Well, Advent calendar season is almost over, and I have spent most of it focused on fabulous freebies for female avatars, but I wanted to blog about some men’s freebies that you can pick up today.
First, please meet Silver Quick, my handsome male alt who will be modeling today’s finds:
Silver Quick is wearing:
Head, Eyes and Eyebrows: the recent group gift of the Alain Bento, Bakes on Mesh head from LeLutka
Body: Romeo by Altamura (a Valentine’s Day group gift a couple of years ago; to use Bakes on Mesh skin on this body, you must first purchase an Omega system kit for Altamura for L$99 at this exact SLURL, and obtain the free Bakes on Mesh kit from Altamura (at this exact SLURL in their in-world store)
Bakes on Mesh Skin: Delphinus by Altamura (included with the Bakes on Mesh kit mentioned above)
Hair: Jamie by Firelight, a free gift available here
Shorts: Alejandro shorts from the starter avatars in the Library folder of your SL inventory
Our first stop today is NERO N7 menswear store, where (if you join their store group for free), you can pick up a free L$500 gift card, good for anything in the store:
Next, we hit a couple of Advent calendars that are still up!
Donni’s Dollies has an Advent calendar where the odd-numbered dates (plus Dec. 12th and Dec. 24th) have gifts of menswear as well as womenswear (no group is needed). Here is the black and gold tuxedo from December 24th:
No Shot still has their 12 Days of Christmas calendar up, too. Here is one of the 12 menswear gifts you can pick up, a camouflage outfit with boots:
Here’s another nice outfit from the No Shot calendar, which also includes the shoes:
And here’s a business suit outfit from the same calendar, with shoes:
The ACCESS shopping event has many lovely gifts for both men and women (you have to join the ACCESS group for free to pick up these gifts).
Here’s a pro tip to help you quickly find the gifts you want at this and at other events: if you are using the Firestorm viewer, select Area Search under the World menu, then enter a keyword you are searching for (e.g. “varsity”). Then, from the list of search results, right-click the one you are interested in, and select Zoom from the pop-up menu as shown here:
Your camera will then zoom in on the specific giftbox you have selected! All you have to do is click on it and it’s yours! This tip can save you a lot of wandering around at crowded sales events where there are dozens and dozens of vendor booths.
Do a keyword search for “GRAILED” to get this Zion hoodie fatpack by GRAILED, which includes a HUD with 30 different colours and patterns:
And do a keyword search for “Varsity” to pick up this Randon jacket and long sweater combo from Varsity, with two HUDs to change the colour of both the jacket and sweater. You’ll need to alpha out your arms and hands for this hands-in-pockets look!
Our final stop is the Shop and Hop event, where there are a few men’s freebies to pick up. The gift from Etham is this shirt-and-hoodie combo, which comes with a HUD to change the colour of both the shirt and the hoodie individually:
The gift from Mossu is this cheerful Christmas cardigan:
The present from Lapointe and Bastchild’s SWEAR store at the Winter Shop and Hop are these wonderfully-detailed tundra patrol boots, in a camouflage snowflake pattern:
My annual Advent calendar odyssey in Second Life is now winding down, and (with a few exceptions), I plan to take a bit of a break from blogging until the new year. This year, so many SL storeowners have been extremely generous with their gifts! I have spent many an enjoyable hour over the past three weeks, ransacking the various Advent calendars and 12 Days of Christmas calendars across the grid, and my small army of alts now have many fabulous and fashionable freebies sitting in their inventories!
Yesterday, I spent an entertaining couple of hours trying out the dozens and dozens of facial animations and static facial poses included in the HUD of what I think was the best Christmas gift I picked up this year, the LeLutka Lilly Bento mesh head! The animations and poses on this head truly put the competition to shame with their variety.
