Nov 202014

L'amourose Mya BeadsThe L’Amourose Mya Beads certainly are pretty, I’ll give them that. While they look very faceted and gem-like on the L’amourose site, the faceted design in reality is under a smooth, clear plastic dome and can be hard to see. I imagine this is to make it easier to clean?  I received the Pro set for review, although I find the scarlet red of the Lite version to be more striking and gem-like.  There’s really not much difference between the Pro and Lite, which is odd. According to the site, both Pro and Lite weigh 76 grams for the duo beads. The single bead weighs 28 grams in the Lite version and 39 grams in the Pro version.

But do they work? And are they better than the contender to beat, Lelo Luna Beads Classic?

Unlike the Luna Beads, the L’Amourose Mya beads aren’t interchangeable within the holster. You’ll get a single bead and a double bead in each set, so there’s a lot less gradual change in weight training. The Mya beads work on the same principle as all of these kegel  beads which is passive – a weighted inner ball knocks against the plastic outer bead which pings the PC muscles which causes a teeny contraction which is like lifting a teeny weeny barbell, each pinged contraction equaling a rep. In order to really work as best as they possibly can, the weighted ball inside really needs to ping a fair amount. I’ve never found any kegel bead set that works better than the Luna Beads Classic (their smaller versions do not work as well in my experience) due to the amount of space the weighted inner bead has to move around. Because of the oval shape of the Mya Beads though the rattle of the inner weighted bead is erratic at best. It has less room to move and if it’s hitting the short sides then it’s barely a whisper. Because of this, I wasn’t really able to feel anything happening when I wore them. I would sometimes feel it if the inner balls were rattling along the longer end of the oval but the feeling of movement just wasn’t as consistent as with the Luna Beads Classic.

The Mya Beads are encased in a thin silicone holster that is permanent. On the up side, the silicone retrieval band is not stretchy! No accidental rubber-band snaps to the vulva, yay! On the down side, the fact that the silicone holster can’t be removed is making is difficult to get these totally clean. I’ve pretty much resorted to a toothbrush for getting in between the double-beat set.

L'amourose Mya Beads cleaning issues - despite being washed well, there's still evidence of dried fluids where the silicone holster meets the beads L'amourose Mya Beads Case

As for the physical size, the single is 32mm x 37mm, compared to Luna Classic which is 35mm around, and the useless-in-my-opinion Luna Mini is 29mm around. So the double set is nothing small, and those who found Luna Classic uncomfortable won’t like the Mya Beads.

I’m sad that I can’t give these my stamp of approval. I think they’re the best-looking kegel beads around and the L’amourose warranty is great – 18 months.  They do come with a hard plastic carrying case (Luna Beads only come with a fabric pouch) which is also classy. The price (MSRP seems to be $65, but Lovehoney lists them at a whopping $80) reflects the classy design, the case and the warranty and if the inner beads rattled to my satisfaction I would feel better about recommending them despite the lack of interchangeable weights. Overall though, I’m impressed with L’amourose as a brand and am enjoying the hell out of two of their vibrators, which I’ll be reviewing soon and will be available from SheVibe very soon.  So while I can’t really recommend the Mya Beads, I can tell you to wait right here, something good is about to happen.

Jun 062014


Pleasure Purse - A sex toy storage bagI’ll spill the beans early: The Pleasure Purse is the best sex toy storage option for travel that I’ve ever seen. I’ve reviewed various and sundry sex toy storage options in my time and have never really been impressed past first blush. My interest in the cutesy-kitsch of the Devine Playchest faded once the shitty quality came to light. Their earlier attempt at a travel bag also failed for me. For home use, the Toibocks was a let down for the price despite its unique nature.  Another travel option, the now-defunct For Your Nymphomation XL Toybox case was great at first, but again quality problems revealed themselves a few months down the line. Plus stuffing things into pouches became really annoying.

I kind of have a “thing” for specialized, pretty-lookin storage options beyond sex toys. So for those who scoff and say “just buy some affordable luggage or a duffel bag”……you’re not my people. I don’t understand you, you don’t understand me. That’s fine. For my people? Oh, listen up. You’re going to love this.

