LOTD: Wanna buy some Lemonade?

Is July turning into events month or what? We’ve got the IDK event and THE EPIPHANY (a new Gacha-type event) both starting tomorrow and don’t even get me started on WIZARDING FAIR, WAYWARD CARNIVAL or PROJECT LIMITED, to name-check just a small selection of events in-world right now.  But fear not, dear readers, the list of events is endless and somewhat overwhelming, but I’ll only complain when I can’t get into them!

I just wanted to throw a very quick LOTD post at the blog because as regular visitors can tell, there are changes afoot.  First of all I’ve changed the page layout to a much more modern design. It also means I can feature more content on the front page so I think it more accurately reflects the amount of posts (and work *cough*) I put into Kittywitchin. I haven’t quite finished my blog tidy up just yet, but when I have you’ll be the first to know!

Anyway, on to my look for today something very plain and simple but effective nonetheless; no necklaces, rings or jewellery to speak of other than the lip rings in my PXL SWEET LIPS. (Which I adore so much, I really, really do. If you’re reading this Hart here’s a Kitty-customer request; please make some more with a bit of a smile will you? I love mine but I want to smile in my pictures more!)

Moving on from my visage and I’ve thrown on a tee-shirt from the unwashed pile in the deepest, darkest corner of my inventory that I had forgotten all about! I hadn’t unpacked it, I know right?! This is unheard of for me. I adore PIXICAT tops (Areve creates just the best tops, she really does) and my not having opened this particular one meant that when I purchased this something big must have been happening to prevent me opening the package. I mean something immense, seriously, like an asteroid hitting the planet, or a sink-hole swallowing me up.  Or, more likely is that I bought it and forgot but still, you get the point I’m sure!

I’ve teamed the top with an old favourite PSYCHO BYTS skirt, although it’s so teeny-tiny it would be the kind of thing that your Mum would call a belt and say you weren’t to leave the house in.  Enough jibber-jabber then, here’s my LOTD!

Front and centre is one of the HAIR FAIR 2015 new releases from LITTLE BONES. I’m wearing so much hair by this brand at the moment andas I keep saying it’s a real surprise to me because I really don’t go wild for the longer, multi-coloured styles, but this brand just has ‘something’ that gets me right in the virtual feels.  I don’t know what it is, but it works. Each style I’ve developed deep and meaningful feelings for from LITTLE BONES has been an absolute winner, and ‘Lemonade’ is no exception.

For a start, it’s called ‘Lemonade’, and for another, well, see for yourself…..

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It’s a fizzy and sparkling (see what I did there?) over-the-shoulder ponytail but what sets it apart from the crowd are the little wisps and tendrils that frame the face.  There’s a little tiny bit of hair that falls from the parting onto the forehead and it absolutely slayed me; in fact, I probably bought the style because of that lock alone! But just look, isn’t it something? This is the dip-dyes hud and features some outstanding colour variations to enjoy. I’m somewhat in love with this hair, can you tell?

Last but not least, the tattoo that I’m wearing.  It’s called ‘Insidious’ and is by WHITE WIDOW, who I only found out about last week and have been sporting her  stunning ‘Tombstone’ tattoo from ANYBODY at every opportunity I can get (as has Jez, he’s currently wearing the male version).   Normally I wouldn’t have bought new ink so soon but I spotted this one at the WIZARDING FAIR and had to have it because of the owls in the design. It’s full of owls guys, ALL THE OWLS!

Here’s all the credits, happy shopping!
Body:
SKIN: ZOUL CREATIONS: Della (Sk1 DK brows Ch C)
LIPS: PXL ‘Sweet Lips’
EYES: IKON ‘Charm Eyes: Brown’ (Group Gift Feb 2015)
LASHES: HUSH ‘Flirt’
EARS: AITUI ‘Naked Gen 4’
BODY & HANDS: SLINK Physique (body) Casual (Hands)
HAIR: LITTLE BONES ‘Lemonade’ (L) HAIR FAIR 2015
TATTOO: WHITE WIDOW ‘Insidious’ WIZARDING FAIR 2015 (Includes system tattoo layers and appliers for EVE, Maitreya Lara, Brazilia, Belleza, #TheMeshProject, Omega, and SLink)

Clothes:
PIXICAT – WideCropTop (Stripe)
PSYCHO BYTS – Mini Skirt (Black)

Misc:
Poses by FLASH FRIENDLY (LDF Set 1) Windlight used: Calwl

SKIN FAIR 2015 – PXL ‘Aeryn’

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Another day, another SKIN FAIR 2015  post. Nope, I’m not sick of them by now, in fact,  anything but!  Every time I try on a new skin it’s a discovery for me, and all of the skins that I have tried so far have been incredibly pleasurable adventures.   The wearability and the versatility of the skins on show this year at SKIN FAIR are beyond compare in my opinion. It’s a really brilliant event and I am loving every minute! 

