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Skin Fair: Amacci, Cupcakes & Huit

Today is the last day of Skin Fair! Fortunately for shoppers, most of the skins you see at Skin Fair will be available in the creator’s stores soon enough. Here’s a final look at three brands that offered new goodies for this event.

Amacci

Amacci’s Rayna, showing 1 bare skin and 5 makeups out of the 12 available.

Amacci’s owner tirelessly worked on a new skin right to the opening of the event – that skin is Rayna and it is stunning! Swedish designer Carina Larsen was inspired to create a Mediterranean skin, which resulted in the release of two new skin tones. Rayna is available in three tones (Pearl, Olive, and Terra) and twelve different makeup styles. Rayna looks warm and  exotic, but is versatile enough to represent a vast range of cultural backgrounds. For example, although Rayna is Mediterranean inspired, she was featured on this post about “skins with oriental vibes”. What I like about Rayna is how she has strong facial features, but she never crosses the line where a skin is too bold or sexy to style in any manner you want. Rayna is just the right amount of sexy, with a beautiful body to match. Another cool feature is that Carina include a soft mouth corner option for avatars that need a softer, happier look. Amacci is located on Skin Fair Sim 1, in the center landing platform.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes Dreamboat in Pale, Medium, and Tan

I don’t often review male skins, but Cupcakes‘ Dreamboat makes it easy! Dreamboat comes in three tones: Pale, Medium, and Tan. For 900, each skinpack comes with different brow options on skin, tattoo hairbases, tattoo facial stubble, and tattoo body hair. What I like about this skin is the variety of add-on options you can buy to customize your male avatar.  There’s a bunch of facial hair options from meatly trimmed goatees to full blown, rugged beards. There are also makeup options, and a mish-mash of miscellaneous looks, such as an injured face and a tired face. Cupcakes is on Skin Fair Sim 2 on the south side.

Huit (Freebie)

HUIT Skin Fair 2013 Gift

If you haven’t stopped by the Huit booth in the last few weeks, do so now. In addition to the beautiful new release of Manon, Huit has a FREE skin out and it’s adorable. The gift skin has a sweet, youthful face, combined with a glamorous body. What I like about this skin is that there is a smooth transition between the color and of the face and the body, and the bare face is good for layering makeup tattoos. Huit is located on Skin Fair Skim 2, on the east side.

RMK Bunny Hunt Prize Guide

alice-in-rmk_posterThis is the last weekend for the RMK Bunny Hunt! The sim is a gorgeously built wonderland. The game play is fun and innovative. The fantastic prizes are FREE. The creators put a lot of thought into fun details, like entrance of the sim where you crawl through a door and fall past floating teacups to land in wonderland. I had a really good time and was able to collect to all 25 available prizes. It’s not too late to grab these fantastic prizes too.

Check out the Bunny Hunt Blog for directions in several languages. After you land in wonderland, find a prim bunny and follow it. When it randomly drops a ticket, buy it for $0 and take it. Wear the ticket and TP to the participating store (listed here) to collect your prize. You can also trade tickets on the sim in the Ticket Trading Area or in the RMK group via group chat.

Here’s my completed prize gallery to help with hunting and trading. I’ll be giving out my extra tickets this weekend, and I think many others will be doing so as well.

Further coverage: Duh Store, Tickle Me Tummy, Neo, Tarnished Bluebird, Fab Free, Devin Vaughn, Free Style, Ami Tamura, Suvi Breil, Emirun. Thanks to the Bunny Hunt staff and the stores for a creative and thoughtful hunt.

Skin Fair 2013: Tokyo Girl

Another reason to go to Skin Fair 2013? So you can see the best East Asian skins on the grid. My heritage is 100% southeast Asian, I was raised in a very diverse part of the US, and I struggle to find a brand that reflects all various Asian faces I see in my life. There are many fine, quality Asian-influenced skins out there, but in my humble opinion, Tokyo Girl does the best job of creating realism, originality, and a connection to Asian culture. Circe Ishtari does this by including facial features beyond the stereotypical crease-less eye and by adapting faces to match the current beauty trends in China, Japan, South Korea, and so on. Tokyo Girl has been around for 3-4 years, beloved by many, and it keeps getting better.

