Jan 302014

Best Lesbian Erotica 2014


Title: Best Lesbian Erotica 2014
Author: Various – Edited by Kathleen Warnock
Publishing Company: Cleis Press
Trade Paper
ISBN 978-1-62778-002-5
5 1/2 x 8, 264 pages

Taken from Cleis Press:

Hailed as “mesmerizing,” Best Lesbian Erotica 2014 is as smart as it is sensual. Goldie-nominated editor Kathleen Warnock has collected stories from around the globe, giving this year’s edition many refreshing points of view. Sabina dives into bed with just the wrong person for an encounter that feels so right in Diana Cage’s story, “Hey, Stranger.” The red-hot romance in “Stitch and Bitch,” by A. L. Simonds, starts with a meet-cute at a crochet basics class. A femme offers sweet treats and a private after-party to the “Birthday Butch” in Teresa Noelle Roberts’s tease. The women in this volume are so realistic you can almost feel the warmth of their bodies in your hands. Evocative and erotic, this commanding collection will hold you right to the very last page.

With stories by: Anamika, Amal Arabi, Cheyenne Blue, Diana Cage, Cheryl Dunye, Nairne Holtz, Cheryl Jimmerson, D. L. King, Catherine Lundoff, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Sarah Schulman, Sinclair Sexsmith, A. L. Simonds, Sam Tweed, Dolar Vasani, Sharon Wachsler, Lucien C. West, Xan West

Nairne Holtz, excerpt from “Call for Submission” in Best Lesbian Erotica 2014

At home, I emailed Cyn, but she didn’t reply. A month later, she invited me to be her Facebook friend, and I checked out her profile. I discovered she was “in a relationship” and had about four hundred friends. I wasn’t going to be some cheap Facebook conquest—I ignored her invitation. Then the email came, asking me to submit a sexual fantasy to her anthology, and I reconsidered the Facebook invite. Did I want to miss future calls for submission? As I clicked on accept, I told myself I was joining her network for what were strictly professional reasons. But when I saw her relationship status had changed to “in an open relationship,” I felt an unbidden thrill.

I began writing a sexual fantasy for her. Writing and rewriting it put me into a sexual fever, my thoughts a non-stop erotic cabaret, blinking lights, on, on, on. Cyn was my muse, even though a chubby black stud hardly fit the traditional image of a Grecian goddess. Sometimes, after writing for an hour I would lie down and finger myself to a climax, a wisp of an orgasm because I was so excited.

I sent my story to Cyn, who sent me a reply the next day: I want this story!

But did she want me? And if so, how available was she? I emailed her to say the story was hers if she sent me a contract, and got a response with an attachment. I expected it to be a contract, but instead she had sent me a story. Since I was a freelance editor, she wondered, would I be kind enough to give her some constructive criticism?

I printed her story and settled onto my couch to read it. Bombs detonate, superpowers fall, the human genome is nothing but a toy for scientists now, but Vegas is still the place to gamble and get laid. The government hasn’t really cleaned up Nevada since the last nuclear attack. To go to the desert you have to be genetically modified to withstand cancer (who would have thought nuclear war would be what taught us to cure cancer?), but for a cyborg like me whose body is part machine, it’s not a problem.

I read on. The cyborg had been hired to track down a stripper in Las Vegas. To get close to her, the cyborg paid for a lap dance, and then handcuffed her quarry. Ostensibly, the cyborg was in charge, but the dancer’s resistance made their roles jump like summer lightning—moving, glowing electrons. It was obvious to me that Cyn, like me, enjoyed a good power struggle.

It felt like Cyn was talking to me through her story, using it as a way to flirt, but I wasn’t sure if we were compatible. In both the story she sent and her story in Dyke Dimensions, her butch protagonists were tops who didn’t come. Did Cyn always have to be in control? Was she a stone butch? When I sent her my editing suggestions, I couldn’t resist adding a postscript: “Do your butch characters ever get done?”

Cyn thanked me for my comments on her story and ignored the postscript. I had to have an answer, if only to improve my fantasy life, so I went to a gay bookstore and pawed through Cyn’s work, looking for a scene where a femme makes love to a butch…but couldn’t find one.

Instead, I spotted Cyn on the cover of a lesbian magazine holding hands with a woman I recognized, Vixen Swift, the illustrious lesbian romance author. Vixen’s red hair had been tucked into a classic chignon, and she was wearing one of her signature corsets with her large breasts on full display. The article described Cyn and Vixen as a “celesbian” couple. Appar- ently, they had been hand-fasted for a number of years. With a shudder, I dropped the magazine onto the rack. Vixen and I had been introduced on at least three occasions, and each time she had to be reminded of who I was.

I went over to another section and picked up Vixen’s latest release, and brought it to the counter along with Chrome Stud, the first book in Cyn’s cyberpunk series.

At home, I began to read Vixen’s novel, Soul Mate, which featured a “playa” who meets “a titian-haired queen with piercing blue eyes.” (Nouns in Vixen’s novel were always accompanied by a convoy of adjectives.) When I finished the book, I felt like throwing it across the room. The story was so formulaic: a bad boi, who is afraid of intimacy because she was once fucked over by a heartless bitch, is saved by the love of a good femme.

Since when were lesbians afraid of intimacy anyway? I wished there were women my age—midthirties—who didn’t carry any more baggage than one bad relationship, whose only reason for not having a partner was fear of being hurt and not fear of responsibility.

I also wondered why Vixen, if she was in an open relation- ship, wrote such sappy, moralistic books. I had to give her some credit: the sex scenes, with which her novel brimmed, were spicy and accomplished. Especially the ones where the queen made love to her boi by going down on her while fucking her with three fingers, a scenario that sounded vaguely familiar.

I plucked Dyke Dimensions from my bookshelf and reread Vixen’s sex scene between a vampire and a werewolf. The vampire licked the werewolf and penetrated her with three fingers.

Was this how Cyn liked to be done? Reality often squirms beneath the stories writers choose to tell, and we give it away when we repeat ourselves.

Nairne Holtz is the author of This One’s Going to Last Forever (Insomniac, 2009), a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Skin Beneath (Insomniac, 2007), which was shortlisted for Quebec’s McAuslan Prize. Currently, she lives in Toronto with her lover, works as a librarian and is writing another novel.

Best Lesbian Erotica is available now from Cleis Press in paperback for $15.95 (if you spend $25 or more you get free shipping!) and in Kindle edition on Amazon for $9.99 (on sale now).
Jan 282014

Rock Out Corset Set from Pipedream

- Available in regular and plus sizes
- Full outfit
- Easy to put on
- True to size
- Expensive
- Quality issues
- Fabric isn’t flattering
- Odd shaped pasties




When I saw that Pipedream carried lingerie sets in plus sizes, I was thrilled.  It was refreshing to see the variety of sizes available since many companies only make lingerie for thinner women.  The Rock Out Corset Set has everything you need to complete an outfit (apart from shoes), but some of the pieces are odd and won’t work for everyone.  The material doesn’t help suck everything in like you’d expect from a corset.  Instead, it seems to just lay over your flawed areas, almost making them more obvious.  The laces themselves have some quality issues, looking like they were coming apart in some areas.  Considering the cost of this set, that’s not acceptable.  Overall I was pleased that my size was available, but highly disappointed in the set.  Hopefully the other plus sized Fetish Fantasy Lingerie sets are better.

-What’s Included-

Included in the Rock Out Corset Set are six pieces; a waist cincher, thong, collar, pasties (and adhesive tape), stockings, and four removable garter straps.  The set is primarily black but the waist cincher, thong, and collar each have silver laces that accent them.

The Collar:

Untitled-7The Collar attaches using two silver snaps that are located on the back.  The front has four loops that hold the laces in place.  The material goes behind them as well, so your neck isn’t exposed through this area.  The design allows it to be slightly adjustable, allowing you to tighten the laces to provide a better fit.  It’s 2 3/4″ tall and ranges from 14 1/2″ to 19 1/2″ wide.  The shape is curved which allows it to naturally fit around your neck.

