Be my valentine?

It's time for the 2022 Valentine Shop & Hop. Over 200 SL Creators are participating across 10 sims. There is so much to see, the decor is beautiful, and there are amazing deals to be had. Not to mention all the free gifts!   You can see a complete list of shops and their landmarks here.

✫ SKIRT: Today's featured Only Exception skirt in wine is Entice's FREE gift for the Shop and Hop Event. The skirt is fitted for  Lara, Meshbody Legacy, Hourglass, and Freya sizes. The gift is free. No group required. Everything else in Enitice's shop at the event is 50% off also. 

✫ SHIRT: The Only Exception Shirt in wine goes with Entice's gift at the Shop and Hop Event. The shirt is fitted for Lara, Meshbody Legacy, Hourglass, and Freya sizes. It costs 50L at the event, and you get 2 tops, both striped, 1 with a heart. The gift is free. No group required. Everything else in the shop at the event is 50% off also. 

I have been a fan and follower of Entice for years. Entice specializes in women's original mesh casual, formal, and fantasy apparel. They have something for everyone's style. They have an in-world group (free to join) to keep you abreast of store updates, sales, and special events, as well as group slap boards for free goodies.  

✫ BOOTS: The Smith Boots 2 (Dirty) are friday's FREE gift at the Valentine Shop and Hop EventThe socks cuffs are HUD driven with four sock color options and five boot metal colors. The gift is free. No group required.  Everything else in the shop at the event is 30% off also. 

✫ PURSE: The Gwen Bag is ZK Store's FREE gift at the Valentine Shop and Hop Event. The Gwen Bag comes in a right and left-hand version and a HUD to customize it with 22 leather textures and 4 metal textures. The gift is free. No group required. Everything else in the shop at the event is 25% off also. 

✫ EARRINGS:  CAZIMI is now creating exceptional jewelry on top of its fabulous line of makeup and nails. I am wearing their latest VIP Group Gift, the Feb VIP Heart Earrings. The earrings can be customized via a HUD with 6 metals and 16 gem colors. There is a one-time group fee of  250L. It is totally worth it; wait until you see all the goodies you can get when you join!

✫ HEAD and BODY SKIN:  The lovely and versatile Lianna Skin is by .:Soul:. Lianna is a Generation 3 [G3] skin. I am wearing the [H5] human skin tone. The head skin is only for EvoX. The head skin and body skin are sold separately. Both head and body skins are available in 16 human and fantasy skin tone variations. There are demos available to try before you buy. You can pick the Head Skin up for 899L for each skin tone or buy a fatpack of all 8 human or 8 fantasy skins for 5,999L each. The body skin is available for Belleza, Legacy, Omega, and Slink for 449L each skin tone or 2,999L for the fatpack. If you join the .:Soul:. VIP group (350L), you can get a 15% discount on every purchase, as well as free group gifts and teasers on new releases, updates, and store sales. 

✫ EYES: I am wearing IKON's 'Babylon' Eyes in Harajuku (M). IKON's eyes are affordable at 150-170L each color, and if you join their in-world group, you can get a free set of eyes as a VIP gift. Ikon's Eye sets come with IKON Mesh Eyes that are HUD controlled. You also get appliers for Lelutka, Omega, Genus, and Catwa, as well as BOM Layers in multiple eye sizes. I have worn IKON eyes for years. I highly recommend them because they are affordable and have a massive range of colors and styles to choose from.

✫ LIPSTICK:  Those pouty red lips were created using CAZIMI's Kiss Me EvoX Lipgloss - Candy. The Kiss Me EvoX Lipgloss are BoM and are available in three color sets (Candy, Heart, Naked). They are on sale for the Saturdays Sale for 75L a set or 199L for the fatpack that includes all three sets (Candy, Heart, Naked). Total steal of a deal!!! I am wearing the shade 3 in 60% opacity from the Candy color set. Each color set comes with 12 lipgloss colors in three opacities with a shine enhancer. CAZIMI is an excellent cosmetics designer. They feature tons of makeup (eyeshadow, blush, eyeliners, concealers, and more), mesh and applier nails, eyes, and lashes. You can't find a better designer for your cosmetic needs.

✫ EYELINER and EYESHADOW: CAZIMI  created the Enamoured EvoX Eye Makeup (250L)These are perfect for the Valentine season. The set includes 8 eyeshadows in three opacities and 4 liners. I am wearing liner #3 in 80% opacity and the shadow base 8 in 100%. They are 250L at the main store. I loved the colors of this set. Be sure to check them out.

✫ HAIR:  The Sprite Hair 151221 is by Etoile and is on sale at the Planet29 event in three packs. The basic pack comes with 1 hairstyle plus the color hud (399L). The deluxe pack comes with 4 hairstyles, plus the 75 color hud ( 599L). The fatbag comes with 4 hairstyles, 2 hair buns, hair accessories, and deluxe and exclusive colors for (799L). There are demos available to try before you buy. This hairstyle includes alpha + solid mesh; the alpha mesh may have problems with other transparent textures such as water, trees, glass, etc.

✫ HEAD: I am wearing Lelutka's Avalon Mesh Head in this post. At the time of this posting, this head costs 3,990L. This head can support  Evolution (EVO) and Evolution X (EvoX) skins. The Avalon set comes with a Head, Teeth, Mesh Eyes, Elf Ears, and many bonus goodies like hairbases, face light, multiple teeth accessories like braces, ear piercings, and samples of cosmetic tattoos. It is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM) and comes with a default shape, Head and Ear skins in BOM layers, and skin, brow, and eye applier. Avatar complexity for the head alone is approximately +5738 (Head, Teeth, and Eyes). Lelutka is my go-to place for mesh heads. I love their style, quality, and ease of use for their huds. I own several of their heads. There are demos available for you to try before you buy.

✫ BODY: Today's body of choice is Maitreya's Lara Mesh Body. The Lara Mesh Body is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM). The body includes Bom add-on parts, a save stick to save your configurations, Bento hands, with hand poses and hand AO built into the HUD. The body has the 5 default foot shapes (Flat, Low, Mid, High, and Ballet). The HUD comes loaded with 22 Glam Affair skin tones, and BOM layers are provided. There are five nail shape options and 19 nail polish options. Alphas are controlled via HUD. There are over 200 possible selections. The body comes with mesh lingerie made by Erratic and BOM Layers by Zaara. At the time of posting, the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body costs 2,750L. This is the mesh body I wear the most; I really like the softer curves, and  I find most outfits are offered in their shape. If you prefer a petite or flat look, Maitreya has add-ons for the Lara Mesh Body for 499-599L each. The Lara Mesh Body, the Petite Add-on, and the Flat-Chest Add-on have demos available to try before you buy.

✫ SHAPE:  My shape is the Brittany Skin Shape by Velour. I received it with my purchase of the Brittany Head Skin for Lelutka Evo X (799l) (not worn in this shoot).
:[ Poses, Photo Tools & Location ]:

✫ Photo 1: Eternal Dreams Poses  - Cecilia 09 - Taken at SeraSim

✫ Photo  2:  The photo was taken using VARONIS's Hall Background, a past Pride Month Group Gift.

✫ For lighting, I use LUMIPro. LUMIPro is a HUD worn by the photographer that controls all aspects of lights worn by the model or self. The photographer can adjust position, color, radius, and falloff. You do not need rez right to use LUMIPro. The built-in posing system controls ten models independently without needing to rez for pose stands. You can pick up a copy for 6,699L on the Marketplace.

Disclosure of Material Connections: I may have received one or more products as review copies. Regardless, I only recommend products I personally use and believe will benefit my readers. See my full disclosure policy here.

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