Things I Love

The Pleasure Purse is intended to be used primarily for travel, but there’s no reason you can’t use it for stationary storage in your closet, either. Pleasure Purse looks like a posh, overnight bag – supple, slightly shiny garment leather with an embroidered logo on one side. It’s large enough to work as an overnighter bag for those who don’t overpack, unless your overnight trip also involves a lot of gear for bondage. You’ll see first in the video what I was able to fit in for use as an overnight bag. At this point, the bag was very full – it was a little too heavy for me to comfortably carry through an airport, yet okay for a trip from car to hotel room. My husband felt the weight was easily managed for an airport-length trek by using the included shoulder strap. But to really test the quality of the Pleasure Purse, I piled it with about 12-14 pounds (or the equivalent weight of my overweight cat in her vet carrier) of sex toys and hung it up by the straps for a few weeks to see how the stitching would hold up. I’m happy to report that everything looks just fine. This bag is REALLY well-made. When used as sex toy storage at home, you can really pack a lot into the Pleasure Purse. It’s like a freaking clown car. The second half of the video shows what I fit in for the “closet sex toy storage” – I should note, at the full point it was too heavy for me to lift and I did slightly fear damaging the bag with that much weight. If it’s just sitting in your closet you could really cram a lot in there.

I love the overall design, and the number of pockets. I adore the look of it because it’s unisex from the exterior and absolutely would not raise any eyebrows. The size is just great. I come from a long line of professional over-packers, intent on having any item I might possibly perhaps need; the size of the Pleasure Purse is big enough that I can fit in my weird things but manageable enough size that I feel the desire to reign myself in and contain my packing to just this bag – and can, with ease. And I really have to mention quality, again. I could not find one single flaw on this bag, one place where they cut corners. The bottom of the bag is sturdy, and there are little feet so the leather isn’t touching dirty floor. The zippers glide along easily, and the zipper pulls wont’ break off anytime soon. The way the zipper pulls meet up so that they can be locked is also well done. It’s probably the highest quality sex toy storage bag on the market.

Deconstructing the Pleasure Purse

On the outside, there are 3 pockets. Two deep side pockets provide easy access for your cell, keys and other things you’d like to keep at hand. There is also a bottom, zippered compartment that isn’t as useful as I assumed. It’s really best for books or things that you would put into a pouch. Leah told me that they originally intended for this bottom, zippered compartment to also lock, but had problems finding a way to get 2 locks that worked with one key.  Once the bag is filled up with items, the only thing separating the main contents from the bottom compartment is the satin liner fabric. Small objects would be hard to remove but even more difficult to put back in unless there’s a solid layer of clothing at the bottom of the main compartment inside. I think that for this bottom compartment to really work, the zipper needs to extend to the sides and the bottom of the main compartment needs to have a solid bottom. This way the bag could be unzipped and opened up more fully if needed, and items could be stored in the bottom without the worry of rooting around under the mass of stuff inside the bag.

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On the inside, one side has a large, zippered pocket while the other side has 1 zippered mesh compartment and 1 elastic-banded mesh compartment. The mesh compartments are great for holding accessories, chargers, etc. The zippered pocket inside would be great for lingerie, undies, smaller sex toys like cock rings and bullet vibes or even a blindfold. I highly recommend that toiletries, lubes and massage oils be double-bagged in leak-proof plastic bags – if anything should leak, there is no waterproof lining to prevent the leather from staining. If the satin liner stains, you’ll only be able to very carefully handwash.

Things I Dislike

PPlockCurrently the Pleasure Purse is only available in the color option shown in these photos – black leather and a leopard print interior. I can’t say I like the leopard print interior, it feels like it’s trying too hard to be sexy. I prefer more subtle, sophisticated color pairings. I’d love to see a white/cream leather with an ocean blue lining, or a brown leather with a cream lining. I’d love to see the black leather paired with a silvery-gray lining or even just a different print like colored polka dots on black, or black on white paisley/abstract.

I’m also not a fan of the lock. I don’t love the heart motif but mostly I don’t like these little keys. They are too easily lost. I much prefer having a smaller combination lock or even one of these new “keycard” luggage locks (which was what I purchased for myself to use with this bag). So long as the lock could be all black, I don’t think it needs to have a design to it. Something low-key would be better.

