Fully reversible lace overlay and satin corset with removable shoulder and garter straps, front hook and eye closure, lace-up back, matching thong and stockings.Over the past few months EdenFantasys.com has been adding a lot of new lingerie, and I was lucky enough to receive a Dreamgirl Reversible Blue Corset to review. This is actually a set consisting of the reversible corset, thong, AND thigh highs. Lingerie doesn’t always come with hosiery, so that’s definitely a bonus.

Like other lingerie I’ve reviewed from EdenFantasys, there’s no real packaging. The whole set comes wrapped in pink tissue paper, with the thigh highs sealed up in plastic and the stockings, thong, and tag are attached to the corset with plastic hang tags.

blue reversible corsetMade from polyester, this corset is a solid shiny blue with black trim on one side, and a black lace overlay covering the same shiny blue on the other side. The lace has an elegant embroidered kind of look to it, with embellished trim along the top and bottom of the corset.

All three pieces, the corset, thong, and stockings need to be hand washed in cold water and air dried. Frankly, this is a pain due to the lace overlay. My solution is to just be really careful and try not to get anything too dirty. At least the solid blue side is easier to clean.

blue side with measurements

click here to see measurements

The corset consists of two panels joined together by hook-and-eye closures up the front and lace-up ties down the back. This means that it’s possible for me to put this on by myself, but I can’t really cinch it up without help.

However, trying to fasten the hooks and eyes while wearing the corset blue-side out is a fiddly and challenging process, because you’re having to hook them from the opposite side. Thanks to the ties, there is some adjustability as the laces can open, adding up to another 5 inches in the back. When wearing this blue-side out, you’ll need to either tie up the back first or rethread the laces so the bow is on the outside.

According to the description on the product web page, the boning in this corset is metal. I was actually rather surprised to read that, as I assumed it was plastic because it’s still flexible and lightweight. I also love that both the shoulder straps, which I didn’t even realize this corset had until it was in my possession, and garter straps are removable, so there are several different ways you can wear this.

I’m not a huge fan of the shoulder straps. They attach really close to the armpit, and I think having them positioned closer in towards my shoulder blades would be more comfortable.

when in doubt, use a pillow as a modelgarter strapsbe carefully taking off the gartersslightly damagedlace up ties in back

Please be careful when removing the straps, as the hooks easily get caught in the embroidery trim. Now that particular thread is pulled out of shape beyond repair. But, at least it’s down at the bottom and not that noticeable.

As for sizing, I got a 32 because that’s my bra band size. I’m somewhere between a B and C cup (depending on the bra), and I don’t quite have enough to fill the allowed space in this corset. There aren’t any defined cups or underwires, just extra fabric cut to accommodate a heaving bosom, or something. Which I don’t have, so my boobs aren’t spilling over the top when I wear this.

matching thongNot that I expected to look like the model or anything, and the corset is a flattering shape since the boning helps hold you in. The corset length was fine for my torso, and for once the matching thong actually fits me. It’s just too bad the crotch on this thong is a bit wider than usual, especially with this fabric. I hate having a thick wad of material up my butt crack.

Honestly, a garment is only truly reversible if you can actually wear it comfortably inside-out, and while I’m happy to suffer the corset’s lace against my body for a few hours, I doubt I’ll be snipping off the tag and wearing the thong solid-side out.

G-spot curved glass dildo with ribbed shaft.I’ve had a Bent Graduate in my possession for a while now. I bought it ages ago with EdenFantasys points, most likely while they had it on sale or there was a contributor coupon on the go. It was actually the second glass toy I acquired after the Cyclone Wand, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

At the time, I had yet to find my G-spot, and the reviews raved on about this toy and how it was such a fantastic G-spotter. But before I could even unpack it, other glass toys showed up that had to be reviewed first, so for months my poor Bent Graduate sat stashed away in my sex toy box, still bundled up in its original packaging, which is simply an oversized plastic clamshell tube, but at least it was cushioned by its padded storage pouch.

