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Time to escape the gym!(NEW BARGAIN MINA).

Yes, I am spoilt both with chocolate in RL and Mina hair in SL.  I was planning on being good but a friend popped over with a bag of “Thank You” Easter choccies for me and I fell for it, face first into the bag to be exact and now I’m sat here feeling as sick as a dog!  What’s even worse is that when you’ve eaten too much sweet stuff you crave something savory to counteract the sweetness but if I eat anything more I will EXPLODE!

Anyhow, I ended up with not just 1 but 2 New Mina’s, although I’m not showing you the second one just this one, Inkie.

Inkie comes in “Windy, Small Pony & Big Pony.  This is the Windy one and I’ve worn it in the last couple of post as well.  Mina now has a selection of hairs with that windblown look to them which isn’t just perfect for great photos but actually still very wearable even just pottering around in SL.

This hair is the small ponytail.

A nice cute, sporty little ponytail hair or for a more dramatic look you could try your luck for the “large ponytail”,

I say “luck” because these 3 hairs are Gacha wins from The Epiphany and that means you have to take a chance on the style and colour pack but it also means that you get to own a stunning Mina for just 75Lds!  But remember that in Mina’s main shop there is other Gacha’s from previous events and so if this hair doesn’t do it for you but you’re on a budget there is no better way than trying a bargain priced Gacha plus these aren’t just nasty hair knocked up they’re Gacha’s from previous big events so for a token price you can get yourself great hair.

But don’t rush over to The Epiphany event just yet as it’s beyond packed!  There is even a second sim but that’s packed as well but don’t worry as we have until the 15th of May which gives us plenty of time to saunter over when it’s calmed the F*ck down, but of course you might just catch it in a quite moment as well.

“Bunn” is the special buy  At first this one seems to be the least styled one of the lot but “Bunn” is perfect for accessorising.  You can dress this hair up with so much, tiaras, flowers, hair jewelry or keep it plain for a lovely simple ballerina style.

Now for the icing on the cake and it’s not the different styles of pony tails/colour packs it’s the “bangs” or as we call it the fringe.  Every hair comes with an options tab which gives you 3 ways of wearing the fringe, completely off, fringe only and fringe and tendrils.  So even more bang, or should that be “bangs” for your Lindens…ok I’ll stop it with the jokes.

To win “Bunn” what happens is when you rezz your Gacha prize, any prize, if you don’t want to keep it then follow the instructions that come up and you can return it for points and with these points you can use them to purchase one of the specials which is on each Gacha stand.   Follow the link to the Seraphim web site for pictures of everything and LMs.

Time for me to hunt for a new clothes so I can finally escape my gym LOL.

Mina Main shop.

Seraphim Blog for details and pictures

New Colours New Mina.

I knew it! So I’ve been trotting around SL for the past couple of days with my New Mina hair on (you may have spotted it in my last few posts) but the first time I put it on I picked one of the brown shades at random and my first thought was “this is new?” (OK I lie, all I was thinking about is food which is basically what I think about all day) and then I changed the shade and didn’t really give it much thought but Damn! I was right.

In fact, the note that came with the hair says…

“And some exciting news! I worked on all the textures to give the hair more natural flair and added colors to the different color packs!
5 new browns, 5 new reds, 5 new blondes and 5 new pastels! So more colors in your HUDs!”

Holy Crap this means you now get 15!!! shade’s in each pack and just look at the detail in this picture, taken in the sim setting I was on but it’s very similar to my usual Nams setting.

OK, I’m going to be vague here.  When updates happen in SL it takes the creator time, effort and even money to bring out these new updates across their whole range.  So as far as I know this is the only hair I have with the super sized 15 shades but I could be wrong and Mina could have updated her whole stock or just the newest hairs as they come out or even just this hair BUT as I always say try before you buy and you will see for yourself.  I have a feeling though that the 15 shade range will be pretty standard for her new hairs and when you consider her hair packs only cost between 300-350Lds what a bargain.

As always Mina makes the best Gingers in SL!  Her reds/gingers are stunning.  There was an article in the Daily Mail about a photographer who has take pictures of true redheads to show off their real beauty and it made me green with jealousy.

I’m pretty sure this milky blonde is a new shade as well.  The fact that you get 15 shades in each pack means you get everything from this lightest of blondes all the way through the shades till you get to light brown etc

Even a hardened brunette like me still loves the blondes.

I’m not a Kawaii person but even the pinks, pastels and ombre shades look so good esp on an adult skin because sometimes I find these shades are more suited to much younger skins so to find one that blends so well to an adult skin is good.

Is it just me or does anyone else would think this would also make a superb mans hair as well?  Of course and I know I repeat myself but Mina also has some of the best men’s and unisex hairs in SL and some superb hat/hair combos which is why I always put the link to her inworld shop so you can try before you buy.

Plus if you’re on a budget she has Gacha’s in her shop from old events and they too are super bargains 100lds or less a try and although you have to take the risk on the shade pack you get the full shade pack (pre price increase shade pack). Some of my fav hairs are actually Gacha wins.

PS The demo for Arwen is in Mina’s main shop but also the shop at the Ultra event plus there is a small selection of Mina’s hairs and even some of the Gacha’s I was talking about.  If the LM doesn’t take you to the Ultra shop then just walk ahead up the steps and it’s to your right.

Mina’s Mainshop

Ultra

Sim Fairy at work(New Mina & Freebie).

Faith has thawed our sim and so I’m flying around with my fairy wings and wand changing as much of the landscaping to a lovely spring setting as I can before I have to log off.  I’m also playing with the sim windlight setting and just took a quick snap of this one as it looks pretty interesting, unusable but interesting LOL.

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So I quickly grabbed this Free top and I swear hand on heart it’s still out, but this is the January gift so HAUL AV ASS! to the Eyelure shop.

xxxfairyuseYou get 2 tops in the same style, a knitted halter top.  The one in the above picture has “Stay Classy” on the front and in the next picture the top is a different colour and if you look closely you will see “Haters back Off” in the sunglasses.  Super sexy with shorts, jeans, bikini bottoms.

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I’m rather liking this sim setting as it’s certainly flattering to both the sim and me and has a fresh crisp spring feel to it.

Now for the NEW Mina.  I’ve tried to show you this hair for a couple of days now but because of things out of my control I’ve not been able to so it’s the same hair as above but I’m showing you it in the Nams setting.

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This hair is the New Mina hair called, Froukje. Really this picture shows it all, sweet and simple but those tucked behind the ears strand is what makes this standout.  I don’t use mesh heads, although I’m hoping to try out Bento heads soon, I’ve just not found one I can relate to and since I think that unlike feet and hands the heads and to some extent the mesh bodies are still more niche markets I’ll stick to my system head.  I think that this hair will look great with a Mesh/Bento Mesh head esp since they come with the perfectly detailed ears and so a great way to show them off.  It’s also just occurred to me that if you like wearing jewelry but are fed up with a lovely pair of earrings being hidden by your long hair then again a perfect style for that.

This hair is only available @Hairology and that’s an event I love.  It’s not so big you end up giving up half way though, lots of fresh new designs to tempt you etc.

This is also going to be the last time I mention the slight increase in the cost of Mina hair packs because I’ve noticed that she isn’t the only hair creator who has increased her prices.  We forget that some people are trying to make a living and it takes a lot of time, imagination etc to bring us these designs whether it’s clothes, shoes, hairs etc and starting at 300Lds when translated into RL money is actually a small amount.  The other thing i notice is that although the creators are putting up their prices a lot are also increasing what you actually get for your lindens, so in Mina’s case it’s gone from 5 shades in a pack to 10 and as always the actual colours ie brown goes from light brown to dark brown with all the shades inbetween and not just a case of getting 10 shades of almost idential colours.  So as I said last mention of the price increase because it’s just going to be a pretty standard price across the board.

Eyelure

Hairology

Save to SPEND! New Mina.

I’m having a surreal SL moment here. I won’t confess as to how long I’ve actually had this Mermaid house in my invent just waiting for the opportunity to use it but with this New Mina hair, I finally had an excuse.

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If you’re wondering the tail isn’t a Freebie either it’s an old Gacha win but the Gacha is still in the shop if you’re interested in it.  I’ll pop the link to that later when I get back inworld.

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Yup, that’s me dressed as a Mermaid fishing in a pond, you can just about make out the fishing rod if you squint, in the snow it can only happen in SL because in RL it would make your jaw drop in shock.

xxxmermaiduse4This is the New Mina and she’s called Ava-Lin and you can only get it from the newest round of FaMESHed.

