Kitty Loves..PXL Sweet Lips

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It’s all about the mesh these days isn’t it? (“It’s all about the mesh, ’bout the mesh, no sculpties!”)  Frankly I just  can’t be me until I have my mesh body and my ears attached. Then, of course, there’s my hair, clothes, tattoos and piercings, footwear and blimey, I’m exhausted just thinking about this! In RL,  I’m far less work.  Unless I’m in the office I’m usually sporting a onesie of some description and I care not a jot.  I tried a few of the mesh mouths when they first came out and despite there being appliers galore out there for them, I just didn’t like the way they made me look. I’m really not into trout pouting. I mourn for Meg Ryan’s  previous gorgeous smile and the idea of sticking anything into your lips to make them larger is just madness to me. I do have an awesome Urban Decay Lip Plumper in RL that makes my pout more luscious in times of need, but there’s some strange alchemy going on with that stuff. It makes your mouth tingle in a way that’s burgeoning upon the unpleasant and the effect is incredibly temporary. A good hard snog will suffice just as much if you ask me.

But back to the issue at hand; mesh mushes. Are they worth all the excitement? Until yesterday, I would have given you a big fat “NO”, but guys, I’ve changed my mind courtesy of this new release from PXL, called ‘Sweet Lips’. I’d observed a couple of Plurk buddies wax lyrical about the virtues of these newly released enhancements but when my good friend Gidge Uriza said they were pretty awesome out of the box I knew I had to try them, because for a start I’m very nosey and for another thing I hate being left out, LOL 🙂 Also, they looked absolutely banging on her, so  I zoomed over to the store where there were quite a few other avatars picking up demos. I tentatively picked up mine and retreated to the comfort of a sandbox to play about with my gob. (Which sounds unbelievably dodgy!)

I was entranced. These are incredibly easy to fit, adjust and wear and I was really pleased with how well I could match them to my skin tone without using appliers. Lip piercings are included (but can be removed via HUD) and I’m guessing more appliers will be forthcoming from a lot of the best skin makes in world, especially seeing as GLAM AFFAIR included some with their FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY offering this week, this beautiful ‘Brandi Sweet’ skin in America tone.

Let me draw your attention to this featured picture because guys, I haven’t done anything with it at all; it’s a completely raw shot from SL, using the Strawberry Singh Close-up Windlight setting, and as you can see these sweet lips look pretty darn perfect don’t they? I’m incredibly impressed. Truth be told they could do with a minor tweak on my part because the fit is a little off on the left hand side as you look at the picture, so you can see a little glitch if you zoom in, BUT that’s me, not the product. A little tweak and these bad boys will be ripe for puckering up and chasing boys all over the grid, as is my usual fashion!

Incidentally you can change the colour of your lips via the HUD, but to be honest I’m not going to be messing about with that. I’ll wait for properly textured appliers I think; purely based on personal preference and the fact that I’m very lazy and cannot be bothered with faffing around with colours etc. Besides, I’m very good at breaking things, and although I think these are worth every Linden I paid for them (L$650) I don’t want to have to buy them again!

I actually don’t think that I’ll be taking these ‘Sweet Lips’ off now that I’ve fitted them, and I really am looking forward to lots of lipstick combinations coming out for them too. I know that like GLAM AFFAIR, IZZIE’S has already released appliers so I’ve no doubt that other skin brands will be following thick and fast. Exciting times!

Another point to note is that these lips are advertised as ’01’, which to my mind, and judging by the spaces left in the vendor in store, means that there will be further releases coming to the grid. On the strength of these alone I cannot wait, my only wish is that the next edition steers away from the gormless guppy-like pout, and perhaps give us a bit of a smile. It’s all very well being all fierce and fashionable but sometimes you just want a bit of a grin, you know?

Anyway, if you want to give these divine ‘Sweet Lips’  a try, and I strongly suggest you do, so zoom over to the PXL Main Store and hit the vendor inside on the right.

Have fun and let me know what you think!

(For details of what Kitty’s wearing, please see previous post!) 

NAKED MONDAYS: CLASSICA FROM NAR MATTARU

It’s Monday.  Mondays smell of wee, so therefore LET’S GET NAKED!! WAHEY!

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And as you can see in this shot, I am very!

NAR MATTARU have released some rather spangly ink called ‘Classica’. Rather than being a continuous, all encompassing design this one featurese mbellishment upon different areas of the body making for a themed look, rather than an all out head-to-toe job as is often the trend in SL.  I’ve started wearing tattoos a LOT this year, and I’m really enjoying them.  In fact, there’s even a category for ‘Favorite Tattoo Designer’ in the Avi Choice Awards (more on that later this week!)

‘Classica’ is available in-world and on the Marketplace for L$299, and comes in Faded, Normal, and Fresh intensities. The appliers include: Slink/Physique, Lolas Tangos, Cute/Phat Azz, WowMeh, Belleza Venus, and TheMeshProject. (That’s a LOT of appliers!) Nice innit?

