Apr 092014
 

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I was recently sent the 10-Function Risque from tabu toys. The Risque is a vibrating butt plug made by California Exotics. It has a wide, flared base and 10 settings of vibration. Although I own many butt plugs, I only own a few that vibrate.

The first Risque I was sent did not work, no matter how much tweaking and working on it we did. I contacted tabu and they quickly sent out another one–it worked right away. They have wonderful customer service.

As I said above, it is a vibrating butt plug. It is made of TPR. TPR is not a dreadful material, but it is still somewhat porous, which means it can retain bacteria. It can’t be fully sterilized because it cannot be bleached or boiled without breaking down– not ideal for an anal toy. You can use a condom over it every time if you would like, and should if you intend to share it with partners.  It can really only be cleaned with soap and water, toy cleaner, or wipes.

The shape of the plug is nice. I would think it would  be a little too large for a true anal beginner but if you have experience, it is not intimidating and would actually probably be too small for advanced users. I think of it as being right at the small side of intermediate. It has a tapered tip that goes into a fairly slender shaft and then tapers down again to the neck. It is easy to insert because of the tapered tip.

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The neck is not narrow enough (for me at least) to truly use this as a plug. It is more of a probe, or a vibrator, because I had to keep my fingers on the base the entire time to make it stay in my butt.  It kept slipping out. The base is large and safely keeps the toy positioned outside your body (if only you could make it stay in your body). The batteries also go in the base. The battery compartment door is a little tricky to get on and make it stay on as well. The battery door is made of plastic, not TPR.

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The Risque is 3.25″ long (insertable) and 1.25″ wide.

The Risque is touted as being “10-Function.” It has a single button on the base that says “10x.”

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Pressing it once turns it. Continuing to press it cycles through the functions and pressing and holding turns it off. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries. The vibrations are fairly strong, a little buzzy sounding, but not weak. I was surprised by the power of this toy. The vibration patterns are as follows:

  1. Low
  2. Medium
  3. High
  4. Short Pulses
  5. Wavy pulses
  6. Low to high
  7. Long pulses
  8. Gradual increase
  9. Random
  10. High-Low-High-Low

This toy has several flaws, as you can read about above. My main issue with this is the fact that it will not stay in. I do not want to use a butt plug that has to be held in with my fingers! The battery door can be an annoyance as well and I would prefer for it to be made out of a better material, but I do not share my toys.

If you are interested in this, or another toy, please visit tabu toys for other anal toys and an amazing assortment of other quality toys!

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This product was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

 Posted by at 5:53 pm
Apr 012014
 

Elephant trunk

I was contacted by the lovely people over at Exotic-Erotics about reviewing one of their products and I was very excited to do so. If you have not checked out their webstore yet, I highly recommend you do so. They have an amazing array of life-cast toys, as well as sculpted toys. You are sure to find something you like there because there is so much variety! Being new to EE toys, I selected the Elephant Trunk in size small, because the shape looked basic, yet still pleasurable, and the dimensions of the small size did not sound overwhelming. Some of the toys on the EE site are heavily textured or wild shapes, so I thought this would be the best intro into their products. I also got it in the medium firmness– I feared the soft would be too soft and the firm would be too hard– Goldilocks problems!!

Shaped like an elephant trunk, this dildo has a body-safe, harness compatible base. It narrows into the toy itself and tapers down to two very realistic elephant nostrils. The entire dildo is covered in fine lines and wrinkles, similar to the texture of leather, perfectly mimicking elephant skin. I thought this texture would probably not be noticed by my vagina, but I can actually feel the little lines. The texture is very subtle but very pleasing. It almost feels like I am being tickled internally and that is a very cool feeling.

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The size is really good for me too. It is large enough to be pleasing without feeling like I am being stretched too much. I think the medium firmness silicone helped with that too. Anything more firm and it would have felt more imposing. The measurements are as follows:

  • 8″ long
  • 1.4″ across at the tip, 4.5″ circumference
  • 1.6″ across midshaft, 5″ circumference
  • 1.9″ across base of shaft, 6″ circumference

It also comes in at just under one pound– this is a solid hunk of silicone.

