It’s not often that Kooqla releases a new skin, and I ran as fast as my lag-prone computer would allow me to The Jail Event when I saw there was a new one!
How pretty is she? Callista, what an appropriate name. means the Most Beautiful in Greek. Au naturel she’s youthful, and pretty, especially when worn on LeLUTKA‘s Briannon. My hair is by Rama salon, a new collab with Sintiklia, named Chelsea and available at Equal10 and my sweater is by Miss Chelsea (complete coincidence, I just liked what is written on the sweater: I like them real thick and sprucy)
In the dressed-up version, I tidied my Chelsea hair, and I picked Jack Spoon‘s Munster Winged eyeshadow, combined with Izzie‘s blush from her snow makeup set and my lipstick is by Suicidal Unborn from the Hesperia collection.
Quite a different look, right? Ready to go out for a dance (who am I kidding) I’m wearing Ison tonight, Juliana Cowl dress, with Mylie’s Bolero and Macey’s Glitter Strap heels. I added my Yummy Holiday party set jewelry and I’m all set. Just grabbing a small purse from DDL for my lipstick, credit card, and phone, and off I go!
what is your current favourite show? I am swept away by Tim Burton’s Wednesday series for Netflix. So I had to turn Graz into my version of Wednesday for the blog… It kind of started while still wearing yesterday’s outfit and remembering that, before I adjusted my shape to the wider mouth which I usually do like on my avie, the lips on Avalon with the Sol skin from Guapa had a more or less Wednesday-ish pout. So that was the start to see how far I could pull it off.
I think I make a cute Wednesday, wearing Guapa’s Sol skin on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon, with Izzie‘s smokey smeared mascara and Temizi’s chin cleft. My hair is called Wednesday (obviously) and is from Rama Salon, and I am wearing Violent Seduction’s regicide dress. I still think they pulled a shitty stunt at The Arcade, making the left shoe and the right shoe, as well as the left and right sock, and the left and right laces separate purchases, but I love this dress and it does make me think of the one Wednesday was wearing at the Rave’N
above is the unedited, raw from sl version, below, I did some minimal editing!
it’s true though! One of the fun things about scrolling the various weekend sales on Seraphim and other outlets is that sometimes I get intrigued by new-to-me shops and it’s fun to try their stuff out. Like this time, with this skin fromAnneland. I had never heard from it, and to be honest, based on the name alone, I would probably not have ever shopped there. Don’t ask me why, it just doesn’t say “Get your new skin here!” to me. I don’t know how long this shop has been around, but they have some intriguing skins with quite a bit of character. They also definitely need to work more on blending the various reference parts together. Up close, today’s skin, Cassie, looks like she needs some serious moisturizing and a heavy dollop of primer before I start my makeup! But again, the face is interesting, and works well on LeLUTKA‘s Inez and Tville‘s Intense eyes!
In the close-up below, you can see what I mean by the optical dryness. Fun detail though it mimics the problem areas on my own skin!
So today I am going to focus on some skin improvement, not the makeup per sé. Can I soften some of the rough patches, and even out the look of my skin to obtain a healthy no-makeup makeup?
Turns out that the one dry patch which irked me the most, I haven’t been able to cover that up! It’s the one next to my mouth, to the right (for the viewer), but other than that, thanks to our in-world Dermatologist Izzie Button (Brand name Izzie’s) who pretty much has cures for all your skin issues whether it be unwanted painted on mascara or the actual LACK of skin texture, or like in my case, where I used her Eyelid changer medium, the under eye concealer, the nose shading fix and the nostril lighter to even out the base of the skin. This is mainly to take away some of the hyper coloration. Then I went in with Nuve‘s cooling filter, which comes with her skins, and on top of that, I added Glam Affair‘s skin shadow 40% to add back some depth. I also added Jack Spoon‘s Biba Beauty mark, simply because I can and I love how it looks, and added some blush fromAvarosa(included in their skin packs) and a high lighter for my cheekbones from Nar Mattaru, which is part of her Gryla make up set. I could have left it at that, but the little touch of color from the mostly faded Minerva Lipgloss from Warpaint, and the also faded Hanna Eyeshadow from Litha, combined with Jack Spoon‘s Kasha glitter waterline, just gives the total face a more finished look. I also gave my LeLUTKAlashes a little mascara by the way. I usually keep them tinted at a soft brown, but I went in a little darker for today
For the rest of the stuff I am wearing, there we go: Doux is my hairdresser today. This lovely do is Hyein. My clothing is the Rory set from Roslyn, scored at The Fifty. My Polly earrings are from Andoreand this lovely bunch of Amaryllis is fromLode.
That’s it folks! Be nice to each other. We need more kindness in this world!
