I remember when the Imani skin first came out at LAQ; I thought the skin was beautiful and ended up wearing it for several days and enjoying the different makeups. I’d felt the skin was perfect as it was, so when I logged in today to a notice about an Imani 2 skin, I was surprised.
Anyway, I shrugged off my momentary surprise, went ahead and rezzed the box, unpacked it’s contents to my inventory, and then put on the first skin.
And it was love all over again.
The Imani 2 skin remains faithful to Imani’s face overall, but various updates have been made that refine her appearance. Probably the very first thing you’ll notice are the lips. The lips are, for the most part, same as the original, but there’s some subtle enhancement to the shine on the lower lip. There’s also some shading along the upper lip that’s new, and there’s a noticeable difference at the “cupid’s bow” section. While I still love the full, pouty look of the lips on the first Imani skin, I’m really happy to see the definition on these new lips.
The next thing I noticed were the eyebrows. Imani 2 has essentially the same eyebrows, except they’re a bit more fleshed out and more full. I adjusted my hair base (the system hair worn to create a bald pate) slightly; the first Imani skin has slightly thinner brows and I felt that the level of pointiness and arch of my personal brow shape could be taken down slightly for the new Imani 2 brows.
Imani 2 also sports a very subtle beauty mark in the area of the left cheekbone, something that is not present on the first Imani skin.
Finally, I also noticed right away that the “glow” or “shine” on this skin has been distributed slightly differently. It’s really amazing to see skin designers work their magic on the avatar mesh with the subtleties of shading and highlighting. I feel as if the face of the Imani 2 skin has an overall slightly softer, more feminine feel to it because of the new glow/shine that Mallory has used on it.
I’m not sure which is my favorite skintone for Imani 2; I keep wavering between Ebony (the darkest) and Cocoa (the second darkest). Imani 2 is also available in Nougat and Peach for those who want a lighter version. There are ten makeups available for each skintone, and for each makeup there is an optional hairbase (for use with some of the hairstyles at LAQ; using a hairbase skin with one of the hairbase styles results in a nice looking, realistic hairline).
By the way, the pendant I’m wearing in this image is from Caroline’s Jewelry. When I’m not wearing my beloved hibiscus pendant that my partner Carson gave me, I find I tend to put these lovelies on. Caroline’s offers these sweet sculpted script font initial pendants so that your neckline can be adorned with your and your sweetie’s letters. ❤
You can choose between a heart symbol or an & symbol. To get the initials of your choice, just pick up the order form from the vendor at Caroline’s Jewelry and follow the simple instructions. I think this would make a really cute Valentine’s gift, which happens to be right around the corner!
(Other credit: Tess hair, by LAQ.)
LAQ recently released a new Glow Skin. Say hello to Ania!
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Even though I love trying on different skins I always go back to my beloved Trisha… but I dunno, I’m really loving the look of Ania and perhaps enough to make a switch! One of the first things I noticed about this skin are the brows. The eyebrows on my Glow Trisha are a huge part of what I love about that skin, but the brows on Ania are just as good imo. I’m also loving the shape of the lips as well as the perfect amount of gloss on them.
I’m not one of those people who absolutely must have freckles on her skin. Not that I have anything against freckles, I think they’re cute! But I don’t have any in RL so I’ve never desired them on my SL skin. Ania has a light dusting of freckles, but it’s very subtle (you might need to go to the larger images to see them).
LAQ’s Glow Ania is available in three skintones (fair, peach, and nougat). You get a pack of 10 makeups and optional hairbase, too.
The first outfit I decided to put on with my new Ania skins was my red sweaterdress from Luck Inc. Red is my favorite color 😀 Luck Inc is known for showing a lot of skin; this sweaterdress covers a little bit more than some of their other items but it still shows off your cleavage and legs! (Speaking of legs, I think this dress would look cute with skinny jeans, too.)
I started out with my Omnia 10 hair from ::69 but because it’s a long style, it kept cutting into the big cowl neck prim on the dress and it was hard to find a pose that wouldn’t do that. If that sort of thing bugs you, especially when you’ve got an AO with a lot of movement, then I’d say switch to a hairstyle that’s shorter or pulled back, like maybe a ponytail or half pony.