Would I Recommend The Pleasure Purse?

No contest, yes I absolutely recommend it. The few things I dislike are a matter of style preference and are not deal-breakers to me. The Pleasure Purse is a bit of a spend, retailing for $120, but I feel it’s worth every penny for what it is. I also find it quite laughable that the Pleasure Purse only costs a few more dollars than the Devine Playchest, yet is infinitely more useful.  We often go visit family for the weekend, at least 5 times a year. We also plan to travel more on our own, taking short overnight trips here and there. I’ll absolutely being getting a lot of use out of the Pleasure Purse.  It is really very nice looking, comfortable to carry, extremely well-made, and very versatile.

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I was sent the Pleasure Purse in exchange for my very honest review.

Apr 242014

DevinePlaychestA little over four years ago I reviewed the Devine Playchest. Back then, they made it very clear everywhere you looked that this was a “limited edition” item (the item, NOT the color) and if you wanted one you should hurry up and get one.  At the EF forums, reviewers questioned just HOW “Limited Edition” this was, how many were made, and if the current “out of stock” status meant it was already gone for good. Like any slippery politician worth their salt, Devine reps were vaguebooking like champs.

*slow clap*

Brilliant marketing scheme, Devine. I fell for it, spending my points at EF to buy one. At first, I was mostly happy with the case, despite the flaws in quality and design with the lock. But within the year…. the problems began. And I stopped using it. It became a doorstop, a beast lurking in the closet, a shiny mocking lump.

In the beginning….

I originally bought the Devine Playchest not so much for toy storage, but as something neat for travel. Back then I was taking yearly trips into NYC/DC for sex bloggery events, and foresaw a need for something cute like this. But the Playchest is quite heavy all on it’s own–when you fill it up? Overwhelming. I tried filling it with sex toys to see how much it would hold, but then I literally could not lift the sucker. This was the main reason I stopped using it. I would toss toys in there because in 2010 we lived in a small-ish apartment and I didn’t have the room I do now for sex toys. But it stayed in the closet.

The Honeymoon Ended

The lock was always my biggest complaint – for such a pricey storage option, that lock was maddeningly cheap. One key bent not long after I bought it and the “lock” could be picked with a bobby pin and patience. And the spring-loaded locking latch soon stopped popping out enough after pushing it below the latching mechanism’s bar, meaning that the flap would pop up with some pressure (like during transport). After a little while, I also grew to hate the interior design. There were pockets inside the lid, but they were just mesh with elastic at the openings. Stuff would fall out. The inside was a box with a wibbly cardboard divider held in place by velcro. Stuff could only be piled haphazardly.  Another problem is with the fake patent leather.  It scuffed and tore easily, and this case never left the apartment, it wasn’t handled with anything but care. The light pink section of the lock flap and the handles started absorbing color from the black.

Then, a rep from Devine got a little condescending-bunny on me in the comments of my on-site review. Thanks for that, really. But hey, here we are — 4 years later, and not only are the cases still around but they keep coming out with new colors. Sure, the new colors look snazzy. All black; dark purple with black accents or blood red with black accents. And sadly, the cases seem good for the first few months and that’s when reviews get written.  I can’t go back and edit my reviews at EF, or I would. I’ll have to settle for updating it here.  Since it’s still readily available and still costs a bomb ($115 at Shevibe), I have got to tell you that it is not worth the investment. At all. Not unless you regularly drop $100+ on kitschy items for the sake of the looks and not the quality/function. Was it large? Yes. Was it sturdy in build? Sure. Was it relatively pretty (albeit in a certain overtly femme way)? Yes. That’s not enough to save it though, for me. For that kind of money, I’m going to be really picky.

Where Are They Now?

Currently living at Crista‘s house. Not as sex toy storage. I said “it’s pink and black and cute, but please take this puppy off my hands” and she said “awesome! The kids will love to play pirate!” and then she pirated it for herself. The end.

Feb 192014

BWE14Quite some years ago, before e-books, I got my first taste of what someone else’s really hot sex looked like through the erotica compilations available at my local Barnes & Noble. Best Women’s Erotica was one of the three short-story collections that I cut my teeth on. As with them all, some years are better than others. But make no mistake, it was always really good writing.

