Sexhibition 2016 – Manchester’s Erotic Event of the Year

Event Write-Up

Sexhibition 2016 was the Erotic Event of the year, held in Manchester. This year’s event took place at the prestigious Victoria Warehouse venue, from the 19th to the 21st of August.

Shows, performances, music, workshops & classes, cocktails & cuisine and a unique shopping experience. It’s a feast for all the senses in the opulent surroundings of the North’s most prestigious event and exhibition spaces. Sexhibition brings together elements of sex, erotica, burlesque and fetish, and combines it with live music, DJ sets, burlesque, cabaret, and performance art in an inclusive and sex positive environment. The ultimate in decadence and debauchery, Sexhibition is a fully immersive experience not to be missed.

Made up of a number of distinct yet complementary events allowing you to pick and choose a selection of activities, Sexhibition allows you to truly define your own bespoke experience.

Sexhibition 2016

sexhibition 2016

I honestly can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since I was at Sexhibition 2016 in Manchester. I have no idea where the time has gone.  This was the second year of Sexhibition, the first year had been a fun experience with a few minor teething troubles, mostly venue issues. Rather than addressing the issues from the previous year, the Sexhibition team decided to change the venue. Slightly annoying that they didn’t announce this until quite late (which meant I’d already booked a non-refundable hotel near the original location). Slightly frustrating but I hoped it would be for the best. If the new venue was better than event city, then it would be worth the travel time.

The Weekend

I arrived on the Friday, and went straight to check into my hotel and get my glad-rags on. I was attending the dinner and awards show, and due to the distance of my hotel I wouldn’t have time to go back and change, so I decided to spend the afternoon in my nice dress. After some slight issues with taxis, I arrived at the Victoria Warehouse. I stopped to collect my lanyard and Press Pass, and wandered off to find the entrance. I say wandered because it wasn’t obvious where I needed to be. They could have done with a few more signs to direct people. Not to mention a few more signs in general so people knew they were in the right place, from the outside it was hard to tell we were arriving at Sexhibition 2016.

I found my way inside, and headed to the bar, only to find they were operating a cashless system so I had to go back outside (in the rain) to buy some tokens. Drinks were expensive, more like London prices than Manchester, I was paying 2.5 tokens (£5) for a lager (bottle or pint). Needless to say I did not drink much at the venue.  I understand that one of the big problems the previous year had been people having to queue at the bar for up to an hour but that’s because that venue only had one or two bars, the new venue had four, six if you count the two in the hotel section. The tokens were not needed, and just made things more difficult.

Armed with my drink I went exploring. I meandered around the main floor, and headed upstairs. I wanted to say hi to a few companies I knew were attending but I got completely confused because I couldn’t find them. In the end I went back to the entrance and was given an A4 program (would it really have been so difficult to make it A5 so it fit in people’s bags or pockets more easily?) which contained vendor listings and a map. Looking at this map I realised I had missed out a big section because there was no signposting, or indication that there was anything in that section (apart from the toilets), even a big arrow painted on the floor would have caused me to walk in that direction.  Luckily I found everyone I wanted to speak to, and managed to chat more than once over the weekend.

The first show I saw was Alix Fox‘s Tip-A-De-DooDah, this was the introductory show held on the main stage on Friday evening.  This was a great and fun interactive information session. People joining in were having lots of fun, and really enjoying taking part. It was held on the main stage and seemed to get good foot traffic from people wandering the stands and deciding to stop to watch. After the show I had another good look around, making sure to check all the nooks and crannies to be certain I hadn’t missed any stands.

After this I headed over to the hotel so I could check out the dinner and awards show. I was supposed to have tickets for the dinner but due to a few security mix ups I ended up missing the dinner. After that I stayed for a short while, chatting to friends in the bar before deciding to head back to my hotel so I could have eat…..and got stuck in football traffic. At least next year I will be able to book the hotel close to the venue so even if it does fall on a match day I can easily walk back to my hotel with no worries about traffic.

The only downside to being so thorough in my Sexhibition 2016 walk-around on Friday (I had a few hours to kill before the awards) was I had no idea what I was going to do all day Saturday, there were a few talks I’d have liked to see but it was throwing it down and I really didn’t want to walk over to the hotel (and get wet through) to see them. So I went over to see Mark on the SheetsofSF stand, I figured at least he had somewhere comfy to sit. lol. Turned out he needed an extra hand due to one of his staff having a personal issue, so I happily stuck around. I had so much fun. It really made it a great weekend for me. I still got chance to go and talk to vendors, and in between I had a place to hang out. Also got to spend time with Jacqui and we were chatting up a storm, she is a fabulous lady who I am really glad I got to meet, and am looking forward to seeing again.

