Nouveau chez / New at “Minnu Model Skins” and “Corrupted Innocence”

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Friday, February 1st, 2008

• Another release of men’s skins at Minnu Model Skins! Less than 3 weeks after “Gen 3 for men” skin, Thora Charron offers us “Sexy,” a variation of Gen3. The differences are mostly in the skin tones and available facial options.

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Showing Minnu Model Skin Men Sexy in Medium without chesthair, with complementary hair (offered with each pack.)

Skin tones are more naturally dark skin than suntanned skin (in Gen3) for the darkest tones. So the skin colors are less warm, more matte brown. It’s a very interesting alternative. The skins come in only two chest hair options (shown below) while Gen3 offers three. Eyebrows are slightly different, more straight. But the main change, and for me the most interesting, is the choice of facial hair and makeup offered. First, there are three different chin beard options. Chin beards are cool and sexy for sure! You can also get a rugged beard (like three days long of a very brown beard), and a shaven version. But there’s more! Each facial hair option comes in natural and eyelinered version! Eyeliner suits very well Asian and naturally dark skins, so the eyeliner is a perfect complement of the “sexy” skin tones.

You can have your favorite skin for 1700 Lindens (including bald and hair version), a pack of two skins (same tone, same chest hair option, same facial hair option, including with and without eyeliner in bald and hairy version) for 2500 Linden, or a pack of 5 facial options (same tone, same chest hair option, same makeup option, in bald and hairy version) for 6000 Lindens. Note that you will be offered in each pack a complementary hair working with the hairy version of the skins (shown below).

Available skin tones and chest hair options:
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Left to Right and Top Down:
Light, Medium, Dark, Light Chesthair, Medium Chesthair, Dark Chesthair (each with the complementary hair offered with each pack)


More pictures after the jump! (Facial hair and makeup options)

What I like: the quality of the chin beard options, the handsome facial features (same as the Gen3), the choice between 2 chest hair versions, plus yes, the back is sexy!

What I wish: a light stubble facial hair version. I like “rugged,” but a sexy skin should have a five o’clock shadow version ;-) ; a better definition of the feet, surprisingly less good than the other parts of the skin (same problem as withthe Gen3). Because i’m an insatiable freak, I would like a toned but less defined muscle option. I think we can have sexy avatars who don’t look like they spend 4 hours a day at the gym! Hey, we need time too to develop a smart mind and grab some culture, it’s part of sexiness too, no? :-D

• As usual, when it comes to showing you skins, I use designers’ shapes. I used today a shape from Alexxis Laszlo who just started a joint venture with Kira Paderborn named “Corrupted innocence,” such a program! They sell shapes, moddable shapes of course. I chose “Derrick” because I found he had an interesting and original face. (You have to choose your shape for the face, a moddable shape of course, then adjust the body to your own taste, I swear it’s not so difficult, and pretty fun!) Consider a designer shape as a start for the creation of your very own avatar. I modified slightly the body of Derrick to suit my needs for the shooting, it took me no more than a few minutes.

I tried out “MMS Sexy” with a few dozen designer shapes. The skin is pretty versatile. it looks better though with avatars whose lips are not too thin (if your avie has thin lips, you might appreciate “Damien,” “Darcy” and “Jared,” the best skins from Sachi Vixen @ Adam n’ Eve [Designer, Address & SLURL], just FYI

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
.::CI::. Derrick MODIFIABLE shape (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Corrupted Innocence [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
MMS-sexy (1700 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skins [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boxer Briefs:
be : chance brief (75 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Brief Encounter [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Brief Encounters” & “Redgrave”

Do you need an idea for a Christmas present for a male friend? Dragontat Zagato for Brief Encounters has two for you! He just released his Christmas collection of selected underwears, with seasonal patterns, in two options, trunk and brief. They come in 8 versions (shown in the trunk option). You can get them for 75 lindens for each piece, or 450 Lindens for a complete pack of 8 trunks or 8 briefs. They are Transfer for easy gifting, and the packs are offered in a cool ready to offer basket.

Introducing today the new version of the Emil skin from Redgrave. 13 facial hair options are available, in only one skin tone for now. Each of them is sold for 2500 Lindens. No fat pack. The model is “Daniel” from Hyperion Studio, modifiable shape version.

