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Skin Fair & Sydd Sinister

an Interview with Sydd Sinister

It was a Summer afternoon – well for me it was – landed in a car park outside of a store, there were prestige cars parked parallel to the building, a large flat fronted store with an air of sophistication very evident already. There was a small magazine kiosk on the right as you were about to enter, I remember that because it was the first kiosk I had ever seen other than Second Style, and catered to a whole different side of SL. Entering the store was like a gallery experience. You chose left or right, you did a perfect square of the showroom, as you walked around the centre square. They had perfect lighting and the most beautiful jewellery with a definite cultural theme evident.
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Ashia joined me, and while we were perusing all the fine pieces this store had to offer, another person entered the store. Now was it that she was alliterate like me? Or just the wanting to know everything that drew me to use my camera skills and have a peek. Her name was and still is Sydd Sinister, and she was, and still is, very beautiful. She was noticeable in her look, her style overall was lovely, and she stuck in my head. So much so that I started to see her everywhere. The store was Uzuri, and I got the most awesome earrings from there that day, and other pieces I ended up blogging.
But it is definitely Sydd Sinister that has put her imprint on not only my mind, but the minds of many, especially those that are Skin Fans. Skin Fair has just started, and the event is superb, and exciting for anyone that is into skin, makeup and the like…it is a fantastic time to set up an alt, or to show around a new Resident friend and definitely a great idea to take that male friend everyone has that needs a big makeover. One location all the goodies.
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So, with such a crucial event for Skinners, the person that has, as I mentioned made such an impact in the Skinosphere, Sydd Sinister came to my mind as someone you should all know more about. She has been loyal to skin blogging for so many years now, and has always been such an asset to those that wanted to know more, see more and so on. In the olden days bloggers did feature skins as the main part of their post, that is not the case so much now, but Sydd kept true to that, and will always be The Skin Blogger!
I was lucky enough to get some questions answered by Sydd a few days before the event opened. I unfortunately ran out of time to sit down with her, which I wanted to do, maybe I will be lucky enough to do that in the future. I always love seeing her pop up on my screen, whether out and about, or in group chat. She really has always been a fantastic asset to the community. The pictures included are all her own work, I added a frame and name so that it was evident they were not mine. Her Flickr and Social media information is at the bottom, and you can also find her Marketplace store, where she sells shapes she has created, and are very demonstrative of her.
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Make sure you visit Skin Fair, and keep up with all the Skin news at Sydd’s blog.
Skin Fair Sim 1: Teleport 
Skin Fair Sim 2: Teleport

1. Over the years you have been the go to blogger for all things skin related. What was it that motivated you to focus on that particular section of the Second Life beauty industry ?

From the start of my SL I always loved skins and shapes, when I started blogging I found a serious lack of any kind of ethnic bloggers. I came across Khitten Kurka’s blog and it was the first time i’d seen a blogger wearing a dark skin, it was then I decided I wanted to have my own blog and showcase creators who did a range of skin tones. I figured I wasn’t the only one looking for darker skin tones and I could show whatever I found that I loved. Even if the skins weren’t necessarily dark, it was still fun being able to show what was available, something for everyone and my skin collection was already massive so I wanted to share.

2. In the past there were huge gaps in development in that area, skins were skins and the skin system layer was all Skin creators were able to work with. Appliers are now the norm, but before they were a thing, what for you was a huge turning point in the beauty market ?

Definitely tattoo layers. When they came out I remember buying every tattoo layer I could find. Being able to mix and match makeups and face tattoos was huge and opened up a new market for people to create and sell makeups etc.

3. Now with the implementation of appliers, mesh body parts etc…do you find it easier or more complicated to apply a skin ? is there any advice you would give to a newer user ?

I would say on the surface it seems more complicated because now we deal with HUDs but really once you get the hang of it, it’s not difficult at all. My best advice would be to seek out blogs, there are so many blogs that have great information on everything mesh heads and bodies, and a lot of bloggers are now making YouTube videos which helps so much. Even after having been in SL almost 10 years, I use these blogs daily for info and learn new things not just about SL but about Photoshop also. They’re really helpful.

4. Skin Fair is just around the corner, and is one of the biggest events of the year, what is it about events such as Skin Fair that you get excited about ?

I think a lot of creators really get their creative brains going when it comes time for big events like Skin Fair so I’m always really excited to see what’s new. Also a few brands only release at Skin Fair so excited to see those as well. I’m particularly excited about this years Skin Fair, last year was just the beginning stages of the mesh head takeover but now they are a thing and with Bento, I can’t wait to see all the shape makers as well!

