy/transfer for easy gift giving, and the pieces are put together in dozens of ways on dozens of layers so you can combine it with whatever else you want to wear in the way of tattoos or collars and still wear it with ease. Drop in and check it out, I’m sure you will pick it up..You’ll love it.

One last look…the back of the skin and lingerie. A lot of skins leave an ugly smear on your butt when your moving around, this one doesn’t…I love that!

The shoes I’m wearing are from one of my favourite designers in SL. I’m just sad that the photos don’t show them off the way they deserve but I’m sure I will be using them again soon. These are the Platform Pumps by HOC Industries. These shoes come texture change, not colour change, because colour change never looked this good. There are 15 textures that everyone gets, and 6 textures you can have any time you want by joining her free group and attaching the hud. The members only textures are always there, haunting you, saying join..join..you can have me…you want me…join. It’s evil or darn good marketing. It might be evil and darn good marketing.

The shoes can be coloured on the top, the platform part of the shoe and the heel, so you can make a whole lot more then 15 different looking shoes with these shoe pack. It doesn’t come with a foot in it, so you can wear it with stocking like I am doing right now. Always a good thing.  The cost of this fatpack of shoes in hud? Not 1,000L…not 800L…not 500L…not 400L…not even 300L. It costs 175L. Guu Nishi believes not only in making a high quality product but she believes in giving it to people at a very reasonable cost.

Photography – Photo prop – Oriental Bedroom by Katink – This great pose prop comes without any built in poses, but is a great place to use your own poses on.

Poses – Photo 1 – *Boom* – Modeling Set – 200L for 12 very very useful poses or 50L a pose  – Pose 6 – I like the head angles on these poses, a lot of poses have the head angled too far down or too far up for good face shots, not a  problem with these great poses

Photo 2 – *Boom* – Modeling Set – Pose 7

Photo 3 – *Boom* – Modeling Set – Pose 8

Photo 4 – *Boom* – Modeling Set – Pose 10 – All the small photos are using the same pose

Photo 5 – Vain Inc – Satin Sheets Pose 2 – This shop is no longer available in SL but is available in the Market place…see link on name

Photo 6 – Vain Inc – Boudoir 16

 

One of the designers I have been most frustrated by not being able to blog while I’ve been trying to get my computer fixed is [Liv-Glam]. In the length of time that it took a bunch of computer experts to figure out that some network circuits on my motherboard were fried, she has gone from a brand new name in SL to a big booming shop with tons of fans. Either she works very fast or computer experts as a dense as granite. I think it’s both actually.

A lot of bloggers will only blog completely original content, so if you didn’t make it all by yourself, they won’t blog it, but  I’ve always felt that I rather have a wonderfully textured template then an original item with wonky seams and just coloured with the SL colour palette. Texturing is an art in itself or so many people wouldn’t do it so badly, so I like to celebrate those that do it well and in my opinion, Samantha S Jones of [Liv-Glam] is one of those that do it extremely well indeed.

This outfit is Fall 2012 Hanna Trumpet Sleeve Tunic SP3, and it comes with not only  the above beautiful colour but with a hud that lets you change this dress into 12 differently textured dresses. Each one is textured with as much care as the one shown, all the parts done perfectly, not one big blob of colour and letting the gray tint fill in the details. Each of these dresses could easily sell for 200L each, but you get them all on sale today for 49L  for the whole kit and caboodle.  Those are words. Honest. Also, 49L is not a typo..there shouldn’t be a zero on the end of that, it just feels like there should be, logic dictates that there should be, but no, it’s a fantastic deal you should grab…NOW!

 

Right now there is a little mini sale going on in the [Liv-Glam] main store lobby, I don’t know why it is or when it ends, I missed the notice about it, and the notice tab is grayed out in the group for some reason, but let’s enjoy the sale while it’s there. There is this suit/dress combo called Westwood, which is a modern satiny black dress with tiny white polka dots with a hem that drops down to the back, right on point with this years fashion trends. The dress goes up to a low cut lace jacket layer and a mesh jacket.

This shows you the wonderful detail there is in this outfit. The lovely lace peaking out from under the jacket. The lapel of the jacket done in the texture of the skirt. The buttons have the texture of tarnished silver. This outfit is just 99L right now, you can get a demo of it by touching the display and choosing demo from the menu that comes up.

