O.K., I am once again breaking my vow to take a December vacation from blogging to bring you news of yet another generous Christmas gift! LOGO is giving away the Bella female and Jace male Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible heads. Simply join the LOGO Update Group for free, and pay each vendor one Linden dollar, which will automatically be refunded. Here’s what the vendors look like in the LOGO store (SLURL):
The group notice states:
To help celebrate the holidays the Bella and Jace head for FREE until Jan. 1st, 2022. We’ve also released a new skin, Sonja, for Bella which is only L$299 during the event!
BeSpoke, a Second Life store which specializes in creating custom heads and avatars, has a lovely Christmas gift for you! They are giving away a fully-adjustable Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible elf head and five skins for it. This Yule Elf head is unisex, coming in three versions (male neck, female neck, and neckless) and with both male and female skin.
BeSpoke would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! You can pick up the Yule (Elf) Head for FREE, along with the 5 available skins. We are happy to celebrate with everyone this season, and we hope that we all enter the new year with great things to come!
Here’s what the male elf looks like, with the default Wood skin (I fiddled with the sliders a bit to give his face a less dour expression, and paired this head with the dollarbie Meshbody Classic male body, which is Bakes on Mesh compatible):
Here’s a full-body shot (I apologize for the boxer shorts; I have a disturbing lack of elfwear in my inventory, which I must address immediately!). And who knew that elves had such ripped abs? 😝
This head is very adjustable, as you can see from these two looks from the female-necked head (the first is the default female shape, the second after I tweaked it to give her slightly bigger eyes, bigger ears, a squarer chin, and a less of a frown!).
The head comes with two sets of tintable tattoo-layer eyebrows, and 6 different pairs of system eyes, plus something called an “ear fix” which I couldn’t seem to get to work. There’s also an animation HUD in the package, but I had some trouble getting that to work, either. But for a free head, that’s just quibbling over small details. This is an AWESOME gift!
Of course, this avatar head would work just as well if you were roleplaying a Star Trek Vulcan or Romulan! The possibilities are literally endless! How about creating an elf-centaur hybrid? It’s your Second Life; you do you, boo!!! 🙂
You can pick up these gifts both from the SL Marketplace (here’s the link) and from BeSpoke’s in-world store (exact SLURL; just pay each of the vendors L$1 and it will automatically be refunded).
The creator adds a special request, a way to say “thank you” for this generous free Christmas gift, which I have reproduced in full below from the video caption:
🎄In the spirit of the season, we ask that you please take the time to visit the charity GoFundMe we have started for a very serious issue, and close to home for us. Any way that you are able to help, through donation or sharing the page with friends or family, we are incredibly grateful. 🎄
In Long Beach, California, property management companies will purchase up affordable housing and evict the tenants by any means necessary. They do this because for every $100 the rent is raised the property value goes up $30,000. A member of our team received multiple illegal eviction attempts during the eviction moratorium. The property developers tortured her with months of heavy construction when she would not leave. Her neighbors are immigrants and a family with a newborn child, who were treated the same. She is turning 67 this year, and we wish to celebrate Christmas and her birthday with this GoFundMe to get her neighborhood a good lawyer. Help us buy a sack of coal for some naughty landlords. Share this GoFundMe, please!
So, if you are in a financial position to help, please do so! Happy freebie shopping!
UPDATE Dec. 27th, 2021: Here’s a picture of another female avatar I used the BeSpoke gift Yule Elf head on, this time with a green Bakes on Mesh fantasy skin I had picked up earlier this year from 7 Deadly S[k]ins. Looking good!
Thank you to Dreamer from the Freebie Queens SL Discord for the tip!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: I have been informed that many of the stores participating in the LeLutka 12 Days of Christmas promotion have already taken down their gifts today, December 24th. You also can no longer access the three special sims where you could pick up the LeLutka gift!
The posters for this event said it runs from December 12th to 24th, but I never know whether or not that means Dec. 24th is included in that date range! I find it very irritating when stores do this, and I do apologize to those of you who had waited until Christmas Eve to try and pick up these generous gifts.
