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Snow Rabbit (W01X) Mesh Head

Snow Rabbit (W01X) Mesh Head

It’s no secret that I love mesh heads and skins. If you look at my blogging history, you’ll see that I’m always eager to try on a new face, and I get really excited with each advance in mesh head technology and features. Skin Fair 2024 just opened, and although I’ve said it in jest that it’s like Christmas for me, this is overwhelmingly true. Everything is brand new. I can’t wait to try it all!

Back in 2013, everyone fell in love with the Snow Rabbit (S@R) Nea mesh head. I remember being thrilled by the facial animations, particularly the incredibly realistic crying and animated tears.

Now, more than a decade later, Snow Rabbit continues to release adorable mesh heads, and their latest, the W01X, truly caught my eye. It’s available at Skin Fair for 30% off – and it’s compatible with LeLutka’s EvoX skins. The compatibility with EvoX piqued my interest, as I have a collection of EvoX skins and makeups that I’m eager to use.

Every time I acquire a new mesh head, I evaluate it on how easily I can shape the head to look attractive. Do all the sliders work as expected? How smooth are the animations? Does the HUD offer robust customization options? The Snow Rabbit W01X mesh head meets all these criteria for me and delivers a solid option that I believe many will adore.

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LAQ Era2 Mesh Head

LAQ - Era2 Mesh Head
LAQ Era2 Mesh Head – Elle 1 (SupremeUHD)

Remember when LAQ was known as Laqroki? Almost everyone in Second Life had a signature LAQ complexion at some point—realistic skins with sweet faces and flawless features. To this day, I hold Mallory Cowen’s skin textures in high regard; they are the epitome of perfection. Her craftsmanship in creating enchantingly soft features set the standard for realistic and supple skins in Second Life.

The market for mesh heads within Second Life is undeniably competitive now. Numerous brands are launching their exclusive high-definition UV templates, with some even partnering with LeLutka to create EvoX-compatible options. LAQ’s latest innovation is the Era2 mesh head (Elle), boasting their sophisticated SupremeUHD head that comes bundled with a skin, an EvoX head, and a classic Standard SLUV head—truly enough choices for everyone. From my perspective, to truly capture the SupremeUHD’s detail, skin creators should release skins for SupremeUHD and not create EvoX skins for LAQ, it would never do the head justice.

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Uneven Breast Shading in Second Life Skins

It seems the skin scene in Second Life is undergoing some baffling changes when it comes to skin textures. I’m noticing designers are insisting on baking directional lighting effects right onto the skin, and it’s throwing the symmetry off balance. The most striking thing? This trend has migrated from faces down to the chest area. I got a taste of this with the latest Hera body skin from Not Found, which left my avatar’s breasts looking somewhat mismatched, a far cry from ideal.

Let me tell you, the difference in shading is quite noticeable. Whenever I come across a skin that’s not quite up to par, my go-to solution is to dash over to Izzie’s. She’s practically sainthood in the realm of virtual skin dilemmas, not just for her friendly attitude but for her lifesaving tattoo overlays that rectify the little quirks that drive me nuts. Izzie has conjured up an ingenious fix – a subtle shadow adjustment that works to balance out the tonal disparities.

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New Year, New Body

New Year, New Body
The Skinnery – Luna BodySkin

For what feels like over ten years, the Pink Fuel body has been my absolute go-to. Somehow I managed to pair it successfully with a variety of bodies and mesh heads. Lately, skin creators seem to focus more on designing just head skins and suggest we find body skins from other brands like Velour. But I’ve kept up, even matching the most recent head skins to my trusted Pink Fuel body.

However, the other day, I felt the urge to try something new for my body skin. What I discovered was fascinating; Second Life brands have outdone themselves. The array of tattoo layer enhancements is staggering. They range from the usual details like wrinkles and body shadows to the more unique ones, including pregnancy looks and scars.

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Lilith, new LeLutka Mesh Head

LeLutka - Lilith Mesh Head
LeLutka – Lilith Mesh Head & Glam Affair – Damned Mask

Have you seen Lilith, the new LeLutka mesh head? The collaboration between LeLutka, Glam Affair, and Velour is so timely for Halloween. This mesh head includes add-on horns that you can wear to create a uniquely demonic look. I’m wearing the Lilith Damned Mask from Glam Affair over my skin (also from Glam Affair). I never thought I would be sporting a demonic look, but it suits me here. I predict this mesh head will launch a whole new underworld roleplay in Second Life, it’s that good. Will there be mesh accessories created for Lilith horns? Will there be hair created specifically for Lilith horns? I’m completely blown away at how well done this head is, and you’re getting a deal because it can also be worn as a regular head.

LeLutka - Lilith Mesh Head

When I try on a new mesh head, I always edit the shape a little bit to see if it’s something I could wear. Then if I like it, I go all in and spend hours editing my shape until it’s exactly right. I’m on version 10 right now of my new Lilith shape, tweaking the sliders so that the face and profile look great. I was wearing Ubon, which was released just 8 months ago, and still feels very new to me. I have a few favorites from the LeLutka releases, but I do like to change and not be stuck wearing one mesh head for a long time.

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Pepe Skins – Mocha

Left: Pepe Skins – Mocha skin | Right: with tattoo layers

Whenever I see a Second Life skin advertisement, I always think, “But does it really look like that?” I stumbled upon Pepe Skins recently and after trying on a dozen or so faces, I selected one that I thought looked very sweet and definitely something I could wear.

I’m wearing the Mocha skin from Pepe Skins here, along with the body skin. The skin is created for LeLutka EvoX, and includes Brows or No brows available in just one color. This skin brand doesn’t offer much with the skin, unlike other brands where you can get at least a few brow colors and some makeup. I found the neck shading too heavy/reddish tone and overall the body skin is just grainy but I chose to wear it here cos I couldn’t make it work with my usual body skin and neck fade layers. But overall, the faces on Pepe Skins are all very pretty. They also participate in weekend sales so you can get a cheap skin to try out!

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Midnight

Midnight

I’m entering my cape fashion era. When I’m not wearing casual pieces, I really like to dress up and pretend I’m a lady from the past, maybe the 1800s! I am wearing the Sweet Time cape from Toksik. This pairs beautifully with the Flirty Slip from Tres Blah. You can wear a cape with casual/modern dresses, or pair it with any outfit that you want… capes are the best!

Midnight

A friend said to me… Gogo, you only wear 3 hair brands. This is kind of true, I only 3 hair brands as my staples, and then sometimes I add a new brand if there’s a style that I like. I think I will start adding Wings hair to my list of hair brands, so now that’s 4 brands that I wear. This brand is super cute, and I’ve already found a few hairstyles that I love.

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Voguel Skin

Sweet

Are you into hyper-realistic skins in Second Life? I normally wear smooth skins without imperfections, but then I visited Voguel and found a new skin that’s just adorable, even with pores and freckles! The imperfections really adds character, and it’s not too much, it’s still very soft and pretty. I’m wearing the Voguel Mia skin in Chantilly 2 skin tone. This tone matches well with a Pink Fuel body skin, or you can wear Velour (but I have not found a Velour skin tone that I like yet).

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Juicy Fruit

Juicy Fruit

Happy Sunday! I remembered that I bought this beautiful Maitane (Pitaya) dress from Belle Epoque a while ago, and it was perfect for the coastal region of Quash – Mediterranee. The sleeves are so fluffy and big on this dress, making it a real statement piece!

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Glam Affair – Diane Skin
Before & After (with add-on makeup)
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