 These shoes I wore with the outfit are also a part of the sale, they are called Eclipse Open-Toe Pumps, and they change with a texture change hud to 24 different colours. As you can see by the photo, they colour match skin beautifully and they can change size to match your legs seamlessly. The have a lot of different colours of nail polish and they have sound options as well, but they default to off and that’s how I kept it. These are very well made, sexy shoes, that were easy to work with. They are on sale for 99L, that’s 24 different pairs of shoes in one for 99L. You can’t beat that!

 

For one of their 55L Thursday offering of the last week (they keep them out all week long til the next Thursday), [Liv-Glam] has a full outfit called Fall 2012 – Nayomi Autumn Layers-Plum. When I say it’s a full outfit, I mean just that. You get the boots, the pants, the top/jacket set, the purse and the scarf. All this for 55L. Can anyone get even the boots for that elsewhere? This is a great outfit to wear now that fall has come to SL.

Just one note, the photo on the sales board has a different purse then I’m showing you here, this is the purse that actually came with the outfit, probably a bagging error, but wanted to show you what you got.

I wanted to show you an upclose look at some of the great textures in the coat, and the scarf. I love the bottoms she uses, it really looks like real coat buttons.

I also had one more ulterior motive, as part of the mini-sale, they have a 20 pack of lip glosses on a hud, that are for sale for 99L, and in this photo I’m wearing one of them. You can get a free demo and try one. I love the hud, because it lets you keep just one item in your inventory for all the lipsticks, when you want a lipstick, just click on the colours you want to try, try them on, it delivers tattoos to you, try them on, pick the one you want to wear, and delete the rest.  Easy Peasy and easy on the inventory, and I think I’m not the only one who can use help in that area!

Photography Credits – The photographs were taken in my Katink Photo Studio with their new texture set Abstract Fun Set 1,

Poses – Picture 1 – Still Life – Love – Quick, Bad & Bones

Picture 2 – Synt – Just As Exclusive

Picture 3 – Amacci – Model Poses – 5A

Picture 4 – Still Life – Love – How Much More

Picture 5 – Forgot to write it …sorry

Picture 6 – Art Body Store – Handbag 06

Picture 7 – Art Body Store – Handbag 04

Finishing Touches –

Picture 1 & 2 – Lashes – [LeLutka]-2011 lashes – Long (same for all photos)

Eyes – Amacci Gaze Eyes – Gold brown

Nails – Izzie’s – Classic Nails

Skin – Dutch Touch – Jaliah – Cafe Noir

Eyeshadow – Blacklace Beauty Disco Shadows – Aqua

Lipstick – [mock] Lip Effect Prototype (Gold) Style 2

Jewelry – Lazuri – Tres Chic Necklace & Earrings

Footwear – G*Fields – Strap Shoes – Alex -Metallic Pack – Gold

Hair – Likeli – Eleazia – Black

Photos 3 to 5 – Eyes – Aphotic Gloom – Aquilius Eyes – Anya

Nails –  Izzie’s – Spring/Summer 2012 Classic Nails

Skin – Al Vulo! – Julia  –  Pink – Light Brow – Cocoa

Jewelry – [ glow ] studio – Essence necklace (silver/cold-blue)

Hair – Dura – Boys & Girls # 13 – Chocolate

Photos 6 & 7 – Eyes – Mayfly – Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Grey Shadow, w3)

Skin – League – Isla –  Dark  – Lavender –  Brunette Brows

Jewelry – NHA! – Adele Earrings

Hair – Dura – Group Gift – Halloween 2012

This beautiful gown named Lavish is the latest mesh creation from Apple May Designs, and the first mesh gown that I have personally tried on and been 100% thrilled with. It’s a great design that has a sultry curves and wonderful textures. This is a gleaming lush brocade. I have a soft spot for brocades, I am a member of the SCA in rl, and everyone in the SCA has a persona from an area and an era. Mine is 1500 Italian, and at that time all Italians were bonkers for brocade. As a result I have a soft spot for the rich heavy fabric. This comes in 3 colours, black (shown), white and red. The black is the only colour shown in the demo, the white is shown in the store photo, and the red, well it isn’t shown in any photos other then a small square showing the texture, so you will have to extrapolate how it will look from that. The gown is only 275L so is very reasonably priced as are all Apple May Design products.

This classic mermaid gown with a small train is fitted extremely well. I have taken the standard mesh shape in small, as the small is the closest to my own shape, and put my own face on it, and this gown fit on it with no need to change a thing. If you buy many mesh items you know how hard that is to find even in items that claim to be Standard Sizes. What is even better, is that I don’t have any of the invisible patches around the edges of the dress, which is a big problem with a lot of mesh designs. The flair mermaid skirt makes this dress a treat to walk in, I looked at myself from behind and the side and the front when walking and it looked fantastic any way.  No legs kicking through, it moved like a mesh gown should. This is a great dress, go get the free demo and try it on today.

