Hedo Vibes Review Round-up #3

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Contests

Beck’s Blog Anniversary Giveaway -by BeckAndHerKinks (ends 8/31)

Save Your Ass This August… Win Silicone SpunkLube -by CliticalJenne (ends 8/31)

Sultry Saturday Agreeable Agony Contest -by Sultry Saturday (ends 8/31)

Dildos

Crackers the Cockatrice from Bad Dragon -by Property Of Potter

Exotic Erotics Phoenix Dildo Review -by BeckAndHerKinks

InJoyUs Strapless Strap-On -by LoriandHubby

Fabulously Pink~ Love rider G-kiss probe By Cal Exotics -by Lovekink

Vibrators

Lelo Smart Wand (Medium/White) Review -by Gritty Woman

Stronic Drei (Petrol) Review -by Gritty Woman

Salsa by We Vibe -by ClitStop

Jopen Envy Two -by LoriandHubby

Fun Factory Pulsator Stronic Drei Powerful Thrusting Vibrator -by Cara Sutra

Anal Toys

Delight Throb Waterproof Silicone Anal Beads -by Cara Sutra

Rocks Off Butt Quiver Anal Plug Vibrator -by Cara Sutra

Rings & Strokers

8 Ball Rocks-Off Cock Ring -by LoriandHubby

MOJO Ion Strength Silicone Cock Ring – Black -by Cara Sutra

Lubes & Condoms

Wet Naturals Sensual Strawberry -by dizzygirl

Review: Pure Encounter Female Lubricant sachet (7.5ml) -by SubReiSkyeM

Fifty Shades of Grey Ready for Anything Aqua Water Based Sex Lubricant -by Cara Sutra

Lovehoney Enjoy Water-Based Sex Lubricant -by Cara Sutra

Impact Gear/Fetish

Fetish Fantasy Extreme Silicone Paddle -by Shadowed Seductress

Erotic Books

Clitical Book Review: Serving Him. Stories of Submission -by CliticalJenne

Cassie’s Call by Livilla Sanders -by Cara Sutra

Miscellaneous

Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit from Lovehoney -by Ellen Dominick

Bondage Boutique PVC Wrist & Ankle Cuffs Review -by BeckAndHerKinks

Fifty Shades of Grey Sensual Touch Massage Oil -by Cara Sutra

 

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The Week in Reviews: Week 3

Sex Toy Review: Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit from Lovehoney

Name Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit from Lovehoney
Price $59.99
Rating ★★★★☆
Summary
If you want a beginner's kit for bondage, this is just the thing. The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit easily gets your arms and legs wrapped in comfy restraint for some serious play.

General Stats

What is it? What's it for?
The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit is an under-the-bed bondage kit with class! It is meant to be set up underneath a mattress and used to restrain the arms, legs, or whatever else suits your fancy.

I don't know about you guys, but I've seen the cheap harness sets everywhere and had no interest in them. I kind of expected this kit to be more of the same, but it surprised me. It's packaged in a pretty elegant box, nicely arranged, has instructions, and is nicely made. What more could I ask for?

The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit includes the underbid harness, two wrist restraints, two ankle restraints, and a satin eye-mask.

Size
Arm Restraints: 9.25 inches (with velcro, 12.5 inches)
Leg Restraints: 11 inches (with velcro, 14.4 inches)
Bed Harness: At least a Queen sized bed, probably will fit a King size fine.

The size was great for me. I was totally comfortable in the cuffs. But since I'm a pretty small lady, I found myself wondering how well the cuffs would work for larger people. You can use the measurements above to see if it should wrap around you comfortably.

Materials Stain, polyester, and velcro.

I love the satin more than I thought. It seemed cheap and gimmicy, and then I put it on. Oh, these cuff are like wearing silky smooth pillows on your hands and legs! They are padded and plush, not itchy or scratchy.

I also worried that the satin would make the cuff slip, or the velcro wouldn't hold on strong enough for rough sessions. Wrong again! The cuffS didn't budge, and were totally secure at all times.

Oh, but one thing. That satin eye-mask? Satin is the worst material to make an eye mask out of. I got rid of it.

Packaging
The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit came in a Fifty Shades of Grey themed box. It has some quotes from the book and a picture of what's inside. But inside that box is an unmarked, sturdy grey box which should be okay for storage. It was actually decently sophisticated packaging.