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The shape is pretty basic, except for the tip. It is essentially a fun-textured, tapered dildo, which is nothing unheard of. It does not have much curve to it, which reduces the amount of g-spot or p-spot stimulation. I think this is a great thrusting dildo since it is pretty straight and the subtle texture feels really good for in and out, in and out. The tip, however, is shaped like elephant nostrils! There are two actual cavities in the end of this dildo, separated by a septum. They are the same size and my middle and pointer fingertips and I can hook my fingertips in the nostrils. Since the tip is partially hollow, it can be harder to insert because the silicone at the end kind of wants to fold over on itself. A more firm silicone would likely rectify this.

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Exotic Erotics has a ton of color options for their toys, or they can even make up a color for you! I requested pink of course, just not a fleshy color of pink, and I got a light, cotton candyish color that is very pretty. If you wanted a true pachyderm experience, they have a grey color that would be very realistic. Exotic Erotics toys are very easy to take care of since they are pure silicone. I do not share my toys, so I simply wash with soap and water and leave it out to dry before I return it to the sparkly storage bag it came with. You can also boil, bleach, use alcohol, toy cleaner, or put it in the dishwasher. Because of the design of this toy, pay special attention the cleaning the crevices and extra close attention to the nostrils, making sure they get washed well.

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Summary

This is a great, unintimidating dildo from Exotic Erotics. The shape of the shaft is nothing crazy (though the tip is a little crazy!), but the texture is a pleasant and tickling surprise. It is not curved enough to provide g-spot or p-spot stimulation, but the straight shape is great for thrusting.

This toy was provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This  review is in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

You can buy one directly from EE here.

 

Mar 292014
 

I should start this review out with an apology. I got the last tie-bright Maverick. Ever. Sorry, y’all. Long after the tie-bright Mavericks were discontinued and sold out everywhere, the lovely folks at Vixen found one. A single Maverick, buried deep in the warehouse.  And then I freaked out, because like so many people, I dragged my feet and didn’t buy one in time and then POOF, they were all gone.

While I have wanted a Maverick for quite some time, I find realistic colors to be off-putting and was primarily interested in one of the beautiful, funky-colored versions. I have a realistically colored penis already, attached to Mr. Kat, and don’t need a toy to look real. Although there are a few companies out there that have mastered the realistic coloring, a lot of attempts just look creepy and fake. Too light and ghostly, too orangey-brown, too pink (did I just say that?)– you get the idea. I just want something that looks fun and fake from the get-go, y’all.

Man, oh man. I love Vixskin. The material is one of the best I have ever used. Vixskin is a firm inner core, wrapped in super squishy, plush silicone. It is neither glossy nor matte. While it has no shine, it has a substantial amount of drag that comes from the squishiness of the silicone. The core does not extend all the way into the tip of the dildo, which leaves the head soft and pliable.

With a dildo this size, dual-density silicone makes it possible for more people to use…which is good, because this is a pretty damn big dildo. Coming in right at 7” long and 2” diameter…that means a 6.28” circumference! The squishy outer layer is much easier to take than a firm dildo would be.

The Maverick is on the large side of the toys I typically play with, but it is definitely not too big. It feels especially good after I have warmed up with other toys or have had sex with my partner, but it is not difficult for me to insert, even if I haven’t warmed up yet.

Even though this is a tie-bright Maverick, it still looks very realistic. It has a urethral opening and a defined head.

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This dildo actually has two ridges to add to the stimulation. And those ridges do WORK. This thing will not stop on the g-spot. I typically need a more firm toy to cum from g-spot stimulation, but this one makes me feel so full that the stimulation is relentless. The ridges go all the way around the dildo so you have stimulation on all sides.

 

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It has a slight curve, that makes it easier to stimulate the g-spot or p-spot, but it straightens out near the base.

My base was poured differently so I cannot attest to the strength of the suction cup, but most Mavericks do in fact possess a suction cup base. The base on mine is a pearly, swirled white and very pretty. It is harness compatible, although the sheer weight of this dildo might be difficult to use in a harness without making the harness droop.