Tokyo Girl Amelia in Natural (middle tone)

Tokyo Girl Amelia in Natural (middle tone)

Amelia is one of two new skins debuting at Skin Fair. Amelia is the more versatile of the two. Think Ayumi Hamasaki or Kristen Kreuk – Amelia shows her heritage, but she also has a commercial beauty that works in various areas of the world. Things I especially like about this skin: (1) the way it just melts onto my face seamlessly without awkward shadows on the nose or lips that don’t follow the mouth corners – no shape alternations needed; (2) how the ashy gray undertones reflect the real undertones of foundation makeup and bb creams by brands like Missha, Innisfree, Skin Food, and Skin 79; and (3) it is an exceptional base skin that is perfect to add makeup tattoos on.

Tokyo Girl Miru in Fair (second lightest)

Tokyo Girl Miru in Fair (second lightest)

While Amelia is the commercial, popstar beauty, Miru is the distinctive, local beauty. Miru really impressed me because she looks outstandingly human – she looks like a few people I’ve known personally in real life, and a few that I have seen in the city when I was traveling in the Tokyo suburbs. Take note of the eye fat on this skin. Called “aegyo sal” in South Korea, those puffy eyes are a symbol of youth and general cuteness, similar to dimples. It’s considered a charming feature and it’s not uncommon for a girl to be complimented for her puffy eye fat over there. Miru’s shading also creates a bit if a v-shape chin, which is a popular contouring goal. Lastly, the Miru skins have milky, gray-olive undertones, which reflects the bb cream undertones in popular Japanese makeup brands like Kanebo or Hadalabo.

My pictures really don’t do the skins justice, so I suggest heading down to Skin Fair and trying these out for yourself. Tokyo Girl is on Sim 2 in the southeast corner. Check out Tokyo Girl’s official blog for more information, as well as excellent reviews by follow bloggers Dana Tan, Villena Inglewood, Smiley OrcMadeline Zenfold, Hump Muffin, Victoria Lenoirre, and Multimuse.

Credits

On Amelia
Hair: Clawtooth – Victim of Love in Coffee Cream,  Collabora88, $188
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Glimmer Contacts in Gray, Dec Arcade, $25
Top: Ducknipple – Fuston Top, Pink Fusion Hunt, $5
Jeans: Deetalez – Mesh Skinny Jeans in Dusty Rose, Pink Fusion Hunt, $5
Shoes: Gos – Sophia Peeptoe in Tan, $795
On Miru
Hair: Truth – Crys in Honey, Fameshed, $200
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Glimmer Eyes in Amber, Dec Arcade, $25
Outfit: R2 Fashion – Tunktop Mini Onepiece in Red, old Collabora88, $88
Feet: Gos – Bare feet in Arched, $595
Location: Neva River http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neva%20River/226/210/41 – which is hosting a photography contest

Skin Fair 2013: Essences’ Clover

Why should you head down to check out Skin Fair 2013? Because there is a plethora of new skins from top notch designers making their debut at this event. What a great way to update your skin inventory! Today, I’m showing Essences’ Clover, available in 8 skin tones. The big Essences booth is located on Sim 1, in the middle area near the entrance area.

Essences Clover in Sunkissed

A few things I like about this skin:

  • Strong Brows – Clover has lovely Camilla Belle-esqe eyebrows. It makes for a very bold look, but still can be used in a soft, natural manner as well.
  • Pouty Lips – These lips look soft and kissable, with the perfect amount of definition for the cupid’s bow and bottom lip.
  • Photogenic – The more that I amped up my graphics setting, I more I realized this skin photographs extremely well. It is one of the most photogenic skins in my closet right now.

Clockwise from upper left: Clover make-up 02, 03, 05, and 04

Credits
Skin: Essences Clover in Sunkissed, $1500 @ Skin Fair
Hair: Truth Video Games in Light Brown, $100 @ The Arcade
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard Glimmer Contacts in Brown, $25 @ The Arcade
Teeth: LAQ Parted Lips, $150
Dress: Sysy Valentines Day Gift, $0 Group Gift
Location: Izzies

Skin Fair 2013 Preview: Adam n Eve’s Maha

Skin Fair 2013 is upon us and I’m previewing a really fabulous ethnic skin – Adam n Eve’s Maha, which is premiering at this event.

