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Nov 29, 2013
The Crystal Twist, a spiral shaped dildo made of strong borosilicate glass with a sparkly Swarovski crystal in its base, is absolutely gorgeous. The Twist I have is the new version, which features an updated corkscrew design and color highlights that match the crystal– mine is cobalt blue/Heliotrope.
The Crystal Twist provides g-spot stimulation that feels completely different from any other toy I’ve tried, and that’s what I love about it. Although I was skeptical of how the design would work in use, somehow Crystal Delights made a toy that screws in just right. Its small tip makes it easy to insert, and as I twist it in, it rubs my g-spot. Once it’s in, it feels amazing to twist it back and forth quickly as well as in and out, and although it’s not meant for thrusting, I like to squeeze around it and tug on it gently as well.
The toy looks pretty intense, but to me it’s not—it’s just the right size (5″ insertable length & 1.5 width at its widest point), and the twist feels smooth and pleasurable but not overwhelming. I don’t need to warm up with another toy to use it (just a dab of Sliquid), and Jake can use it on me easily, as opposed to say the Pure Wand, which I love using on myself but don’t like him using on me since it’s so heavy and even painful if not angled how I like it.
Since it’s hand-crafted by Crystal Delights, aesthetic is also a big part of the appeal of this toy. Forget the vagazzle crap—why put rhinestones on your mound when you can have a Swarovski crystal sparkling between your legs…(not to mention, orgasms)?
The only issue I can think of with the Crystal Twist is its short length and base. It’s easy enough for me to twist it when it’s in, but for people who prefer longer handles for easy thrusting (or in this case, twisting), the base might not be sufficient. If this is the case, I would recommend the Spartacus MMXII Glass ‘Torch’ (something I’d like to try as well), which features a longer, double ended design with a Twist on one side and a beaded shaft on the other.
The Crystal Twist comes with a handmade protective pouch that wraps around the toy to protect it during storage and travel, and it features a tag with the name of the person who inspected it for quality before shipping.
Although I recommend being very careful with your Crystal Twist or other Crystal Delights toy (because why risk damaging something so beautiful?) I must admit that while I was photographing my twist, in an absent minded moment it rolled off of a table that was about 2 & ½ feet high, and my Twist was completely unharmed—not a scratch or ding at all. Crystal Delights truly makes strong, sturdy glass toys, though they should be treated gently.
Generally, borosilicate glass toys can be cleaned by boiling or in the dishwasher, but since that could affect the embedded crystal, Crystal Delights toys should instead only be cleaned with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or a 10% bleach solution. I use soap and water as well as an old toothbrush to get in the crevices around the crystal.
I love my Crystal Twist—it feels incredible, it’s handcrafted in the US from strong borosilicate glass, and it’s one of the most beautiful toys I’ve ever seen (my Crystal Minx Tail is up there as well.) I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something with unique g-spot stimulation, if you love artistic, hand-crafted toys, or if you simply want to try something different. And if vaginal twisting isn’t your thing, Crystal Delights makes all kinds of other lovely goodies, like crystal butt plugs/twist plugs, straight crystal dildos, and the toy I’m coveting most right now, the reignbow pony plug.
*I won my Crystal Twist in an erotic photo competition & was not obligated to review it…but I wanted to share its awesomeness!
Nov 14, 2013
Ever since I worked at a sex store and we started selling Lelos, I’ve been curious about GIGI, so when Lelo offered to send me the updated version, I gladly accepted. GIGI 2 is a silicone vibrator with a curved shaft and flat head designed for g-spot stimulation that features 8 vibration modes. Although I never tried the original, I know from reading other reviews that the new GIGI is the same size and shape as the original, but it’s now waterproof and has stronger vibrations.
I don’t usually like internal vibration, so unsurprisingly, I don’t like turning on GIGI when I’m using it on my g-spot. Instead, I use it as a dildo for g-spot stimulation, and it feels very similar to Ella, Lelo’s silicone dildo, but its shaft is slightly harder and shorter. It feels good on my g-spot, but the handle is very short, and even I start to get an arm cramp after a while (and I have really long arms.) If you have shorter arms or have difficultly thrusting toys, the GIGI is probably not the best g-spot option for you.
Although I don’t like using GIGI’s vibration internally, I do enjoy it on my clit. It’s a little underwhelming when used as a clitoral only vibe, but paired with internal stimulation I like it. The flat head sits over my clit nicely, and I also like to flip it over and nestle the curved shaft between my lips. Comparatively, GIGI 2’s vibration is about the same as my original MIA, but it’s easier to hold, especially during sex. I don’t use any of its pulsation settings because I prefer steady vibration.