5. You are also a part of the Skin Addiction Group, which helps those in need of Skin assistance find products, or offers advice as needed, are there any particular questions you see come up again and again ?

The great thing about Skin Addiction is that even though it’s a “skin” group you can pretty much ask anything and find an answer, a lot of times people will ask if anyone can identify a certain skin, or hair, lots of questions about help with mesh heads and bodies, and just generally people looking for new places to shop. It’s the only group I keep open in my chat tab, everyone is helpful and i try to help as often as I can. I’ve also found a lot of new stores from suggestions in chat.

6. For you personally, what are your favourite features of skins ?

Of course first thing I look for is skin tone but after that the nose has always been extremely important to me, it can really make or break a skin for me so i always look at the noses first. With appliers and tattoo layers for those not using mesh heads, everything else can be “fixed”. If I don’t love the lips i can wear lipstick or change the eyebrows etc. The nose though is what you see is what you get and I’ve only seen a few brands give options for different noses on the skin, or makeup brands that shade or contour the nose. So from the beginning the skin has to have a good nose for me.

7. What would be on your wishlist for skinners to focus on, or implement ?

THE NOSE! Haha, nose shading is so important and sometimes I feel like it gets overlooked a bit. Also maybe different nose options on a tattoo layer or applier would be really great. More ethnic skins would be nice as well, I’d love to see more Asian skins and Indian skins and Latin skins. Skins made specifically and not just in skin tones. Also I love the current trend of Albino and Ginger skins I’ve seen lately, would love to see more of that.

8. Do you have any particular memories of blogging skins that stand out as big moments for you as a blogger and a skin enthusiast ?

When brands I love noticed me as a blogger and creators reached out to me and I became bloggers for them are always big moments for me personally. A lot of the brands I loved in the beginning are still favorites now and watching them evolve has been amazing. Seeing them create new and beautiful faces every time they release brings me so much joy. Big moments in blogging are always events like Skin Fair though, I look forward to them for months and get crazy giddy with excitement when they’re near. I love sharing all the new skins on my blog, all my favorites every year, giving people a view of what they might want before they head out shopping. From the first Skin Fair I did to the upcoming Skin Fair those are blog memories that last all year for me. Skin Fair and Hair Fair.

I Recline

I Recline

I am so excited for Skin Fair, with some gorgeous NEW Skins being created for LeLutka heads and the NEW LeLutka head Cate coming to the event, yes…you read correctly, Cate is the latest addition to the LeLutka head range. I am wearing it in this post and I did wear it in my last one, but I was kind of stealth about it.

Also available at the Skin Fair LeLutka booth will be NEW Animations for your heads, so fun, and a gift set you won’t want to miss out on. I am wearing the Skin Fair release of Elena by YS&YS, a stunner of a skin, with all the great make ups that YS&YS include. I am though wearing the default brows from the LeLutka head HUD, because I tinted them to match my hair.

I did also add the moles from League, because now that I have re-routing on my LeLutka head I can choose two locations for them, still wear lipstick and it is just joy and fun. The layout to the event is great, easy as all get out to navigate, and just an abundance of creations to enjoy. Prepare yourself for Nudity though, as it is a skin fair, you will have a lot of it going on, so if that kind of thing is not possible for you at home etc, then I suggest you derender everyone on your nearby list when you land so that you can not only lag less, but see less of less too.

I am enjoying some time out on this stunner of a seat that is at this round of C88, this round is nearly over, a matter of days now, but this is when it is best to run back through and make sure you got everything. I enjoyed this decor, and the books and table with planter beside me just added to the whole ambiance of being cool and calm and collected.

Concept did a great job on the gorgeous reds and yellows in their pieces and the DRD set can be used in so many ways, so I suggest grabbing as much of both as you can. Another C88 item is this top by Emery, now it is Slink Physique Original in size, but because of the great cut of the design, I was able to wear it with Hourglass. This may not be the case for everyone’s shape, so demo demo demo.

These boots are fantastic, but are not coming out for weeks, in the upcoming Shoetopia event. I just could not take them off though, and Livalle is so good at styles like these, that I have been kathumping around in them for the past two days. So make sure you look out for those, and they come in Male and Female versions, SCORE!