As an added bonus for this weekend only, Apple May, has kindly put out her Edith Necklace in 3 colours for only 10L each, above is the black and white version…

And there is a red and black version….

And for those with a taste for the more dramatic avant garde look, there is a pure white version.  This 10L price only lasts this weekend, so I would hurry and get it while the price is hot, because these necklaces can go great with any number of gowns, and of course are the perfect foil to the Lavish gown.

The beautiful skin I’m wearing is by Al Vulo! and is the Julia in Cocoa skin tone, red make up with dark brown and cleavage. I saved my lindens and bought the whole fatpack of the Julia Cocoa skin tone which costs 2800L  for 6 skins, or you can buy just one skin for 800L. If your a real skin addict like me, how can you settle for just one?

Al Vulo is special in that it’s really the only skin with highly blushed cheeks that looks good on me, most of the time with my face shape that just makes me look like a clown.

This skin comes with a huge amount of things in the fatpack. A lot more then I ever expected to get. If I was giving Al Vulo advice on sales I would tell her to give more details on what is in her fatpacks, because I wouldn’t have hesitated so long over buying them if I had known how much I was getting.

You get – mesh eyelashes…which I’m not wearing, as I didn’t have time to fiddle with fitting them yet

6 Shades of eyeliner on tattoo layers

7 lipsticks on  tattoo layers

5 lip glosses on tattoo layers

6 different versions of the Julia Shape ( no mod, so with how often one changes shape with mesh, useless in my opinion)

Each skin comes in light brown with and without cleavage and dark brown with and without cleavage

A lot of goodies for your lindens!

The hair is from Elikatira and is called Found. This is one of her new mesh hair dos, and as you can see from the picture showing the back of the gown, it looks as great from the side and back as it does from the front. I’ve never been in love with most of the flexi hairs in SL. A lot of them look like a boiling pot of spaghetti to me more then they do hair. The hair popping in and out of your boobage has never really enamoured me either come to think of it. That being the case I’m one of the people who has embraced the new mesh hair with a gusto. It encompasses the best of non-flexi prim hair and gives it a bit of life and movement.

This is an example where mesh hair works really well.  The only thing I dislike about it is that Elikatira does not have hair base tattoos to match her hair colours, and that I am starting to feel more and more is a necessity for hairs that are drawn back at the forehead. The difference a hair base makes to the front of designs like this hair, is astronomical. It would take Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory to think of a phrase for it, so I’m not up to the job. For this photo I’m wearing the Black 04 from the Elikatira Essentials Collection and I put with it the Amacci Hair Base 2 tattoo in Ebony.  Fortunately you can match blacks with other designers, so I can at least wear black in this design until Elikatira gets her own shades out.

The hair costs 250L for a colour pack, 280L for the Essentials Collection, which is 8 different colours from different natural hair colour family…blond..brunette..red head…black… or if you love it and want it all, the fatpack is 1,400L

Photographic Credits – I used the Katink Hot Box…This pose prop is a box that you pose within, which has 19 poses, and 21 intense exciting colours. The poses are all adjustable so you can move them around in case your outfit is causing problems or your avatar is too small or too large to fit an average pose. They have one on display on the top floor of their building, so you can go play with it today and see if you like it. You can buy it for yourself or gift it to a photography loving friend for just 500L. That is a lot cheaper then I have seen similiar quality items for.

Katink used to be called Props and Poses or PNP but they have rebranded as Katink and are better then ever. They are putting things out at an amazing pace. All group members get 50% off new items and they have great group gifts each month.  They also have great specials every weekend when they take part in 60L weekends. If you are an SL photographer or even just thinking of taking it up, this is a group you need to belong to.  The members are great, always willing to help out with an answer or two.