So, onto today’s skin that I implore you to check out because she’s a wee cracker.  Her name isAeryn‘ and she’s from PXL , the skin brand from Hart Larsson.  I elected to trial her with my BELLEZA VENUS MESH BODY and I wasn’t disappointed. Far from it in fact, I was delighted because Aeryn is really enchanting and incredibly wearable. 

So, details; what I like about this skin is that the shading is a little more defined upon her than the others that  I’ve tried so far. For some skin makers this would be a problem if they weren’t confident with their blending skills, but Hart’s done a great job of incorporating darker, shaded areas into the body of this skin without any harsh lines or areas that cause concern.  There’s great definition to the belly area and the breasts; they looked especially good when I wore them in the ‘push-up’ style on my BELLEZA body.  I opted to wear the natural tone and it’s a lovely warm colour with a  peachy glow, and  as with all the skins I’ve worn the  detail areas (such as the elbows, knees, feet etc) look great.

Of course it’s the face that makes or breaks a skin, and Aeryn doesn’t disappoint here at all.  She’s exceptionally pretty. As with all the skins I’ve talked about this week, I NEVER change my shape. Kitty’s shape is what makes her Kitty; it’s non-negotiable. Sometimes I tweak her a bit by adding a few pounds to her frame, but her face never changes, that’s set in stone. I can’t actually remember the last time that I changed anything on her chops, so it must have been a while ago!  Anyway, it’s always a surprise how different skins can change her facial features so much, and Aeryn is no exception.  She comes replete with eyeliner built into her look, so no need for me to add any makeup layers. The makeups I tested had subtle variations to the blush and all of them were equally good.  The lip colours are what really sets her apart for me though; you have a choice of four and word to the wise, get all of them.  I’m especially enamoured by the plummy-red gloss tone.    

Something else that I really like about Aeryn, and I think shows thought from Hart, is the inclusion of a tintable eyebrow on the tattoo layer along with a ‘No Brow’ option. Oftentimes I’ve struggled with the inbuilt eyebrows on a skin and the ability to add your own really does make all the difference.   Sometimes your personal vision of the perfect brow just doesn’t match that of the skin creator, so including a browless base can make all the difference to if you purchase or not.  

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For example in these shots I’m wearing the  skin that includes the brow on the left, and the no-brow version on the right (I’ve added brows from NOX, currently available at the IDK event) and both of the looks are equally valid in my opinion, but it’s interesting how the lifted brow on the right adds more length to the face.  Incidentally, because PXL is the brand behind ‘Sweet Lips’ she comes with appliers too, and they’re pretty nifty indeed, as I hope you can see from the shots above.

I’ve had lots of fun styling Aeryn too…

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For example, by adding this Brigitte Bardot-esque ‘Sharla’ Style by PLOOM (from The Kawaii Project) I’ve created a look to welcome in the Spring.  So there you have Aeryn. She’s super adaptable, easy to wear and absolutely gorgeous. I’m not the only one to think that either!  Go and check her out NOW at SKIN FAIR 2015 (SIM 1, Booth 32) Here’s your ride!

PXL AERYN available in Pale, Natural, Sunkissed, and Olive skintones.  Kitty wears: Aeryn NAT Makeup 04 NoEB C2

Each skin contains:
– 3 Eyebrows shading (embedded on the skin)
– 1 tintable eyebrows (tattoo)
– NoBrows options (skin)
– Freckles (3 shading on Tattoo)
– Moles (on Tattoo)
– Nail remover (glove)
– System Lasher remover (Alpha mask)

Aeryn is available in 4 Lipsticks colors (embedded on the skin) or as a pack in each of the 4 skin tones.

PXL also has the following appliers available for purchase:

PXL SweetLips Appliers (HUD)
Slink Appliers (Body+hands+feet) (HUD)
Maitreya Appliers (Body+hands+feet) (HUD)
Belleza Appliers (Body+hands+feet) (HUD)

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!)