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showing be: xmas trunk in Naughty

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Left to Right & Top Down: be: xmas trunk in Yule, Canes, Paisley, Rudolf, x-mosaic, plaid, ho! (front & rear)

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard - Model: see “shape”.

• Boxers / Boxer Briefs:
be: xmas trunk collection (75 Lindens/model, 450 Lindnes for a coplete pack of 8, Perms: NM/NC/T),
DragonTat Zagato,
@ brief encounter : underwear for men, Yeanim (142, 162, 21)

• Skin:
Skin EMIL2 *medium / bald / babyface (2500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens Fashion, Sands Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Shape:
Hyperion Studio-Daniel Shape - Modifiable (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Dominic Palisades,
@ Hyperion Studio - Main Store, Isle of Tharen (21, 129, 33)

• Tatouage / Tattoo:
AITUI TATTOO - Mana *Traditional Upper Body* Black Ink (299 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT):
by Jesseaitui Petion,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Luffer - Ashed (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

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Body Positive - Nouveau chez / New release at: “Minnu Model Skins”

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

With this great new addition to men’s skin choice, we can’t hardly complain that we are all forced to wear the same skin to have a quality one! :-D

Minnu Palen and her sister Thora Charron have done a great job. These skins are superb. The skin tones are very different from one another, so it should be easy to choose one that suits you! For now, they offer 4 facial hair and make-up options (see the last composite), and 2 body hair choices (see below), including a smooth and very appealing chest hair.

Each single skin is 1,500 Lindens, and you can get a pack of 4 facial hair option, one body hair option for 5,000 Lindens.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Skin/
MM-TanSkin-Bald-Shaved,
by Minnu Palen & Thora Charron,
@ MM SKINS, **Minnu Model Skins**, Glam World (109, 136, 23)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Cake - Truth - Black - Hair - 300 Lindens,
by Stumbelina Ophelia,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Forest (i) - SbZ - Indoor version - 100 Lindens,
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada - stunning shapes and eyes, Kusawa (221, 115, 36)

• Slip / Briefs:
be : Hunter Trunk - 75 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter : Underwear for Men, Yeanim (142, 163, 21)

Skin tones, without chest hair:
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<> MM-LightSkin-Bald-Shaved
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-Shaved
<> MM-DarkSkin-Bald-Shaved

Skin tones, with chest hair:
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<> MM-LightSkin-Bald-ChHair-Shaved
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-ChHair-Shaved
<> MM-DarkSkin-Bald-ChHair-Shaved

Facial Hair and Makeup options:
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Left to Right & Top Down:
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-Shaved
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-MakeUp
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-Rugged
<> MM-TanSkin-Bald-Goatee

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Body Positive - Nouveau chez / New release at: “Redgrave” by Emilia Redgrave

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Emilia Redgrave offers us her first skin. For now, only one facial hair version is available. Emilia will release some more in a few months, as well as an updated version of her skin.

The actual promotional price will be raised at this occasion. So enjoy that skin now, and benefit from this bargain price, it’s not everyday at Redgrave :-D

As usual with skins, pick the demo and try it long enough to be sure of your choice. It’s probably better to wait until the day after to buy, after a second try! ;-)

I won’t comment more, just take a look at the pictures!

I show you the new eyes from Redgrave as well. They are very well drawn, as usual, very detailed with a realistic texture. I love particularly “Grey Blue,” “Brown,” “Romantic Blue,” “Sands,” “Blue water.” The other colors are less realistic, and i’m not convinced by the tintable one, but the other tones and the tintable one could suit those who prefer a less realistic look! Those eyes are clearly some of the best eyes you can get in SL.

