Review: Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead 


Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead Set
Being a member of the Lovehoney forum, adult community and blogging scene has led to me trying many things that I’d always thought were a little bit scary, from glass and metal to nipple clamps and pinwheels. I wouldn’t have even considered some of the things I now love this time last year. One of these things was a collar and lead set as I just couldn’t see the appeal to them and I thought they were intimidating, but then I developed a sudden urge to try one out..

I eventually decided on this Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead Set, as it was one of the most friendly options I could find. It arrived in typical fashion for this brand, which is just a clear packet with a sticker on the front. The only thing that I don’t like about this is the fact that there is no safety information included with it and I think this should be essential with all bondage products, especially those aimed at beginners.

This is an inexpensive starting option, but it seems that the quality has not been spared. The neoprene  it’s made from is smooth, soft and incredibly sturdy. It feels durable and I can see it lasting for quite a while. The collar has some flex to it, but not so much so that it begins to sag or sits strangely when being worn. It has just enough give in it to make it as adjustable and comfortable as possible. The ring at the front of the collar is well-attached and no amount of tugging (believe me, I’ve tried) will detach it. The lead isn’t the most comfortable to hold, due to the material, so after a few uses, I switched to using this one instead.

I chose this particular collar to be my first due to it being wider, softer and more adjustable than most of the others that I came across. It is fastened via velcro around the back and it has a long strip of this, so you can wear the collar as tight or loose as you want. I think this is perfect for beginners who want to get used to wearing something around the neck before exploring with something tighter-fitting and more choker-like. I did begin with it being loosely fastened, but I quickly moved to wanting it to fit and look tighter. I now fasten it at the halfway point, which I feel is tight enough for my current experience level.
I thought that the collar was extremely comfortable to wear and I believe I made the right choice to start out with something soft and lightweight. I have since moved onto a thinner, leather collar, but I still bring this out from time to time when I want to be dominated in a more gentle fashion. Leads attach very easily to the ring at the front, with the two I own both having quick-release clips for fast removal. The collars velcro fastening also means the collar itself can be removed within seconds if you reach a limit, need a break or simply decide collar play isn’t for you.

Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead SetOverall, I’m pleased that I changed my mind about collars and something inside me decided to tempt me into trying one. I have found that collars (and leads) are something I very much enjoy and I think they’re incredibly versatile pieces of kit. They can be used in numerous ways, from being pulled on during sex, to being used during teasing and spanking sessions. Your imagination is your limitation.

 

   You can purchase the Bondage Boutique Beginners Collar and Lead Set (£9.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Ankle Cuffs 

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Ankle CuffsBefore the Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Ankle Cuffs appeared at Lovehoney, I had never actually tried ankle specific cuffs on myself. I have used them on my partner many times, but we’ve never used them on me as I’ve tried numerous (smaller) wrist cuffs that have been far too big on them and thought that cuffs actually designed for the ankles would be even bigger.

They are, but this particular pair have a twelve-hole buckle fastening and can fit ankles from 8.5 inches in circumference through to 14 inches, which made me think this would be a good pair to take a chance on.

Like all Bondage Boutique products, these ankle cuffs arrived in simplistic packaging. Just a simple, plastic packet with a sticker on the front. No other packaging is particularly necessary, but I do think it would be nice for lovely items such as these.

Upon opening the packet, I quickly picked up on the scent of raw leather, which is something that I love. That smell is still lingering after almost a month of owning and using them too. The quality of these ankle cuffs is great. The leather is of a high standard and feels delightfully smooth to the touch. I wasn’t necessarily expecting this considering the price point, but they’re just as luxurious as some of the more high-end leather products that I own. They are also extremely sturdy and durable, so I can see them lasting many years with proper care and storage.

In terms of fit, it turns out that I was right about these being the right pair, as they actually fit me very well. I do need to fasten them through the twelfth hole to get the best, most comfortable fit possible, and then I would still not describe them as skin-tight on me at that width. My ankles are an inch and half below the suggested circumference of these cuffs, but that minimum width seems to fit me tightly enough that the cuffs don’t move out of position, therefore making them fit for purpose.

Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Ankle CuffsMy partner has much wider ankles than I do, verging on the higher end of the circumference that these ankle cuffs are suggested to fit, but he says that he feels comfortable wearing these cuffs and they don’t dig into his skin when fastened through the third or fourth hole. I’m not quite sure that raspberry pink is his colour though, so we’ll probably be looking at getting him some new cuffs of his own. Maybe even the same cuffs in the other shade available, which is red. We’ll see.

My favourite thing about these cuffs is the double-ended quick-release clip that attaches them together, as it can be removed from both, or either end, depending on the circumstances. I love this because it’s great for emergency situations where you need to get up or move quickly, as the clip can be completely removed, leaving you to move freely without having to waste precious time taking the cuffs off. I think this feature makes these cuffs extremely versatile as the ankles can be separated for other restraints to be attached to the D-rings.

Overall, I think that these ankle cuffs are great. I simply love the quality, the fit and the adjustability. They are incredibly comfortable to wear and I can see them being useful to people with all levels of experience, although the quick release clip would make these cuffs a great introduction for those who are new/cautious with restraints.