Bent Graduate PackagingBy the time I finally got around to testing my Bent Graduate, I’d already reviewed a few glass G-spot sex toys, including my beloved Icicles No. 21, so I knew I liked a curved shaft and bulbous tip, but Bent Graduate differs from the others in that it is double ended, has a more drastic bend, and is more modestly sized.

This would make an ideal first glass G-spot toy, because you get two very different types of stimulation. There’s the smooth, curved end with its teardrop shaped tip for targeting the G-spot, and the curve allows you to easily apply pressure. Alternatively, there’s the straight end, with three bulbous ridges for some cool texture that feel so good when they’re slowly sliding in and out.

Length-wise, it’s a just under 7 inches, and with a diameter of only 1 1/4 inches, the girth is a non-intimidating 4 inches. As is the case with all glass toys, this one is great for temperature play and compatible with all types of lube, and easy to care for. Just pay attention to the groves in between those ridges when cleaning. Residue loves to get caught in there.

Bent Graduate measurementsBent Graduate Tips

The curved end is very effective at stimulating the G-spot with pressure, by gentle prodding and using a rocking motion. But I must say that while the G-spot shape is what initially appealed to me, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like the straight end. Which I prefer on any given day depends on my mood. There are times when I start out with one, then move on to the other, and sometimes might even switch back again. At other times I stick with the same end, and on the rare days when I need a bit more size, the Bent Graduate is a great one to warm-up with before moving on to bigger toys.

Wow. It’s December already. It feels like 2011 has passed by insanely quickly, and for me it’s no different to any other year in that I haven’t even started my holiday shopping yet. Pathetic, I know, but I’m terrible at making decisions and I’m a major procrastinator. Speaking of shopping, though…

I happen to have a $25 gift card to Babeland at my disposal. As much as I would love to put it towards a new sex toy or some more of that fantastic Sweet Beauty Chocolate Body Cream, since it’s the season of giving and all, I’d rather pass that gift card on to one of you. This way, you can use it to get something you really want that maybe nobody else would buy for you. Entering is easy, thanks to the handy Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

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Rachel Rabbit is Rarin' to Go Erotica Book ReviewEarlier this month I received an email from Jillian Black, the author of Rachel Rabbit is Rarin’ to Go! This is a fun book about the sexual adventures of a woman named Felicia and her rabbit vibrator named Rachel. The sex scenes aren’t the hottest I’ve read, but I love the lighthearted tone, complete with a little comedy and some clever puns.

The book opens with Rachel being shipped from the sex toy warehouse out to Felicia, who manages to establish a telepathic connection with her new vibe, enabling them to communicate and understand each other. This ability of theirs allows for some funny moments and reminds me of that Steve Martin movie The Man With Two Brains. Perhaps that’s why I found this book to be more amusing than arousing. Still, there are some good sex scenes, as each chapter describes a different encounter.

Felicia herself is a very successful and ambitious business women, who is also extremely attractive, so she doesn’t suffer from a lack of sexual opportunities. Nor is she afraid of her sexuality, and she’s free to openly enjoy it. I love this! It tears through the whole notion that only desperate women who can’t get a man resort to using vibrators.

Felicia grows very fond of Rachel and ends up taking the sex toy with her everywhere. As the book title suggests, the rabbit vibe is always eager and willing to join in on whatever activity Felicia gets up to, with the exception of one rather daunting partner. Since Rachel is used while Felicia is having sex with other people, the stories show how vibes are there to enhance partner sex, not replace it.

Right from the beginning, the descriptions of Rachel made me try and guess which model rabbit vibe she was supposed to be, as she sounded a lot like Jopen’s Vanity Vr10. At the very end of the book, we find out that Rachel is in fact a Vanity vibe, and there’s a handy coupon code to save some money if you want to order one for yourself.