This morning my eye caught a message on Facebook, stating that LOGO has reached an agreement with LeLUTKA for the use of their EvoX UV! This is great news, because that means that owners of new heads from LOGO (not sure if the older ones will be updated) will have a HUGE amount of BOM content to choose from! Also, in the same post, I saw that their latest head, Paris, is actually already EvoX enabled and is only 399 for the weekend!!!!! So I ran as fast as my pixels would let me on my old computer to the LOGO store and grabbed it without even trying on a demo. I mean.. 399!
Uff, after having worn LeLUTKA heads for so long, starting over with a new head from a different brand can be quite the shock. I looked awful! So then I decided to just start with the shape that comes with the head. But again, I looked awful. I reset my animatons & skeleton several times, but to no avail. Eventually, I just made a new shape from scratch, and that did it However…. let me tell you this, it’s not as intuitive as LeLUTKA to me. And I like to believe I am a proficient shaper. I decided to forego on the LOGO eyes, because the mesh eyes wouldn’t pose properly, and the BOM eyes wouldn’t load. So I went with Avi-Glam‘s Virtue eyes and -balls. Also the lashes that come with the head… not my taste. And that is -frankly- an understatement. I quickly bought a lash installer at Izzie’s because she simply never disappoints, but even with Izzie’s lashes, the lashes on this head look weird to me. It’s actually how the area is shaped ON the head I think. But, in the end… I think I made it work! I actually look cute with Paris on. Oh… before I forget, the skin, is Avarosa‘s Mako and the hair is J0630 by Tram!
I styled her with some new stuff. Wasabi has this sassy Mathilda hair out at The Fifty, and my Eira suit and fur stole are from Giz Seorn at Uber. I also grabbed the BEAUTIFUL Solitaire ring from Yummy at The Fifty for an understated, elegant festive look. When I zoomed out further to take a full body shot, and also show off my Gos pumps, my face started to break. No really! It could be because my platform is at 1000m up in the air, but to be honest, with my LeLUTKA heads this has never happened. Look here for my broken face! And here for exactly the same situation, but with my Avalon head on. LOD is at 4.00, as it should be.
However, at a normal talking distance, Paris looks lovely. As mentioned, BOM makeup for EvoX will also work with the new LOGO heads, so I picked some from Alaskametro. The Hyperdrive eyeshadow and the Ozone lipstick. From Dernier’s Kim contour set I took the nose contour #2, the cheeks #2, and the cupid bow #1 to optically adjust my shape a bit. The pretty moles on my body are from West End!
[UPDATE] just tested positive. Thanks people on the bus wearing no masks and coughing and sneezing all over! I normally feel like an idiot when I mask on the commute… At least I hope I didn’t pass it on to someone
From super cute the last blog, to super bleh today! Nothing more capricious than my state of mind and health. Can I just hybernate until spring? Pretty please? I have a cold, my nose is stuffed, my sinuses are stuffed, my head feels stuffed and OMG, it is the busiest time of year at work. CAN.NOT.BECOME.ILL! Either way, to match the look to how I am feeling, it actually took a bit of work, because most skins in SL look pretty gorgeous out of the box! This one is Inez from Eudora Beauty which I picked up at the store last weekend, for a discounted price and I am wearing her on LeLUTKA‘s Kaya head. I added Izzie’s Blemishes, Saxo‘s Flu Face, Dernier‘s Kim contour cheeks and cupid’s bow, as well as Izzie’s eye bags. I toned down the chapped lips from the Saxo Flu face a bit with Top1Salon‘s No Lipstick lipstick. Oh, and I did not take off my Izzie’s mascara last night, hence the extra smudge and shadows around my watery Glory eyes from Avi-Glam, which comes with 3 options for the whites, and while I usually pic version A, which is the whitest and brightest, I went with version C today, for that extra “I’m not ready for today” look.
No contacts in my irritated eyes today, instead, I put the Kandy glasses of Deep Static on my nose. My hair is a lovely mess from Tram, K0158 and I wrapped the Get Warm scarf from Sorumin on my neck. I don’t think I am actually going to get dressed today, so here’s my outfit, the Baggy Over & Undershirt from Fashionably Dead, (un) matched with Alaskametro‘s Hygge leggings and Ison‘s Amarah combat boots. Stylish? Nah, but warm and comfy! and that is what counts today!
Flo Memel, the creator of Stories & Co, has made a new sub-brand Hold Me, which will bring us… HOLDABLES! The coffee is delicious, and the books captivating. How about “Never Lie to a Witch” Or “Stephanie in Paris” I’m really excited about this, I know there are a lot of holdables in SL already, but I like this kind of stuff!