Maha Skin T1 in a warm windlight.

Maha Skin T1 in a warm windlight.

Sachi Vixen was inspired to make this skin by a desire to create a versatile ethnic skin that could reflect African heritage or a wide spectrum of Islander origins. Ms Vixen’s appreciation for diversity is well reflected in the inventory of her store – Adam n Eve boasts an impressive collective of handmade skins representing various cultural groups across the globe, with equally diverse set of names to hint at the skins’ intended look. It all makes sense when you realize that Sachi’s hometown is London, UK – a significantly large, urban melting pot – like her store.

Maha Skin T1 in a cool windlight.

Maha Skin T1 in a cool windlight.

Here are some of the things I liked about this skin:

  • A lot of good tattoo options. Kudos to Sachi for knowing that not all women want huge boobs all the time. Maha comes with both cleavage enhancers and de-ehancers, in addition to the appropriately size default breasts. Other great tattoo add-ons are freckles, dimples, and bare option for your eyes’ waterlines.
  • Well-coordinated makeup. As woman of Southeast Asian descent, my lips are warm and dark. Those candy pink lipstick shades in magazine don’t work on me. Maha’s lipsticks are mostly warm berry shades that are completely realistic and complimentary for this type of skin. Furthermore, the eyes, cheeks, and lips on each makeup option work in harmony. Sachi didn’t just slap on random colors in a mix-n-match manner. In Tequila, the soft peach blush matches the coral lips. In Scarlet, the light smokey eye matches the dramatic red lip. In Gold, the nude lip is partnered with a bronze taupe eye. It all works well together.
  • A nice butt. Not pictured here, but Maha has a seriously nice booty. It’s plump, flattering, and natural.
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Left to right: Bare, Cranberry, Gold

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Left to right: Mulberry, Scarlet, Tequila

Skin Fair 2103 is opening to the public on March 15, 2013. Adam n Eve’s booth is located on Sim 1 in the northeast corner; the Maha skin comes in 4 skintones (I’m wearing the lightest) and is premiering at the event with two non-ethnic skins, Isabella and Bethany.

Credits
Skin: Adam n Eve – Maha in T1 (Skin Fair), L$949
Hair: Elikatira – Spark in Brown 4
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard in Soulful Honey Dark, L$150
Teeth: LAQ Parted Lips and TULI Parted Lips, L$150 and L$0
Swimsuit: Kyoot – Swimsuit in Kekova, L$90
Feet: Gos Boutique – Barefeet Arched, L$595

Skin Fair 2013 Preview: A.E.Meth’s Mesh Doll

Skin Fair 2013 is coming soon! For those of you who are not just skin addicts, but also fans of mesh heads, you’re in for a treat. Snow Rabbit is debuting a new mesh head with a lot of sophisticated features, and LOGO has a big store set up as well. My personal favorite of the mesh offerings: A.E.Meth’s Mesh Doll.

A.E.Meth’s Mesh Doll in Neo Machina

This creative avatar comes with a re-sizable mesh head (use it for your petites!), a skin, a modifiable shape, and an outfit. The outfit is a pink dress with matching pumps and a wind-up key for the back of your doll. ADORBS. You can see the outfit in the pictures below. Six eye options are scripted into the head. And oh hey Gospel Voom fans, all the A.E.Meth Doll skintones are already part of the Gos Boutique One Match Skin System!

Left to right: Green, Gray, and Blue Eyes

Left to right: Brown, Violet, and Closed Eyes

Furthermore, Aemeth Lysette – creator of the a.e. meth brand – is one of the coolest people you will ever meet in Second Life. She is an artist from the United States, a local of both Detroit and Houston. Aemeth’s artwork has already been featured in New World Notes and her Aemy Says blog is full of fascinating content. I need to start saving up for a commission! Aemeth’s inspiration for the Mesh Doll project was Ghost in the Shell (a must see for cyberpunk fans), hand painted dolls, and the masks that she creates in real life.