Design
Superduper simple to operate. It looked really confusing, but you get the idea pretty quickly. The clasps and O-rings fit together well and are easy to operate one-handed, which is a must. Easy to take off if need be.

Oh, and yes, you can leave it under your mattress and no one will know! So yay for sneaky kinks.

Strength

This thing is way stronger than I expected it to be. I'm not saying you should start swinging around the bed, but I think it probably will be sturdy enough for most bondage sessions. It's also great that it doesn't connect to the bed frame, so you don't have to worry about breaking that. You know, if you're like me and you've had to worry about that before....

Actually Using It
So if you are wondering why I was ready to poo poo the kit, it's because I love traditional Japanese rope bondage. So I saw this kit and thought, I'm too hardcore for that! Well, I was converted.

Even though I love the feel of hemp fibers, and thought I would miss that, the plushness of these cuffs was wonderful. It was easy to set up, easy to use, easy to put away, and very sturdy.

My only downside is there is a much more limited range of things you can do with a bondage kit like this, than with rope. Rope can do anything you imagine. That's not really a critique of the set, but a personal preference.

The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit isn't going to replace my shibari sessions. But it is a nice alternative when I just want a quick bondage session and don't want to pull out the rope.

Final Ratings

Pros

  • Soft
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Not the cheapest

Who is it for?
Anyone who is into bondage. Especially someone who wants something quick, safe, and easy. I think this would be great for a beginner.

Overall
I am definitely going to be using this again. The Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit makes bondage easy, comfortable, and fun.

Where to get it

$59.99 at Lovehoney


Thank you to Lovehoney for providing the Fifty Shades of Grey Hard Limits Restraint Kit in exchange for an honest review!


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Sex Toy Reviews: Vibrating Lover's Crop by California Exotics

Name Vibrating Lover's Crop by California Exotics
Price $14.99
Rating ★★☆☆☆
Summary
You know how a lot of sex toys say "For Novelty Use Only?" Well I've never used a toy that fit that phrase so perfectly. This toy makes me think of something you'd play with at a bridal shower. It's cute and entertaining, but not meant for heavy use.

Super Cute Hearts! 

Not exactly luxe

General Stats

What is it? What's it for?
It's a vibrating crop. It could be used for spacing, smacking, and all those regular uses for a crop. The vibrating aspic is meant to give it a dual function as a vibrator, but more on that later.

Size 20.25 inches

Materials ABS handle and soft PVC heart.

Packaging
Class, this is not. It comes in a thin plastic packaging, with no storage bag, instructions, or anything else.

Design and Controls
It's cute! You have to admit that it is super cute. The Vibrating Lover's Crop has a bright pink and black color scheme that is perfect for anyone who is into Barbie style sex toys. The controls are simple enough that they need no instructions. The bigger button turns the crop on, and the smaller one turns it off. Simple. The big design flaw for me was in actual use. It's not very comfortable to hold, since there is not soft or ergonomic grip. I also noticed that the handle gradually works it way out of the base as you smack with it. Not to mention that it is definitely not meant for heavy play. I was constantly worried that I would break the crop and it would just split on me!

Cleaning, and Is It Waterproof?
If you did get this dirty, you should be able to clean it up with toy wipes. I wouldn't recommend washing any part of this, and it is not waterproof or splashproof at all. Remember that these are porous materials, so don't get anything on it that would require sanitization.

Power Source 1 AA battery

Volume
Pretty low. I wouldn't worry about anyone finding out about you secret vibrating crop sessions. It does give a nice satisfying smack when it hits skin and whistles nicely as you're about to swing.

Strength
Okay, this was my sticking point. Of course I don't expect something run on a single AA battery to be crazy powerful, but this was kind of ridiculous. The battery and motor are located in the handle of the crop, so that's where the vibrations originate. The problem is the vibrations never get all the way down to the tip of the cropI You don't feel it at all when in use. You could use it for sensation play, but even then the vibrations are pretty meager. You'd probably get stronger results from your electric toothbrush. On top of everything else, it starts to hurt your hand after a while because the stronger vibrations are in the handle. So it's not useful for extended play with the vibrating feature.

Actually Using It
Despite all my gripes, it's still a crop! Give me something hard and sturdy and I'm happy. The Vibrating Lover's Crop has decent stiffness and flexibility, so it does it's main job just fine as long as the handle stays in the base. But the vibrating feature is a bust, even though I was looking forward to this new twist on the standard toy.