This is as ready as I am going to be today, wearing a total mix-up of warm and comfy clothing. The longer I look at it though, the better I like it. Hopefully this cold will get better soon!
My grandmother, whom I never had the pleasure of knowing, used to say this. Already in the 60’s she realised the power of makeup. Makeup is giving us the possibility to cover up the bits we don’t like in our face and emphasize what we do! She also used to say that, even if you’re having an off day, nothing stops you from looking like you have the best time. I beg to differ oma, some days you just lack the energy to look fab. Mental health is a thing these days in ways it never has been before.
Anyway, For today’s session I am starting out wearing Briannon by LeLUTKA and Glam Affair’s Reese skin, currently still available at The Fifty. I had to add a couple of layers to make me look this way, because honestly, Reese is flawless and that is not what I was looking for to begin with today. My eyes are an old gacha from Avi-Glam, called Lightstrike eyes and for my lashes, I have resorted to a trick. I also have some LeLUTKA male heads, and the lashes on those HUDs are more dainty than even the most natural ones on the female HUD. So I added the Jon HUD and used some of those! My hair is Amanda, from Magika. Shoutout: Magika has started their annual Black Friday sale! All is 50% off, through November 30!!. In terms of imperfections, I have turned to Izzie’s again, wearing her blemishes and pimples from the Imperfection pack, as well as her eyebags. the closed eyes layer is from another Glam Affair skin, Camilla, and the chapped lips are from the Top1Salon Chapped lipstick pack. Finally, here I am wearing the very simple but beautiful and versatile Trinity Black turtleneck body from Jeune by Rowne. Versatile because you can make several parts of the body invisible and as such match it with the waist of different skirts and pants to make a sleek, elegant look
I usually write posts like this “live” meaning, as I am styling and taking pictures in world. Also, I usually don’t plan these posts. I have a few basic principles: 1 skin, 1 hair colour, same colour swatch for before and after, but other than that…. it’s one big dig into my bottomless inventory! I felt I wanted to stick with the turtleneck, but none of the items that I could fit it with was calling me today, so I switched the Jeune by Rowne bodysuit for a sleeveless turtleneck top by Ison, which as you will see, I styled in full black. I also got rid of the casual scrunchie updo and picked out another Magika hair, Alexandra, which comes in 3 lengths and optional bangs. For my makeup, I got rid of my bare face blemishes, and now I am enjoying Reese in all her flawlessness, combined with the extra face shadows that Glam Affair skins come with. I wanted a fuller brow, so I went with Nuve‘s Chris 2 brows. Brows are unisex peeps!! My eyeliner is also from Nuve, the nr. 1 from her Dramatic Eyeliner set. I put on a little extra contour from Dotty’s secret, the blended nr 2, in 25% opacity, for a pretty natural effect, and my lips are from Top1Salon again, from the Kiss palette. And while all imperfections are gone from my face, a beauty mark actually enhances the character in your face, so I went with Jack Spoon‘s La Boheme beauty mark 4. Finally, I switched lashes to Anice natural lashes. less dainty than Jon’s, but still nothing too dramatic either! My glasses are from ZOOM, and my jewelry is by Kunglers
So because I blog as I go, sometimes a look changes in the process. I was looking for a certain accesoire, and came upon this fishnet shirt from She Said Destroy (SSD) and I was like.. oooh… that’ll look awesome with this top and skirt! But not as much with these glasses and the jewelry… so off they go to make place for the fishnet top! Instead, I went BIG on the belt with Diram‘s Kim belt and Mimikri‘s Chain belt! I also grabbed Diram‘s Ziva coat because without a warm jersey, things might get chilly this time of year, and I have paired it with Just Because‘s Liz skirt, which has a lovely satin finish and Baiastice‘s Theory boots.
it’s well past noon and I am still in bed. I’ve been napping, rewatching old episodes of The Crown before the new season will air, enjoyed a homemade latte macchiato and a cracker with some slightly aged actual Gouda, which is a whole lot different from the stuff marketed abroad as Gouda, but which has little or nothing to do with the famous Dutch cheese, and so my day is slowly passing. In SL, I have been playing with Nuve‘s new skin Hannah, which is -again- gorgeous. I used the browless version and added the blonde eyebrows from the eyebrow pack, because I don’t feel like going too dark today and I added a little under-eye shadow by Izzie’s because yeah well, I always have that in RL as well, and while my pixel self doesn’t quite look like my RL self, I do like to have some things in common. My hair base with the hair clip is by Studio Exposure, called Doin’Time and I’m wearing all of it on LeLUTKA’s Avalon head with the Influence unisex nose deformer lvl 1. Today’s eyes come from the leLUTKA HUD and I tossed on a quick tank top by Red Girl over my WeArH0uSE basic bra, which is a staple in my wardrobe. I feel BOM undies are seriously underrated. I love wearing them and mesh undies are notoriously hard to wear under other mesh clothing. Not everybody likes to go commando all the time!
