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2013's Latest SL Avatar Skins from Designers We Missed in 2012


New Skins Curio Party Girl 

Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

2012 was a pretty good year for SL fashion, but there were a few notable absences. Some designers downsized, some designers took a break, and some designers were busy fighting high-profile battles in reality. Now that it's 2013, two popular designers have reappeared in the SL style spotlight with new skin lines, and it looks like neither of them have lost their touch. Better yet, neither of these skins will break the bank. Check 'em out:

Curio's Party Girl is a full set of skins with a New Year's Eve theme that the beleagured and beloved designer Gala Phoenix sent out to her in-world update group earlier this month. It's a thank you gift from Gala for those who supported her (and donated to her) during her long legal struggles with the designer behind Hush. The whole issue didn't exactly get a Hollywood ending (Cajsa Lilliehook summarized the whole issue flawlessly here) but I'm personally just glad to have Gala back.

The bundle comes with as many options as a Curio skin fatpack normally would, including multiple makeups, skin tones, and adorable freckles. I'm wearing the Pure 2 makeup with freckles, since the minimally made-up Pure faces are almost always my favorites. Party Girl is perfect for people who love (and have missed) the sleek, glossy body that is such a distinct signature of Gala's work, as well as those looking for a young and pouty face. Snap it up while you can and look forward to plenty of new releases from Curio in 2013! 

New Skins Tuli Helena December 31

If you'd prefer a slightly edgier and more mature face, swing by The Dressing Room Fusion [SLURL], where everything is between L$40-L$70, and snag two new skins from Tuli Asturias of Tuli's upcoming Helena line. I'll admit that Helena doesn't flatter my face as much as Tuli's older Eva line does, but thankfully even if Helena's not to your liking you can now pick up Tuli's older skin lines on the SL Marketplace.

Compared to Party Girl, Helena's body is shaded in a more classic and subdued way and her face is much less of a pout and more of a runway scowl, so if you're more interested in looking ultra-fierce than ultra-kawaii, Helena's your best bet. I'm thrilled to see Tuli back after her break from SL; she's a truly talented designer and I'm sure we can expect lots more eye-candy from her in the coming year!


Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.


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Pussycat Catnap

I'm soooooo over seeing pouting, frowning, and sad clown looks in SL. But at least this one is not over done like nearly all of the others. I think if people had been doing the pouty look more like this face - I'd not be as annoyed at it... :)

Do either of these folks over a range of skin tones?

Iris Ophelia

@Pussycat Both do, though the special TDR preview skins that Tuli released only come in the pale tone shown. I believe her darkest tone for her full lines is called Mocha and it's pretty good (by my standards,) not DARK dark but much darker than a tan.

Curio has darker tones as well, but I find them rather ashy compared to how saturated her pale tones are. Depends on your tastes maybe. Both are definitely worth checking out, though I suspect Tuli would probably be closer to your taste.

ZZ Bottom

Im so glad that gala is back.
Im not s skin changer so ill keep with my old Curio's Sandust beach line:)

Pussycat Catnap

I went and found a lot of nice product in both shops, but neither had anything beyond a tanned skin. Neither could be of use to me, but I could send friends to them. In what tones I did see, the work looks great.

The Dressing Room's real value looked to be their other products. Lots of stuff there needs to get onto my shopping list. :)

I didn't see the darker ashy tones - but that is a common problem in doing dark tones that start from a light base. My favorite skin shop, Lyrical Store, has the reverse problem. Light tones there started from a dark base, and end up looking clay like or clown like.

(I've recently found a shop - Elysium - selling two skins, a light and a dark - each in a series of tones starting from those two base ideas, as a result, both look to work well, no ash and no clown (have yet to buy and fully test). I still have yet to explore Pink Fuel - but I think they also might have multiple base files letting them explore a wider range of tones).

Jo yardley

More 'pretty' skins.
How about more attention for realistic skins that look like most of us do in RL.
We don't all want to look like models.

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