I’m really liking Luck Inc’s texturing, CK Winx does lovely work. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a closer shot of the dress, in black:
Last but not least, the necklace I’m wearing in the last shot is from Caroline’s Jewelry… and some of you Twilight fans out there might recognize it if you clicked on the larger image! It’s the [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace. Caroline’s recently released several Twilight inspired pieces, and one of my friends commented that the jewelry would also work with fun outfits like period gowns, too.
Skin (all images) – LAQ (a.k.a. Laqroki) – Glow Ania + Cleavage Enhancer 2
3rd image (Left to Right)…
Dresses – Luck Inc. – Sweaterdress in Bulgarian Rose, Black, and Khaki
Hair – ::69, Omnia 10; Little Heaven, Rabi; lamb, Oh Sugar
Shoes – Maitreya, Shanti; Maitreya, Soho boots; LAQ, kneehigh boots
Hosiery – Sheer, KissKiss Tights; Blaze, Pantyhose in tan
Glasses – Naughty, Lennons sunglasses
Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace
Hair – Truth, Linda
Well, I’m a naughty blogger, I am. I meant to blog these… well, never mind how long ago it was that I’d meant to blog these. :p
While Violaine Villota of Fancy Fairy is known for her delicate, beautiful fairy wings (both in SL and in RL!) and magical fantasy apparel, she also has really cute hand drawn skins. Her Avalon skins have pleasingly smooth complexions and tones, and feature makeups that come with optional tribal markings to cater to the fantasy market.
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The skins are sold with Copy/Modify permissions, and the eyebrows are tintable. If you get the fatpack, you’re treated to the Sunset and Ruby makeups that aren’t available as singles. (While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up the Dia De Los Muertos skin pack she has up for a mere 50L. I realize it’s not exactly that time of year, but these are fab and you should have these!)
I’m wearing the Ariel gowns in these pictures, from Kouse’s Sanctum. The gowns are featured in the following colors, in this order: aurora, raindrops, flora, ice, and dusk.
My favorite part of the Ariel gown is hands down the lush, full flexi skirt that swishes and flares with your every movement. I’m especially partial to the colors on the raindrop and aurora versions of the gown. The gown features sculpted gold roses, which also adorn the included armbands and the prims that adorn the bodice/neckline area.
Skin – Fancy Fairy, Avalon skins
Gowns – Kouse’s Sanctum, Ariel gowns
Hair – fri.day, Cassie (first image left); Truth, Luna (first image right); fri.day, Eloise (second image left); LAQ, Radiant F03 (second image right)
Today I want to talk about Cassie! The Cassie Low-rise Boyshorts & Bra set, that is. Click on the images to see larger versions:
The texturing on this set is gorgeous. Yes, it may all be virtual, but you can almost *feel* how soft and comfy these bra and panty sets are! The shading and highlighting are perfect, accentuating curves in all the right places. I really like the light shading right at the band above the ribcage area, which gives the bra a nice three-dimensional feel.
Cassie sets are available in a lot of delicious colors, and they all look fantastic. I also think these babies are a great bargain at the price they’re set, and I totally say go for the fatpack! That way you get to mix and match the colors, too, which is fun 😀 I own a lot of underwear, swimwear, and lingerie because I like to use these types of items in my shape ads for my store, and just based on my own personal consumer experience I’d have to say Annyka is arguably one of the best designers you’ll find on the grid right now, period. Seriously. I love her stuff.
The knit button boots I’m wearing in these shots are from a Japanese designer named Masami Niekerk. I’d actually found her boots by accident while browsing mindlessly through Xstreet. The boots are loaded with texture change options and walking sounds. I’m actually not a fan of shoes with sounds, but I loved all the sweet color options and it was only 10L! Speaking of Xstreet, I’m kind of sad about the impending changes that will be made to that site. I realize Linden Lab wants to create a marketplace that isn’t so cluttered, but once these new fees go into effect I sincerely doubt we’re going to find these sorts of gems anymore.