The Maverick, and all other Vixen toys, comes packaged in a clear plastic tube that has black caps on either end. The tube features the Vixen logo and says “Vixskin Worth Every Inch.” The tube is clear, so it is not very discreet as to what the contents are.
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Because the Maverick is silicone, it can be sterilized in a multitude of ways, including soap and water, toy cleaner, alcohol, a 10% bleach solution, boiling or even sticking it in the dishwasher.

I love the Maverick and I cannot thank Vixen enough for letting me try one. Vixskin material feels awesome, it is a good, big size and the colors of mine are especially fun.

This toy was provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This  review is in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

You can buy one (although they are no longer available in this color) directly from Vixen.

Mar 012014
 

We Vibe Tango

The We-Vibe Salsa has long been regarded as the “best of the best” of clitoral vibrators in the sex toy reviewer and blogger world. It is highly versatile and powerful, and I thought, popular– until We-Vibe discontinued it, leaving masses of people devastated and trying to snatch up the last few remaining Salsas.

What do you buy when you’re used to a Salsa? It is a difficult spot to fill.

Enter the We-Vibe Tango. The Tango has the same patterns and speeds, same small size, and same power, just in a slightly different shape. The Salsa comes to a point, whereas the Tango has a slanted, flat tip, like a lipstick.

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Both vibes are so small that the tip, regardless of which one you have, can be used for pinpoint stimulation. Or, if you like more broad stimulation, you can turn it on its side a little bit and use it that way.

The Tango, like the Salsa, is highly versatile. It is a great, rumbly clitoral vibrator, fits in the bullet holes for many vibrating dildos and cock rings, and is great for teasing all over the body– nipples, shaft, testicles, around the vaginal opening or around the anus– just be careful around the anus, as this should not be inserted due to the small size and lack of flared base.

I primarily use mine for clitoral stimulation but it also fits perfectly in all the Tantus toys with bullet holes. The deep vibrations travel beautifully through Tantus silicone and are a much better choice than the weak, one speed bullets those toys come equipped with. I think this would also be incredible in a harness with a bullet pocket, though I do not have one like that.

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The Tango is made of hard ABS plastic that requires only a tiny lubrication to really get slick. To clean, I simply wash with antibacterial hand soap and water. I do not share my Tango, but if you do, I would recommend bleaching it to make sure all bacteria is gone. You should not boil the Tango or put it in the dishwasher because the heat will ruin the mechanical parts. Because the plastic is so rigid, you can really apply as much pressure as you like without slowing or stopping the motor. I love this feature because a lot of softer vibes are slowed down when you apply firm pressure. I really like to push hard on my clit when I masturbate and this is perfect because I lose no power.

People seem to have a definite preference for the shape of the Salsa over the shape of the Tango, which is slanted like a lipstick. They both have tips that let you use pinpoint stimulation and they both have deep, rumbly vibrations. Both toys are similar in size to a tube of ChapStick and pretty discreet.The Tango is just over 3” long and 2” in circumference. It is easy to travel with or use during sex because it is so tiny and unobtrusive. I keep mine in my purse frequently for masturbating on the go or use during spontaneous sex.

The Tango is rechargeable, which I love. I hate changing batteries and trying to find the right batteries and buying batteries and basically everything that has to do with batteries. The charger for the Tango is magnetic and a little finicky. With a little repositioning, you can usually find a good connection and it will charge in about 90 minutes.

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Charging

We-Vibe claims that the Tango has about 2 hours of play time on a single charge. The battery life on my Tango seems to be better than the battery life of my Salsa, which makes me VERY happy because my Salsa has a knack for dying on me right before orgasm. The Tango seems to run about 30 minutes longer per charge than the Salsa, but battery life for both toys seems to be inconsistent, based on other reviews I have read.

The Tango vibrations are extremely powerful and rumbly. I can quickly and consistently squirt from using this . There is a single button on the base of the Tango and you cycle through the settings using it. After the final click, the Tango is off. It also has a quick off setting if you press and hold the button for a couple of seconds. If you turn it off this way, the Tango will remember what setting you were on next time you turn it on. There are eight settings:

We Vibe TangoI like the Ultra setting the best. Deep, rumbly, powerful vibrations that make me completely lose control and soak the sheets. I usually avoid pulsing patterns though because I need consistent vibrations to climax. The patterns could be great for you.
The Tango comes in a white cardboard box with the toy, charger, little instruction booklet, and a white satin bag. This packaging and the contents are identical to the Salsa. The bag is much larger than the toy and mine has gotten picks and pulls in the fabric but it is still a nice bonus– better than no bag.