The Pasties:

Untitled-11The pasties are a cone shape and feature a little metal ring on the tip of each.  They come with two strips of double-sided adhesive tape that you use to hold them in place.  There are no directions on how to apply them, and you’ll need to cut the tape yourself.  The shape of the pasties will work best for those who have perky breasts.  The size of your breasts doesn’t matter, but if you have flatter breasts like I do, these will only look awkward on you.  They also only measure 2″ across, which doesn’t even come close to covering my areolea which are approximately 4″ wide.  It would have been nice to see pasties that were more naturally shaped.

The Waist Cincher:

Untitled-5The waist cincher features a laced front and a zippered back.  The zipper makes it much easier to put on by yourself, especially compared to a long row of hooks.  Since it laces in the front, it’s also much easier to tighten it as needed, which allows you to accentuate your curves.  Like the collar, there’s fabric behind the laces, so your belly can’t be seen through them.  There are eight rows of plastic boning which is extremely flexible.  Great for comfort, but doesn’t help the cincher hold its shape.  The laces allow the cincher to range from 40″ to 45″ in length, helping it work for a variety of body types and sizes.  The height of the sides and back are 9″, but the center is a little taller and comes in at 11 1/2″.  Along the top are two ribbons which make it easy to hang it up, and the bottom features four small loops that the garter straps slip into.

The Thong:

Untitled-9The thong is a little different than what normally comes in lingerie sets.  It doesn’t have the thin string in the back and won’t wedge itself between your cheeks.  The laces seen in the other pieces are used for the thong as well.  The band at the top is stretchy and surrounds the entire piece, only separating for two metal rings.  Other than the band at the top, the only thing holding the sides together is the silver lace.  When you make the laces loose, the thong becomes crotchless for easy access.  There’s no liner inside, so you can feel the lace directly against your body when you’re wearing them.  They measure 18″ across the band when laid flat, the front is 5 1/2″ wide, and the back is 9 1/4″ at the widest points.  Directly at the crotch it’s 2 1/5″ wide.


The Garter Straps:

Untitled-6Included with the set are four garter straps that can be hooked into the waist cincher to help hold up the stockings.  They are very common in the way they function, featuring a small hook on one end, and a special closure on the opposite side that prevents your stockings from slipping down without damaging them.  They are fully adjustable using a small metal loop.  They range from 6 3/4″ long to 10″ long, making them work for a variety of different heights.  They have some elasticity to them as well, so it’s easy to move around while wearing them since they’ll work with your movements rather than against them.

The Stockings:

Untitled-10The stockings included with this set are your basic black and don’t have a fancy pattern to them.  The toes are closed, but aren’t reinforced, so don’t expect these to last very long (mine had runs in them the first time I put them on).  They each have a band on the top that’s approximately 2 1/4″ wide that help keep them in place and make it less likely for the garter straps to damage them.  They’re very cheap feeling (and easily run), but aren’t scratchy or uncomfortable to wear.  These are designed to reach about the middle of your thigh, but your specific height will make that vary.  They’re very stretchy when it comes to the length, but are less forgiving at the top.  My thighs are 24″ around where they rest and it felt fitted, but not too tight.


The pieces in this set can be worn together or separately.  I chose a 4x because the size chart showed it would fit my body measurements best.

My measurements are:

  • Size: 22
  • Cup: D
  • Bust: 48″
  • Waist: 40″
  • Hip: 52″
  • Weight: 280 lbs

Size Chart:



The collar, cincher, and thong are all made from 33% Polyurethane and 67% Polyester, excluding the trim and laces.  When it comes to cleaning, the tag says to hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.  The cincher and collar won’t need to be washed every time you use it, but the thong should be.  As long as you follow the care instructions you shouldn’t run into a problem.


The material of these pieces feels pretty cheap.  It doesn’t seem like it would take much to accidentally tear it or stretch it too far.  The outside almost has a wet look to it and seems that it would repel liquids.  The back side (where it touches your body) doesn’t have the same shiny look to it and is a little softer.  The material looks like it would be breathable, but only ends up making you sweat.

The laces are a pretty color, but they look more like twisted rope than laces.  This might appeal to some, but not everyone will like it.  Though it’s not rough, it does tend to feel scratchy against the lady parts, which can be annoying when you’re trying to fool around.

There were a couple areas on my cincher where the stitching isn’t perfect, but it was well done in general.  The laces, however, have several areas where thread it sticking out from it.  It gives it a cheap and tacky feeling.  If they had actually used some sort of lace instead of this weird rope stuff, that wouldn’t have been an issue.  If you really wanted to, you could re-lace each of the pieces with something more suitable.


Untitled-1The Rock Out Corset Set comes in a tall cardboard box that features a large image of a model on the front wearing the set.  The top boldly says what lines it’s from and the bottom provides the product name.  Each side was designed to look like tattered fishnets and is made from black velvet (like the posters you can color).  It’s cute looking, but black fuzz ends up everywhere.  The back of the package has two more images of the model, showing both the front and back of the piece on her body.  On both the cover and one of the images on the back, she’s having to hold her breasts up, this should prove how the pasties don’t really work the way they should.  The bottom tells you what the package contains and provides the size chart.  It’s not at all discreet, but can be broken down and recycled.


The waist cincher was what appealed to me most when I saw this set.  Like many women, I’m rather self conscious about my belly and thought this piece would help me feel more relaxed when spending some sexy time with my man.  It didn’t work well for me at all.  Every bulge, every roll, everything I hate about my belly, was just as obvious with this cincher on.  Not only that, but because it’s not as tall as a corset, my back boobies were spilling over the top (not because it was too tight, but because of where it rests).  Can someone say boner killer?

It fit me fine, as did the thong, but it didn’t actually cinch anything.  The laces were uncomfortable against my crotch, which is a shame because the thong looked okay on me.  My neck is too short for the collar, but I already knew that when I chose this set, but the pasties are useless for me because of my breast shape.  I was so excited to receive a plus sized set like this, and was just as immediately disappointed.

Your personal experience will vary, different body types look different in lingerie, but for me, this just wasn’t the right set.  If you’re interested in buying this set, it’s on an awesome sale over at Pink Cherry.  If you don’t purchase it there, it’s far more expensive than it should be, and I can’t recommend even trying it when considering the price point.


pipedreamThe Rock Out Corset Set was provided to me free of charge from Pipedream in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Jan 272014

Ola from Minna Life

- Uniquely functions
- Made from silicone
- Great designs
- Rechargeable
- Waterproof
- Magnetic charger could be stronger





Some companies say their products are different, tossing around the words unique, original, and innovative.  Not all companies can live up to these claims, but Minna Life certainly can.  The release of their first product, Ola, introduced a new concept; creating your own patterns and intensities at the squeeze of a ‘button’.  Ola is made from silicone, is rechargeable, has power behind it, and has a wonderful shape.  It’s an all around great product that’s worth adding to your collection!


Ola from Minna Life is a rechargeable vibrator that’s designed to provide you with a unique pleasure experience, every time you use it.

Great for female pleasure, the end of the vibrator curves upward, effortlessly connecting with your internal pleasure zones.  Since the end is also the thickest area of the toy, it keeps your focus on targeted stimulation and doesn’t make you feel stretched during use.  Ola also works well as a clitoral vibrator since the long handle allows you to comfortably lay back and enjoy.

Because of the way this vibrator functions, it’s a great couples’ toy.  Bust out the blindfold and allow your partner to take over.  Since the one holding the vibrator gets to control the intensity, it heightens sensitivity and provides a unique experience every time you use it.

Ola lacks a proper flared base, so it’s not recommended for anal use.  Though the design would likely prevent it from accidentally slipping inside of you, it’s better to play it safe than wind up in the emergency room.  If you’re looking for anal stimulation, keep it external and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Waterproof vibrators certainly make every day tasks a little more exciting.  You can safely use your Ola in the shower or tub without having to worry about water leaking inside of your toy and damaging it.  It’s also much easier to clean and care for as a result.