All About the People

It was great to say hi to people; some of whom I hadn’t seen since ETO, some I’d only talked to online before, and some completely new. For me it is the people I meet and talk to who make weekends like Sexhibition 2016 worth attending.  I spoke to a number of vendors over the weekend:

  • Kinkcraft – Always lovely to see (and chat to) Pixie, Andrew, and Kate. Unusually their stand was fairly quiet but this was great for me as it meant we could have a nice long chat.
  • The Bondage Man – I see these lovely people at the BBB every month. But I had been saving to make a purchase and I bought one of their fabulous wax play kits and a gorgeous wooden wax scraping knife. It was nice to get to chat to them, and find out their thoughts on the event.
  • SmutUK – I don’t often get to see Victoria and Kevin, the team behind Smut UK so it was nice to catch up and say hi. They had various authors doing readings over the weekend.
  • Kinky Monkey – Despite seeing this fabulous lady at the BBB every month I rarely get the chance to chat. Had a fabulous talk with her about different types of harnesses, and dildos, and how they differ in use. It was really great to be able discuss it with someone who is so knowledgeable.
  • Sheets of San Francisco – I spent most of Saturday hanging out with Mark and Jacqui, working on the SheetsofSF stand. I had so much fun chatting to people about easy messy sex clean up, and bouncing on the bed, while asking people to come and stroke our sheets.
  • KnickerRockerGlory – I’ve been talking to the lovely Ruby online for a while now, after a very brief meeting at ETO (think I managed to say hi) this was finally my chance to have a proper chat. It was lovely to be able to talk, and to meet Paul. I have to say they both looked fabulous in their matching KRG ‘bowling’ shirts.
  • The Kinksters – I missed their stand at ETO, so it was great to have the opportunity to play with their bath tub of Slube. I chatted to both Danny and Dave over the weekend, and they were lovely.
  • Yummy Gummy – I love Becky from Yummy Gummy, she is really lovely, very sweet, and just so enthusiastic. I chat to her at BBB every month, so it was really good to see her exhibiting here.
  • JedPhoenix – It was lovely to meet Jed and Polly while I was chatting on the Kinkcraft stand. I hadn’t seen them before but I LOVE their style and range. I will be watching them with interest.

I also chatted to lots of bloggers, writers, and members of the public. It was fantastic to see some people again, and to meet online friends in person for the first time, was also lovely to meet lots of new friends.

Overall

Despite there still being issues to work on for next year, and  my having concerns about the footfall (there really didn’t seem to be many people in attendance) I think Sexhibition 2016 was a great event. I’m looking forward to next year, and seeing how they can develop things.  I think it was more difficult for some vendors because of placement, and I think this would need to be addressed (maybe in terms of pricing for stands) before next year if Sexhibition are hoping to get people to come back. I spoke to more than a few vendors who were feeling a bit disillusioned with how things had been run. There was also a communication problem between organisers and venue staff which caused a few issues.  I really do think that many of these issues are just continued teething troubles, and as long as the organisers work to address them next year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

*I was given a Press Pass for the event by the Sexhibition team in return for an honest and unbiased write-up.

 

Tot Bodee Vibrator – Dare to Enjoy

Vibrator

 Tot Bodee is a smart G-spot massager, that gives you unprecedented sexual experience. It is a perfect masturbation aid, using bluetooth it can be remote-controlled by APP. Designed with six modes, carefully prepared for you. When your husband or lover is not around, the BODEE smart vibration bar can release your passion, bringing you lots of intense pleasure.

From DealsMachine

tot bodee

Tot Bodee

When I was approached by DealsMachine about reviewing for them, I was confused at first, they didn’t seem to be the sort of company who would be selling sex toys but I agreed to give them a go.

When the item arrived it was in a thick grey polythene bag/envelope. The outside gave no indication as to the contents, including on the customs declaration. The downside of this packaging was that when I opened it the box had sustained some cosmetic damage on the corner. It felt very much like the item had come from a wholesaler, rather than somewhere selling to the public. So much so that I actually emailed my contact to check who their customer base was supposed to be. The box also had information stickers covering the product photo, and details on the back.

tot bodeeThese stickers didn’t peel off, so they just made it look a bit messy, and again added to the wholesale feel.

tot bodee

However, the part with the stickers attached was just a sleeve, and underneath was a plain white box. Despite the dint on the top corner, this was actually a fairly sturdy box. Inside the Tot Bodee was nestled in a foam shell with the charging cable, instructions, and a storage pouch underneath. I do love when companies include a storage bag.