O.K., I am breaking my vow to take a December vacation from blogging to report on a special, time-limited freebie in Second Life! LeLutka has once again this year decided to gift us with two free Bento mesh heads from their Evolution line, Kaya for the women and Logan for the men! These are the full and complete versions, on which you normally would spend thousands of Linden dollars!
It is so hard to believe Christmas is just 12 days away! We know last year we gave away two heads due to the pandemic and to help cheer everyone up, while we are hoping everything will be back to normal soon, we know it will be a little bit longer before it does. We have had a successful year even though we have experienced some bumps along the way, but one thing remains, your support has pushed us to reach new heights, and thanks to you, we are celebrating yet another year in Second Life.
Today, LeLUTKA has worked hard on two new releases (KAYA and LOGAN), but these are a little different… these will be set to L$0 for ALL of our group members from December 12th to December 24th (once this period is done, we will set them to our regular price), while this will not help alleviate the situation around the world, please allow us the opportunity to make this period a brighter one.
We only ask one thing of you, actually, a couple (lol): – Do NOT use hammers as this will impact the performance of the sims. – Take your HUDs off, and anything that will create lag. – Stay time has been limited to 10 minutes per agent, those who remain will be sent home. – And do not idle on the sims, this will ensure everyone gets a chance to grab the gifts.
We have rented a total of 3 sims in hopes that this will assist with the masses, please note: GIFTS WILL NOT BE ON OUR MAIN SIM, as we want everyone to be able to shop for their favorite heads. Take the taxi to one of the following 3 sims for KAYA AND LOGAN:
There’s a lot in these packages! Here’s the contents of the main folder of the Kaya head once you unpack it:
Note that you have 7 more items labelled “Unpack” at the bottom of this folder to unpack: Bakes on Mesh add-ons for LeLutka Classic and LeLutka Evo X heads, hairbases for Classic and Evo X, piercings, gestures—even a Christmas surprise!
Yes, that’s right: these heads come with a HUD to allow you to select whether to use standard-definition LeLutka Evolution Classic skins, or higher-resolution LeLutka Evolution X skins!
The LeLutka group is free to join, but this special offer ends on Christmas Eve, so don’t delay! Expect all three sims to be very crowded, so please be patient.
UPDATE December 13th, 2021: I was able to get a male alt into one of the three sims to pick up the LeLutka Logan head, and I wanted to show you what he looks like, using the default brow and head/body shape included in the package. There are 5 skin tones included in the package, but you will still need to purchase body skin to match (I just picked a skin tone for my Legacy mesh body that came the closest to this head skin, skin tone 3, but it’s not a perfect match). You can also see the eye settings on the included HUD; I have found that the eyes are very adjustable!
One thing which I forgot to mention is that about a dozen other stores are piggy-backing on this generous offer by LeLutka, by offering free gifts of their own! One of these stores is Stray Dog, where you can pick up the following highly realistic skin in three skin tones (again, only the head skin is free; you will still need to buy body skin). I quite like this skin, although it does have a bit of a frowny look to it!
Here’s what the Logan head looks like with the Clef de Peau gift, in one of the Clef de Peau skin tones and adding high-definition eyebrows from the LeLutka head HUD (again, you need to purchase matching body skin separately):
The gift package from Clef the Peau contains head skins in 5 Clef de Peau skin tones and 4 Velour skin tones (Beige, Fair, Peach, and Petal). This is what the beige head skin looks like (the eyebrows are part of the skin; note also that there is a gradual neck face so these skins might work better with a different body skin).
Now, it just so happens that VELOUR is giving away body skins for male and female bodies! The problem is that the tones for the male body skin are called Moon, Pluto, Sand, and Silk! So I had to spend some time testing out combinations, mixing and matching Clef de Peau head skins with VELOUR body skins. Here’s the closest match I could get, the Beige Clef de Pau head skin with the Silk VELOUR body skin. This is the so-called “soft” body skin; if you want ripped muscles and washboard abs, you gotta pay extra for those, sweetheart! 😉
Finally, here is the Not Found head skin on the Logan head, which comes in five different skin tones (the one shown below is the Tanned skin; once again, you have to purchase matching body skin):
Below are my ROUGH NOTES on which stores are offering free gifts as part of this promotion. I have not included a few stores where I really disliked the look of the gift skin or cosmetics (sorry, guys!), and I have not yet visited any of the stores offering the women’s skin gifts (perhaps later this week?).
