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.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker At My Mercy Chained Nipple Clamps (£14.99) from Lovehoney.

We received this product free of charge in return for our honest review. This is no way changes our opinion on the item. All views are our own and based on our experiences. Some affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Dominix Deluxe Cat Claw Skin Scratcher

Dominix Cat Claw Skin ScratcherMy partner and I are becoming huge fans of sensation play, whether it’s through temperature, ticklers or spiky things, so when I saw this Cat Claw Scratcher by Dominix, I knew I had to get one. It arrived quickly and discreetly along with the rest of my Lovehoney order, in typical Dominix style of a plain, sealed packet with a branded sticker on the front.

I was impressed from the minute I removed it from its packet because the build-quality appeared to be excellent. The Scratcher is made from nickel-free metal, which makes it skin-safe and un-irritating to those of us who are more sensitive. It feels very sturdy and I can see it lasting well for a long time with some gentle care and proper storage. I would hesitate to replace it though should it ever break or go missing. It has this lovely matte black finish that furthers the intimidating look of the product, but it also makes it look classy, rather than cheap and tacky.

I noticed that the two spikes were sharp, but not extremely so. I have felt pinwheels with sharper spikes and my experience with those is new and somewhat limited. I think that this Scratcher should be suitable for people who are new to these types of bondage tools, but I would only advise to do so with a trusted partner who is cautious of the amount of pressure they are using. This Cat Claw can be gentle or intense depending on your level of experience, the amount of pressure and your personal preferences.

I love having this Cat Claw used on me as I find it really stimulating. It makes me feel extra sensitive and builds the anticipation for the rest of the session. It feels particularly wonderful whilst blindfolded and used in combination with a feather tickler, as the not knowing whether it’s next going to be a scratch or a tickle is exciting. I really enjoy the sensations from this scratcher and I think it’s the perfect combination of pleasure and stinging pain. It can be painful if used with enough pressure, but not painful enough that it draws blood or leaves permanent marks, however it is capable of leaving temporary red areas if pressed down firmly enough.

Dominix Cat Claw Skin ScratcherOverall, I’m thrilled with this addition to our toybox and I can see it getting a lot of use. The only issue that I encountered with this was the fact that it was quite large on me, which meant I wasn’t able to use it on my partner without clenching my fingers together to keep it in position. It doesn’t actually slide off because the midi ring stops it from doing so, but I am cautious that it will slide and end up spiking him somewhere I hadn’t intended.

You can purchase the Cat Claw Scratcher (£12.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle

Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle 1First of all, I’ll start by saying that I have a huge love for the Dominix Braun range. The chocolate-brown leather is a lovely change from all the black bondage gear that’s available. I’ve coveted the entire range for a while and once I noticed the blindfold was being discontinued, I knew I had to start buying the items I’ve been lusting after incase they disappeared too. I begun with the slapper paddle purely because it resembles my favourite spanking tool, which is the ruler, just with a completely different, luscious surface.

Upon removing it from the plain plastic packet that it arrived in, I noticed the immediate scent of leather fill the room, it was like being surrounded by vintage leathers in a bike shop. I am a sucker for the scent of real leather, although I like to go faux when I can. I can still pick up on the scent even a couple of months after purchasing and numerous uses. Leather is a premium material and this particular leather is of matching quality. The stitching is absolutely perfect and the wrist loop is long and wide enough to sit comfortably around any sized wrist. I thought it looked extremely well-made and definitely gives of a luxury vibe. It looks and feels more expensive than its price tag.

I couldn’t wait for my partners next visit so we could try this and when the chance finally arose, I was not disappointed. I was blindfolded and restrained, then forced onto my stomach whilst he ran the paddle against my bare skin. Whilst this paddle may not be soft and fluffy like a feather tickler, it can create the same reaction from my body when gently traced again the shoulders, arms, thighs or back. I become more sensitive with each stroke and can feel a tickling of blood as it rushes through my veins, making my nerve endings stand to attention. All of these physical reactions just build the mental anticipation for the main event.

He then began to move away from the teasing to the warm-up phase, which involves gentle taps to the backside and alternating between sides every few taps to spread out the sensation. It also includes some slaps to the backs of my thighs, which I never knew I’d like, but I do. He then increased the force he was using and became much more harsh. He knew he had a good weapon in hands when I found the sensations to be intense even at medium intensity. He liked this and played on this, aiming as hard as he possibly could, which had me screaming and writhing around in pleasurable pain. I bet the neighbours thought I was being murdered. Didn’t come to help though.

