Marina is Also Short and Sassy

And That’s My Favorite Kind

Not only because I’m also short and sassy, but because I look best in shorter styles. Besides, as a busy journalist on the go, I don’t have a lot of time to waste  spend on caring for long hair.

What? You think it’s easy writing these posts? Between modeling each new style, taking pictures, editing them, and then writing each entry, I spend close to an hour every time. And I do it all out of my sense of public duty.

Well, that, and the fact that I love getting new hair every week!

Marina Hair, Variety Colors

See? Marina. Short and sassy. With its low display weight and affordable price, It’s right for just about any budget.

$L250 gets you the full set of 16 colors, or you can grab it in Blueberry completely free in front of the voting board.

An as always, if you wear your A&A group tag and buy the complete set from the New Releases Action Wall, 50% of your purchase price will be refunded upon purchase. So for this week only, that’s 16 colors for $L150! That should give you enough combinations to mix & match with any outfits you might ever wear.

 

 

Marina, this week’s latest special at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. Check it out!

How Do They Do It? Iris Made Me Wonder

I don’t know how many items they have in stock, but when I search Alli&Ali on the SL Marketplace and display 96 images per page in the results, it takes 96 pages to list them all! That’s almost 10,000 items, and there are more every week.

Now I don’t know about you, but I think that the fact they have that many items and each item has a unique name, is definitely worthy of respect!

And yesterday’s release is also worthy of respect.

Iris Hair, All Colors

Iris is a modified page-boy bob, just slightly longer. The complete set of 16 colors is now available for just $L250. But if you purchase it from the Action Wall while wearing your A&S group tag, half of that will be refunded to you immediately upon purchase.

Still not convinced? The style in Amethyst is a free gift at the Front Desk, and
Sand Blonde can be had for $L50 at the Special Offers Wall.

And here I am modeling Iris in my usual favorite shade:

 

 

My usual complaint about A&A applies to IRIS as well: every time there’s a new style at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore, it immediately becomes my new favorite! And this is especially true of the shorter styles like this one.

Iris. When you’re in the mood for short and sassy, you won’t go wrong with this one!

 

Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa!

Okay, I’m guilty. I confess. I review a lot of hairstyles from Alli & Ali. I get them—for free—from the Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. But that’s not why I review them. Well, at least it’s not the only reason.

I’ve been using their products for almost as long as I’ve been in Second Life. I find their selection to be wonderful, their prices reasonable (especially when you factor in their new products discounts), and I love the low display weights.

I do have an Alt, and for her, I buy—at current prices—A&A products. I really like them that much.

Anyway, you deserved to know my connection to my vendors.

That being said, my next posts will review April 19th’s releases.

Until then,

If All You Want is a Head…

Omega Systems Appliers

If All You Want is a Head

You don’t need to buy a body. The Mayreal bento head kit comes with a body. I use a Maitreya Lara mesh body simply because it’s a more realistic look.

All Mayreal heads come with a perfectly serviceable body, as well as a decent selection of skins that have been designed to match the head.

If you’re like me and would like a broader range of skins and makeup to be available, then it’s definitely worth buying an Omega Solutions applier kit for the Mayreal head. And you’ll also want to grab the Omega generic router.

But there’s a secret: the applier kits cost $L149 on the SL Marketplace, but only cost $L99 in-world at the Omega Solutions store. Oddly enough, the generic router sells for $L1 in-world but is free in the Marketplace. Either, you’ll need them both.

Do you use another brand of Bento head? No worries—Omega is sure to have the kit you need.

Which Comes First?

The body or the head? I’ve discussed this with several people in SL and they all agree: if you can afford only one, go with the head first. This will give you time to save up your Lindens ($L) until you can afford the mesh body of your choice.

I chose the Mayreal head because of the low cost; a Catwa head, in comparison, will cost 4 figures in $L.

Still Not Sure?

Mayreal heads, like most other mesh products, can be difficult to fine-tune to get the exact look you want. If you’re interested in the Omega system, you can check it out before you buy anything on their web site.