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Kizi Red Bench – Concept  @ Collabor88

Boho Princess Book Clutter, Planter, Carpet – DRD  @ Collabor88

Forgotten Corner – Apt B (Gacha Rare)

Location –

Poses by –

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer )

Skin & Body Parts Worn:  

Cate Mesh Head – LeLutka @ Skin Fair 10th March

Elena Skin appliers – YS&YS @ Skin Fair 10th March

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Original Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set – Flair

Hair:

Ocean Bed (Gacha) – Lamb @ The Arcade

Clothes:

Racha Twist Front Top – Emery  @ Collabor88

Shaki Shorts – Addams

Shoes :

HAX Boots – Livalle (Shoetopia COMING SOON)

Accessories :

Runa Headband, Chained Lip – Le Morte


Hibernation

Hibernation

I would love to be dressed like this right now, it is the perfect outfit for the weather we are having, but just like in the picture, I am safely ensconced inside. Now if I could find a way to sleep for three months without need to do anything else, it would be bliss. Don’t you wish that was like a humanity thing, you got one hibernation every ten years ? instead of saving up for vacations or what not, you just saved to have your hibernation. It could even be part of employment packages, allowing for that time off not to interfere with your job, like maternity leave or something…just a big recharge for all.

The beautiful coat is an all in one deal, shirt, hoodie and coat. I am not generally a dress me kind of shopper, hate it actually, when items are only usable in one way, but I do like this combination, as achieving it with separates would not be easy to do, and you get three hoodie colours included, so for a quick and classic look it works well. I also like that it fits over most things, so its not completely lacking in the styling it ability.

It goes so well with this hat hair I picked up at Besom the other day, they were having a ginormous sale, to raise money for a sick cat. Not sure if the sale is still on, but worth a visit either way. These very cool shoes are at C88 and they have socks with lacey tops versions that you can turn on and off, they remind me so much of school shoes but in the good way. We wear uniforms down here, which I think is most excellent taking the pressure off kids fashion wise. When closed in lace up shoes got revamped into this kind of look, girls went wild.

I am spending time in this adorable cottage by Trompe Loeil available at this round of C88, cottages are fun in SL, as the one room ambiance works as a skybox would, so you can decorate it just perfectly.

I used some older and newer pieces by Cheeky Pea, the newer at this round of Uber. This sofa is so smooshy looking, I could just dive in and bliss out. The armchair is at c88 and is an option from dining set by The Loft & Aria. You can purchase the whole set, individual pieces or the chairs as singles or as a fatpack, which I did, because its a lovely chair and you get 12 fabric options.

The lamp is a hoot, seriously Mutresse filled everyones lampy needs this round of The Arcade. The lamp originally is desk top sized, but it being mod I was able to make it larger as a floor lamp, and it only ended up 5 LI which is awesome. Definitely play that machine loads, because the lamps are gorgeous, and my only thought was that the dog one should have been a floor lamp too, because the button to turn off if a foot activated one would be HILARIOUS! just a longer stand and lamp cover hint hint :P

There are now three repeat sims for The Arcade event, and as this may be news to many, not all three are packed. The link I included is the one that was only half full earlier, so hopefully that will be easier to get into.

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Anastasia Cottage – Trompe Loeil  @ Collabor88

Hargrave Chair – The Loft & Aria @ Collabor88

Ladder shelf  – Junk

Modern Farmhouse Winerack, Mugs Clutter, Stacked Plates, Bric a Brac, Modern Industrial Arrows  – Cheeky Pea

Kabuki Neon Sofa, Rug – Cheeky Pea @ Uber

Mr Lamp Fancy Lamps – Mutresse @ The Arcade

Location –

Poses by –

Voir

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Cate Head – LeLutka (COMING SOON to Skin Fair)

Amaia Skin Applier – League (Coming Soon to Skin Fair)

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : League

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 57 – Flair

Hair:

New Girl – Besom

Clothes:

Coat with Hoodie – Coco 

Cake Leggings – Blueberry

Shoes :

Dorothy Shoes – Bleich  @ Collabor88


Paris to Tokyo via Oz

Paris to Tokyo

Narcisse is a NEW store, with original mesh pieces beautifully textured and providing wonderful options, especially with the Voluptuous Pack HUD. If you get the VP you get to texture change all the parts of this sexy lingerie set. Solid colours available as single purchases, but with the VP you get to change the piping, the bow, you could even have a different top than bottom, because lets be honest, not everything in a girls underthings is always so matchy matchy…and even mismatched has become a thing now as sets go.