Wearing but covered before in other posts –

Eyes – Aphotic Gloom – Aquilius Eyes – Kiwi – https://tapika.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/falling-for-vershe/

Eye Lashes – LeLutka – Curl – Touch Me – https://tapika.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/study-in-gray/

Today I decided to have a little retro fun with the skirt that So Many Styles has at The Dressing Room. To be completely and brutally honest, I haven’t always had the best luck with So Many Styles, I had to toss a lot of the clothing I bought from there because of prim problems. I love her textures though, so I have had to be very careful what I bought, sort of a Linden lottery. This skirt was just too pretty to resist and with mesh after all prim issues just don’t exist, and besides, having a demo makes everything a sure thing! So I grabbed the demo, and saw that all I had to do to make it was was to make my legs a little skinnier, and increase the size of my saddle bags and add some body fat and so I made a new shape for the skirt file, and returned to The Dressing Room and I bought it happily. If only I had to add saddle bags to make real life items fit. Not in this lifetime.

I also loved the top that Irie Campese put with the skirt in the photo, so I went looking for it at her shop and found it. It’s called Plain Cami and the colour is Solar Power. It sells for 100L and I would highly recommend it. As you can see in the photo above and below, both it and the skirt are extremely well textured. They both have the edgings done, the cami has perfectly straight side seams, subtle realistic fabric wrinkles, not the wrinkles that are so over done that they make you look like you are wearing the wrong size, which is so common in SL.

I went looking for a pair of white gogo boots to put with them, to make this a retro look,  and found them on the market place.  These boots are called Versa Boots by The Domineaux Effect. There is no demo available online or at the store, but you can see the boots at the store. I threw the dice and took a chance on the shoes, not something I usually do, but with 8 textures for just 399L I thought what the heck. The boots are unrigged mesh so they can be resized, and there is a resize script in them. You can also tint the lighter colours, although just like with most tinted items, I’m not happy with the results, but if you like things you tint yourself, then you’ll be happy with that. I just don’t like the look of things coloured with the SL colour grid, it just is obvious to me when it is done, and it doesn’t look right somehow.  The textured shades provided are fantastic though, and I’m happy with them. You can change the boots sizing and colours either through the hud or through clicking on the shoe and using the menu. I found using the menu worked better for me, but everyone is different.

One caution, the boots are 399L on the market place and are 499L at the store.

To make it a modern retro feel, I added this great hair do by Clawtooth by Clawtooth, one of my favourite hair stores. This one is called Could I resist? and the colour I’m wearing is called Orange You Glad. That colour comes in the Exquisite Reds Pack. Demos are free and the packs are 275L each for 5 colours, my only complaint about Clawtooth hair is no variety pack having one each of the major hair colour groups, which is what stops me from buying more then I do, I generally tend to buy more from companies that offer those.

I love the necklace and earrings I found in my inventory for this, it’s from Lucas Lameth Fashion Jewelry, and it’s his Chakra Boho Beads necklace and earrings in Pumpkin. To me it looks like vintage macrame jewelry.  It’s perfectly made, with each prim wonderfully placed, the closer you look the better it looks. At just 189L for the set, it’s a steal. You can try  it out with the demo before you buy, to make sure you like it with what you are trying to wear it with. I find demos for jewelry invaluable, I don’t know how often I’ve bought something I thought would work and it didn’t quite make it. I remember one 100L pair of pants I was trying to model that I ended up spending 3K on jewelry before I found something that was just perfect. It wasn’t a good day. Of course I never have that problem at Luc…thank goodness!

PS – this jewelry set comes in 8 colours, just in case orange isn’t your favourite colour….although how could it not be, orange rocks, it has attitude…it’s…it’s..Orange…

The nails I’m wearing are from [Virtual/Insanity] and are their round nails, in the style Lacey Spring Nails which sell for 150L and come in 3 sizes, 10, 20 and 30 hand sizes. The set has 8 colours, and are changed by clicking on one of the nails and following the menu.   The nail glove I’m wearing is one that came with the skin, something I would love if every skin designer started to do. This skin is done by Izzie’s and she is only one of 2 designers I have seen do this so far, but I hope more follow suit. With the popularity of prim nails it would be great if designers started making gloves that we could wear under them in the proper skin tone, it’s an item that wouldn’t take long to make but would add a lot of perceived value to the skin package. There, how is that for marketing speak. Are all you skin makers sold yet?

Last but definitely not least, probably my favourite item of this blog, is the skin.  This skin is from Izzie’s with is one of my Top 5 shops I couldn’t live without. This is the Gala skin she created for the One Voice event, and 50% of the money spent on this skin is being used to raise money to go to the legal fund for Gala Phoenix to get her Curio Skins back on the market  by fighting a copyright challenge. One Voice is over but you can still buy this great skin and donate to the cause by getting it at Izzie’s shop.