They are priced at 150 each pair. This is too much compared to similar eyes. Zada does as good with three ambient light options packaged for each color, priced only 100 Lindens, and you can get very good eyes from Miriel or Pixeldolls for 50 lindens.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Skin/
Emil - Skin Medium *REDGRAVE* - 2000 Lindens (including 3 skin tones),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Delinquent - Black (199 Lindens),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
Eyes GREY-BLUE *REDGRAVE*,
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Slip / Briefs:
BE : Black Jock - 75 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter : Underwear for Men, Yeanim (142, 163, 21)

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<> Emil - Skin Light *REDGRAVE*
<> Emil - Skin Medium *REDGRAVE*
<> Emil - Skin Dark *REDGRAVE*

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Body Positive: CMFF, Nora, RaC and Stellar Design

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

A shape and 3 skins, as usual. I chose the skins which offered the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body, and I tried to avoid the one you can see everywhere ;-)

The shape is almost shown “As is.” Lexi Morgan made these shapes for Stellar Design. Stellar Design offers beautiful, sexy and pretty “stocky” shapes that will please men who want to look powerful! And because they are “modify,” you will be able to change and, maybe, choose to have other proportions one day! :-)

For this “Rocker” from Lexi, I just had to set the foot length to 30 for better proportions with the body, and the eyelashes to 0. With some skins, eyelashes look odd on men. One more reason to avoid no modify shapes!

Rocker is 6‘6“, so an average height in SL. He is powerful and muscled, without being genetically modified or taking steroids. Let’s say he must spend a lot of his time in the gym! :-)

Lexi’s shapes look great and appealing and they match perfectly the best selling skins in SL, but I wanted to show you black skins today, and this shape is one of my favorite for that purpose. Believe me, I mixed and matched skins and shapes for hours before the final choice!

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
SD Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker - (6‘6“) (modifications: Feet 30, Eyelashes length 0) - 750 Lindens (including a pair of jeans),
by Lexi Morgan,
@ ::: STELLAR DESIGNS :::, Stellar Isle (111, 129, 24)

• Skin (Top down)
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook - 1500 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Chip Midnight,
@ CMFF - Skins & Clothing by Chip Midnight, Freelon (42, 62, 23)

<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design - 4000 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald) - 1000 Lindens,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Delinquent - White - 199 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural. (Obsidian) - 50 Lindens,
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ PixelDolls, Port Seraphine (45, 131, 27)

• Slip / Briefs:
be : ika brief - 75 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter : Underwear for Men, Yeanim (142, 163, 21)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
.:InkD - Tinker (Modifications: RVB: 185, 185, 185) - 400 Lindens,
by Laylah Mistral,
@ InkD! Tattoos, Ravens Requiem (139, 125, 27)

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• Shape:
Stellar Design Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker
• Skins:
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook
<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design
<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald)

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• Shape:
Stellar Design Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker
• Skins:
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook
<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design
<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald)

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Body Positive: BodyWise, Adam N Eve, Aitui and The Good Life

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Saturday, July 28th, 2007

I show you today a designer’s shape and 3 skins. I chose the ones which offered the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body.

This shape offers an attractive face and seems to easily fit a wide range of skins, which is a real plus. Its price is totally fair and, if you like the face, go for it! You can modify the body to suit your needs anytime.

The shape is shown “As is.” I just modified the foot size, which was set to 24 but made the feet look really short for such a tall avie (7’00”). This shape will please those who want a tall and powerful body. And because it’s “modify,” you will be able to correct its flaws yourself, at times. :-) Remember this: NEVER BUY A NO-MODIFY SHAPE!

For example, you can see on the torso picture (second composite) how the “package” set to 65 spoils the belly line. Please gentlemen, use your eyes instead of your male ego! Set the package under 40. You will have a nicer belly and no less manliness, I assure you!

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Skin (Top down)
<> Adam n Eve - Damien t1 5 0 clock shadow tone 3 - 1500 Lindens,
by Sachi Vixen,
@ Adam n Eve, Genesis (192, 150, 35)

<> Aitui [Advance Skin] Caramel, Goatee, Fit, 1 [B] - Hairy - 1750 Lindens,
by jesseAitui Petion,
@ Aitui Shopping, Aitui !129, 129, 27)

<> The Good Life - Justin Skin - LT - Chin Goatee - 1600 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Mystikal Men’s Basic Pony - black,
by Mystikal Faddoul,
@ Mystikal Hair Designs in Bali Hai, Bali Hai (27, 233, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Reflex Eyes - Purple 1,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Boxer / Boxer Briefs:
BE : mi trunk,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter : Underwear for Men, Yeanim (142, 163, 21)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Henkei 06_TummyArms 1,
by Zabitan Assia,
@ The Block - FORM, Varado (139, 137, 31)

