Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Dollarbie Bakes on Mesh Avatars by Rule of Rose

I found out today, via the Dancing in the Square freebie fashion blog, that there is a vendor on the SL Marketplace called Rule of Rose, who is selling various custom mesh fairy avatars for only one Linden dollar each! These avatars are Bakes on Mesh only, which means you can use any system skin or BoM skin, as well as system-layer eyebrows, hairbases, tattoos, etc. The Dancing in the Square blogger used just the mesh head for her pictures, and I think it turned out well!

Picture taken from the Dancing in the Square freebie fashion blog,
showing the mesh head from the Marlot Bakes on Mesh avatar
on a different mesh avatar body

Here’s what the Marlot mesh avatar looks like, right out the box, with the loincloth and wings as a single rigged attachment. The head and the body are two separate pieces, and you can wear each separately. The included HUD allows you to you to recolour each individual fingernail and toenail, as well as adjust the glow and shine on each individual nail!

Here’s a closeup look at the head, wearing the Daydream – Cameo – Violet Love system skin from CUPCAKES (remember them?):

You can wear any combination of system skins, eyebrows, and hairbase layers on this body, but you are strongly advised by the creator not to try and adjust the body or the head using the sliders! The creator notes:

This is a character avatar, which means…although you can adjust the sliders, you really shouldn’t, Weird things happen, I made this [avatar to] really have a certain look and the fit mesh was just there for the jiggle. I hope you guys enjoy this small bust, Asian fairy inspired avatar, I had a lot of fun making her and I really hope you guys continue to send me pictures on how you jazzed her up. The dev kit is included so you can make clothes and mods and all that jazz for her.

And here’s another dollarbie Bakes on Mesh avatar from Rule of Rose, the Great Fairy-Rosé mesh avatar, which comes with exactly the same nail options as Marlot. As you can see, she is a big, bold, beautiful woman! This is what she looks like right out of the box, there’s no default skin included but I used the same CUPCAKES system skin as before. The included outfit and accessories are all one single rigged mesh attachment:

The creator states:

The head can be removed and replaced with one of your choosing. However, it is worth noting that her neck is thick and many heads [probably] wont fit on that neck, I don’t know anything about mesh heads…But don’t let that [get] you down! This body is Bento and fitmesh so you can adjust the sliders and change the face up if [you prefer]. Please keep in mind that because of the way her body is rigged, you can change the shape, but if you change it too much it’ll start looking weird.

I did play around with the sliders on Rosé, and she does seem to respond well to most adjustments. Although you can alpha out parts of the body using the alphas that come with your outfits, finding clothing to fit this wonderfully body-positive shape is still going to be somewhat of a problem! You will likely have to resort to using older, system-layers-and-prims clothing, such as this Nim fairy outfit by !Boaz!, a store that is no longer on the grid. (This is a problem common to all custom mesh avatars.)

Also, you are going to have to find an animation override suitable for plus-size women, because with most standard AOs, the arms will disappear inside the body. There are plus-size animation overrides, such as the (Almost) Still AO for Fat Girls by Voir (L$350 from the SL Marketplace). You could also try using a regular AO with the Shoulder Overrider from Ethik Nacon (L$299 on the SL Marketplace), which adjusts the shoulder joints so that the arms come away from the body.

So even though Rosé’s price is right (how can you beat one Linden dollar for a complete mesh body?), you might still decide to opt for the Piggu June mesh avatar, which has lots of clothing designed specifically for it, from a variety of different vendors (well over 600 items at last count).

There are a few other freebie and dollarbie mesh avatars available on the Rule of Rose store, so be sure to check them out! I will be adding this as an option to my ever-growing list of free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for female avatars.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Rick Bento Mesh Body by Alantori for Only L$50!

UPDATE July 25th, 2019: This blogpost has been flagged for violations of Google AdSense Program policies, which has led to it being extensively censored.

If you join the Alantori group for only L$50, you can participate in their daily Midnight Madness giveaway of the Rick Bento mesh body for male avatars. Here’s the exact SLURL that takes you to the Midnight Madness panel in the Alantori store.

The first 150 people to click the panel each day after it resets every midnight will receive the Rick Bento mesh body for free! According to the sign it comes with Bento hands, and includes a HUD with alpha sections so you pretty much wear any clothing with it.

The Rick body comes in five different skin tones: pale, light, mid, dark, and African) and the package includes a simple alpha HUD (shown here):

For L$50 it’s quite a nice male mesh body. It’s not Omega compatible, so you might still land up with a seam between your head and your body, which you can cover up with a collar. (I was lucky to find a close match between the mid body skin tone and one of the skin tones on the group gift Clay Bento mesh head from Akeruka (more details here). If you’ve been sitting on the fence about upgrading your male avatar to mesh, now might be the perfect time to try it out!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Akeruka Clay Male Bento Mesh Head

Once again breaking my holidays from the blog to announce a super deal you cannot pass up!