Tantalised by Taryn from Nar Mattaru

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When it comes to writing about a new skin, putting the pressures of Skin Fair to one side, I like to really take my time and ‘live’ in the skin for a few days. It’s like anything new; you need time to become accustomed to the changes, to feel the benefits of the change and also to notice any quirks that emerge due to your new appearance.

Over the past few days I’ve been enjoying the latest Nar Mattaru release. Her name is Taryn and oh my word is she special. Guys, I adore her. She is an absolute beauty, with excellent detailing in all the places that matter. There are seven tones to choose from catering to every possible taste; I opted to try ‘Suntan’ and found it to be a rich, caramel shade that really suits my shape. As you can see, I look pretty hot, even if I do say so myself!

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The face is the main selling point for me with this skin. To be fair, I guess it’s the same for most skins I wear;  if I don’t immediately ‘click’ with the visage on a skin I won’t wear it. I know there’s a trend for unusual faces in-world, and fair-play to those that sport them, but my style has always been tailored towards what I guess you would describe as ‘classically beautiful’.  ‘Taryn’ is certainly that. Her face fit onto my shape perfectly and just evoked glamour from the get-go.

Seriously if you covet a beautiful look then ‘Taryn’ is not to be missed. I found her to be adaptable to many styles that I tested her with and wasn’t disappointed in any way, shape or form. Thing is, her make ups are utterly scrumptious. They’re really perfect in the choice of colours and the application; my particular favourite is ‘Canary’ which features the most delectable splash of colour and winged liner to compliment. There’s no end to the fun you can have with the make-ups either, there are 12 lipsticks and 7 eye make-ups to play with. I particularly enjoy wearing the lip gloss with the more avant-garde shades, such as the vibrant blue and punkish black lipstick…it really adds a slick of polish to a very modern look!

The other strength in this skin is her sculpted brows and the options for contouring and blush that are available too, in fact Jade hasn’t missed a trick when it comes to options for Taryn, with appliers for practically everything available separately; Slink, Azz, Wowmeh and Tango.

One thing I particularly love about this skin is that it photographs well. If you enjoy taking photographs of your avatar, the make-ups alone make Taryn a sound investment. She’s getting some excellent press too, and frankly I’m not surprised; there are a lot of bloggers out there who are just as enamoured by her as I am. Willow Zander has waxed lyrical about this skin’s many virtues, as has Elle Avanti, to name-check a few of the blogging celebrities out there currently enjoying this fabulous release.

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NAR MATTARU was a new name to me until I went to Skin Fair earlier this year, and I had a hunch then that Jade Glazner was a designer to watch.  For me Taryn has completely confirmed my judgement, it’s an excellent release and deserves to be worn and enjoyed by many across the grid.  The fact that she is so versatile and has so much to offer makes her an absolute must have for any skin addict.

Taryn comes with:

  • FOUR cleavage options (Small, regular, large and push-up)
  • FOUR brow options (Blonde, brown, ginger and black)
  • Make-up pack (Lip-gloss layer plus Eight lipsticks and seven eye shadows)
  • Tintable moles, blush, contouring and freckles

You get a LOT for your L$1000 making her a very sound investment indeed, and you can purchase additional appliers at the main store as I mentioned before.  What’s not to love?

Click HERE for your taxi and if you see Jade, tell her Kitty sent ya! 

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Skin by NAR MATTARU, Eyes by IKON, Hair by SPELLBOUND.

Saturday night, Sunday Morning

Like I said in my last post, I’m all about the kitty-prints at the moment!

It’s not hard to find Leopard print items on the grid and they can look both really funky and chic. I created two different looks for a weekend that both feature Leopard print.

My first look is perfect for a raucous Saturday night bash at a local rock club. In real life, this combo (wombo combo! Ahem, sorry ;P)  would be ideal ‘cos if you got too hot and sweaty at a gig you could take off the shrug and tie it around your waist, and the print pants just scream rock and roll!

My two key parts to this look are a mesh shrug with tube-top from Cynful, and some jeans from Waffle. 

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Cynful is a beautiful, high-end store that really stands out from the crowd. Walking into the store truly is a feast for the eyes with all the wares beautifully presented and the colours zinging out at you. It’s like a colour-swatch brought to life, making for a really enjoyable shopping experience.  I love whizzing around the store to see what’s new, and when I saw ‘Shruggable’ I knew it had to be mine!

‘Shruggable’ includes both mesh shrug and mesh tube top and comes in a glorious array of colours. I opted for black , so that I can mix and match both the shrug and top with other items in my inventory.  The shrug costs L$290 a pop, with an applier costing L$100.

This makes for an expensive item, but I think when you consider the versatility these pieces add to your wardrobe, as well as the fact that they’re mesh and beautifully textured (as is everything in store) the benefits outweigh the cost.  You’re paying for quality after all, Cynthia Ultsch’s designs are not cheap and the clothing sure reflects that.

Waffle! by contrast is cheap and cheerful and hurrah for that! This store comes straight from the imagination of the delightful Kiki Paine, and is located in the Dream Valley Plaza; a really neat and modern circular shopping zone.

