How To Look Like A Million Bucks On A Budget

Note: While the images are from 2017 products, the content has been reviewed and is up to date as of July 2020.

Second Life and some of its many avatars may be free, however a large portion of us invest money into the game. Avatar customization can turn into a very expensive hobby if you have the desire and the funds. That said, you don’t have to be rich to look awesome. If you want to spend some money on your avatar but need to stick to a budget you can still look great.

What To Spend On

The important thing to remember is that your avatar is yours and what’s important to others may not be important to you. Maybe you don’t care about cool clothing but you want a high quality mesh body. Perhaps you love the system body and want to invest in quality clothing and hair. It’s entirely up to you. Here are some things worth investing in when funds are limited.

The Basics: Body, Skin, Hair, Etc.

A high quality base is a great starting point. If you have some of the more popular mesh body parts you can find low cost and even free clothing, appliers, and accessories quite easily. What you should purchase is entirely up to your preferences and budget. This section lists some of the most popular brands alongside which genders they support so you have a place to start. This is by no means a complete list, it just includes the most popular brands to consider.

Mesh Body Parts

If you’ll only be purchasing high quality body parts (and looking for deals on skins and appliers) I recommend sticking with the more common mesh body options. Their popularity makes it very easy to find low cost and free products to use with them. I highly encourage you to demo all your parts together before purchasing to ensure they give you the look you want. 

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(How) Hair Changes A Person

Have you ever looked in the mirror after a new haircut and felt like a new person? A new ‘do can really change the vibe you give off to others! This is true for our avatars, too.

A change of color can be the breath of fresh air your avatar needs, or perhaps you want an entirely different style altogether. You may be surprised at just how much a new hairstyle can change your overall appearance. Take the images below, for example. The hair are the only differences between each image. The red and black cuts are actually the same hair with different styles selected. Notice how each look could be their own different character. Every hair in this post was created by TRUTH.

 

Truth hairs shown (from top left): Kitten, Horizon, Euphoria, Labyrinth, Kitten, Poetry

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Chillin’ On The Porch In Denim (ft Serendipity)

Serendipity has made a cute denim shorts set for Fashion Dazzle!

The Maisie Outfit

I think my favorite part of this little set is how the denim gives the colored fabric that extra pop. Second on the list is something my regular readers know I love: the mix & match potential. The set is cute enough alone, but it’s also very easy to layer it with other clothing, jewelry, or even tattoos. It makes this outfit even more versatile than it appears at first glance.

In fact even on its own the set has different style options. It comes with a HUD that allows you to choose between six looks. The selection will change the fabric as well as the little flower accents on the front hips. The HUD also includes easy access to the store’s Landmark, Marketplace, and more information.

 

The Maisie Outfit is exclusive to Fashion Dazzle and can be purchased for L$99. You can also purchase Serendipity’s Kathryn Pencil Dress for L$129 as well as the Felicity Dress & Olivia Corset for L$149 each.

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To The Ball Or The Beach? (Ft. Glint)

Glint is back for this month’s Fashion Dazzle!

To The Ball

If it’s fancy you’re looking for the Chelsea set is perfect. Chelsea comes with earrings, a necklace, and a HUD to ensure the jewelry is perfect for mix and matching any outfit. You can choose between four different metals, eight different spherical gemstones, and seven different center gemstones.

The spherical stones will change all of them in the set, however the metals are controlled by necklace or earrings. If you wish to have different color combinations of spherical stones just equip the jewelry you want to change, ensure the other piece isn’t worn, and use the HUD to select the color. The HUD also allows you to resize your jewelry, grab a landmark to the store, get a link to the Marketplace location, and snag an informational notecard.

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The Lovely Ladybug (& More!)

One of Fashion Dazzle’s many participants this month is TRS Designs. The in world location has a little bit of everything for the ladies. Whether you’re looking for clothes, hair, or cute accessories you can find it there. The main store also hosts gacha, group gifts, and midnight mania. The Marketplace location has nearly 3,000 products for sale. The clothing comes in all styles from elegant to casual, gothic to preppy, and everything in between.