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My main complaint with the Tango is the finicky magnetic charger. Mine comes loose very easily and then I go back to use it and find it hasn’t been charging. Aside from that, I think this vibe is every bit as incredible as the Salsa.. It is small and convenient to carry around, makes me cum hard and quickly too and I love that it is rechargeable. If you loved the Salsa, you should give the Tango a try, and if you couldn’t get your hands on a Salsa before they were discontinued, you will definitely love the Tango.

Buy one at We-Vibe!

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 Posted by at 10:21 pm
Feb 142014
 

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This is one of the harder reviews I have written, for one of the items that I have anticipated the most. The We-Vibe 4 is a vibrator, intended to be inserted and worn during intercourse by someone with female anatomy, although I am sure it could be used in other ways.

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Because I am female-bodied and Mr. Kat is male-bodied, we used it in the aforementioned manner– inserted in my vagina for use during intercourse. I have accumulated well over 100 sex toys, yet this was the first toy of this nature that I acquired, hence why I was so excited to try it.

The We-Vibe 4 is a flattened C-shape vibrator, and in theory, one arm sits on your clit and one on your g-spot. There is a vibrating motor in each tip. The g-spot arm is thinner to allow more room for a penis or dildo inside the vagina while the toy is in use. There are slight grooves on the inside of each arm, where it comes in contact with your body, to add stimulation. I could not feel these ridges during use.

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There is also a rough seam around the middle of the toy, but it did not irritate me. The very sensitive among you might notice it more though.

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It has a button on the clitoral arm to turn it on and change settings, but it also comes with a small remote that you can use to toggle through the settings. The range of the remote is said to have been improved from previous models, but this being my first of its kind, I cannot attest to that. The remote has four buttons– up and down arrows and left and right arrows. Left and right arrows change pattern and up and down arrows change intensity of vibration. The We-Vibe 4 must be turned on using the button on the toy itself, but can be turned off by pressing and holding the down arrow on the remote.

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Material

It is made of 100% silicone and comes in two colors: purple and hot pink. Many users are dismayed by the lack of variety in the colors. I did not mind the choices but it would be nice to have other options for those who hate pink/purple, because I know there are many of you.

The silicone is reaaaally nice. It is matte instead of glossy, and buttery smooth. The smooth silicone attracts less hair and lint than traditional shiny, sticky silicone. In my experience, matte silicone takes a tiny bit more (water-based!!) lubricant than the glossy silicone, but in my opinion, that is a more than fair trade to not have a ton of hair and fuzz stuck to this constantly. People who had the opportunity to use the previous versions have said that this silicone is a big upgrade from the We-Vibe II and III. I have not tried the other versions, but I adore matte silicone.

It is smooth, with the exception of the power button and the ridges I mentioned above. It also has a small We-Vibe logo next to the power button on the clitoral arm side.

Cleaning and Care

The We-Vibe 4 is silicone, which can be cleaned in a multitude of ways. However, the motors rule out several options. This cannot be boiled or put in the dishwasher because the high heat would destroy the mechanical parts. It can still be bleached, washed with soap and water, or toy cleaner/wipes. It is waterproof, so I just soap it up and wash it in the sink. You may need a toothbrush/ q-tip/ fingernails to clean out the grooves and raised logo on the clitoral arm.

The We-Vibe 4 should only be used with water-based lubricant because silicone lubricant could react with the silicone toy. I keep mine in the box for storage because it keeps everything neat and in one place. If you choose to store this in another manner, keep it away from other toys to avoid a reaction. The included charging cradle is another storage option.

Size and Shape

This is a flattened C-shaped vibrator. The g-spot arm is slim, to take up as little vaginal room as possible to allow for a penis or dildo. The clitoral arm is thicker. The We-Vibe 4 is about 1.2” wide, just under 3” long, and 1.6” tall.

