Lovehoney Mystery Bundles 2016!

Mystery Bundles LovehoneyIt’s that time of year again where Lovehoney create Mystery Bundles filled to the brim with some of their best-selling items. This year everyone receives the same items in the bundles, unlike previous years where some bags have been better than others. Each bundle contains 6-10 items and is worth over £100, but costs just £40, which is a huge 60% saving! The choices are Male, Female, Couples, Kinky Couples, Bondage and Anal (which is cleverly and comically known as a Bumdle).

I decided to pick two up this year, although I was worried about the risks of getting repeat items with the larger collection that I have. I opted for the Kinky Couples and the Bondage, as I knew the others wouldn’t get much use. In total I received 17 items and I have decided to keep 11 of them, which is more than I was expecting and makes this a pretty good deal.

In the Kinky Couples Bundle I received:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey Sweet Torture Vibrating Nipple Clamps (£18.99) ♥︎
  • Lovehoney Booty Buddy Silicone Butt Plug Black (£9.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Beginners Soft Bondage Kit (2 Piece) (£12.99) ♥︎
  • Lovehoney Satin Drawstring Large Toy Bag Black (£2.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Intermediate Faux Leather Flogger (£14.99)
  • Lovehoney Dream Egg 10 Function Remote Control Love Egg (£24.99)
  • Lovehoney BASICS Vibrating Twin Cock Ring (£4.99) – Given to a friend
  • Lovehoney Reversible Double Stroker Extreme Ridges (£12.99)

I was unsure of what to expect with this bundle, although I was expecting a few kink items considering the title. Once it arrived, I noticed that there wasn’t much ‘kink’ to it, there was just a soft bondage kit, beginners nipple clamps and an intermediate flogger. I’d hoped for a pinwheel or something along this lines, but alas, there was not. The pieces that I am keeping totalled up to just over £40 (including postage) so I’m not overly upset that this bundle wasn’t particularly impressive.

In the Bondage Bundle I received:

  • Bondage Boutique Intermediate Faux Leather Mini Crop (£14.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead (£9.99)
  • Bondage Boutique Soft Cotton Black Shibari Rope 10 Metre (£9.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Intermediate Black Silicone Ball Gag (£12.99)
  • Bondage Boutique Bondage Candles (3 Pack) (£9.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Intermediate Faux Leather Flogger (£14.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Beginners Feather Tickler (£8.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Black Rose Pleasure Blindfold (£9.99) ♥︎
  • Bondage Boutique Black Rose Pleasure Handcuffs (£12.99) ♥︎

I absolutely love this bundle! I’m so happy with the items that I received and I can’t believe I only got one repeat item, which is the collar and lead set, and I only ordered that the week before! It is a mix of beginner and intermediate items and contains a couple of things I’ve been wanting to experiment with such as the rope and bondage candles. This is a fantastic set for those just getting started in bondage or wanting to move up from their silky restraints.

You can find all the Mystery Bundles over at Lovehoney for £40, but hurry, stock is strictly limited!

My Thoughts On Ask a Porn Stars Horror Set Stories

ASK A PORN STARI was going to write a review today, but I came across a series of videos that I wanted to talk about instead. I can’t remember exactly how I came across this series, I just ended up on the weird side of Youtube and found a video entitled ‘Ask A Porn Star: What was your grossest on set experience?’. I became intrigued, so I decided to watch said video.

I don’t know much about porn or the porn industry as I don’t watch it and never really have, obviously I’ve seen the odd video here and there, but it’s not something that I personally find appealing or seek out. I don’t need the visuals to get off, but for those who do, I think you’ll be surprised by some of the stories these adult performers talk about in this video. I almost turned the video off at the sight of one male performer who’s been in the headlines quite a bit and I don’t think I need to mention any names here but I’m glad I watched the rest of the video because it turned out to be eye-opening.

First of all, I have major respect for these performers after watching this. Some of the horrific things they have to go through to put on a show for the viewer, I could never do. If any of the things I’m about to mention ever happened to me, I’d call it a day and be absolutely mortified. I have to give them props for cleaning up and carrying on.  I love that they’re so open about what they do and embrace it, rather than be ashamed of it. It’s definitely not a job that’s easy to do, so I have some respect for the performers, even though porn isn’t and will probably never be my thing.

So, onto the topics mentioned in the video… There’s lots of shit stories. Literally.