 


Aphrodite Dress (Ladybug)

This adorable dress is exclusive to Fashion Dazzle. This is probably the cutest dress I have in my entire inventory right now. The little antennae on the front really give it that playful look while still being elegant. You can change the look with layering as seen in the official advertisement below. Mix and matching leggings, jackets, and tight tops really change the feel of the dress. I love it so much! You can pick up the Aphrodite Dress in Ladybug at Fashion Dazzle for only L$100.
Note: Originally the post erroneously stated the dress was L$250. This has been fixed to show the correct price at $L100. Sorry for the confusion!

 

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Yes, You SHOULD Be Using Demos!

Note: While the images are from 2017 products, the content has been reviewed and is up to date as of July 2020.

If you’re a regular to the blog you know I’m a firm proponent of demoing products before purchase. I’ve had people ask if and why demos in Second Life are really important. People have also told me that they don’t want to spend the extra time demoing a product they already know they’ll like. Demos are very important, even if you’re absolutely in love with the item! Today I’ll cover what to look for when demoing so you can learn why you should never skip the demo step if it’s available.

What’s A Demo?

Demos are inexpensive (usually free or 1 linden dollar) versions of products made for you to test out before making a final purchase. Think of demos as trying on new clothes or shoes before you buy them. You wouldn’t want to make a big purchase just to find that the jacket doesn’t fit and can’t be returned, would you? In addition to being inexpensive, demos also tend to have something missing or added so you don’t use it instead of the final product. This may be weird/missing textures, extra shapes, or even a timed product that can’t be used after a period of time passes. You wouldn’t want to wear a demo out to the party you’re heading to later. The entire point of the demo is to ensure the product is what you need before making the purchase.

A female Second Life avatar wearing a lot of Demos.

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Fantasy Avatar: The Demoness

Not all Second Life avatars have to be human. In fact, non human avatars are a common sight in Second Life. Today I’ll be showing you a beautiful demoness. The best part about making many fantasy humanoids is that they can build off the human base you may already be using!
Shoutout to hhhnnnnnggggggg for inspiring this post! The redditor commented on a post about Second Life Avatar Questions and mentioned he or she had purchased a set of bento demon wings. That in addition to a short conversation about fantasy avatars gave me the little push to start showing off some non human characters.

Get the Demoness Look

Since most players likely have the basics they enjoy using (such as a body, feet, hands, head) I haven’t included those in this section. I used mostly products that I already had, however a few new purchases were made. If you’d like to copy the style completely you can find full credits at the bottom of the post. Feel free to click any image for a larger version to check out the detail.

Wings and Tail- EVolved creatures

A second life demoness shows off her wings and tail by evolved creations

EVolved creatures creates bento fantasy enhancements for avatars. At the time of this posting the current selection is small, but each item is versatile, great quality, and beautiful. They currently offer the following products:

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Shapes and Skins: Making You Unique

Note: While the images used are of products from 2017 when the post was originally written, the content has been reviewed to ensure it is relevant for 2020.

Shapes and Skins are a core part of your Second Life avatar. They determine your proportions and how your body looks to you and others. The skin compliments the shape and vice versa. Nowadays many skins come with shapes, but not all of them do! You can also buy shapes on their own. Keep reading to learn just how your shape and skin choices can make you look unique.

Shape Basics

Your shape controls the base shape of your avatar. When using a system avatar every single slider will alter a different part of your head, body, hands, or feet. With mesh avatars these can be altered as well, however some sliders may or may not have much of an impact on what you see. You can purchase shapes, create your own, or edit some that you’ve already obtained (as long as they have modify permissions).

I think of the shape as the foundation of my avatar. Every skin, every piece of clothing, and every accessory is used in conjunction with the shape. As shapes vary greatly it’s not uncommon for some clothing and accessories to require a little alteration to fit perfectly on a custom shape.

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