Ola is made from silicone which is a body safe material that’s non-porous, latex free, phthalate free, and easy to care for.  You can safely use any water-based lubricant with your toy, but other types could potentially cause the surface to degrade.  When it’s time to clean, you can use soap and warm water, your favorite sex toy cleaner, or you can sterilize with a 10% bleach solution.

Untitled-3The surface of Ola is very smooth and glides easily across the skin.  It does attract some lint, but is very reasonable and easy to wipe off.  The silicone is a skin over the firm internal parts, so there’s no give or flexibility for the insertable portion of the toy.  The squeeze pad on the handle of the toy is the only area that has give.  This spot is soft and easy to press and hold down.

The only area where texture is present is toward the top where the controls are located.  The buttons are raised slightly from the toy which make them easy to find and use.  Because the shaft of the vibe is totally smooth, it might feel a little simple for those that require texture in order to feel stimulated.  However, it’s perfect for anyone who finds texture to be distracting.


The Ola comes in your choice of Pink or Violet.  It would have been nice to see a third option for those who don’t care for those colors, but they’re muted and aren’t over the top.

The shape of this vibrator is really fantastic.  The insertable end of the toy starts out thick, and narrows as you follow the curve up the shaft.  The top is where the controls are located and serves as the handle for the vibe.  This area is a little wider than the top part of the shaft which makes it much easier to hold onto during use.  The buttons and squeeze pad are both in convenient locations, making it easy to change functions which is important when you’re using the pad.


When I first saw an image of the Ola, I thought it would be fairly large in size.  Opening the package proved me wrong!  The size was much smaller than I expected which makes it work for a larger range of toy users.  You don’t have to be a size queen to enjoy this one!  It’s very reasonable and should work for anyone who’s used to penetration.  Size queens, it’s a little on the small side, but the shape helps provide more targeted G-spot stimulation which makes up for the lacking girth.

The total length of Ola is 7 3/4″, approximately 5″ is insertable.  The tip of the toy starts out at 4 1/4″ in circumference, increases to 4 1/2″ at the widest point, and narrows down to 3″ (if you insert to the charging area).  It’s a very manageable size which also makes it great for traveling with.



Untitled-10The Ola comes with a USB charger that connects to the vibrator magnetically.  The white oval on the back of the vibe is where the charger connects.  It isn’t a very strong connection, so you’ll need to make sure it’s set up well so it doesn’t accidentally become disconnect while charging.  The charger itself is made up of two pieces, the magnetic part, and the cord that plugs into it.  The squeeze pad on the vibe can sometimes become deflated and the end of the cord was designed to help.  Simply press the end into the small circle on the top of the handle and the squeeze pad will puff up again which helps it preform better.  This is the sole purpose of the pieces being able to separate.


Untitled-7Though your vibrator arrives with a partial charge, you’ll want to plug it in prior to your first use.  When it starts charging, you’ll see a light behind the bottom button start to slowly flash, showing it’s connected properly and charging.  When the charge is complete, both the top and bottom buttons will slowly flash and you can disconnect and use.  One of the awesome features of this toy is that it’s easy to tell when it’s time to charge again.  When you first turn the toy on, the lights will blink to indicate how much battery life is left; three for full, two for medium, and one or none for low.

Untitled-8As stated above, there are a total of two buttons that control how the toy functions, as well as the squeeze pad.  To turn on, you need to hold down the bottom button for a few seconds until the lights flash indicating how much battery power you have left.  The glow behind the bottom button will remain on the entire time the toy is in use.

Once Ola has been turned on, you can create your own patterned or steady vibrations by how you press the squeeze pad.  You can simply use the pad the whole time you’re using the vibe (which would require holding the pad the entire session) or you can create your own pattern that will continuously cycle without needing to press down on the pad.  To create a loop, you need turn the toy on and then press the top button (the open circle).  The light will glow behind both buttons, showing it’s ready for you to customize your vibrations.  From here, you use the squeeze pad to create any kind of pattern you’d like.  It works with the pressure you apply.  The more pressure, the more intense the vibrations are.  When you’re finished creating your pattern, you remove your hand from the pad.  The pattern will cycle, but will change if you squeeze the pad again.  This can be really frustrating if you accidentally press the pad in the middle of your session, which is why there’s a locking feature.  Once your vibrations are looping, you simply press the top button second time.  This will prevent the pattern from changing should you accidentally squeeze the pad.  When you’re ready to unlock the loop, you simply press the top button again and the toy will act like you just turned it on, or you can press and hold down the bottom button to turn the toy off.  Sounds complicated, but it’s really easy once you get the hang of it.  Minna Life also includes a small quickstart paper with the toy that helps you to really understand how to use it.


There are no programmed patterns or settings to choose from, every time you pick up the Ola you get to set the pace for your session.  That’s what makes it so unique.  You’re not stuck with patterns that don’t do anything for you.  You can make one that suits any mood your in.  If you’re not into patterns, that’s okay too!  You can create a locked loop of steady vibrations too!

The vibrations are evenly strong through the usable portion of the toy, but can’t be felt as easily in the handle.  It doesn’t create numb or tingling fingers during use, but provides a good deal of power where it really counts.

The power and sound level behind the Ola are quite impressive.  For a toy like this I expected moderate vibrations, but was pleased to feel how deep and powerful they can be.  It should satisfy most, but some extreme power queens might feel that it’s not quite enough.  Even when it reaches the highest power point, it’s still fairly quiet.  Someone probably wouldn’t hear it through a closed door, but might if they were in the same room with you.


Untitled-1The Ola arrives in a cardboard cylinder that has an image of the toy boldly on the front and features some of the key points on the opposite side.  It’s not discreet because it’s obvious what it contains, but it’s done in a cute and tasteful manner.  When you open the package, you’ll find your Ola standing up inside it, the bottom is nestled inside a plastic and foam base.  Underneath that base you’ll find the charger, storage pouch, sticker, and booklet.  The booklet features all the important information about the toy and is covered in several languages.  The information is easy to understand and provides an overview of how it works and how to care for it.  It also touches on their 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.



When the Ola was first released, the concept was backwards in my mind.  I heard that it operated by squeezing it, but thought the idea was to clench your PC muscles to create the vibrations.  It wasn’t until I looked it up for myself that I understood how it actually worked.  I had to try it!

Upon opening my package, I was first very surprised by how small it was.  Being a size queen I never know if these kind of products are going to work out for me or not.  Internally, I need some sort of texture, bulging, power, or girth in order to get decent G-spot stimulation.  Since the designed lacked most of that list, I hoped the power would be enough for me.

Internal stimulation is a hit or miss for me.  The shape was actually really great, it easily connected with my G-spot, and the power was fantastic as well.  However, the whole time it was inserted I was dying to use it on my clit.  I’m big on clitoral stimulation as it provides the most pleasure for me.  I wasn’t sure if the end would work well for me or not, since I also enjoy pin-point stimulation, but it was worth a shot.

Since there was a fair amount of power behind it, I found myself really enjoying it.  I had a lot of fun playing around with the patterns, but for my big finish I enjoy steady vibrations.  Thanks to the way it functions, it was easy to switch from my teasing warm up to my powerful finish.

I think the Ola has so many awesome things going for it!  It has all the wonderful features I commonly look for in a vibrator and so much more.  If you’re sick of the same patterns and are looking for something that was truly designed for you, Ola is the one to get!

This awesome vibrator can be purchased through the Minna Life website by clicking the banner below.


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

Jan 272014

DSC02480Photo courtesy of BeckAndHerKinks

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.


