New skins at “Adam n Eve”

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

It’s always nice to have new skins for men to try on! Especially good ones like the “David” and “Nicholas” from Sachi Vixen for “Adam n Eve”.

Guys, you have no excuse to all look like clones wearing the same two skins from the same two major sellers! Now you have even less excuses.

Each skin comes in 4 facial options: Shaven, Goatee and chin beard, plus Black Eye Liner for Nicholas, and a lighter goatee for David.

I do love the chin beard options, very original and realistic. On David, it’s more discreet than on Nicholas. (All facial options shown after the jump.)

Each comes in four tones, slightly different from one skin to another (see below).

Faces, clearly photosourced, are nicely worked. Sachi paid attention to details. The ears, a weak spot of many skins, are totally good on these skins.

Both young looking, Nicholas has a more “exotic” face maybe, with a nice shine on the lips. Best choice for personality. David is clearly the handsome 20-something man. Best choice for sexiness ;-)

Bodies of both skins are alike, with very well defined muscles, which is a must have on men’s skins in sl… Too bad for diversity, but I can imagine people want to show a well defined body because it’s what they consider great in RL. The skins looks great on the usual big shapes, it’s a bit more difficult to wear with a thin avatar but, hey, the faces are great and, after all, for me a skin is all about face and hands as i usually go dressed :-) Hands are pleasant, and feet are clearly the weakness of these skins, but it’s a very common problem, due to the poor feet Linden Labs gave us!

You definitely need to take a look at these skins. They’re fairly priced, at 1200 for one, 3000 for the four facial options in one color.

These skins are the perfect complement in the range of Adam n Eve skins for men, nearby the great Damien, Jared and Darcy, perfect choice for those wanting a Thirty something look.

As usual, pick the demos you’re interested in and take your time to make your final choice!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Skin tones for “David” [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Adam n Eve skin - David Chin Beard Head Hair - Hyperion Studio-PHRIXUS Shape (modifiable)

Skin tones for “Nicholas” [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Adam n Eve skin - Nicholas Chin Beard Head Hair - Hyperion Studio-PHRIXUS Shape (modifiable)

More detailed pictures and full credits after the jump!
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Body Positive - Nouveau chez / New release at: “Minnu Model Skins”, Men Gen 3.

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Another release of men’s skins! The time when our choice of very good skins was limited to…one (a bit more than one year ago)… is definitely over! With this last release, Minnu Model Skins offers us an excellent and versatile skin. Gen 3 Men from Thora Charron shows the same athletic body as the previous versions. The muscles are VERY defined (way more than the new updated Envision I showed you a few days ago). The skins have some hair on the forearms and thighs for more realism and come in 3 chest hair versions (see below). Fragile guys who are afraid of waxing will be happy with this skin! :-D

Minnu Model Skin Gen 3 Men is available in 6 color tones. This is one of the widest palettes of natural tones you can find on the market. Each comes in 12 facial hair and makeup options (shown below as well).

What is new on these Gen 3 Men skins from Minnu Model Skin, compared to the previous model? The face, mainly. It can now fit a wide range of shapes, and the definition is truly improved. Brows were reworked, too. On the body, legs and feets are totally redone and improved.

Soon, you will be offered a goth skin tone version, a blond version, and some more face options.

You can have your favorite skin for 1700 Lindens (including bald and hair version), or a pack of 6 facial options (same tone, same chest hair option) for 9000 Lindens.

What I like: the choice of natural skin tones; the originality of some facial options; the choice between 3 chest hair versions.
What I wish: a true black skin; a little better definition of the feet; a more generous rebate on the multipack.

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• Shape: Aidan (200 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: MM Men Gen 3 Tan No Chest Hair (1700 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skins [Designer, Address & SLURL]

As usual, when it comes to showing you skins, I use designers’ shapes. You will see on the main composites and chest hair options composite a shape from Flesh Peddler by Vasean Talamasca. His shapes are good, come only in moddable version and have a very fair price: you can get one of them for 200 Lindens. Vasean is humble enough to consider his shapes not like achieved artwork, but as a basis to build our own. He is perfectly aware of what designers’ shapes should be: helpers to create faster and in an easier way a personalized shape. How far from the unbelievably pretentious words of some shape sellers who claim to make (at delusional prices) not only shapes but people, no less! :-D

You will find also (on color tones composites) a shape from Taco Taco Taco by Marissa Racecourse who offers cool moddable shapes at reasonable prices, and whose ads show shapes naked, simply dressed, and closeups of the face with different skins, a great idea and a true help for the customers. I wish I could see this more often in shops, instead of “stylishly” dressed models on pictures not showing how the shape really looks. Last but not least, Marissa offers a demo for her shapes (with oversized hands and feet). There is no better way to choose, looking at a shape at every angle with the skin of your choice!

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• Shape: Aidan (200 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: MM Men Gen 3 Light No Chest Hair (1700 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skins [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

More pictures after the jump! (Skin tones, facial hair options, makeup options)
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New Update for Envision skin (The Body Politik) + 50% off Sale!

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Introducing today the updated version of Envision Skin for men, by Maximillion Grant for The Body Politik! And at the same time, I’m pleased to announce that The Body Politik is having a huge 50% off sale on every skin (including the updated ones), shapes and skin-shape packs from saturday 29th until the 31st of december at noon SL time! This is a very interesting way to get the new Envision I’m presenting in depth today.

