Introducing Kittylicious ‘Kim’

So I was messing around with shapes last night and ended up making this lovely lady; it wasn’t until I added hair and heels that I realised she reminded me of Kim Kardashian! Beloved has just thrown his hat into the ring as well and said that actually she looks like Jessica Alba; and actually now he’s said that I can see the similarity too! I think if you added brown hair instead of black then yes, indeed, you’d probably have an avvie that looks very much like beautiful Jess.

It certainly wasn’t my intention to make a shape that evoked a Hollywood vibe, but I’m glad I did because I think the results are rather lovely. The skin that I’m wearing is by Gala Phoenix from her ‘Curio’ label.  Long time readers will know that I’m a huge Curio fan; and the recent skin controversy that has impacted Gala has left a very bad taste in my mouth. I won’t discuss it here because if you want to read about it there are plenty of places where you can source all the gossip, suffice to say that I will be very happy when Gala Phoenix returns to the grid because as far as I’m concerned her skins are the best in Second Life.

Come back Gala, we miss you!

If you want to recreate this look then IM me in-world and I’ll happily provide you with a copy of  the ‘Kim’ shape for a mere L$150.  She’ll be copy/mod enabled. As far as styling goes if you’re going to invest in this shape and want to recreate this look then make sure you have the Curio skin, ‘Yum2-Mint Julep1’ in Acorn in your inventory before you buy, because obviously I don’t know how long it will be until Gala comes back to the grid and you won’t be able to purchase it until she does; and I can’t guarantee that this look will be so easily created with other skins.

The eyes are also very important for this image; I’m wearing Fashism ‘Sunrise’ eyes in Dark Brown (M).  Last but not least I’m sporting a style by the inimitable Truth Hawks called Makenzie in ‘Night’. (Note that some of his longer styles in that particular shade also work extremely well in creating a Kim-like vibe) Finishing touches include the girl next door eyebrow shaper from your library in your inventory, and I’m wearing an Adam and Eve hairbase in black. Finally the bangle is by Clutter, and the jeans by Zaara.

What do you think? Kim? Jess? Answers on a postcard to the usual address please…..

Thinking outside the box…

..sometimes you just have to try something different. (Insert your own smutty joke here.)

I’m a bob kinda gal, as most of you are aware. I like my hair long on occasion, and short very infrequently..BUT most of the time I love my bobs ( Do not even get me started on the perfect bob that Truth put out and I managed to miss in October (It was called ‘Hadley’, if you got it you’re a git. Yes, I’m still hurting about missing that one!) However, when I saw ‘Lori’ there was something about the style that meant I had to try it.

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And I’m super pleased with the result.  It lends itself really well to the boho vibe, yet if you were to purchase it in black would be without a doubt the most uber Goth-style on the grid at the moment. (There’s a hit of Madonna in her ‘Frozen’ guise about it..) It’s very much statement hair, and you can dress up/down as you like, but I suggest delicate prints or gently textured plain to go with this, rather than detract from the total awesome of the hair.

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I’ve teamed it with an oversized tee from JANE (yes, Jane again…I know, but it fits so well and the ribbing effect is awesome) as well as some stockings that were a gift from the MIEL group aeons ago, and some boots (also from Miel) that weren’t. Last but not least throw in a CURIO skin ( From the ‘Pout’ collection; one of a number of skin collections that are reduced to L$1500 at ‘Truth’ district) and a couple of great poses from GAZE and you’re done. Awesomely simple:)

Nothing frosty about this ‘Ice Queen’

(My titles get worse.)

I would sell my soul for L$3k right now…

Because I’ve just discovered ‘Ice Queen’ at Curio and it’s made me so happy that I have wet myself. Seriously. ( Yes, I know it came out before Christmas but I’ve just discovered it now OK, and I’m blogging about it regardless because it is sodding amazing!

I’m a very set in my ways. Once I find a formula that works, it’s rare that I stray from that. For me, skins are crucial to my look in Second Life, and I’ve been a fervent supporter of (chiefly) LAQ and Curio for a long time. I love both of them, but my pocket-book is way more inclined towards the LAQ new releases because they are always so reasonably priced. LAQ provides a first rate product, with masses of sublime detailing and make-up options so why should I shop elsewhere? Well, truth be told, as much as I adore LAQ, my truest skin love is a different brand entirely.

I used to wear only ONE brand of skins and that brand was Curio. As much as I love my LAQ, let me tell you this: NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN GALA PHOENIX. (Cue Carly Simon)
In the recent past I coveted my collection of Curio skins and kept them close to my heart. They suited my shape perfectly and the detailing upon them was, is, and always will be so damn near perfect as to make butterflies sob into their morning cornflakes. (Note: I am not entirely sure that butterflies eat cornflakes, but if they did they would garnish them with tears of joy. Perhaps that’s where the frosting on Frosties comes from, butterfly tears? Ahem..) And then I lost my entire collection in ‘Kitty’s Great Inventory Calamity’ at the end of 2009.