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Charging/Storing

The We-Vibe 4 is rechargeable and comes with a small remote control that is not rechargeable. The remote runs off a basic watch-type battery and should last for several years. Both the We-Vibe 4 and the remote sit in a small cradle for charging and the cradle has a lid that turns it into a carrying case for travel. This is especially nice. A USB cord plugs into the back of the cradle/case for charging.  When you plug the 4 in, a light illuminates on the front of the cradle. It blinks until it is fully charged and when fully charged, glows steadily.

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The cardboard box it came in is nice as well and a good storage option. It has foam cutouts to hold everything in place and organized. It is also lovely and classy, with watercolor-like art on it.

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I played with the We-Vibe 4 a little bit before using it with Mr. Kat the first time so I could become accustomed to it. It was not as strong as other We-Vibe toys I had tried and I was disappointed by this. Though the vibrations of the We-Vibe 4 are still strong, I can squirt in just minutes when using other We-Vibe products, like the Salsa or the Tango, and I cannot have an orgasm, much less squirt, using this toy. Even then, I thought that the 4, in conjunction with my partner’s penis, would be quite pleasing.

Experience

I am a person who almost ALWAYS has to have clitoral stimulation to cum. Not every single time, but 98% of the time. I have small vibes that can be used during intercourse, but a vibe that goes in my body and stays in place so my hands are free for whatever I want them for?! Awesome concept.

The We-Vibe 4 has six modes, shown below. I like strong, constant vibrations and do not love patterns, so I typically leave mine set on high.  The echo setting is really neat though– it toggles between strong vibrations in the g-spot arm and strong vibrations in the clitoral arm.

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I had a lot of difficulty getting this to hit my clitoris during use. When playing with it by myself, the thought crossed my mind– how is this going to stay in during sex? It just seems like with thrusting, it is going to fall out. This is true depending on what position you use. It also hit my clitoris differently based on position. I am going to break my “experience” section down in to different paragraphs based on position:

Me on top– This felt good for me for a short time. Because my legs were spread to straddle Mr. Kat, my labia were spread and my clitoris was exposed and that allowed the We-Vibe 4 to stimulate my clit more directly. While it worked for a little while, wearing this, coupled with the bouncing motion of me on top, caused the clitoral arm to start hurting, like it was jabbing me. It also caused Mr. Kat discomfort in this position. It eventually fell out in this position.

Him on top– This felt the best for me, but only for about two thrusts at a time. His weight and the motion of his thrusts made the We-Vibe 4 press against my clit, hard. However, that same motion made the toy fall out very easily, usually only after a couple of thrusts. We re-inserted it, but it became too much of a hassle to continue with it in this position.

Spoon sex– It stayed in the best in this position, but it also provided the least stimulation because my labia were not as spread as other positions.

In summary, this toy is not strong enough for me, nor is it suited for my anatomy. That is not to say that it won’t work for yours or that We-Vibe doesn’t make awesome products. I really wish it worked better for me and I hope to try more of the We-Vibe insertable vibrators in the future.

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If you want to try one, click above to check out the We-Vibe online store!

 Posted by at 8:26 pm
Feb 042014
 

Frosted orange plug

On the first day of November, I was a lucky, lucky girl. I had been entered in a contest to win a Crystal Delights frosted glass plug simply by being a fan on Facebook— and won! That is one (of the many) awesome thing about Shellie, the creator of Crystal Delights plug— she truly wants everyone to try her products and makes it effortless to randomly win one on occasion.

I had wanted a sparkly Crystal Delights plug ever since I had first laid eyes on them. I thought they were gorgeous and I love materials like glass and stainless steel. The weight, ability to heat up or cool down, and ability to fully sterilize are three big factors in me loving glass toys. I love the cool sensation of a glass plug going into my ass because glass feels cold, even at room temperature.

I have had other glass butt plugs before but they do not really compare to the quality and craftsmanship of a Crystal Delights toy. That quality is apparent as soon as you hold it in your hand…or ass. I was unprepared for how pretty a glass plug with a Swarovski crystal would be. They truly are works of art.

