Introduction

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Purchasing a sex toy is a decision that takes a lot of thought. When you are looking to maximize your pleasure, why settle for something that’s less than the best? With so many products out on the market these days, it’s a little overwhelming to find the perfect toy that will do the trick. As a worker in the adult novelty industry, I am hoping my reviews will help you get a little closer to finding the right product for you.

 

Would You Like Some Pleasure With Your Pain?: Icicles 38

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My birthday is coming up, and there are two things I like more than anything during sex; a little pleasure, and just the right amount of pain. It’s even better when there is a way to put both of them together in one toy. The Icicles 38 brings both worlds together perfectly. For those of you not familiar, 38 is a glass dildo with a bulbous end, perfect for g-spot, and anal penetration. I was a little on the fence with a straight dildo, because I normally have a lot of luck with curved g-spot toys, but this one completely changed my mind. I have had great experiences with glass in the past, my favorite one being Icicles No. 18, so I am glad I got the same results with yet another one.

When I first got it, I thought the bulb at the end was going to be too big, but it was just the right size. Despite the handle being straight, I was able to rock the big bulb back and forth right on my g-spot. It took me about 5 minutes before I was able to squirt, which isn’t an easy feat for me with internal stimulation alone. The swirls within the handle didn’t really add to the experience of the penetration, but my partner said while he was using the flogger side, it was a great grip. The great thing about glass toys is no matter where you leave it, upon insertion it is always going to have that coldness until it finally warms up while you’re using it. Also, being glass, I was able to use Uberlube, which happens to be my favorite silicone lubricant.

The flogger side was amazing! I loved everything from the smell of the leather, to how it felt being slapped against my bare skin. My partner tried the first couple of whacks on my ass and then moved to the most sensitive parts of my body like my inner legs, arms, and across my chest. The leather from the toy stung and left a small red mark which went away pretty soon after we were done. He went between hard whacks, soft whacks, and lightly brushing across my skin. It was easy to maneuver and the weight was just right in his hand. I don’t think I will be able to ever get regular birthday spankings again.

I would say overall it’s a great idea for combining the best of both worlds, however, I can see where it might be a little frustrating to change up at the spur of the moment. I feel like a towel might need to be nearby when using this product. Going from using it as a toy, to using it as a flogger, you would probably want to at least wipe it down in between. Since the handle is glass, it might become a little too slippery with fluids and could possibly fly out of your hand.

Overall if you’re looking for a nice leather flogger which also functions as an amazing g-spot toy, look no further than the Icicles 38. Not only is it great to play with, but like most glass toys, it is beautiful to look at. It’s also body safe, and compatible with any lubricant. The easiest thing about this toy is cleaning. When the fun has ended just throw it in the dishwasher and call it a night.

You’re Not Going Anywhere: Edge Leather 6-Point Hogtie

This week I have not behaved. I have been increasingly irritable and quick to snap. I took it too far this week with my partner. The minute I realized my attitude had been an issue, he came over with the Edge Leather 6-point Hog Tie and a couple of other goodies to discipline me for being a heinous bitch this week.

When he got to my place he told me that he was going to tie me up and do whatever he pleases with me. I have never dabbled in BDSM before him, and I have been asking lately if we could get farther into some more of the heavier stuff, (he’s been easing me into it). We have messed around with floggers, crops, drip candles, gags, and restraints, but this was my first time with a hogtie.

I noticed with the Edge Hog Tie, it does not come with a set of cuffs already attached. The good part about that though is how easy it is to interchange between what I had already, and what he brought. I have a pair of the Realms Edge Leather cuffs that have been waiting to be broken in, and they attached perfectly to the hogtie. This is a 6-point hog tie, the first, and only, on the market, so not only can you put on handcuffs and ankle cuffs, but there is also an extra set for thigh, bicep, or any other restraint or attachment that you want to add to it.

I liked how sturdy the hand-stitched cowhide leather was. There was a lot of moving and position changing, and through it all, not one time was I worried that I would pop the clips that connect with a thick nickel free O-ring. The heavy duty clips at the end also gave me a peace of mind with how sturdy they are. I have had a cheaper hogtie in the past and the clips snapped almost immediately. With how good the positions I was in this time around felt, the thought of the hogtie breaking was right up there with a dying vibrator right before orgasm.

