Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free and Inexpensive Male Skins for the Senra Blake Mesh Body

As I stated in my original review of the new, free Senra Blake male mesh body, while the six included head and body skins Linden Lab provided for it are prefectly serviceable, I still find them a little too unblemished, flat, and “pretty” for my tastes.

I’m not happy with the skins Linden Lab included with the Senra Blake avatar

So I loaded my oldest male avatar, with the actual legacy name of Morden Winkler (shoutout to all the Manitobans!), created on March 14th, 2007, whose inventory has never been cleaned out in almost 6,000 days (16¼ years!) and therefore has lots of older skins intended for classic, system bodies.

And man, I gotta tellya, I hit paydirt with one old Belleza male skin, which was a particular favourite of mine back in the old days! I can’t remember where I picked it up (I think it was a hunt gift), but it’s called Belleza Ewan 0 tan (0 stands for clean-shaven, I seem to remember; it also came in various versions with facial hair). Here’s what Morden Winkler looks like with the Belleza Ewan skin paired with the Senra Blake body (click on each image to see it in full size):

There are only two problems: one, the fingertips will be a different colour (see image one below), so you will definitely need to use something like Sweet’s free tintable Quick Nail Cover Fix on the SL Marketplace (see image two below).

And the second problem? When he blinks, the eyebrows get slightly deeper! Something you can’t tell, obviously, from my still pictures. So, while I loved the final result, I decided to spend my Saturday afternoon looking around the grid for free and inexpensive skins that would work well with the Senra Blake body, with a minimum of fiddling and fuss.


My first stop was, of course, the Belleza store, where (if you join the Belleza group for free), you can still pick up two packages of older men’s skins, which date from 2013/2014:

Here’s what some of their gift skins look like on the Blake mesh body (see image captions for skin names; all these skins are tan, but they also come in other skin tones):

Again, you will have the problems I outlined above with the Ewan skin: white patches on the fingertips, and some eyebrow movement when you blink.

My next stop was a store, Brox, which features L$1 skins for male avatars. I had picked up a free package of eight of their skins as a past L’Homme Magazine gift, so I tried them out on Morden, and I was pretty pleased. Here’s what they look like (again, please click on the images to see them bigger):

At first glance, I thought that these Brox skins did a good job of covering the fingers, but then I noticed a small white spot on the thumbs, so you will probably still have to use something like Sweet’s Quick Nail Cover Fix on them anyways:

Also, I noticed that the toenail textures for these skins didn’t apply correctly to the feet! Again, you can try the Sweet’s nail fix (they also have one for toes in the package), and if your avatar is wearing shoes, nobody will notice it. But it is rather odd.

Next, I tried out some skins from the SL Marketplace. Sweet’s has three L$1 sets of Basic Male Skins, Tones 0 and 1, Tones 2 and 3, and Tones 4 and 5. They come in Classic Style (for calssic, system avatars), and Mesh Style (intended for mesh avatars). Here’s what Tone 3 (Mesh Style) looks like on the Senra Blake body:

There is a separate package of matching head skins with four different styles of beard, which you can unpack and try on for size:

But again, when your avatar blinks, the eyebrows distort; here’s a quick video, so you can see the problem for yourself:

This video shows you the problem with the eyebrows on the Sweet’s skin when the avatar blinks

I’m starting to think that any of the older male skins are going to have this problem, for which I have not yet been able to find any sort of workaround (I tried adjusting the sliders on the eyes and the eyebrow shape, to no avail).

Anyway, I will stop here and keep investigating, and if I find out anything, I will update this blogpost.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Belleza Has a 50% Off Sale on the Jake, Freya, Venus and Isis Mesh Bodies!

This is not a freebie, but it is a bargain! Male and female mesh bodymaker Belleza has updated all of their bodies, and is having a 50% off sale! According to a message sent out to the Belleza store group:

The time has come….

The Belleza updates are here!

Jake, Venus, Isis and Freya are updated to Bakes on Mesh (BOM) and the Universal Neck. Check your package for a full list of updates and bug fixes.

If you would like to discuss the update – hop on the Belleza Discord.

The Universal Neck update is mainly in response to the new line of LeLutka heads, which left a noticeable neck seam when paired with some bodies.

If you already own a Belleza mesh body, you can hit the redelivery terminals in the Belleza store (they also have them at the MEN ONLY event, the #BIGGIRL event, and Addams).

The male Belleza Jake Bento mesh body is for sale for L$1,500, a significant savings compared to the price tags for Signature Gianni and Geralt (currently retailing for L$4,000 each) and the Meshbody Athletic and Legacy bodies (selling for L$5,000 each) . Belleza Jake mesh bodies have excellent fashion designer support, so you will have zero problems dressing this body!

And the female Belleza Freya, Venus, and Isis bodies are only L$1,250 each, or you can pick up the three-pack for L$2,250—three Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible mesh bodies for less than the price of one Maitreya Lara body! Please note that while the Belleza Freya mesh body still has a lot of fashion designer support, it can be harder to find clothing created to fit the much less popular Isis and Venus mesh bodies.

Even better, these updated Belleza male and female bodies are now modifiable, which has many Second Life users excited at the new creative possibilities! For example, users can now create glowing skin for these bodies, and they would make excellent starting bases for a furry avatar.

I think this sale is a bold and savvy move by Belleza, especially at a time when avatar fashion designers were dropping support for female Belleza mesh bodies in favour of newer bodies like the INTHIUM Kupra. This move could spell a revival for the especially popular Belleza Freya body, which offers a curvier, “juicier” shape that is currently the popular style in avatars.

I don’t know how long the 50% off sale will last, so hurry down and snap them up before they’re gone!

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!)

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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