The Mesh Doll is a striking concept to me because it both practical and meaningful. It is practical because the hybrid nature of the avatars allows people to enjoy the novelty and ease of a mesh avatar, while still allowing personalisation with one’s own clothes, hair, and so on. It’s meaningful because its creation is commentary for the virtual world. Are Second World avatars like mythical gollums – where human beings sacrifice the time they could spend in real life to transfer their essence into a fictional symbol of ourselves? Are Second Life avatars like the androids of cyberpunk – originally disregarded as objects, only to surprise us with their increasing realism, blurring the lines between what is real and fake? I love that this idea gets people asking such questions.

Skin Fair 2103 is opening to the public on March 15, 2013. Aemeth’s booth is located on Sim 2; the Mesh Doll (“Doll Hybrid Mesh Avatar”)  is a new item premiering at this event, along with a mesh cat avatar (“Bad Kitty Avatar”) as well.

The A.E.Meth store at Skin Fair 2013

The A.E.Meth store at Skin Fair 2013

Credits
Skin, Head, Shape, Outfit: A.E.Meth – Doll Hybrid Mesh Avatar in Fair (new at Skin Fair), L$950
Hair: Milana – Tami in Sand (1st picture), Golden (2nd/3rd picture), L$245
First Picture only
Dress: The Secret Store – Danae in Coral L$225
Socks: The Secret Store – Tights in Zebra, L$35
Shoes: Lethal Couture – Amen Distress Boots, L$0
Pose: Marukin – Gentle Light, L$25
Location: Neo Machima

How to Style Bare Feet #1

I love going bare foot, both in real life and second life. Until real life loses the risk of injury, I’ll have to live out my comfortable lifestyle sans shoes in second life with great bare feet from brands like Gos,  Slink, Love Soul, and more. And after you get those mesh bare feet attachments, the question is, “With what do I wear these?” My answer: Anything! This is your Second Life. Do what you want. For the more pragmatic types, I have a ton of reasonable ideas for bare foot outfits as well. First up is Bohemian Style.

Go bare foot, boho-style.

For those who are cautious, there’s nothing better than a maxi dress to ease you into the look, slightly covering the feet, while still being suitable for public wear. This long maxi dress (also styled at My SL Look)  is a steal at L$40, compared to the original L$300 price tag. I added a leather watch to match the leather belt. Throw in some whimsical accessories with a loose, casual hairstyle and you’re a modern flower child. Check out Pixel Pantomime/Virtually Vanilla‘s awesome take on this hippie style (with bare feet too!).

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Close up.

Credits

Skin: Lara Hurley – Joelle, L$0
Hair: TRUTH Hollana in Honey, L$88
Dress: Auxiliary – Summer Sun Dress in Noon, L$40 TDRF/$300 normal
Feet: Gos Boutique – Mesh Feet Arched, L$595
Earrings: Undefined Lillies – Petting Zoo, L$99
Watch: Muse – Classic tank Watch in Caramel
Flower: Artilleri – Lilium Longflorium
Eyes: Insufferable DastardShades of Brown #6, L$75
Lips: LAQROKI – Parted Lips in Pale, $150
Pose: Croire – Flamingo, L$15
Shape: Custom

Location: Hazardous @ Misali (See Inara Pey’s blog for more on this sim)

Living in a Linden Home: The Quad

I am now the happy homeowner of a my first residence in Second Life! This has added a whole new, fun dimension to my game experience. Here’s a small tour of my humble abode so far:

The House

My atelier @

My unfinished atelier.

Surfboards: {what next} – Surfboard Decorative Props, 2LI, $0

Of the four theme areas, I chose Meadowbrook because of the large windows. I loathe the feeling of being confined, even in virtual space, so I need to see the outdoors. Of the models available, went with The Quad because I wanted a simple one story loft for my first home. Anyone is welcome to stop by my house.

Many people seem to be critical of Linden Homes, but they’re actually a good value. On the quarterly premium plan, I pay about $7.50 USD per month. After you calculate that out, and subtract the monthly stipend you get back, it comes out to L$163 per week for 117 prims, not including the house itself. Not bad at all. I’m going to stay at this house for a while, and then switch to try out different floorplan next month.

The Bedroom

See that pile of books? It doubles as a pose stand!

See that pile of books? It doubles as a pose stand!