The dictionary defines sparkle as “shine brightly with flashes of light.” The crystal catches light and doesn’t sparkle—it glitters— “shines with a bright, shimmering, reflected light.” The frosted glass portion of this plug really allows the crystal to stand out because light is not refracted through the rest of the plug, like it would be if it was a transparent glass. Therefore, the bright orange crystal is the only part of this plug that is catching the light.

The color of the crystal is delightful. Shellie said she was giving away an orange frosted plug because the contest ended on Halloween and orange is just a good fall-ish color. It reminds me of the color of an orange highlighter— it is very intense, but complex. When light hits it, many other colors shine through— pinks, blues, yellows. It is gorgeous.
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The glass portion of the plug is frosted. It is a clear frosted glass, but it kind of looks white. It is matte and has no shine. When you add lubricant, it becomes much more transparent.

This is definitely intended for anal use. It could be inserted vaginally, but as small as the bulb is on this plug, I don’t think it would provide much— or any (for me)— vaginal stimulation.

The plug is 3.3” long and 1.4” wide. Only the bulb and part of the neck are insertable, leaving you with an insertable length of about 2.7”. It feels heavy. I love an anal plug with weight to it. I like being reminded that it is there and the weight helps with that. It is easy to insert for me, but if you do not have much anal experience, there is a learning curve with glass. It is really hard—has no give to it—and could be more difficult to insert since you cannot really squish it to help get it inserted.

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The base is wide and definitely anal safe. it will not travel too far inside your body because the round base with that big, pretty crystal will be nestled in between your butt cheeks.The base does keep the plug safely outside your body, but I have found that it is not the most comfortable for extremely extended wear. Now, keep in mind that sometimes I wear plugs for entire days and that is what I am basing this judgment on.

This is fine for a couple of hours. The round base could potentially be irritating on the butt cheeks after longer than that, though. For that reason, I think of the Crystal Delights plugs to be more like “dress-up plugs.” Not so much for wearing all day, but for when you want to have a gorgeous asshole to show off. I like putting mine in for foreplay and leave it in during vaginal intercourse sometimes because I like the sensation of double penetration. The bulb can be felt slightly by my partner’s penis during intercourse and he says it adds stimulation. The base does not get in the way of his penis, like some other plugs I have worn during intercourse.

Crystal Delights products come packaged in a beautiful black brocade bag with elastic closures, kind of similar to a jewelry roll. It will protect your plug and provides a great storage option as well. I never worry about putting a Crystal Delights plug in my bag or suitcase if it is wrapped properly in the storage bag. It also protects it in my nightstand drawer.
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Cleaning a glass plug is easy and they can be fully sterilized. Due to the crystal, I do not recommend using the dishwasher or boiling the plug like I typically would a glass toy. Instead, I recommend soap and water, alcohol, or a 10% bleach solution. I use an old toothbrush to clean the groove around the crystal, because it seems like lube and other fluid can collect there.

I highly recommend the whole line of Crystal Delights toys. They are well made, can be used for temperature play, can be sterilized and shared, feel great, body safe and just really damn pretty. I have purchased three since I won this one and I feel like I will be acquiring many more in the future because they are such good plugs.

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Check out the awesome selection of handmade glass products at Crystal Delights today!

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Jan 312014
 

Yesterday, while “working” from home, I had a first. Now, I had squirted before. Countless times. But yesterday, while my love fucked me hard on the dining room table, I squirted. Without any toys, without any clitoral stimulation, without anything except his hard cock. I squirted repeatedly. There was a massive puddle on our hardwood floor. I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but liquid is hard to capture :)

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 Posted by at 1:01 am
Jan 302014
 

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The Bondage Bow is the first product released by UK company Rare Assembly. Though the bows aren’t yet sold in the United States, Rare Assembly was kind enough to send me one to try out. The bows are currently available in several colors– honey gold, dark cherry red, pink, purple and black– but the Rare Assembly website says additional spring colors will be released soon. They are also available in two sizes, small and large. Small is 50″ long and the large is 75″. I tested a large (75″) pink bow. Even the large is fairly short. It is fine for a few times around my wrists or a few times around my ankles, but nothing more than that.

