Kitty’s adventures in ‘The Dressing Room’

Kitty’s adventures in ‘The Dressing Room’

If you’ve never frequented ‘The Dressing Room’ in Second Life then BOY are you in for a treat. There are two of them; the original, and another called ‘The Dressing Room Blue’ and you *must* visit both because they feature some glorious items from some of Second Life‘s most esteemed and original designers at rock bottom prices.

It gives you a fabulous opportunity to try a famous designer’s work that you may have always wanted to experience but were a little unsure about, without going way over budget.
Here’s a prime example; I’ve never worn a ‘Your Skin & Your Shape‘ skin before and more fool me for not trying. So, I’m now wearing one and you really will have to peel it off me because it’s a ruddy corker.
In fact, It has to be one of the most seductive and alluring skins I’ve worn in a very long time.
It’s called ‘Adriana Technicolor-TDR 9‘ and it comes with an astounding list of options,: cleavage, freckles and black hairbase all included.
I’m wearing it with one of my own shapes here, ‘Sophie’ (coming soon!) and I just think it is a total bobby-dazzler, as they say in these ‘ere parts.
What really makes this skin is the eyeshadow; It’s just so unspeakably beautiful and very technicolor indeed as the name suggests with shades that are all blended extremely well, meaning that it retains a softness in the eye area that some other skins struggle to achieve. The lips by comparison are understated with adequate shading and highlight that suggest a moistness and dewy quality, but truth be told I don’t think that these are as well done as the eyes. Sod that though because no one will really be taking any notice of them. This one is all about the peepers!
Any complaints? I have just one, and that is the shading under the bust doesn’t work so well; it seems a tad wishy-washy by comparison to the striking cleavage above. I can see the reasoning behind this; the artist is trying to create an illusion of shadow but it doesn’t quite work in my opinion. That said, no one can see an under-cleavage when you’re wearing a tee can they? In other words, don’t be put off. It’s a really minor criticism and this skin is a more than worthwhile addition to your collection. I am just LOVING it.
Oh I forgot to tell you how much didn’t I?’s L$70. I KNOW!!!!! Amazing huh?

Ok, moving on to the hair that I am sporting and this is also a Dressing Room find, but this time it’s from the ‘Dressing Room Blue‘. It’s called Layne and it’s by Exile, so you just know that it’s going to be awesome don’t you? You get four colours in the pack (blonde, red, black and brown) for L$60!! It’s enough to have you hopping up and down with excitement..which I did, obviously:) It’s a messy layered style with a loosely gathered pony-tail. I love the loose tendrils that frame the face, and it’s the perfect compliment to the skin.
This look is completed by the addition of a fantastic Glow Studio necklace. It’s called ‘Baked Steel’ and has a fabulous sheen to it, a very simple structured piece but by golly it’s rather bloody fabulous. Again, it’s an utterly stupid bargain at just L$50. I do like Glow Studio products very much and it’s always worth a visit for funky jewellery that will complete an outfit;  fortunately TDR features a number of their items which means you can fill your virtual jewellery box for next to nowt.
It really is worth visiting both TDR locations just for the feeling of elation and smugness you get when you leave, safe in the knowledge that you’ve just got some of the best bargains on the grid and are going to look utterly astonishing.
Let’s recap; A YS & YS skin for L$70, hair for L$60 and a necklace for L$50. That’s L$180, under L$200 for the lot…unbelievable.
And to think, I haven’t even told you about the Tuli exclusive skin ( it’s yummy!)
Or the Baiastice frock (Pure couture elegance!)
Salivating yet? If you want to take a peek at what’s on offer check out the fabulous Dressing Room blog, then grab your purse and go shopping. Have a cracking time!

Litha Shape NOW ON SALE!!

Litha Shape NOW ON SALE!!

Get set to spend your Summer Solstice in style, with the new shape, ‘Litha’ from Kittylicious. Priced to sell at just L$100, ‘Litha’ will prove to be the quintessential shape of the summer across the grid.

A tall, well-proportioned female shape with a fabulous pout, ‘Litha’ looks fabulous when worn with skins from Curio, Tuli and LAQ, and at L$100 she won’t break the bank either!

She’s available for a LIMITED TIME only, so why wait?

Take your Taxi over to the main Kittylicious store on NuRepublik, where Litha is waiting for you!

Tilly and Tuli

Tilly and Tuli

Two things that have put a smile on my anxious kitty – chops today are these wonders from two of Second Life’s uber-designers..Truth Hawks and Tuli Asturias.
First up we have the beautiful ‘Tanya’ preview skin that is a giftie for group members at the Tuli mainstore (Remember, have your group tag activated) As you would expect from a Tuli skin, this one is beautifully rendered and has stunning highlighting. Just look at the clavicles and the philtrum and see how beautifully they are defined…awesome. The brows are nice and strong and it bodes well for the future release, I cannot wait to see what make-up options will be available!
I’m also wearing the super-amazing latest ‘Bacon’ hair release from Truth ( I call it bacon hair because it’s streaky..geddit?) which is a rioutous affair, it reminds me of Glambert and this shade, Cranberry, looks beautiful with the Tuli skin, don’t you think?
A final nod to Tuli, the eyes that I am wearing are another freebie for group members available in-store. These are ‘Gem Eyes’, I am wearing the Ruby flavour for this shot, and I think they work quite well but I must confess that I’m not mad about the actual texture upon the iris…however, they’re a freebie from Tuli so definitely NOT to be sniffed at, and the gift features five gem colours so there’s something for everyone.

Could you be the most beautiful skin in the (virtual) world?

Could you be the most beautiful skin in the (virtual) world?