I lost so much in that disaster that I’ve still never recovered from it in terms of the volume of items in my inventory to this day. It’s a shadow of it’s former self still.

As for my Curio collection? It couldn’t be retrieved, sob, and with each pack costing L$3000 no chance of a replacement loomed on the horizon. ( I reckon I must have lost..gulp..at least L$16k of skins) That’s pretty much how it’s remained too. Fortunately Gala takes her time when creating her perfection, which means in the intervening months, if you are able, you can put aside a few Lindens for when her new collections strike. I’d like to say that’s something I’ve been able to do, but alas I’m not Linden heavy so it’s been beyond my reach to do that, with all my dollars spent on tier and rent. But I tell you one thing, when I win the lotto I’m buying the bloody store out three times over…

(Click to enlarge-believe it or not the hair used in this is hiding in your library!)

So, ‘Ice Queen’. This is Acorn, my fave shade of Curio skins. You’ll have to forgive the demo lines on the skins that I’m wearing for reasons explained above, but this is a seriously sensational skin set. For a start, I LOVE the make-ups included in the pack. Gala always provides quality make-ups in each release, and ‘Ice Queen’ is certainly one of her best. The lips are just nommilicious- if you have a fuller-lipped avatar then get ready for some serious Scarlett Johannsen pouting action. Zoom in and you can see the highlighting in different tones is damn near perfect, and the lips look moist and lickable:) (Ice Queen in ‘Charcoal 1’ is a great example of this) The quality is all reflected in the detail and that’s where Gala excels. For example-look at the shading *in* the nostrils, the shaping and detail *on* the earlobes (best ears in SL!) They’re just splendid. Clavicles, the nape of the neck, shoulder blades, cleavage and breasts, abdomen and belly-button all feature fantastic use of shading and highlight, as well as a skin texture that is just this side of real enough. Moles dot the skin on the back and belly adding that hint of authenticity, and the ladyparts look just the ticket ( Note: Ladyparts just aren’t important to me in SL. I don’t engage in naughtiness in-world so I just don’t pay any attention to them, but I’m pretty sure that these are more than sufficient!) Dammit, even her knees are perfect! Seriously, accuracy in places like this is really important for an avatar. Let’s say you work as a table-dancer in-world, you want your skin to look top notch from any angle and if you have a punter using mouse-look and his eyes are at knee level (or above!) let’s say he’s not going to be disappointed:) I can only fault one area really, and even that isn’t really valid when you consider it’s regarding an area that no-one has really nailed (hah!) yet in Second Life, and that’s hands and feet. The nails on the hands don’t really work, BUT it’s a minor critique all things considered.

On the whole Gala’s skins just don’t disappoint, and I just cannot help but be biased in my opinion of them. They’re glorious. So fly you fools, over to Curio castle and lavish your Lindens on this utterly fabulous skin set and revel in the swoons of the avatars who fall at your feet as you glide past. Ok, I’m over-egging the pudding a smidgen there, but you get the drift. Seriously, if you have the dosh you would be wise to throw it Gala’s way; the lass has indeed earned it! In the pack you get your base skin in two shades, dark and light, featuring six double-version make-ups   AND different coloured brows to match your hair, so this is a veritable treasure box of skin happy that will last you an age. Absolute value for money and then some!

(Note- I am totally aware that there is newness from Gala at Skin Fair but I am not a masochist so I’m not going. I know that she has released ‘POUT’ and ‘YUM 2’ because I’ve read all about it on her smashing blog,  but i figure If I don’t see it then I won’t have to sob into my pillow at night will I?)

PS The ever amazing Sasy Scarborough features ‘Ice Queen’ in her reviews at http://www.sasypants.com/you-aint-seen-the-best-of-me-yet/3372/  Go and take a peek and see what the queen of SL Blogs had to say about it!

Elf Yourself!

