That pesky hair bases that won’t match

Hi Everyone!

I have not blogged in so many months. It is really nice to enjoy SL and not having any deadlines. All the new mesh heads, all the awesome new appliers! I can just play around with it all – in my own time. But I do have one issue that has been working on my nerves! I can’t seem to match hair bases or eye brows for that matter. And I keep changing my hair, so it’s an endless struggle.

Then I remembered that years and years ago before mesh…. actually wayyyyyy before mesh, N-core made amazing shoes (they still do) but we had to match the shoe feet skin to our skin ourselves. That was even before appliers. We saw so many stunning avis with pale skin and dark, dark feet LOL! Anyway then someone told me how to match my feet perfectly and I thought I might give it a try with my hair bases. So I went to look if Firestorm still had the same settings after all the updates. If you use firestorm and a Catwa head and are interested below is how you do it.

1. I suggest you set your windlight setting to Midday (Ctr + Shift + Y) or my personal preference – Nam’s Optimal Skin and prim windlight.

2. For optimal tinting I also suggest you deactivate your Nearby/Local lights and projectors setup. This is easily done by going to Preferences (Ctr + P) , then click on your “Graphics” tab, un-tick “local lights”, “Basic shaders” and “Atmospheric shaders”.

2. Ensure that your Advanced tab (Ctr + Alt + D) and  Developer tab (Ctr + Alt + Q) are activated.

The next bit is for Firestorm, but if you are on a different viewer, just look around in the Develop tab, there should be similar options.

3. Click on the Develop Tab, and choose “Show Info” from the menu, then click “Show color under cursor”.

You will notice that you have numbers at the bottom right of your screen. Hover over anything with your mouse, and the colors RGB numbers will show. Hover over the color you want to copy and make a note of the RGB numbers at the bottom right.

4. Open your Catwa main hud.

5. Go to the Alpha, Lashes, Tint, Neck-size tab, click on the little mouse as the picture below. You will get a pop-up, add the numbers, separated with commas, then click submit.

6. Then click on the hair base or lash icon and then on the color under the color range. Your hair base or eyebrows will change to the color your picked. You can also save the color. It is always good to start with a white base. Also you may have to play around with the blend modes a bit.


Below a picture of how it looks after I changed my hair base. It is a raw screenshot. I have not done any editing to it. If you have any trouble, just let me know, but please keep in mind, I’m not inworld often and I’m not checking WordPress that often anymore either. Sorry! that is why I have not blogged in ages!


Apologies for the long post but I hope this helps!

Have a good one.

Lola  xx

N-core new release!


Skin: -Belleza- Nina Makeup 0
Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Elsa Hair [5]
Eyes: {S0NG} :: Ghost // Black Eye
Feet: N-core XTREME Feet (Rigged Mesh)

Top: [Foxes]  Sweatshirt – black – Uber
Pants: *Les Petits Details* – *Pine* Shorts White (Mesh)
Shoes: N-core PUMPS (Add-on for N-core Xtreme Feet)

Facial Piercings: :HV: Alice [Metal]*Mesh*- modified
Hand Piercings: !TLB – Slink Hand Piercing/Casual
Glasses: Izzie’s – Oversized Sunglasses (mesh)
Handbag: =Zenith=Milk Mini Bucket Bag

!bang – kick boxes



Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
~H. Jackson Brown Jr.


This cute bodysuit, is a gift if you join the group at .:.CoCoChes.:. It includes Lola appliers, Brazilla appliers and the Phat Azz appliers.


Skin:  Glam Affair – Vera – America 07
Hair:  CaTwA – Elsa 

Bodysuit: .:.CoCoChes.:. BadGirl Gift Monokini
Tights and Arms: -Chary – Fades

Ankle and bracelets: ..::DeliciouS::.. – Fyfy D
Collar: RedMint – Posture Collar No.02
Face Piercings: Cute Poison – Agelast Piercing
Chest Piercings: .Pekka. Crushie Piercing, Rade Piercing and <-Puncure-> Dermal Spike Implants Horns

It’s about the width, not the length.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life
and find that I lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.
~Diane Ackerman

The past months, I have been catching myself complaining that I just don’t have enough hours in my day. That if I had more free time I would not be Jack of all Trades, Master of None, but actually be a master of something! Then I also realized that when I do have free time, I don’t use it productively, hence not mastering anything anyway. So maybe I must just change my attitude and not look at what still needs to be done as a negative, but as an opportunity to enjoy the ride.

So to this end, I have enrolled in another course to improve my Photoshop skills,  bought more English books to read and lean the language.  I planned three weekends away for the year. Invited more people to my friends lists, RL and SL. Applied for another job and re-looked at my exercise regime. Yoga here I come.. soon I’ll be able to reach my ears with my toes (not sure if I’ll break something) and I’m planning on being a very happy busy bee.. who cares about being a master! I’m going to live my life in the width and have fun along the way.

Who’s wine glass needs a top-up?