Note that all of these stores are INSANELY busy right now, so please be patient! I expect things will die down a bit when we get closer to Christmas Eve, which is the final day of these promotions. Even if you get into the sim, you still might have to wait a while because everybody is clicking madly on the same vendor panels to receive their gifts (at No Found, I waited a full fifteen minutes).
Not Found (free group join) BoM male and female skins for LeLutka Evo X (head and ear skin; body skin sold separately) See above for a picture of the men’s skin (I couldn’t show you the women’s skin because the sim is currently, ironically “Not Found”!). UPDATE Dec. 22nd, 2021:Here’s the new SLURL (thanks, Dreamer!)
Clef de Peau (free group join) BoM male and female skins for LeLutka Evo X (head with neck fade and ears in 5 Clef de Peau skin tones and 4 Velour skin tones) Body skin sold separately, but note the VELOUR body skin deal below! (Please see above for a picture of the men’s skin, and below for a picture of the women’s skin.)
Avi-Glam (no group needed) Nice eyes in purple, green and brown (LeL, BoM)
DeeTalez (free group join) Women’s skin for Evo X (see image below)
VELOUR (free group join) men’s Eros Lite skins and women’s Ipanema skins in four skin tones each (also a Black women’s head skin gift). The men’s skin comes in versions for Belleza Jake and Legacy in the following skin tones: Moon, Pluto, Sand, and Silk. The women’s skin comes in versions for Maitreya, Legacy, Kupra, and eBody Reborn, in the following skin tones: Brownie, Chantilly, Ebony, and Porcelain (also a no-nipples version). A package of ear skin and neck fixes for the female skin is included.
Nuve (temporary free group join) A very generous gift of women’s skin for Evo X (see picture below)
Lara Hurley (free group join) Women’s skin for Evo X (se picture below)
Bold & Beauty (temporary free group join) Women’s skin for Evo X (see picture below)
Glam Affair (temporary free group join) Women’s skin for Evo X (see picture below)
Stray Dog (free group join) Men’s skin for Evo X (head & ears only; body skin sold separately) Please see above for an image of this highly-realistic male skin.
Note that some stores which usually charge to join their store group are free to join during this promotion, so you just might want to stay subscribed to them if you have the group space!
UPDATE Dec. 17th, 2021: Here’s what the Kaya head looks like with the default eyebrow and head/body shape, wearing Tome 4 of the included head and ear skin, plus the brown eyebrow tattoo (you can also choose high-definition eyebrows from the LeLutka HUD):
Unlike the men’s skin gifts up top, the Clef de Peau head skins and the Velour Ipanema LITE body skins do come in two of the same skin tones (Chantilly and Porcelain); the heads also come in the Cloudy, Frost, Ibiza, Rose Kiss, Sienna, and Sunkissed skin tones, and the body skin also comes in Brownie and Ebony. Here’s what the Chantilly Clef de Peau head skin and Velour body skin looks like together:
The gift from Nuve is this Angie skin for LeLutka Evo X, which includes the Bakes on Mesh body skin and ear skin in the package. This generous gift includes 15 different skin tones! Here’s what the Fair skin tone looks like:
Here is the Salma skin from DeeTalez (you must purchase the matching body skin separately, but the gradual neck fade on this skin means you could probably match it with a different body skin). The head skin comes in versions with blonde eyebrows, brown eyebrows (as shown), or a no-eyebrow version. Ear skin, eyeshadow, and lipgloss layers are included in the package/
The Dani lightly freckled head skin from Lara Hurley comes in two skin tones (Pale and Midtone, both with red and brown eyebrow options and matching ear skin). You will have to purchase matching body skin separately, but there is a neck fade in the package which you can use with a different skin (I just reused the Bakes on Mesh body skin from Nuve for this picture):
The gift from Bold & Beauty is the women’s Frozen head and ear skin in 3 skin tones (Amber, Porcelain, and Sand) in 4 different eyebrows each (blonde, brown, dark brown, and browless). Matching body skins are sold separately.