DSC01073The Tot Bodee is made of lovely silky smooth silicone, it is completely body safe and odourless. It says it is waterproof, and the charging cable is one of those pin ones that you push through the silicone. It is supposed to seal up again after you remove it. Unfortunately after just a few uses I can see a hole developing, which makes me nervous of using it in water now.

tot bodeeUsing the Tot Bodee I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the vibrations. I found them to be quite deep and rumbly. I also found them to be quite noisy. I could hear it under the duvet from outside the room. Once it was inserted this became negligible though.

tot bodee

Now to the important part. To fully use the Tot Bodee you need to download an app from the app store (available in both Android and Apple iOS). I downloaded the app no problem but when I tried to pair the vibrator using bluetooth it just wouldn’t connect. I tried multiple times on both my Samsung phone and my iPad, no matter what I did it just wouldn’t appear in the app. I tried to check the main product website but the entire thing is in Chinese, with no international options.

tot bodee

Overall

Disappointing. The vibration is good and the product is nice. However, if your product won’t work on the main feature you’re selling it on, what is the point? A shame because the shape and feel of the toy were very nice, and the vibrations were rumbly.

 

 

*I was sent the Tot Bodee by DealsMachine in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does NOT contain affiliate links.

Strawberry Massage Oil from Lovehoney

Product Review

“Strawberries and… cream? This deliciously scented (and flavoured) strawberry massage oil is perfect for a slow, sensual massage, either for rapturous foreplay, or simply for relaxation. And, for an added sensation, why not try slowly licking it off your lover’s bare skin?

To use, simply warm a few drops in your hands, and gently work into your lover’s skin. Why not give your lucky lover a rapturous massage as part of your weekend fun?”

From Lovehoney

strawberry massage oil

Strawberry Massage Oil from Lovehoney

When you open the bottle the strawberry scent rushes out and permeates the room. It’s a true sharp strawberry scent with just a hint of sweetness. I really liked it.

This massage product is full of lots of natural oils, it’s free from parabens, and glycerine. It is also vegan friendly. And a big one for me it contains NO artificial sweeteners.

The bottle comes with a special stopper to prevents leakages, and I’ve stored the bottle horizontally without any issues.

The oil goes on smoothly, and not much is needed for a back massage. Warming it slightly makes it go even further. Once on it is nice and light, not overly slippery. It leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised rather than greasy or sticky.

It was easy to wash out of bedding/towels too. And I found after showering it off my skin still felt softer.

My only downside to this was the taste. It didn’t have one. The gorgeous strawberry scent hadn’t transferred to taste at all. However, neither could I taste the oils making it up, so no strong vegetable oil taste, it was just a light neutral taste. Which is a definite improvement on some massage oils I have used.

Will definitely be adding this Strawberry Massage Oil to my box of lotions and potions.

 

Overall

Although I was disappointed the beautiful scent didn’t travel to the taste, it was still very pleasant to use. It is definitely one I would use again.

 

*This item was purchased by myself. This is an honest and unbiased review of it. There are no affiliate links in this review.

Rocks-Off Ignition Bullet Vibrator

Bullet Vibrator Review

Rocks-Off Ignition

“We have another new bullet, again USB rechargeable, called Rocks-Off Ignition which is a ten-speed designed to be used on its own, but also to be used with the existing RO-80 bulleted products, both male and female, therefore turning all of your ‘favourites’ instantly into rechargeable toys. Ignition is powerful, streamlined, but also beautifully elegant to give orgasmic stimulation to every intimate trigger point.

Rocks-Off Ignition

I was sent the Rocks-Off Ignition in a parcel with the Ruby Glow, and I was quite excited to try it. I’d not had any experience with rechargeable items from Rocks-Off so I was interested to see what the power would be like.

I have to admit for me this type of bullet doesn’t really do a lot for me on its own, I’m the same with the We-Vibe Tango too. But they are great for using in dildos.

rocks-off ignition

The Rocks-Off Ignition comes in a printed black display box. It is made from rigid plastic, and is gold coloured. It is completely waterproof, and USB rechargeable. The socket for the charging cable is one of those push through ports that seals when you remove the cable. It has three speeds and seven patterns of vibration so you’re sure to find something you like.  Its petite size is ideal for putting in your handbag or overnight luggage, and it has a tapered tip for pinpoint stimulation.

rocks-off ignition

The pinpoint stimulation doesn’t really work for me, I prefer broader stimulation. But I do like to have this type of bullet in for use in dildos, and other toys, or for teasing other areas. I liked the Rocks-Off Ignition. It had a good strong vibration, that although a little more buzzy than rumbly still travelled well through a dildo.

The only bad thing I have to say about it is the noise level. It sounds like a swarm of angry wasps, and after a while I found it a bit distracting.

Overall

I liked the Rocks-Off Ignition. It is a good solid rechargeable bullet vibe, and a total bargain at less than £30. If you like bullet vibes and don’t want to break the bank it is a great investment.

 

*I was sent the Ignition by Rocks-Off in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.