There is ALWAYS a buzz when Tuli releases a new skin to the grid, with any new releases eagerly anticipated by her fanbase. Tuli has acquired her huge following in Second Life due to the artistry and skill that her work demonstrates, which means that when she does bless us all with a a new skin there’s always a kerfuffle, lots of ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ and a huge queue at the store to buy them…

But when I read Tuli’s update notice about her latest release I have to say I was a little bit, well, perturbed. Her note stated that this forthcoming production was going to feature “..characteristics from the Eva and Hope lines, with a softer shaded body and less saturated skin tones for an overall matte look..” So this was going to be a mash-up of previous skins? How would this work, and was there any point in buying a skin that featured elements from previous releases? Surely what I want is funky fresh new skin happy rather than chopped up odds and ends?

With some trepidation I toddled off to ‘Tuli’ ( Of course, the store was packed) got loads of demos and zoomed out of there, back to my studio to try on. ( Top Tip: On release days try not to try demos on is stores but go home or to a sandbox to try them, it saves everyone else a lot of hassle, and you win uber brownie points for avatar consideration)

To be honest I felt overwhelmed with options at this point too, even before I’d tried on any demos. Not only are there five skin tones with ten make-ups each to choose from, there are also fatpacks of all ten make-ups for the price of five (very generous that) I was sorely impressed with the THREE cleavage options that have been included to accommodate small, medium and large bazookas. Not everyone walks around the grid looking like Lolo Ferrari, and it’s nice that Tuli has recognised this. But would Jade be any good? Would she have her own individuality, despite her origins?

I opened up my demo packs, and I glanced at the contact sheet for skin tone 1, and thought “Shall I?” Let’s backtrack for a moment because I don’t really do pale skins in Second Life, I always like a bit of colour to my chops. I think this stems from my blue-tinged skin in real life! But the question hung in the air, was it worth my time trying on a series of skins that I wouldn’t buy? Well, seeing as I wasn’t doing anything else especially pressing I thought what the hell, and tried them….and instantly fell in love.

All my preconceptions about mixing characteristics from the other skins floated out of the virtual window when I stepped into the demo. Has Tuli somehow cheated by utilising these successful elements from her previous releases? Not at all, because she’s not just used the best bits of those skins, but she has also worked them even more adding further refinement which has definitely made them, well softer, but with a quality that is all their own.These skins do indeed radiate a subtlety that you don’t normally come across, and when you apply windlight settings to the mix the end result is an avatar creation that is completely off the page.  You can zoom in and out on Jade as much as you want, but you will be hard pressed to find a fault. All the nuances that professionally applied shading provides are there to behold, as well as eye-watering detail that just works perfectly. On a pale skin you get pale parts, obviously, but even these manage to retain their identity, rather than fading into the overall skin canvas. Of course the shape you use will determine your overall Jade experience, so I tried a number of my shape creations on with this skin and each one made me drool. The mouth is just really is. The nose is just so adorable that you want to reach in through the screen and give it a hefty tweak, and the eyes and brows are well, just bang on. I can’t fault this skin, I really can’t.I would be looking for faults where there aren’t any. Perhaps other bloggers may find issues, but I honestly do not see how that is possible. (I will say that if you’re an existing Tuli fan that you must try demos before you purchase the skins because there are differences in skin tones from previous releases)

I never thought I would fall for a skin as hard as I have fallen for Jade.

Sure enough, Tuli’s recent releases have been stunners and I’ve loved everyone of them, but yet again she’s upped the ante by producing probably the best series of make-up options yet seen upon the grid. She’s managed to combine Gothic and fantasy styling with high-fashion, making these skins an instant hit and accessible to all. This doesn’t mean that Jade is a safe choice for skin-wear, not at all, the variety of make-up options create an edge that leaves others standing in the shade. I love all of them, and I want more..more fantasy make-ups, more Gothically inspired tones..just MORE!

You can do so much with these. You can have so much fun and if you’re a photographer, model or fashionista your options are endless. These skins will definitely encourage people to try alternative looks, and more power to them for that. It’s fantastic to see a fantasy skin with the edge of refinement that Jade provides..can you imagine elf-ears with this? Wow!  Having calmed down a little I elected to make a move on one of the other skin tones. I decided to try Tone 3, a medium fleshtone. Tones 2-5 offer different make-up options to tone 1, but they are just as ‘wow’, in fact, they are summery with a capital ‘S’, with a gorgeous colour palette featuring mouth-watering sorbet shades and deeper, classier tones. I’m sold..hook line and sinker…I want them all!

You can see various photos of me sporting the skins in my Flickr stream, but please bear in mind I am wearing demo skins, hence the white lines on them. It does prove a point though, if they look this good as demos, imagine what they look like normally!
These ‘Tuli’ Jade skins are probably the best available on the grid at the moment. They are destined to be an enormous hit, but don’t let the popularity put you off. The make-ups allow for a myriad of different looks which makes forking out for a fatpack a genuine necessity. Are they expensive? Well, they cost L$4950 BUT bear in mind what you’re purchasing, and how much wearability they have. Once you break it down, it’s not such a scary amount of Lindens to invest…and ‘Jade’ is a true investment.

As much as I adore my Curio, Laq, League, Rockberry and various other skin-beauties, which are all wonderful in their own way, I have to say that Tuli has successfully raised the bar yet again for skin makers with this release…and that makes me very excited indeed. All of them have the opportunity to raise it even higher, making us skin fanatics very lucky girlies.

What’s next I wonder? I await with baited breath…until then, I’m the girl in the corner, looking stunning in ‘Jade’.

Jade is available from TULI NOW.

Check out Tuli’s blog for further updates and news