Review: Heart 2 Heart Cuffs

The Heart 2 Heart Cuffs encapsulate three things that, IMHO, are essential for a set of cuffs: they’re affordable ($35), pretty, and well-made. In fact, I’m so taken with them that I want to try and collect the whole set: another pair of cuffs, blindfold, and whip, which have the added charm of being decorated with rows of tiny red hearts, which make me think of the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (for me, a good thing).

The cuffs are fairly simple. To my understanding, from reading the packaging and the product description, they’re made of real leather, though shinier and more towards the patent-leather type. The leather is soft and pliable. None of that tacky, stiff, unpleasant bullshit that comes with shitty or fake leather. They also come with shiny silver buckles, studs and D-rings. The best part? They’re black and red. Which is my favorite color combination (um, just check out the theme of this blog). Now I have cuffs that match my lingerie! Yay!

The cuffs aren’t lined, but they’re comfortable, and I can strain against them without any chafing. I also couldn’t tease the buckle undone with my fingers, even with the cuffs connected together with a carabiner. Fairly escape-proof.

I’m very happy with these cuffs – as functional and wonderful as the Sportsheets Under the Bed cuffs are, it’s nice to have something prettier and a little more heavy duty. I only have a few criticisms:

#1 The set doesn’t come with any kind of connector. They’re cheap enough that I’m sure it wouldn’t kill the company to include one. I don’t own any, so I had to steal a carabiner off of one of my roommates’ Nalgenes.

#2 The cuffs don’t look like they’d fit people with thicker wrists/ankles. My wrists are tiny, and I already use the fourth hole. I honestly doubt that anyone has wrists so bony that they’d need to use the first or second hole.

#3 If you look at the underside of the cuff, the line of holes is accompanied with a long cut of some sort, that goes down the length of all the holes. It’s not that big of a deal, and the cuff doesn’t threaten to rip apart or anything like that. It is a little ugly to look at, though.

#4 I just cannot back putting “2″ in the name of a sex toy. I am not a teenager on AIM, and I don’t want sex toys that make me feel like one.

There you have it. My BDSM toybox is growing, and the Heart 2 Heart Cuffs are a wonderful addition to it.

Review: Fun Factory Gigolo G2

The video review of the Fun Factory Gigolo G2 is a little rushed because my sister was in the room when I was recording it and I felt self-conscious :/ I didn’t even talk about what it felt like! To be honest, I don’t have much to say about that besides: the vibrations felt good, they were strong enough to get me off, and they were quiet. Not whisper-quiet, but but not terribly attention-seeking, either. I like how it sounds more like the thrum of a cell phone ring, and not… buzzy and drill-like, like some vibes are. Definitely satisfied with the vibrations. Gripping the base of the toy in order to thrust with it was a little awkward, though, since the base is also where the control dial is located.

The Gigolo comes in Fun Factory’s signature red and tan packaging with a clear, plastic side that displays the toy, and magnetic snaps that keep the box closed. It comes with a brief manual, mini catalogue, and Toyfluid (water-based lube) sample. The manual that comes with this toy doesn’t indicate whether or not it’s waterproof, but I would guess that it isn’t. The battery compartment isn’t airtight and there’s an obvious seam all around it. The specs at Vibrator.com indicate that the toy is “splashproof” but I’d probably still be hesitant to use this around water.

Though it could use some improvements, I really do like this vibe.

Review: Forplay Toy Cleaner

Today I’ll be reviewing an “Adult Toy Cleanser” by ForPlay from PinkCherry.com sex toys. I requested it as a change from straight-up sextoys, and also wanted to try something that I could contrast with the antibacterial dish-soap I’ve been using to clean my toys so far.

I’ll get the banalities out of the way first: using this cleaner is pretty straightforward. The cleaner comes in a 7 oz bottle, which lasts for about 11 washes. You pour 2/3 oz into 3 quarts of warm water and stir it around with your hand to mix the cleaner in. The bottle has lines along the side marking 1 oz so you can measure out the amount easily. According to the description on the bottle and on PinkCherry.com, the cleaner is compatible with pretty much anything, but works better with soft materials like silicone. I tried it out on a few of my toys and it was a relatively straightforward process, although I didn’t find it necessarily more convenient or hygienic than just using soap.