I’m also using LAQ’s latest Glow Skin release, Drew. Drew was actually an original Portrait Skin line face, but Mallory Cowen has given her the Glow treatment and the result is beautiful. Drew is available in three skintones. With each tone pack, you get ten makeups and a hairbase option for each.
Around the same time I tried on the Cassie undies, Carson bought a vacuum cleaner for me! It’s the Meggasuc Vacuum from -RC- Cluster and when you attach it to your avatar, a vacuuming animation takes place. I think it’s super cute, and tried it out in our new skybox that Carson’s been putting together. I loved it so much I had to take a vid, hehe.
And, see? The undies are so comfortable I like wearing them while doing housework. 😛
A member of one of my SL groups (Fashion Emergency), Sun Marseille, a visitor to the skin fair, was ejected by Nadja Baxter, one of the organisers. She had no idea why, and so sent an IM to Nadja asking why; she was told ‘you’re wearing a stolen skin’. A log of Sun’s conversation with Nadja Baxter is reproduced below:
[17:30] Sun Marseille: why did you eject me?
[17:30] Nadja Baxter: your wear a stolen skin
[17:31] Sun Marseille: nniumm no
[17:31] Sun Marseille: dont be ridiculous
[17:37] Sun Marseille: how do you know what skin im wearing and who are you to boot me without asking me first?
[17:38] Nadja Baxter: sorry i have not time for people like you
[17:39] Nadja Baxter: buy your skins from the original creator and you are wellcome 🙂
[17:40] Sun Marseille: are you nuts??
[17:49] Nadja Baxter: ask to hwher you bought this skin ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:54] Nadja Baxter: so where you bought this skin?
[17:56] Sun Marseille: little late to ask me now.. isnt it?
[17:56] Nadja Baxter: is it a secret
[17:57] Sun Marseille: not at all
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: you are very wellcome
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: but whre you buy this shin ?
[17:58] Sun Marseille: im sorry .. but you severly disrespected me.. if you had asked me BEFORE kicking me out .. I would have been nice
[17:59] Nadja Baxter: hum yes that can bee
The skin in question was bought from Le Mode ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Turnip/56/144/3001 ), created by Milla Crystal.
When contacted, Nadja Baxter declined to comment.
UPDATE: Nadja Baxter issued an apology; the chat log of this is below:
[18:12] Nadja Baxter: iok i sse you buy from a creator
[18:12] Nadja Baxter: so i apology.
[18:13] Nadja Baxter: you are wellcome at the fair
[18:14] Nadja Baxter: it is strange for the customuers what is stolen at a skin
Even with the apology, this sort of behaviour on the part of an event organiser is extremely questionable, in my opinion; one hopes that she won’t be quite so precipitous in the future.
LAQ released a new Glow skin a little while ago, and her name is Carina 🙂 Carina is actually one of the faces from the original Portrait collection, but given the “Glow” treatment — updated body, skin and facial features that are enhanced with a healthy “glow”, and sharpened details. The result? A skin that has a natural look and fresh feel to it.
Carina is available in three skintones, with eight makeups for each. Each makeup has a bald version, and a hairbase version for wearing with certain “hairbase” hairstyles from LAQ.
>> in the fair tone:
hair – LAQ Imani
outfit – Last Call Femme Fatale
heels – Maitreya Gold Salience
Shot at Mont Saint Michel sim.
>> in the peach tone:
hair – Argrace Baseball Cap relaxed ponytail
lingerie – insolence clara
shoes – UBU Drunks
jacket – COCO bomber jacket
tank – fri.day cream basic cami
Shot at the Harold sim.
>> in the nougat tone:
hair – Truth Belinda
lingerie – Blowpop Jolene
Shot at private location.
Well, I meant to blog about the re-release of the Lacie skins at LAQ as Glow skins a while ago now, but life has been rather hectic over the past week. (Just thinking about how crazy things were is making me tired again!) Better late than never, though, right? 🙂
The Lacie skins are available in four skintones, and each skintone comes with eight makeups. You get two versions of each makeup: bald, and hairbase for wearing with certain hairstyles. There’s a lot of pretty details on Lacie, but the part I love about this particular skin most are her eyes: she has deep set eyes that are framed by nicely done brows that aren’t too thick or too thin, but just right.
