WeVibe Nova

Duel-Stim Vibrator

The WeVibe Nova is a duel stimulation vibrator from this luxury sex toy manufacturer. WeVibe makes one of my all-time favourite ‘pocket’ vibes, the Touch, it is the toy I reach for most often. This company seem to really understand the products they’re making, and they try their best to deliver what people want. Even more importantly they appear to appreciate that not every vibrator will work for everyone, so they put out what might look like similar products but that work very differently.

Combines the pleasure of G-spot stimulation with powerful clitoral vibration. The unique design flexes with movement to stay in contact with your clitoris.
Nova rumbles like no other dual stimulator. The easy-to-use controls let you get the feeling just right. Increase or decrease the intensity or turn off the G-spot or clitoral vibration.
Mix it up to try new combinations, and make sure to take Nova in the bath or shower for a truly sensual experience.

From WeVibe

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WeVibe Nova

I’m not a huge fan of “rabbit style” vibrators (they just never seem to reach the right places or do what they’re supposed to), so I wasn’t sure how I would get along with the Nova. WeVibe have dispensed with the traditional clitoral stimulation of “rabbit ears”, and instead have added a flexible curved arm. It was hard to picture how it was supposed to work so I was curious to see it in the person.

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In person it is just as weird as it sounds. The clitoral arm is super curved and bendy but not as flexible as I expected. The shape of the main shaft is strange too, very narrow at the neck with a bulbous head. This head also has a humped shape to the bulb that is great for g-spot stimulation.

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The idea is that you bend the end of the clitoral arm in on itself so the point will stay in contact with your clit when you are thrusting. I totally understand the thinking behind this design, as the problem most people have with rabbit style toys is that the “ears” lose contact with the clit when you thrust. This issue is supposed to be solved with the bendy arm, and for many (like GirlyJuice, Dangerous Lilly, MissRubyReviews) it worked perfectly but I have to admit I still struggled with it. The clitoral arm just didn’t work with my body, it felt too pinpoint. I also managed to make it spring out of place on multiple occasions. I definitely think this was me though, not the toy because I know other reviewers didn’t have the same issue.

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I found the vibrations were strong and mostly rumbly, some settings did seem a bit more buzzy, and I definitely felt like the clitoral arm vibrations were stronger. I had a bit of trouble with the controls, a problem which can probably be solved by using the app on your phone but I needed two hands to use the WeVibe Nova, so this wasn’t really an option. The buttons just seem to disappear, they’re not quite raised enough that you can feel them properly when the toy is inserted, and I accidentally changed the pattern instead of intensity a few times.

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The one thing I truly loved about the WeVibe Nova was the magnetic charging cable. They have got the connection perfect, it stays in place during charging even when you knock the table it’s on. So many toys haven’t looked at how their magnetic charger connects closely enough, and as a result the connection is too loose. On this vibrator it is perfect.

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I liked the insertable portion of the WeVibe Nova but the clitoral arm just got in my way. The curved bulbous head nestled perfectly against my g-spot but not if I inserted it to it’s full length. I think you will know if this is likely to work with your body.

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Overall

Much as I really wanted to love this toy it just didn’t work for me. The vibrations are good and rumbly. It is a reasonably quiet, and fully waterproof so easy to clean. If you really want a rabbit vibrator and your clit likes pinpoint stimulation, I think this is one of the better options.

 

*I was given the Nova by We-Vibe in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does NOT contain affiliate links.

WeVibe Rave

Internal Vibrator

The WeVibe Rave is one of the vibrators from luxury sex toy manufacturer We-Vibe. This company makes one of my all-time favourite ‘pocket’ vibes, the Touch, it is the toy I reach for most often. They seem to really understand these things, and try their best to deliver what people want. And more importantly they appear to get that not every vibe will work for everyone, so they put out what might look like similar products but that work very differently.

Rave’s unusual asymmetric shape makes finding your G-spot effortless. Press down gently on the ergonomic handle for firm, satisfying G-spot pressure.

A new dimension to internal stimulation. Add a twist to feel Rave’s pleasure edges stimulate the most sensitive parts of your vagina. Or use a pleasure edge for precise external stimulation.
Rave’s deep, rumbly vibrations satisfy your G-spot. The powerful vibrations are also perfect for clitoral stimulation.
From WeVibe
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WeVibe Rave

Before receiving the WeVibe Rave I was curious about it. The unusual shape and design combined to make me interested in finding out how it worked. I thought it was double-ended but it isn’t, and the insertable part is the wider end.  I sometimes have a problem with girth, so I was a bit worried about this.
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In the box you get the Rave, USB charging cable, storage bag, instructions, and a sachet of lube. The charging cable connects with one of those push pins. I have to admit I don’t really like them, I always feel like I’m going to break the toy, and it’s never clear (especially with longer pins) how far in you are supposed to push them. I also think this connection may be the reason the Rave is only splash-proof and not fully waterproof, something I find quite disappointing. You can still wash it with soap and water, and you’d probably get away with using it in the shower but it isn’t safe to fully submerse it for using in the bath. It’s a fairly small niggle but it is there. I just can’t understand why when so many of their other toys are waterproof they made this only splash-proof.