LeLutka just released Chloe their latest Bento Beautiful head, such a stunner she is, and with my shape I already had made for Simone, I only widened the nose a tad and was done….too easy. Everything works seamlessly, and if you already have Simone, you can either use the same HUD, or you can use the backup system, save your settings from one, and transfer them to the HUD included with Chloem which is great if you already have saved slots filled.

I am wearing the NEW and about to be released at Skin Fair skin by League. Skin Fair is just around the corner, and this skin is GORGEOUS! I have every League skin there is, probably all ever made, and honestly I think this is in my top 3. The skin itself is perfect with the highlighting giving it an actual made up look, as in soft foundation applied, which is great, because when you actually have make up on, looking squeaky clean on the face does not compute with my mind. The make-ups included are stunners, and the glossy lips looks really look great.

I have used the doll option fresh lip tints applier by Pink Fuel over the top, because now with the new layers and the rerouting options that LeLutka heads have (latest updates for bento heads) I can designate where I want the make up to go, and stack accordingly, all win for big make-up wearers.

Now my other excitement of the week, and seriously have not been so excited for ages…Hybrid hair is what we used to call it when we took parts of one style and merged with another, or we edited the hell out of a style generating a completely different look. This sometimes was done to fit with hats and accessories, or just because we had it in our minds that the bangs could be longer, or the sides shorter etc. A lot of hair creators started out playing with other stores hair, because back in the olden days hair was prims, and it was all pieces you could shove in your head to get out of the way and such.

So with much love for the hairbases by Tableau Vivant, I was wearing it without hair, but needing to do something, so remembering that there are plenty of LeLutka styles that have tails, or tresses I searched tresses and got Maleficent out of hiding. Then once it was attached there was a bigger raise from hairbase to tresses, making it a little unnatural. I searched inventory again, this time for headband, and found this 80’s one by Izzie’s. It was actually designed to be worn forward, very Olivia Newton John getting physical style, but with some editing prowess, I edited the rotation and moved it into place and seriously loved myself so much I even IM’d Izzie to show her lol.

Whimsy had this apartment set up, with her super duper decorating skills, and so I decided to just use the space while she was fiddling with her hair. I grabbed this camera and tripod by Chic Buildings, and took a snapshot and added it to a prim, to make it look as though the pic was in fact being taken…added some glow for realism. It came together nicely, and this was the way girls used to send their loved ones pictures to remember them by in the olden days, BC (before cellphones).

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Camera w/ Tripod – Chic Buildings

Paris Skybox (Gacha Rare) – Apple Fall

Potted Traveler’s Palm Tree [Gray], Powpon Pouf – Soy

Laura Oversize Chair no blanket (cream) – MudHoney

Wardrobe Table 09 – *YS&YS* 

Rattan Divider, White – Luc Boutique

Save room for my love_gacha 1. 6 and 3- :HAIKEI:

Location –

Poses by –

Voir

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Chloe Mesh Head – LeLutka

Amaia Skin Applier – League (Coming Soon to Skin Fair)

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Original Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : League

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 57 – Flair

Fresh Lip Tints appliers – Pink Fuel

Hair:

Maleficent tresses – from Maleficent hairstyle – LeLutka

Hair Base 3b – Tableau Vivant

80’s Headband (Edited rotation) – Izzie’s 

Clothes:

Alex Bra and Panties set (Voluptuous Pack) – Narcisse

Accessories :


Blogotex – a Business/Blogger resource for Second Life

Blogotex is a new product for store owners to use to keep track of Bloggers. It can be something they maintain themselves, or they can delegate it to their Blogger Managers, Store Managers or Business Partners. The amount of people that will have access to one brands information will vary depending on the level purchased. You can also be a Manager of more than one brand using the system, so this makes for ease of use for many stores.

I have put together a video, that is very long, but is me starting from the same point you will, and trying each option included. From signing up, purchasing the item, and then implementing it. I think that everyone that has a store and has bloggers needs to give it a run, as you can purchase it for one week and trial it out, it is definitely worth it to sit down and take the time to do that.

There are incredible videos on the Blogotex.com website, incredibly informative, but they already know how to use it :) so I wanted to give a new to me birdseye view to people, and as I had already been contacted by a store owner asking me if it was something I was familiar with, and I had already looked into doing coverage on it, it all came together nicely.

Also as a blogger, this is a very streamlined option for us to use, many stores have been making spreadsheets and so on, and while that is easy for them to use, this is a system that gives bloggers a space where they can look at what they have done, what they have to do, and how to better manage their use of products.