  • 200th Review Giveaway Extravaganza -by Beanfiddler (ends 1/31)
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  • $50 Tantus Gift Card -by dizzygirl (ends 1/31)
  • All Things Male Anal Play Giveaway -by Lori & Hubby (ends 1/31)
  • Rainbow Glass Dildo -by KinkyMom (ends 2/1)
  • Revel Body, Attachments, and Travel Kit -by Property Of Potter (ends 2/1)
  • LELO GiGi 2 -by dizzygirl (ends 2/4)
  • OhMiBod! It’s almost Valentine’s Day Giveaway -by Property Of Potter (ends 2/6)
  • Bondara Gift Set -by Lori & Hubby (ends 2/6)
  • NYTC Shilo Pack and Play Dildo -by Lori & Hubby (ends 2/8)
  • A Strapless Valentines Day -by BeckAndHerKinks (ends 2/18)
  • Good, Safe, & Connecting Valentines Day -by KinkyMom (ends 2/28)
  • RodeoH gift card by BeckAndHerKinks (ends 2/28)
  • Twitter Contest: She Vibe Gift Card (US & Can.) -by BeckAndHerKinks (ends at 1500 followers)
  • Twitter Contest: Mr. Marcus Tight UR3 Pussy by KinkyMom (ends at 1500 followers)



  • LELO Gigi 2 -by Cara Sutra
  • LELO Mona 2 -by Bex
  • Cal Ex Entice Olivia -by dizzygirl
  • Wicked Clip by Maia Toys -by Krissy Novacaine
  • Minna Life Limon -by BeckAndHerKinks
  • Leaf+ Fresh+ -by dizzygirl
  • Tantus Echo -by Property Of Potter
  • Mystic Wand -by Penny
  • Je Joue’s MiMi SOFT -by Zoe
  • FunToys G-Vibe Noir Limited Edition -by JustLikeHeaven

Anal Toys

  • Nexus RevO 2 Prostate Massager (2nd Ed) -by Cara Sutra
  • Rocks Off RO-ZEN butt plug & cock rings combo -by Cara Sutra
  • Rocks Off Naughty Boy -by Mr. Will

Rings & Strokers

  • Pink Lady Stamina Straining Unit -by BeckAndHerKinks

Bondage, Impact & Fetish Gear

  • Jack’s Floggers Crop Style Flogger -by Mistress Selena
  • DOMINIX Deluxe Heavy Leather Rotational Collar -by Cara Sutra
  • Tantus Plunge Paddle -by BeckAndHerKinks
  • Tantus Plunge Paddle -by JustLikeHeaven

Lubes & Condoms

  • Sliquid Swirl Raspberry/Blueberry Flavoured Lubricants -by Cara Sutra

Lingerie & Shoes

  • iCollection Metallic Lace Overlay Chemise -by JustLikeHeaven

Erotic Books


  • Nipple Development Nipple Vibrators -by Beanfiddler
  • Liberator Flip Ramp -by Scarlet Rose Fox
  • Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium -by Modesty Ablaze



Jan 252014

Echo Vibrator from Tantus

- Made from silicone
- Stimulating texture
- Harness compatible/Anal safe
- Includes removable bullet and batteries
- Weak bullet
- Texture might be too much for some
- Lint magnet





Tantus equals quality.  When you purchase a product from Tantus, you can feel confident knowing it’s made from premium silicone that when properly cared for, can last a lifetime.  The Echo Vibrator is no exception.  The wonderful texture, the gorgeous color, and the reasonable size all make it a wonderful product to get your hands on.  The included bullet is removable which makes it easy to clean and care for.  Not to mention, if it’s not powerful enough you can easily switch it out for a different one.  Buy this one because of the design, not because of the power behind the included bullet.


The Echo Vibrator from Tantus is a highly textured dildo with a bullet hole in the base.  The design allows it to be used in a wide variety of ways, making it a stimulating and versatile toy.

Best for vaginal use, the awesome texture and bulged head help heighten sensitivity and increase pleasure.  Even without an obvious curve the head of the toy should connect with the G-spot, though the texture alone is quite simulating even if it doesn’t.

At the bottom of the shaft you’ll find a nice, flared base.  This base makes it completely safe to use anally and allows it to fit securely in a harness.  So no matter what gender you are or what kind of relationship you’re in, there’s at least one way the Echo Vibrator can be used.

Since the bullet is removable, you can use the Echo as a dildo (without the bullet inserted) or a vibrator.  When the bullet isn’t inside the toy, you can use it on external areas of the body; clitoris, nipples, perineum, etc. or even use it on your partner.  It’s also waterproof thanks to the rubber o-ring around the base of the battery compartment, making it safe to use in the bath or shower.


According to their website:

“Tantus uses a platinum based silicone, which is more expensive but also of a far superior, medical-grade quality. All Tantus toys are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and free of phthalates. They are also made to last a lifetime with minimal care. Silicone is odorless, boilable, bleachable and even dishwasher safe.”

Tantus takes a lot of pride in the quality of their silicone, and they have every reason to.  This material is safe, made to last, and easy to care for.  What more could you ask for?

Being made from silicone and ABS plastic (for the bullet) the Echo Vibrator is compatible with water-based lubricants only.  Sometimes silicone lubes and silicone toys don’t get along, and it’s best to stick with what you know is safe for your toy.

The surface of the Echo Vibrator is shiny and drags across the skin as a result.  Lubricant is required in order to help it glide easily, especially given the texture.  Along with the drag is a major lint issue.  It’s a challenge to keep the toy clean because it picks up particles instantly so always make sure you wash/wipe it down directly before Untitled-4use.

The silicone can be slightly squished in your hands, but remains fairly firm.  It’s firm enough that it will provide pressure where you need it, but not so firm that it causes a lot of discomfort.  This is especially important because of the texture.  If you used a glass or wooden toy that was shaped exactly the same way, it wouldn’t be as comfortable to use because the texture would feel exaggerated.  The shaft has some flexibility to it, most of which is present near the base because of the bullet hole.

The texture of the toy is very obvious.  There are a total of four Untitled-3ridges apart from the base of the head.  Starting on either side, they provide a wide, ribbed-like sensation during use.  The bottom is totally smooth, but sticks out a little from the toy; keeping your focus on the top and sides.  The Echo Vibrator is great for texture lovers, but as you can see it’s not the best choice for someone who prefers smooth toys.  Tantus has you covered there too, so check out their other vibrators and you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.


Untitled-5The Echo Vibrator is available in two color choices, Pearl White and Midnight Purple, or you can take your chances and select their Grab Bag.  The Grab Bag Echo is the same great toy at a much lower price, but you can’t select the color.  So if the idea of possibly getting a flesh tone Echo doesn’t bother you, it’s a much more budget friendly option (and you could end up with one in an awesome color!).

The Echo Vibrator is a great option if you love the way a cock head feels, but don’t like toys that look realistic.  The head is a familiar shape, but the shaft prevents it from looking like a penis.  Though it’s not realistic looking, it’s not discreet since it obviously looks like a sex toy.

Untitled-6The base of the toy is flat on the bottom, which allows it to stand on a flat surface.  In the center is the bullet hole which goes far enough into the dildo to hold the entire bullet.  The inside of the hole was designed to help you remove the bullet with ease.  Though it can take a minute to remove if you’ve pushed it all the way in, it doesn’t get stuck like some and doesn’t need to be lubricated.  When it’s in all the way, you want to press on either side of the base and use your other hand to grab the cap.  Once it starts to come out of the base, it’s much easier to pull out it the rest of the way.

The total size of the Echo Vibrator is 7″, and has an insertable length of 6″.  The girth of the toy is 4 1/2″ around the tip, 4 3/4″ around the bulge at the base of the head, and about 4 1/2″ for the shaft.  It’s a very manageable size, but feels larger because of the texture.  If you’re not used to penetration, this will likely be too large for you, especially given the texture, but Tantus has other options available that work well for a beginner.



The Echo Vibrator comes with a single functioning plastic silver bullet.  It’s not attached to the silicone in any way, which makes both pieces easier to clean.  While you can sterilize the silicone by boiling it or putting it in your dishwasher, the bullet can’t be.  You can use a 10% bleach solution or isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the bullet itself.

