May 092013
 

lovehoney bionic butt plug

This is a post by one of my Spring 2013 interns, Natalie. Find more posts from her and other current and former interns under the Intern Corner section.Shanna

What a neat little contraption this toy is: the Lovehoney Bionic Bullet is a 2-in-1 vibrator AND butt plug (and vibrating butt plug) with a number of varying speeds. The Bullet is body- friendly (aka phthalate free and awesome) and is a great toy for amateur anal-players, although the bulbed shape makes it accessible for both beginners and those who have dabbled in anal play.

The girth of this plug is a little wider than most beginner plugs, but is quite enjoyable once you’ve been warmed up and lubed up, and the vibrating element makes the experience all the more intense. This toy has five different vibrating rhythms and speeds which are great to play
around with and make the experience of the Bionic Bullet different each time. I’ll warn you here though, some of these are pretty powerful vibes and can take a little getting used to, or might be too strong for those extra-sensitive folk.

That said, the removable vibrator: Getting the little bullet vibe out of the bigger plug itself was more difficult than it should have been, and the turning it off is a little difficult because you have to cycle through all of the vibe speeds to turn it off, but those were my only two
complaints. The look and feel of this toy are perfect: the Bionic is a gender-friendly purple color while the silicone provides a lovely texture that makes easy insertion and little friction, not to mention easy cleaning!

This is the first LoveHoney toy I’ve tried, and I was not disappointed. The vibrating element means it can also be used for external stimulation before (or after, or instead of!) using it for its originally designed purposes, and the removable vibrator is sized so that it can easily be
taken with you wherever you go.

The last but not least plug I’ll make for this toy (pun intended) is that it uses just one AAA battery to run and lasts for multiple uses! I loved this since I had some AAAs lying around the house and didn’t need to make a special trip for a more uncommon battery type.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend the Bionic Butt Plug for a variety of reasons and for a variety of types of people. Whether you’re just getting started with anal play or need something to juice up your existing collection of toys, the shape of and vibration patterns on this one make it unique,
stimulating and worth a buy.

P.s. I’d recommend trying this with Sliquid’s Sassy Boody gel--the two make a great pair!

Thanks Lovehoney!

Apr 292013
 

This is a post by one of my Spring 2013 interns, Rebecca. Find more posts from her and other current and former interns under the Intern Corner section.Shanna

G-Whizz is a lovely, adorable, and petite g-spot vibrator made by Lovehoney.  The vibrator is made to both stimulate the clitoris and the g-spot. I have to say, this vibrator is a straightforward creation that covers all your basics.

One upside of the G-Whizz is that the vibrator takes one, yes you heard me, one AA battery!  Every other vibrator I own takes two AAA batteries that always seem to hide themselves in the nooks of my apartment.  This battery upgrade is an excellent example of little things making big differences.  Another upside is that the vibration options cover all of your bases.  The vibrator has 7 different pulsating patterns and 3 different vibration speeds resulting in 10 total options.  Soft, strong, fast, and slow, with some really nice pulsation patterns.  During my first usage, I was skeptical of some of the settings, but as I continued to use the vibrator, they grew on me – you know, different moods, different desires.  I was particularly impressed with the slower, softer settings.  As for strength, I found the vibrator to deliver.  I personally enjoy a vibrator with a little oomph behind it and although my mind was not blown away by the strength (and I’m not sure I would want to be), I was quite happy with the power this tiny vibrator has.

This vibrator operates with a single button that serves as both the power button and the settings switch.  A downside to this vibrator is that once you turn it on you have to cycle through all the settings to get to the one you would like to use.  Although this is common in the world of vibrators, this is a personal annoyance I have.  Thankfully though, to turn off the vibrator you do not have to flip through all the settings.  Instead you just hold down the button and it switches right off.  Praise the wise women of the world, because when I’m finished, I’m finished.

While using the vibrator I was particularly impressed with the material.  The vibrator is silky smooth to the touch.  As for volume – you know, the important question of whether the other people that also live in your house will hear this lovely, adorable, and petite toy vibrating when you may not want them to – I will say it is about average.  I wouldn’t call the vibrator either noisy or quiet.  When the vibrator is set to one of the softer settings, it is mighty hushed, but as the intensity of the vibration increases so does the noise (how logical).  If noise is particularly important to you, I wouldn’t consider this vibrator the quietest of them all.  Either way, if your doors have a standard thickness, I’ll think you’ll be okay.