There are 3 tones of this skin, I’m wearing the Gala in Caramel the darkest. Each tone costs 1,000L. Now you only see the basic skin in the photo but you get so much more then that. It’s really a fatpack of looks. You  get a version of the skin in all the major eyebrow colours , one with and one without cleavage.  You get the Gala shape, which is a copy/mod shape, so important these days when you have to change your shape to fit mesh clothing.  I’m  not wearing the shape, as I like to wear skins on my shape to provide a steady reference for all my readers, but it is a pretty shape. You get 5 different colours of lip tattoos and 5 different colours of eyeshadow tattoos.  If you are a freckle fan, you get two options, one just on the face and one on the face and body.  I’m wearing the green eyeshadow tattoo.

As discussed above, you even get a glove that covers your nails in the exact right colour for your skin making prim nails meld seamlessly.  *hugs Izzie for that*

Every persons opinion on this varies but I think that tattooed make up looks the best when it’s made by the person that created the skin, so I like it when skin designers have a lot of tattoo make up. The one exception to this is Mock, her make up rocks on a lot of skins, but not even she can look good on everything with every make up.  Izzie has a huge amount of tattoo make ups, and I am wearing her rust lipstick today from her dark vibrant lipstick collection which has 10 beautiful shades of lipstick for 190L. She provides demos with all of her tattoos so you can check them out to see how they work before you buy, which was something I really appreciated and took advantage of. I just wanted to show you how well her other tattooed make up looks with her skins, and as you can see, it looks great. So your options when you get this skin are     almost unlimited depending on what add ons you purchase.

My eyes are from Amacci..they are her Gaze eyes in Joy…the big version. The Gaze eyes come in a huge variety of colours, all with the life like look you see above. You get big and normal sizes of the eyes for 120L.  Very pretty eyes, and they always seem to have just the colour I’m  looking for to make any look pop.

Photograph information – The photo was done on my PNP Photo Studio with the back ground from their New Orleans Pack photo 8.  Still in love with the studio, almost up to 1,000 backgrounds…woot!

Poses I used are from Manifeste, Photo #1 – full body shot – 187, Photo 2 – Outfit Shot – 186, Photo 3 –  Nails – 200, Photo 4 – Face 189.

I went this week to the latest edition of Designer’s Circle, and found I was able to make a great look for not a lot of money. Is there ever anything better then that?  Everything mentioned today is bought at Designer’s Circle even though I give the store and links to the store.

I started with this sexy lace dress from BeautyCode is called the Dream Girl Lace Mini Dress in Black and is for sale for just 95L. This dress is really well made, the lace texture is excellant, even though the cups are lace too, and my nipples are dark in this skin they barely show, and the thin shoulder straps meet extremely well on the shoulders, almost no seam mark at all. The side seams aren’t noticeable in the least.  It’s great getting a well crafted dress at a good price.

The prim nails I’m wearing are from Moondance Boutique, they are sold for 75L  for 10 different colours of Purple. Now the wording on the sign is a bit misleading, it says that the nails come in 6 sizes  which it does (5,  10, 15, 20, 25 & 30), 5 lengths which they don’t (They only come in medium, which is a very nice length) and 2 styles, which they don’t, these come only in round.  10 colours for 75L is a good price and if she reuses store signs, and it gets a bit confusing, I don’t really care. What is shown on the photo, is exactly what you get.  Personally I don’t mind less options, fewer things to keep in the inventory.  I’ll be tossing all the sizes that aren’t my size as it is.

What does bother me is that her stuff comes no copy/no modify/no transfer.  I like to back up everything in my inventory back up system, and I can’t do that when it’s no copy. If it’s no transfer, why not make it copiable.  It doesn’t make any sense to me to deny people the ability to back up their inventory to keep the Linden Gods of Misfortune from losing it.

But all of that aside, as you can see, they are very pretty nails, at a great price, you can access the colours with a simple spoken command, and a click on the menu will change the colours to something else. You change each hand individually so you can have each hand coloured differently if you want. You can also change the shine level with the same command.

The jewelry I’m wearing is also by BeautyCode, and it’s sold in separate pieces so you only buy what you want. The necklace and earrings you see here are bought for 90L each, you can also buy a 2 ring set to match, for 90L but I hardly ever wear rings so I skipped them. This jewelry has great shine in the stones, a nice hip titanium coloured metal, which matches the shade shown in the photo. I hate buying jewelry and things are different then the colour in the photo. The necklace shape works great with breasts with cleavage, you  don’t need to make yourself flat to wear it, which is always a nice bonus. At 19 prims each the earrings are not bad if you are worried about causing lag where you are going, the necklace is a bit heavier at 66, but still a lot better then most jewelry.