Being in a hogtie was definitely an experience. I liked the idea of not being able to move with my wrists and ankles tied behind my back. It gave my partner full, and complete control, which is something I enjoy tremendously. There were times that it got so intense, he was able to grab the center of the hogtie and pull me up to put me in another position. It gets 5 stars in my book. The main thing a good hogtie needs is durability, and I believe with the added extra rings, and the leather/nickel free materials, Edge hit the nail on the head.

The Couple That Plays Together: The We-Vibe 4 Plus

We-Vibe 4 Plus

When I first heard about the We-Vibe 4 Plus, I knew I had to try it out. I’ve had the We-Vibe 3 and 4, so it was only natural that I gave this one a whirl. For those of you not familiar with the We-Vibe line, it’s a couples vibrator that the woman wears during sex, or alone. The outer part allows for clitoral stimulation while the inside delivers a nice rumble to the g-spot, which is intensified while having sex. It has a U shape which they have tightened up in the later models. With the 4 and 4 Plus they changed the material to a nicer silicone. The biggest difference with the 4 Plus is the addition of the application that you can download on your phone and/or tablet, which makes it perfect for long-distance lovers. , or couples who travel separately. The 4 Plus also has more power than the previous models. Like the others rest assured, it still comes with a remote, so you’re not limited to only the app, although there is an app only model out.

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The app is easy to download in the Android Market, or the Apple Store. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no support for Windows phones. First glance with the app you see that you can sign up with an email address and connect to your lover. The app gives step by step instructions on how to use it, so it’s a breeze for customers that are not tech savvy. The app provides customers with 5 more modes as well as a create your own vibe pattern, which is a pretty cool feature to toy around with. Keep in mind, although it connects via Bluetooth, the other user controlling the toy also has to have a Wi-fi connection.

Now the fun part: How the product works. The first time I used the We-Vibe 4 Plus, I used it alone. Upon insertion I noticed it took a little bit to get it into the right place. I like the that they made it closer together because it stays put which makes it ideal for hands-free solo play or wearing around the house or store while running errands.  Since it is so close together, it could be uncomfortable for some users since every body is different. The newer silicone is also a nice touch.The vibration is the signature We-Vibe rumble, so it has a different feel than most buzzing vibrators. Connecting to the app made for an even better experience. I’m one of those people who likes to multitask so while checking emails, I can just do a quick switch and change the pattern without even getting up. Errands become a lot more fun when you have a secret.

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Using as a couple, I found it a little hard to get used to. The fit was a little tighter than I’m used to with both the We-Vibe and my partner, but we managed to get it working. The g-spot stimulation was very nice once I partner and I got into it, but I felt like the outside clitoral piece was pinching me during certain positions. I have heard that We-Vibe is in the middle of making a newer model of the We-Vibe soon, so I’m hoping they have added a couple of size changes. Overall, I would say I enjoyed the We-Vibe 4 Plus more for solo use than I did for couple’s play.

Stats:

Material: Silicone

Reachagreable USB

Discreet storage and charging container

1 year warranty

Waterproof and subemergible

2 motors

Fast charge, 4 hours for 3 hours of play

Lube: Anal’s Best Friend

My first time having anal sex I went sans lube, and it was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. Not only was it painful, but it turned me off from experiencing one of the best orgasms I have ever had. Recently I gave anal a second shot, and I am so glad that I did. The biggest lesson I learned is; the key to perfect anal sex is the right lubricant. In my quest for reintroducing anal sex, I have tried countless lubricants. Some worked better than others, but I have narrowed it down to my favorite two.

Sassy by Sliquid

Sassy by Sliquid

Sassy by Sliquid is my favorite water-based anal lubricant. It is thicker, almost like a gel, which helps it stay put while in the middle of everything. Most of the water-based anal lubricants I have used don’t seem to last as long as the Sassy did, it also never got sticky or tacky, and I didn’t have to reapply; a major plus when it comes to a water-based formula. Rest assured if it was to ever dry out at any point, all you would have to do is add a little bit of water or saliva. Sliquid is a vegan company, so they don’t use any harsh chemicals or test on animals, which is a plus for all the vegan product lovers. Sassy is also paraben and glycerin free, so if you’re prone to sensitive skin, this product will not cause any issues. Being hypoallergenic is another plus to using this product. Since it is water-based, clean up is easy and hassle free. Water-based formulas are perfect for your silicone anal toys since it won’t break down the silicone material like oil based lubricants will. The only downside to Sassy is that it would not be ideal to use during shower play since the formula is likely to wash away easily.