PicoBong Kiki vibrator sex toyBabeland sent me a PicoBong Kiki to review. For anyone not yet familiar with these new sex toys, PicoBong is a recently launched division of LELO. Only this product line is marketed to a younger crowd (not that us old folks can’t enjoy them too), with more budget-friendly pricing, simpler packaging, and fun designs in cool colors. I really like that LELO has developed this new product line, because not everyone can afford their luxury pleasure objects.

There are six different designs to choose from, and the Kiki reminds me of a scaled-down Starlet or LELO Gigi because the tip shape is very similar on all three vibes. Also, the silicone covering has that same lovely velvet feel to the surface. Kiki has a slight curve to it. I suppose it’s somewhere in between the straight Starlet and Gigi’s more pronounced bend, but Kiki’s shaft isn’t really long enough to have too much curve. And anyways, this is meant to be a clit toy.

The packaging is more in line with what you would expect for sex toys of this price range. It’s a simple windowed box with Kiki and the PicoBong die (more on that later) attached to a card inside.

Behind the card is where the user’s manual and warranty information is stashed. Sadly, there’s no storage pouch, but Kiki fits nicely in a snack sized ziploc bag, and luckily the packaging is totally recyclable.

Unlike the rechargeable LELO vibes, PicoBongs are battery powered. Kiki takes just a single AAA battery, and unfortunately, the vibrations are disappointing. Perhaps I had unfair expectations, but I assumed these new toys would be comparable in vibration strength to those found in LELO vibes, but Kiki isn’t nearly as powerful as my Siri.

The controls are nice and simple, though. My other LELO vibes have multiple buttons, and I often press the wrong one, resulting in a new pattern when I just wanted to up the speed. With just a + and – button, that’s much less likely to happen. Also, the buttons are integrated (is that the right word?) into the embossed logo on Kiki’s side. Subtle and sleek, I like it.

Just press and hold the + a couple of seconds to turn the power on, and keep pushing it to up the intensity. Press the – button to back off the power, and hold the – to turn the motor off. At the fastest speed of constant vibration, hold the + button for a couple of seconds, and that will take you into the vibration patterns, of which there are many. Push the + button to cycle through them, or press the – button to go back to continuous vibration. Kiki has a total of 12 settings.

  1. Constant vibration mode.
  2. Similar to a busy signal pulse, only longer and slower, with some faint rumblings in between, so it feels almost like a weak constant vibration with a pulse going through it.
  3. A faster and shorter version of the pattern described above.
  4. Shorter, faster pulses.
  5. Very fast short, sharp pulses.
  6. Slow escalating pulse, meaning that it ramps up, pauses, and then ramps up again.
  7. A shorter escalating pulse.
  8. Slow rollercoaster, meaning that the vibration intensity slowly increases and then decreases in a continuous cycle.
  9. A shorter, slightly faster rollercoaster.
  10. Mild escalating pulse followed by two medium pulses.
  11. Escalating pulse then four short pulses.
  12. Random Crazy WTF?! If this vibe made a different kind of noise–or just more noise as it’s so quiet, then I think this setting would sound like music. The pulses vary in length and intensity, but I can’t distinguish a real pattern.

Kiki’s motor is very quiet, which is fantastic and one of the things I love about it, but I’d tolerate a little more noise if it meant more power. Another thing Kiki has going for it is the shape. I really like the flat oval head. It’s effective for clitoral stimulation, and even with Kiki’s discreet size being a limitation, it feels good when the tip is inserted vaginally (no flared base though, so it’s not safe for anal). Also, the top of the tip can be used for more pinpoint stimulation. And because it’s nice and small, Kiki is a handy clit vibe to use in conjunction with insertable toys, as long as you don’t need much power.