That said, I discovered the problem with this cleaner when I decided to Google the main ingredient so I could contrast it with soap/other cleaners in terms of efficiency and hygiene. The main ingredient, as stated on the bottle and website, is Nonoxynol-9, known to some as N-9. The bottle describes N-9 as a “stabilized aqueous solution” and warns that it may cause irritation if splashed into one’s eyes. Fair enough. I don’t generally let my toys get too close to my eyes anyway.

Some quick research online and a shout out to my Tweeps yielded very different results. Apparently, N-9 is used in spermicides, condoms, cervical barriers and lubes because people thought it guarded against pregnancy and STDs (it can kill microbes in vitro). That would make sense as a sextoy cleaner, because spreading STDs and other germs is always something to guard against when sharing toys, right?

No. Studies have shown that N-9 not only isn’t effective in guarding against STDs, but actually increases the likelihood of contracting them by 50%, to be precise. And this is including HIV and HPV. It irritates the vaginal wall, and several of my Tweeps said that using products with N-9 in them caused itching.

Okay, so the toy cleaner isn’t meant to be applied directly to one’s vagina, just on the toys, so if you rinse the toys thoroughly, you should have nothing to worry about.

N-9 is more effective in killing bacteria, which would make it a more effective cleaner than ordinary soap. But what about, say, bleach solution or rubbing alcohol? I’d be more inclined to use one of those instead of shelling out ~$10 for something that isn’t absolutely body-safe.

2/5 stars.

Review: Evolved True Love Amore edition

DSCN3337I’m back with another review. This one is the Evolved True Love (Amore edition) – the second traditional vibe that I’ve tried out so far.

First of all, as always: the packaging. Such an important aspect in sex toys, and I’m only half joking. The Amore True Love comes in a tin box that closes with two clasps on either end, and lies in what appears to be some foam material that’s trying to be velvet. The box design is kitschily attractive, and I actually like it quite a bit. If it wasn’t for the obvious phallic cutout and “waterproof Amore” on the front, I’d probably use it to store writing materials on my desk. At least it can still be used to store the Amore itself, which is useful. The foam lining, I don’t like as much. Since the Amore attracts dust like nobody’s business, the foam was a particularly poor choice. My first experience with the Amore was to try and brush the multitude of minuscule foam bits off of it, to no avail.

A quick wash later, the Amore was ready to go. But then I ran into another obstacle – the battery compartment. I had more trouble with this battery compartment than you would ever believe. It made me feel pretty stupid. (I felt better about myself after both F and my younger sister tried and failed as well.)

You can find the battery compartment by unscrewing the Amore’s base. The Amore takes two AA batteries. Hold on: more specifically, the Amore takes only the best kind of AA battery, and not if it’s already been used. First, I tried the unknown brand of battery that Vibrator.com had generously provided. (The Amore itself doesn’t come with batteries included.) Nothing. I flipped the +/- poles around. Still nothing. (The little sticker on the compartment, indicating which battery should have its + pole facing upwards, wasn’t really a big help because if I turned the Amore around, the two poles on the sticker would flip over again.) I tried the Energizer batteries from my camera. Nada. (The battery bar on my camera was still pretty close to full.) After a bit of correspondence with Vibrator.com (I thought this particular Amore might not be working), they had an Amore sent over to them and messed around with it a bit, and suggested that I try a better / more high powered brand of battery. So I bought a fresh pack of Duracells. The first time I put them in, the Amore worked. Great! The second time I tried, it didn’t. Wha? It took me a while to figure out that the compartment has to be closed very tightly, otherwise it won’t work.

So, now, onto the Amore itself. Finally. The Amore is made of TPR (thermoplastic rubber) which is phthalate-free, but cannot be fully sterilized. It also feels cheaper and less smooth compared to silicone. One plus is that TPR can be used with all kinds of lubes, and this vibrator was more bendy than most silicone dildos/vibrators I’ve encountered, though I’m not sure that’s true of all TPR vibrators.

The Amore comes in a pretty, iridescent blue color, which was part of the reason why I picked it. However, the Amore looks better in its pictures than it does in the flesh. Compared to the Vibrator.com product picture, the blue is a lot duller. It’s also semi see-through. Maybe you care to see the inner workings of your toy, but I don’t.

OK, so how does the Amore hold up performance-wise? It’s waterproof, which is an instant plus. Strong vibrations, if a little unsexily loud. Three vibration settings, which you cycle through by pushing the button on its base. The vibrator is placed at the tip of the shaft, which is an excellent idea. More vibrations on the g-spot! It’s also very girthy. I couldn’t take it the first few tries, probably due to the lack of a tapered head as much as the girth, and had to build myself up to it with smaller toys first. Even then, it stretched me out almost uncomfortably. The waves on the shaft didn’t provide intense texture, but I could feel them, which was good. The vibrations felt quite lovely, even on the first setting.

I’d recommend this vibe to someone who likes more girth. But since the Amore only saves you a few dollars compared to a silicone-sleeved vibe, why not just get the silicone-sleeved one instead?

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Specs:

Material: Phthalate-free TPR
Length: 8″
Insertable length: 6 1/2″
Circumference: 6″
Colors: Blue & Purple
Price @ Vibrator.com: $43

3/5 stars.

Review: CyberSilicone Perfectly Hot Pink

A8809-6I requested the CyberSilicone Perfectly Hot Pink because I was curious about Adam & Eve and had yet to try a traditional vibrator, and this one looked pretty decent. It was also a bit of a random choice since I didn’t take as much time to go through products before selecting them this time.

The Perfectly Hot Pink is… hot pink. A very, very aggressive shade of hot pink. And no, it doesn’t come in any other color. (Otherwise why would it be called the Hot Pink? I’m not a big fan of the name, to tell you the truth, mostly because it doesn’t end in a noun and you can’t tell what it is from the name alone…) I’ve actually come to really like wearing hot pink, but putting it inside me? Doesn’t appeal to me quite as much. It’s also a more realistically-styled vibrator (except for the color), complete with veins, and I’m not a big fan of that, either. Basically, in terms of how it looks the Hot Pink is alright, but doesn’t exactly appeal to me.

Size-wise, the Hot Pink is pretty hefty. It measures 7″ (insertable) x 1.5″, and definitely would not be a good beginner’s choice. Personally, I’ve come to realize that I’m not much of a girth-person; I prefer toys on the smaller-to-moderate side. Working the Hot Pink inside myself took quite a bit of effort. I could fit about 5-6″ inside me and then had to limit myself to shallow thrusts. It also doesn’t have any give at all, since it’s basically a straight, plastic vibrator encased in Cybersilicone.

I actually enjoyed using it on my clit the most. Typical, right? I lubed it up and rubbed the shaft up and down my clit, and it felt pretty amazing. I really liked having something to push up against, and the vibrations of the Hot Pink were strong enough to get me off even though they weren’t concentrated on my clit directly.

…Which brings us to the vibrations, which are powered by two AA batteries, and operated with a simple dial in the base that turns from low to high. The high vibrations are pretty damn high. The Hot Pink definitely delivers in that department, without being overly noisy. The only annoying thing is the positioning of the dial – it doesn’t give you a comfortable space to grasp onto, and the dial is quite small, so if I hold onto that, there’s a chance I’ll turn the vibrations down or up by mistake.

You can also use the Hot Pink in the bath! It’s completely waterproof – there’s an O-ring where the battery compartment screws shut, which prevents water from leaking in. I tried it out in the shower, and held it under a sink full of water for a good few minutes, and it still worked fine.

What makes the Perfectly Hot Pink unique is that it’s made of CyberSilicone, which according to its description, is phthalate-free and non-porous. It is a combination of silicone & cyberskin according to some sources, or a combination of silicone and TPR (thermoplastic rubber) according to others. I’m a little confused about that. In any case, it is not a step-up from regular silicone. I would expect it to feel more realistic or something, if it’s partly made out of cyberskin, but it doesn’t. It actually feels tackier than regular silicone, and has a very unsexy, rubbery smell. I can only smell it when I put it right up to my nose, but for a perfectionist like me that’s still pretty aggravating. Because it has silicone components in it, you can’t use silicone lube with it. Cleaning/sterilizing it is also more of an issue because of the vibrating parts, so you’d only be able to use bleach solution, not boiling or dishwashing.

Right. Now, with all that said, I have to confess that I was being a bad toy owner and wasn’t storing my toys properly for a while. I was traveling from San Francisco to Hong Kong, and put all of my toys in a cloth bag in my luggage. After I got home, I dumped the bag in my closet and left it it there for about a week or so. After I took them all out to sterilize them, I realized that there were some damages on the surface of the Hot Pink – there were several spots where it looked like someone had dragged their finger across the it and “smudged” it. (Tried to take a picture but the spots don’t show up on my crappy camera.) I can only conclude that that happened because I was storing all my silicone toys together when they’re not supposed to be touching each other – whoops. All my other pure-silicone toys, however, were fine, so the Cybersilicone must actually be of worse quality than plain silicone.A8809-62

I was also changing the batteries once, and I must have damaged the dial or something because now there’s a slight rattling noise, and instead of going smoothly from low to high when you turn the dial, it does two “loops”, that is: low to high suddenly back to low to high, again. :| Moral of the story: take care of your sex toys… but still, a toy that can’t survive my owning it for two months without getting damaged in some way probably isn’t made of the best quality material.

In conclusion: a good & versatile vibrator for people who prefer more girth. It may have it’s flaws – but for only ~$25? Quite a deal.

3/5 stars :)

Review: Lelo Siri

Lelo recently came out with three new products (well, not so new anymore I guess) in their Femme line. I was lucky enough to get the clitoral stimulator, the Siri, for review. These new products come with certain differences when compared to their older sisters; Siri in particular is marketed as having more power than Lelo’s other clitoral vibes. I’ve never had issues with the levels of Lelo’s vibrations, but I’ve read reviews by many other bloggers who complained about lack of power being Lelo’s one weakness.

Siri is incredibly cute. It looks kind of like an easter egg, and comes in 3 different colors – including a beautiful, vibrant red that I was really excited about. (Red is one of my favorite colors and I’ve found that there’s an unfortunate shortage of red sex toys.) I got sent the pink version, though. Oh well.

I don’t think I’ll be able to delve beyond appearances without comparing Siri to Lelo’s other products. Let’s see how Siri stands up compared to the old product designs, and to one of Lelo’s other clitoral vibrators, the Lily.

New Packaging & Control System

First off: the packaging. One thing Lelo is known for is their elegance and attention to detail when it comes to presentation. Siri’s packaging is much the same as the old packaging: a flimsier outer box, then a plain black storage box. However, once I lifted the lid of the storage box, my heart sank a little. I expected Lelo’s typical plastic “mould” that holds the toy in place, and houses the manual, charger, 1-year warranty, 10-year quality guarentee and satin storage pouch underneath it. Instead, I found a paper & plastic clamshell. This looks significantly tackier to me.

Looks aside, the new packaging poses a problem because you need to tear it open to get at the toy. Once you do that, you have to throw the clamshell out. With the old system, you could use it to store your new toy safely in the storage box if you wanted. Now, the toy will be left loose; rattling around in its box if moved.

The other noticeable difference is the control system. Siri has four buttons: the top and bottom ones control strength, and the left and right ones control mode. Hold them all down for a few seconds to lock and unlock the toy. Pretty intuitive. And the buttons still light up.

Compared to the old controls, there are things I like and dislike about it. The old button was a big circle, with each spot on the circle corresponding to the aforementioned functions. On the plus side, these buttons are bigger and easier to press. On the minus side, I can’t distinguish between the buttons with my fingers as easily. Usually when I get off, I’m under the covers and so the toy is under the covers, too, out of my sight. With the old controls, I could move my finger around the circle and feel for the part of the circle that I wanted. I find it harder to differentiate between these buttons, which means I sometimes don’t press the right thing on the first try, which can be a little annoying. Annoying also is the fact that I have to press these buttons harder to make them work, so I’m usually pressing one button twice, because the first time doesn’t work.

Siri is rechargeable (2 hours of charging time for 4 hours of use), displays a white light when charging and a red light when the battery is low, and is made of matte silicone (colored part) & plastic (white part). To sterilize the silicone area of the toy, you can wipe it with 10% bleach solution or rubbing alcohol. Also, silicone toys are not compatible with silicone lubes.

Is it stronger than Lelo’s other vibes? My answer is undoubtedly yes. I’m very happy with the Siri and look forward to trying even more new Lelo toys! (I’m looking at the mint-new Insignia line next.)