Anyway, enough talk… let’s just get on to the pics 😀
You can click on the images above to see (much) larger versions of them on my flickr stream. Visit the Laqroki sim (Laqroki 154, 67, 23) to try demos of the skins.
On a side note, I never thought I’d see the day where I’d drop over 1k on a single pair of shoes in SL. Ever. But omg, I did! I splurged on a pair of Maitreya Gold shoes and I am 100% free of buyer’s remorse. These shoes boast prim toes/feet and the designers included skin presets/notes so that you can match them to most major designer skins. They’re fabulous so I *had* to show them in one of my pics 😀 ❤
Other credits… >> in the milky tone image
Hair – LAQ Claudia
Top – fri.day basic cami
Shorts – fri.day denim shorts
>> in the fair tone image:
Hair – Exile Voodoo
Dress – LeeZu freebie
Shoes – Maitreya Gold Salience
>> in the peach tone image:
Hair – 69 Q.B.
Jacket – Aoharu Black short jean jacket
Bikini – Last Call Yelena gold bikini
Tattoo – Aitui Fuse
Jeans – Gearshift Maverick jeans
>> in the nougat tone image:
Hair – LAQ Imani
Top – Last Call Tatienne lacy shirt
Bag – =E.M.A.=
Mallory Cowen of LAQ (a.k.a. Laqroki) has released her latest installment in the Glow Skins series. Say hello to the beautiful Jessica 🙂 Glow Jessica skins come in four different skintones. For each skintone, you get a pack of eight makeups. For each makeup, you get two brow color options, blonde and brown.
And now, on to the pics! I’ll refrain from writing too much, and will just let the pics do the talking. Larger versions of these images are on my flickrstream, and there will be NSFW pics after the cut:
I’ll admit, the most important thing for me in a skin is the face and so that’s almost always what I focus on, but the skins in the Glow line deserve a look from head to toe. NSFW pics to follow after the cut…
One of my friends Brianna Stenvaag and her partner Mogan Bezner are the designers behind the store Le Pinceau, and they recently released a new skin named Penelope. Prior to this Brianna has released an asian skin called Mei Mei that’s really cute, as well as another skin named Frida, but I think Penelope is my favorite from her so far!
Here is Penelope in Light Tan; this skin comes with seven fresh looking makeups. Maybe it was because I was in a bit of a retro mood after picking up one of the new high-waisted hawaiian print bikinis from Artilleri, but my favorite Penelope makeup of the moment is 5, with it’s bright red bombshell lipstick and light dusting of pale blue eyeshadow. You can click the images to view larger versions on my flickr page:
Brianna and Mogan also offer some very beautiful eyes; I always admire them on Brianna whenever I see her. They’ve got a whole bunch of colors and so I’ve decided to show just my favorites here, but there’s a lot more you can choose from when you visit the shop.
You can check out La Pinceau on the Lost Sailor sim: Lost 20Sailor 156, 102, 29
Credits for skin image:
Hair – Laqroki Fallen
Hair flower – G-field hibiscus
Laqroki re-opens it’s doors today at 11:00 A.M. SLT, and is launching an all-new line of skins!
The new Renaissance Collection is being introduced with four new female faces — Suzu, Clara, Jasmin, and Emily — and boasts a beautiful new body-skin to go with them. Each face comes with lots of options, from a variety of makeups to multiple skintone choices, making it easier for you to customize the exact look you want.
I’ve mentioned this several times in the past, but I’m ever on the lookout for skins that befit my own RL ethnicity (mostly Asian, some Spanish), and my jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw the new Suzu skin. Mallory Cowen has moved beyond the usual lighter-skinned collection of skintones for this Asian-influenced face, and has made it available also in darker tones (nougat, golden tan, cocoa) that would befit someone of a Southeast Asian heritage.
I haven’t taken pics of everything — just a small sampling. You’ll have to come visit the Laqroki sim (and check out the new build while you’re at it!) to try on the demos. You’ll love them, they’re beautiful 🙂
Click the images to see larger versions at my flickr stream. No post-processing was done other than cropping and adding text.