DISCLAIMER: I receive no consideration for this review from either Mayreal or Omega Systems. I am reviewing the products merely because I use them and have found them to be decent products.

I’m Done For Now

No, not the blog! I mean my appearance. After some more explorations and figuring out more customizations, I’m finally happy with my new look…

…at least for now, anyway.

I achieved the look I like with the addition of Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore’s Anastasia hair, the Omega Applier System, Omega’s free router, and the .:Glamorize:. B*Jeweled Makeup Set OMEGA Appliers.

Total cost for the makeup: $L175. But hey! It’s just the price we women pay for beauty.

The Omega System

Just as a computer operating system such as Microsoft Windows allows programs to be run on a wide variety of makes and models of computers, Omega System Appliers allow various items (most notably, skins and makeup) to be used on mesh bodies—even on bodies they weren’t originally designed for.

This means, for example, that I can purchase a set of makeups that were originally designed to work with, say, Catwa heads, and use them on my own Mayreal head. This opens up a huge world of options that were previously unavailable to me.

It also means I can change my appearance without having to use the Mayreal makeup HUD, the operation of which is Greek to me. I’ve always been in favor of things that make life easier, and the Omega system is no exception.

Omega is, of course, available on the SL Marketplace, but they also have an in-world store which features much more than is available on the MP.

So if you’re unhappy with the current makeup and clothing available to you and would like to expand your horizons, you owe it to yourself to check out Omega Solutions.

NOTE: This is a completely unsolicited review of a product I like. I get nothing in return for posting this review.

 

Now Available! Anastasia in the Mainstore!

I’ve blogged this style before, but now it’s available in the Alli & Ali Mainstore. It was originally available only at a special event, but now it’s the style of the week. It includes the 16 colors shown above, and you can get it for $L250.

 

 

But as is now the common practice when a new style is released, you will get a 50% refund of your purchase price if you buy it from the Action wall (which is located to your left as you face the main desk).

In addition, while you’re at the front desk, you can also pick up a copy in Black Pink for free!

Just want a single color? Then go over to the Special Offers wall and grab this style in Coffee for only $L50.

One of the things I like about Anastasia is that besides being able to pick the color you want, you can also pick the color and texture of the hair tie that runs through it. Or you can decide not to show it at all.

In short, Anastasia is the style that makes me feel like a Greek goddess whenever I wear it.

Anastasia, only from Alli & Ali Designs Mainstore.

My New Mayreal® Bento Head

WARNING:

Before we get started, let me remind you that any time you’re going to make modifications to your avatar, you should first make a backup copy in case because you will mess up. As your mother used to say, “You’ll thank me for this later.” Oh, and while my experience is limited to the Maitreya® Lara mesh body and the Mayreal® Nadia bento head, the principles should apply to other brands and models.

I spent the better part of an hour playing around with my new Mayreal head. I made lots of mistakes and had to restore from my backup several times. The instructions are pretty clear and thorough, but I’m not good at learning by reading; I have to be shown how to do things. Failing that, I blunder around learning by trial and error.

Here’s what I started with:

Original head from classic avatar

After fiddling around with it for about an hour, this is what I got:

Intermediate modifications

I didn’t like the looks of the lips: they look as if they had just had collagen pumped into them. On the plus side, though, it’s a softer, more realistic look, and that’s what I was going for.

After another 30 minutes of fiddling around with details and I was happy. In the end, it took a combination of the controls that came with the head, plus playing around with the sliders available when you use the SL controls to edit your appearance.

This is how I look now:

My current appearance

It’s a softer, more realistic appearance. Oh, I still need to do some more fine-tuning, but you get the idea. Every facial detail is individually crafted, from the skin tone to the blusher on my cheeks to my mascara and eyelash length.

I’ve added freckles and thinned the lips. I wanted to add a beauty mark, but it wasn’t compatible with the freckles: it’s either one or the other.

One last thing I need to do is match the head skin color to the body skin color, and then I’ll be all set.

Summing Up

If you’re looking for the most realistic-looking avatar, check out the possibilities of combining a decent mesh body with a quality bento head.