GIGI 2 compared to Ella
My favorite way to use GIGI is clitorally during sex, but even after I orgasm with it various times, I’m still left with a feeling of longing. Why? Because I’ve felt the MONA 2, and I know that its vibration is far superior. It’s sort of like the feeling I get after eating a generic grocery store cupcake. It’s good enough to satisfy a craving, but I still wish I had the real deal (aka rich Sweetberry heaven from Hey Cupcake.)
One thing I do like about the GIGI 2 over my other Lelo vibrators, which are both 1st generation designs (Ina & Mia) is that it’s 100% waterproof. I only use it in the shower occasionally, but what really makes the waterproof ability awesome is that it’s much easier to wash since I don’t have to worry about getting water in its charger. The GIGI 2 is also a good choice for travel since it’s small and offers options for both g-spot and clitoral stimulation. Like all Lelo pleasure objects, GIGI 2 comes with a user manual, storage pouch, one year manufacturer’s warranty, and it’s rechargeable and lockable for travel.
Overall, I like the GIGI 2, but it doesn’t wow me, and I would gladly trade it for MONA 2. If you’re like me and don’t like internal vibration very much, you could try the Lelo Ella instead and get the benefits of GIGI’s g-spot design for a lot less money, or the MONA 2 for more intense vibration. If you’re looking for a g-spot vibrator with a small girth, or if you prefer lighter vibrations, or both, then you would probably enjoy GIGI 2.
Sep 6, 2013
The Lovehoney Tease Me Paddle* is a lightweight, easy to use satin and leather paddle for spanking and impact play. The paddle is a foot long with a 6” rectangular spanking portion and a leather wrist/storage strap.
The purple satin side of the paddle is soft and has some sort of padding underneath it, and it works well for stroking and sensitizing the area to be spanked, and when used for impact, it provides a mild thuddy feel and doesn’t leave marks. If you’re new to impact play or don’t like pain, this side is most likely ideal for you.
While the satin side is perfect for light sensation play, don’t let it fool you into thinking this paddle is only for soft-core spankings. If you prefer a harsher, stinging feel, all you have to do is flip it over to find the paddle’s more sadistic side. I was surprised by how much it hurt, considering it looks like a pretty tame beginner paddle, and had to have Jake hit lightly with it at first. Unlike the satin side, the leather side can leave redness, though in my experience it doesn’t last long.
My favorite ways to use this paddle are for over the lap spankings or breast impact play, and I enjoy the contrast of feeling alternating mild thuds from the satin side and the stinging from the leather side. For the spanker, the paddle is lightweight, springy, and easy to hold.
Though the paddle is versatile and easy to use, it does have a few issues. It began unraveling around the seam after only one use, not to the point that it seems like it will come apart, but it’s noticeable. Also,the satin and leather sides don’t match up perfectly, and the satin side stains easily with lube or bodily fluids, and it can’t be sterilized. The only way I know of to clean it is to wipe it down with a damp cloth.
If you want a versatile, easy to use paddle for light thuddy or stinging spanking play, (or both) then I recommend trying the Tease Me Paddle. Since I only have one other paddle, I don’t have much to compare it to, but I’ve enjoyed using it and like it more than my other (which is very mild.)
If you’re looking for a stronger thud, a paddle that will last a lifetime, something for heavy impact play, or a toy you can sterilize, then this probably isn’t the paddle for you, and I suggest checking out some other options. The next paddles I want to try out soon are the new Tantus silicone paddles, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about and can be completely sterilized.
*UK Readers: Find the Tease Me Paddle here or the Tantus paddles here.
Thanks Lovehoney for sending me this product in exchange for an honest review!
Jul 9, 2013
The Beyondage Almosta 4Posta Under the Bed Restraint Gear* by Bondage Boutique from Lovehoney makes bondage without bedposts quick and easy. And although the name is a mouthful and a little cheesy, it makes a good point: the restraints offer a whole new realm of possibilities for bondage play beyond simply using them under the bed.
At first I was surprised that the restraints didn’t come with any instructions, but the gear is easy to set up. You just put the nylon strap set (a 4′ ft. vertical strap that connects to four 4ft. horizontal straps) under the mattress, leaving the ends of the straps hanging out on the sides. You can then connect the four cuffs with attached pivot clips to the (nickel free) O rings and adjust the straps to the position you want. It’s actually easier than it sounds. The restraints fit our Queen sized bed and could probably fit a King but would have less slack for adjustments.