The skin used in these pictures is a new, free group gift from Amara Beauty, the beautiful Holly Bakes on Mesh skin, which comes in three skin tones and is specifically designed for LeLutka Evolution heads:
In fact, the only complaint I have had about the Lilly head is that the included, rigged mesh eyes looked a little bit cross-eyed to me, so I swapped them out with a free group gift from ARTE, this set of lovely deep brown eyes in three shades and three sizes (which includes both Catwa and Omega appliers, Bakes on Mesh/system eyes, and a pair of mesh eyes which can be adjusted and textured using a handy HUD).
Both the ARTE and Amara Beauty groups are free to join, so if you picked up the LeLutka Lilly head this season, be sure to pick up these fabulous freebies as well!
News flash! LeLutka is offering two free Bento mesh heads, one for males and one for females, but only from December 8th to December 26th, 2020. All you have to do is join the LeLutka group, and pay L$1 for each head (your Linden dollar will be automatically refunded).
According to a notecard sent out via the LeLutka group (which is free to join):
So we ask, what’s better than a price drop, Black Friday sale, and 6 Christmas trees to end this year?
Free heads!!! One for the girls and one for the boys. You read right, we want to spoil you with these two little gifts. This is just another way of showing you how much we love you and to thank you for giving us support this year!
Please help us welcome Lilly and Alain to our Evolution line, and we truly hope you will love them like we do.
These heads will be set to L$1, but you will get refunded. The only reason you will need to pay the vendor is to record your purchase, which will ensure you get all future updates and redelivers. We wanted to be sure our group members felt special; therefore, Lilly and Alain will be available to group members ONLY and set to a regular price (L$3990) on December 26th.
These heads come with all of the features you have come to love. With all addons and skins, we left nothing out. So with that said, enjoy and thank you for being with us yet another year.
May 2021 be an amazing one for us all…
With utmost gratitude, LeLUTKA Team
Of course, the LeLutka sim is absolutely jampacked and laggy as hell at the moment, but you’ve got from now until Boxing Day to come in-world and pick these heads up, so you might want to bide your time until the sim is somewhat less crowded. It’s important to note that LeLutka is telling shoppers that they CANNOTcam shop from the neighbouring sims for this special deal; you will therefore have to fight your way into the LeLutka sim to pick these heads up.
Here’s what the vendor panels look like in the LeLutka store. You need to click, not on the poster, but on the red panel directly underneath the poster (please see the green arrows in the picture below):
Just pay the panels L$1, et voilà! The Alain or Lilly head that you desire is now yours!
Here’s what in the Lilly head package when you unpack it:
The LeLutka BoM Add-Ons folder contains things such as Bakes on Mesh freckles, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick, plus a few things you wouldn’t expect: smile lines, mature wrinkles, and even some vampire blood! The LeLutka BoM Hairbases folder contains dozens of Bakes on Mesh hairbases, in just about every shade imaginable.
The base skin is a full-head Bakes on Mesh tattoo layer, which comes in four skin tones. Likewise, the eyebrows are Bakes on Mesh, and come in blonde, red, light brown, and dark brown (and I am not a fan of these particular BoM eyebrows, which to my eye look very unnatural and overly manicured, as seems to be the style nowadays).
Here is what the Lilly head looks like, straight out of the box and using the default head, body, and eyebrows shapes included, with zero adjustments to the sliders. For this picture I chose the lightest of the four included face skins, and the dark brown eyebrows:
This is the first freebie Bento head gift that I can remember that includes several options for aging your appearance. Here’s what the Lilly head looks like when you select Mature instead of Young from the HUD, and add the included mature skin tone and the smile lines from the unpacked BoM Add-Ons folder:
You do get eight different types of eyelashes, with the option to change just the upper lashes, the lower lashes, or both:
The Lilly head does include mesh eyes, and the HUD gives you twelve different colours to choose from, plus quite a few other options:
The HUD includes high-definition (HD) options for eyeshadow, lipstick, and eyebrows (if you choose not to use the Bakes on Mesh eyebrows included in the package).
There is also an extensive animations HUD, with no less than 64 facial animation settings to reflect many different moods! The HUD also includes 64 separate facial expressions for pictures and the like…check out this lovely, bright smile!