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Front n back pictures taken in my sim setting or nams I can’t remember now but a pretty natural setting. I think this is the longest hair Mina Nakamura has created, certainly in this very natural style that it.  I do have hair longer than this, I do actually buy hair n stuff, but I’m wracking my brains and from what I can remember none of the super long hairs I do have are as natural looking as this.

If you remember Mina Nakamura has recently increased her prices, I believe just on her new stuff with the much bigger colour menu, 10 instead of the old 5 colours and they are different shades ie in the brown pack you get everything from dark blond to the darkest brown and all the shades in between, just to 300Lds which isn’t much more and for all the work that goes into her creations it’s nice to be cheap but it’s also nice to actually support SL creators.  I have a feeling though that this is only for the New hair and not the old stuff but of course, you can check for yourself because in Mina’s main shop is the Demo for Ava-lin so you can try this hair and all the others out before you make your final decision.

PS I don’t really mention it often enough but in Mina’s main shop she keeps the Gacha’s from previous Gacha Events and unlike many other hair creators when you win a “hair” you don’t just win a single colour you win the whole colour pack.  The hairs in these Gacha’s are fantastic, they maybe bargain priced but the time and attention to detail that has been put into these creations are in some cases more than the standard shop hairs, check out the hat hairs and you will see what I mean.  The fact that none of the Gacha’s cost between 80-100Lds and you still get the standard, old, colour menu hud means that everyone even if you’re on a limited budget can have Mina hairs.

Mina Mainshop

FaMESHed

Sweet sweet Harmony, New Mina and link to FREEBIE.

I’ve worked out my outfit for my Christmas cards LOL.  I changed the setting to Nams of course because the Mina hair is a paid for item but check out how good the sim looks and when I turn the Wind Light back on it will be even more stunning.  Remember our sim is open to all and if you want to pop over to take some piccies or just sit and chat you’re more than welcome. The whole sim is open to you but Faiths home, the house on the hill, will boot your AV ass out if you get too close whilst my home is open.  Don’t worry you don’t have to be sociable as usually when inworld Faith is on her working platform and I’m on mine and were usually so engrossed with what were doing we don’t even notice anyone.

OK here is the honest bit, when I read that “Harmony” is a French Braid design I almost didn’t bother trying it on.  I do not like that “fishtail” style it’s just ugly who wants their hair to look like a blinking lobster/prawn tail! That’s my RL quirk

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But this hair is a collab! and Mina Nakamura doesn’t do many of those and so my interest was piqued, btw I was looking for a Christmas card look and I think I’ve nailed it but here are the close-ups so you can see the hair much more clearly.

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So from the front a simple look but it’s when you turn around that you see what’s special.

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Hair jewelry which I am assuming is the contribution from Empyrean Forge because Mina Nakamura is into hair not gemology.

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This is as close as I could zoom in, my close up picture skills are pants! so I changed not just my hair colour but the colour of the chain and the jewels.  You get not just the usual and now bigger Mina hair colour packs but the Hud that controls the hair jewelry comes with 8 metal colours for the chains and the clasps and then 16 colour options for the pearls.  Those clasps look like pretty little upside down Lily of the Valley flower shapes, so pretty and delicate.  A nice bonus is both hair and hair jewelry can be worn as separates.

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Then I went back to blonde because this skin looks better with pale hair.  Of course there is a whole range of the hair colours to choose from BUT  this hair is only available at FaMESHed and I have to say that it’s a little bit more expensive than usual but then again more has gone into this hair/collab as 2 designers have spent time and effort to create this look.

And of course FaMESHed is packed, stuffed to the rafters so I would let the place calm down but I do believe that this event goes on for at least a couple of weeks so plenty of time.  This is also usually when I tell you to go to the Mina main shop to try the demo on at your leisure but I popped over to make sure and it’s not in her shop yet but still go because it will probably be set out soon for you to try and of course you can also try on all of her other hairs while you’re there.

Nope, I’m not finished yet because of course, I had to go check out “Empyrean Forge” which is not just the person name, I could be wrong, but it’s also the name of the shop, and I’m right about that.  From what little I saw a big jewelry shop but time was getting short for me and I spotted FREEBIES, my rep as a CB(Cheap Bitch) is saved so, of course, I grabbed the 3 gifts set out for us in the entrance and the group is free to join.  Hold onto your knickers because even though the gifts are rings I LOVE them and I’ve not even tried them on yet. In front of 2 of the gift bags is rezzed what inside and they’re pearly rings in at least 2 of the gift bags and as always when I get back inworld I will be having a proper look around the shop and then I’m hoping these rings turn out to be as good as the examples that have been set out.