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I love how tactile WeVibe toys are, they make me want to pick them up and touch them. The silicone is matte finish, and it feels almost silky under your fingers. However, without lube it does have a slight drag to it, which I tend to find a lot with matte finish toys. There is only one word I could find to adequately cover how I felt about the shape, it’s weird. I think they have based the shape off the Laid D2 (who the WeVibe parent company acquired), it is asymmetrical, which may bother some people but I found it quirky, and I could immediately see the potential for g-spot stimulation.

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I needed some warming up before using the WeVibe Rave internally but luckily it is perfectly designed to also be clit friendly (whether intentionally or not). It is very easy to use it externally, and then slide it down to use internally. I really liked being able to do this. It’s not a big deal but usually I end up having to mess around juggling two vibrators, and trying not to knock either on the floor. This was a nice bit of relief from that. The shape worked best for me when inserted, and then either rocked with the handle, or twisted. This gave my g-spot two differing sensations, and playing about with them was a lot of fun, I still can’t decide which sensation I liked best, the pressure or the rub.

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WeVibe describe this as whisper quiet. I’m not quite sure I can agree with that but it was quiet enough that it wasn’t obtrusive, and it definitely couldn’t be heard from another room. It took about 90 mins to fully charge, and that lasted a good few hours (it actually still has life now and it’s been used a lot). Like the other newer items in the WeVibe range, the Rave is compatible with the WeVibe app. I didn’t play with this much because I need both hand to hold my phone but I also need a hand to hold the vibrator.

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Overall

I loved the Rave. From my first use it earned it’s place in my favourite toys drawer alongside my Touch. I’m not sure the shape will work for everyone but for me it was really good.

 

*I was given the Rave by We-Vibe in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does NOT contain affiliate links.

 

Pro Deluxe from Satisfyer

Clitoral Stimulator

Review of the Satisfyer Pro Deluxe. I loved the Satisfyer Pro 2 but what did I think of the Pro Deluxe?

The refined, luxury vibrator Satisfyer Pro Deluxe to apply brings a touch of elegance to the bedroom. This handy little gem stimulates contact-free with exciting pressure waves and lies nicely in the hand thanks to the oval shape. The time and place are irrelevant thanks to rechargeable batteries.

From Satisfyer.com

 

Satisfyer Pro Deluxe

I wanted to love the Pro Deluxe, before I got it I loved the look. The shape seemed to be better, and it looked nicer than previous Satisfyer models. When it arrived I wasn’t disappointed. The size of it felt perfect in my hand, and I liked the shape, it was comfortable to hold, and sat nicely against my body.

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I charged the Pro Deluxe (it comes with a magnetic USB charging cable) for about 6 hours when I first received it. But after that first charge it has only needed 60-90 minutes to charge up, and each charge gives 1-2hrs play time (roughly).

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The Pro Deluxe is unique from other Satisfyers, in that the nozzle is barely there. It doesn’t really stand out from the body at all; it is still silicone, and still removable but is there purely to help create a seal around the clit when in use.

Like the other Satisfyer models the Pro deluxe is fully waterproof, which makes it easy to clean, and using it underwater can heighten the sensations. I found the button placement slightly awkward, and was also frustrated by the fact that there is only one button. It has 11 settings so having just one button to scroll through them all and to turn it on/off is pretty frustrating.

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Now while I understand what they were trying to do with this, it just really didn’t work for me. The shape combined with the lack of nozzle meant I struggled to get a good seal. I also found it quite noisy, and it just wasn’t as powerful as the Pro 2. I could barely feel the flickering sensation because I needed to turn the setting so high it seemed to disappear.

Overall

It just wasn’t for me but if you prefer a gentler sensation then this might be a good one for you to try.

 

*I was given the Satisfyer Pro Deluxe by Satisfyer in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does not contain affiliate links.

Writing is Work

I toyed with the idea of whether or not to publish this writing is work post but I feel things have been said about me that I need to address. I am not naming names, I don’t want people to go look for them and say something in my defence. I do not want them to feel “bullied” because people agree with me. Just as I don’t feel bullied by those who don’t. So here goes…

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Writing is Work

We live in a capitalist society, there is no getting away from that. Everything costs money, we all have bills to pay. I have to cover rent, household bills, website costs, work costs, food, etc. The same as everyone else does. I would love to not have to worry about money, to live in a place where I could do the work I wanted purely because I wanted to, without having to think about whether I can afford to pay my bills this month. Where I don’t have to weigh up the financial ramifications of accepting a job that I want to do.

As a freelancer, my income comes from a number of streams. My biggest income is from copywriting work I do for other people (both in and outside this industry). This is pretty much 90% companies who have seen my websites and contacted me to commission work on that basis. They want my voice, talking about whatever subject they have in mind. This Writing is work.

My next biggest income is from the advertisers I have. These are companies who pay for an advertising banner on my website sidebar. This income is the one that pays for the content on here. Every post I do (including reviews, erotica, etc) is made possible by advertisers whose support means I can pay my bills and write for HGG. This is a reciprocal arrangement, the more I write (ie, the more fresh content I produce), the more visitors my site gets, and the greater number of people who will see their ad. This writing is work.