Check out the Siri & more sex toys at Your Adult Toy Store.

Review: Lelo Bob

When I first held the Lelo Bob in my hands, I knew we were not meant to be… because the toy had been mailed to me to use as a prize in a contest I was holding. Nevertheless, I had carefully snuck a peak into the box, and I liked what I saw. Much like Lelo’s ad image for Bob, looking at it made me think I was carefully unwrapping an expensive, fragrant cigar. The Bob, despite its decidedly unclassy name, was sleek and gorgeous, and I knew I’d eventually want to try it out myself. Unfortunately, when I did, I realized that Bob’s functionality wasn’t quite as up to par with its attractive appearance.

As with all Lelo toys, Bob is presented beautifully, and comes with a satin drawstring bag and one-year warranty. It’s also made of the smooth, hard silicone that is typical of Lelo.

Due to Bob’s small size, I was able to slide it in very easily, and then… I could barely feel anything. I could feel it when I clenched around it. It felt very thin and unsubstantial. I don’t even use large plugs regularly; my go-to plug is the njoy pure plug medium. While a beginner couldn’t take the pure plug without using something smaller for a while first, it definitely isn’t size-queen material either. Bob is very comfortable, definitely, but part of the point of wearing a plug, for me, is feeling it, if only a little bit.

On the other hand, there was a part of Bob I definitely could feel, lodged between my cheeks: the handle. I’ve read some reviews that criticized Bob’s potentially unsafe base, and though I could definitely feel it, it also didn’t seem enough to prevent the entire toy potentially slipping into my ass, especially when I was sitting down. I was paranoid about the Bob being pushed in somehow, since the handle is round rather than phlanged and it seems like it could be pushed in with a little force, especially if you’ve used larger objects in your ass.

Bob, while usable by people of any gender, is essentially designed for people with a prostate, and I was fortunate enough to try it on L. He had it in while we 69ed, and here the handle was a plus. I very much enjoyed putting my finger through the loop and pulling it in and out slightly while I blew him. Afterwards, he told me that he could also feel the handle very obviously, and that the plug felt more noticeable in his butt (than, say, the Bootie), probably due to the plug’s length. He didn’t see himself wearing it for long periods of time, but definitely liked fucking me with it in.

As for cleaning: Bob is made of silicone, which is body-safe and non-porous, and can be shared after being sterilized. To sterilize the plug, you can wash it with 10% bleach solution, put it in the top shelf of the dishwasher with no soap, or boil it for at least 5 minutes. Also, silicone toys are not compatible with silicone lubes.

So, my verdict? Bob, while quite the looker, was just not for me, although I can see plenty of people, most probably anal beginners, enjoying it.

Specs:
– Type: Anal Plug
– Material: Silicone
– Length: 3.75″
– Width: 1.25″
– Colors: Bordeaux / Deep Blue
– Price @ Vibrator.com: $45

Review: njoy Pure Wand

Ah, the Pure Wand. The Holy Grail of g-spot toys. Sexbloggers far and wide have heralded it’s magical, squirt-worthy properties. The many reviews that have already been written probably already adequately describe just how wonderful the Pure Wand is; nevertheless, I’m adding my perspective to the mix, hoping that it will enlighten at least a handful of people.

When Tickle offered to send me a Pure Wand to review, I actually cheered. I got it in the mail, hurriedly took it out of the package, and opened the trademark, elegant njoy black box with pink satin lining.

The Pure Wand was intimidating. It’s not enormous or anything like that, but c’mon. It’s 1.5lbs of steel. My first thought: you could probably kill someone if you clobbered them with it. My second: that hard, unyielding, heavy thing was meant for my pussy? The third: hmm, shiny steel is pretty sexy.

So it was intimidating, but in a very sexy sort of way.

For a while, I did nothing but open the box and take it out, admiring and feeling the weight. I have to admit, after hearing about the Pure Wand making women squirt, I worried a little about whether the Pure Wand would “work” on me or not. What if it didn’t?

Anyway, I finally got around to trying it out. I put down a towel, just in case. I dabbed on a few drops of lube – I didn’t need much with its smooth surface – and went to town.

The end with the small “ball” made for a good warm-up. It tickled, teased and tantalized my g-spot until my wrists began to ache. The large-ball-end was pretty heavy, and thrusting while holding that end for an extended amount of time is tiring.