I don’t tend to like makeup with a lot of blush, it doesn’t tend to work with my face shape, although I know that there are a ton of shapes out there that is flatters immensely.  I was pleasantly surprised then when I tried on this skin by BeautyCode and found it looked as good on me as it did on the sales photo. Well at least that is my opinion…egotistical…Moi? I love makeups that stand  up and shout to be noticed and this skin has that. The shimmer in the eyes, the gleam on the lips, the highlighting on the face, it all blends to make a great look.  I’ll leave the natural no make up looks to others who enjoy them, and I do admire how they pull them off, but they never seem to look great on me.  I guess it’s all about how one sees oneself. I’m a pretty peacock I guess. I’m just going to completely gloss over the fact that it’s the males in the peacock family that have the pretty plumage, and the females that look boring and plain. Man, you just have to watch my rl French Canadian husband preen a bit to know that is true in humans too…he takes longer to get ready then I do.

I digress however..back on subject. This beautiful BeautyCode skin is called Eve – Sensual Lips and is available at the Designer’s Circle for only 90L. It comes with a bald base, and cleavage tattoo which I’m wearing. There is also normal and  freckle version. I’m wearing the normal version as you probably guessed. Normally I toss freckled versions out, but this one is pretty cute, I think I will keep it. This skin does come with a demo for free so I suggest you try it…you’ll love it.

The hair I’m wearing is from Calico Ingmann Creations and is called Elenor 1. It’s on sale at the Designer’s Circle where you get the full fatpack of over 200 of Calico’s great colours for 100L.  It’s a steal. You will notice if you compare the look of what I’m wearing with the look of the item in the photo in the store that my hair looks a bit better. That’s because I went to Calico’s shop and got her free pack of hair base tattoos which she didn’t have when the hair came out.  These are a must to wear with any hair style that goes back at the top or side, it really really really really really improves the look, making hair styles look a million times more natural.  They are free so hit the store landmark and grab them.

This hair moves fantastically, Calico is a genius with curly hair bounce and sway. There are no non-flexy spikes in this hair that so date other hair-dos and this hair doesn’t have any of that wild whipping around that makes you look like you are in a wind tunnel. There is no transparency errors that bug me so much that make people’s hair look like it’s a boiling froth.  It’s just very much a natural hair look that moves with your ao.  Simple genius.

There are two hair dos for 100L each at the Designer’s circle and an older design as a 1L freebie to try.  There are free demos of the 100L ones so give them a try.

My eyes are my inventory find for this post,  they are from Insufferable Dastard, and are from an old Gatcha event and are called Spring eyes/Sweet Treats – Blackberry Jam if you want to see if you have them.  They match beautifully with the jewelry, but if you don’t have them, don’t worry, Insufferable Dastard has you covered with a ton of more current eyes available in prim/mesh and regular versions for very low prices.  Truth be told I could have gotten a couple of  fatpacks of eyes from there for what I paid getting the gatcha eye colour I wanted, but I had fun gifting the doubles.

She is making some really fantastic eyes now with multiple rings of colour, I’ve been buying them up, just need the right outfit to show them off with. If you haven’t seen them, head to the shop and check them out.

I swear, gatchas see me coming and hide the colours I want.

Photography – The photographs were taken on the Poses N Props Photo Studio…the enduring love of my SL life….and the background was their Moonbeams pack 3 – background 27.

My bad bad husband threw away my paper with my pose notes on it, bad husband bad…such a misguided attempt to keep me neat…I know I used my Manifeste poses and that one was pose 144, the body shot, but I don’t know what the other was…sorry.

I love red, but I have a long history of disliking the trappings of holidays. Be it red with white fur trim for Christmas, Orange pumpkins, shamrock green, or red with heart decorations, stores can keep it.  So while the early part of Febuary has  a ton of red items pouring into the stores, very few items actually have appeal to me. I like things you can wear after the holiday as well as before.

There are however a few treasures out there that you can get, this outfit is a happy mix of pieces that I found at Collabor88, The Fashion Garrett and The Dressing Room with some fantastic boots from Mentine for icing on the sexiness cake.

These boots are called Tycoon from Mentine, and they come with 4 different colours of brown in the package for 795L. I didn’t buy just the one boot though I went for their fatpack of colours for 2500. I can’t remember now but I think there was around 50 different shades of boots in that when I counted them out back when I bought them. That’s a lot of boots for 2,500L. If you can’t match what you are wearing with that colour combo, well, I guess it’s time for more shopping, but you will have to shop long and hard, because it’s probably a very hard colour to find.