Kiki is an adorable little vibe, and I think it’s definitely geared more for the PicoBong target market of young, hip people who are most likely new to the world of sex toys. I say this because there’s definitely a fun and playful approach to the marketing, and weak vibes like Kiki are more for teasing, exploration, and foreplay. But dotards like me need more powerful vibrations, with less surface buzz, to get off.

Oh, yeah. I was going to tell you about the die that came with Kiki. The instruction manual tells you to visit PicoBong.com to learn more. Which I did. Thinking that the die must be for some kind of unique game, I was looking for a list of rules, a printable game board, or something. But all I found was an online game you can play, and the die is a featured element in the game. As far as I can tell, that’s it.

I didn’t include the patterns in the video because the sound didn’t come through and you wouldn’t have been able to hear them anyway.

Rechargeable vibrator with 5 functions and 7 speedsI’m finally going to review the LELO Gigi. I’ve coveted this vibe ever since it hit the market, and I finally picked one up on sale somewhere months ago. But, I had pending reviews for products that I didn’t pay for to finish first, so I only just recently got around to testing this lovely little vibe.

Gigi is a highly effective G-spot sex toy. The head is very similar to a Starlet Toyfriend, only smaller, and the shaft is thinner with more of a curve. I love my Starlet, but I often thought it would be even better with a curved shaft, and Gigi allowed me to test this theory. Turns out, I was right.

The packaging is what you’d expect from LELO. There’s a thin purple box with a photo of the vibe on the back, and inside is the black LELO box with a lift-off lid and Gigi in a molded plastic tray. The charger cable, storage pouch, and owner’s manual are all underneath.

 

I must admit, I was surprised by how small Gigi is. I think I was expecting something closer to the size of a LELO Iris. However, as we all know, size isn’t everything. While Gigi isn’t going to necessarily give you a full sensation, the curve and shape of the head makes it great for targeting the G-spot.

   

The insertable portion of Gigi is silicone, and unlike my Iris which had a lot of skin drag and picked up dust and lint like there was no tomorrow, Gigi’s silicone has that lovely velvety surface that seems soft even though the shaft underneath is firm with no give. And the silicone is totally and completely seamless, which is proof it CAN be done. The handle is plastic, with a squishy silicone protective plug attached that keeps the charger hole covered.

The vibrations are controlled by buttons on a click wheel, which is similar to what I had on my Iris, only these buttons are much easier to operate. Simply press and hold the + button to turn the motor on and increase the vibration intensity. Push the – button to decrease the speed, or hold it to turn the power off.

Pressing the up arrow button at the top of the control pad takes you to the next vibration pattern, and pressing the down arrow at the bottom returns you to the previous setting. One thing I love about LELO vibes is that they have the option to increase the intensity of not just the constant vibration, but also the pulses and patterns. Here’s a quick rundown of the different vibration settings:

  • constant vibration
  • busy signal
  • short sharp
  • fast short sharp
  • escalating/revving pulse

Gigi’s motor is very quiet and powerful, with nice rumbly vibrations. Like other LELO products, this one is rechargeable (but not waterproof) and has a travel lock feature. While Gigi is charging, the light around the control wheel lights flashes. When it’s fully charged, around two hours later, the light stays lit. I can usually get a few uses out of one charge.

The light also comes on when you push the control pad, and when the battery starts to get low, the light will be red. I think this is super helpful, because nothing sucks more than not realizing your vibe is low on juice, only to have it run out during use.

Even though it’s firm, which means it’s great for applying pressure to the G-spot, I still enjoy thrusting action with Gigi because it’s not huge and heavy. While not specifically a clitoral vibe, there’s nothing to keep you from using it as such.

In fact, I would personally reach for Gigi over PicoBong’s Kiki even just for clitoral stimulation. The shapes are similar, and while Gigi is bigger, it’s not large enough to make using it during intercourse impossible, especially in rear-entry positions. Plus, it’s way more powerful. Gigi lived up to my expectations and was worth waiting for. Now, if only it was waterproof and had just a tad more girth, it would be perfect.