Mar 5, 2014
I was both hopeful and skeptical of trying the Lovelife Cuddle G-spot Vibrator from OhMiBod’s new line of traditional (as opposed to their trademark music based) toys. The line in general seemed promising, with a range of rechargeable, moderately priced silicone toys, but I wasn’t sure if the Cuddle would be big enough or have enough curve to stimulate my g-spot.
The Cuddle is 6.5 x 1.4” and made of matte silicone, with a plastic handle and heart shaped control buttons. The silicone is hard and not at all bendy, though the subtle ridge on its head is squishier than the rest of the shaft. The Cuddle has 6 vibration speeds controlled by pressing and releasing the +/- buttons and 6 functions controlled by the ~ button, which can be used at any power setting. It’s also rechargeable with a USB connection, splash proof, and relatively quiet.
Right away I found myself comparing the Cuddle to the Lelo Gigi, which is similar in size and design, and when competing for my clit’s favor, the Cuddle wins. It’s not a lot stronger than Gigi, but it’s stronger, and I actually enjoy some of its functions, which usually annoy me but in this case do what they’re intended to do—bring me near to an orgasm and then tease me by changing the pattern. I can orgasm with the Cuddle fairly quickly, even though it’s not as strong as some of my other vibes.
As for g-spotting, the Cuddle provides pleasurable though not very intense stimulation. It’s small, but it’s curved enough to rub my g-spot and hard enough that my g-spot responds, even though there isn’t a ton of pressure from size or pinpoint stimulation. Compared to the Gigi, it’s actually slightly girthier overall and has a longer curve, which works to its advantage. Like the Gigi though, it’s short, which makes it harder to thrust than longer or more curved g-spot toys.
My favorite way to use the Cuddle is clitorally first, and then move on to thrusting it internally, without the vibration. I tried it with the vibration on, but I don’t like it—I have yet to find a toy with vibration that enhances g-spotting rather than just tickling or irritating me.
Overall, I like the Cuddle, and it outshines the Lelo Gigi, which is pretty amazing considering it’s $50 less, but it doesn’t wow me. It could be stronger and rumblier (rumbly vibration, people!) I also don’t like that it comes with a USB only charger and that you have to hold the whole control panel for a few seconds to get it off. When I’m done with a toy, I want it OFF ASAP, so I can de-lube and de-come myself and get a snack or do whatever I need to do. The first time I used the Cuddle, I didn’t know how to turn it off, and the heart/face shaped controller that I thought was cute at first seemed to mock me as I fidgeted with it, trying to get the damn thing to turn off.
Lastly, I usually I don’t care much about sex toy packaging, but I can’t not mention the Cuddle’s cutesy, overwhelmingly pink design and box. Though I’m not a big fan of pink toys because the industry is over-saturated with them, I don’t mind the Cuddle’s hot pink design since it goes along with the heart theme, and the box is fun– I’ll definitely re-purpose it for something, since I store my toys in plastic bins.
Overall, the Cuddle is a decent clitoral vibe and petite g-spot toy. If you want a rechargeable clitoral vibe and don’t need a lot of power or a small g-spot toy without a lot of girth or intense stimulation, then you might like the Cuddle. If you’ve been eyeing the Gigi, I’d definitely recommend trying the Cuddle instead, since it’s similar but slightly more powerful and significantly less expensive.
Thanks Good Vibrations for sending me the Cuddle in exchange for my honest review!
Mar 3, 2014
Molly said she’d like to read about how I got this shot, and since I took quite a few photos in this style, I figured this would be a perfect chance to share the others and explain my process.
My inspiration for these came from Francesa Woodman, a young American photographer who shot haunting black and white photos, often of herself and other nude women. Woodman frequently used slow shutter speeds to portray ghostly figures of women who seem to vanish or blend into their surroundings. If you want to learn more about Francesca and her family, check out the documentary The Woodmans (it’s on Netflix.)
I wasn’t sure how slow I should set to shutter to, so I experimented. As a general rule, any shutter slower than about 1/60 sec. (or 1/the focal length of your lens) will show movement, and the longer the shutter, the more potential you have for blurring motion.
I shoot using Manual, adjusting my Aperture as needed, but if you aren’t comfortable shooting in Manual, set your camera to Shutter Priority, and that way you can set the Shutter Speed to what you want and let the camera set the Aperture to make a good exposure.
These were taken with a 2 second shutter (I call this series, “Set Me Free”):
I didn’t do a lot of editing on these; I converted them to Black & White by desaturating each color in Lightroom & pulling down the blue/aqua Luminance to make the wall pop, and then bumped up the Contrast & Clarity by 100 to define my “ghostly” shape and bring back some detail in the midtones:
I also shot Disappearing Act & She’s a Betty with a 2 second shutter.
I tried as slow as 15 seconds, and got a couple that I liked. The longer you stay in one place during the exposure, the more defined it is…so if you move all over the place things get pretty blurry, but you can count and move around strategically to create a double exposure look, like in this one:
Finally, for the shot that Molly asked about, Haunted, I used a 1/1.3 (about 1 second) shutter with a 100 ISO & f 4.5 aperture. I edited it similarly to the Set Me Free photos but not as extreme with the clarity. I set my head on the mirror and did a sort of swoopy motion (super scientific I know) to make my head look like it was melting into the mirror.
With slow shutter speeds, it takes some trial and error, but I like experimenting, and I feel like there’s a magic that comes with just doing what feels right. Here are some others I took with the same settings…the only things that changed were my movement and speed:
As for the rest of my process, I shot these with my Nikon d5100 on a tripod, with my remote trigger set to a 2 second delay (my usual set up), so I have time to get rid of the remote (aka throw it somewhere and scare my cat) before the shot. I usually don’t use flash and set up my lamps as makeshift lights.
I took a quick phone picture as I was setting up, complete with my camera & tripod, the mirror & lamp, Francesa Woodman’s images up on the TV for inspiration, and my curious kitty of course:
To sum up, I shot these as I usually shoot self portraits, but I experimented with slow shutter speeds and movement to create ghostly figures and blend into my surroundings. If you have any other questions, ask in the comments!
Mar 2, 2014
Hello? Anyone there? :p
Outtake from my I Heart Banana shoot for this week’s humor themed Sinful Sunday.
Feb 28, 2014
I thought about doing a write up about February Photofest for the last day, but instead I’ve decided to let the images speak for themselves–so if you haven’t already, look and listen….
Feb 27, 2014
For Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo from the same shoot as the one I shared last week. (Meera Images 2010)
The weather in Texas is unpredictable right now, and I’m so ready for the heat of summer!
Day 27 of February Photofest