Like Cynful the store itself is laid out in a really appealing manner and features some great items ranging from tattoos to underwear and separates, and you’ll find lots of outfits here that feature appliers as standard.  (I purchased my Camo drawstring tube-top from here, and that’s fast becoming a favourite of mine.) There’s a lot of choice in store, with the ‘Troublemaker Lingerie’ being especially alluring,  but my must-have item from here are the ‘Rock Chick Leopard Jeans’.  Not only are they a bargain at L$99 a throw, and come in a choice of five fabulous colours, but they look bloody brilliant worn  and go with loads of things lurking in my inventory, and looked excellent when worn with the Shruggable!

I teamed the outfit with a couple of necklaces; one which I’ve worn for a while now which is the Chinese motif necklace that’s sold as part of an outfit by Ducknipple. The Owl necklace was one of those things I’d forgotten that I had in my inventory, as you do. It was a happy find for me then, and funnily enough, it was from Happy Finds! (Run by the best named avatar in Second Life – Annoyingjapanesechild.dinosaur. Seriously!)  I’ve no idea how I forgot that it was there because I love owls, and this necklace is really well made and super cute to boot.

To finish I’m still wearing the Belleza skin, ‘Ava’ that I acquired a few weekends ago. I just LOVE the eye-make up on this skin, which is making it really hard to take off. (I’m into eye-make up on skins in a big way at the moment.) Fortunately by buying some lip colours I can make it more versatile, but I do wish there were more eye make-ups like this in store!

Finally the hair is by Elikatira. The sale was due to finish on the 23rd; and I confess that I haven’t visited in the past few days because if I had I would have probably bought the store. The sale sign did mention all styles would be retired once it finished; I have mixed feelings about that because part of me doesn’t want anyone else to miss out on the fabulousness that is Elikatira hair, but on the other hand I kinda like the idea of exclusivity that retirement sales bring. (Although judging by how many people purchased hair, most of the grid probably has this style anyway!) But here’s the thing, retiring these items means that new stock will be coming soon. Can you imagine? Squee! (And rumour has it that it will be mesh! Double yay!)

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Of course, after  Saturday night must come come Sunday morning, and my guess is that you’d be nursing a hangover and wanting something comfortable to wear.  (I picture Kitty about to go for Sunday lunch in this outfit. In real life I guess the skirt would be a teensy-weensy bit too short but hey, this is Second Life so I can wear my skirt how I want!)

For this look I teamed a lovely’ Nia’ jumper from Sn@tch with this scrummy mesh print skirt from Tentacio.  The sweater adds a little Schoolwear-chic, don’t you think? I’ve watched the store rise over the years and I’m so chuffed by how it has evolved and succeeded.   Ivey Deschanel works damn hard at her designs and there is some amazing clothing to be found there. 

There are now lots of lovely mesh items to choose from, and I’m delighted that her range of clothing with appliers is increasing, as this picture shows. Even if the darker side of fashion isn’t your thing, I would still pay Sn@tch a visit, and I doubt that you’ll come back empty-handed. (Trust me on this, you won’t.)

Once you’ve drooled all over my sweater, be sure to check out my skirt. I’m so excited by this mesh skirt! (Can you even be excited by a skirt? LOL)

I don’t wear skirts that often in-world  but since finding this wee beauty I’ve not taken it off. Even better there are a few more to choose from in the range and they’re a fabulous price of just L$70!  Incidentally if you haven’t checked out Tentacio before then I insist you stop reading and go there NOW. It’s just totally brilliant, oozing hipster styling from every pore and the prices are fantastic.

To finish the look I elected to wear my ‘Tassels’ necklace from Glow Studio, and the rather fetching Jamie hairstyle by Wasabi Pills, which is fast becoming a favourite hair store of mine. I love the textures that they use on their hair in store, and it’s a must visit for long-hair lovers. The Jamie style is beautifully crafted and I love the way it drapes over the shoulder and across the face.  (It doesn’t interfere with mesh bewbs either !)

So what do you think? I hope you like both these looks as much as I do, and I am certainly having fun wearing them. And speaking of fun, see the jukebox that I’m standing in front of? Isn’t it bloody glorious!  It’s from ‘The Stuff Store’, and the stuff that they sell is rather special indeed!  I first discovered them when I decided to buy Dad something nice for his new pad. I thought a juke box would be ideal to finish off the bar area against his home, so I did a search on the marketplace and found ‘The Juke’. This mesh creation evokes a golden era, as does most of the other retro ‘stuff’ in Crias Rowlands’ eclectic store.  It comes in both Modern and Retro versions, is mesh and weighs in at just 8 prims, which is astonishing when you consider the detail. It serves as a land radio featuring 80 stations, so there should be music available to suit every taste, and something I really like is the fluorescent tubing on the front of the unit which, when switched on, creates the perfect ambience.  It really is a stunning, substantial piece of kit and really turns your house into a home.

Well that’s me sorted for the weekend, I’m just gonna sit in front of my Juke and enjoy some tunes I think!

Whatever you’re doing in world this weekend, real or virtual, I hope it’s a corker, and if you’re bored why not check out the stores I’ve listed in this post? Happy shopping!