Untitled-7The included bullet takes three LR 44 watch batteries that are inside the bullet when it arrives.  There’s a small paper within that prevents the batteries from properly connecting and will need to be removed in order to turn it on.  When it’s time to replace the batteries, there’s a little paper inside the compartment that shows you how to insert them.  The bullet is a standard 5/8″ in diameter and has a rounded tip.  The opposite side has the battery cap and features the power button on the end.  The button turns the toy on and off, there are no setting to cycle through; there’s only one level of steady vibrations.

The vibrations are extremely weak and buzzy and don’t travel well through the silicone.  If you need even a little power to get off, this is not going to be enough for you.  Fortunately, the hole fits a standard bullet, so it can easily be replaced by something more powerful or with a variety of patterns.  Because it’s weak, it’s also very quiet.  You wouldn’t be able to hear it through a closed door, and it’s barely heard when you’re in the same room with someone.  Is lack of power a good trade for a quiet vibe?  I guess that’s up to you.


The Echo Vibrator arrives in typical Tantus packaging.  The clear plastic box immediately gives away what the product contains, so it’s not discreet in that way.  It’s tasteful, having no naked images on the packaging, but the information would give it away if someone happened to see it in your recycle bin.  The toy doesn’t come with a pouch and the box doesn’t work well for storage.  Just make sure you keep it in a safe place where shape objects can’t damage the surface, and store it only with pure silicone toys.


I’ve been a lover of Tantus for a few years now and have the pleasure of owning several of their products.  I haven’t come across a single one that wasn’t well made and worth the investment.  The Echo Vibrator was one I had my eye on for a while, and it was well worth the wait.

Though it’s not as comfortable to use as the Echo Handle (for solo use), having the bullet hole really changes the way it preforms.  I enjoy the fact I can pop in my own bullet vibrator and enjoy the great texture with a little more power behind the vibrations.  The texture itself is very stimulating, and seemed to effortlessly connect with my G-spot, even without an obvious curve.  The ribbed sensation is amazing and really heightens sensitivity.

If you’re looking for a high quality silicone dildo that’s versatile and stimulating, this is a great one to consider!  You can find this, and other amazing Tantus products by clicking the banner below.


The Echo Vibrator was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Jan 212014

The Hooded Nun from Fucking Sculptures

- Handcrafted
- Unique design
- Color/size options
- High quality
- Excellent warranty
- Slightly differs from product images (might bother some)




Fucking Sculptures is a fantastic company that hand-sculpts beautiful works of art for your sexual pleasure.  With over 20 years of glass blowing experience, it’s no wonder every piece created is high quality and totally unique.  Lee, with the help of Maria, has created five incredible pleasure pieces; the Corkscrew, the G-Spoon, the Pussywillow, the Two-Cumber, and the Hooded Nun.  Most recently they’ve released a sixth dildo, Double Trouble, which famous porn star Courtney Trouble helped design.  Each piece created provides users with a unique experience, from smooth curves to amazing textures; there’s a little something for almost everyone.

The Hooded Nun has a great shape that naturally stimulates while being comfortable to hold and easy to use.  Because each piece is made by hand, they all differ slightly; being similar to the product photo, but not an exact replica.  This truly makes your dildo a one of a kind piece of art.  The Hooded Nun, and all their products, are available in a variety of color and size options, providing each customer the opportunity to select something that’s unique to their specific tastes.


The Hooded Nun from Fucking Sculptures is a beautifully formed glass dildo.  Everything about it screams luxury; from the ergonomic shape to the amazing colors, this is truly a high quality work of art.

Best used vaginally, the design allows it to work with the shape of your body.  The elegant curves naturally connect with the G-spot while thrusting, and the firm material allows you to apply as little or as much pressure as you’d like.  Thrusting is comfortable since the piece fits so naturally in your hand during use, which makes your Untitled-6pleasure experience that much more enjoyable.  Each end of the dildo can be used for insertion which gives you two different ways to experience this piece.  Since they differ so much from each other, it’s almost like having two dildos in one.  Your personal experience of this product will vary depending on anatomy and the specific shape of your Hooded Nun.

Like any glass toy, this one can be heated up or cooled down for temperature play.  To do this, gently place the piece in a bowl of warm or cold water for a few minutes.  You don’t want to freeze the toy or put it in boiling water since this type of glass doesn’t respond well to extreme temperature changes and you don’t want to harm yourself.  As long as the change is gradual, you won’t run into any problems.  Always test the glass on the inside of your wrist to make sure the temperature isn’t too extreme.

Solo pleasure isn’t the only way this dildo can be used.  Though it’s not suitable for anal play (since it lacks a flared base) it can still be used by any gender.  If you’re not using it on your partner vaginally (or having them use it on you), you can use it as a massage aid.  The glass glides easily when paired with massage oil and really helps relax sore and tight muscles.


The Hooded Nun is made from soda-lime glass which many bottles and jars are made from.  It’s a fantastic material because it can be softened or melted many times and is recyclable.  It’s non-porous, body safe, latex free, and phthalate free; just like all glass.  Unlike borosilicate glass (which many adult products are made of), soda-lime glass doesn’t handle extreme temperature change well, so keep that in mind if you’re used to other glass dildos.  You can’t boil to sterilize, but the website says you can safely clean it in your dishwasher.  For regular cleaning you can use warm water and soap or your favorite toy cleaner, and you can also use a 10% bleach solution to sterilize.  I need to pay extra attention when cleaning my dildo because the texture allows places for lube and bodily fluids to hide.  Using a soft bristled tooth brush helps get into any small areas your dildo might have.

Untitled-10The surface of the glass is really smooth and glides easily across the skin.  All lube is compatible with this material and a little goes a long way.  Be careful handling if you’ve gotten lube on your hands because it becomes very slick and could slip from your grasp.

Though the surface is smooth, the overall design is not.  My Hooded Nun features one large bulge that makes up the back of the piece, and four that make up the front.  These bulges go up the full length of the dildo.  The texture isn’t at all extreme, it’s enough to be noticed, but subtle enough that it shouldn’t bother those that are opposed to texture.


Untitled-4The opposite end has a different texture thanks to the way the piece was formed.  This end offers an extra nub that might help connect better with the G-spot during use.  Your piece might not have the same folded tip mine does, in fact, the product images on the website show it sticking out rather than being pressed down.  I found the texture of this side to be far more obvious when inserted.  I think it would work really well for those that like more targeted G-spot stimulation, but I preferred the simplicity of the opposite end.


The Hooded Nun is available in five color options (White, Black, Red, Gold, and Green) and is available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.

Untitled-9When my Fucking Sculpture arrived I was in total awe.  Green is my favorite color and this piece totally exceeded my expectations.  The green is deep and dark and has this amazing glitter-like shimmer within it.  The light picks up every little sparkle, making it look magical and eye catching.  But when you hold it up to the light, it takes on a whole new appearance.  The glitter fades away and it looks like the glass has been delicately painted using short brush strokes.  This is art, plain and simple.


The design of the dildo was obviously created with pleasure in mind.  The curved shaft and gentle texture are evidence of that fact.  My Hooded Nun features a pinched area about 3″ from the end.  This acts as the perfect handle, making pleasure effortless despite the weight of the glass.  The bottom half of the dildo actually has a similar appearance to zucchini as far as the shape goes, though I don’t believe that was the intention (perhaps the color adds to that look).


With three different size options available, the Hooded Nun should be suitable for most experience levels and preferences.  The website itself says:

“Length is most important to our lovely customers with larger bodies. The longer handles will make your experience easier and more pleasurable. For our more petite customers the choice is yours- the smaller ones will probably provide enough handle and enough length to still fully enjoy yourself. However, feel free to select a longer model as well. Your body will accept as much as it wants to. You’ll know what feels good.”

