SKIN FAIR 2014 – ALWAYS IN THE ADDY STYLE

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More Skin Fair goodness to share with you. Addy Silvercloud was again another creator that  I wasn’t familiar with before the event, but her brand  ‘The Addy Style’, will be one that I will follow with interest going forward because I’m incredibly impressed by this skin, called Emanuelle. Despite the name there’s nothing 1970’s or even remotely sleazy about it (unless you decide to style it that way!)

Instead, you’ll discover a very accomplished, polished skin that hints at youth and vibrancy and features great colour, both in the tone of the skin and the make-ups in the range.  If there was a word I would use to sum up this skin, it would be adaptable, in the very best Catwoman-sense of the word, because it lends itself to both classy, polished looks and the more relaxed style I’ve used for the pictures with utmost ease.

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I particularly love the bold, glossy lips on this one. The face is extremely lovely, as you can see from these shots, and finished really well. The features upon ‘Emanuelle’ are neatly highlighted , and the colour upon the eyelid, especially in this particular version (make-up #2) really do their job well, adding style and definition.  This is a skin that oozes panache; it’s easy to dress up or down, and I chose to team it with some new releases from FAMESHED (R.O. Cat A Clysm headphones and Tableau Vivant ‘Valentin’ hair) to create a spunky, modern look. I’m going to comment on the brows again, which seems to have become a recurring theme for me, but these are really well drawn and look very natural. They fitted my facial features beautifully, but as I said before  it’s the lips that really are the icing on the cake for me. They’re a sensation to be sure, the epitome of Clara Bow. I just love them.
If you like to get naked then let me tell you that you won’t be disappointed by Emanuelle (to be fair you wouldn’t expect to be in a skin with that name now would you?) She looks good in the buff, but then again, so do the other skins from THE ADDY STYLE that I tested.

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The gorgeous bronze-toned beauty you see before you, retiring to her bed, is ‘Kaleya’. This was another  exclusive  at SKIN FAIR 2014 and  it features all the quality touches that you’ll find on Emanuelle. Again, she has fabulous lips, but the eye make-ups are also a real treat across the range, although I’m actually sporting the ‘Natural’ option in the un-touched picture above. I just think the hue of her skin is sublime, don’t you?

If you want to check out more of Addy’s quality skins be sure to check out her marketplace store, and also click HERE to visit her store and discover these two delectable skins in-world, you’ll be absolutely enchanted by them, I promise! 

SKIN FAIR 2014 – BODACIOUS IN BOOBIELICIOUS!

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 I’m still blogging skins from SKIN FAIR 2014 even after the event (I’m not the only one though, eh Willis?) My blogging schedule is very much built around RL commitments (RL ALWAYS comes first) and this week has been an interesting one, to say the least. Anyway, the skins I’m yet to blog are still available, but instead of being at the fair they’ll be available at main stores and are of course all worth checking out!

BOOBIELICIOUS is not a skin-label familiar to me at all. The name makes me think of Lolas Tangos  and even though I have some that I wear on occasion I’m not a fully signed up member of all things boobie-lover in world, but I do think they can look ruddy awesome, so I admit I was a little apprehensive opening the skin package that Quakestore kindly sent me, but I really shouldn’t have been because this is a fantastic skin production.

In fact, this is an exceptionally lovely skin all round. It’s called ‘RYKA’, and  I’m wearing it in the Maple tone, and I have to say it’s probably my overall favourite skin tone from the entire fair. It is a glorious colour; not quite a deep caramel and not too pale, but a lovely blended shade that looks healthy and really delicious! I feel like shouting “LICK ME! although I’d better not because I might get thrown out of rather a lot of places..ahem.

I’ve no complaints about this skin at all. It’s an absolute joy to wear, and the creator, Quakestore, has catered to every whim by providing  an absolute plethora of options. You can of course find every applier under the sun for this one too: bum, boobs, belly and hands and feet, and the make-ups are extremely neat; with definition where it counts. There are a number of eyeshadow options that are well worth checking out.  When wearing this skin I found the brows to be a bit straighter than my normal choice, but there’s real strength to them. They wear really well, and the blush is a wash of colour across the cheek giving a sporty, flushed feel rather than a high-end fashionista stripe across the bone, and it works beautifully.

There’s a lovely eyeliner option but I actually found that I really enjoyed wearing this one in it’s purest form, with a slick of lipstick. I do like the lip colours available for this one too, including a great black for grunging it up! The lips are a lovely shape and well-coloured and I even found myself sporting the teeth layer to great effect.  I’ve styled myself as a blonde for this one, and you know I really do think there’s a hint of the Kate Upton‘s here, can you see it?

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Incidentally the images haven’t been enhanced in anyway so you can see just how glorious this skin truly is. This Maple shade really does have ‘it’ doesn’t it? Gorgeous!

 If you’re tempted, and trust me on this, you really should be, then CLICK HERE to visit the Boobielicious Mainstore. (I did a quick visit and noted that the skin wasn’t in store yet, but you can fest your eyes on the other lovely skins and clothes while you wait)

Skin by Boobielicious:  Ryka Skin_Pushup_Maple_Pure  /Lipstick: Ryka Lipstick in Red (also wearing teeth layer)

SKIN FAIR 2014 – Kitty The Seductress

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I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages how much I love a well done make-up. Skins can be incredibly expensive, but make-ups are a great alternative to forking out squillions of Lindens on a complete skin package. Done badly they can look utterly terrible; I’ve seen some with dreadful seams and outlines that wouldn’t have fit an octopus, let alone a Second Life avatar. But done well, they really can take your look to the next level.

