Skin Fair 2013 – Cupcakes ‘Emmy’ in Caramel is delicious!

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I had great fun when I tested out the Emmy skin from Cupcakes.

This is one of those skins that creates a perfect template for taking photographs and playing with effects. I think one of the reasons for this is because it has an extremely uniform colour; it’s not overly-processed so it makes an excellent base for make-up and editing effects.

I don’t have access to Photoshop, so I use Picmonkey, and found great results wearing this skin and trying out different filters. It would be extremely effective for modelling and fashion work.  I tested out the various make-ups that the skin line carries, and enjoyed them, especially the metallic eye shadow option, but I wanted to see how it would work with eyeliner, one of my favourite things at the moment.

I have to say it worked extremely well, if I’m honest I actually preferred simple eyeliner and prim lashes on the bare skin rather than the full made-up face, which is pretty unusual for me, as I like my Second Life slap!

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In fact when I added hair I got a serious Kate Bush vibe off this one (something to be very chuffed with, seeing as she’s one of my heroines!) But anyway, back to the skin. Yes, it isn’t as strongly textured as the others I’ve tested thus far but no, that is not a bad thing.

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Despite the uniformity of colour, body detail is not lacking. There is muted highlighting on relevant areas like chest and buttocks, but it’s a gentle smudge of light rather than a full-bright fiesta. The parts that count are all defined well, and I really love the brow and lip shape on this skin. The lips are especially lovely actually; nicely coloured on the base skin and full of shape.

In my opinion, this skin excels because of its inherent simplicity. Complexity on a skin can be a wonder, yet occasionally it can be a distraction. The lack of complication on Emmy is actually a strength;  and I would especially recommend it to avatars that enjoy wearing tattoo layer make up and are looking for the perfect canvas to experiment with.

Emmy will not disappoint, so be sure to demo her at Skin Fair 2013.

Kitty wears:

  • Skin is Cupcakes ‘Emmy’ in Caramel (Brow*black) bare
  • Hair by Elikatira (Sale is STILL ON! Style is ‘Spark’)
  • Prim lashes by Hush
  • Eyes by Ikon (Current Group Gift)

Skin Fair 2013: Kitty Steps Inside Runa

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As I said previously, one of the best things about Skin Fair is trying skins out by creators that are new to you.  They may be well established on the grid, but for whatever reason you’ve never actually tested one of their skins. This was the case for me and Step inSide.  I’d never worn one of Lany Jun’s skins before today, and now I realise that I’ve missed out. But still, better late than never!

This skin is Runa (in Tan) and is an absolute joy to wear.  I think I’ve found a new favourite for my avatar! (Who am I kidding? They’re ALL  my favourite so far!)

The base skin comes with plenty of options by way of tattoo layers for eye shadow, blush and lips, meaning that you can mix and match your look to your heart’s content. It’s great fun finding combinations that are really striking and then playing dress up with your wardrobe to find the prefect outfit and hair to match.

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This is a skin that you WANT to wear and needs to be seen. The pictures I’ve taken here aren’t touched up in any way (apart from the main shot) so you can see that when wearing Runa in world it looks just as amazing as when photographed and ‘fannied about with’ as we say in these ‘ere parts. Ahem. I think that this is because there’s a crispness and an illumination to this skin that is almost ethereal. The skin is so well-coloured and highlighted that it is practically radiant. It oozes quality and panache, and is very adaptable to a myriad of looks.  Of course the tattoo layers add depth to the skin by way of different colour combinations, but even the base skin, when worn on its own, feels extremely substantial.  Image

It’s hard to put the sensation you get when wearing this skin into words because you’re going to think I am completely mad, but I’m going to give it a shot. To me, as an avatar, a true quality skin has a ‘weighty feel’ to it. It’s a combination of all the excitement you feel from wearing a beautiful skin and the effort and hard work that went into creating it by the skin designer. Runa feels like a heavyweight skin, and would strike out some serious blows in a boxing ring!

But there’s more. Zooming in for detail is satisfying; little touches such as highlight on the inner corner of the eye and gloss on fingernails do not go unnoticed by the wearer.  The ever important  eyebrow isn’t overly plucked, nor is it wild, but neat without being overtly formal. Colour is even across the body, and highlights denote key features satisfactorily.

Picking favourite elements of this skin is tough, but I really like the lips on this skin; they look juicy and moist and even more so when a lip colour is added. But for me the face is just beautiful. I *never* change my face shape in Second Life; I’ve worn the same shape for donkey’s years and sometimes I make myself fatter or thinner depending on mood, so the framework of my virtual chops always stays the same, and this skin ‘hangs’ beautifully upon them.

Runo is a sensation and I have no qualms in recommending Lany Jun’s work to anyone. When Skin Fair 2013 opens, be sure to ‘Step inSide’  and try on a demo. I’m sure that you will be extremely satisfied by the result,  I sure am!

Skin Fair 2013 opens on 14th March

Kitty wears in this post: 

Skin Fair 2013: Olivia From ‘Style By Kira’

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The first word that sprung into mind when I tried this one on was ‘classy’, and that it is, with a capital ‘C’.  In fact, it struck me while I was playing about with this skin that there was an  almost retro feel to it. I don’t mean that in a detrimental way, but in that there’s a timeless, elegant quality to it.  It will lend itself well to modern looks, but in my opinion it will really be in its element with formal wear and classic designs.

The strong colour-styling on the face makes this skin a real statement piece. The blush isn’t subtle, it’s striking; a bold splash of colour under the cheekbone that works extremely well. The highlighting below the eye diffuses any would-be garishness perfectly.