When I found out last week that Gala Phoenix was on the cusp of releasing a new skin, I did two things: 1) I weed a bit ( That happens when I’m excited) and 2) Started visiting Curio in a stalker-like fashion to see if I could gauge when the ruddy things were going to be released. I have NIL patience and like a spoilt child I wanted the skins NOW! YESTERDAY! WAAHH!!! But dear reader, if I’d had to wait until Christmas it would have been worth every second..because ‘Elf’ is a superb set of skins from, IMHO, the BEST skin creator in Second Life. I’ve tried to stretch my skin-wings this year and wear different brands, and I’ve enjoyed doing that, but I always go back to Gala. ‘Elf’ is a superb example as to why I keep returning, and why (by hook or by crook) one day I shall own every single set of skins she’s ever made, because every one is a treasure that needs to be cherished. Let me make one thing clear: I don’t know Gala in SL and I think I’ve only ever spoken to her on just a few occasions, and v. nice she was too, but it’s probably a good job for her that I don’t. If I did, I would be forced to lock her in my basement and lick her head incessantly until she produced even more of her epidermis excitements. Curio makes me go all funny in strange ways, evidently but I can’t help but be moved by the quality of the product.
Anyway, enough waffle ( HAH!-Every reader of the blog) Just what is so good about these skins? Short answer is nothing AND everything. They follow Gala’s tried and trusted formula of being exceptionally coloured, textured and styled. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it is the mantra here and she hasn’t, so no ground-breaking innovations but skins that ooze quality and style from every virtual pore.
In fact, speaking of pores, these skins are uber-zoomable and by that I mean when you zoom in you can still see amazing definition on every single freckle and crease. In fact, these are so detailed that I am amazed you don’t see hair follicles!
The body shading is just perfect. Creases and bony bits like shoulder blades and clavicles are all enhanced realistically and the naughty bits are, well, spot-on! Gala always makes boobs look uber nommy as well, and this series is no exception, nipple-tastic is the phrase that should be applied here…
On to the chops then, and obviously the skins are called ‘Elf’ so are, of course, suitably festive in their colour schemes, but don’t be fooled. They’re wearable all year round, so as sound an investment as ever. Let’s talk make-ups..In this shot I’m wearing ‘Fire Engine 1’ and well dear reader, see for yourself. The lips are just amazing, and these are only the semi-matt ones, the gloss ones deserve column inches praising their wonders alone! I LOVE the shape of the lip, the creasing and the dimples to the side..they are just perfect, and highlighted so sublimely that they almost provide a 3D effect. These lips look REAL: moist, nommable, kissable…I mean, what more do you want? The shading and blush on the cheeks and highlighting on the nose work beautifully together, and then there are the eyes…wow.
The eyebrow is slighter on ‘Elf’ than on past releases, and I’m always fussy about brows seeing as they are ‘The coathangers of the face’ after all, but hey, just because they’re slight doesn’t mean they’re ineffective. Joan Crawford may well have screamed about wire hangers, but these brows work in an under-stated way and are just enough; in fact anything more would potentially detract from the eyeshadow; and that would be a crime because each particular eyeshadow is a bobby dazzler. Of the two options the first tends to be the more subtler choice. Like I said before I’m wearing ‘Fire Engine 1’ in this shot, in contrast ‘Fire Engine 2’ features a red eye make up that looks mighty impressive. ‘Gold Dust 1 and 2’ feature gold eyeshadow and pale pink lips; the second option features a more heavily shaded eye and it makes for an ultra- elegant look, that reminds me of the way Charlize Theron is made up on the J’Adore advert..ahem. ‘Holly 1 and 2’ feature green eyeshadow and the glossiest, nommiest lip shine. ‘Holly 1’ reminds me of the way that I’ve seen lips painted by Japanese skin-brands like ‘Mother Goose’. I’ve always been attracted to it so I’m chuffed to see that Gala has created a shiny, glossy lip in a similar vein..seriously, you have to see to believe. ‘Pure 1 and 2’ are ‘natural’ make-ups with pale pink lips and barely any shading on the lids. To be honest, these are so subtle that it’s hard for me to tell the difference (But that could be my eyeballs Kittyfans – I’m in sore need of an eye-test) I very rarely wear a no-make up look in SL because I do love my woad so, but these are lovely and I’m sure I will sport them on the odd occasion. ‘Snug 1 and 2’ feature a darker lip and a taupe/smoky eye. It’s classy and neat, potentially an every-day kind of look. Finally there’s ‘Soot 1 and 2’ which feature intense dark eye make up contrasted with a pale pink, almost au naturel lip. Now, you have to see the lips on this one. The’re good on all the other skins, but on this one? Well, they look real. Utterly authentic; I cannot get my breath.
I’m pretty overwhelmed by this release, and it’s hard to be anything but enthusiastic about it because it is, in a word, amazing. The fat pack of 24 skins (6 Dark, 6 Light, 6 Dark Freckle and 6 Light Freckle) costs L$3000. That is a lot of moolah, granted, BUT you get 24 skins..24 skins..let me repeat..24 SKINS for your money. You could of course purchase a single makeup (you get 8 skins) but why would you want to do that when the whole package is just so scrummy, hmm? I urge you to visit Curio and grab the demos and give them a whirl, and I also want to say “Congratulations!” to Gala, should she ever read this ( doubtful) because ‘Elf’ is something very special indeed for which she should be rightly proud.
Right, bugger off and stop reading because I’m going to go and get nekkid and drool over myself..I mean, have you seen the belly-button on this skin? Amazeballs..seriously…