May 31, 2007

Barbie World

Posted in Catt's Ramblings at 3:31 pm by Catt

Ha! You probably thought from the title that this was going to be a rant.  Didnt you?  Go on, admit it.  Well its not.  Kinda. Its a cry for help, a wail in the darkness, the sound no-one hears when a tree falls in the forest.  Ok, so maybe I’ve had too much coffee today.

So its coming up on my second rez-day here soon, and a recent notice in the Fashion Consolidated group made me realise I’m still wearing the very first skin I ever purchased.  Now this is not as bad as it sounds!  My first skin was one of the original Nevermore hybrids and I lurvvves it. But I went to check out these skins that were advertised at half price, honestly because I had nothing better to do at the time, and I was just stunned by the beauty that was the makeup.  Look at me mummy I’m gorgeous!!!  🙂 hmm shame about the rest of the skin tho.  And I am not (should I put that in caps maybe… notice the NOT) saying that the skin was bad.  I’m saying it was not to my taste, except for the face, did I say how good the makeup was?

So for the past 2 nights I have been skin shopping and I think I’ve managed to try on at least one demo copy from every skin designer out there.  I have 30+ demo’s in my trash and even at a couple of demo’s per designer thats a stuff load of designers.  Of course I went to all the big names and then I ended up at smaller but also known designers and then of course I hit places I had never even heard of, let alone knew they had skins.

So after 2 days, 30-40 demo’s and a lot of lost shoe leather, I have discovered a very sad fact.  I am a lot fussier about skins than I thought I was.  And my requirements, although they sound quite realistic to me, do not exist in SL. 

I see you looking at me funny!  My requirements are not that crazy.  Honest.  This is the part where we get to the title of my little post. I am a barbie in a barbie world.  This is how I see my avatar.  I dont want realistic skins, I dont want highlights or freckles and tan lines, and I certainly dont want a skin that looks like a home tanning session gone bad.  I just want a nicely blended skin, a collar bone that is soft and in the correct location, not down near my nipples somewhere.  Some light indication of shoulderblades and, now, 😀  killer makeup.  Oh and I dont want the skin to make me look anorexic even with some meat on my bones (can you say too much bone structure highlighting).

See not so insane.

I’ve seen so many skins now.  Every single one of them had one part of the equation exactly right, but the rest just didnt do it for me.  For example, I found one skin where the face was acceptable, the body was awesome, but the nipples were so blurred it looked like the skin hadnt rez’d.  Who’d a thunk I would have even cared about that?  Anyway coupled with the lukewarm feel I had about the face, it also found the trash can.

 Funny enough I found that the nether female regions are of little importance to me.  I really dont care how realistic, attractive, whatever it is down there.  I dont cyber, I dont make a habit of sticking my camera down there to look so what ever it is, is good.  Having said that, I do need either shaved or a landing strip look.  I make swimsuits and lingerie and yes I model my own clothes for the sales posters.  I dont want to have to airbrush out the great southern forests every time I do a photoshoot.

I will probably end up with a Hybrid II skin I think, they are exactly what I want body wise.  The face is nice, the makeup is quite classy but its doesnt make me go WOW.  But you know what, I think I can cope with that 🙂

You know to be perfectly honest I can’t believe you’ve managed to get this far down in my ramblings. If you take anything away from the 10 minutes of your life you have lost to reading this, hopefully you’ll take this little piece of advice.

Skins are incredibly personal.  The best skin in the world could simply look crappy on your shape.  Take the time to check out everything that is out there.  Get demo’s!! But more importantly try each and every one of the demo’s on under the same lighting conditions.

Skins are not cheap, make sure you get something you are happy to live in. Thats what I did the last time, and honestly, I’ve only been looking at a new skin just because I can – not because I need one 🙂



  1. kitmaitland said,

    OMG…skins are soooo difficult!! I have so many skins that I like parts of…and wish I could just combine all the parts I like into one!!!

    For a LONG time…I would only wear one type of skin also…but then I started branching out a little…and started to like the different ‘look’ I get on my avi from different skins. Now I’m a bit of a skin-a-holic. o.O

  2. Catt said,

    I think if we could mix and match skins it would be the ultimate in avi heaven! lol At this point I’m very much in skin overload and I’m going to step away and come back to it in a week or so. There are sooo many good skin designers, its amazing how many really and many of them are quiet achievers. I’d never heard of most of the skin designers I visited before this adventure.

    Oh and i know what a slippery slide skin addiction is. You wont find me going there. uh uh. no way. wont happen.

    I hope.

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