Ebay is where I would normally order but I had to have this costume done in three weeks (by done I mean photo shoot completely done and images formatted for submission). The vendors I normally order wigs from take 14-22 working days, which is way longer than I had time for. I love Ebay... I don't love the pain of international post service wait times! haha
The wig was the only thing I wasn't super happy with, I talked a bit about that in the "how-to" album. Basically I had less than three weeks to find all my supplies and it was the best I could do. Normally I order my wigs from Asia and they take a month and a half to receive, then I modify them with extensions and styling.
I did actually sew in blue highlights but I was only able to put about six in, it was hard to find anything the correct length. It was not a cheap wig by any means, just impossible to find the correct color of the same quality in the short amount of time.
I understand! Time is always a problem for us cosplayers... and when you buy from Asia it's kinda a challenge! Anyways I didn't mean it was a cheap wig: I can see it's good quality! I just thought basically what you wrote as well: it's a bit too bright and the light blue meches kinda disappear... and maybe it's also a bit too short... But I like you cosplay nonetheless!
About three weeks, by the time I decided on the character I had very little time to find the materials, draw the graphics to silk screen on the fabric, and put it all together. I couldn't tell you how long in hours though.. It was one of those projects I didn't want to know lol
My Toralei which was much more intensive took 97H56MIN (I recorded the times precisely for a project I was working on), just for reference.