Once you have a set up you like, you can leave it where it is for easy access the next time you want to use the restraints. Since the cuffs easily clip on and off, you can store them separately and tuck the straps under the bed for discretion, or if you want you can leave the cuffs connected, though as with anything made of Velcro it’s best to at least close them so they don’t attract dust, pet hair, etc.
The wrist and ankle cuffs are made of soft faux fur and close with Velcro. They’re adjustable to an extent—they’re 14″ long but need a decent amount of Velcro overlap to hold. They fit Jake and I fine, although I have small wrists so there’s a lot of Velcro hanging off when I use them.
It seems like every time Jake and I use the restraints, we think of new ways to connect them and positions to try. The classic spread eagle is one of my favorites, as well as positioning the straps lower on the bed so that I’m restrained on my back with my head upside down over the end of bed for oral. I also enjoy using them to restrain my legs while masturbating.
The cuffs by themselves are fun to use separately from the bed straps as basic restraints and for hog tying. You can connect them together to make thigh cuffs, or use them for a makeshift collar. You can also use the strap set on other furniture besides a bed.
Though the cuffs restrain me well enough for my liking, they’re only ideal for light bondage play, as the Velcro can loosen, and the pivot clips/O rings aren’t very heavy duty and could break with enough force. One of the cuffs is also fraying a little already (I’ve been using them for a month), so I’m not sure how long they will last. They’re definitely not ideal for heavy bondage play, but you do have the option of attaching more secure cuffs to the strap set if you want.
I haven’t washed mine yet, but I plan to hand wash them as needed and hang them to dry.
If you’re looking for a versatile, comfortable, and easy to use set of restraints for light bondage play, you should definitely try the Almosta 4Posta Under The Bed Restraint Gear. If you’re looking for restraints for heavier bondage play I recommend something sturdier with strong metal connectors, different materials, etc. Thanks Lovehoney for sending me this fun bondage kit to review!
*UK Readers, please use this link to check out/buy the Under the Bed Restraint gear so I get credit; thanks!
Jun 20, 2013
Since I already have and love an Atomic Rose Plug, I couldn’t wait to try out my new Crystal Minx Arctic Marble Fox Tail Plug, which features a Crystal Delights hand-crafted borosilicate glass plug with a beautiful, long, fluffy white striped tail made of real fur. The tail is even softer than I imagined it would be, and I couldn’t help but immediately pet, caress, and admire the tail when I removed it from the tissue it was carefully wrapped in. Once I had it on, I rubbed the delicate fur along my thighs and butt and kept petting the plug, which in effect made it seem like I was petting myself.
Inserting the Crystal Minx Tail is easy for me since I’m already accustomed to anal play, and the smooth glass provides a pleasurable sensation upon entry and removal and a subtle feeling of fullness during use. I enjoy the tail’s long length (17″) because it allows me to flip it up onto my back when I’m on all fours or to simply enjoy the plush fur swishing down my legs. Since each Crystal Delights plug is hand crafted, my Minx Tail Plug is slightly bigger (2.8 insertable inches with a 1.5″ bulb) than my Atomic Rose Plug, which are both size “small.” As with any butt toy, thick lubricant like Sliquid Sassy is vital for easy insertion and comfortable use.
When I put the Crystal Minx Tail on, the wild side in me comes out naturally. I can’t help but wag my tail playfully and ask Jake to pet me. I’d already read stories about pet play and knew the idea turned me on, but before receiving the Minx Tail we’d never tried it. Now we’re planning on getting a matching white collar and leash, some knee pads so I can crawl on all fours comfortably, and a little bone or chew toy for more elaborate pet play.
Besides wearing it for aesthetic enjoyment or for exploring human animal play, the Crystal Minx Tail is also fun for sensation play. It feels amazing when Jake slides the soft tail over my butt to sensitize my skin before spanking. You can also try temperature play with it since it’s glass, but I don’t plan on it because I want to try to avoid getting the tail wet.
The only downside to the Crystal Minx Plug is that the fur is delicate and requires careful use and storage. Though it’s awesome for role playing, oral, foreplay, etc., I don’t plan on wearing the plug during penetrative sex because I’m afraid that my juices will get all over it, or that we’ll inadvertently yank the tail off of the plug if we’re in a weird position or get too rough.
