AVN Adult Novelty Expo 2011

Posted by | ANE2011,Community | July 11, 2011

So the past few days I had the opportunity to attend the very cool Adult Novelty Expo or ANE, put on by AVN. ANE is the top industry business to business convention, where manufacturers display their products and buyers come to shop. For the time ever, Toy Reviewers and Bloggers were invited to attend the show. My new buddy, Papaya Pam from PAPAYA Toys, helped me register. I RSVP’d for the O Awards and the PAPAYA Toys After Party and I was good to go.

ANE was 2 1/2 days, from Thursday 7/7 through Saturday 7/9. It may not sound like much time, but there was a huge amount of cool stuff to fit into those 2 1/2 days. The Expo was held in Pasadena, CA at the beautiful Pasadena Convention Center. Most of the non-locals and even some of the locals were lucky and smart enough to stay right next door at the Sheraton Hotel.

I have been reviewing for toys and sensual products for just about one year now, and during that time I have “met” a great many people online. Some are people who work for retailers and manufacturers, others are reviewers/bloggers I interact with via Twitter. This was a great opportunity to meet some of these people face to face. I also had the chance to meet a whole bunch of new people, including those I have heard of but don’t really “know”.

Thursday morning I attended a seminar called, “What’s in Your Sex Toy/Lube” and learned interesting and useful information that I will be sharing in future reviews and posts. I walked the floor all day Thursday, meeting exciting people like Greg Delong, the owner of Njoy, Rianne, of Rianne S., and Steele Malone with his beautiful glass dildos.

njoy shines

njoy

Rianne S.

Rianne S.

Steele Malone

Steele Malone

Crystal Delights

Crystal Delights

Friday morning brought two more seminars, one on the role of bloggers/reviewers in the adult industry. Being the baby blogger that I am, it was very interesting to see things from the perspective of the more seasoned experts out there like Buck Angel (yes, we met!) and Reid Mihalko, who I finally got to see in action. Friday also brought the opportunity to meet the excellent Garnet Joyce, of MyPleasure. I’ve had an online relationship with her and it was fun to see her speak and meet her in person. I also got to meet the fabulous Shellie from Crystal Delights, who makes the most gorgeous glass toys.

PAPAYA Pam & PAPAYA Chris

Pam & Chris

Friday night was the third annual O Awards, an award show that acknowledges outstanding achievements in the industry. It was hosted by Reid Mihalko, who looked ever so scrumptious in his kilt and managed to keep things moving. I was so excited when my new friends, Pam and Chris, from PAPAYA Toys won an O Award for Outstanding Innovation! You may remember my review of PAPAYA Toys’ Candy Stick Vibrator and how much I love the very battery pack that won. Congrats again, Pam and Chris!

The O Awards After Party was hosted by Pam and Chris of PAPAYA Toys, and Reid Mihalko. They did a great job providing a fun and relaxing atmosphere where everyone could celebrate and socialize. The chocolate fountain was yummy and the gift bags were great! I am amazed the three of them were standing the next day after all that hard work they did.

Walking the floor was a great opportunity to meet people and see all the amazing products on display. Some were brand new products being introduced at ANE and some were reappearing. However, most of these toys, if I don’t have them in my possession, I have only seen online. It is one thing to look at the njoy Eleven and read its specs online. It was another experience entirely to hold it in my hand!

As I mentioned, there were some very cool brand new products available at ANE, so keep an eye out for more updates and photos, and possibly a few reviews.

I met so many wonderful people, from manufacturers to retailers to sex educators, there are too many people to mention. However, I do want to give a special shout out to @catcoaches and @minxgrrl, both lovely ladies I follow on Twitter and actually got to meet in the flesh! If only I had taken more photos!

All in all, attending ANE was an incredible experience. The manufacturers and retailers I met make up a wonderful community of open and accepting people. I could not have felt more at home. Everyone there has a strong commitment to the pleasure industry and it was wonderful to be amongst such creative, kink-friendly people.

A big thanks to AVN and Papaya Pam for this fabulous opportunity. I can’t wait until next year!

SPOTLIGHT on SEICUS at Babeland

Posted by | Deals,PSA,Spotlight | July 8, 2011

You know how much I love when sex toy companies give back. Right now both Babelandand Jimmyjane have a great deal going on to help you give to a good cause, SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. If you make a $5 donation to SEICUS, you will receive a FREE Jimmyjane Little Afterglow Massage Candle. If you make a purchase of $75 or more of Jimmyjane products AND donate $5 to SEICUS, you will receive a FREE Jimmyjane Iconic Smoothie Vibrator.

Plus, if you subscribe to Babeland emails, you will be entered to win the fabulously extravagant Jimmyjane Little Eternity Platinum Vibrator!

So Come for a Cause and enjoy Jimmyjane this month at Babeland!