Being a larger bodied person, I really appreciated that this was considered.  Too many companies don’t seem to consider how important length is in order for a larger person to comfortably pleasure themselves.  That being said, you also need to take into consideration the girth.  Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Here is where we will remind you of the stability and hardness of glass. Don’t go too big! Too big = no fun. That said we have found that widths of 2-2.5” are totally manageable for those folks with smaller vaginal entrances. So don’t be too nervous about this aspect, just be aware of the realities of dense matter.”

Naturally, I chose the largest size because I require length and enjoy toys that are on the girthy side.  I was really impressed with how easy it was to use the dildo while laying on my back.  I was totally comfortable, didn’t have to lay in an uncomfortable position, and my arm didn’t even get tired.  The shape and size of the dildo were made for me, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience.

No matter which size you choose, there will be some minor differences.  My large is 9 1/2″ across (tip to tip, not along the curve).  The thickest area is 5 1/2″ in circumference and the thinnest (apart from the pinched area) is 4 1/4″ around.  Expect some difference with each piece.



Untitled-12The Hooded Nun, and all Fucking Sculptures, arrive inside a handmade pouch that fits your toy perfectly.  It’s not padded in any way, so you’ll still need to use caution when storing the toy, but the surface is protected against scratches and other surface damage.  Along with it is a care and use card that gives you the basic rundown of the product and provides their website at the bottom.  Though it’s not stated on the card itself, the website has an amazing Lifetime Warranty for your Fucking Sculpture.  Should you break your piece or consider it unsafe to use, they’ll replace it with a similar piece for free (apart from shipping).  This is a one time offer, but is huge!  How many companies offer that kind of warranty?



Being a creative person, I see artisan companies and am immediately drawn to them.  There’s just something about knowing every piece is made by hand and is entirely unique that piques my interest.  The time, skill, creativity, and passion that gets put into every piece sculpted is truly impressive and Fucking Sculptures has completely earned my respect as a result.

The Hooded Nun exceeded my expectations in every way possible.  From the shape to the color to the way it preforms, I couldn’t be more impressed.  I’ve never held a dildo that fit so naturally in my hand and with my body.  That tends to be a challenge for me because I’m a larger woman, but Fucking Sculptures took care of me in that way.

If you’re looking for a unique product that you can customize to fit your needs and tastes, chances are Fucking Sculptures has something for you.  If the Hooded Nun doesn’t look like the right product for you, there are five other options to choose from.

Once you’ve held one of their gorgeous dildos, you’ll understand why hand-sculpted pieces are worth the investment!


The Hooded Nun was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Jan 202014

pennysblog_ontheroadPhoto courtesy of Penny for Your (Dirty) Thoughts

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.


  • Fourth Giveaway: BDSM books from Cleis Press -by SubReiSkyeM (ends 1/21)
  • 200th Review Giveaway Extravaganza -by Beanfiddler (ends 1/31)
  • Gigantic 2014 Sex Toy Review Bloghop Contest and Giveaway -by Sexuality Sanctuary (ends 1/31)
  • $50 Tantus Gift Card -by dizzygirl (ends 1/31)
  • All Things Male Anal Play Giveaway -by Lori & Hubby (ends 1/31)
  • Rainbow Glass Dildo -by KinkyMom (ends 2/1)
  • Revel Body, Attachments, and Travel Kit -by Property Of Potter (ends 2/1)
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  • Pipedream Ceramix Number 5 Hollow Ceramic Dildo -by Cara Sutra
  • Tantus John Doe Vibrating Dildo -by Lori & Hubby


Anal Toys

  • California Exotics/Dr. Joel Silicone Prostate Massager -by Kinky Testers
  • Hump Gear Large Humpable Butt Plug by Perfect Fit -by Cara Sutra

Bondage, Impact & Fetish Gear

  • Kinklab T-Cups -by Bex
  • Sex And Metal Hydra Bestia Flogger -by BeckAndHerKinks
  • Sex and Metal Spiked Serpent Silicone Flogger -by dizzygirl
  • Size Matters MAX Twist Clit & Nipple Tripple Suckers Set -by BeckAndHerKinks
  • Plunge Paddle by Tantus -by Rayne Millaray
  • Kink Industries Intense Impact Cane -by Cara Sutra
  • Dr. Clockwork’s Neon Wand Kit -by Krissy Novacaine
  • Open mouth gag -by Sextoyreviewers.com
  • PipeDream Fetish Fantasy Japanese Silk Rope -by JustLikeHeaven

Lubes & Condoms

  • Ann Summers ‘The Lubricating One’ sex lube -by Cara Sutra
  • Yes water-based and oil-based lubricants -by dizzygirl

Erotic Books

  • Good Pussy Bad Pussy: Rachel’s Tale by A. Aimee -by Cara Sutra


  • Coco De Mer ’Spoon Me’ Silver Plated Coffee Spoon -by Cara Sutra
  • Blush Novelties X5 Rear Ecstasy -by Beanpole Fiddler
  • Aneros’ Evi -by Zoe



Jan 192014

Semilino from Fun Factory

- Rechargeable
- Made from silicone
- High quality
- Waterproof
- Great texture
- Major lint collector
- Could be more powerful
- Buzzy vibrations





Fun Factory has been putting out some amazing products which include the world’s first pulsators.  I can only imagine the testing and dedication that comes with creating something as unique as their Stronic line, and it shows with how innovative they truly are.  Sitting in the shadows are the recently released rechargeable mini vibes, which include the Flora, Dolly Bi, Pearly, and Semilino.  The Semilino has an awesome ribbed texture that looks similar to the Tiger G4, but lacks one important thing, rumbly vibrations.  The texture alone is very stimulating and might be enough for some. but the buzzy vibrations won’t suit everyone’s tastes.


The Semilino from Fun Factory is a rechargeable vibrator that’s made from silicone and easy to operate.  The reasonable size makes it suitable for a wider range of users (especially when you consider the exaggerated texture) and is a great travel companion.

Designed with the female anatomy in mind, the Semilino has a slightly curved tip that helps target the G-spot, and a bumpy shaft which seems to awaken your senses.  At the bottom of the shaft is an obvious bulge that isn’t large enough to be considered anal safe, but was designed to connect with your external pleasure zones.  While it doesn’t naturally come in contact with the clitoris when thrust, you can use it in a sort of curved thrusting motion which allows the vibrator to glide over you clitoris, enter your vagina, and slide over it again.  How well it connects with your hot spots will depend on your specific anatomy but the texture alone should provide decent stimulation regardless.

Apart from vaginal use, the Semilino can be used externally to stimulate sensitive areas of the body such as the nipples, clitoris, and perineum, and can be used for external anal play.  It’s not the best product for teasing, but it can be used in a pinch.  The modest size makes it less intimidating to use with a partner, but the texture might look a little scary to a new(er) toy user.  Make sure you’re nicely warmed up, apply plenty of lube, and take your time.

You can add this one to your list of bath time companions, because the Semilino is totally waterproof.  Whether it’s joining you in the shower, soaking in the tub, or simply being cleaned in your sink, you can feel confident knowing there’s no way for water to leak inside the vibe.


The Semilino has an ABS plastic handle and a silicone shaft.  Both materials are body safe, non-porous, latex free, and phthalate free.  They can easily be cleaned with soap and water or your favorite sex toy cleaner, and can be sterilized using a 10% bleach solution.  When it comes to lube, water-based is the best option since other types could cause the surface of the silicone to degrade.

The silicone this toy is made from is a total lint magnet.  It picks up small particles from everything so it’s important to rinse/wipe it off directly before use.  Though it has a matte surface, the silicone has a lot of drag to it, and requires lube in order to glide smoothly across the skin.  The plastic handle is totally smooth and can get pretty slippery if you have lube on your hands.

Fun Factory says the shaft is made out of “100 % medical grade silicone with GENTLE TOUCH surface“.  Though the internal parts are firm, there seems to be a thicker layer of silicone that covers them.  This allows the material to lightly squish when you press on it, and is more obvious in the head and base than the center of the shaft.  It’s not soft and squishy to the touch, and won’t bend and flex, but it’s a little cushion to help provide comfort during use.

