Friday, 26 February 2010

Review: Spartacus Broad Tip Nipple Clamps

I am a huge fan of nipple stimulation. Since I first became what I'd class as "sexually aware", I've known that nipple play really turns me on. It doesn't help that I have pretty sensitive nipples, so they get hard pretty fast too - it's no great shock that they tend to get a lot of attention off R! Still, though, more and more so recently, I've found that if I'm indulging in a little self-pleasure, I really need to put my nipples through some torture of my own to get off. What others might think of this little habit is another matter entirely... So, when I saw these on Sextoys.co.uk I couldn't resist giving them a go!
As you can see from the picture, they're fully adjustable with rubber tips for comfort, and easily one of the best value nipple clamp / chain combos out there at under a tenner. Since I got these, they've become a staple of solo play, allowing me to get the nipple stimulation I crave, yet leaving my hands free to wander elsewhere... In partner play they're great fun too, adding a real visual element enhancement as well as allowing both our hands and mouths to do other things.

They also make it possible to apply more constant pain rather than the slightly more variable pain that finger-based pulling and twisting of nipples gives. Another look at those rubber tips! As I mentioned before, the fact that these are fully adjustable should make them suitable for both those who like their nipples to be stimulated but not hurt and those who want pain. Saying that, if they're on too slack, they will fall off, so they need to have a reasonable grip to work, so it's probably preferable if you like a side of pain with your pleasure [and why wouldn't you? ;)]

The other thing I really love about these is the chain - it's nice and thick which of course provides a nice weight to them allowing for more of a tugging sensation [utter bliss] and the coolness of the chain as it moves with my bouncing breasts as R fucks me is delicious. All things considered, these may be my first nipple clamps but they certainly won't be my last, and I'll definately look to Spartacus again in the future! I'd recommend these primarily to those who enjoy a little nipple pain, but would suggest the curious give them a go too! You can check out the whole Spartacus range and see who they are and what they're about here. Spartacus Broad Tip Nipple Clamps are available to buy for £9.95 at SexToys.co.uk [price correct at time of writing]

NK x

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Sex on the High Street?

