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Actors: Tristan Taormino, Mr. Marcus, Mika Tan, Kurt Lockwood, Marie Luv, Dana Dearmond, Jack Lawrence, and Taryn Thomas
DVD Menu Feature Disc:
~ Easy to navigate
~ Includes Feature film, Scene Selection, and Positions Room
Positions Room: Consists of videos having to do with: “Pussy Eating”, “Blow Job”, “Missionary”, “Doggie”, and “Cumshot”. I kind of felt like this was nothing special, it was pretty much just compilations of scenes including those specific things from the feature film. In these videos you are watching the same thing you see when you watch the feature movie, it’s nothing new. The only pro is that it makes it easier if you want to just watch those specific kinds of scenes because you can go straight to it instead of treading through the extra fluff in the video.
Feature film: Chemistry focuses on the seven adult film stars listed above. These stars were chosen to stay in a house together for 36 hours and have to be taped by camera people the whole time they are there. There aren’t any scripts given to them or any schedules. They get to choose the “who, what, where, and when” for all of their sex scenes basically. There is also a “confessional” that they go into tell the viewer the “why” of what they chose to do. Tristan Taormino directed the video, she decided she wanted to do a video to give the viewer a more authentic “no holds barred” kind of video. This is also the first volume in the Chemistry video series.
The video starts off with all 7 of the stars sitting in the living room of the house with Tristan Taormino. Tristan Taormino is interviewing them, asking questions like “What do you think people most misunderstand about porn stars?”. The scene seems to be there to help the viewer get to know the actors in the film better. It also shows the viewer that they aren’t just porn stars, they are real people. One thing that I kind of felt detracted from the scene though was that the women were all sitting around with their breasts hanging out and that seemed to put a fine line between the real person/porn star aspect. It took a little bit of authenticity away for me because I felt that in a way they were still stating that they were porn stars and that they were just there because they were getting paid to do it.
One feature of the video that pops up during the sex scenes in the “perv cam”. The “perv cam” is operated by one of the 7 porn stars and they are filming parts of the scene along with the professional camera person. In some instances it was okay, but in most scenes I found it to be very distracting as it pulls you out of the fantasy into reality in a way.
The sex scenes in the movie were definitely unique (as the actors were allowed to joke and talk to each other unlike in most porn) but I felt that some lacked a bit of chemistry compared to the other scenes in the movie. It almost seemed as if they were overacting (fake orgasms) or being a bit awkward which also took a bit of the authenticity away from the video. Alot of the positions that the actors assumed were those you would see in a typical porn movie. Though they are porn stars – so that probably was due to it being out of habit or something like that. I do like that there is variety throughout the video – a threesome scene with Mika Tan, Taryn Thomas and Jack Lawrence – that eventually evolved into a Taryn Thomas being double penetrated by Mika Tan and Jack Lawrence. There is also pegging in the video – Mika Tan pegs Kurt Lockwood with a strap on. Pegging was not something I expected to see in the video – but was glad it was there because it added something unique and not often seen in “straight” porn. There were also a couple “foursome” scenes, one filmed on the “Perv Cam”, the other filmed as a regular scene. Another disappointment to be was that there wasn’t a lesbian scene at all through the movie – though I admit I am extremely picky about lesbian scenes because I hate it when it seems like a couple of women faking being lesbians – with no chemistry. It would have been nice to see it included to see that it was catering to everyone. A plus is, that safe sex is shown as well – some use of condoms; use of lubricants during toy use and anal sex.
I really feel that the idea behind this film was great, because it was completely unscripted. The women got to do what they wanted, when they wanted which pleases the feminist in me because it strayed away from the air of male dominance that is in some porn. I wasn’t really into all of the scenes, but the scenes I liked – I really loved. The only thing is, if you watch porn to be in your own little fantasyland, than the Perv Cam and the interview scenes thrown in can be a bit jarring to reality. You go from watching sex, to suddenly thinking “Oh wait, this really is just a movie with porn stars – not authentic sex.”
