Basics Products Series

Yes, You SHOULD Be Using Demos!

Posted By Asia Ristow

If you’re a regular to the blog you know I’m a firm proponent of demoing products before purchase. I’ve had people ask if and why demos in Second Life are really important. People have also told me that they don’t want to spend the extra time demoing a product they already know they’ll like. Demos are very important, even if you’re absolutely in love with the item! Today I’ll cover what to look for when demoing so you can learn why you should never skip the demo step if it’s available.

What’s A Demo?

Demos are inexpensive (usually free or 1 linden dollar) versions of products made for you to test out before making a final purchase. Think of demos as trying on new clothes or shoes before you buy them. You wouldn’t want to make a big purchase just to find that the jacket doesn’t fit and can’t be returned, would you? In addition to being inexpensive, demos also tend to have something missing or added so you don’t use it instead of the final product. This may be weird/missing textures, extra shapes, or even a timed product that can’t be used after a period of time passes. You wouldn’t want to wear a demo out to the party you’re heading to later. The entire point of the demo is to ensure the product is what you need before making the purchase.

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Georgie At Suicide DollZ

Posted By Asia Ristow

Suicide DollZ is a biweekly event catering to the dark, sexy, and sometimes naughty side of Second Life. The current run ends tomorrow, March 30, so make sure to head on over while you still can! Featured at this event is the 7DS skin Georgie, who you’ll see in this post.

Meet Georgie

Georgie is a beautiful skin that goes light on the makeup, yet still has just enough to ensure you look beautiful. She’s perfect for avatars who want to wear other makeups without worrying about clashing with the skin. She comes in six of 7 Deadly s{K}ins‘ tones: Cotton Candy, Apricot, Sand, Caramel, Taupe, and Pineapple. Each purchase (L$599)  includes all six tones with omega appliers for the face and body as well as Slink hand/feet appliers. She was designed for Catwa heads, however she can be used with any Omega compatible head. (Not sure about Omega? Learn more in our appliers guide!) The demo can be found alongside the skin at the Suicide DollZ event.

Free Dress & Jewelry

The outfit worn in today’s post can be picked up for free! The choker is a free group gift at the LeLutka store. It comes with a color changing HUD to ensure it matches your outfit. The earrings are made by Sn@tch and can be found as a free gift at Designer’s Circle. The dress is from Posh Pixels and can also be found as a gift from Designer’s Circle. We’ll get more into Designer’s Circle (and its free gifts) next week, so keep an eye out!

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Basics Series

Appliers: How Do They Work?

Posted By Asia Ristow

Appliers are one of the most commonly used items for mesh bodies. I see a lot of users asking questions about Second Life appliers or being confused as to what appliers can offer them. Today I’ll go over what they are, how to use them, and why you may want them.

Second Life Appliers: The Basics

Think of appliers like classic avatar clothing for mesh avatars. The applier itself is an object (usually a HUD) that applies a texture to mesh body parts. Some of the more common textures are skins, clothes, and makeup. Tattoos, beards, and scars are also textures that can be used via applier, as well as anything else you would want on your mesh body. To understand appliers you first must know about layers.

Layers

Layers allow multiple textures to be worn at once. Lower layers are hidden by higher layers. You’ll find the skin almost always applies automatically to the lowest layer. Most commonly you’ll have three other layers to select from when using non skin appliers.

Think of your real body and clothing for a moment. Your skin is one layer, any tattoos you may have are on a layer above it, your underwear is another layer above, and your regular clothing is the layer on top. Your tattoos hide what’s on the skin under them. Underwear hides any tattoos under it and your pants hide your underwear. It’s exactly the same on your avatar. Here is a breakdown of the most common layers:

  1. Skin
    • Skin appliers almost always automatically apply to this layer.
      • As such layers usually aren’t even listed as an option for users.
    • Covers the body parts as the lowest layer.
      • Anything else applied will be seen on top of the skin.
  2. Tattoo
    • This is applied directly over the skin, but under the Underwear and Clothing layers.
      • This means it’ll show on top of the skin but anything on the Underwear or Clothing layers will cover it up.
    • Popular for not only tattoos but also makeup, beards, scars, blood, bruises, and anything else that would be visible over the skin but covered by clothing.
  3. Underwear
    • Applied over the Tattoo layer but under the Clothing layer.
      • Just like in real life this will cover your skin and anything that’s directly on your skin via the Tattoo layer.
    • This doesn’t only have to be used for bras, boxers, and panties.
      • Want to wear a long sleeved shirt under a crop top? Apply the long sleeved shirt on the Underwear layer and the crop top on the Clothing layer.
  4. Clothing
    • The Clothing layer is the top layer.
      • As such it will cover anything on other layers since they are below it.
    • Want to get creative? Use Tattoos as decoration on clothes!
      • Instead of placing a Tattoo on the Tattoo layer, consider placing it on the Clothing layer with the shirt or pants on the Underwear layer.
      • This will show the Tattoo over the clothing and it may look like a neat design. Then again it may not. Play around!

