Category: La Boheme News

La Boheme – Sneak preview of what is coming!

I did it.  I totally had fun doing it, too.   Behold..!  An array of false eyelashes for every mood.

The Cosmetic Fair will open on June 15th for another seasonal round, and the theme is red hot summer!  Well, ok, they aren’t red in the pictures, I get that, but La Boheme will be offering six different sets of false eye lashes for the Catwa mesh head system and they are 100% tintable.   Which means, if you want red eyelashes, well by golly you can have red eyelashes.   Each set will contain five upper lash variations and five lower lash variations, from thick lashes to snazzy lashes, full lashes, natural lashes and more lashes than you can shake a lash at.   We have standard styles, glittery glitz, feathers, laces and other fun styles, too.  Better yet?   Each set will be only $50 at the event, so scoop them up and make your summer..er.. red hot?

I will also have some Catwa lipsticks and new eyes being featured at the event!  More info and a taxi with landmark will be provided in a more proper post with all ad previews closer to event opening. ♥

Taking a moment to answer some common customer questions…!

Hi there. =)

Santana Lumiere (me!) has been a content creator in Second Life since early 2004 under the store name Nevermore.  As a designer, I get a wide range of comments from customers, both appreciative and complaints.  This is common place and all of it taken  into consideration for future products.   I would like to take a moment to field some comments I have amassed over the years and hope this helps those who are new to perusing La Boheme products.   This article will later appear as a permanent page for future access.

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You Rock – A Thank You For My Customers

I just wanted to say that I love making my customers happy, and those moments of interaction with a happy outcome, sometimes a note left me, all mean so much to me!

It’s not always about wanting my shop to be a success or making money (I would be in the wrong line of work if these were not factors..!). It’s when I come away with a smile because someone was incredibly kind or sweet or I was able to make someone else smile.  Those moments, they make it all worthwhile.  ♥

You all rock, there’s no other way for me to say it.  Much love and thank you.

Minor Blurb on Skin Tones & Nails

Just a quicky heads up, I have refined the skin tones I use for my french manicure styles. I felt kind of bad that there’s limited shades to my 10-color palette which previously excluded those of African-derived complexion or those of nationalities which are rich and dark in skin tone.   The usual shades to my skin tone set have been revamped and reduced to permit two tones catered to those of darker persuasion than previously featured.   No, I cannot cover every spectrum of skin tones various makers provide for their skins, sorry, but I will do what I can.

This will not affect nail polishes previously created, only future ones from this day forward.   I do have some nail sets which will be released this Thursday, and those are the old color palette’s top row only.

I will be releasing several varieties of french manicures in March which reflect these changes, ranging from unpolished, to gloss and then with a few standard tip shapes.  These will include both hands & feet applier huds for all systems which I create for: Slink, Maitreya and then Omega capable.

La Boheme – Back with Fifty5 Thursdays!

While I am not going to be a regular weekly participant again due to relaxing my time on SL designing, I will be in their sales more often than the last five months.

What is Fifty5 Thurdays?   It’s a huuuge sales list of participating designers, and every Thursday a new sale begins where specific advertised items are marked down to $55.  There is no group to join, no group tag to wear, it is for everyone to enjoy.  While it does say Thursday, I like to leave the items out til the end of the weekend because some people have no concept of time! ♥ You can join their  weekly mailing list for the sale ads, there will be a kiosk right next to the display when these are set out on Thursday, or simply visit their website for all product previews every Thursday.

This week from La Boheme are some very brand new nails.. So new, I have not even got them in the vendors yet!  Again, each double set is only $55 for Thursday through to the end of subsequent weekend.

La Boheme Goes Bento

Hey folks!

I have a lot of great things to be released in March – From 14 sets of fantasy eyes all in homage to the 14 tribes of Garou from the World of Darkness RPG (I love that RPG!) ranging from heavy on the wolf to more human and everywhere in between, to loads of Catwa Gwen head eyeshadows and eyeliners (9 sets!).  These will be featured at both the 2017 Skin Fair and We ♥ RP.

However, in light of the recent Bento head craze (of which all of La Boheme’s Catwa applier cosmetics are compatible with Catwa Bento heads), I am going to be designing some cosmetics specifically for the Kimberly Catwa Bento Head.  I chose that one of the three presently available because its dynamics work best for me.   Again, because of the Catwa applier system, these will be universal with all their heads, I just can’t guarantee the textures will wear the same. I have noticed that what looks good on the Gwen head looks just as good on Kimberly.  It is really dependent on your shape and brow settings how anything wears, the Bento heads are just so sensitive to settings.

Santana playing on the Catwa Kimberly Bento mesh head.   Still busy configuring my shape (such a struggle) as to how I want it, but proof the La Boheme appliers work well with these new heads!  I was also looking into their rigged mesh eye system which looked ingenious.  However, to my dismay, noticed the right eye (or left if looking at the picture above, as it would be mirrored) is off center and creating a slight Steve Buscemi lazy eye effect.   I can’t seem to position it better since it is rigged, and that means all eyes will come out this way, unfortunately.  I will research this further, as I was considering making appliers from my mesh eye sets for this particular product if it were possible.  (Apparently those were freebie eyes and independent of Catwa’s mesh eye system)

**UPDATE**  All systems go, yo.   I’ve investigated the eyes and we will be working on adding Catwa appliers to all our yet-to-be-released eyes, and back dating a few other sets which I favor.   This will not be available for all of our mesh eye sets previously released, but everything from here on out, should it go smoothly, will have a Catwa applier for their eyes included in the sets. ♥  Thank Talus, who is the super amazing hand of assembly for many of La Boheme’s products, as well as Master of our Marketplace store! Yes, that is an official title. =P He’s rolling up his sleeves and rearing to go on the huds.