It felt brilliant every time the cold, smooth leather made contact with my skin and the sounds it made were even better. This is an incredibly threatening sounding instrument, as it creases a very loud slapping sound, even if the hit isn’t particularly aggressive. The noise level only increases as the hits get harder. Again the neighbours didn’t come to check that I wasn’t being bludgeoned. The sound a paddle makes is one of my biggest turn-ons as it leaves me anticipating where the next hit is coming from and how harsh it’s going to be.

The hits from this slapper are much more precise than those from other paddles I’ve tried, due to the slim size and long frame. The smaller the surface area, the sharper the sting. It creates a beautiful sensation with each blow and leaves a reminder in the form of red marks. These red marks do show up almost instantly when the paddle is aimed with force and by the end of the night, I could barely sit down. We’ve used this a couple of times now and each time I’ve been left sore and stained by red blotches. My partner was worried by this at first as he doesn’t like to hurt me, but my reactions told him that I was enjoying it and it was exciting for me, so he continued. He now really likes using this paddle almost as much as I like receiving from it.

Overall, I really like this slapper paddle. I find it is extremely effective and fit for purpose. It fills a hole that we had in our collection and I’m looking forward to trying out more paddles with this small surface area in the future. It provides amazing and intense sensations that are best during rougher sessions or when I’m craving something harsher than a dual-sided paddle can give. It’s not a piece of kit that I’d recommend to the faint-hearted, beginner or inexperienced, but if you can handle what it has to offer, you’re in for a good night.

You can purchase the Dominix Deluxe Braun Leather Slapper Paddle (£12.99) from Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used within this post.

Review: Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle

I ordered the Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle recently and I love it so much, I want to spread the word about it, before it’s discontinued. It is a fantastic product and for its retail price, it’s an absolute bargain. This is our first wooden paddle, but not our first wooden implement. If my first experience with wood taught me anything, it was to prepare myself for some serious stinging. That’s exactly what I got with this paddle and I am impressed with just how much potential it has.

It arrived in a clear, plastic packet with a Bondage Boutique tag attached to the paddle itself. I was disappointed to find that there was absolutely no safety information alongside this paddle, there’s no mention at all of safe words or areas to avoid spanking, which I think should be essential on these types of products. This paddle is inexpensive, so may attract more beginners, which is definitely an extra reason to include basic safety information. I wouldn’t advise a beginner to buy this paddle as it can be quite intense.

I have heard a couple of stories about this paddle breaking, so far mine hasn’t, but I could see it happening if it was being used too aggressively or carelessly. Only time will reveal how long this paddle will actually hold up with long-term use, but so far, I haven’t had any issues. I’ve used this within three or four sessions and it’s still in great condition. It is quite rigid and I don’t feel it could snap easily, I think plenty of force would need to be behind it in order for this to happen. It’s quite lightweight, which I wasn’t really expecting, but don’t let this fool you, the innocence is all part of the act. It has plenty of pain in store.

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Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle

Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle

Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle

 

 

 

 

This bamboo paddle is noticeably smooth/glossy on one side and slightly rougher on the other. I only pick up on this when I’m running my hands over the paddle or it’s being traced against my skin before a session. It’s not something I’m aware of when it’s being aimed at my backside. The glossy side can actually become cool at times, which adds a slight element of my favourite thing, which is temperature play, to the sensory situation. It’s enough to stimulate my nerves and alert them to what’s going to take place next. This paddle also has a handy wrist loop for security, although I think it could have done with being slightly bigger as it only just fit my partner’s hand through it.

I requested some warm up with a softer paddle beforehand, which was very tame in comparison. Once this had ensued for a short period of time, my partner slipped his hand through the wrist loop and proceeded with some gentle taps. It makes a fantastic noise, even when it’s only making very gentle impact, which really adds to the anticipation and makes each tap sound more threatening than it is. It’s a wonderful cracking sound and this only increases as the spanks become more intense.

The sensations from this paddle are quite direct and intense, definitely more intense than other paddles we’ve tried, but in all the right ways. It falls under the stingy category, with its sharp, precise and mark-inducing slaps. It’s capable of leaving those dashing, delightful marks for quite a while and maybe even a bruise or two, depending on how it’s used. I’m glad I decided to purchase it after going back and forth for a while and I couldn’t recommend it more to those who like sharper stings.

The Bondage Boutique Advanced Wide Bamboo Paddle has since been discontinued. You can still find the rest of the Bondage Boutique range at Lovehoney. Affiliate links have been used in this post.