This year Skin Fair allowed some make-up creators to exhibit and one that has really excited me is Madrid Solo. I knew as soon as I saw her stand that I would have a very good time there, and I was right. Her ‘Seductress’ range of lip and eye-colours has been an absolute find for me this year. Guys they are exemplary. Beautiful colours of shadow and lips to mix and match, and each one has been created to a very high-standard for a virtual cosmetic. Occasionally you can find that  tattoo-layer lipsticks don’t quite work on the lines of the skin.  Why would they? Skins are an individual product after all, and a cosmetic addition can sometimes be a gamble, but I’m delighted to say that I’ve worn, and enjoyed wearing, Madrid’s range of cosmetics with a number of skins from the line-up this year and they’re worked effortlessly.

In the shot above I’m wearing ‘Nar Mattaru-Freya’ with shadow and lipstick from Madrid Solo’s ‘Seductress range. Doesn’t it look fab? Of course you need a solid base to work on, and ‘Freya’ is a sensational skin without enhancement, but it really does go all the way up to eleven when these colours are added, don’t you think?

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Here I am wearing more colours on a different skin, the exquisite ‘Taylor’ in  Deep Tan from ELYSIUM.    This is a deeper tone than I would normally wear, but it is luscious and beautifully done. It comes replete with a bouquet of options to select from, including freckle options and brow colours, but I’ve opted for the lovely black brow here. By now you guys must have realised I have a brow fetish (well, as far as SL skins go!) but this one is a little different in that it doesn’t have the arching definition that some of the skins I’ve reviewed previously do. But that’s not a weakness, there’s something more real about the shape of these brows,  and when you zoom in you can see that they were created with great care. They look lovely.

 In fact the face on this skin, whichever tone you opt for, is beautiful. The shape of the nose is lovely, as is the shading on the philtrum, clavicle and across the body.  The colour is constant and works extremely well, and the contour-blush adds great definition to the face. You can find some excellent bespoke lip-colours in this range too (but for this snap I am of course wearing items from Madrid Solo’s ‘Seductress’ series).

But don’t just take my word for it. Go to SKIN FAIR 2 and find Madrid Solo’s store, go in and prepare to be transported to pretty pretty make-up heaven.  The ‘Seductress’ range is L$50 per colour, L$850 for the fat pack and you’ll receive 15 eye-make ups and 4 lip colours. But that’s not all, there’s also a free gift in store, and while you’re there be sure to check out the ‘Melancholy’ eyes and also the absolutely fabulous ‘the Nudes’, which is a range of ten perfect lip-colours in TWO sizes.  I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of Madrid’s work on these pages in the near future, it’s utterly fantastic and I now consider myself a fan!

SKIN FAIR 2014 – Marvellous in Meenakshi by Jalwa

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I got to wear my first ever Jalwa skin last year, ‘Coven’, and it’s been a firm favourite of mine ever since. Chandra Masala makes blinking fabulous skins, and her Skin Fair submissions this year are nothing short of fantastic. When I saw the line up I KNEW I had to get my sticky-kitty mitts on ‘Meenakshi’ in the Cardamon shade, and that is precisely what I did.

For a start I love the colour of this skin. It has a really earthy, warm tone making it ideal for all kinds of wear. I imagine it would fare well in role-play for some reason, it just has that exotic, spirited air about it. In fact I got a real vintage vibe from it when I was playing around with different looks. I don’t know why that is actually; perhaps it’s just me but whatever spurred that feeling on I used it to great effect when styling this look. But I digress, let me tell you about this skin.

‘Meenakshi’ has a stunning face. She’s incredibly beautiful, with striking eyebrows that are skilfully sculpted, almost as though they are hewn from stone. But even though these brows are high drama, they don’t detract from the look.  Instead they balance out the visage perfectly, complimenting the strong cheek shading and balancing out the perfectly rendered lips. When you try this skin on it’s worth increasing your lip size, even if it’s just a bit, just to get the full benefit of the scrumptious lips that Chandra has blessed ‘Meenakshi’ with. They really are a virtual sensation.

Onto the body and it’s just as elegant as the face, with details accentuated well and the suggestion of a blemish or two.  I really like the cleavage on this skin, and the fact that there is a mole on the breast to draw your attention to it. This is a skin that looks great naked by the way, intimate details are extremely well done with a neat ‘private area’, ahem. One thing I especially like about this skin is the generous use of highlight on areas like the thighs. This is the kind of skin that looks excellent when worn in beach-wear for example, and I think if you’re a virtual beach-bunny then you’ll find this a very rewarding wear. Set your windlight settings to sunset and  bask in Meenakshi’s warm, spicy glow. Utterly delicious.

So onto my snaps, which are a little bit 1970’s, hence my referring to them as vintage. I styled this skin in the fanatastic ISON suit that is available at this month’s Collabor88, and coupled with this fabulous ‘Harriet’ bob from Truth and rather ostentatious bow necklace from LARK came up with this rather funky look.  It’s further enhanced by some make-ups that I picked up at Skin Fair 2014 (and will be further writing about) from MADRID SOLO, my new make-up label of choice. I’m wearing an eyeshadow and lip-colour from the ‘Seductress’ range, along with my favourite MONS eyeliner.

Incidentally, Meenakshi comes replete with her own line of eyeshadow and lip options too.  They’re absolutely scrummy, and are featured to great effect on Sydd Sinister’s fantastic blog (Sydd is a ruddy fantastic blogger and if you’re new to her work check it out, she’s one of the most accomplished bloggers on the grid in my humble opinion. I’ve long been a fan:)

But as I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter what you wear on top, it’s the base that counts.

And in Meenakshi I’ve discovered an absolute winner.  A skin that’s versatile and ready to be styled in whatever way I fancy, and every time I wear it I KNOW I’ll look good.

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Can’t ask for more than that really can you?

CLICK HERE TO VISIT JALWA ON SKIN FAIR 1