Bed: Scarlet Creative – For Lyla Bed, 7LI, $50 (Sale)
Clothes Rack: BAZAR – Arizona Clothes Rack, 2LI, $69
Mirrors: Wayward Muse – Frosted Mirrors, 3LI, $20
Books: Floorplan. – Novels, 1LI, $1 each
Pose Stand: Conspiracy Theory – Catesby Pose Stand, 1LI, $0
Rug: Unknown – Soho Rug, 1LI, $0
Cat: Shop SEU – 1 Prim Anim Cat Orange Grooming, 1LI, $120
Wall Art: Croire – My Favorite Bands, 1LI, $0 (lucky board)

A bookcase that multitasks as a room divider. ♥

A bookcase that multitasks as a room divider. ♥

Bookshelf: Scarlet Creative – For Absencen Bookcase, 6LI, $100
Bench: Laize Days, Nautical Bench, 10LI, $0

The Creative Corner

The alternative to a study or office: an art corner.

The alternative to a study or office: an art corner.

Desk: Standby Inc/Collabor88 – Miyazaki Drafting Table, 6LI, $188
Lighting: BBQQ – Hikari Chandelier, 2LI, $0
Lounger: Trompe Loeil – Pallet Lounger, 4LI, $20
Wall Art: Whiskey Monday/Atelier Kreslo – You Belong in a Boat Out at Sea, 2LI, $0
Paint Supplies: End of Daze – EoD Cabinet, 5LI, $20
Rug: Nordari – Ruggies in Peach, 1LI, $0

3 Sequin Dresses

New Year’s Eve may be over, but we can still revel in the fabulously shiny and metallic style that always comes out! NYE fashion is a bright flash of fun right when we need it most, in the dead of winter. Here are three random sequin dresses I pulled out from my closet.

#1 Tres Blah Sequin Dress in Gold

Tres Blah Sequin Dress in Gold

L$250 at Tres Blah in Tableau; Other colors available

 

#2 COCO Designs Tuxedo Jacket with Sequin Dress

Group Gift (L$0) at COCO Designs in

L$0 at COCO Designs; Group gift with no fee

 

#3 League Sequin Scoop Dress in Black

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L$295 at League Island in Duende; Also comes in Silver

 
Where am I? The lovely New Orleans-inspired sim, Animagique Productions New Orleans. It’s very empty, lag-free, and charmingly well built.

Rockberry Skins Freebies

Today I want to blog about Rockberry‘s free lucky chair/board skins because they’re easy to obtain and a great resource for new players.

I heard about Rockberry skins through Ayumi Cassini, who has been sporting one for ages. As a Lucky Chair fanatic, I was thrilled to see a lucky chair with a super short time (2 minutes, I think?) and a whopping EIGHT lucky boards scattered around the sim, alas at a 10 minute time frame. The Lucky Chair gives out Megan skins, and all four were quickly collected. The Lucky Boards give out Apple skins, which are newer, but takes forever to win. Here’s my finally completed collection.

Megan Skins
Top row(L-R): B makeup, C makeup in Natural
Bottom row: A makeup in skin tones Light, Natural freckle, Tan, Dark
Rockberry Skins: Megan
Hair: Unbirthday Redux by lamb (free!)
Dress: Meela Lace Dress by Whippet & Buck (L$88 at Collabor8)

Apple Skins
Top row (L-R): Makeup 1, 2, 3, 4 in Natural
Bottom row: Makeup 5, 6, 7, 8 in Natural
Rockberry Skins: Apple
Hair: Teased Up by lamb (Free!)
Dress: Suede Wrap Dress by League (L$50 at FLF)

So Megan skins seems to simpler, but they are easily flattering on most shapes, and I actually prefer them over Apple. Apple skins are a bit harder to compliment shapes (I had to change my nose in order to look decent in this skin), but there’s a lot more shading and a wide variety of makeup styles. If you’re a skin junkie + lucky chair hunter like me, it’s worth it to pop by the Rockberry store and see if your letter is up! (Their shapes are reasonably priced too.)

Speaking of free skins, there are some beautiful ones put out by some of my favorite designers for the holidays. Check out the Al Vulo!, Curio, and Laqroki update groups for some more lovely skin freebies. I’ve been wearing the Al Vulo ones constantly, and the Curio & LAQ gifts come in multiple skin tones!