Final Ratings

Pros

  • Cute
  • Inexpensive
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Weak Vibrations
  • Not for heavy or long play
  • Bad handle to tip connection

Who is it for?
This might be a nice to use if you think you might be into BDSM, but are kind of afraid of more extreme play. Think about it as a trainer crop.

Overall
A cute crop that could benefit from better design and stronger vibrations, but can still give you a good smacking.

Where to get it
$14.99 at NiteTimeToys

Thank you to NiteTimeToys for providing the Vibrating Lover's Crop in exchange for an honest review!


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Sex Toy Reviews: The Hitachi Magic Wand

Name Hitachi Magic Wand
Price $54.95
Rating ★★★★☆
Summary
I have been dreaming of the Hitachi Magic Wand. Seriously. To me, it was the stuff of legend. I even went looking for it in Japan, but couldn't find it.
So imagine how excited I was to get my very own? I was counting down the days until it arrived, and it's been in good use ever since.
Of course, I'm not the only one who has the hots for the Hitachi, so here are some links to explore:

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 Nice and Simple

Nice and Simple

 Lovin' that 80's vibe

Lovin' that 80's vibe

General Stats

What is it? What's it for?
Well, according to Hitachi, it's a back massager. Actually, it's pretty good at that. If you don't mind putting your sex toys on your back. But this isn't a back massager review. The Hitachi Magic Wand is a vibrator. Without adaptors, it can be used for external stimulation. Be imaginative! Think clit, taint, penis, all those good spots.

Size
12"; head: 2-1/2" diameter; cord is 6'1"

Materials
Soft vinyl head with hard plastic body.

Packaging
It comes in a totally nondescript box. There are pictures of innocent men and women massaging their aching backs. It actually looks like the type of thing you could get at a doctor's office. Not bad, but not great for storage. Nice if you are into retro stuff, though.

Design and Controls
Okay, this thing has never been updated. Ever. It's straight out of the 80's, so that might offend your design sensibilities if you are into nice looking things. On the plus side, if your family is not into these things, they would never know it's a sex toy.

Cleaning, and Is It Waterproof?
So, technically you should be able to clean this with your regular toy cleaner or soap and water. However, it's made out of bumpy vinyl, has lots of nooks and crannies, and gets connected to an electrical source every now and again. That freaks me out. I recommend putting a latex or nitrile glove on it. That way you don't have to worry about the cleanup. Oh yeah, totally not waterproof.

Power Source
Electricity. You've got to be plugged in, so your jollies can only happen so far away from the nearest outlet or extension cord.

Volume
Loud! People say that it only seems loud, but I don't trust 'em. I wouldn't use this if I was worried about being heard. It kind of sounds like you are doing woodworking when it is on.

Strength
There are two settings on the Hitachi, "High" and "Low." This is a lie. They should be "Insane" and "Jackhammer." I haven't even used it on the high setting!
Some people recommend putting some kind of barrier, like a cloth or Tenga Egg over it to make the sensations more bearable. Then you can work your way up to direct stimulation.

Actually Using It
Pure. Insanity. All the orgasms!
I honestly was kind of scared to use this. I'm pretty sensitive to clitoral stimulation, so just turning it on and hearing it was frightening. What if I broke my clit, you know? But I didn't have to worry. This thing gave me the most instantaneous, mind blowing, continuous wave of orgasms. No wonder it's called "The Cadillac of Vibrators!"
It can be a little too good if you like to slowly work up to your orgasms, but that's what other toys are for. If you are pressed for time and want something that will deliver, this is it.
On the other hand, it was nice to experiment. Move it a little bit up, down, pair it with fingers, and you have a whole different experience. My biggest problem with it in use was it's volume and that stupid short cord.

Final Ratings

Pros

  • Discrete
  • Strong and effective
  • Will probably last forever
  • Classic

Cons

  • I hate that cord
  • Heavy
  • HUGE!
  • Noisy

Who is it for?
Someone looking for deep, intense, external stimulation. Not for the faint of heart.

Overall
It might be a bit scary and retro designed, but the Hitachi Magic Wand may win you over with it's sheer power.

Where to get it?
The Pleasure Chest | Adam and Eve | Amazon | NiteTime Toys | LoveHoney