UPDATE.  I’ve popped inworld to grab the !g0! Advent gift, go get it, and I’m still wearing my new Mina and the hair jewelry sparkles in all the different wind light settings.  This isn’t a “blingtart” menu it’s just the way this piece of jewelry works in the different setting it really does stand out.

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Mina Mainshop

Empyrean Forge

Heads Up!

Soooo I went over to Mina’s to find out what “BishBox” is and the place is HEAVING, worse than my old cat.  Turns out there is a DISCOUNT SALE going on of 30% off and damn everyone is there! So I just slapped the BishBox info board, next to the reception desk and Event hairs,  and TPed out of there.

BishBox is one of the new crazes in SL and that’s a monthly sub box and in each box, you get a shed load of surprises and treats and stuff.  OK I’ve paid very little attention to this monthly sub boxes because I’m a CB(Cheap B*tch) and these boxed don’t come cheap or at least cheap enough for me BUT in RL I’ve had 2 of these sorts of sub boxes, Degusta and Birch Box and I have LOVED them very much, each month a box of goodies and yes occasionally it’s a case of “meh” but the excitement of getting that box and occasionally coming across a product you would never have tried but found that it’s perfect for you is the icing on the cake……so this is the same sorta thing but in world.  Anyhow BishBox is a brand new name to the monthly subscription market and the blurb in the note says.

“BishBox is a NEW awesome monthly subscription box for the wild and crazy grrrls in SL! It’s full of awesomely edgy, urban, punk, wild, flamboyant, bold clothing and avatar accessories for those strong-willed and confident!”

It also says more about how you can win a FREE BishBox for yourself by doing….sod that go get yer own note!

PS So be quick as the 30% will be finished today  PLUS you will need to pay the full amount and then the 30% is returned to you straight away.

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Gizem ALL (New Mina and a Bargain).

I’m slightly hyperventilating here because Mina has changed her hair colour packaging and sadly price but then again some things are worth paying for and mesh hair is definitely one of those things, so the price may have gone up to 300 for the basic shades, 350 for the special packs but that’s still not an unreasonable amount and add to that the fact that she’s giving it back to us in spadefuls, because now each colour pack comes with not just 5 shades but 10!! We’re not talking about 10 shades which are so similar you can hardly tell the difference, you’re getting 10 distinctive shades.

You’re really going to have to go to the Mina Mainshop and try on the demos to be able to see the colour palettes for yourself and since Hairology is PACKED at the moment you may just want to wait and since it goes on until the 30th even I will be able to finally treat myself because by then my enforced frugality will be over.

OK finally back to the hair, Gizem a lovely draped around the face with flattering tendrils and of course that amazing thick plait! Almost Rapunzel in length and thickness, but much more wearable than Rapunzel’s hair lol.

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OK let me explain this picture, I firstly rezzed this house on ME which wasn’t my greatest look so I detached it and rezzed on the ground only it only to find that it was actually on its side so I tried to edit it back to normal and it swung one way then another then another then I just bloddy well gave up and pulled my poses in any case!

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I love plaits, freckles, and gingers in RL, I have none of these attributes either.

This hair comes with all the colouring options from Brunettes to Pastel Ombres but as always check out the Ginger!

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I’m never sure why but as soon as I put on plaited hair I change the colour to one of the reds.

So I’ve put the link to both the Hairology event and of course Mina’s I did manage to squeeze into the event but really esp since I believe there are gifts for us there I will be going back but at a later day as the lag hurts!

This dress is a simple little 5Ld thing I picked up from a shop called “Cream Spaghetti Hair” which is odd as there as far as I could see wasn’t a single hair to buy lol.  A small shop with random things inc a smaller selection of bargain priced items of which I know I’ve shown you one of the dresses before and if I wasn’t still in my “frugal” mode I would have picked a couple of them up to show you.  As it happens one of the 2 lucky boards came up with a “?” so I snagged myself another little dress.  This dress only comes in the 1 fitmesh size which fitted me fine and also it doesn’t hold up well for close ups but it really does look a lot better in the different windlight settings I went through on my LM grabbing.

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Mina Mainshop

Dress