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The brows are on trend; groomed but not overly styled, giving them a very natural, authentic shape.  The eye colours are exciting, with the blends of colour and strong lashes making the eye area a true focal point. You could wear this skin without adding prim lashes and it would work perfectly well.

The lips are well-defined in shape and stained rather than overtly glossy, meaning that they balance the stronger eye make-ups in the line beautifully. (You can however emphasise them even more by purchasing a lips bundle, which contains some lovely lipstick shades, and also parted lips revealing a touch of teeth! )  Additionally there are slight freckles and pigmentation to the facial area, giving a nice authentic touch.  It’s a lovely skin to photograph and experiment with.

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The body is beautifully finished.  Lighting is key, and liberally applied to areas that would naturally benefit from shading and definition. The breasts are also beautifully done (stop sniggering at the back, details like this are important!) and all the key areas like elbows and stomach are finished professionally.

I think Olivia will be very popular at Skin Fair 2013, and deservedly so.

A final point: I noted when testing combinations of hair with this skin that Olivia works really well with Wasabi Pills hair, as you can see in this photo:

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I’m wearing the style ‘Jamie’ in this shot, in Gingerbread, and as you can see it looks fabulous against this Olivia skin (Olivia 02DV1)

Olivia will be available at Skin Fair 2013 from Thursday. Be sure to try out the demos!

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Skin Fair 2013 – Kitty is Gorgeous in Ganymede By The Plastik

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Skin Fair 2013 is almost upon us, featuring 80 of the best Second Life skin designers showcasing their wares across two sims, and I’ve had the privilege of taking a look around the location already.

Readers, it is going to be fantastic.  The event layout is simple and super-easy to navigate without any overtly-fussy details, and the skins that I have seen so far have been totally delicious and bursting with individuality, meaning that the event is going to be a huge success and will cost you squillions. But it will be totally worth it. After all, what are we in our Second Life without our skin?

A skin can say ‘I don’t give a damn’ or ‘Look at me, I’m gorgeous!’ It can help you blend into the crowd or stand out and be seen. They’re often an expensive purchase, but after all quality counts, and the very best skins are worth the investment. 

All of the skin designers participating this year have worked hard to bring their visions to the grid to help you perfect your look. From fantasy to reality, you’ll find a myriad of colours and designs at the event that you can use to create your perfect Second Life image.

Events such as these are good for helping you move a wee bit beyond your comfort zone and encourage you to try something a bit different. That’s exactly what I have done with the first skin that I am previewing from the event this year, which is by The Plastik.

I don’t normally try fantasy skins, tending towards realism with my looks. However, I definitely wanted to try new things out this time round, so approached Aikea Rieko for some demos of her line, and was overjoyed when she passed them to me.

I was given a preview of her Astrali line, and was overwhelmed by the choice, but out of all the demos I was presented with I opted for ‘Ganymede’. (Why? Well, don’t laugh but I like me some astronomy, and am rather keen on this particular moon. ) All the skins in the Astrali range have been named after astral bodies, a fact that I found very appealing.

There were LOADS of options in the pack with Ganymede.  It was hard to choose, but for my photographs I elected to wear the Astrali Skin Ganymede-Shadow.  I rezzed myself in a sandbox, took my place on a pose stand,set up a white studio box around myself and zoomed around to get a good look at all the nooks and crannies Ganymede has to offer.

And I fell in love. Ganymede is glorious! 

Because this is a coloured skin the shading is stronger than I’m used to, but it is beautifully applied.  There’s real artistry on show here. The important areas for me on any skin (apart from the face) are elbows, knees, clavicles and bottoms. A skin-maker that knows their salt will always pay attention to these areas, and make sure they look the part. Ganymede rises to the challenge and surpasses expectations. I didn’t notice any major issues with seams, and details such as the belly button and moles are rendered well. Shading on the chest shows care and displays a delicate touch that has been deftly applied.  Even the ears are exquisitely done!

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But the face is the most important part, and this one is scrumptious. All the important details work beautifully together to create a truly lovely face. Eyebrows are hugely important to me on a skin and if they don’t look right then they can bugger up the entire look. Fortunately, these are perfect and feature nice detail and a strong, but not overwhelming arch. Shading around the eyes is understated yet effective; creating a perfect base for make up (such as tattoo eyeliner and prim lashes.) The cheeks are flushed and warm without taking away from the dark quality of the skin.  The highlighting creates a beautiful profile, with the forehead, nose and philtrum perfectly enhanced.  The lips are gently coloured but not underplayed; blooming delicately and perfectly balancing out the face.

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Of course, just because this is a fantasy/alternative type skin it doesn’t mean that you have to wear it in a fantasy setting. I threw on an outfit from my inventory, and I’m delighted to say it worked beautifully, as I hope my picture demonstrates.

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So there you have it, my first skin choice from Skin Fair 2013. Come Thursday (not allowed to publish SLURL’s until then, sorry!)  I urge you to try the demos and see if you will be just as surprised as I was by how brilliantly this skin works.  It’s just astonishing, and if all the other skins are to this level of quality then we’ll be very spoiled indeed.

Skin Fair begins on 15th of March.

Additional items featured in this post:

Kitty wears hair by Dura from Fashion For Life

Top by American Bazaar (available at the Whore Couture Fair)

Bangles by Maxi Gossamer. 

Skirt by Psycho Byts

Legwarmers by Blueberry (available at the Whore Couture Fair)

Eyes  by IKON. (Monthly Group Gift)

Eyeliner by Damned