Either I am getting too picky in my old SL age or I am getting too picky in my SL old age. I tried on a million demos at Skin Fair, but the one I ended up purchasing was Danae by Imabee, one of my designer favorites from last year. I just love it. I’ve also been having fun with Siddean Munro’s Dynamic hands. My fun nail polish is by the wonderful Aikea Rieko at the Liaison Collaborative.
Mouni Poses has a couple of very sweet releases at Pose Fair and in order to showcase them I called on my friend Stewart to help me today. In the northern hemisphere springtime is slowly starting to arrive (although there IS a big snowstorm heading into my specific area tonight—in New England it’s all about the baby steps) and it is wonderful to see a little color in the landscape again.
Aida Ewing’s complexions are some of my favorite in SL. Depending on the individual avatar they are skins that can look both very young or more adult. And since Aida is always right on top of getting appliers out for whatever new mesh body part is out there, we never have to worry about whether our skin is going to match our body. Katra continues Aida’s tradition of high-quality skins, and includes a few different eyebrow and nose options, Glam Affair can be found on sim 2 at Skin Fair.
I happened to be listening to Elgar’s Enigma Variations as I worked on this, so perhaps my friend’s observation that this was a sad look were not totally off-base. But sadness and beauty often go hand in hand, and it is difficult sometimes not to be influenced by powerfully emotional music.
Being an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, I love seeing the fantasy skins that creators come up with in SL. I also confess to a desire for more fantasy avatars in SL…it would be great to see more alien faces and body structures. Kadaj Yoshikawa of Harshlands has made a start with his beautifully crafted Drake. Although not a skin or an avatar, the drake was essential to my mood as I took these photos today.
Kaleidos Hope offers the Lilith skin at Skin Fair. This skin’s coloring and texture made me think that it probably evolved to resist a harsh environment such as this one:
I took these photos on the breathtaking Colder Water sim by Jordan Giant. Lilith can be found on sim 2 at Skin Fair.
Today’s skin is another that edges on the very realistic-looking, with a fresh, young complexion. In fact one of my students looks remarkably like this. Ah, youth. Imogen is my first skin from Imabee, but I think it will not be my last. Imabee can be found on Sim 2 at Skin Fair.
One of my downfalls as a blogger is that I get lazy with skins. I tend to find one that I like and stick with it for awhile. Skin Fair makes me get a look at what is new out there, and also reintroduces me to skin makers like Lara Hurley, who has been putting out quality skins for years. Elea adds to the collection, and to me is one of the most realistic-looking skins I have seen in a long time. Lara Hurley can be found on Skin Fair Sim 2.
Jade Glazner is a creator who is new to me, and it is always exciting to find new, quality skin makers. Skin Fair is wonderful for that very reason. Jade has released Kyrin for Skin Fair this year, and I am impressed with the creamy highlights and smooth texture of this skin. There are also eyebrow and lipstick options available…I am wearing the lipstick in light red. I decided not to go with the eyeshadow for this photo so that the skin is more fully visible. I haven’t wanted to take it off since I put it on…so I will definitely be eager to see what Jade comes up with next. Nar Mattaru can be found on Sim 1 at Skin Fair.
Kavar Cleanslate released this hairstyle for the gentlemen, but as I told one of my friends, my RL hair looks quite a lot like this after I get out of the shower, so I guess that means I’m a man.
I always look forward to what Belleza will release for Skin Fair and this year I am not disappointed. Grace has the beautiful, classic lines that I have come to associate with Belleza skins. Tess has a softer feel and a slightly (on my shape) eastern-European cast to it that I very much enjoy, reminding me quite a lot of the gorgeous Annet Mahendru from FX’s The Americans. Belleza’s booth can be found on sim 1 at Skin Fair.
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Avena by Truth Hawks
Eyes: Dead Apples Mesh – Marble Eyes by Soleil Reid (@The Men’s Dept)
Nicole Button has released two skins for the Skin Fair this year…today I am wearing Anjali. This is a more mature skin than I have worn lately, but I love the bone structure of this one.
I went through a period in SL where I wore nothing but Apple May skins. They are so soft and sweet…they are still a favorite, and this year’s Skin Fair release, Suki, is no exception.
I am not generally a fan of super young skins, middle-aged woman that I am, but Aida Ewing’s fresh-faced and glossy-lipped Romy is well worth a return to teenager-hood, as long as I don’t have to stay there!
PHOTOSHOP details: The hair in these photos was processed with Photoshop. The skins are untouched with the exception of some shadow removal.