While the cover art of BWE’14 eludes me (and I did manage to find a few grammar errors that jumped out at me) I can absolutely say that these stories were superb. More than a few left me disappointed when they ended; I wanted to keep reading more of that tale. Excellent stories and character development, no doubt. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a BWE, but 2014 really seems to overall be aiming at a cisgendered hetero female audience. There are 2 stories where the women in question are lesbian, but at least one of them brings in a cismale to the party. I found myself wanting more lesbian erotica, but that’s just me. There was plenty of kink; nothing super extreme though (unless you count cake-sitting as an extreme thing–it’s absolutely not my thing, yet still that story was so well-written, I read it anyways and enjoyed it for what it was). Actually, this collection would be a great one to hand someone who cut their erotica teeth on that damnable 50 Shades stuff. Similar sort of scenarios but with way, way better writing.  Violet Blue curated the collection, and did a wonderful job choosing the best of the best. While there is a decent amount of varying degrees of D/s, it’s not all about submissive women. Violet Blue demands that the stories that make up this collection feature lots of really hot sex with great stories, and she delivers. You won’t find anything “artistically subtle” in these pages, the stories are meant to arouse and excite. 

From the back of the book:

The Most Daring Erotica of the Year

From sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of long-time lovers, Best Women’s Erotica 2014 delivers risky, romantic stories for your reading pleasure.

This year’s extraordinary collection is a glorious celebration of the finest and friskiest female erotic fiction today. In Valerie Alexander’s “Monsoon Season,” a gorgeous hunk begs to be groomed as a sub by his hard-to-get lover. A new couple with just the right toy discovers each other’s true desires after a few dates in the playful “Revealing” by Ruby Ryder. Laura Antoniou’s masterful “Blame Spartacus” explores how strong men will serve an even stronger woman, and beg for it. Artfully curated by Oprah’s porn pundit Violet Blue, these stories evoke the sensations of falling in lust and the electrifying thrills of sexual passion.

Cleis Press sent me BWE2014 to talk about here and also will be sending one to a lucky (US-only) winner, in paperback! Entry methods are pretty simple, for once. I know you’re accustomed to weird and complicated giveaways from me, but for this little book I thought I’d cut you all a break. The rules are pretty basic: If I can’t verify your entry, it will get deleted. If you don’t live in the US, you can’t win. I’ll put you in touch with my contact at Cleis Press, so no need to be handing over your personal info to me directly.

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Nov 222013

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The first four silicone paddles were innovative enough, just being made of silicone. But then, Tantus being Tantus, had to go and up the ante. They chose what I assume is their most popular design, the Thwack, and changed the handle. On the original paddles, the handle is similar to the paddle – flat, with edges, but usually a bit thicker than the paddle itself. With the Plunge, the handle now doubles as a teasing dildo.

And, it also just makes for an easier-to-grip handle.

In an effort to please the most people, the dildo handle on the Tantus Plunge Silicone Paddle isn’t fat and girthy. It’s a nice, moderate size that is perfect for many or a teasing warm-up for others. It’s safe to use both vaginally or anally (but never ass to vag, please) and is very easy to sanitize and keep clean. There is a hole in the bulbous head, which serves as a way for stores to hang and display (or you, too, if you like) and does make cleaning up the dildo portion a little more cumbersome. But regardless you can still toss it in boiling water or run it through a sanitize cycle in the dishwasher for a squeaky clean impact play item. Can you feel the hole in the dildo during use? Eh, it depends on how sensitive you are. I actually could slightly feel it if I really paid attention.  The dildo isn’t perfectly round, either, it comes to a bit of a ridge on the back end. This isn’t something I noticed during use of the dildo, though.

The bulbous head is angled and works great for g-spot or prostate play. The dildo handle is pretty firm, too. And the paddle? As I mentioned before, the silicone paddles pack a punch that I’ve never felt before in suede and leather paddles, or even hard materials like plastic and wood. Wham Bam was awfully sting-y, and Thwack/Plunge is too, but it also adds in the smack of a hairbrush or firm palm. I think that the Plunge is awesome as a paddle full stop, even if you never intend to use the dildo portion, just because it makes it easier to hold and therefore wield.