The shaft of the vibrator is quite stiff, however, the head of the vibrator has some flexibility.  Overall, the toy is firm enough to keep its shape, but it does bend slightly when you put pressure on it.  This flexibility is nice because it allows the vibrator take shape with your body.  However, this flexibility inhibits the ability to apply firm pressure on your g-spot.  When I tried to apply the pressure I enjoy, I found the head of the vibrator giving way.  I ended up using the vibrator mostly for clitoral stimulation and it rocked my world in that department.  Also important to note, I found that I didn’t need very much lubrication for this toy.  The first time I used it I didn’t use any extra lubrication and found I didn’t need it.  The times following I applied a water based lube (silicone lube on silicone toy equals one strangely warped and melted toy…really) and I found that really enhanced the silkiness of the toy.

Overall, I would consider this to be a nice toy that does what it claims to do.  It covers all of your basics and is reasonably priced (19.99 euros, which is about 26 U.S. dollars).  It’s darn attractive, always a plus.  It is also small, which is fabulous for when you want to tuck that baby away.  However, if you have a particularly high g-spot the length of this vibrator may not work for you.  The G-Whizz has some enjoyable soft settings, but also packs a punch.  I personally found the vibrator to be great for clitoral stimulation, and I assume it is great for g-spot stimulation if you don’t mind the flexibility of the head.

This vibrator is a nice introductory vibrator for someone newly exploring their g-spot.  I believe it would also be a nice vibrator for a more experienced individual who just wants a simple, straightforward toy that does the trick.

Thanks Lovehoney for sending this toy to me for review.  You can bet your great Uncle Ron’s homemade donuts that I’m enjoying it.

Feb 142013
 

Whether you are single or partnered, who doesn’t love winning a free body friendly sex toy and a bottle of organic lube?

That’s what I thought.

Thanks to some love from Lovehoney and Sliquid, you get the chance to win your very own glass dildo and bottle of organic lube. Here’s what you can win:

The Lovehoney Sensual Glass Waver Dildo

lovehoney glass dildo

A 4 oz Bottle of Sliquid Oceanics Natural Gel

Sliquid Organics Lube

I bet you want to know how to enter. Luckily for you, there are lots of ways you can enter!

1) Leave comment on this post about why you should win. (1 entry)

2) Tweet about the giveaway. Example: “Win free swag from @sliquidllc and @lovehoney at http://shannakatz.com/2013/02/14/v-day-giveaway. Thanks @shanna_katz!” Leave a comment with a link to the tweet. (1 entry per day)

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5. Write a post on your blog about the giveaway and link to here. Leave a comment with a link to the post (5 entries)

Alrighty, the deadline for all of your entries is Midnight on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Let the games being!

-Shanna

Sep 072012
 

love honey sqweel sex toy

Back in the day, I did a review of the original Sqweel from Lovehoney, and you can read that review here. I was a huge fan, and recommend it to folks that liked oral sex a lot, and we not getting it in the amounts that they desired, because it’s a close as you’re going to get to oral sex without having someone between your legs.

However, they have lately revamped the Sqweel, and come out with the Sqweel 2.0, a sex toy very similar to the first, but with a good handful of differences and updates. The most noticeable one is clearly the casing. I’m not going to lie; I really liked the old casing better. While this material is nicer, and more reminiscent of the LELO style of toys, I personally hate pink, and I also don’t really like being able to see the tongues. I’m guessing this was done so people could check out what is was in store. However, it makes it much less of a stealth toy that it was before, and a lot of the people I present to are interested in getting sex toys that don’t actually look like…well, sex toys.

That being said, I like the buttons a lot better on this, as well as the battery casing. This version is much easier to open to place batteries, and the front buttons make a lot more sense, and if you’re a partner using this on someone, you can actually see what is going on more. Plus, there are a lot more functions of the tongues going this way, and thata way, and back and forth, so you have a lot more options for figuring out what works for you. Additionally, the “lock” function is ideal for those who like to travel with their sex toys. Brilliant!

I still think this is a great toy for people of all genders — you can use the tongues (properly lubricated, of course, to reduce friction) on nipples, penises, scrotums, etc, in addition to the clitoris and labia for which it was pretty much designed. However, if you’re super sensitive, this new model seems to have a bit more power, so it might be a little bit too strong for you. On the other hand, if you like your toys to pack a punch, the Sqweel certainly has quite a bit of oomph to it. Of course, like all items I review, it is 100% body safe and phthalate free. Also, you can switch out the inner pink part of a variety of different types of simulators — there are nubs, bumps and more. It goes so far beyond just tongues on a wheel.

Interested? Want to be a Sqweel owner and join the lick-a-lot alone club? Head on over to Lovehoney and get one of your very own!