It came to me in a perfectly sized and shaped cylindrical shipping container– not one of those excessively large, cumbersome packages. The box holding the bondage bow fit in snugly and perfectly. When I pulled the top off the shipping cylinder, I saw it was packed with pink tissue paper. I don’t know if all bondage bows ship with pink tissue or if it was pink to match my specific bow, but it was a nicer touch than plain white tissue would have been.

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The bow itself is housed in a clear plastic cylinder. It is so pretty when you first open it. It has been arranged on a stainless piercing to look like an actual gift bow. I didn’t want to take it apart because I knew I could never make it look nice again! At the base of the piercing is an adhesive circle, so you really could use it as a gift bow if you wanted. Since I was not giving this bow as part of a gift, I did not stick it to anything (yet). The end is stamped with “rare” in a pretty cursive font, but the lettering started rubbing off mine after one use. Not a big deal though.

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I was worried the piercing would leave unsightly holes in the ribbon, but the 100% latex material the bow is made out of seems to heal itself pretty well, down to a small slit where you can try to put it back on the piercing if you would like. I did try, and those little marks helped show me how to get it back on the piercing…although my attempt was not nearly as lovely as the original.

There is a label on the bottom of the container that has an image of a very nice ass with hands tied behind the back, just above the ass. It also says, “Unwind this bow and tie somebody up. 100% Natural Latex.”

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On the reverse of that label, only visible when the container is open and the bow has been removed, it says, “To unwind, pull the ribbon from the piercing. With love, rare.” The quality of packaging and presentation of this bow is really superb.

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As a restraint, I love this bow. The latex material does not allow for much movement but is far more comfortable than a rope restraint or metal handcuffs. Mr. Kat has tied me up a few times extremely tightly with these and when tied very tightly, they give the same feeling as a much more rigid restraint. I like this much better than the satin or other fabric restraints that are saturating the market right now in the world of light restraints.

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I was in one of the Tantus Training sessions with Ducky DooLittle one night a few weeks ago and she brought up an interesting point that also rings true with this particular type of restraint, though she was talking about cock rings– what do you do if you panic? Her argument was that silicone cock rings were best because you could easily cut them off, if you started freaking out, unlike metal ones. I think this same logic applies to bondage items as well. Handcuffs can be difficult to take off quickly and some ropes can take a little while to cut through. This latex, however, can be cut off quickly if you need to remove it in a hurry and that is important. Be smart about how you use it though and always take your partner’s boundaries into consideration. Rare Assembly warns against putting it around the neck for any reason and suggests keeping scissors nearby just in case you need them.

I think of this as more of a light restraint item and those more experienced with BDSM would likely not be satisfied with it. It is perfect for our uses though.

I am thrilled to have gotten to try this. The bondage bow was provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This  review is in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

 

Jan 292014
 

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The Minna Limon is one of the most unique vibrators I have had the pleasure of owning.  Made of silicone and inflated like a balloon, it has what is called a “squeezable interface,” a.k.a. you squeeze it to control the vibrations. Squeeze softly and you get low, rumbly vibrations. Squeeze hard and you get fast, strong vibrations. Squeeze somewhere in between and you get somewhere in between. You get back exactly what you put in.

The Limon is the second toy released by relatively new company Minna. Their first toy, the Ola, uses the same squeezable interface technology, but it is an insertable toy intended for g-spot stimulation. I have not tried the Ola. The Limon was made possible by an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that helped cover production costs.

This is shaped exactly like a small lemon. The shape makes it pretty subtle– it doesn’t look like a vibrator. It is wrapped in the most luxurious, smooth, buttery silicone. I am really smitten for this kind of silicone. It is so much nicer than the glossy, draggy silicone. It has a rounded bottom with magnetic charger connections set in hard plastic and a pointed tip on the opposite end. The way it protrudes resembles a nipple. There is a faint seam around the middle and a single, raised button.