These are boots that will be very hard to get bored with too. They have a sleek timeless look to them and a ton of options.  They have the turned down cuff top that I’m wearing now, a straight topped top, and they always have furred tops that are really cute for winter wear or just for fun. You can always have stiletto heels or wedges,  the metal toe part at the front can be removed, or just recoloured.  The sole and other parts can be coloured in a rainbow of shades. All of this is scripts in the boots so you don’t have to fiddle with huds.

The only thing I don’t like about the boots is they are not copy/no transfer. It would be nice if you could make a copy, make them the way you want them for an outfit and yank out the scripts for less lag. Them being no copy precludes this option entirely.

I still recommend them completely, don’t buy just one though, try the free demo..fall in love…and buy the whole fatpack, no point paying more money then you have to by  buying them one at a time and getting 2 or 3 or 4 pairs, when you can have them all for the  price of little over 3 pairs.

Here is a link to a free demo of the Tycoon boots on the market place, in case you are reading this away from your playing computer and want to order it so you don’t forget about the boots when you  get into the game

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Mentine-TYCOON-Boots-DEMO/2340298

The skin which ties it all together is from Glam Affair, and is their entry in the current Dressing Room offerings.  Glam Affair is offering 3 versions of their new Linn skin, in 3 different skin tones and 2 different make ups. All are priced at 70L. Glam Affair skins are great at any price, but when you can get one for 70L it’s truly a win. 3 Skins at once for 70L is like Christmas in February.  The one I’m wearing is skin 02. All 3 skins actually looked good with this bodysuit, but I liked the dramatic look of this one.

The base for this great look is the wonderful body suit and collar from Nemesis call Flight Style. I’ve bought a number of body suits from Nemesis over my time in SL, they seem to have a real way with them. Unfortunately when I went today to check the landmark for The Fashion Garret the collection has changed, so if you didn’t pick this up already, you are out of luck . This Flight Style Bodysuit is still available in her store outlet but only in White, Black and Red at 200L each or 500L for the fatpack. These are so sexy, I would be tempted to get them all.

I’m sure most of you were like me though, and grabbed this great body suit when it came out. She does have a new bodysuit in the new Garrett collection, so grab it before it’s gone too!

The hair I’m wearing is called Duchess Braid by Vive 9, the shade is Ginger and I bought it at Collabor88. That colour comes in the Reds Tones that sell for 188L. If you like a variety of shades they do have a variety pack, but it only sells to group members. Their group pack is lower price though, 88L, so if you were going to buy both hairs they have at the event, it would be well worth it to pay the 150L joining fee to get the group sets at 200L off total for the 2.

Poses – Today’s blog was shot on the new photo studio I bought just this weekend, from PnP ~ 4.0 Mega Store, their Photo  Studio 3.0.  I’ve had an N30 Deluxe Modeling Studio for a  couple of years now, but I’ve always been frustrated by the lack of really usable back grounds for it. It has some great features but some of it’s draw backs are killers. The one I hate the most is having to start fresh every time I move, because the pack command doesn’t seem to work and the studio and pose stand don’t seem to know each other anymore.  The first time I moved I had 1,000 poses in my N30, I think I’m down to 400 now, because I just can’t be bothered to keep moving them in each time. I haven’t moved my PnP studio yet, even I don’t move that often, but I talked to someone who has, and they didn’t have any problems with the pose stand stopping working.

What I really treasure is how easy it is to use. Instead of reading a huge notecard that tells you everything you need to know, you basically can just jump in and start using it. It’s so dead easy it really needs no instructions.  They have made it so idiot proof even I can use it. Hiding and showing your pose stand is as easy as hitting the big red square on the control box, and with the control box you can keep switching poses with the pose stand hidden. It’s a great idea to have the control separate, because it’s frustrating as heck trying to hit buttons on a pose stand when they are covered by a gown. The pose stand comes with 50 great and varied poses to get you started with.

The studio is also priced right, costing only 1,250L. It comes in a no copy/transfer or copy/no transfer version so you can buy it as you want it.

The PnP modelling studio compared to the N30 comparison has a lot less bells and whistles, but those bells and whistles aren’t really anything I’m missing. I love the huge amount of backgrounds they have, and that you seem to be able to easily fit anything you want to upload into SL yourself into the studio (The N30 by comparison needs photos broken into 3 chunks). Their backgrounds are very reasonably priced, they sell a 10 pack for 100L and on the weekend they even have several on sale for 60L for the 60L weekends. A great chance to increase your library at very little cost.

