UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Hair from no.match

UPDATE March 11th, 7:00 a.m.: Unfortunately, it looks like no.match has suspended their daily free hairstyle gifts. As of today, the All Day Mania panel has been replaced with a group gift (it costs L$50 to join the no.match group). Sorry!


Did you know that no.match hair store is giving away a free hairstyle every day? It’s completely free. You don’t need to join any group to get it, just click on the gift box in the store at this SLURL:

Sometimes the freebie is male hair, sometimes female, and some styles are unisex. The daily gifts can be fatpacks of all colours, or just one colour set (blondes, brunettes, etc.).

Here’s an example of a beautiful, elegant updo I picked up this week, which came in a fatpack of colours:

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UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Pick Up 823 Freebies in Just Seven Stops for Only L$51!

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Time to take another alt from zero to hero(ine)! And time to update this popular blogpost on freebie shopping from last May. And this time, I beat my old record of 789 freebies in 10 stops! Yes, it can be done!!

This weekend, I wanted to see just how many high-quality freebies I could vacuum up in as few stops as possible, for a newbie (unisex) Second Life avatar. My only rule was to ignore any older system (non-mesh) clothing, any applier-based clothing, tattoos, classic avatar skins, shapes, and poses. My total budget was L$51, which was spent on full-body mesh avatars. Everything else was free!

My starting point was Altamura, where I picked up the free group gifts of the Juliet and Romeo mesh bodies, for only the L$50 group join fee for the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group! (More information here. You have to pay the vendors L$1 after you join the group, and your Linden dollar is automatically refunded.)

UPDATE Feb. 25th: It would appear that there was a miscommunication from Altamura about when this promotion would end. I was told Feb. 27th and I originally wrote that in this blogpost. However, today I learned from the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars discussion group that it actually ended at the end of the day yesterday, February 24th. Sorry if you missed this fabulous offer!

However, you still have many free and inexpensive options for mesh heads and bodies for male avatars and for female avatars (follow these links for more details).

SECOND UPDATE Feb. 25th: Due to the number of unhappy customers who believed they had until Feb. 27th and still wanted to pick up the Romeo and Juliet group gifts, Altamura has posted the following notice to their group late this afternoon:

Due to a miscommunication, Romeo & Juliet gift was removed. It WILL be back tomorrow until the 27th as was originally expected. So make SURE to bring yourself and friends along before they’re gone!!

After I visited Altamura, I hit only six more locations in Second Life:

  • Virtue (group is free to join): 46 group gifts (beautiful, modestly-designed women’s dresses, blouses and T-shirts)
  • Coco Designs (group is free to join): 47 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes; note there are two separate Group Gift walls in the store)
  • !Soul (group is free to join): 114 group gifts (women’s hair, clothing and shoes)
  • Hilly Haalan (group is free to join): 68 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes)
  • The Free Dove (group is free to join): 198 group gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)
  • The freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil (no group needed): a whopping 350 gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)

Female Avatar Looks

Here is look number 1 for my female avatar: everything my avatar is wearing, from top to bottom, except the mesh avatar itself, came from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.

  • Mesh avatar body: Juliet by Altamura
  • Hair: Leslie by Firelight (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Eyes: Bitsy eyes (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Earrings: Brincos Coraçao earrings (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Dress: Irena by Prism (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Pumps: Classic nude pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

Look number 2 is very Audrey Hepburn:

  • Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
  • Shoes: Classic black pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Rest of outfit: René black and white outfit by Giulia Design (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

Here’s look number 3. all set for a night on the town! Everything is from The Free Dove except the avatar itself:

  • Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
  • Hair: Naomi braids by Firelight (from The Free Dove)
  • Dress: Donna dress by Stars (from The Free Dove)
  • Shoes: Animal Attraction Zebra shoes from Shoe-Ddiction (from The Free Dove)

Male Avatar Looks

Here is the first male avatar look, a casual sporty appearance:

  • Mesh avatar body (including beard applier): Romeo by Altamura
  • Mesh eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (comes with a HUD with 6 different eye colours; this fabulous unisex freebie I found tucked away on the 4th floor of the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil, at the Dossier display along with some sandals and boots)
  • Hair: Monty hair (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Shirt: Necklace Mao T-shirt by Kingbal Stores (from The Free Dove)
  • Sweatpants: Grey jogger pants by Gild (4th floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Sneakers: Ray shoes by First Choice (4th floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

The second male avatar look is dressier and straight out of The Bachelor!

  • Mesh avatar body: Romeo by Altamura
  • Mesh eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier
  • Hair: Apollo hair by SassyAF (from The Free Dove)
  • Suit: Dryden II suit by Artizana (from The Free Dove)
  • Shoes: Leonard shoes (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Rose: Leonard rose (from the new SL starter avatars)

When I started, the size of my inventory for this newbie avatar was 3,924 elements. When I finished, it had grown to 8,856 elements!

So, now you see how easy it is to fill your inventory with high-quality Second Life freebies without a lot of running around, or a lot of money! Happy shopping!!