With the basic knowledge of how layers work you’re able to experiment and play with different ideas. Give the tattoo on clothing and the layered shirts a shot!

What’s That Have To Do With Appliers?

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Free Dove Friday Freebies Products Series

Free Dove Friday: March 24, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the seventh installment of Free Dove Friday! Make sure to check the bottom of the post for all the awesome pics.

This week showcases products by KajU, Vavien Stylish, and Duh!.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. KajU
    • Clothing, accessories, poses, gacha, and group gifts
    • Main store caters to men and women
    • Marketplace has over 100 items.
  2. Vavien Stylish
    • Clothing, accessories, group gifts
    • Main store has products for men and women
    • Marketplace has over 100 items.
  3. Duh!
    • Shoes and accessories
    • Main store has mostly women’s items,
    • Marketplace store  has more men’s items.
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Delaney at Natural Falls V

Posted By Asia Ristow

Our avatars can do so much more than look nice. They can convey emotion or be used to provoke an emotional response. They can be the main focus or a part of a bigger scene. Honestly they can do anything you want them to do. For many they are an extension of ourselves. Today you’ll get the see Delaney’s visit to Natural Falls V.

Delaney

This gorgeous skin can be found at the 7 Deadly s{K}ins booth at Ultra until April 15. She was designed for LeLutka’s Simone bento head (seen in the credits section), though in this post you see her on Catwa’s Lona. I think she looks absolutely lovely on both. She can be purchased with LeLutka or Omega appliers. No matter which you select you’ll receive 7 skin tones and omega body appliers to match.


Natural Falls VSecond Life Landscape Fair Flooded Ruins Natural Falls V

Located at Domain West, Natural Falls V is a gorgeous location perfect for photographs and exploration. While it’s not your standard thought of beauty (flooded ruins containing an amusement park, warehouses, and more) it’s still absolutely stunning. I was surprised at just how many unique poses there were with various backdrops and props. I encourage you to go exploring and see what fun you can find!

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Fantasy Avatar & Charity: For Dryads & Ember

Posted By Asia Ristow

While today is another fantasy avatar post, it’s actually doubling as a charity event awareness post. Read on for some super fun Dryad photos, information about the products used, and to learn how you can help a Second Life user in need.

Meet Elicio Ember

Elicio Ember has been playing Second Life since 2008. His location Cerridwen’s Cauldron has both beautifully scenic areas as well as a wonderful shopping selection. Last month tragedy struck his family causing him to put Second Life on hold, including pulling out of the Fantasy Faire. Below I have included excerpts from Elicio Ember’s Facebook. Please feel free to read his entire post and the update for more in depth information.

My father had a stroke yesterday…There is no clear prognosis yet but things are serious and some kind of neural damage is confirmed.

Public health security in Mexico is insufficient and often of very low quality. My father has no health protection whatsover. Its a russian rullete. People can be treated well and recover. People die waiting to be treated (or) die by malpractice. So we took him to a private hospital before risking a long wait.

I have 5 sisters, but not even between all of us we will be able to pay for the hospital charges without severly straining all our economies, not even considering all the expenses of rehab and care that will follow if…well. If he makes it. Which might be actually more terryifing than if he does not as its yet uncertain what the rehab possibilites are.

Elicio Ember

 

Continue reading to learn how to help Elicio and make your own Dryad

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7 Deadly s{K}ins: Meet Mali

Posted By Asia Ristow

A few days ago you saw the new skin “Wednesday” as well as all new body skins by 7 Deadly s{K}ins. Today it’s time to tell you about some in store deals and show off the other Skin Fair exclusive: Mali!

Deadly Deals

Before we show off Mali I want to tell you about some awesome opportunities at the 7 Deadly s{K}ins store.

  1. In celebration of the new body skins you’ll find the old body skins are now 50% off.
  2. This month’s group gift is a $L400 gift card usable on any Caspervendor in store.
    • Make sure to join the in world group for your gift card and monthly gifts.
    • The old body skins are Caspervendors, so you can use your gift card on them.
  3. As always you can save money with Midnight Mania, Mini Mania, RIOT Vendors, and Lucky Chairs.
  4. Looking for an in world job? 7 Deadly s{K}ins is hiring.
    • You get L$250 per week, gift cards, and free skins.
    • If you like helping people in store and working with a fun staff check it out.
      • Interested in applying? Head to the Info Board (to the right after entering the women’s building).

It’s Mali Time!

She’s here and all for LeLutka! Mali includes a bento and brow shape (not shown) for LeLutka Simone. She comes in four facial types: regulair, beautymarks, mildly freckled, and heavily freckled.  Each facial type is sold separately and comes with a pack of 4 skin tones. There are 16 total skin tones available. Please note that the body skin is sold separately. You can purchase Mali exclusively at Skin Fair for $L650.

Below you can see the four facial types and the skin tones Cashew (New!), Snow, Fudge, and Apricot.

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Free Dove Friday Freebies Products Series

Free Dove Friday: March 17, 2017

Posted By Asia Ristow

Since discovering The Free Dove, I’ve decided to showcase one look a week with items from the store. Welcome to the sixth installment of Free Dove Friday! Make sure to check the bottom of the post for all the awesome pics!

This week showcases looks by PiNK CHERRY, Prism, smesh, and Loordes Of London.

Fast Facts On The Brands

  1. PiNK CHERRY
    • In world store focuses on clothing and accessories.
    • Caters mostly to women.
    • Marketplace store has over 70 items.
  2. Prism

    • The in world store has various clothing and accessory options as well as Gacha.
    • Focuses on products for women.
    • Over 800 products at the Marketplace store.
  3. smesh
    • Large in world location offers Gacha, group gifts, and more.
    • Mostly women’s products.
    • Marketplace store offers 200+ items.
  4. Loordes Of London
    • In world store has a large selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories.
    • Apparel is focused on women.
    • Over 2000 options in the Marketplace store.
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Wednesday & New Body Skins from 7 Deadly s{K}ins at Skin Fair!

Posted By Asia Ristow

Long revered as one of the top skin creators in Second Life, 7 Deadly s{K}ins has given their line a makeover just in time for this year’s Skin Fair. Their body skins have been revamped and are absolutely stunning. In addition to the body skin redesign you’ll also find two brand new facial skins and a whole new skin tone! Skin Fair runs until March 26, make sure to drop by (Booth #2 right at the Landing Point) and pick up your free gift just for visiting the 7 Deadly s{K}ins booth.

Wednesday

One of the new skins is Wednesday, modeled all through this post. She is available in 16 different skin tones and comes with four face versions ranging from a clear face (called regulair) to heavily freckled. A regulair body skin is also included in the box! She can currently be purchased for $L650 exclusively at Skin Fair. Wednesday was designed for LAQ, however she comes in Omega appliers so the rest of us don’t miss out. In this post you see her modeled on LeLutka’s bento head Simone.

 

 

Read on to see the body skins and more pics!

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Songbird Makeup at Skin Fair

Posted By Asia Ristow

In the mood for some new makeup, ladies? If you aren’t now, you will be soon! Songbird has created some lovely styles for Skin Fair, which is open now through March 26. The fair is massive, so to help you find her booth check out this handy map (#37 found on the Northwest.)

~Songbird~

Songbird sells high quality alternative make up, clothing, and accessories. The in world store offers gacha as well as a variety of gothic, lolita, and macabre products. Whether you need bloody makeup or a new outfit you’re sure to fall in love with something unique when visiting. If you’re unable to visit in world right now feel free to browse the Marketplace store with 100+ products for sale.

Tripp Lips & Shadow

It’s not often I find eye shadow I enjoy sans eyelashes. Not only am I pleased to say that the Tripp Shadow is one of the select few, it also comes with glossy lipstick to match! Both the shadow and the lipstick come in Omega appliers with six colors each. The colors match up perfectly to ensure a flawless look. They can be purchased as a set exclusively at Skin Fair for $L150!

See More Makeup Below!

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