Swiss Navy Premium Silicone Anal

Swiss Navy Anal

I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Swiss Navy Anal lubricant!!! This silicone formula has clove in it which acts as a relaxing agent to make anal sex more comfortable for first timers, and even seasoned users. I always recommend this over any kind of desensitizing product, because if any issues occur you will be able to feel, and tell your partner when you need to stop. I also notice if I have any discomfort, it almost acts as a moisturizer. Upon applying you will be able to feel how silky smooth and viscous it is. Be warned: since silicone lubes are oil based, it is hard to clean up if it is on any hard surface such as the tile floor on a shower. Shower play is guaranteed to last as long as you want because it will not wash away or dry out. The only downfall to this product is not being able to use it with silicone anal toys, however, it is safe with glass, metal, and plastic materials.

Bottom line: Whatever your preference is, we can all agree: there is no such thing as too much lube!

These are my favorite anal lubricants. I’m always open to new suggestions, so what’s yours?

My Main Squeeze: Buck by Vixskin

Who needs a man when you have Buck?

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For the past couple of months, I have had my eye on the Vixskin line. This brand of silicone realistic dongs is by far the closest thing to a real man you can get. The impressive collection of shapes, sizes, and colors ensures that you will be able to find the perfect guy to bring home. The suction cup on Buck sticks easily to the wall in the shower, which makes him perfect for hands-free shower play. No matter how hot and heavy it gets, the suction cup is strong enough to hold on, so there will be no unwelcome interruptions.  When I first took Buck out of the container the first thing that stood out to me was how realistic he felt and looked. Once I used my favorite water-based lubricant (silicone will not work with this toy) it blew my mind. When slicked up the veins and ridges made it feel like I was holding a real penis. The head was perfectly shaped and enough for intense g-spot stimulation. If you are in the market for a dong for any reason at all, Vixskin is where it’s at!

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How’s this for realistic? Look at those veins!!!

Buck Specs:

  • Length: 6 inches
  • Girth: 2 inches
  • Colors: Caramel, Vanilla, Chocolate
  • Material: 100% silicone

Pros:

Clean up is a breeze with this toy. Since it is 100% silicone, 3 minutes in boiling water will do the trick, but he can also be cleaned off with a toy cleaner.

Vixskin comes with a lifetime warranty, so rest assured you will be taken care of if there are any problems.

Flared base with suction cup makes it ideal for harnesses and hands-free play.

Last but not least, the best pro of all: While using Buck, he will warm up to your body temperature!!!

Cons:

The price point is higher than most non-vibrating dongs, but the quality is worth it.

Size might be a little too overwhelming for beginners, but luckily there are more options than Buck.

Not to be used with silicone based lubricant, as it will damage the toy and make the silicone tacky.

WeVibe Tango-The Clitoral Powerhouse

This tiny vibe has all the power you need!

WeVibe Tango

Like most women, I find clitoral orgasms easy to achieve. I am always looking for the newest vibe to test. I recently came across the WeVIbe Tango and I had to have it. The WeVibe Tango is one of the most powerful bullets I have tried, and the rumble vibrations add a deeper, more intense vibration than any other bullets I’ve used. I have found with the rumble vibrations it gets deeper into the clitoral tissue, thus giving me an entirely new orgasm. The Tango comes in two colors: blue and pink. It is magnetically rechargeable, so you can ditch the batteries. The benefit to the magnetic charging is that it makes this toy completely submersible, so shower and bath will be forever changed. The Tango has a nice lip on it, which I find makes it easier to use during intercourse without getting in the way. The lip also sits flat on the clit, which gives it the perfect amount of even stimulation, but the tip of the Tango can offer more pinpoint stimulation. The Tango is also easy to use, with one button, you are able to scroll through 8 different vibration patterns as shown below:

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The Tango can last 2 hours on a single 90-minute charge. It also has a low battery indication light at the bottom, so rest assured that you will never have an orgasm interrupted by a dead vibe; a truly frustrating thing. The Tango also comes with a one-year warranty through WeVibe. If you’re looking for a powerful bullet to get the job done, I definitely recommend the Tango.

Specs:

  • Colors available: Blue and Pink
  • Length: 3.5″
  • Width: 0.7″
  • Material: PC ABS thermoplastic – free from phthalates, latex and BPA
  • Charge time: 90 minutes
  • Play time: 2 hours
  • Control: One button

PROS AND CONS:

Pros:
Magnetically rechargeable, so completely submersible.
One-year warranty
Discreet storage pouch included
Cons:
Power might be too intense for some users
Not to be used internally 
Not recommended use with silicone lubricant