All in all, I would give this video 4 stars, despite the cons – it really is a well made film and I will always love Tristan Toarmino as a sex educator:
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DVD by Vivid
Cast: Taryn Thomas, Dana De Armond, Marie Luv, Jack Lawrence
Director: Tristan Taormino
|This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.|
I was sent the TOR II cock ring a while back to try out, I managed to get a chance to write a review over it as well. I chose to try out the TOR II because I had always wanted to try out a LELO brand cock ring. I have never gotten to try out the original TOR cock ring though, so unfortunately I can not compare the two. First off, I will say that getting things from LELO definitely feels like you are getting a luxury toy. The packaging is great, every LELO toy comes in a hard cardboard box. Though I do not keep my toys in the packaging, I always reuse the boxes to organize other things in my house – like office supplies or my sewing drawers. The packaging is black and completely discreet, it does say “LELO” on the top – but unless someone looks at it and knows what LELO is, they won’t know where the box came from. The TOR II comes with an extensive instruction manual in multiple languages.
The instruction manual is very helpful and the directions are easy to understand. It comes with a charger, because the TOR II is rechargeable. I love rechargeable toys because I hate creating battery waste. I have heard complaints about rechargeable batteries, about how they seem to lose power over time. I have not once noticed that with any of my rechargeable toys. It came with a LELO brand water based lubricant, my partner and I have not yet tried the lubricant. We already have a go to type of lubricant – so I usually keep the small packages I get as back up just in case we run out. Definitely be sure to stick to water based lubricants when using the TOR II. The TOR II is made of silicone, and if you use it with a silicone lubricant, you can risk damaging your toy. So be careful! The last thing that the TOR II comes packaged with is a silky storage bag, I do use the storage bag – it works great and keeps the toy safe and clean.
The first time my partner attempted to put the cock ring on, it failed. The cock ring is not very stretchy (at least to me, I felt like I had to tug hard on it to get it to stretch), so it makes it very hard to put on. We didn’t use any lubricant the first time which made it very hard to put on. The next time we tried, we made sure to use lubricant and that made it a bit easier to put on. As a cock ring, it is supposed to have a bit of a firm fit but it’s also not supposed to be uncomfortable or painful either. So be sure to remove it immediately if anything seems wrong. My partner did not really complain about it being too tight, just that it was a little bit of a pain to put on. We were more used to using rings that you either tied on or that had a lot more stretch to it. So this one was new to both of us.
As far as for me, it took a little bit to get used to. I enjoy having toys to play with during intercourse, but I usually go for little bullets that I can hold against myself. The Tor II has a square top, where the motor is located and that makes it harder than the rest of the ring. So it took a bit to get used to it rubbing up against me. I didn’t find it irritating at all, but I can be pretty darn sensitive at times so having it tap against me did feel a tad bit uncomfortable at times depending on what position that we were in.
I have used the toy a few times by myself as a vibrator. I am surprised by how powerful the motor is for a cock ring. It has 6 power settings and 6 different vibration patterns. I am guilty of being a traditionalist and usually sticking to the steady vibration setting on most of my toys. The patterns are fun during couple play or for a tease, but they aren’t good enough to get me there. So I usually use the steady vibrations if I am in need of release and don’t have time to play around.
I found the toy to be pretty quiet, a bit buzzy but I didn’t have any fear of my roommate hearing it through my bedroom door or anything. The battery life seems to last a very long time as well, I never left it on to test but I could use it and a few days later use it again and it still seem just as powerful. It is also very easy to clean, being silicone it is not porous. So I usually just clean mine with warm water and mild soap and then let it air dry.
All in all, I enjoyed the TOR II – not a toy I see my partner and I using often because unfortunately we don’t have time for long drawn out sessions often. Though it is still a toy that is fun to use here and there. The only other downside to it, is the toy is very pricey. I feel that it is worth the cost, but it isn’t something I could just buy myself any time. On a side note, I love the colors that the TOR II is available in, a gorgeous dark green, black, and a deep purple.