Faithful to slmen policy about comments, I will stay as factual as I can and let you take a look at the many pictures I did.

First, general pictures in two skin tones, then after the jump, you will see all the skin tones offered, then the 12 different facial hair options added to the clean shaven one, and at the end you will have a look at the brand new makeup versions, in three options. They are modeled with 3 different designer’s shapes, to show you their versatility. (so no, it’s not me on the pictures :-D )

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Caramel Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Note that the pricing scheme remains the same: you can have a skin in one skin tone and one facial option for 1750 Lindens, a pack of 4 diffrent facial hair option in the same skin tone, including the “clean shaven” one, for 3500 Lindens. 4 Packs are provided. You can choose the complete pack of all 13 facial hair options in one skin tone for 5000 Lindens. Each skin comes in two versions, hair and bald. In the following pictures, you will see the “hair version.” As a complement item, you will also get a color matching texture for your Xcite genitals if you have them.

So, what is new in this update?

Maximillion redid the eyebrows and the hair almost completely. The hair is now incredibly realistic, and can easily be worn without any prim hair.

The ears are retouched, and the result is worth it.

Most importantly, the upper eyelid is now lightened. That makes Envision now able to fit many more shapes. The main problem of the previous version IMHO was these dark eyelids which didn’t look good with many face shapes. This is now fixed!

There were little problems with light spots next to the eyes; these are fixed too. Last but not least, the skin suffered from dark patches, depending on lighting conditions, which have been fixed as well, so the skin looks more natural in more situations.

But wait, there’s more! Maximillion Grant went through the whole skin, top to bottom, and did a lot of work smoothing out any graininess while trying to keep all the details. As a result, the entire skin has much better definition.

A few words about the makeup options. They come for each skin tone in every facial hair option! Makeup 1 is an eyeliner, makeup 2 is the same eyeliner with some black eyeshadow, makeup 3 looks to me like the number two version, but tear-stained. Interesting options which stay masculine looking. I know that Maximillion has been working a lot on them!

Envision is now an achieved skin. It was already a good alternative, but its flaws and especially the lack of versatility according to facial shapes prevented it from being in the top category. Now it’s part of the top range and it’s good for the competition between skin creators!

What I like: the huge variety of facial hair options, and now the makeup options, which come in every facial hair and skin tone; the gentle face you get with that skin; the hair; the slim and toned appearance it gives, without overdeveloped abs or pecs.

What I wish: a blonde version. A real black skin tone and maybe a natural tone lighter than “titanium” (maybe with a blonde or reddish version? :-) )

Remember that the 50% sale will make these skins particularly more attractive until the 31st of december 2007 noon SL time!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Platinum Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

More pictures after the jump! (Skin tones, facial hair options, makeup options)
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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: “Tete a Pied”, Vivant Men’s skins.

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Introducing today the new men’s skins by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot for “Tete a Pied” (which means absolutely nothing in French, but whatever!).

These skins are a total breakthrough in the men’s skin market, as they are priced at only 500 Lindens, which is absolutely new for such quality work.
It’s a very hard point for the competitors and an excellent one for the customers!

“These skins fall very nicely between photoreal and hand drawn. Like our women’s line, they are a hybrid skin. We wanted them to compliment our women’s line but gave them a little extra contrast to add strength to the detail. Each skin comes with a version with and without scalp hair and they are available in 6 skin tones. We might consider red haired and blonde versions if we hear there is enough of a demand and as always, we are happy to do customs. In addition to a Clean Cut and Beat (goatee) option, we’ve created a Mature look, a few extra lines and wrinkles lend the skin a dignified older man look,” Roslin Petion said.

Maybe they will offer some more facial hair options later, and if you can’t wait for different facial hair color, IM Roslin Petion or CJ Carnot; for a small fee you could have a custom skin! For sure we weren’t used to that, guys! :-)

You will find in this long post a first composite with the details of the skin, then the 6 skin tones. After the jump, you will discover the three versions, mature, clean cut and “beat,” a full goatee, with and without designers’ prim hair. Then last but not least, you will see how “Vivant skin for men” looks on 6 different MODIFIABLE designers’ shapes (I can’t say it enough: never buy a no modify shape, you would regret it one day or another.)
I tried on around 60 of them, and I can say “Vivant” is pretty versatile and fits most of the skins on the market. Anyway, I chose 6 which offer different faces and a particularly good fitting.

What I love: the smooth details; the totally successful mix of “hand drawn” and “photosourced” design; the subtle colors offered, the possibility of custom personalization.

What I wish: a better definition of the feet; more facial hair option, color and cut! This skin deserves them!

Conclusion: go grab the demos now!

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TaP Vivant Bronze Mens

Darker Tones:[Click on the picture to enlarge]

TaP Vivant Chestnut Mens
TaP Vivant Bronze Mens
TaP Vivant Buff Mens

Paler Tones:[Click on the picture to enlarge]

TaP Vivant Cream Mens
TaP Vivant Almond Mens
TaP Vivant Blush Mens

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Skins:
TaP Vivant Mens Skins
CJ Carnot & Roslin Petion,
@ Tete a Pied Vivant Men’s Skins, Nouveau (203, 127, 22)

• 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)

More about Tap Vivant for Men after the jump!
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