Liberator Classic Wedge Review

I have wanted to try out Liberator Shapes for the longest time. They always get such great reviews and almost everyone seems to love them. I finally have my very own super duper Liberator Classic Wedge. Yay!

Liberator Wedge

In case you you are not familiar with them, Liberator is a leading manufacturer of bedroom adventure gear. A simple yet very popular shape is the Wedge. The Liberator Wedge has a core of firm but comfortable Champagne Foam. This foam is covered with a fitted, zippered black nylon shell. This shell is waterproof so it keeps your Champagne Foam safe from oils, lubes, and bodily fluids. On top of the nylon shell is a soft, microfiber cover. This microfiber is lovely and machine washable. Simply unzip and throw it in the machine with some mild detergent.The cover is meant to get softer with each washing but I haven’t had mine long enough to confirm this.

My Liberator Wedge is 24″ wide, 14″ long, and 7″ high. It is angled at 27 degrees, all the better to prop up my hips for easy access during oral and in the missionary position. The microfiber cover is so soft and comfy against my skin, I love to lay on it or against it naked. The only downside of the microfiber cover is that it does pick up lint and hair. However, simply running my hand along the pillow releases anything it has grabbed.

You can always mix and match the Liberator shapes. The Wedge goes well with so many and the most common combination is to pair it with the Liberator Ramp. I don’t have the Ramp yet but I am hoping to get it eventually so I can try out this combo and see what everyone is raving about. Another great thing about the microfiber cover is that the microfiber is interlocking so you can pile Liberator Shapes on top of each other and the covers will grab hold and keep the shapes in place.

So I know the Wedge is designed for sex but, I do not have much storage space so I appreciate when my belongings can multi-task. One of my favorite ways to use the Wedge that is non-sexual is to use it as a backrest. I do not have a desk so I am often sitting on the bed typing up reviews. The firm foam and the 27 degree angle of the Wedge is just perfect for me to lean on. I get back support and I am incredibly comfortable. As it is totally believable as a backrest, I can simply leave the Wedge out sitting on my bed. If I do want to hide it away, it conveniently fits under my couch or slides away in the closet. I think it would fit under most beds as well, but I mine is a platform so there is no under the bed room.

Another way I like to use the Wedge is to stretch my out back. I lay on it with the thin piece under my back and butt on the full 7″ rise and flip my legs over toward my head. This helps lengthen and stretch out my back muscles. The Wedge even helps me stretch out my neck. I simply hang my head over the 7″ edge and let gravity do the rest. This has been very good lately because my neck has really been bothering me. It’s also great to lay on for reading in bed It would also be good to sleep on if I was congested and needed my head elevated to breathe. If this thing could clean the house and cook dinner, I’d marry it!

Please keep in mind that any stretching exercises I do with my Wedge are simply things I have come up with on my own and are not recommended by any medical professional.

So let’s get down to brass tacks and what the Wedge was actually designed for…sex. The Wedge can be used to elevate the hips to allow for g-spot and a-spot penetration during intercourse. It is also great to use for oral sex. It provides a comfortable platform and puts me at just the right height for My Man to get a perfect angle. He can go for much longer now because this angle keeps him from getting a crick in his neck. Laying on the Wedge allows me to keep my legs up in the air in a much more comfortable way and longer than I normally can.

When I lay over the Wedge on my stomach it pops my butt right up into the air. It feels naughty, as if I am begging My Man to enter me from behind. We both like the psychological as well as the physical aspect of this position. It certainly can make both anal sex and doggy style better and more comfortable. We have also discovered it is also a perfect angle for spanking. The Wedge provides great support so I don’t get tired as easily and it supports our weight when both of us are on top of it. The foam depresses some and then pops right back into place when we’re done. There are so many possibilities we haven’t had time to try them all yet!

Not only is the Liberator Wedge good for couples play but it is great for solo sex too. Just as it gives My Man a better angle on my g-spot, it allows me the same access when I am masturbating. It puts my body in a more relaxed, open position that also makes my clit more easily accessible. Obviously, I can masturbate without it but I am enjoying masturbating with it far than I would have guessed.

If you are a bit secretive like me, you probably do not want the world to know you’re receiving sex furniture via mail. I am pleased to report Liberator ships very discretely. My Wedge arrived via UPS in a large brown box. The return address simply said, “Fulfillment Center”. Inside the box, my Wedge was safely covered by a plastic bag with a Liberator Gear sticker on it. Simple and protected.

Liberator Classic Wedge Pros:
• Great shape
• Water-resistant
• Comfortable
• Machine washable cover
• Multi-purpose
• Really works

Liberator Classic Wedge Cons:
• Picks up lint
• Price

As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I had wanted to try out Liberator gear for a long time and I am so happy I have had the opportunity. I love my Liberator Wedge and all the different things I can do with it, sexual and non-sexual. I know the price may seem steep to some people but this is truly a unique device that can improve your sex life in so many ways.