Unfortunately, it does appear that, unlike other, previous freebie mesh head group gifts from other vendors, you will have to purchase LeLutka skin appliers in order to match the four included head skins with whatever mesh body you choose to pair with this head.
So I decided to try out a couple of skins designed specifically for LeLutka heads, just to see how they look. Here’s the free group gift of the Mandi skin from Lara Hurley Skin:
And here is what the free group gift from Essences, the Waleria face applier for LeLutka heads, looks like on the Lilly head (more details here):
The Alain male Bento mesh head looks like this, right out of the box:
It comes with a high-definition beard and a HUD to give you one of five facial hair options, in any of five different colours:
Like Lilly, the Alain head comes with four shades of skin tattoos, but in the case of Alain, the tattoos seem to apply to both the head and the Bakes on Mesh-compatible body (in this case, the Meshbody Classic body), which was not the case with the Lilly head when I tested it (unless I screwed up the settings on the Maitreya Lara mesh body I used for the Lilly photos, but I don’t think I did, since the other Bakes on Mesh skins I tried did work with it). Strange!
UPDATE 5:47 p.m.: In frustration, I finally went and upgraded my Maitreya Lara mesh body to version 5.3, turned on Bakes on Mesh for it, and tried it again, and I can now confirm that the skin tattoos that come with both the Lilly and Alain head tattoos include an extended neck fade, but they do NOT extend to the entire body itself! (The reason I had originally thought that the Alain skin tattoos covered the entire body was that I had tested it with a system skin that was close enough in skin tone to match!)
Here is what the Lilly head looks like in the darkest skin tone of the four included, and you can clearly see where the tattoo fades out. At least, I don’t have a visible neck seam this time! Honestly, switching back and forth between skin appliers and Bakes on Mesh can be such a pain in the ass sometimes…anyway, just to make it crystal clear: You will definitely need to purchase skins (either Bakes on Mesh skins, or skin appliers for your preferred mesh body in the LeLutka skin tones) to match the head skin tattoos included with both the Alain and Lilly gift heads.
One interesting thing I noted is that there were no darker or Black skin tones that came with either the Lilly or Alain heads—Caucasian only! Again, you’ll have to purchase those Bakes on Mesh skins or LeLetuka head and body appliers separately.
All in all, these are both really high-quality products, and well worth picking up!
UPDATE Dec. 12th, 2020:Clef de Peau is offering up a free group gift of a male head and body skin called Jamie (the Clef de Peau group is free to join). Here is what Jamie looks like on the Alain head; the package includes a suggested body shape and eyebrow shaper for the Alain head. which I had to tweak slightly in the upper body and neck areas to get this picture. Looking fabulous!
There is also a free gift at the POUT! store, of a shape created specifically for the LeLutka Lilly head. It’s located in the centre of the store, and you don’t need to join any group; just slap the vendor panel and it’s yours!
Thank you to both Linda Haber and Kieran Stephens for the heads up!
I remember what most Christmas trees looked like when I first started out in Second Life, way, waaay back in 2007. To put it mildly, in the old pre-mesh days, they were not pretty. I loaded up one of my oldest avatars and did some rummaging through his oldest inventory items, to find an example of the sort of thing that we had to put up (and put up with) at Christmastime:
Well, we have clearly come a long, long way from ye olden tymes! What if I told you, that you could pick up not one, not two, but six beautiful, fully-decorated, fully-mesh Christmas trees to adorn your virtual home?
Simply join the LeLutka group for free, go to the notices, and look for one that says “LeLUTKA Tree Delivery 2020” and click on the Open Attachment button (see red arrows below):
Take the box out of your inventory, open it, and inside you will find six Christmas trees, a free gift from LeLutka, one for each of the years from 2015 to 2020!
The trees are resizable to any height you desire, and all come with a pot and, in some cases, a lovely tree skirt.
So, if you have been searching for the perfect Christmas tree to decorate your abode, why not pick up these freebies, before you spend hundreds, even thousands of Linden dollars, on Christmas trees and ornaments from other places?