Purchasing Video by Blogotex

Bloggers Guide by Blogotex

I also suggest in my video ways in which this may benefit events…so have a look at me running through it, making mistakes, fixing the mistakes and finding all the treasures that this product has to offer.

I am a blogger,  but I am also someone that works with many stores behind the scenes, run events and own my own stores…so this is coming at this from all sides.

I hope you enjoy the video…..

Bento Head – Chloe by LeLutka COMING SOON

Hairbase – Tableau Vivant

Skin – Glam Affair

Shirt – Candydoll

Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country

With the help of one of Whimsy’s areas at home, I was able to rez the pieces from the Modern Farmouse set by Cheeky Pea, of course as all things eventuate, my main pics cropped most of it out, silly me. I went back and took another along the lines pic, and you can see that taking this inside dining set outside is a definite must do, if you have the space. I rezzed it under the treehouse by Soy from a past C88 and just really like the idea of that. Making the most of the space you have, by utilising different pieces together.

This outfit started with these great pants from Mutresse at this round of Collabor88. They are beautifully shaped, very tailored with a vintage feel to them. The laced up fronts though give them a very now look. As with Mutresse items of the past, these pants have a hud that allows for texture changing to all facets of the item. My favourite addition, in the thinking it through department, is the laces bow/tie off option, so that if your shoes have straps and the two collide,  you can just turn them off…more creators need to think ahead in that way.

It was an easy decision on the colour palette of the look, once I saw that Tres blah had done a folk top, there is also a dress version with belt, that is also available for purchase at C88. So beautifully created, and the cream/white and red version is divine.

Speaking of divine, Mandala never fails to create stunning pieces of jewellery, and these bangles not only look great, they even had red peonies on a creamy background as one of the options for texture, so it all ties together seamlessly.

I remembered some boho-esque hairstyles at Hair Fair last year, and No.Match came through with this style with sunglasses included, and the ability to change the fabric, so of course red and white ruled the day there as well.

Angelina is the name of the very pretty skin that I have on my Simone Bento head. The skin is by Glam Affair and is at C88 now. Great makeups included, and brow options and a no brow option if you have others you prefer.

LeLutka just updated their Simone head, and now the lipstick layer is full lower half of the face, and the tattoo layer includes the mouth, so you can stack and make many more delights for this head as a creator, or with your own skills and the personalise tab on the hud.

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Modern Farmouse Collection – Chair, Eat Sign, Flowers – Cheeky Pea

Swing – Soy

Location –

Poses by –

Everglow

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Bento Head 2.1 – Lelutka 

Angelina Face Appliers – Glam Affair@ Collabor88

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : Glam Affair 

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 1– Flair

Hair:

No Ice Tea – No.Match

Clothes:

Spasiana Leggings – Mutresse Leggings @ Collabor88

Folk Blouse – Tres Blah @ Collabor88

Shoes :

Curvy Platform Peep Toe – Vertice

Accessories :

Haramita Bangles, Haraheri Knuckle Rings – Mandala


Peckish

Peckish

LeLutka just unveiled their brand new store build, and it is fabulous. With the new store came some fun add on items, human and beast teeth, and 8 sets of gorgeous lashes applier packs. The human teeth include braces and gems, and the beast teeth include nightmares – not really but the first time I tried them on, I was scared. You have the option of fang types, blood with and without lipstick. You also have bloodied teeth and greyed teeth. The human options have teeth colours, as well as gum and tongue light to dark options. Normal, Gapped and spaced teeth options, the spaced are perfect for the braces for realism. All so much fun.

They made me think of that first kill, and it not necessarily being the most ladylike of experiences. So with the help of some great hair by Mina that has a blood version – how cool is that – and the blood and wounds appliers by Izzie’s…I had a look that just made my own skin crawl.

The dress is by Pixicat, its a fabulous latex dress, perfect for wiping off splatter if needed.

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Raleigh Wedding Barn Plain – Trompe Loeil

Bloodtrail – EP on Marketplace

Location –

Poses by –

VR Foundry

Eyes:

Bloody Eyes – Inkheart

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Bento Head – LeLutka

Beast Teeth (Bento Add on) – LeLutka

Danalu Skin Applier – YS&YS @ The Chapter Four

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 178 – Flair

Blood & Wounds – Izzie’s 

Hair:

Jezebeth (Blood) – Mina Hair

Clothes:

Siren Dress (Gacha) – Pixicat