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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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