• Collier, Bague / Necklace, Ring:
Leezard Silver 3 cord leather thong Mens Nk,
Leezard Double Silver Ring,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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• Shape:
[BODYWISE] - Cayden Modiiable Shape
• Skins:
<> Adam n Eve - Damien t1 5 0 clock shadow tone 3
<> Aitui [Advance Skin] Caramel, Goatee, Fit, 1 [B] - Hairy
<> The Good Life - Justin Skin - LT - Chin Goatee

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• Shape:
[BODYWISE] - Cayden Modiiable Shape
• Skins:
<> Adam n Eve - Damien t1 5 0 clock shadow tone 3
<> Aitui [Advance Skin] Caramel, Goatee, Fit, 1 [B] - Hairy
<> The Good Life - Justin Skin - LT - Chin Goatee

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Ce que veulent les femmes / What Women Want

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Semi-Casual | Sunday, March 4th, 2007

• Une tenue composée par une femme qui aime les hommes !
“Ce que veulent les femmes” vous dira tous les secrets pour la séduire… et tout ce qu’il faut éviter pour la garder !

• One outfit composed by a woman who loves men!
“What women want” will tell you all the secrets to seduce her… and what to avoid to keep her!

Name: Luve Schack
SL Occupation: Shoes Designer
RL Location: TN, USA

Q: What type of hair do you prefer to see on men?

A: A bit messy and not too long

Q: What kind of clothes do you prefer to see on men in SL?

A: Casual… As a rule, some men don’t understand the difference between casual attire and things you should wear to wash the car in. I like subtle color mixes, soft weathered jeans with a muted tone t-shirt or any leathers in tone on tone color schemes.

Q: Do you enjoy seeing men in suits or formal attire?

A: I love suits! I think the tuxedo is a bit overdone in SL at times, due to it being the easiest to get for free. Nice dark suede suit since it is winter would look great. I love that. Also I prefer the shirt to be “fun and casual” that’s the place for a tasteful man to express his individualism. Also an open collar shirt or shirt with interest on the collar is nice…shows the world you are confident enough to be a bit playful

Q: What do you consider big no-no in SL fashion for men?

A: I’m not a fan of too many wild colors together or mixing too many prints, or too much bling. Also when men forget to wear socks; if you put on shoes remember the socks.

Q: What kind of underwear do you prefer to see on men?

A: I absolutely hate thongs every women hate them, but men continue to buy them; it’s unbelievable. I like a nice pair of boxer briefs or loose silk boxers. I think the underwear is the place that a man can go crazy if he likes take off that nice business suit and show me Red Hot Chili peppers undies if you like as long as it isn’t a thong or tidy whities! Just one thing keep your coin purse in proper size or it makes your clothes look funny. Some men think bigger the coin purse size more attractive they seem well it’s not true don’t be a size queen keep it in check.

Mannequin / Model : Ben Vanguard

• Cheveux / Hair :
Dangerous - Midnight,
by Tami MacCoy,
@ Hair Styles by Tami McCoy, Dixie (87, 90, 23)

• Skin et yeux / Skin and eyes :
Dante’s skin - Beach Tan - Facial Hair 6,
Eyes by Lost - realistic “Forest Green” (veinless),
by Lost Thereian,
@ Dante & Gabriel Male skins by Lost, Naughty (15, 159, 24)

• Costume / Suit :
s f design executive platinum,
by Swaffette Firefly,
@ SF Design Mens Clothes, Lotus (241, 218, 142)

• Chemise / Shirt :
Tejas Shirt (in Tejas Black set),
by Simone Stern,
@Simone! Design Main Location and, Simone (50, 208, 31)

• Souliers / Shoes :
City Walk shoes - Black,
by Fallingwater Cellardoor,
@ Shiny Things, Shiny Falls (195, 179, 37)

• Bague / Ring :
Hand Silver 3 Gem Ring,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Mhaijik Guillaume jewerly, Pheosia (59, 211, 151)

Sous-vêtements / Underwears :
Picasso trunk red/black,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter, Yeanim (113, 78, 21)

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