From Glam Affair comes the following women’s LeLutka Evo X head and ear skin in two skin tones (Milk and Fair) in 3 eyebrow options (blonde, brown, and browless). The gift includes a separate package of tintable cosmetics and freckles. Matching body skin is sold separately, but the skins have a neck fade which means you could probably wear them with a different skin.
I also wanted to mention that many stores which are not part of the LeLutka 12 Days of Christmas promotion are also giving away skins for LeLutka Evolution mesh heads over the holidays. Here are just a couple of them:
Koonz (free group join) Two women’s head and ear skins for LeLutka Evo X: Snow (4 Velour skin tones) and Mary (3 Velour skin tones). Body skins are sold separately, but there is a neck blend included in the packages so you could wear them with a different skin, as shown below. Please note that the Velour Ipanema LITE body skins gift mentioned above comes in one of the same skin tones as the Mary skin does (Chantilly).
Dernier (free group join) Women’s Kaya hear and ear skin for LeLutka Evo X in seven Velour skin tones (matching body skins sold separately). However, please note that the Velour Ipanema LITE body skins gift mentioned above come in four of the same skin tones (Brownie, Chantilly, Ebony and Porcelain); the Dernier Kaya head and ear skin also comes in the Rose Kiss, Sienna, and Sunkiss skin tones.
UPDATE Dec. 19th: I wanted to add a couple more stores which are giving away free skins for LeLutka Evo X (and I also updated the rough notes up top, and added a few more pictures to show you what the skins look like).
ItGirls (no group needed) Women’s Natalia head skin for LeLutka Evo X in 7 skin tones (matching body skin sold separately):
Reed (free group join) Ully women’s head and ear skin in 3 skin tones (Velour body skin sold separately). This skin does not come with eyebrows, so I used the high-definition ones from the LeLutka HUD, as shown here. Please note that the Velour Ipanema LITE body skins gift mentioned above come in two of the same skin tones (Chantilly and Porcelain); the third head skin is called Frost.
Running from Nov. 21st to Dec. 1st, 2021, the Black Friday Bazaar shopping event in an annual tradition. Just join the Evil Bunny Hunts group for free, and you can pick up a free gift from almost all of the vendor booths! Even better, there’s a small sign next to each gift, which shows you what it looks like, so you can decide whether or not you want to grab it, which I think is a thoughtful touch—it saves you from having to unpack everything!
WARNING: the gift from the LUSH booth costs L$10, which in my books is NOT a gift, and I think it’s a rather dirty trick to pull in an event where all the other gifts are free! It’s very easy to accidentally buy something which you had assumed was free. The LUSH booth is located in the rightmost row of vendor booths when you are standing at the entrance to the event, as my avatar Vanity Fair is in the picture above. (Click on GROUP at the entrance to join the Evil Bunny Hunts group.)
Today, Vanity Fair is modeling a few of the gifts which I particularly liked. First up is are two presents paired together: the red, oversize What The Elf? shirt is the gift from [M]ELANGE, and the decorated Christmas antler headband is the gift from Grumble:
Below are three gifts: the Hooke’s Law double hoop earrings from Loordes of London, the white tank top from The Bold Llama T-Shirt Company (in sizes to fit most mesh bodies), and a wonderful fatpack of rounded long mesh nails from Stunner Originals, which come in 13 different colours (which come in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Signature Alice, Belleza, Kupra, Slink, and Star mesh hands).
This cute Leela Pink Dream party dress, the gift from GBD, comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Signature Alice; Tonic Curvy, Fine, and Minimizer; eBody and eBody Curvy; Star Mesh; TEX; and Altamura mesh bodies.
The black-and-purple Seer dress by JR Wolf Creations comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; INITHIUM Kupra; Tonic Curvy and Fine; and Signature Alice.
Another purple gift dress is the Raven dress in berry from Starlight Apparel (Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; Tonic Curvy and Fine).
From Luxury Fashion (LF) comes this complete Iris outfit, which includes the shoes and necklace shown, plus a HUD to choose one of eight colours for the tied top, and one of six textures for the flared pants. This ensemble comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; and Tonic Curvy and Fine mesh bodies.