I assumed accidents happened during anal scenes now and then, but apparently, it’s a very common/regular thing to happen on shoots. So many different examples are mentioned in this video, it’s actually quite shocking. I feel so sorry for everyone who’s ended up with it on their face, but again, major respect for carrying on, I would not feel up for sexiness after that. There are so many stories about people not understanding their bodies, so to me that just proves that this taboo subject needs to be talked about more, even amongst adult industry professionals.

The damn make-up sponges. I could have gone my whole life without knowing that. I have never heard of people putting a sponge inside their body to stop bleeding and I’m still not understanding how people can forget it’s there. Can you not feel it?

Thirdly, how reassuring is it to hear that even porn stars struggle with squirting? I think it’s very well assumed that every porn star or woman can, but it’s just not the case. We are all different and we can’t all orgasm in the same ways and that is ok. Judging by the stories in this video, you might never know if your favourite porn star can really squirt or if they’ve just had water pushed into them that they let out on cue. I hope that people out there who are putting pressure on themselves to squirt can take a minute to watch this video and understand that even some ‘professionals’ cannot do it, it’s not the be-all and end-all of orgasms. There is nothing wrong with you if you can’t do it.

*photo and video links can be found on woodrocket.com or the woodrocket youtube channel, which is the source of the content spoken of in this post. no copyright intended*

My Worst Lube Experience ft Durex

If you go to my toybox page, you’ll notice I’ve tried five different lubes by Durex. I’ve given the brand a good go, but they just don’t do it for me. I don’t use condoms regularly, but when I do, I always opt for Durex, they are good at condoms, that’s definitely their niche, but the lubes could be better.

If I’m honest, until I started ordering sex toys and talking within the adult community, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a ‘bad‘ lubricant. I just assumed any lube was good, because you know, it was lube and it did the job. Looking back, I can’t believe how naive I was, but it’s not surprising considering lubricant isn’t spoken about much outside of the sexual twittersphere, blogs and forums. Sure I knew it existed and I used it, but it was a quick impulse buy from Amazon or the shelf of my local supermarket. I didn’t spend time deciding what to get, I just went for the well-known brand options in whatever flavour or kind looked alright.

I think I never took any notice because it had been regimented in my mind as a teen that using lubricant was something to be embarrassed about. It was something you only used if your partner couldn’t get you wet enough or you didn’t like performing oral sex without some extra flavour. It was never even mentioned to me that flavoured lube wasn’t just for aiding blowjobs. During my sex education lessons, we were made to feel as if using lubricant was a bad thing & if we needed to use it, then there must be something wrong with us. My sex education was clearly shit and non-existent. We were never told the purpose of lubricant or that using it was ok, why we might need to use it or what types we should use for specific activities.

Back to Durex, as you can probably gather from my previous paragraph, I never researched before using their lubricants. If I had, I probably would have just avoided them. I assumed in my innocence that they were the best brand because they were trusted and well known, being sold everywhere for convenience. My question is how many people are there out there who have no idea how many other choices there are? For me personally, there’s much better options out there. Durex lubes seem to hinder my sex life more than aid it.

Why don’t they work for me? Well, they irritate me and they make my partner itch too. I should mention we both have sensitive skin, me in particular, so that might be why they don’t work for us. There is one lubricant in particular though, that I had a really bad reaction to and it put me off using their lubricants. That lubricant was the Play Tingle. It set my vagina on fire and I found myself crying in a freezing cold shower scrubbing myself raw. This experience really changed the way I viewed lubricant and was the catalyst for learning more about them. We also had a really bad experience using the Passion Fruit lubricant during intercourse, which just so happened to be my ‘official’ first time. It said it was fine to use for sex, but I now realise the sugars in it had irritated me and thats what caused the burning that I had experienced.

Did I ever like their lubricants? I thought the Strawberry was the best tasting, it was still very artificial, but during the early stages of my relationship we did use this successfully for oral sex. I didn’t like the texture though. Another lubricant I didn’t mind at first was the Massage 2-in-1 Sensual one, I thought it was great in the beginning, until I discovered not all lubes are meant to be that sticky or dry out faster than you can thrust. We used it primarily for massage, but a month or so after my initial review, I realised there were specific massage oils that did the job much better. It wasn’t an awful lubricant, but we did have to shower straight after sex because it felt like we’d rolled in candy floss.

Would I recommend them? To someone like myself who has sensitive skin, isn’t keen on artificial flavours or wants to avoid Glycerin, no I wouldn’t. I do know plenty of people who do love their lubricants though, so it’s a try it and see for yourselves scenario. I gave the massage lubricant to my mother who actually does like to use it for massage, so it’s different strokes for different folks! If they ever change the formula, I’d give them another go, but I’d definitely be more cautious about it.