You can find the Liberator Wedge (and other Liberator Shapes) at the following stores:

Babeland
PinkCherry Sex Toys
SheVibe

**Be sure to search for other colors if red is not your favorite!

Bean Fiddler Rating:

Tristan Butt Plug Review

Happy 4th of July, All!

By now, you all know how fond I am of anal play. Well, there is a butt plug I have been coveting for a quite some time now, the Tristan Butt Plug, from Babeland.

Tristan1 Butt Plug

The Tristan is made by Vixen Creations, a small California-based company that makes high-end silicone products manufactured in the U.S.A. Their packaging is unique and fun. The Tristan Butt Plug comes in a small, round plastic canister with an end that pops off. Though it does take up some room, this canister is a great way to store the Tristan. It allows the Butt Plug to stand up inside and gives it plenty of elbow room so that it keeps its shape.

As the Tristan Butt Plug is made of silicone, it is important to keep it from touching other silicone toys in storage. Touching silicone can lead to a chemical reaction and cause the toys to melt. This is also why it is best to use to water-based lubricant with your silicone Tristan, rather than silicone-based lube.

The Tristan is hand-crafted from high-quality Platinum grade silicone, which is the the very best. This silicone is latex and phthalate-free, body-safe, and hypoallergenic. Silicone is non-porous so it can be easily cleaned and disnfected. You can wash your Tristan with anti-bacterial soap and water, use a toy cleaning spray or wipes, or a 10% bleach solution. As the Tristan has no motor and no moving parts it can be washed in the top drawer of your dishwasher without any soap or boiled in water for 3-5 minutes. This allows you to share the Tristan Butt Plug between partners, after sterilization, which makes it a great option for couples or those with multiple partners.

There is quite a lot of drag with this silicone and it is always important to use lubricant with anal toys for safety and pleasure. Keep your butt healthy and happy, folks! As I previously mentioned, you want to avoid silicone-based lubricant with the Tristan Butt Plug. Rumor has it that some silicone-based lubes can be used with pure high-quality silicone, but I have never seen a reason to risk it. I just prefer water-based lubes and value the life of my silicone sex toys.

The Tristan Butt Plug is named after its creator, Tristan Taormino, and comes with a special message from her. Tristan wrote a very popular book and put together a video called, “The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women”. She is quite the expert on anal sex and while I have not read the book nor seen the video, both have been highly recommended. The Tristan comes with a lifetime warranty so be sure to hold on to your receipt.

The Tristan Butt Plug is a beautiful marbled purple that is much prettier than my images can capture. It is also available in black for those of you who would prefer that. This plug is 3 1/2″ in length, with approximately 3″ insertable, and 1 1/2″ in diameter. The neck itself is just over 1″ in diameter and the base is quite large, coming in at 3″ long by 2″ wide and almost 1/2″ thick. The head has a nice shape and is meant to anchor itself in your bottom.

Thanks to the sleek silicone and tapered shape of the its head, and with a fair amount of lube, Tristan slides in easily and smoothly and feels great inside me. The silicone is firm yet giving, which makes clenching down on it very comfortable. It warms to my body quickly and feels natural in my butt. The base is comfortable against my bottom and the plug fits well under jeans but it does make walking feel a bit awkward. I had wanted this Butt Plug badly for the longest time because it has the reputation of being a stay-put plug that can be worn for long periods.

Historically, I have had issues with plugs either sliding into or out of my ass. Some slip inside my hungry bottom, but I figured Tristan would not because of the over-large base. I was right. There is no way that base will fit inside me no matter how hungry my butt gets. The other issue is the plugs that slip out while I am wearing them. With its excellent no slip reputation, I figured Tristan would be perfect for me. Well, I am sad to report that while the Tristan 1 Butt Plug is very comfortable, it does not stay inside me. During play, it manages to squeeze right out when I move around or clench my muscles. This makes me a sad girl. I had such high hopes for the Butt Plug and they have all been dashed. Dashed, I tell you!

Tristan Butt Plug Pros:
• Silicone
• Beautiful color
• Comfortable
• Does not get sucked inside

Tristan Butt Plug Cons:
• Lint magnet
• Slips out

I want to love Tristan, I really do. I had planned on it and everything. I wanted it to be my go-to Butt Plug. The color is pretty, the silicone is lovely, the shape is great, the packaging is nice. It has many good qualities, all the makings of a great butt plug. Yet is was a big let down for me. I think I need the neck to be thinner and the head to be larger. So while it kills me, I have to give Tristan a low rating simply because it did not work for me. However, based on all the good feedback about Tristan, I would say it’s worth risking. I think I just have a very particular butt.

Check out the Tristan Butt Plug at Babeland!

Beanfiddler Rating:

4th of July Sale at Good Vibrations

Posted by | Deals | July 3, 2011



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