If you are interested in trying out your own TOR or other great LELO products, check out the website at: LELO.com
I was chosen by Swan to try their recent line of sex toys called “Leaf”. I wasn’t able to receive my top choice but in a way, I am glad that I didn’t. I’m extremely thrilled with the product that I did receive. The name of the model I received is titled “Touch”. The “Touch” is made up of a velvety feeling silicone. The silicone is said to be completely “seamless”, but I feel that a seam is visible upon inspection. Even though the seam can be seen, it can not be felt – so don’t worry about it changing the feel up or anything. The shape of the “Touch” reminds me a bit of a long pointed fruit wedge. “Touch” is waterproof, I tested out the waterproof capabilities by taking the vibrator in the shower with me. The vibrator worked well in the shower and continued to function well afterwards. The “Touch” is rechargeable, making it a nice, fun, and eco-friendly toy because you are not having to throw out tons of batteries if you use it a lot. The place that you plug the charger into is on the flat side of the toy. The hole is visible, so you may want to be careful when it comes to submerging the toy underwater so that you don’t mess up the charging port. I have read other reviews though, and they stated that they had no problem when it came to submerging the toy. I myself, would rather be safe than sorry so I am not planning on submerging mine.
The touch is about 5 inches long, at the widest point, it is about 1 inch wide. The smallest point at the end of the wedge is about a quarter of an inch. The smallest point allows for great pinpoint stimulation. The “Touch” is turned on by a simple raised button on one side of the toy, you push it once for to turn it on and twice to shut it off. If you want to raise the strength of the vibrations you continue to hold the button until you get it to the strength you want. For me, I felt like I was revving up a motorcycle while I raised the strength. It started off as a slow steady rumble and then took off as I raised the strength. If you are planning to travel with the toy, you can lock it by pushing the button three times, and to unlock it you will do the same.
The “Touch” is made for external stimulation only, so you do not want to insert it into any part of your body. Though it can be used to stimulate your breasts, vulva, and around the anal region. I used mine mostly on my breasts, the smallest point feels great around and on the nipples. I also used it on and around my vulva, the pinpoint is great for focusing on the clitoris. You can also gently move it up and down to simulate oral sex. It also feels great to use the triangular side of the wedge to stimulate the vulva. I also used it to stimulate my partner by running the tip around his testicles. He seemed to love it when I stuck it down his underwear and wedged i next to his penis. He was interested in using the vibrator himself because he enjoyed how great it felt. It can be used during sex, I have used it to help stimulate myself depending on what position my partner and I are in.
The vibrations are a bit buzzy, similar to those of a cellular phone. On the highest setting, I feel like it tickles my hands and kind of numbs them. The vibrations seem to begin on the wider end of the touch and travel down to the smaller pinpoint tip. Due to this, the vibrations in the pinpoint tip may feel a bit weaker, though for me it is not weak enough to notice a huge difference. The vibrations aren’t loud, but I feel that they can be heard through sheets on the highest setting. It is not loud enough to be heard through walls or closed doors. So no worries about your family or room mates hearing.
The touch does seem to weaken a bit when the battery is running out of charge, but to charge it didn’t seem to take a long time. I had mine on the charger for an hour and it still was up to maximum strength. One thing I like a lot about the “Touch” is that if you don’t use it for a week there still seems to be a lot of charge left in the battery. It drives me crazy that with certain toys, if they aren’t used often the charge is drained and I will have to charge it before I can use it.
I clean my “Touch” with mild soap and warm water, the silicone material is non-porous so you will not have to worry about it soaking up bacteria. As far as lubes go, stay away from silicone based lubricants or else you could completely ruin the vibrator. One issue I have with silicone toys is that they tend to collect lint or pet hair. So you may want to rinse it off before use. The “Touch” does come with it’s own storage pouch, so that seems to help keep all of the lint and hair off of it for me.
All in all, I am thrilled with the “Touch” – it is definitely one of my go to vibrators. I keep it in my small toy box under my bed so it is there when I need a quick solo play or if my partner and I are in the mood to incorporate toys into our play. I haven’t had any issues with it, it’s easy to use and gives me the stimulation I need.