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Pressing the button once turns the toy on. A Minna logo will light up on the left side and a small light under the button will blink and vibrate to indicate how much battery life is left– one blink is low battery, two blinks is half battery, and three blinks is fully charged. If it just blinks once, it is time to recharge! If it is totally dead, it will not blink and vibrate at all. To turn the Limon off, press and hold the button for a few seconds. The Minna light on the side will come on, it will vibrate, and then the lights will go off.

There are three modes: free play, record, and lock. Free play is the mode it is automatically in when you turn it on. In free play, you can squeeze the sides and it will vibrate accordingly. Squeeze softly and it will vibrate with low, rumbly vibrations. Squeeze harder and the vibrations will be stronger and quicker. If you aren’t squeezing in this mode, the toy is not vibrating.

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If you press the button a second time, a different light comes on, a semicircle with an arrow, like a repeat symbol from iTunes or an iPod or something. When in this mode, you can record any pattern of vibration you like, or, what I like, solid and steady vibrations. After a second, when you stop squeezing, it will start playing your pattern back to you. However, if you squeeze again, it forgets the pattern you just made and starts recording a new one.

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The third and final mode is the lock mode, and it has a small light-up lock to represent this. If you press the button after you have made a pattern, it will play it back to you over and over in a loop. In this mode, it doesn’t matter if you squeeze– it will not interrupt your pattern. The only way to make it stop is to press the button once more, which returns you to free play mode.

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While some might love the flexibility of creating their own patterns, I am not one who loves patterns. I like strong, steady, constant vibrations. I can create that by squeezing it steadily and then putting the toy in lock mode. I require constant vibrations to cum and this toy makes it easy to record those patterns, although I would still prefer a toy that featured that as a setting.

This toy is also extremely quiet. The only time it really makes noise is if you lay it on something while turned on and then it makes a buzzy sound. The sound could easily be muffled by a blanket or music and could not be heard if used behind a closed door.

As I said above, the shape and appearance makes this toy more subtle. It doesn’t immediately look like a vibrator. It is quite small as well. It is about 3” long and has a 6.5” circumference, though it is not intended for insertion. The size makes it very easy to hold.

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The Limon has a magnetic charger and is recharged by USB. I plug the USB end into an adapter from my iPhone. I have a lot of toys that have magnetic chargers, and frankly, they suck. The connection on that kind of charger is frequently weak and makes it hard to charge. The Limon comes with a kind of dock that requires the toy to sit firmly in place and it charges easily. I love that.

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Because of the squeezable interface, this toy is inflated. It can become deflated, especially when exposed to changes in air pressure, like if you travel with it. To restore it to the original inflation level, simply insert a pin or ballpoint pen into the small valve in between the magnetic contacts on the base of the Limon.

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This toy is silicone, which is nonporous and allows toys to be shared when sanitized properly in between users. The Limon is 100% waterproof, so you can use it in the bath, shower, jacuzzi– wherever you like. Because of the mechanical components, it cannot be boiled to sterilize, but can be washed with soap and water or bleached in a 10% bleach solution. For external use, you would not need much lubricant, but stick with water-based lube– silicone lubes could damage the toy.

The packaging is great for the Limon. It is a small cardboard cylinder that opens in the middle. It is sturdy and rigid. When you open it, a small plastic holder sits inside that holds the Limon upright. Underneath that is a small book of info about the settings, charger, and a travel bag. I love when toys come with bags. It is just a neat bonus.

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I love this vibrator. It is similar, in my opinion, to the Je Joue Mimi. This is definitely among my favorite clitoral vibes and I don’t see it being unseated anytime soon. I do wish it had a steady vibration setting and didn’t require me to record long, constant vibrations to then play back on a loop. I have read some complaints in other reviews about the lights being too bright, especially the Minna logo on the side, but I think it is cute. I love the strength and rumbliness (is that a word?) of the vibrations. I love the charger and the fact that it stays connected. The packaging is great.

My partner loves this toy too. He loves how strong it is but he is an engineer and appreciates the tech-iness (why do I keep making up words?) and innovation put into the design of this toy.

I was thoroughly impressed with the Limon and I hope to try the Ola in the future. Props to Minna for an innovative toy that actually delivers.

Minna This toy was provided to me at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This  review is in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

You can purchase your own at Minna.

 

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