I switched to the large-ball end. I thought it would be difficult for me to get it inside me, since I typically prefer small toys, but it slid in easily. And pressed against my g-spot firmly and insistently.

It was at this point that I experienced a strange sensation: I was overwhelmed with pleasure, but also felt like I needed to pee. I continued to thrust, but I was so distracted by the need-to-pee sensation that I knew there was no way I was going to come like that. So I copped out, held the Pure Wand still, and got myself off by rubbing my clit instead.

A quick Twit and Google search later revealed that the needing-to-pee sensation was a typical precursor to squirting. I’d have to get over the weirdness of it first, though. It’s not that I worry about peeing by accident, but I just associate needing to pee with, well, the toilet. Which I don’t find sexy at all.

Doesn’t it make you horny just looking at it?

For some reason, the first time was the only time I felt the peeing-sensation with the Pure Wand. So, the Pure Wand didn’t get me to squirt (it hasn’t yet, anyway), but that hardly matters, because it feels so damn good. After the first long wank session, I’ve gotten off with the Pure Wand in under five minutes almost every time, unless I make a conscious effort to hold out. I love the firm pressure against my gspot. I love the weight of it in my hand. I love pulling it out of me and feeling how hot it is after warming up to match my body temperature. I love how cool and sudden it feels slipping inside me. I love the physical and psychological thrill of having steel inside me.

The Pure Wand is the only toy that has made me moan aloud while jacking off. And every time I was trying out the Pure Wand, my Twitter feed was literally a flutter with <3s; just ask my Tweeps.

It also works very well as an anal toy. I wasn’t ready for the large-ball end, but the small-ball end feels great.

The Pure Wand does come with a bit of a learning curve (ahaha…), since its shape is quite unlike most dildos out there. I use the same kind of gentle rocking motion that I used with the Lelo Ella, instead of thrusting hard and fast, or trying to thrust with the curve of the dildo, which I did the first time I used it, but which served no purpose except to tire me out even faster.

Oh, also, since the Pure Wand is steel, i.e. nonporous, you can share it. Make sure to sterilize it via boiling, bleaching (with 10% solution) or dishwashing (top shelf, no soap) before sharing. Sterilize it as well if you’ve used it anally but want to use it vaginally the next time. Germs + vag = no.

So… the Pure Wand: it didn’t make me squirt, but it does make me moan. And I fucking love it.

Specs:
– Type: Dildo
– Length: 8″
– Insertable Length: 7″
– Circumference: 5″
– Diameter: 1 1/2″
– Weight: 1.51lbs
– Material: Steel
– Price @ Tickle: $110

Download njoy’s spec sheet.

Five out of five hearts!

Review: Lelo Mia

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you would have read that I recently answered a sex toy reviewer ad at Vibrator.com. I was accepted, and they sent me the LELO Mia to review, from their discreet sex toys line =)

First, let me get a couple of things straight – I don’t normally use sex toys. I’ve never even used a vibrator before (I’m not counting the vibrator-component of an unopened Trojan vibrating cock ring that me and the Actor stole from the college newspaper office… and no, I don’t know what it was doing there). That said, I’ve also been aware of LELO for quite a while, and I love them. Their products are sleek, simple and beautiful, and the Mia is no different. No tacky semi-see-through plastic, no garish pictures of half-naked babes on the packaging. LELO nicely presents their products in pretty gift boxes, complete with storage bag and 1 year warranty (!). LELO is pretty much the “Apple of sex toys” (well, one of the Apples of sex toys, at least).

I happily took Mia to bed with me every night the first few nights after I received her in the mail. Mia is a “lipstick vibe” that comes in pastel pink and dark rose. Definitely discreet – it basically looks like a tube of lipstick or a highlighter or a large USB stick, and I’ve frequently left it lying around on my desk without any of my friends commenting on it.

Concerning the vibrating itself, Mia has ~ 10 intensity settings and three different “pulsation” settings (long pulses -> short pulses). LELO’s website points out Mia as a good beginner vibe. I don’t exactly have anything to compare it with, but I hadn’t expected to be able to take the higher intensity settings, but turns out that I was able to after all =) Mia takes 2 hours to charge and provides up to four hours (!) of pleasure.