As expected, Akeruka has followed their Cleo group gift with a fully-featured, fully-adjustable male Bento mesh head called Clay, available for only L$1 if you are a member of the [AK] Heads News & Support group. Just pay the panel a Linden dollar (here’s the SLURL):

Akeruka has been giving away freebie or dollarbie Bento mesh heads (both male and female models) twice a year for the past couple of years. If you had joined the [AK] Heads News & Support group for L$150 two years ago, you would have picked up no less than eight Bento mesh heads by now—which works out to less than L$20 per head! Best bargain on the grid! So join the Akeruka group and stay a member!

As with Cleo before it, this is a fully-featured, completely adjustable Bento head with included mesh teeth and eyes, an animation HUD, and a HUD with six different skin tones, including a variety of eyebrow and hairbase colours and five beard styles to choose from. And the package even includes Omega body skin appliers to match the 6 head skin tones!

As you can see, Clay is quite the handsome fellow! This is his default look right out of the box, with no changes to the sliders. Here I paired the Clay head with the recent group gift of the Altamura Romeo mesh body, which is Omega-compatible and takes the skin applier perfectly:

And here’s my newly updated urban angel look:

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head: Clay by Akeruka

Mesh Body: Romeo by Altamura

Skin Applier: included in the Clay head package. If you need to pick up the Omega system kit for Altamura mesh bodies, you can buy one for L$99 at this exact SLURL (it’s the same kit for both male and female bodies). You only need to install it once and then you can use any Omega-compatible product with it.

Clothing: Novus suit by Kauna (all the men’s clothing at Kauna is FREE, here’s the SLURL to the store)

Shoes: black monk strap shoes by Kauna (also free!)

Sunglasses: TopGun Oddity glasses by A&D Clothing (free group gift at this SLURL; the A&D Clothing group is free to join)

Wings: black Bento angel wings by Blueberry (you can pick these up using the free L$250 Blueberry credit available at their booth at the Second Life 16th Birthday Shopping Event, June 20th to July 8th)

Halo: Pardoes incredible halo (I got this so long ago that I forget where I found it or what I paid for it!)

So, hurry on down to Akeruka to pick up this truly fabulous deal! This group gift will only be available until July 6th, 2019.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Akeruka Cleo Female Bento Mesh Head, Only L$151!

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*sigh* Of course, the very next day after I announce I am taking holidays from this blog, Akeruka goes and announces an anniversary group gift. And this one is definitely worth coming back to blog about!

You might remember that I told you that it is worth joining the Akeruka group called [AK] Heads News & Support for L$150 and staying a member, because every six months or so, Akeruka offers both male and female Bento mesh heads as group gifts. Well, it’s that time again! From now until June 20th, you can pick up the Cleo female Bento mesh head for only L$1. Here’s what the ad looks like in the store (here’s the SLURL):

This is a fully-featured, completely adjustable Bento head with included teeth and (colour-changeable, human and alien) eyes, and a HUD with eight different skin tones, and a variety of eyebrow and hairbase colours to choose from. The HUD includes eyeliners, eyeshadows, blush, freckles, and lipsticks. And, even better, the package includes body skin appliers to match the 8 head skin tones, for Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink mesh bodies, plus Omega skin appliers for any Omega-compatible mesh body! Here, I have used the Omega skin applier on the recent Juliet mesh body group gift from Altamura, with all the makeup options turned off so you can see the features more clearly:

Looking good! This avatar is wearing:

Mesh head: Cleo Bento mesh head by Akeruka (L$1 group gift; group costs L$150 to join)

Mesh body: Juliet mesh body by Altamura (a former Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega-compatible; more details here)

Omega skin applier: (included as part of a package of body skin appliers that comes with the Cleo mesh head; you can pick up the Omega applier kit for Altamura mesh bodies for only L$99 at the Omega Solutions store at this exact SLURL)

Clothing: Eleni T-shirt and Thalia jeans (part of the Baby Monkey capsule wardrobe, available free from the Free*Style freebie store (more details here)

Shoes: black flats (part of a free sample pack of Slink-compatible shoes from Garbaggio, available on the SL Marketplace; Altamura mesh bodies have Slink-compatible feet)

Hair: Beyoncé hair by enVOGUE (a L$1 gift from a previous year’s Hair Fair)

If past history is anything to go by, you can expect an announcement of a male Bento mesh head group gift after June 20th. So stay tuned!

O.K., back to my holiday from the blog!