Untitled-4Though the back of the vibrator is smooth, the top of the shaft is covered with rows of texture.  These ripples create a ribbed like sensation when thrust and are very stimulating.  Because the silicone has some give, the texture isn’t as extreme and should be suitable for those that enjoy texture or are looking to experiment with some.  If you prefer smooth toys in general or haven’t tried anything with such obvious texture, this might be too much for you.


The Semilino is available in vitamin (a red/orange color) and black; none of the super girly colors many women try to avoid.  Both options feature a light bronze colored base with a metallic sheen.

The overall design of the vibrator isn’t very discreet.  The texture and color help prevent it from looking too realistic, but the tip of the toy certainly resembles the head of a penis  Add the fact that there’s a base that has three buttons, one of which says ‘FUN’ in the center, and there’s no way you could pass this off as anything other than a sex toy.


The Semilino is called a mini vibe for a reason.  It comes in at a very reasonable 6 3/4″ in length, with approximately 3 3/4″ being insertable.  It should be long enough to stimulate the G-spot, but not so long that it easily rams against your cervix.  The girth is also very manageable, starting off at 3 3/4″ in circumference, and increasing to approximately 4 1/4″ at the widest point.  While that seems really small, the texture makes it feel larger because of the stimulation it provides.



Untitled-7The Semilino is charged using Fun Factory‘s Click ‘N’ Charge system.  Rather than dealing with a charging port that could allow water to leak inside, the end of the toy has two metal pieces that magnetically connect to the charger.  The connection is quite strong compared to some of the other magnetic charging systems out there, making it less likely for your toy to accidentally become disconnected while charging.

When plugged in, a small light on the wall charger and the magnetic piece will both glow red.  The buttons on the vibrator will light up one at a time while charging.  After approximately 6-8 hours, the buttons will glow steady, showing that the charge is complete.

Untitled-6After your first charge you might notice that you can’t simply turn the toy on.  This is because the buttons arrive locked.  In order to unlock the buttons, you have to press and hold down the ‘FUN’ and plus button for a few seconds.  They’ll rapidly flash and you’ll feel a little ‘vroom’ from the toy.  Your toy is now unlocked and ready to use.  If you want to lock the buttons again for travel or storage purposes, you hold down the ‘FUN’ button and the minus at the same time.  If you take it out of storage and have forgotten how to unlock it, it’s really easy to remember.  When you press the ‘FUN’ button when it’s locked, the two buttons you need to press will flash, reminding you what to do.

The three buttons on the toy are in a convenient location and are easy to press.  Fun Factory‘s motto is, “Press FUN to play” and that’s exactly what you’ll need to do.  When you press the red ‘FUN’ button, the vibrations will start and the buttons will illuminate.  Below that you’ll see the plus and minus buttons which control changing the vibrator’s settings.

Untitled-2The functions are set up in a way that’s a little tricky to understand at first.  There are a total of 6 steady vibrations intensities and 6 pattern settings.  When the toy is first turned on, you’re actually feeling the third intensity level.  From there, you can decrease the power twice, or increase the power another three times before reaching the patterns.  Once you’ve gone through the patterns and have reached the end of them, the next press will bring you to the first pattern again; the intensity levels aren’t included in the cycle.  If you want to get back to the steady vibrations, you simply press the minus button, no matter which pattern you’re on.  It’s odd at first, but once you’ve used it a few times it becomes easier to understand.  When you’re ready to turn the toy off, you simply press the ‘FUN’ button (you don’t have to hold it down) and the toy will turn off.  The next time you turn it on, it will start on the third intensity level, it doesn’t hold your place.

After turning the toy on (and not including the first two intensity levels) this is where each press of the plus button will take you:

  1. Steady Vibration (lower medium)
  2. Steady Vibration (higher medium)
  3. Steady Vibration (lower high)
  4. Steady Vibration (higher high)
  5. Roller Coaster
  6. Surging
  7. Pulse
  8. Rapid Pulse
  9. Steady/Rapid Pulse (repeats)
  10. Escalating Pulse (starts slow, gets faster)

The vibrations have a fair amount of power, but are on the buzzy side.  No deep and resonating rumbles here.  They’re strongest in the center of the shaft, but do travel into the handle as well.  It’s not so bad that it gives you tingling fingers, but you can definitely feel it.  The power behind it is reasonable, but might not be enough for some.  If this were a straight, smooth vibrator, I would say it’s not worth it because the vibrations aren’t strong enough.  However, the texture really helps make up for that.  Don’t rule this toy out solely because it’s buzzy, it has so much more going for it.

The sound level is acceptable for a vibrator of this size.  You can’t hear it through a closed door, but someone in the same room would be able to.  Adding some white noise always helps, but you would likely still be heard.


The Semilino arrives in a cardboard box that’s covered in a thin sleeve.  The sleeve features an image of the toy on two sides, a classy photo of a woman in lingerie, and key points about the product.  Because of this, it’s not very discreet.  When you remove the sleeve you’re met with a box that’s similar in color to Semilino’s handle.  The top says, ‘Your Perfect Moment’ and features the Fun Factory logo on it.  It doesn’t exactly give away what it contains, but could be more discreet.  When you open it up you’ll find a thin piece of cardboard with the user manual tucked into it, resting over the rest of the contents.  The vibe, charger, and another booklet are underneath.  There isn’t a lot of room in this package, and it’s challenging to tuck everything back into place once you’ve removed it.  For that reason, it’s not great for storage.  It would have been nice to see a storage pouch included or a more user-friendly box to store the toy in.


The user manual is mostly in German and is a little difficult to understand.  There are some areas that contain English, but for the most part it’s pretty confusing.  It would have been nice to see everything broken down better and all the information written in several languages.


When I first saw Semilino, I was immediately drawn to it.  Everyone was raving about the pulsators, but I was more interested in the underdog.  The texture looked really interesting to me and since I trust Fun Factory to produce high quality products, I had to try it out!

Untitled-5When I received my package I was immediately surprised by how small it was.  I knew it was a mini vibe, but I didn’t realize just how small it would be.  I took out some of my other Fun Factory toys (Stronic Zwei Pulsator, and Big Boss G4 Vibrator) and compared.  The difference was pretty shocking.  It looks like it could almost fit inside the Big Boss!

After getting over my initial surprise, I charged it up and got ready to test it out.  As I held it in my hands and turned it on, I nearly wrote it off as nothing impressive.  The vibrations were buzzy and I require deep and rumbly.  I thought for sure this toy was in the shadows for a reason.

Well, I was proven wrong.

The texture of the vibrator was unlike anything I’d experienced before.  The end immediately connected with and caressed my G-spot and it wasn’t long before my eyes were rolling into the back of my head.  But, but…I’m a power queen, how could this be enough for me?  I was truly in shock.  By the end of my session I felt exhausted and thoroughly pleased.  It’s been a long time since a toy has brought me that much satisfaction, especially one that isn’t as powerful as I typically need.

Yes, it’s small.

Yes, it’s buzzy.

Yes, it’s not as powerful as I’d like it to be.

But damn, is it good!

So while you’re shopping around for an awesome toy, consider checking out some of the shadow dwellers.  You’ll be glad you did!

You can purchase the Semilino, other mini vibes, pulsators, and other Fun Factory products by clicking the banner below.

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

Jan 172014

Wanachi Rechargeable Massager from Pipedream

- Rechargeable
- Easy to use
- Can be used for full body massage
- Only two settings
- A little buzzy
- Vague product information
- Material type?
- Large





This massager is a nice option if you’ve avoided others like it because of the power cord.  The fact that it’s rechargeable makes it easy to use on any area of the body without having to worry about the cord being long enough, and there’s no need to worry about a battery pack.  There are only two settings on the massager, which is pretty common, and the vibrations are on the lighter side.  If the Magic Wand was too powerful for you, this might be a more suitable option.  However, if you need something more powerful (for sexual uses), this might not be rumbly enough for you.