UPDATE Feb. 26th: Scandalize has another one of their periodic free group join periods! You can join their group for free from Feb. 25th to Feb. 28th. If you join their group, you can pick up no less than 88 wonderful group gifts for female avatars:

So, take advantage of this opportunity to add even more high-quality women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry to your inventory!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Romeo and Juliet Full-Body Mesh Avatars as Valentine’s Day Gifts at the eBENTO Event!

UPDATE Feb. 25th: It would appear that there was a miscommunication from Altamura about when this promotion would end. I was told Feb. 27th and I originally wrote that in this blogpost. However, today I learned from the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars discussion group that it actually ended at the end of the day yesterday, February 24th. Sorry!

SECOND UPDATE Feb. 25th: Due to the number of unhappy customers who believed they had until Feb. 27th and still wanted to pick up the Romeo and Juliet group gifts, Altamura has posted the following notice to their group late this afternoon:

Due to a miscommunication, Romeo & Juliet gift was removed. It WILL be back tomorrow until the 27th as was originally expected. So make SURE to bring yourself and friends along before they’re gone!!


Altamura has really outdone herself this time, with not one but two free, fully-featured, full-body mesh avatars, one for men and one for women, in celebration of Valentine’s Day!

Here is what the vendors look like at the Altamura booth at the eBENTO event:

To get the Juliet body, you must first join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group (there’s a L$50 join fee) and pay the vendor L$1 (your dollar will be automatically refunded). To get the Romeo body, join the eBENTO Event Update Group for free and pay the vendor L$1 (your dollar will again be refunded).

Here is what the Juliet avatar looks like:

Unlike previous Altamura free mesh bodies, she comes in no less than eight different skin tones and a complete set of nail types and colours! Another nice feature is that you can remove the included head and replace it with any other Bento mesh head. And, if you get the Altamura Omega system kit, you can even use Omega skin appliers with this body!

Here’s another look at the darkest skin tone on the same Juliet avatar, wearing one of the free outfits and hair from the new starter avatars just released by Second Life:

Looking good!

And this is what the Romeo male avatar looks like, with all the default shapes and settings, all tattoos removed, and at the lightest of the four included skin tones:

Here’s a full-body look at Romeo in the darkest skin tone (note that you can have him clean-shaven if you wish; you can remove the default beard using the cheeks button on the makeup tab on the included HUD):

If you wish, you can also remove the head on this body and replace it with any other Bento mesh head. I did notice that if you turn the head off then back on, you will have to re-remove the default tattoos and makeup from the head again, but I consider this a minor bug.

These are outstanding, well-designed, and fully-featured freebies which are also Omega-compatible. With a complete set of alpha selections in the included HUD, you can basically wear just about anything with these bodies and they will look well. Drop everything and get down here today! This deal is only until midnight of Valentine’s Day, Second Life Time/Pacific Time.

Here’s the link to the Altamura booth at the eBENTO event. Please note that the sim is absolutely packed today, so you might have to use something like the Teleport Hammer to get in. Keep trying!

UPDATE: There has been such a level of crowding, chaos, and lag at the eBENTO event, that Altamura has added multiple new Romeo and Juliet vendors to the eBENTO event, and they have also moved the Romeo and Juliet gift vendors into their main store location (here’s the SLURL). You will still need to join the eBento Event Update Group for Romeo and the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for Juliet, as before. Good luck!

UPDATE Feb. 24th: Chic Aeon has blogged about these bodies (here and here), and she has a useful tip for those who wish to use Omega skins and tattoos with them:

In order to get your Omega skins, tattoos, etc. to work on Romeo you will need to install the relay. This is different than previous versions of Altamura avatars — so listen up and save yourself some frustration.  You need to have the CLOTHING LAYERS hud open (not the main hud as before) and then INSTALL the Omega function.  After that, Omegas should work as expected.

Thanks, Chic!

Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Eight New Starter Avatars!

One place which is often overlooked by Second Life users looking for freebies is their default inventory. You don’t have to try to force your way into crowded stores or slap any lucky boards to get it; you already have it!

Linden Lab has recently released eight new starter avatars (you can preview them by selecting Choose an Avatar from the Avatar drop-down menu in the upper left hand corner of your Firestorm viewer):

Eight New Starter Avatars

Now, these starter avatars are classic system (non-mesh body) avatars, but the clothing is all modern mesh clothing. Here are a few pictures of the new outfits which are available, shown on mesh avatars:

Entire Outfit (Except Shoes) Including Hat with Hair, Bag with Dog, and iPad (from the Bitsy Starter Avatar)
Entire Outfit Including Manbun Hair (from the Ashton Starter Avatar)
Ballgown and Pearl Necklace (from the Gretchen Starter Avatar)
Tuxedo and Shoes (from the Leonard Starter Avatar)

One strange quirk of the starter avatars is that you do need to load them first in order to get the items into your inventory; then you can pick and choose what you want to use, or even mix and match between them.

So check out the Second Life starter avatars if you haven’t already done so. Load each of them up and take a good look at pieces of their wardrobe that you can reuse. Looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune!