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The adventures of a kinky, pansexual, and polyamorous woman and the toys and people she plays with…

Benefits of using a Penis Ring

Posted on | April 24, 2014 | No Comments

People who are not familiar with penis rings may think that they are just some fad. However, a penis ring is actually a very functional device. They can even improve a man’s performance in the bedroom. Here are some of the benefits of using a penis ring.

Helps to maintain an erection
For various reasons, some men have a difficult time in maintaining a strong erection. Often times, the reason is due to a lack of blood supply to the penis region. However, a penis ring can counteract this problem by helping the penis to maintain an adequate supply of blood. This means that the man’s partner will reap the benefits as well. A penis ring may actually decrease the need for performance-enhancing medications.

Better orgasms
Like women, men also enjoy a very stimulating orgasm. When using a penis ring, many men report that their orgasm is more forceful and invigorating than ever before. While ejaculating, the penis ring is able to put mild pressure on the scrotum. Some men are actually able to recover from an orgasm much sooner when using a penis ring.

Ability to control pubic muscles
It is not uncommon for a man to experience difficulty in controlling his pubic muscles. This may prevent the man and his partner from achieving the optimum sexual pleasure. A cock ring makes it a lot easier for a man to control his pubic muscles. Bedroom Kandy has examples of various types of penis rings.

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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

Posted on | February 4, 2014 | No Comments

If you’re looking to get a sex toy or something kinky for your Valentine’s this year, I have a few recommendations!

The Njoy Pure Wand is pretty much my holy grail for g-spot play and it’s great if you have a prostate too! Pink Cherry is running a 25% off sale with the coupon ‘LOVE’, so you could get one for $66, and there’s free shipping! If that’s a bit too pricey, I’d go with the Jopen Comet. They have the pink and blue on sale for $40! ($30 with the coupon). Tantus’ line of silicone toys are always a good buy too!

If you have a penis, check out Tenga’s line of sleeves and masturbators! My fella loves the 3-D line of sleeves, and the cute eggs are fun as well.

Lube always is a great gift too. Sliquid is my holy grail, and the only lube I use any more. JO also makes a few tasty flavoured lubes!

If you’re looking for some kink, try Ruff Doggy’s Studded Darkness ball gag, a small flogger, or one of their cute crops!

I hope this helps, and if you have any questions or want recommendations, just leave me a comment!

Hedovibes Review Round Up #15

Posted on | November 6, 2013 | No Comments

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Photo courtesy of SunkissedJess

Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition? Start with the guidelines then use the submission form. Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups. HedoVibes is also accepting photo submissions for each edition.

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Hedovibes Roundup #13

Posted on | October 21, 2013 | No Comments

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Photo courtesy of Property of Potter

Welcome to HedoVibes, a collection of reviews and giveaways that were posted in the past week or so from around the web. This is a collection of adult product reviews & contests from real reviewers. If you want to be included in the next edition use the submission form. Want to read more reviews? Check out HedoVibes for a list of the latest reviews and stellar reviewers. You can also follow on twitter for the latest round ups.

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And may the best plug win – a comparative review of Tantus’ Twist and Juice plugs

Posted on | October 18, 2013 | 3 Comments

When this series of Tantus plugs came out, I remember having a Pokemon-esque moment of ‘Oh gods, I need all three!’. It’s not normal for me to want a trio of similar toys, but each one has unique differences that call to me.

The Twist, Juice, and Neo all have the same general shape. They’re tapered at top and bottom, with the middle being the widest point. The bases are also all the same, with a thin and long base that tapers at the end without become poke-y or uncomfortable. There’s a fair amount of flex to the base, but the part near where it turns into the ‘stem’ of the plug is much more solid, so I’m not worried about it being pulled into my body by a random muscle spasm. There is a small seam that runs down one of the sides of the Twist, but given the ridges that was to be expected. It’s barely noticeable to the touch, and not at all during use.

The material of these plugs is insanely awesome. I’m not sure what sort of black magic Tantus is cooking up to make these toys so freaking soft and plushy and smooth, but whatever it is, it works. The silicone is honestly the softest and smoothest (without having any drag!) that I’ve ever groped. Embarrassing story time, guys. When I got the package containing my Twist in the mail, I was rubbing it on my face within minutes of getting it out of it’s packaging. It’s that soft! The silicone has a medium amount of squish to it-it’s firmer than their Ryder, but not rock solid. Be sure to take your time with warming up, use lots of lube, and it’ll be just fine. Pet owners take note! This particular silicone does *not* pick up cat hair. I may have tested this out by rubbing one of the new plugs on my cats, but it was FOR SCIENCE, so that makes it ok, right? Right?


In use, these are hugely different toys. While the Juice is solid with only light texture (lines running down it’s length), Twist is an entirely different beastie. It’s highly textured, as it’s shape echoes that of a corkscrew, and while the material is smooth, it’s intense to use. If you’re new to anal play, I would suggest picking up the Juice or the Neo. (While I don’t own the Neo, it’s similar to the Juice in every way, except with even less texture, due to it’s lack of lines.) The Juice is inserted like any other plug, while the Twist is best, well, twisted as it is inserted. It’s a fairly intense sensation, and that was with a fuckton of Sliquid Sassy. I found the best way to get lube on the toy, short of dipping it, was to cover my fingers in it, and then follow the ridges from top to bottom, and also use a fair amount elsewhere. I wasn’t brave enough to try just inserting the Twist without twisting, but I imagine that would be too much for most folks unless they’re a huge fan of texture on their anal toys. The ridges are still noticeable, at least to me, once they’ve been inserted. It’s not uncomfortable, just different, and definitely not something any of my other butt plugs offer.

The Juice performs like most other plugs I’ve had. The light texture from the grooves is nice, but not too much, and I don’t notice it as much as I do the Twist’s texture. The material doesn’t have drag, and given the minimal texture, I didn’t near anywhere near as much lube as with other toys. The base on this series of toys is fabulous. It’s not so wide that it spreads my cheeks uncomfortably, but still sturdy enough that I’m not worried about it going anywhere. The base may look like it curves inward and is going to be pointy, but I promise it’s not! The softness of the silicone means it flattens and adjusts to your body so there’s not poking.

Cleaning these plugs is easy. Tantus’ silicone is hypoallergenic, non-toxic and free of phthalates, and is going to last forever with just a bit of TLC. You can wipe your toys down with a 10% bleach solution, put them through the dishwasher (top rack, no dish soap!), or boil them in a pot for 5-10 minutes. For day to day cleaning, I just use anti-bacterial soap and water, and once every other month, gather up all my toys to make a giant pot of dildo soup and boil them. These do need a bit more care cleaning, as there are grooves in the Juice and the Twist has plenty of areas for lube and bodily fluids to collect. There is also the Tantus logo on the side of the base, which is set in slightly, so extra care should be used there. When in doubt, grab a spare toothbrush and scrub! (Make sure you label that toothbrush well, or tuck it into your toy storage. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant tooth brushing experience. /voice of experience)

Overall, I love both these toys, but the Twist is my favourite of the two. The unique shape and texture offers me something no other toy has so far, and I adore the soft and silky material!

Thanks, Tantus, for sending me the Twist in exchange for a fair and honest review!
The Juice was purchased with my own money.

If you want a Juice or Twist of your very own, check out Tantus’ site! And be sure to use the code ‘WHATWHAT‘ to get 25% off any anal toy til the end of October. (I also recommend stopping by the Grab Bag and Clearance section while you’re there!) Also, you can use the coupon ‘HALLOWEEN2013‘ to get3 0% off any black or orange toy! These coupons don’t stack, so choose your discount wisely!

The Destroyer of Bottoms- A review of Sex and Metal’s Vanquisher

Posted on | October 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

I’m sure it’s shocking to exactly none of my readers that I’m kinky. I’m active in my local scene, run a kinky educational group, and my fiance and I have an entire wall dedicated to our toy collection. So, when Sexandmetal.com posted that they were looking for toy reviewers who might be interested in reviewing some of their toys, I jumped at the chance. I’d been admiring their products for a while, especially The Vanquisher, The Reaper, and The Bird Cage (seriously, please click over. It’s well worth a look and worth drooling over.) Sadly, my apartment is too small for the Bird Cage, so they sent me the Vanquisher.




This toy is a dragon’s tongue (Dragon’s tail is another name I’ve seen used) style impact toy. It’s essentially a length of thin silicone that has been rolled into a tube, leaving a single curling tip at the end. The handle is utterly gorgeous. It’s steel, though it comes in gorgeous candy apple red finish as well, and has been etched with a tribal design on the sides. The edges of the design feel like they’ve been lightly buffed so there’s no sharp edges, and it does add a bit of extra grip to the metal. There’s a loop at the end to hang your toy from or to thread a handle through as extra security during use-mine came pre-threaded with a leather lacing loop.

Materials: raw powder coated steel and silicone
Handle length: 7 inches
Length of tail: 20.5 inches
Width of tail: 3 inches at the widest point








When it arrived, Sexandmetal had packaged it well in a plain box with paper packing to keep it safe. The return address was listed as ‘S.A.M.’, with nary a mention of ‘Kinky Sex Toys inside this box!’. The silicone tail had been folded over, but because silicone is such a resilient material, it instantly bounced back to it’s normal shape and this didn’t effect the accuracy of the toy during use.

The Vanquisher is easy to take care of. Silicone and metal are both non-porous, and they can be disinfected between partners by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution. I bring this up because I could maybe see this toy breaking skin, and unlike a leather toy, you can actually clean this material and use it with other partners afterwards! I’ve also used medical grade cleaning wipes on mine, and have seen no discoloration of the metal or any issues with the silicone. Storing your toy is also simple. Hang it up, tuck it into a drawer, or just leave it in your toy bag! The one downside I’ve noticed is that the silicone of the tail loves to pick up dust and cat fur in my house, so I’ve taken to storing it with a plastic ziplock style bag over the tail. Also, if you’re a material snob, you can rest easy. This silicone arrived with no smell, no taste, and while I’m not going to perform a flame test on it, I’m fairly confident that it is 100% silicone!

This is definitely a versatile toy! There’s so many ways you can use it, and the variety sensations that are produced are pretty impressive. I wouldn’t recommend this for the beginner kinkster, though, unless you already know that they’re a masochist. All of the different types of sensations the Vanquisher can produce are pretty intense and on the stingy side. I have left a variety of marks on my bottoms from pink marks to bruises to welts with this toys.

(Click to see full sized pics!)





You can throw the Vanquisher in a variety of ways. Here’s a few of the ways that I’ve used it the last few times I’ve had a scene:

1. Like a flogger. I use a ‘figure 8′ pattern when I flog, bringing the toy down in longer strokes along the back. The more of the toy that makes contact with your bottom, the thuddier it is.

2. Like a whip, or a ‘rat-tail’ towel. I tend to hold on to the very tip of the tail to aim the toy for better accuracy. Using the toy like this tends to be a far stingier impact.

3. Flicking it. I was shocked at how much sensation (and squeaks and whimpers) was produced by just flicking the tip over my bottom’s skin.

4. Doubling the tail in half and using it the silicone portion as an incredibly thick and thuddy impact toy. I usually hold the very tip against the handle with my palm so I don’t lose my grip.

These will all feel different, but are all fairly intense sensations. I’ve also noticed that there can be a bit of a delay between the impact and actually feeling it. When I first tried the toy out (Soapbox moment: I think as a responsible top you should test what your new toys feel like on yourself before you use it on another person.), I flicked it against my outer calf. My thought process was “Oh, this isn’t so ba…wait, tingles…oh. Ow. Ow. Ow.” I’m pale, so my skin instantly pinked up too. It was an interesting sensation and reminded me yet again of why I am not a masochist.

I’ve used this on a few different bottoms at this point and they all have different reactions to it. T. loved it, and the sharpness of the sensation made her squeak and giggle. (She’s the lovely model in my pics sporting the pretty triangular marks). J. prefers thuddy toys, so we tried it once, and it was deemed ‘way too stingy’ for her. N.’s reaction was “Owch! That hurts…but I kinda like it!”. We ended up having to vary the stingy stuff with thuddier toys, but she said it was definitely something she wants to play with again. In all three scenes, I had warmed the bottom up well with other toys that were definitely on the thuddier side. I don’t see anyone handling this toy well without a good warmup unless they’re insanely heavy masochists.

Overall, this is a great toy. The quality and craftsmanship are excellent, it’s unique looking (Admit it, you like having toys no one else at the party has. Everyone does.), and it packs one hell of a stingy wallop. I’d recommend it for anyone who has a heavy bottom, folks who like stingier play, and kinksters who want to add something that’s a bit more evil to their toy bag. I personally love mine!

Thank you, Sexandmetal.com, for providing me with this toy in exchange for a fair and honest review!

Tantus deals for this week, plus their new grab bag!

Posted on | July 3, 2013 | No Comments


Tantus introduced a cool new thing on their site-Grab Bag toys! It’s some of their regular awesome toys that have been made in non-standard colours and have been deeply discounted. I’ve seen someone post a picture of a Grab Bag Vamp that had been made in deep purple with little bits of red, and a Ryder that had been done in a caramel with pearly white swirls throughout. They’re an awesome deal, and you’ll end up with a toy that no one else will have!

If you want 20% off your Tantus order, use the code ‘LOVEISLOVE’ at checkout! (This deal is good til Friday, so you’ll have to decide what you want quickly!)

I usually don’t post political things on my blog. This is a very important exception.

Posted on | June 25, 2013 | No Comments

Texas is trying to effectively end abortion in the state. They called a special session to ram through heinous amendments that will shut down all but 5 of the state’s 47 clinics, and will also not allow abortions after 20 weeks, not even in cases of incest, rape or fetal abnormal or defect.

Senator Wendy Davis is filibustering this bill. She’s reading the testimonials of anyone who has a relevant story to relate. You can submit yours here. I have been watching the live feed for the last two hours, occasionally crying over the stories that have been sent for Sen. Davis to read.

Here is a list of things you can do to help stop #SB5, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. Please help the women of Texas. Please.

Know what time it is? Tool Time! – Oxballs Nutt Pure Silicone Ball Stretcher Review

Posted on | June 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

You’ll have to forgive the Home Improvement reference in the title, but when you’re reviewing a toy that oozes ‘powertool wielding dude’ vibes out of every inch, I’m not going to pass up a cheesy Tim Allen reference.

The Oxballs Nutt is a thick silicone ball stretcher and/or cock ring, shapes like a nut. Nut as in ‘nuts and bolts’, not acorns. My mate and I are always interested in adding new toys to our play, so he was more than willing to test it out when Uber Kinky sent this to us for review!

First off, I was a bit surprised by the minimalistic packaging Oxballs uses. The cock ring arrived in a small ziplock baggie, with a company sticker on the front. This isn’t a complaint, as I am all for getting rid of useless and extra plastic being thrown away, it just wasn’t what I normally see. The second impression was ‘Holy crap, that’s thick!’. The Nutt is 1.25 inches thick, has a 2.5 inch diameter, and the inner diameter is 1 inch (unstretched). I was able to stretch it so that the inner diameter was almost 3 inches, so there’s a lot of give to it! It weighs 2.5 ounces. One thing I should note is that the Nutt we received was trimmed slightly roughly on the back-there were a few lumps on one side, but some gentle paring with an X-acto knife soon made it uniform. I’m not complaining about it, though, as it was a tiny cosmetic flaw that was easily fixed.

The silicone is ‘Skin-Flex platinum silicone’, and it has no scent or taste that I could detect, which is how silicone should behave. The silver colour, Zinc, is really gorgeous. There’s a metallic shimmer to it that honestly does make it look like real metal from a distance. If silver isn’t your thing, UberKinky also offers it in black, orange, or red. If you’ve not used a silicone toy before, cleaning it is really simple. You can wipe it with a 10% bleach solution, put it through the top rack of a dishwasher (without soap), or boil it for 5 minutes to sanitize it. For day to day cleaning, I just use antibacterial soap and water, but you could also use a toy cleaner if you wanted. Silicone toys may react badly to cheap silicone lube, so do a ‘patch test’ on your toy first! If the place you tested the lube is gummy or doesn’t look or feel the same, you should probably stick to water based lubes. However, Uber Kinky does say that this is compatible with all lube types!

Guys, before you use this toy, you’re going to want to do some manscaping. Unless having the hair on your balls ripped out by the roots is your kink, then go right ahead and just slide it on! My mate decided to go the trimming route as he was worried about violent hair removal. We slicked up the toy (inside only so I could keep a decent grip on it) and his balls with water based lube, and had no problems with the stretcher not being flexible enough to allow his balls to pass through without too much squishing. He has said that he would be a bit worried to try putting the Nutt on by himself, as he fears he might lose his grip in the middle and the ring would close quickly around his balls. I don’t even have balls of my own, but imagining that made me cringe! This may just be beginner jitters, though, as we haven’t used cock rings or ball stretching toys very frequently. There’s a lot of stretch to it. As you can see in the picture, I can get it over my hand, and I wear a size medium glove!

We also tested this out as a cock ring (around the base of the cock, both behind and in front of the balls), and it was an interesting experience. With the Nutt in front of his balls, the added thickness to Bloodound’s cock at the base was pleasurable for me, and while he didn’t experience the same sort of orgasm delay he would get from a cock ring, the pressure on the base of his shaft was “surprisingly comfortable”. ‘Surprisingly comfortable’ seems to be the repeated theme for this toy. No matter how we experimented with it, Bloodhound was thoroughly pleased with the toy’s performmance, and didn’t have any issues with unwanted pinching or having the ring shift during use. I’m glad he likes it, because I get to benefit from longer play sessions and harder erections-everyone wins!

So, it’s time for a quick bit of cock ring safety. Because a cock ring restricts the flow of blood in the cock to the rest of the body and vice versa, you need to watch for any abnormal swelling, numbness, or paleness. These are all signs that the cock ring is too tight. Also, an erection for several hours is potentially dangerous, because the blood can start to coagulate in the penis, which will end with you having to visit the ER to resolve the issue. Just be smart…if it feels bad or wrong, take the ring off. Try a larger size, try a different day, just be smart about your toy usage!

Overall, the Oxballs Nutt Pure Silicone Ball Stretcher is an excellent toy. It’s made of high quality materials, is aesthetically pleasing, and works well. I’m glad we have it in our toy box. Thank you, UberKinky, for providing us with this toy to review!

Move over, Pure Wand. There’s a new g-spot kid in town. – Jopen’s Key Comet G review

Posted on | May 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

I’ve not been a fan of Jopen before now. I know, blasphemy. But the Vanity line was completely done in a neon fushica purple with no variation, and the Intensity was pink and both were out of my price range. With the Key line, Jopen’s toned down their ‘all pink all the time’ stance, and lowered the prices. While the new line is still ‘luxury’, it’s much more affordable, and they come in more colours now (Pink, purple, teal, and an awesome shade of blue.). That's some classy tequila right there. The toy ain't bad either.

Eden sent me the Key Comet G by Jopen to review, and I was utterly thrilled. I’d been lusting after it ever since I caught a press release for the line, because it looked like it would make my g-spot happy, and I was so very right. By now, I’m pretty sure everyone has compared this to the Pure Wand, and guess what? I’m going to do it too. Don’t worry, Pure Wand, I still love you. I’m just have a bit of a dirty affair with the G Wand. I’ll come back to you, really! What we have, it’s *real*.

The differences between the Comet G and Pure Wand are fairly noticeable. The Comet G is made of glass, with the lower 2/3rds of the shaft dipped in silicone. The handle has a small silver medallion stuck to one side of the handle’s grip. The shape of the Comet G is more of a ‘J’, rather than the Pure Wand’s semi-circle. There’s also a huge weight difference between the two. Stainless steel is a lot heavier then glass and silicone. Also, the Pure Wand tapers dramatically after the balls on either end. The Comet G’s shaft is thicker overall, and I actually like it a bit better for that reason. I tend to clench really hard when I orgasm, and with the Pure Wand it’s almost uncomfortable to do that because there’s so little to

Just because it’s being compared to the Pure Wand doesn’t mean this toy isn’t awesome in it’s own right. I love the silicone. It’s got a bit of drag, so I usually put some water based lube on it before I use it. The drag to the silicone does mean that the bulb will feel a bit larger than it is. There’s also a ridge running down the side of the toy, but I didn’t find the texture to be really noticeable while I was using it. For me, it’s decorative, rather than functional. But if you’re really sensitive to texture, this may not be for you. I do love that the ridges start in the glass and are continued into the silicone…it’s a unique touch and makes the piece look more finished.

The Comet G isn’t a huge toy. The end measures 1.5 inches, which is the same as the Pure Wand’s larger ball. End to end it’s about 8 inches, which isn’t that long, either. The length is one of the few places I have an issue with the Comet G, though. I have short arms (I’d love for you to think of me as a T-Rex, but with multicoloured hair, freckles, and cleavage that doesn’t stop for days), and chronic pain/occasional mobility issues. That means there’s going to be days I’m not going to be able to use this on myself to thrust, as the short length means I have to stretch my arms or twist in a way that’s going to make me hurt worse or in new ways. Of course, there’s always the option to delegate to my mate, and I have taken advantage of willing partners before. Just be clear in your communication with your partner when they’re using a toy on you! Angles change, and with a harder toy like the Comet G, accidentally thrusting too hard or hitting the wrong place is possible.

So far, my favourite way to get off with the Comet G has been to sit down at my computer desk chair with the head of the toy inside me and use a vibrator on my clit at the same time. I can rock in the chair to change the angle of the toy on my g-spot, and the constant pressure is amazing. It makes it easier on me, because again, T-Rex arms, and can tweak my wrist or shoulder sometimes to jack off using the handle of this toy.

Cleaning is a bit different with this toy than a straight up silicone or glass toy. The silver emblem on the handle is glued on, and boiling or putting this toy through the dishwasher could wreck it. I suggest sticking with a 10% bleach solution or just washing with antibacterial soap and water.

I’m definitely a fan of the Key Comet G. The design is sleek, the material combination unique, and I’m glad that Jopen is branching out!

Thanks, Eden, for providing this toy for free in exchange for a fair and honest review!

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G-spot dildo by Jopen
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