Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Backdrop Cove

This is a blogpost about a different sort of freebie! Backdrop Cove offers you dozens and dozens of backdrops for all your Second Life photography needs, all for free! Just click on the sign on the tree when you arrive at the starting point:

Alas, poor 1950s striptease artist Coupon Clip is still out of a job. But she has a promising new career as a model, thanks to Backdrop Cove! Here are some shots to show you just a few of the many different backdrops available. Many backdrops have built-in poses available, or you can use your own poses. You can also rez poseballs or other objects for one hour without having to join a group!

Another very popular backdrop location in Second Life is Backdrop City. Also, the Blogger & Vlogger Network of Second Life maintains a listing of photogenic, rezzable sims.

In these pictures, Coupon Clip is wearing:

Mesh Head and Facial Animations: Maia by Akeruka (a former group gift)

Mesh Body: Freya by Belleza

Hair: Joan by KIN (old prim-based hairstyle; no longer available)

Earrings: Winter’s Pearls by FORSAKEN (an old hunt gift)

Shirt: Natalia boyfriend shirt in white by Addams (purchased using the free L$300 store credit during their 5th Anniversary Sale, which is sadly no longer available; the shirt sells for L$199 at this exact SLURL)

Jeans: Skinny jeans by Mara’s Mysteries (a Peace on Earth hunt gift from last Christmas)

Pumps: June pumps by Garbaggio (my favourite shoe store!)

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Strawberry Singh Is Running Her Annual Second Life Mesh Body Parts Survey

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I haven’t been paying attention and I completely missed that Strawberry Singh is running her annual Mesh Body Parts Survey! So I took her survey and I posted my answer to her question, “Which mesh body and head do you currently use and why?”, in the comments section:

This is going to be a rather complicated answer, because I have main male and female avatars and an army of alts 😉

My main female avatar has a Catwa Kimberly head, with a Maitreya Lara body. But I also have a female avatar with a (freebie) Akeruka head and a Maitreya Lara body, and another avatar with a LAQ head and a Maitreya Lara body. As you can see, I tend to prefer Maitreya! I also have a female avatar with a (freebie) Akeruka head and a Belleza Freya body, which I use as a dancer to earn tip money 😉 I like the fact that the Belleza Freya body is more voluptuous, curvier, than the Maitreya Lara body.

My main male avatar has a Catwa Daniel head and a Belleza Jake body. But I also have a male avatar with a Catwa Stanley head and a Signature Gianni body. I have been very happy with both.

My alts all have freebie/dollarbie heads and bodies as outlined in my blogposts about where to find free or inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for male and female Second Life avatars:

FOR MALE AVATARS: https://ryanschultz.com/2018/10/04/second-life-steals-deals-and-freebies-free-and-inexpensive-mesh-heads-and-bodies-for-male-second-life-avatars/

FOR FEMALE AVATARS: https://ryanschultz.com/2018/09/24/second-life-steals-deals-and-freebies-free-mesh-heads-and-bodies-for-female-second-life-avatars/

Anyway, no big surprise, Maitreya Lara is by far the favourite mesh female avatar body at 42.3% of poll respondents so far, followed by Belleza Freya at 10.62%. I swear, the creator of the Maitreya Lara body, Onyx LeShelle, must be carting home money by the wheelbarrow! For male avatar bodies, it’s pretty much a tie between Belleza Jake (27.46%) and Signature Gianni (31.7%). 

As for Bento mesh heads, Catwa heads are by far the most popular for both female avatars (35.46% of poll respondents) and male avatars (a whopping 47.96% of poll respondents, almost half the market!). Other popular female mesh heads are LeLutka (20.76%), LAQ (10.98%), and the brand-new Genus Project heads (10.09%). LeLutka is also a popular male mesh head (13.87% of poll respondents).

So head on over to Strawberry’s blog and take her survey, and leave a comment! Tell her Ryan sent you 😉

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Second Life Update: Belleza Female Mesh Bodies Finally Get Bento Hands

This week, the announcement went out that Belleza female mesh bodies finally got Bento hands (i.e. hands with fingers that could be animated). Since I have an alt with a Belleza Freya mesh body, I went over to the Belleza store in-world to get a redelivery of the body. (You could also just wait for an automatic delivery of the update, but I was impatient.) The new version, 5.0, has Bento hands and a bunch of other new features.

So far, the only problem I have had is that the Belleza appliers that came with my Akeruka Lulu Bento mesh head don’t work with the version 5.0 body. But I have picked a Belleza skin tone that matches my Lulu head as best I can, and I hide the slight neck seam with a choker. Hopefully, either Belleza or Akeruka can fix the problem soon!

Here’s a short video of what my alt looks like now:

As you can see, she’s got curves in all the right places, and a body for sin! No, she doesn’t escort, but she does table dance for tips on an adult sim, the only SL avatar I have that actually earns any money instead of spending it! She does quite well most evenings, thank you 🙂

Here’s what she’s wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Lulu Bento head (group gift dollarbie from a special held last year; Akeruka has issued four dollarbie Bento mesh heads—two female, two male—in the past year to members of their group, so it’s well worth joining)
  • Body: Belleza Freya mesh body (new version 5.0 Bento)
  • Nails: Aleutia Manicure Polish applier (a gift from the Cosmopolitan 5th Anniversary event)
  • Hair: Milena Blond hair by MINA (free gift from the recent Land of Rainbows Easter Egg hunt)
  • Lips: SlackGirl NeNe Lips Set 1 (bought at the Akeruka store)
  • Choker: Nina Choker by RxK (free from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil; this landmark should help direct you to the panel from the landing point)
  • Minidress: Red Latex Mini by Daddy’s Choice Designs (free gift from a previous hunt)
  • Thong: Addams Freebie Lingerie Panty (group gift)
  • Shoes: Cinzia pumps by KC Couture
  • And I decided to treat my alt to a brand new Bento animation override, the Esther AO by Vista Animations. It comes in three sizes—for slim, medium, and curvy avatars—and as a bonus, it also comes with a cellphone and a cigarette with their own built-in AOs!