But as with everything, nothing lasts forever, so at some point I will have to get up, take a shower and in this case do something as mundane as receive the groceries I have ordered yesterday. So while I mentally get ready for that, I have started with Grazia already. Nothing too fancy today, as Nuve’s Hannah is flawless to begin with, but a little light make up, and something a bit more dressy for the rest of the day will be nice
Ok, more dressy is relative. I picked up this Environment blazer set at Technofolk, and yup, I definitely need my bra to keep it PG! I have my hair a quick brush and it transformed into Doux‘Iki and for my makeup, I stuck with Nuve‘s Hannah Eyeshadow nr9 and lipstick nr1.
The Technofolk blazer comes with a really comfortable set of trousers as well, and I paired them with Semller‘s worn canvas low tops with floral embroidery. This will have to do for today! After all, Sundays are for doing nothing!
Well hello there! The other day Facebook reminded me of the existence of this little blog of mine, where I focus on skins, make up and hair, and I figured, as the days get shorter, and the temperatures go down, I might as well give it another go here, as I am still taking lots of pics of skins and post them to my flickr, and insta. But those are usually the finished looks, including some makeup and layers, and what I really like is also to show you guys the blank canvas, and what you can achieve with SL makeup and layers. And of course, it’s my way of supporting the awesome creators who always provide us with some new stuff we want!
So before I reboot this, I would like to make two caveats. I am SUCH a LeLUTKA girl. I love their work, how they model their heads and the ease of use of their HUD. I might occasionally branch out to another head, but don’t expect a lot of that here, as pretty much all my makeup and layers and skins are bought for LeLUTKA. Caveat 1: yes, I am on LeLUTKA‘s blogotex. I have free access to their releases and I love the Lelus for their generosity and our long ass relationship which goes all the way back to the early days of SL. Caveat 2: the same goes for Glam Affair. You may remember that at some point I worked as their CSR and I have been on their bloggers & friends list forever. These two brands however are the only ones I am affiliated with. All other heads, skins and make-ups you will see on this blog, I have bought with my own money because I love them!
That out of the way, look at this day’s mug shot.
This is my typical straight-out-of-bed SL look. Hair in a messy bun, whisps from Angel Eyes messy 7 hairbase all over my forehead, and in dire need of some serious moisturizing. Today’s head is Kaya, by LeLUTKA of course, and my eyes are Conviction‘s Skylar eyes. Their highlights are not SUPER realistic, but the overall effect is fresh and awake. Yes, coming to think of it, I might well have had my first caffeine of the day for this pic. My lashes are also by LeLUTKA, they come in the HUD and they are my favourite natural-looking lashes
The skin I am working with is by Eudora Beauty, called Olympia and I added some light blemishes from Izzie’s to add to the out-of-bed look. Also, and this is relatively new, Influence has made some facial deformers, I am wearing both their unisex nose deformer lvl 1 as well as their recently released cheeks deformer lvl1, which just adds that little extra chisel to my otherwise very soft Kaya face.
When at home, I rarely dress up, so today I am wearing Tres Blah‘s Tattered sweater, which is a perfect example of a jersey loved to death that you won’t throw away until it’s worn to its last thread and a not specified pair of pajama shorts.
And there we go, All dolled up! I picked out a new hair from Wings, ER1030, and added a little extra darkness to the greyish-black from the variety HUD. I switched the Olympia skin with brows for the eyebrowless version and added the black Selene brows from Nuve for a more groomed look. I love that Nuve, whenever they release a new skin, they also always have a dedicated eyebrow pack. I wear these a lot, because Nuve‘s brows seriously rock.
For makeup, I went with the Biba kit blush 1 from Jack Spoon. Another one of my favourite makeup creators. and I did my eyes with the new Mercurial eyeshadow from Warpaint. I added some Scha lashes from Anice, a creator relatively new to me, but dang, their lashes are to die for! So that makes for a pretty dramatic eye. I’m contrasting it with a relatively demure lipstick from Identity Faces from the all lipstick Woman collection. It’s a pretty bold look for daytime makeup, but it’s not over the top I think.
Et voilà Ready to go! I am wearing Just Because‘s Sally Sweater dress, which is perfect for these cooler days, with a pair of Ayden chunky boots from Gos and DDL‘s brown Sun purse. My necklace, the finishing touch in this outfit is the Sakura Three Chains necklace from Dark Mouse
Let me know in the comments what you think! I appreciate your feedback! Any makeup stores I absolutely need to check out?