Over the Christmas holidays, I returned home to my parents house. My boyfriend stayed with his parents, so we could each spend some time with our respective families, though we did try to see each other whenever we could [fortunately for us, that was a decent amount!]. Now, when I packed for home, I think I was a little optimistic. One toy. Granted, it was my favourite [and still is one of my favourites], but soon I realised this had been a little... short sighted, perhaps. I could have ordered online, however sometimes I get a hankering for a visit to a real life shop - one with shelves of things that go buzz, rows of phallic delights, and naughtiness galore. In this instance, I also figured I'd get something a little quicker if I hopped on a bus, and bought something in person. Now, I am intentionally vague about where I live, but will disclose it is somewhere in the north east of England. Between that particular mission for sexual relief and a couple of extra visits since I returned to University, I have recently visited four sex shops, three of which being branches of Ann Summers stores.
Visit #1: Ann Summers Newcastle. The store had been refurbished not long before my visit, and while the shop did indeed look refreshed and updated, the layout was all wrong. Having subsequently passed the store, I believe this has been altered to a more appropriate layout. I say the layout was wrong, as the normally-partitioned section of the store, containing all the toys, was in the main of the shop. Now, seeing as this is a store with an open-door policy [so it'd seem], and no visible age warnings on said doors, I feel this is inappropriate. Even worse, in my opinion, some parents had their children with them instore. Now, I have long been a little uncomfortable at the sight of little ones in sex toy shops, but when they're of an age that it means nothing to them that's one thing - the children in question were 7-10 year olds. A couple of girls, probably aged about 8, stood uncomfortably, clearly unsure where to look or stand. Another pair of boys giggled at what surrounded them. Sex toys were not adults-only pleasure givers that day, rather they seemed, in that moment, to exist for no reason other than to titilate poorly minded young boys. Needless to say, I left. I am not suggesting that Ann Summers as a company were to blame for the fact some parents considered their shop an appropriate festive-break day trip for their little ones, however I would think better store layout would have helped. I would also have thought it wasn't unreasonable to expect the sales assistants to have a polite word with the childrens' parents or guardians to remind them of the adult nature of the chain? Visit #2: Ann Summers Metro Centre Now, clearly a glutton for punishment and still in need of a new toy, I boarded another bus to take the short journey to the Metro Centre, Europe's largest shopping mall. I was comparitively far more impressed with the Metro Centre branch. There was a small child [toddler age] who had discovered dildos and vibrators looked a lot like small person toys. Still though, the inapropriate child ratio was lower. I managed to mooch through the stock and noticed a Serena vibe [review sometime soon... ish!], and seeing as it seems to have been discontinued in a few places, and was reduced in Ann Summers on the day, I thought it seemed wise to go for it. At the till I encountered my major gripe with Ann Summers Metro Centre: Misinformation. Apparently any soap or cleanser other than their buzz fresh wipes will, in fact, damage the toy. I know this to be untrue. Still, for the sake of arguement and due to my own lingering professional nature from back in the day when I held a position as a S.A. myself, I didn't point this out in front of the other customers. I'm decent, y'see?! Visit #3: Ann Summers Sunderland A little later, and on a different day to the other two visits, my trip to the Sunderland branch of Ann Summers was a comparitive breath of fresh air. Sales assistants who know when to let the customer browse, and when to offer assistance. An appropriately laid-out store. A generally good shopping experience. Hurrah, girls of Sunderland Ann Summers; this sexblogger salutes you! Now, on to: Visit #4: Nice 'n' Naughty Newcastle
I hadn't been aware of this store's existence until quite recently. Nice 'n' Naughty added me on twitter. Having had a peek at their site, I noticed they listed some real-world stores. "Ooh, one in Newcastle?" I thought. I couldn't resist a visit, and once I'd worked out where in the city they were based [in the gay scene] I went for a look. The door displayed a sign warning of adult content beyond, and rightly so in my opinion. Nice 'n' Naughty differs from it's high street competitor as they are a licensed sex shop, stocking many more toys, more fetish gear, not to mention a hefty collection of R18 porn. The staff were having a chat with another customer as I entered and began to browse, the atmosphere seemed lively and friendly. While the store does feel [understandably] gay orientated in places, it's certainly not discriminatory or "only" for any particular section of the sex-toy buying public; indeed Nice 'n' Naughty are very clear that they welcome all walks of life and sexualities - a move that I believe makes them all the more fantastic. The actual toy stock was varied, with more anal toys [yay] and fetish [also yay!] than a lot of more 'mainstreamed' shops offer. I eventually settled on picking up an extra Valentines Day present for my Mr, a particularly beautiful black tailed flogger with a metal handle. A couple of chats later, and I left, a very satisfied new customer, and strode through the city streets of Newcastle, black bag in hand. All in all, I'd definately recommend visiting a Nice 'n' Naughty near you if you're lucky enough to live nearby; for they are indeed very nice, and oh so naughty!

NK x

Monday, 8 February 2010

Arts and Crafts for the Kinky

I've been having a storage problem. Up till now, all my toys, accessories etc have been stored under my bed [it's a divan with a storage drawer] but it's really dying and kills a lot of spontaneity. [and we can't just replace it as we're in a furnished rental] So, having found my initial solution of putting my most frequently turned-to toys in a hatbox I got at christmas quite sucessful, I turned my attention to my kinkier items. Lately there's been more than a bit of a resurgence of kink in my life - something I will only seek to further! [I honestly have no idea how I got by without it!] So, what's a girl to do? She takes: 1 roll of Duct Tape 1 Purple ribbon from a christmas present 1 LoveHoney discrete delivery box [as shown here] And makes:
[sorry for the image quality, they were taken on my blackberry!] some alternate views: The bow ribbon untied inside!
Hope you like it! Inventive, I thought!

NK x

Friday, 5 February 2010

Review: Cal Exotics C-Teaser.

Okay, so as an aside I debated briefly with myself whether to post this as 'C-Teaser' or 'Clit-Teaser' - as Cal Exotics and certain retailers seem to differ. That and the fact I feel C-Teaser sounds a little more coy than I'd like. Still, I went for what the packaging states!

On to more interesting things! I'd like to quickly thank Cal Exotics for having me on board as a Sexpert with them, and for providing this toy to test.
This was actually my December review toy, so if you thought this seemed overdue, you were right. I keep having fights with couriers to actually get my pretty buzzies delivered. I'm currently repeating the process for January's toy! Upon first glance at the packaging, I was expecting this to be a more 'hollowed-out' shape than it is. The scoop shape which is designed to fit the female contour is actually quite a thick bit of pink, translucent, jelly rubber [apparently, it's TPR or 'skin safe rubber', regardless, it's phthalate free, which is the significant bit!].

I have to admit, I do feel the packaging could be improved, seeing as it goes for the 'busty blonde' route, however on the bright side, she's not in a metallic bikini, so it could be worse, I guess.
Saying all that though, we know better than to judge a book by it's cover, or indeed a sex toy by it's box, surely?