The Plunge is a tool that any paddling/spanking kinkster should have in their arsenal. It’s not for newbies, though. You’ve got to have a higher pain tolerance than me to bear this bite!


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(Hurry, it’s still November and right now the paddles, and everything else in the store, are 30% off! Use code THEDIRTY30 at checkout to see your discount!)


Tantus sent me the Plunge to check out in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tantus!

Nov 202013

The Vibrating Velvet Harness is the star of the Tantus August Sale!
FREE shipping (even International!) and a free harness? Don’t miss out….


For a long while now, Tantus has had their signature strap-on harness play kits designed to get you right into the swing of things. The “Bend Over” kits are more aimed at pegging, with the straight, untextured Silk dildos. You could also get the Flame kit or the Curve kit, but what if you already had a harness-compatible dildo that you and your partner were enjoying but just wanted to dip your toes into the waters of wearing a harness? Strap-on harnesses usually come in two varieties: The high-end creations that will fit beautifully and look amazing, but come with a high price tag that frightens away the newbies OR the cheap, low-end harnesses that are sometimes made entirely out of dodgy plastics or harsh, stiff-edge leather that chaffs.

vibrating_harness_group_featureFor an extremely affordable $35.99, however, you can grab a very versatile harness to see if this is your thing. The same harness that they offer in kits, the Vibrating Velvet, is now sold separately. It’s pretty basic – mostly comprised of webbing straps, it wears as a jock-strap-style with two leg loops of strapping that you’ll step in to and a velvet-like plush front pad. While this harness doesn’t aim to fit as large a size range as the Divine Diva, I find that it’s still pretty darn accommodating and will fit up to 60″ “hips” (or wherever you actually wear it).  I had room to spare when I wore it correctly (which would be so that the base of the dildo rests over your clitoris – if you’re overweight, this means you put it under the belly…not on your belly). Not just for those with a clitoris, this basic style can also be worn by those with a penis; if you situate it just a bit above the natural penis, it will allow you to add on for double penetration, or pinch hit.

The vibrating velvety plush front pad can easily be removed when you undo the snaps that hold the o-ring. I personally found that the plush pad was so soft that it didn’t stay in place for me as much as I’d like, so removal for me ended up being the way to go. Then again, the vibrating aspect of it isn’t going to work for me and the way I’m built. The vibrations occur with an included bullet and a pocket sewn into the back of the pad. You can also remove that bullet and put in your own – for more oomph, the We-Vibe Tango would fit beautifully. With vigorous thrusting and pressure at the right spot, you can push the bullet out of the pocket. A tiny round dot of velcro closure added in would fix this if you really like using the added vibrator.

This basic style can also easily accommodate the Realdo/Feeldo (when you remove the front pad), which I would have loved ages ago when I owned one of those. I never was able to gain kegels of steel enough to keep the Feeldo inside of me properly.

One aspect about this harness that I really love over the Divine Diva is the four straps securing the o-ring rather than just three. Four straps allows for a more secure hold, and can allow you to more easily use a dildo that has balls. It’s damn difficult to accommodate a dildo with balls in a 3-strap design, but can sometimes be done.

Adjustments are easy enough and once you get the hang of putting it on a few times, it’s pretty simple overall. The ladder-lock style plastic buckles make for easy cinching of the webbing straps to get a tighter fit, and lifting the ladder-lock buckles will get you out of the harness quickly, as well. For someone plus size, it’s overall comfortable enough, but it’s not the absolute best. Then again, to get that level you will have to be prepared to shell out a lot more for something like an Aslan leather harness. But that’s not why you’re buying a basic one, am I right? Everybody needs to start somewhere; you need to be sure that both you and your partner are into, and able to incorporate, strap-on harness play before you shell out the big bucks. Also? I’d hate to take the Aslan harness on vacation and risk having anything happen to it. The Vibrating Harness would also make a good travel harness.  It’s also fully washable, did I mention that?

Get the Vibrating Velvet Harness on its own to accompany your existing collection, or create your own kit!


I was provided this item by Tantus in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Tantus!