The post today was made with the Dead End Pack 2..as you can see, all these backgrounds are great. Can you blame me for being seduced into buying a new studio? The textures are full permissions too so you can use them however you wish. It just doesn’t get any better then that!

It’s Ground Hog Day today, and the 2 Canadian Ground Hogs didn’t see their shadows so we are not going to get 6 more weeks of winter, so I’m officially ignoring the 2 feet of snow outside my window and declaring it spring! I admit that it’s a mighty thin bit of meteorological reasoning to hang the beginning of spring on, but despite times call for despite measures, and I had enough of winter…oh…about November.  So to celebrate the spring that I can at least have in SL if not in real life, I got together My Precious and Adam n Eve and took them to romp in the flowers.

Everyone knows that Agnes Finney of My Precious is famous for stunning gowns, but if you aren’t a gown girl there is still plenty at her shop to keep you happy. This dress called Unforgettable comes in white or pink and is 680L. It has a fantastic lace texture, great ruffles and  bows and the skirt is made in such a way that I didn’t see any real breakage in it when I walked. I don’t know how she managed that feat.

Their is a package of her nude bras which come in 7 pre-set skin tones, and one modifiable one, along with directions on how to tint the modifiable one if you are shy but I felt this skin was light enough that I didn’t really need it. You have to look pretty close to see and nipples. Why not give the men eye strain.

If you are looking for a less fashion forward look, then just take off the jacket and ruffles on this dress, and your left with an extremely beautiful elegantly simple lace dress that versatile enough to wear often.

Now one piece of really good news! My Precious VIP group is free to join. If you haven’t been to the shop and seen all the beautiful dresses that you can buy at a discount when your a VIP member you should do so, if there isn’t one that appeals to you, your missing one of your X chromosomes.  It s a great chance to be in a great group without paying the usual 100L fee. Then you can decide which one of the about 20 outfits you’ll get first.  The free VIP Group lasts until Feb 4th, so don’t put it off and forget about it.

The next part in my spring celebration or is that winter denial look is this beautiful skin from Adam n Eve. For a long time I loved how Sachi Vixen’s skins looked on photos but they never looked that great on me, but about 2 years ago that all changed. Now everything she puts out, and she puts out a lot, looks fantastic on me. She is one of the few designers that  make her skins from scratch, so when you buy her skins, you know  that there aren’t going to be 30 skin stores making similar skins out there.

This is something I never do, wear a freckled skin, normally when I open a skin pack, the first thing I do is toss out the freckled versions just to save space in my inventory, but I fell in love with Piper when I put her on.  Piper comes in 4 skin tones, this is pale, the lightest, there is also natural, warm and tan.  Piper is one of their skin packs, which means it sells for 1,800L but it comes with regular and enhansed cleavage, 6 lipsticks and 4 eyeshadows. The make up tattoos are really well done, they actually overset the whole eye area, so if you change your skin and forget you are wearing them, you look like your wearing a mask. Oops. But it does make for perfect make up, with none of the “not quiet right” feeling you can have with some shadow tattoos.  On top of that, you also get hair bases, manicures and other toys. Try a demo and I’m sure you will  love Piper as much as I do.

The jewelry I have been wearing in all these photos is from FineSmith from their offering in the Limited Couture. It’s 350L for the set, necklace, earrings and bracelet, which is a fantastic deal for jewelry, especially a limited edition set. The only thing I didn’t like was that the photo you buy it from shows the metal as being a light pink, where you can see mine is a very dark lead colour. When you buy jewelry to match an outfit, you have to be able to trust the colour on the photo, or you are often tossing your money away for something that won’t match what you want to wear it with.  I still chose to wear this item, but it would have looked a lot better with my dress if it had been the colour advertised.

Hair – This is Rumour by Elikatira, one of her lovely updos. The colour I’m wearing is her Red 05 from the Essentials collection. I love her Essentials collection, it’s a nice mix of colours for those of us who like to switch hair colours but don’t want to buy fatpacks.  It’s 250L for the Essentials Collection, 220L for other small packs and 1200 for the fatpack.

Poses – I used Hop Scotch’s set Pose Me…I’ve used it before..but it’s great and I will probably use it again. It’s 350L for 12 poses. Someday I’ll have to pick up Pose Me 2….