I received the now discontinued  Bondage Boutique Raspberry Pleasure Leather Ankle Cuffs (£19.99) from Lovehoney in exchange for my review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Coco de Mer Teach Me A Lesson Spanking Ruler 

Coco de Mer Teach Me a Lesson Spanking RulerIf you read my review for the Fifty Shades of Grey Ruler, you will already know that I absolutely adored the sensations that it gave and was hoping to find something similar. It didn’t take me long to come across this Coco de Mer edition, which features a cheeky ‘Teach Me a Lesson‘ scribble on the back.

All packages from Coco de Mer are picked and packed in the Lovehoney warehouse, so be assured that it will be completely and utterly discreet. I have to admit that I was disappointed that there was no actual outer packaging for the product, other than the burgundy tissue paper that Coco de Mer use to wrap your entire order individually. I usually encourage no-frills packaging on cheaper items, but Coco is a luxury brand and company, so I expected that theme to continue throughout. A lovely storage bag wouldn’t have gone amiss either.

The ruler appears to be well-made and of the quality I would expect, it’s perhaps a little rougher than the other ruler that we have, but it’s smooth enough, particularly around the edges to be comfortable. It’s made from a sturdy, lightweight wood and features measurements on the front like a regular ruler would, in both cm’s and inches. I wouldn’t say that it’s completely accurate or to scale, so I wouldn’t go around trying to measure things with it, but for the visual effect, it’s great. It features Coco de Mer branding on the front and Teach Me A Lesson on the back as I mentioned earlier. It’s also available with the words ‘Spank You Very Much‘ if this saying doesn’t float your boat.

My partner and I have gotten into more aggressive/advanced spanking activities over the last few months, so silicone and wooden spanking implements have become some of our favourite tools of choice. I find that these materials are the harshest and generally the best for leaving red marks, scratches, faint bruising and a stingy sensation when you sit down the next day. If you like all of those, then I think you’re in luck because as I expected, this ruler ticks all of those boxes. It has the potential to take me out of my comfort zone, but there’s something about that which excites me.

Before we use this ruler, we generally start out with something softer. I think warm up is really important when playing with bondage and it’s something that we do every time spanking takes place. I am a fan of skin on skin contact before an implement is used as this just warms up the area and puts me in the right head space to take the hits from something harsher. Once I am ready, my partner begins with gentle taps followed by direct, stronger thwacks. I like this sort of tool to be used alongside a flogger as the different sensations keep me guessing and the floggers hits are generally softer which breaks up the tougher spanks from the ruler.

I think hits from a ruler like this one feel much more precise than spanks I’ve received from wooden paddles, because it’s a slimmer, longer implement and the small surface area only covers a specific area of the bottom when spanking. It stings more than the crops that I have, so I’m glad I didn’t rush in with a product like this as I probably would be more reluctant to continue spanking practices if I had. It doesn’t take much force to get a very satisfying sting and a highly enticing slapping sound. I have been left with some marks after a session, but none that last longer than a couple of days and nothing that some aftercare couldn’t handle.

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Overall, it’s an exciting piece of kit to use during sex and role-play, particularly for student/teacher scenarios and we both really enjoy the sessions where this product comes out to play. It’s not as luxurious as I’d hoped for considering its branding though.

You can purchase the Teach Me A Lesson Spanking Ruler (£12) at Coco de Mer. No affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Fifty Shades Darker Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral Clamp

Like it or loathe it, the Fifty Shades series are not going away. It might not be the best existing portrayal of a bdsm relationship, but it has opened up people’s minds and started to break down the taboo barrier that bondage and sex toys have, which is great. Regardless of the thoughts I have surrounding the books and films, I do have great appreciation for the adult product ranges designed by Lovehoney, the latest of which is the Fifty Shades Darker Collection. I was stoked to trial the new Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral Clamp to see if the quality from the first line had been continued.

Fifty Shades Darker Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral ClampAfter removing the clamp from the discreet, boring envelope it arrived in, I immediately noticed the wonderful packaging. It is definitely the most luxurious of all the Fifty Shades ranges so far and I was very impressed. The petite, thin box is a mixture of navy and black and features an image of the clamp on the front. The box also features a few logos throughout as-well as a quote from the book on the back along with the instructions for use. Inside, the clamp is safely secured to a piece of cardboard alongside a multi-lingual instruction guide and a branded storage pouch.

Once I opened up the box, I noted that the clamp matches perfectly with the At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps from the same range and also The Pinch Nipple Clamps from the original collection. It’s made from body-safe, nickel-free metal and has the same beading detail as both pairs of clamps, although it only has the small, circular Fifty Shades tag on one side instead of both. It looks very aesthetically pleasing, particularly when you’re wearing it with the matching nipple accessories. It feels high-quality and the beads are attached well, so I’m not worried about them snapping off even if they are being tugged on with a fair amount of force.

Fifty Shades Darker Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral ClampPrior to receiving this clitoral clamp, I had only used a couple of others and they had been the sort that were adjustable via a little slider, so it felt like I was taking a step in the right direction when this arrived. I did wonder how exactly I’d be able to get it on, but after some research via the net, I found it much easier than I had anticipated. It was fiddly on the first couple of attempts and a hand mirror was needed to find the correct placement, but now I can get it into place with ease.