The cleverest thing about the Mia? To charge it, you plug it into your computer’s USB port.

F found it a little annoying that you don’t have the option of charging it at an outlet, but for college students like me =) or busy working women, it seems perfect since we’re on computers all the time anyway.

Oh, and the Rationalist was using my computer while I was charging it for the first time, and he typed away for about half an hour before being all “This isn’t a USB drive, is it?”, took it out of the USB port, and turned it on, which… um… sort of gave the game away. Granted, the + – buttons make it obvious what the Mia is, but not if you don’t look too closely =)

Yay Mia! 4/5 Stars.

Review: Lelo Ella

Lelo is basically my favorite company when it comes to vibrators, but I’ve long wondered what the Ella, the one dildo in their product line, would be like. And whether or not it would hold up to my Tantus dildos, because I heart Tantus to no end.

Ella looks just as elegant and discreet as any of Lelo’s other “pleasure objects.” I don’t dislike the way penises look, so I don’t specifically want my dildos to look as un-penis-like as possible. My typical preference in dildos is in between realistic and abstract. However, I definitely appreciate the discreet beauty of Ella. It doesn’t look like a dildo at all, and I’m confident that I can leave it lying around my room without my friends noticing it and making comments. With the Ella, you get the typical excellent Lelo treatment: Ella comes in a sleek black box, with an instruction booklet, one year warranty, and satin storage pouch.

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Ella is made out of hard silicone. The toy really doesn’t have any give at all, except at the neck. I don’t really recommend bending it too much because of how thin the neck is. The silicone material is finished off with Lelo’s typical velvet matte, which feels great to touch. Before I jack off with Ella I always find myself fondling and caressing it just because the material feels so nice. Also, like other silicone toys, Ella is non-porous, pththalate-free, and can be shared. Just make sure to sterilize it with a 10% bleach solution, boil it, or throw it in the dishwasher (top drawer, no soap) before sharing.

Both ends of the dildo can be used: the G-spot end, that looks exactly like that of the Lelo Gigi, and the pointy end. I did not much like the pointy end. Why? Because just by looking at it, I completely expected that it would feel like my vagina was getting poked. And that’s exactly what it felt like. That end of the toy does have a nice curve to it, and feels quite filling and pleasant, but that point coupled with the hard silicone is just uncomfortable. Also, there are two tiny LELO insignias stamped onto either side of this end. Lube can easily get stuck there, which makes cleaning a little difficult. (I’d recommend using n old toothbrush.) This end makes for a nice handle, though. Well, except for when I try to grab onto it with lube-y hands. The smooth surface makes it extremely slippery when it’s lubed up.

The G-spot end was what I was most excited to try. Gigi was the toy that lead me to find and play with my G-spot for the first time, and actually have a G-spot orgasm (that I was aware of, anyway). I had high hopes that Ella would grace me with the same result. Like with the Gigi, I had to do some initial maneuvering in order to hit my G-spot. I typically push dildos inside me up to a certain depth, because that’s what feels the most comfortable. However, using the Gigi or Ella requires me to push just that little bit more. After that, however, Ella zeroes in on my G-spot perfectly. I’d been reading that there was a bit of a learning curve with Ella, and I found that to be true too. Its sharp curve catches on my public bone a little bit if I thrust hard and deep like I usually do, so I had to thrust shallowly, or use a sort of rocking motion, so that I was lightly pummeling my G-spot with the head of the toy. Once I figured out how to use it, though, I happily jacked off with Ella until I felt the familiar sensation of a G-spot orgasm washing over me; spreading over my body from deep within my cunt.

I don’t think it’s a toy for everyone, though. For one thing, it’s a bit on the small side. The shape is perfect for G-spotting, but I would almost prefer if the toy was a little thicker, just so that I could have more to clench around. And if you’re a size queen, the Ella probably wouldn’t be enough for you.

But Ella passed my test, alright. This toy makes me want to stretch out my wank session and really enjoy every minute of it.

Specs:
– Type: Dildo
– Size: 7″ x 1-1.5″ at widest point
– Material: Silicone
– Color @ Babeland.com: Deep Rose
– Colors @ Lelo.com: White, Black, Deep Rose
– Price @ Babeland.com: $44

4 out of 5 hearts!