Cleaning the plug is also harder than cleaning a normal glass plug since the fur tail is attached, and the tail needs to be stored in an open space. It’s definitely not a toy that can be stuffed away if you’re trying to be discreet. Although you can usually use either water based or silicone lube with glass toys, I recommend sticking to water based in case it accidentally gets on the tail.
The good news is that Crystal Delights has magnetic bunny tails that can be removed from their plug, and it says on their website that they’ll soon have some longer magnetic tails as well, and you’ll be able to collect and switch between different tails without buying a new plug every time, which is awesome. This would allow you to remove the tail while still wearing the plug and would make cleaning easier, although they still need to be stored properly.
Since it needs space and shouldn’t be stored in a bag, the Crystal Minx tail doesn’t come with a pouch, but the plug is shipped in a long box with a Styrofoam pad protecting the glass and tissue around the fur, with paper padding on each side. Mine arrived a mere two days after the ship date, which is important because the tail shouldn’t be subject to heat or packaged very long. As with all Crystal Delights products, the tail had a label signed by the person who inspected it for quality before shipment. It also comes with a small bottle of water based Crystal Delights lubricant.
If you’re looking for a tail plug, an accessory for human animal role play or pet play, or just something a little on the wild side, I definitely recommend Crystal Minx Tail Plugs. The Arctic Marble Fox Plug’s fur is incredibly soft and stunning, and it’s thrilling to wear and use for role play and sensation play.
If you’re vegan or don’t like real fur, I suggest their faux fur tails instead. If you’re not interested in a tail or are concerned about discreetly storing sex toys, I recommend trying one of their other lovely glass plugs. They also carry gorgeous dildos like the Star Delights and Crystal Twists, which I hope to try in the near future.
Thanks so much Crystal Delights for sending me this awesome toy to review!
Crystal Delights Ethical Use Statement:
Our tails come from a U.S. company that specializes in the “refuse parts” of animals typically thrown away. We at Crystal Delights do not condone the killing of an animal for its coat and we believe that someday the fur trade will be abolished, and we support that, but until that time, we believe that all parts of the animal should be used and not simply discarded as waste. Crystal Delights donates a portion of tail profits annually to animal charities to continue our charitable mission.
How to care for the Crystal Minx Tail Plugs: (The instruction sheet comes with the tail & can also be found on the CD website)
- Our Crystal Minx animal tails are real fur tails and as such require a bit of special care. Here is where I give you the “correct” way to clean your Crystal Minx tail (which I know most of you wont do) then I will give you some tips and tricks that might help!
- The Crystal Minx tail should be cleaned only by a fur professional, however here are some things you can do yourself:
- Give it a good home. Be sure it is not exposed to bright light while being stored, or isn’t kept near a heat source. Make sure it has room to breath and isn’t being crushed by other objects. Fur likes cold, hates heat. They don’t like friction. They don’t like chemicals. They like space.
- Don’t cover your Crystal Minx tail with a bag. Your tail prefers air circulation, to prevent its leather side from drying. If you absolutely must keep it in a bag for a short period of time, be sure it is in a loosely woven cloth bag.
- Accessorize wisely. Don’t pin jewelry on your tail, and avoid sharp necklaces and bracelets that could snag your tail. We recommend sliding magnetic tails apart, using your fingers to push the two magnetics apart, rather then tugging the magnetic tail off. The magnets are strong and your tail is fragile.
- Avoid insecticides, mothproofing and other chemicals around your tail, including perfume or hairspray directly on your tail. Perfume contains alcohol, which can dry it out. Once a perfume gets into your tail, including cedar from a cedar chest it could be there to stay. Oils in the leather of your tail can become rancid and smell.
- If your tail gets wet, don’t panic. Most tails handle snow and light rain with ease. Shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Resist the temptation to speed the drying process by using a hair dryer or hanging near a heat source. Your tail does not like heat. After it dries, shake it again. Do not comb or brush it. If its hairs are a little bristly, simply smooth them with your hand.
- Do not store your tail in a freezer…bad idea!
- Spot clean a stain at once with a cleaning solution and a rag. Pat the area with the rag rather than stroking it to avoid removing guard hairs. Hang to dry after the stain is removed.
- Bring back the shine of the fur by drying oat bran or cornmeal and laying it in the fur. These substances soak up dirt and grime. Gently shake out the cornmeal and bran and shake the tail to loosen the rest of the substances.