The Holidays Are Here! And That Means Relay For Life

This year we’re celebrating the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo, and as always, all proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society for use in the fight against childhood cancer.

Alli&Ali is right there with their special offer, Shiki.

A&A Shiki Hair All Colors-pic
Shiki: All Colors Display

It’s an elegant new style, admirably suited for wearing to any one of a number for RFL (Relay For Life) events going on now in SL.

But there’s a catch: it’s only available at the Expo, from December 5th through the 15th. And there are no discounts since 100% of the sales are being donated to RLF.

To find it, go to the 9th Annual SL Christmas Expo’s home page. Once there, click on SHOP THE EXPO and then Shopping Directory:

Shiki Menu
Where to go

That will bring up links to all the vendors in the Expo. Scroll down until you see Alli&Ali Designs, then click on the link to the right of it. This will take you to the shop, where you can buy Shiki, either in the full set of 256 colors for L$1200, or individual sets of 32 for L$250.

Shiki Front
Shiki, front view
Shiki Left
Shiki, left side view
Shiki 3
Shiki, right side view

Even if you’re not interested in Shiki, go to the store anyway: there are several other styles and items available and, like Shiki, all proceeds from your purchases go to the RFL and subsequently to the American Cancer Society.

And my personal wish is for you, dear reader, to have a safe and happy holiday season, regardless of your belief system. And if you don’t celebrate the holidays, have a safe and happy season ayway!

My New Tattoo!

My newest tattoo comes courtesy of Suicidal Thots and Cinnamon Cocaine, my newest vendor. They don’t have an in-world store yet, but you can find them on the SL Marketplace. Specifically, for this tattoo, right here.

I simply adore the Rose Goddess tattoo. It’s a beautiful design and quite colorful. It comes in four different designs, all variations on a theme.

There are HUDs for Maitreya, Slink, and Bellezza, as well as Omega. Each HUD offers you 4 different designs as well as 3 different layers to wear them on. Best of all, they also allow you to remove them, as well.

Did I mention there are also designs for your upper thighs as well? Sorry, but this girl’s a bit too shy to model them here!

A nice backless outfit sets the design off quite nicely:

It’s a bargain at only $L199! Get yours today!

Just in Time for Pride! A New Vendor

Auras and Stickers and Tattoos, Oh My!

If you’ll look at the column on the right side of the screen you’ll see that I’ve added a new vendor. Suicidal Thots and Cinnamon Cocaine specialize in tattoos, face stickers, and auras.

“And just what,” you may well ask, “Is an aura?”

You ever notice how some avis in SL have things like hearts or flowers following them wherever they go? Or maybe a wreath of flowers circling their heads? Well, those are auras, my friend.

And the first product I’m going to tell you about is their Pride Aura package.

This package contains a ton of goodies to help you celebrate Pride Month in style.

First, there’s a nice selection of orbiting crowns in various shapes.

Next we have the foot auras, which materialize around your feet and are in constant motion.

Finally, the Pride Aura, which orbits your body and constantly refreshes the display.

Sadly, I haven’t figure out how to capture motion within SL, and so these pictures are a poor demonstration of their appearance.

But just think: for the almost-giveaway price of a single Linden ($L1), you get a package you can use year after year to celebrate Pride Month.

I know I’ll be wearing it!

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!

 

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.