Review: Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra

I probably could have ordered the entire Fifty Shades Darker lingerie line if funds had allowed, but as I’m not a millionaire, I decided to limit myself to just three of my favourite items. The Anastasia Half Cup Multiway Bra was one of them. It was the last item I purchased as I was going back and forth between this and something from the Escala collection for a while but I’m so glad that I finally settled on this piece. The Anastasia collection is described as “blending feminine shapes with deep pink satin and lace to offer a statement of modern femininity and intrinsic desirability” and I think that statement summarizes it perfectly.

I was disappointed and bored with the packaging, or lack of, that the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie arrives in. It’s just a plain plastic pouch. I expect this from Lovehoney as the lingerie is more budget friendly, but Coco de Mer are known for being lavish so I would expect more from them. I’m not asking for extreme levels of extravagance, but even just arriving on a nice satin hanger would have been better than this. If the boat can be pushed out for gorgeous packaging for the sex toy line, I don’t see why the lingerie line can’t also be gift-wrapped.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraUntil this range landed at Lovehoney, I had never had the pleasure of trying lingerie designed by a Coco de Mer, because again, I’m not a millionaire. I can’t afford to be splashing out a couple of hundred pounds on a basque, robe or bra set. I’d rather buy three £40 options and have variety than just own a couple of nice pieces that I’d have to wear until death to get my money’s worth. The only exception to this will be the lingerie I wear for my honeymoon. That I will go all out for.

Getting back to this piece, I was expecting perfection and that’s precisely what I got. I couldn’t find any flaws with it whatsoever and it appeared to be made beautifully. It’s made up of two main materials, one being satin and the other being lace. Both felt divine to touch and I was particularly impressed with how comfortable they both were. Lace can sometimes be itchy or irritating, but this was not the case with this bra. It was soft and supple as one would hope for considering the price tag.

32B was the smallest size that I could get my hands on, and breasts into, so I went for that one. I usually wear a 30A so I hoped that sister sizing would be my friend on this occasion. It seemed to work out well as the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie all seems to run a bit small. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra has three hook-and-eye fastenings around the back and I wear this on the tightest setting. It fits pretty well. It doesn’t feel loose at all which makes me think that this would be incredibly skin-tight on someone who actually wears a 32.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraAs for the cups, I was apprehensive. I am obviously lacking in the bust department so sizing up made me worry about things like obvious room left in the cups and gaping. Thankfully there wasn’t much of this. The cups actually seemed to fit very well. There was a tiny bit of room leftover, but not much, so I would suggest someone who wears a B cup to size up to the C in this particular bra. The cups definitely run small. This is great for small chests like mine as they seem to give a bit of a lift and a greatly appreciated boost.

Do I have any complaints? Outside of the packaging, not really. I could have done with being able to adjust the shoulder straps a tiny bit more for maximum comfort, but that’s a minor issue and something I can happily look past. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra is an absolutely stunning piece of lingerie and although I didn’t want to fork out on the matching briefs it wasn’t an issue as it matched a (now discontinued) raspberry Flirty Thong I have from Lovehoney. I  am not typically fond of pink especially when it comes to the bedroom as there’s so much of it in this industry, but I couldn’t resist this gorgeous rich shade. Combine this with the gorgeous front strapping and it’s an absolute winner. I love it.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra (£35) from Coco de Mer. No affiliate links have been used in this post.

Review: Tease by Lovehoney Spanking Paddle

This is the final review I have to write for the Tease by Lovehoney collection and it’s for the Spanking Paddle which I have in Red. I ordered this months ago when the range first launched along with the Crop. I got them both on the 2 for £20 offer, which they are both still under at the time of writing this review. We have loved everything we’ve had from this range and the paddle was no exception to this.

Tease by Lovehoney Spanking PaddleIt arrived in a simple plastic packet with a Tease by Lovehoney sticker on the front. This is fairly boring packaging for a range that’s almost luxurious, but it does the job of protecting the items from dust or damage during storage and delivery. There was a small information leaflet attached to the paddle explaining how to use it and a reminder to use safe words during this type of play. As I’ve said in all the reviews for this range, I’d have liked a safety diagram of areas not to spank as this range is ideal for beginners who might not know this.

Our first paddle was the Twitchy Palm and whilst it was great for starting out, I wanted something a little harsher. This paddle is quite similar to that but it has a few advantages. First of all, I didn’t mistake the wrist loop for the information guide attachment ribbon this time, so this one is easier to store, hold and aim. Appearance wise, the colourings are obviously different and there’s no raised neoprene cushioning underneath the satin side with this one. It’s also quite sturdy in comparison to the Twitchy Palm, which was flimsier and not as rigid.

Tease by Lovehoney Spanking Paddle RedJust like the Twitchy Palm, this paddle is dual-sided. One side being faux leather and the other being a soft satin. The satin side is the perfect introduction to paddle spanking as it’s very gentle. All the fun of spanking is present, just without any pain, making it perfect for those who are new to spanking or aren’t sure of their limits yet. It’s not just good for beginners however, intermediate users could make use of this side as part of their warm-up to something harsher. We often begin with this side before progressing onto something harsher like this Spanking Ruler.

I definitely prefer the leather side. It’s more suitable for us, I like something meaner and my partner can achieve what I’m looking for, if he aims the paddle right with enough pressure behind it. The harder the paddle is swung, the more of a thwack you get. This has the potential to be a right stinger, if it’s in the hands of the right person. It’s more of a tingle/sting than a thud, which is what I truly crave, but it’s still capable of leaving some short-term marks which can be nice every once in a while. I’d describe the impact of this paddle as being like a cheeky slap from your partner’s hand, with a more precise area of contact. When I’m craving a spanking, but don’t want something too harsh, I will ask for this.


Overall, this paddle reflects and withholds the standards of the Tease by Lovehoney collection. It’s a well-welcomed and placed piece of equipment in our kit and whilst it’s the not my favourite, it’s a paddle that is often used for warm-up or more sensual spanking sessions. I think this is the perfect option for those are venturing into bondage or are looking for something a little lighter. It has maintained shape and condition well even after around 40 (?) uses.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can purchase the Tease by Lovehoney Spanking Paddle (£16.99) at Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this post.