The Wanachi from Pipedream is a rechargeable massager that’s designed for full body usage.  Whether you’re experiencing sore back muscles or could use a little arousal relief, this massager was designed for both.

The length of the massager makes it easy to use on your own body, but it’s great to use with a partner for some assistance as well.  Since there’s no cord to get in the way or stop you from getting comfortable, you can lounge however you need during use.  The massager isn’t waterproof, so as long as you keep it away from liquids you have nothing to worry about.

There are some warnings included with the product that are important to pay attention to during use.  It says:

“Note to User:
Do not use the massager on the following body areas in these instances:

  • Any area of the body that is swollen, burned, or inflamed or when skin eruptions or ulcerated sores are present.
  • Any area of the body that is anesthetized or lacks the ability to sense heat unless approved by your physician.
  • The abdomen when pain is present.
  • Legs with varicose veins.
  • Calves of legs with unexplained pain.
  • On or near the carotid artery on the left or right side of the neck

Massage should be pleasant and comfortable.  Should pain or discomfort result, discontinue use and consult your physician.”

As long as it’s external, feels good, and you follow what the warnings state, you can use it on any area of your body.  Naturally, the large massaging head provides very broad stimulation, so if you need a more targeted sensation, this won’t be the right product to use for sexual stimulation.  The good thing is that even if it doesn’t work out for you that way, you still have a rechargeable body massager.


According to the Pipedream website, the Wanachi Rechargeable Massager is made from “ABS Plastic/Silicone Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) Silicone”.  Based on that information, I’m not really sure if the end of the toy is made from TPR or silicone.  To be on the safe side, I would treat it like it’s a porous material and always have a barrier between your genitals and the head of the massager.  Since the material type isn’t clear, stick with a water-based lubricant to be on the safe side.  You should use a wipe to clean the toy, a damp cloth with soap, or your favorite sex toy cleaner.

Untitled-5The head of the massager is very smooth, doesn’t attract dust or lint, and glides really easily across the skin.  It has a small amount of give, but you have to press pretty hard on it to even notice.  The only area that has movement to it is the neck of the massager.  Between the plastic handle and the firm head is a blue neck that looks like it’s folded like an accordion.  It doesn’t move like one, but allows the head to slightly bend from side to side.  You don’t want it to bend too far, but you can apply a fair amount of pressure without having to worry about it.

The plastic handle is shiny and can be a little difficult to hold if you have lube on your hands.  The button itself has some texture to it which makes it easy to change settings (which isn’t the biggest deal since there are only two).


The Wanachi is designed like many other wand style massagers.  It features a long handle where the power button is located, a flexible neck, and a broad head.  There’s really nothing about the design of this one that sets it apart from another.  The majority of the toy is white, but has a couple small areas that are blue.  The overall look is discreet in general since many people would assume it was a simple body massager rather than something you (might) use for masturbation.


The full length of the massager is 11 1/4″, with the head making up approximately 2 1/2″ of it.  The top is 8″ around, which is large, but good for it’s intended purpose.  As you can tell, this really isn’t a travel friendly product as far as size, but wouldn’t be overly embarrassing if someone were to see it in your luggage.


The Wanachi massager is rechargeable and comes with a wall adaptor that plugs into the bottom of the handle.  When plugged into the wall, a red light glows indicating that the massager is charging.  It will only charge if the power button is in the ‘off’ position.  That being said, it can still be used while it’s plugged in.  So if you simply can’t wait for it to charge, you can still use it.  The product information included doesn’t say anything about how long the initial charge should take, but mine was still glowing red after two hours so I unplugged it.  The paperwork says you should get between 30 and 45 minutes on a full charge, but that will depend on which power level you’re using.


Untitled-6There’s only one button on the massager that controls the two power levels and turning the toy off.  The button was designed to work in a sliding motion, sliding the button up a little will bring you to the low intensity level, and sliding it up the rest of the way will bring you to the high setting.  Sliding the button back down to the bottom will turn off the massager.  Very basic and easy to understand.

The vibrations are nicely focused in the head of the toy, which is one of the benefits to wand style massagers.  You don’t have to deal with your fingers/hand getting numb during use unless you’re holding directly onto the end of the massager.

The high setting produces decent power, but isn’t deep and rumbly.  The buzzy sensations can cause areas of your body to feel more numb and tingly than stimulated which becomes a problem if you’re using it for sexual pleasure.  The low setting is even worse when it comes to that numbing sensation.  It’s not terrible if you’re using it for body massage, but when it comes to sexual stimulation it’s a real problem.

For a massager this size, the sound level is reasonable.  While it could probably be heard through a closed door, it’s not obvious unless someone is trying to listen, especially when you’re using it on the lower setting and have some other noise in your room.


The Wanachi arrives in a cardboard box that has an image of the product on five of the six sides.  It’s extremely obvious what the package contains, but nothing on the box makes it seem like an adult product.  The company name is present, so if you’re familiar with Pipedream you’ll know, but your grandmother probably won’t be able to guess what you’ll be using it later on.


Inside the package, the massager and charger are packed separately in plastic bags with the charger also surrounded by bubble wrap.  The instructions/directions consist of a single folded up paper that only contains English.

-Wanachi vs Magic Wand-


As you can immediately see from the image above, there are some differences in size and how they function, but the basic design is very similar.  The Magic Wand (known to many as the Hitachi) has a smaller head, but longer handle and must be plugged in in order to function.  Those are the immediate differences when you’re looking at them side by side, but it’s really the power that sets them apart.

The Magic Wand is very powerful and makes the Wanachi feel like it’s barely functioning in comparison.  But along with that power, comes a lot of noise.  I have neighbors on either side of my apartment, and I’m pretty sure they heard me running the Magic Wand, I don’t see how they couldn’t have.

When choosing between these two you really have to sacrifice certain qualities in order to have what you want.  Do you mind a power cord or do you want rechargeable?  Do you need something sound discreet or is power more important?  These are important things to consider.

The Magic Wand also has many different attachments available to take your wand use to a whole new level.  I only have one (the Gee Wizard from Vixen Creations) and tried it on the Wanachi.  It fit over the top and stayed in place, but didn’t cover the whole head like it does on the Magic Wand.  Just another thing to consider.


I know SO many women who are wand lovers, but that has never been me.  I enjoy pin-point stimulation and these big headed beasts have never really done it for me.  I wanted to like the Magic Wand, but hate the fact I have to be close to an outlet or need an extension cord in order to use it.  When I saw the Wanachi, I thought it would be exactly the same other than being rechargeable, so I had to test it out.

After charging it up, I turned it on and knew this wasn’t going to work well for me.  After holding the buzzing head in my hands for only seconds my fingers felt numb.  Regardless, I tested it out like the good little reviewer I am.

I tried using it over my undies, which is something I never do.  Not knowing what the material is, I wasn’t comfortable having it in direct contact with my lady parts.  I laid there, trying to enjoy what I was feeling, but I simply couldn’t.  After a few minutes, I turned it off and panicked for a moment.  My whole vulva was numb.  It was the strangest sensation and really bothered me.  Sexual use, not for me.

When it comes to body massage, it’s not bad.  I’ve used better massagers, but it’s better than nothing.  It was easy to reach my back without becoming uncomfortable, and wasn’t too heavy to use on my husband for a while either.  I think you could get something similar in your local drug store for much less and have it work just as good or better than this.

If you enjoy broad stimulation and can get off with lighter vibrations, this might be just the toy you’re looking for.  It has good things going for it, like being rechargeable and easy to use, but I think it’s only going to work well for certain people.  Think about your personal needs, that’s the best way you can decide whether something like this is right for you or not.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own Wanachi, you can do so by clicking the banner below.


Wanachi was provide to me free of charge by Pipedream in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

Jan 162014

Congrats to Camryn Jones and AnotherRandomPervert for winning my giveaway!

Thank you to all who have entered and to OhMiBod for sponsoring!


And here I am to present you with another giveaway!

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