I simply apply a small amount of water-based lubricant to the clip and a little to myself, then spread the two ends apart whilst placing the hooped end over my clitoris. It ends up pinching around the clitoris whilst the sides of the clip rest against my inner labia and the beads add a bit of weight to further intensify the pinch. It’s not painful, but it’s certainly intense enough that it cannot be forgotten about. I really like the sensation and I think it makes me feel a lot more sensitive during masturbation and oral sex. If I combine a powerful clitoral vibrator with this clamp, I am guaranteed a fast and extremely relieving orgasm.

It’s easy to remove by simply opening up the ends again, relieving the pressure and sliding it back up and over the clitoris. I’ve found the sensitivity continues for a few minutes even after the clamp is removed, but the intensity depends on how long it has been worn for. I am comfortable wearing this for around twenty minutes at a time and if I ever felt like I wanted to wear it for longer, I would allow a ten minute break after half an hour to allow the circulation to regulate again. As of right now, twenty minutes is more than enough for me to get done what I need to do and move on to another activity. After it has been removed, it can be rinsed and spritzed with toy cleaner, then placed safely in the storage bag ready for its next use.

Fifty Shades Darker Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral Clamp

Overall, I think this is a fantastic clamp for all users, regardless of experience level, although I would advise beginners to air on the side of caution as it is not adjustable. This was my first clitoral clamp of this type and it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed wearing it and seeing how well it heightened my sensitivity. It makes a session more interesting, whether I’m alone or with my partner. It also makes stimulation from a vibrator feel more intense, which usually results in a better orgasm.

I received the Fifty Shades Darker Just Sensation Beaded Clitoral Clamp (£9.99) from Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used in this post.

Review: Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps

Like it or loathe it, the Fifty Shades series are not going away. It might not be the best existing portrayal of a bdsm relationship, but it has opened up people’s minds and started to break down the taboo barrier that bondage and sex toys have, which is great. Regardless of the thoughts I have surrounding the books and films, I do have great appreciation for the adult product ranges designed by Lovehoney, the latest of which is the Fifty Shades Darker Collection. I was stoked to trial the new At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps to see if the quality from the first line had been continued.

Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps

After removing the clamps from the plain boring envelope they arrived in, I immediately noticed the amazing packaging. It’s definitely the most luxurious of all the Fifty Shades ranges so far and I was highly impressed. The petite, thin box is a mixture of navy and black and features an image of the clamps on the front. There are a few logos throughout the packaging and even a quote from the book on the back along with some instructions for use. Inside, I found the nipple clamps secured safely onto a piece of cardboard with a multi-lingual instruction guide and a navy storage pouch.

Once I’d got them out of the box I noticed that they are basically a chained version of The Pinch Nipple Clamps from the original range. They have the same beading detail, but only one of the clamps in this pair features the small, circular Fifty Shades tag. These adjustable clamps are made from body-safe, nickel-free metal with smooth silicone tips. I like the appearance of them and I think the small detailing that has been added makes these clamps more decorative and aesthetically pleasing than basic clamps. I wanted to explore the quality before placing them onto my body, so I experimented by tugging on the chain forcefully and I came to the conclusion that no matter how hard I pulled, the chain wouldn’t split or come loose.

Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps

After using the Nothing But Sensations Suckers to warm up, I opened up the clamps and placed the silicone tips around my nipples before moving to the adjuster to tighten them to my desired intensity. I encountered a slight hitch during this process as I noticed that the adjuster was quite stiff from this angle. I have found that when the clamp is facing away from me, the adjuster becomes very stubborn and doesn’t slide up easily, whereas when I’m facing it, it goes where I want it to within seconds.

At first, I thought that I may just need more practise with them, but after multiple attempts this still seems to be the case, so I’m putting it down to them being new and hoping the stiffness will wear off with more use. I have managed to do them up a couple of times on my own, but it has taken a long time, which has been a bit of a mood killer. I find these much easier when my partner places them on instead, but the downside is that I can’t surprise him by wearing them like I can with other pairs that we own.

Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps

Once they are on, I have no complaints. I was expecting them to be slightly heavier, due to the beads, but they’re actually quite lightweight. I think because of this, they would make excellent clamps for people who are looking to progress to a chained style for the first time. They can be adjusted from the softest pinch to a tight, painful pull and I like them somewhere between the two, although having the option to soften or increase the intensity as and when I want to is great.

I wear them slightly lower on the nipple if I’m wearing these for my partner to pull on as I find this really intensifies the pull the clamps have, creating a sharper pinching sensation.

Overall, I think the At My Mercy Clamps are perfect for many users, regardless of experience level, as they can be adjusted accordingly. If you’re into hardcore nipple play, then these might not be advanced enough for you, but I think they should be suitable for most other people. This was my first pair of chained nipple clamps and I have not been left disappointed. I’m definitely going to get my hands on some more as I really enjoyed wearing these.

I received the Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps (£14.99) from Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used within this post.