I also heard that the LeLutka Simone v2.0 Bento head has come with new layers which fix the longstanding issue of the eyelashes, when blended to look natural, causing a massive alpha overlay of their eye/lid area.  I hadn’t been able to make cosmetics for that system for a long, long time due to this.   I am excited to be able to work on that some later on, hopefully!  So LeLutka Bento head wearers, I will get something out for you soon (pending my inspection of the head to see that the issue has been remedied first). ♥  Please understand that LeLutka is using different scripts for their Bento heads vs all their other heads being compatible script-wise, therefore existing LeLutka appliers created by La Boheme do not work with their Bento head!   I will need to make new stuffs (and transpose the old stuff over if it works well with the Simone head still).

La Boheme Gift for February

This month La Boheme is giving away a double manicure for the Fabulously Free in SL Group.   You need to have the tag active once you locate the sign below at my in-world shop to tap it and get the gifty.   The group is free to join (and leave, if you like) and a joiner will be available next to the sign.

Enjoy your February, and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! ♥

La Boheme – An Important Notice About Releases In The Future

Hey folks! Happy New Year. =)

This is just a heads up about some changes in how I handle my shop in SL. Usually I release scads of items regularly, most of these are unveiled at any number of events and hunts which I entertain each month. All my items come in 10 per set, and releasing 20+ sets per month is fairly normal for me. That is a lot of work. I don’t believe people understand the amount of work which goes into creating these things. I tend to work 10-16 hour days nearly every day, just creating textures, wrestling with pixels so there are no texture pulls (which is a monstrous feat each time), and I become this antisocial entity whose soul drive is to create.

A lot of things are changing in my offline world, such as my SL partner Talus who helps run the shop with me will be moving in with me IRL. A real job to come, real obligations which my time investment into SL content creation is not conducive to. My offline life is no longer just about me and only me. I simply do not have the time to commit myself to mass releases every month anymore. Also, at the rate I have been going for the last two years or more, I am beginning to burn out from the workload.

Therefore, with all that said, I am going to be slowing down on bulk releases and events I join (We ♥ RP will continue to be a main event for La Boheme, but perhaps every other month instead of every month). The store is teeming with polishes, mesh eyes and cosmetics, a wealth for anyone and everyone to enjoy. I will continue to make things, but investing 16 hour work days is not going to be possible anymore. I need time to spend with my loved ones and work, and write and enjoy life outside of pixels. =) Also, to learn mesh, because Talus and I have a mountain of inspiration to work from and want to make mesh stuffs together.

So, the upside is that new content will come, just at a slower pace. Our prices will remain low and fair as I am an advocate of not overpricing. Also, hopefully, the store will expand if I get mesh under my belt once and for all instead of simply dabbling. This also means, if you drop a notecard on me for customer assistance, I may not get to it for a day or three depending on how often I log in – However, I will get to it ASAP, promise. ♥

Thank you for being such loyal customers and I hope that you continue to enjoy the content from La Boheme. Most of all, thank you for understanding that life beyond SL should always come first.

xox
Santana

PS
I am still on vacation at the moment, which means I am not logging into SL because I am on vacation. I will pop in when I can to attend to any possible customer notecards left for me, but accessing SL daily is not happening at present. Thank you for understanding my MIA. After the fifteenth I will return to SL.

PPS
Twice in December I got hit by two different customers submitting long lists of their previous purchases to me, requesting I resend every item they have ever purchased to them.  No.   I will not do this for anyone again.   If your inventory is too congested to find your purchased items, then perhaps you should consider cleaning your inventory.  I am a content creator and a merchant, and my time to dedicate to SL is now under constraints.  It is not my job to sift through my store inventory to give you all your items over a second time.

If it is a purchase within the last 30 days which you are having problems with, submit a notecard to Santana Lumiere, including transaction information with item names and dates.   Not gyazo or SL snapshots, not ims which get lost in the magnitude of messages and notices I receive all day long every day – my messages cap every day.  On the front of my SL profile it says contact by notecard + transaction info, please adhere to that! ♥  I will get to them, it just might not be the same day the note was dropped on me.  Patience. Excessive hounding of me or rudeness will be met with zero customer support.  I’m a person, not a corporation. Thanks!

La Boheme – Merry Christmas + Giveaway Drawing

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Merry Christmas, everyone! =)  I hope your holidays have been full of love and warmth.

Well, today is the day of the La Boheme nail giveaway – one winner will receive 523  nail applier sets from our shop as a giant Christmas gift! ♥   So, here we go…  I shake my magic number generator and….

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Thank goodness transaction history lets you sort your pages by batches of 50, makes counting so much easier. 😉  And the winner issssss…. Alesha Hax!  Congratulations, Alesha.  I will be contacting you with your gift shortly.

Thank you to all the people who have made this drawing possible by scooping up our 2016 holiday nails.   This concludes our giant giveaway!

For all others-  remember the entire store (both in-world and on the SL marketplace) is 60% off – nothing is more expensive than $35!  Lots of freebie gifts to loot at our in-world location, as well, so be sure to stop by before the end of the month when the little winter fairies will be setting all the prices back to normal. Happy holidays! ♥