If you would like to learn more about the Leaf vibrators or purchase one of your own, here is the manufacturer’s webpage: Leaf by Swan
Shivers is the cutest vibrator that I have ever seen, that is why I felt that I needed him for my collection. He is the perfect little polar bear for this Winter season, and I am so thankful to Good Vibrations for allowing me to review it. Shivers is made of White ABS plastic and metal if you count the pieces in the battery compartment. The entire vibrator is about 5 3/4 inches long, and about 1 inch in diameter. The toy runs on one AA battery and is waterproof so you can take Shivers into the shower with you as well. Shivers comes with 4 interchangeable caps you can put on the end of the toy for different stimulation textures. One of the caps is completely smooth, another has a dull spiky texture, another has raised numbs similar to that of a lego, and the last has a bunch of raised dots like braille all over it.
Shivers works well as an external vibrator or a body massager. I wouldn’t use this toy for internal stimulation because it has separate little caps that you can change on the end of the vibrator. I wouldn’t want a cap to come off somehow inside of me. The vibrator works great for nipple stimulation – I liked feeling all of the textures against my nipples. I admit I felt a little bad for putting such a cute vibrator on my nether regions – but it definitely felt good. I wouldn’t use any of the rough tips on anyone’s genital regions because they are a bit uncomfortable. So, unless they like having more of a rough stimulation – they will probably be used just for other parts of the body. I actually loved using Shivers as a body massager more than anything. It felt great putting the Shivers side of the vibrator on my neck or shoulders or having my partner use it on my back.
I feel that Shivers is mostly a novelty toy, so it’s great for collectors or someone looking for their “first” sex toy. The main reason I wanted Shivers was because he is just so darn cute and I love polar bears. It was completely because I wanted to have him for my collection, not because I was looking for some super vibrator to end the use of all other vibrators. For me, it worked great as a warm up vibrator for me and as a fun warm up toy when my partner and I play together but that is it. It really wasn’t strong enough to get me off or anything. It also makes a great gag gift or something to give to some one for their Bachelorette party.
For such a cute novelty toy, I actually feel that the toy is made very well. The plastic is smooth and looks hard and thick. So it doesn’t look as if it it would break or fall apart real easily. The textures do add extra stimulation, to me the spiky and braille like textures tickled quite a bit in a good way – especially on my nipples. Like I mentioned earlier, I feel like Shivers would be a great “first” sex toy for someone. It’s a pocket rocket style vibrator, so it is easy to put together and use. You can experiment with use by stimulating yourself with the tip or using the body part of toy. It’s also waterproof, so you can also take it into the shower with you for experimentation as well. I feel that it’s great for someone looking to experiment with and see what they enjoy. The toy is definitely a bit more discreet, but I feel the end of the toy kind of gives it away – but only if the person that sees it knows what they are looking at. The toy isn’t huge, so you could easily pack it into your suitcase for travel. I could see myself taking this cute little toy with me when I travel.
To insert the battery into the toy, you must twist the bottom to “open” and then pull it off. You insert the battery and you fit the bottom back onto the toy and twist it to “off” to tighten the end back on. To turn the vibrator on, you just twist the vibrator to “on” and it turns on, twist it to “off” to turn it back off. For me, the controls are straight forward and every easy to use. Though I admit, if you are using the toy along with an internal toy (such as a dildo) and you have lube on your hands – it is hard to twist the toy on or off. I felt that it was a loud toy though, when I used it – I was a little worried that my room mate could hear it through the door of my bedroom. I did not submerge Shivers in water but I did take him in the shower with me to test it. It fared very well and I didn’t notice any issues after I took it out and dried it off.
The toy is easy to clean, I usually use mild soap and warm water to clean my plastic toys. Though be very careful not to get water into the battery compartment while cleaning. I store my Shivers in a lockable toy chest with my other toys, but you could store it in the packaging if needed. Though the packaging is thin plastic, so I would be careful not to pile stuff on top of it.
All in all, I’m happy with this toy – it may not be one of my “go to” toys but it’s fun to use when getting or giving massages or as a warm up vibrator for sex. I am happy to have it in my collection. I also love the thought and design put into the Bzzz Buddies line of toys. If you look at the back of the box, there are actually images of other Bzzz Buddies toys you can buy. One of them looks like Squirtle from the PokeMon series, it’s so cute. They even put a little story about Shivers on the back of the box as well, about how he gets cold and makes friends with Chilly the Penguin.
If you would like to get your own Shivers, check out Good Vibrations and get one before they all run out! Be sure to check out their great selection of sex toys while you are there as well!