This picture shows the design a little better - the contoured jelly houses the vibe, which is somewhere between a large bullet and a smallish egg. It takes a nice, easy to find pair of AAs and is wired to the seperate control unit as you can see. One thing I was really pleased about was the fact Cal Exotics included an OFF switch! This may seem obvious I know, but so many manufacturers make it so the user has to cycle through all the options before finally reaching off!

I found the jelly teaser nestled quite well, with the form being a reasonably good shape. The stregth of vibration is about average, with 10 settings, ranging from really quite low to intense. I found that while it was enjoyable, and the shape made for a different experience to most clit vibes, it couldn't get me off on it's own. In that respect, I'd say the name is an excellent representation of what the toy does well; it's an enjoyable warm-up toy, and it certainly did that for me.

The main let down for this toy, in my opinion, is that the jelly doesn't quite conduct the vibrations as well as it feels it should. Perhaps it's just a touch too dense? Either way, I'd be curious to test a silicone re-make of this toy.  

All in all - a nice addition to the collection, but a toy best used for a teasing warm up rather than the 'main event'. For full product info, go to the Cal Exotics website Available to buy @ LoveHoney [£22.99 - price correct @ time of writing]

NK x

Monday, 1 February 2010

Cupid's a-callin'

Part of my present to the other half, Valentines 09... Yes, soppy. If you fancy being a little less soppy, here's a round-up of some ideas for you!
There's a lot out there, and it's all trying to grab your attention at the moment, right? I've had a mooch around some great sites, and here's some corkers for you to either give your sweetie, or hint at for someone else to get you!
To Make Her Moan:
I recently posted a review of the Cal Exotics iTap Gspot vibrator. I really love it, as I find the slightly more extreme degree of the head angle really works for Gspot play. For the girl that loves oral, there's the Sqweel by LoveHoney. I was lucky enough to get to test this little delight out, and found it utterly delicious. Over at Ann Summers, there's the rose petal clit stim - a flower shaped clitoral massager with a removal bullet making it two presents in one! I really rate Evolved toys - and the range they launched a little while ago in funky bottle packaging could make for a brilliantly disguised present! Just make sure she doesn't open it in front of her gran, perhaps? I'd pick the Nova Bottle Rocket, but you can browse the range here.
To Make Him Groan (With Pleasure!):
Sexpert Tracey Cox seems to have been working hard [I swear that pun was unintended!] on her sex toy range, and hasn't left the men out! The Tracey Cox Supersex Stroker is reversible with two totally different textures to try! If he's been a really good boy, why not treat him to the ultra-exclusive Tenga FlipHole Black? It's pricier than other male masturbators, but I've heard nothing but good from the gents who've had the pleasure! For a present with a slightly hidden agenda [i.e. your own pleasure!], there's the ultimate in gentleman's cockring, that is the Bo - made by the exquisite Lelo of Sweden. I have to admit I haven't yet tried the Bo, but I do own the Mia, and adore it. A touch more expensive than other cockrings, but it does mean no batteries as it's rechargable!
Looking For a Giggle? Have a laugh while you get it on!
For the chocoholics, sweet licks are available courtesy of LoveHoney, with their Chocolate Body Paint! If you'd prefer to make your mark with a tasty message, the Lovers Body Pens [in chocolate and strawberry flavours] might be a better way to get a little messy! As for those of us still feeling the after-effects of the Christmas choccie binge, fear not! Get fruity with Sextoys.co.uk and their Love Dust edible body powder! [the passion fruit flavour is calling to me!]
Strapped For Cash? Here's the Sexy Bargain Basement!
January has felt like a long month for many of us, so money might still be tight. Don't let that dampen V-Day passions though, and treat your lover to some cheap thrills - here's my round-up of the best:
BASIC Vibrating Love Ring @ an amazing £1.99 BASIC Love Bullet @ only £4.99 [and it rocks, trust me!] Thai Beads, for an anal thrill that won't break the back @ £3.99 The delicious Smoothy Prober, for a gentle anal introduction @ a soft and gentle £5.95!
Of course, I don't want to forget my American readers - while the companies mentioned to ship overseas, it generally works out better to buy within the States, so EdenFantasys is a brilliant choice, who have a number of great promos on at the moment, including a discounted We-VibeII! I really hope you've enjoyed the run down, and if you have any questions on any of the toys mentioned, do feel free to give me a shout and I'll help where I can. You can contact me on my Twitter page and ask me anything over at FormSpring.

NK x