Despite doing all this work, I still have months where I am panicking because it’s two days before my direct debits are due out and I don’t have enough money to cover them. You might think, she just needs to learn to budget but it’s hard to budget when your income only just covers your outgoings every month. Maybe you’d say I should save but I have nothing to save. If I have a spare £5 it stays in my account so that next month I might be able to get a little more ahead. However, chances are it won’t happen because freelance doesn’t always mean regular work, it means taking little bit jobs just so you have money to live.

This often means when big events are happening (such as Eroticon or Woodhull), ones that are a good networking opportunity. A chance to connect with companies and writers, and to develop working relationships that might help me generate more income, I sometimes have to ask companies to sponsor my attendance at these events. Contrary to what seems to be the popular belief, when I contact these companies to  ask them if they would be willing to sponsor me to attend an event, I do not expect them to just give me money and get nothing in return. I work hard to come up with a package (blog posts, advertising, social media,etc) that gives them something in return for their sponsorship. It is a reciprocal agreement.I am not asking for a handout. And if they say no, they don’t have the budget, I respect that. It is a business decision, and I understand it may not work for all companies. This writing is work.

This brings me to my last point. I would like to clarify something about being a Sex Toy Reviewer (and this is also why I don’t do as many reviews anymore).

As a reviewer I don’t “accept” free sex toys. These companies choose to send me these toys, and they are sent to me in exchange for a review. When I am reviewing a toy I make sure to do a thorough job, not just in testing for use but in checking materials, stats, taking photographs, etc. I make note of problems and contact the company in case it is a faulty unit. A review takes me at least 10-15hrs of work. That’s 15 hours work spent on a toy that costs a company £50-100. It’s time I’m not spending doing work that will actually pay my bills. Being sent sex toys is great but I can’t pay my bills with sex toys, last I checked Tesco and Asda aren’t accepting them in exchange for shopping. This writing is work.

To redress this balance many sex toy reviewers use affiliate links, and will often only accept items from companies who have affiliate programs or manufacturers whose product can be purchased through a company with an affiliate program. I choose not to use affiliate links because I have an agreement with my advertisers saying I won’t. However, even for bloggers who do this the income isn’t regular or guaranteed. It is this uncertainty that means bloggers have to find other income streams.

 

Satisfyer Battery

Clitoral Stimulator

Comparison review of the Satisfyer battery powered clitoral stimulaters, the Satisfyer 1 and Satisfyer 2. I loved the Pro 2 but what did I think of these?

The peppy Satisfyer 1 is the must-have for globetrotters. The slim, round shape of the pressure wave vibrator makes it the perfect companion away from home. Battery-powered operation allows contact-free pleasure at the push of a button – whenever you want.

The elegant and popular Satisfyer 2 cannot be missing from any toiletry bag. The ergonomic shape and its battery-powered feature make it a contact-free indulgence artist, equipped with innovative pressure wave technology. The twin operating elements allows fast control over 11 intensive programs.

From Satisfyer.com

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Satisfyer Battery

Both of the battery powered Satisfyers require 2 AAA batteries.

I wasn’t really expecting much from either of these toys. I already had the Pro 2 and loved it, so I figured there was no way these could compare. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind the release of these versions of the Satisfyer was  (because they seemed to be released AFTER the Pro 2) but maybe they just wanted to be able to make something that was even cheaper than the other versions for people with smaller budgets.

satisfyer batteryFirst was the Satisfyer 1, when I opened this I was a little concerned by the slightly flimsy feel, the casing join was obvious and ugly, and I worried that it would be too easy for body fluids to get in the gap. However, it seemed to clean well, and I found a soft toothbrush cleaned the gap perfectly. The ‘nozzle’ was a similar size and shape to the Pro 2 meaning it fit my body quite nicely. In use it was quiet and the batteries gave me about 2 hours of total playtime.

satisfyer batteryThe Satisfyer 2 looked slightly better put together, the joins seemed tighter. And the colours were more classy looking. The nozzle was much smaller and firmer than on the other models and I found it almost sharp against my body, this was especially noticeable the more aroused I became. I also found the Satisfyer 2 was noisier than the Satisfyer 1, I’m not sure if this was because the batteries didn’t fit quite as snugly so caused some rattling in use, or if it is just a noisier motor.

satisfyer batteryI found the button placement on both items very awkward. It has been moved even closer to the head of the Satisfyer than on the Pro 2, and it makes it quite difficult to reach comfortably while you are holding the body of the toy. It wasn’t a deal breaker but it is annoying enough that I noticed.

 

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Overall

I preferred the Satisfyer 1 to the Satisfyer 2, however neither of them pushed the Pro 2 off my Satisfyer top spot. Perfect for people who want to try the satisfyer without spending as much, or for those who don’t like rechargeable toys.

 

*Thank you to April from VivaLaSexyBlog for photography help.

*I was given the Satisfyer Battery 1 and 2 by Satisfyer in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does not contain affiliate links.