It's about the width, not the length


Skin:  Glam Affair – Vera – America 07
Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Elsa Hair [5]

Dress/Bolero: *+S.F.+* Sweet “first date” Dress – Rose White –  The Hipster Fair
Stockings:  *REIGN.– Cozies- Mid Feet- White

Tattoo: +Half-Deer+ Faun Face Makeup (tintable) and B*FLY – Love Tattoo
Bracelet and Earrings:  MG – Bracelets and Earrings – Ritzy Shimmer Pearls

Mien. – {Halt} 5

[M] / [LDP] / ISON

[M] / [LDP] / ISON

Skin:  [the Skinnery] Sasha
Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Julia Hair 

[M] / [LDP] / ISON

Top: [LDP] L’Douce Push Show off Body Suit – Soho Market
Skirt: ~[Motivaction] My Belted Skirt – She & Him Event
Shoes: ISON – two tone wedge (gray) – Shoetopia 

Necklace: (Yummy) Ball Chain Necklace – Ankh and MG – Necklace – London Time
Tattoo: PMS – Skull Sleeve Tattoo
Bracelet: [EY:NO] Mess Bangles (silver)
Ring: O.M.E.N – Ring of Passion – Black

Arsenal // Hearts Shoulder Bag (Rare) Gatcha – Posetastic Event

Primbay alternative to Marketplace!?!

Have you even heard of Primbay? Primbay is almost the same as Marketplace and it’s operated by owners of CasperTech. I had a quick look through it and did a search and I found my item much easier.

For designers to be able to use it, they need to use a CasperTech vendor system and if they do, it automatically list in Primbay and as far as I understand, with no additional cost to the designer. As a consumer, you also need to have a CasperTech account, and it can be done at any CasperTech vendor. You will also need to deposit L$  into this account, to be able to make a purchase. Will it be too much effort? I don’t know, but I will check it out. Currently since it is not well known, its a breeze to find things, its easy to operate and quick to navigate. My understanding is that it is still in it’s early stages and a lot of improvements are in the pipeline. I think its worth keeping an eye on, more and more designers may start to use it.

Also I would like to show you these shoes from N-Core, exclusive for Shoetopia, which opens in 2 days!


Free Hunts Gifts and so much more

There is so much going on at the moment, but if you are in the mood for something free or 10L, do the Atooly Fall Hunt. It is a small sim hunt and really easy, just look out for the fall leaf. I’m wearing the two rings, and four bracelets hunt gift from Atooly, and as a bonus you get the cute robot as well. Also when I was there, I saw that Praxis will be opening on the sim soon!

My outfit is from IAF and this is available at the Soho Market which is opening soon. Go get the last summer stuff before the cold move in.

Another round of She & Him also started and the make-up I’m wearing is available from Pink Acid. I just keep wearing it now, really one of my favorites. Do go and have a nosey at this event, some of our favorite designers are participating and has exclusive items.


Skin: [theSkinnery] Sasha – honey
Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Gaia Hair [1] 

Top: IAF Sheer Beaded Fringe Top (Black)  – Soho Market
Skirt: IAF Denim Mini Skirt (Black) – Soho Market

Bracelets, rings and Robot: [Atooly] Bead Fall Set – Atooly Fall Hunt 
Make-up: Pink Acid Exotic Ethnic Lips 2 Pack – Orange  –  She & Him Event
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Necklace – Baroque Peacock Flower – Limited Bazaar

[Atooly] – Female Pose Pack

Mesh more laggy?

I could never understand why I was getting extremely laggy in mesh houses, to the point where I was unable to move. Same for when I went shopping and the store was mesh. This makes my Second Life experience not very exciting and to be honest very frustrating. I have so many stunning mesh homes, that I’m unable to use, but also so many which I really don’t have a problem with, so what is the difference? The answer: Polygon.  A mesh object (clothing/houses/furniture) may only be for example 4 prims but might have a massive polygon count, which brings your viewer to a grinding halt (2-5 FPS).

So how do you know? There are two ways. but I know that Firestorm does not support the first one, or I might just not know how yet :

1. Open the build tool, then select the item. The build tool will show the triangle count. According to some a reasonable triangle count should be Footwear: less than 15.000. Pants/Shirts/Jackets: less than 25.000, if they have buttons, pockets etc. Skirts: less than 7.500

2. But who has time for that, you can also go into wireframe view and if a item looks more like a mosquito than chicken wire – it will have a high triangle count.

So if you know your PC cannot handle a high Polygon count, then buy the demo first, check in wireframe if its dense or not and then decide if you want to buy it.

Hope this was helpful.

She & Him Event

This top is from .Mes Sucreries. for the new round of She & Him Event starting on the 5th September as well as the lips from Pink Acid.

Skin: [theSkinnery] Sasha – honey
Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Gaia Hair [1] 

Top: .Mes Sucreries. Breast Longtop  – She & Him Event
Pants: erratic / briony – shorts / red

Bracelets: Izzie’s – Angular Bangles (15 colors) – She & Him Event
Make-up: Pink Acid Exotic Ethnic Lips 2 Pack – Burnt Cherry