review: lovely 2.0

review: lovely 2.0

sextech fascinates me. the use of technology to enhance pleasure is certainly one of the benefits of a connected world obsessed with automating and tracking… and a world glued to our phones. i’ve never owned a toy with an app, so learning to use the lovely 2.0 vibrating couples ring has been a new and interesting experience.

the specs

the lovely 2.0 is a vibrating body-safe silicone cock ring that comes in two colors, soft pink and wild green. the folx at lovely were kind enough to send me the toy to review and so they chose the wild green, which is actually a very pretty teal color, as pictured below.

the lovely 2.0 FAQ provides the following information about sizing:

The minimum circumference for a comfortable grip is 11.5 cms (4.5 inches) measured at the base of your penis. The maximum depends on personal preference, as Lovely stretches a lot (enough to fit on an orange). But bigger the girth of the penis, the stronger the grip would be.

the toy comes packaged with a (somewhat) wireless charger. (you still have to plug the base in, but the actual toy fits in the cradle without having to be connected to anything.) the lovely 2.0 can be charged with other qi chargers as well. you also receive a USB cable, standard with most rechargeable toys these days, but always appreciated.

it comes with a free app you can download for iPhone and android. the app helps you (and your partner) track your experiences with the lovely ring. you can see how long you used it during a particular session and track how many calories you burned. the app will also recommend different positions or ways to use the lovely based on your data.

all in all, the packaging and presentation of the toy is LUXE. i was impressed with the matte box, but then again, i’m just a sucker for good packaging. 😉 the body-safe silicone is high quality, too, and feels durable and stretchy. there’s nothing about the lovely 2.0 that feels cheaply made.

the good…!

the lovely 2.0 isn’t just a pretty face, so to speak; it’s also a fun toy to use! my partner and i have used it several times during missionary position sex and it does add to our pleasure. we used sort of the standard vibrating setting, although there are 8 rumbly settings to choose from AND you can control the ring from the app from anywhere in the world. you can delightfully torture your partner with different speeds and patterns. for those of you with submissives, they might enjoy a little buzz buzz from you while you’re away on a business trip or from across the room. the ring responds well to the app. i didn’t have any problems getting it to pair with my phone via bluetooth. admittedly, we didn’t use the app *during* sex, but i want to explore that fun feature in the future.

for penis-having partners who use it with a vulva-owner, one thing i found is that the closer the wearer can get to their partner to touch the clit and labia with the ring, the better it feels. you might want to slow your thrusting a little bit and be deliberate about your movements. it does feel VERY nice and rumbly against the clit. i haven’t orgasmed solely from my partner fucking me with the ring, but it really does add a nice dimension to our bedroom time. one thing you can try is turning the ring on the penis so that the more pointed end is facing down; you can get the perineum that way and tickle everyone’s ass just a little bit. OOOH. it’s good in missionary or from behind. it’s fun to put it on during oral sex. there are a lot of options.

i’ve also used it as a clit toy for solo play. i can just press it against myself and enjoy. it’s not as heavy-duty as, say, a wand vibrator, but it does the job!

the eh…

while it’s a fun toy, my partner found it numbing if worn too long. we tend to go about 10-15 minutes with it on, and then sometimes he’ll change to a different cock ring or will take it off altogether. i think it’s possible to work up to longer wear, but we haven’t gone that route (yet).

i’m not big on the app other than for controlling the toy. people who love to keep data on their sexual experiences will love how the lovely app works and those who want to spice up their sex life might also enjoy the recommendations provided by lovely, but i find this to be unnecessary for my own use.

i also question the need to include calories burnt while using the toy. for some people with ED issues or for those of us who just don’t care about these things, it might be off-putting (or even triggering) and make sex more goal-oriented than it has to be.

this is an expensive toy that retails for $139 through the lovely website, so it’s out of reach for many people, including me, seeking an app-controlled toy. however, if you can find it on sale or have some extra dough to spend, this is a nice upgrade to your cock ring collection! to me, it seems like an investment piece. it’s well-made and seems like it will last a long time. it would be great for the manufacturer to add more features to the app as well.

in summary, i really enjoy the lovely. it’s a high-quality, versatile toy. i recommend!

you can purchase the lovely 2.0 for yourself (using my affiliate links if you’d like, every bit counts, thank you very much!) at peepshow toys or shevibe, in addition to other shops online and offline!

the fine folx at lovely were kind enough to send me the toy free of charge in exchange for my honest review. thank you, lovely!

review: blush temptasia elvira

review: blush temptasia elvira

temptasia “elvira” by blush novelties. this is a black dildo with a suction base and a bulbous head.

i’m relatively new to this whole dildo thing, if you can believe it. 40+ years on this blue marble and i’ve only just acquired my third toy! peepshow toys was kind enough to add to my collection and i’m here to tell you, it’s a good addition!

the specs

blush novelties has made the “elvira,” part of the temptasia collection, for those who value the two Gs: girth and g-spot. the elvira is 6″ long, although 5.5″ is insertable. that might be a bit conservative for some folx, but that 2′ girth is my jam! it has a round, bulbous bumpy end that feels great. made out of black, body-safe silicone, the elvira also has a sturdy suction base and can be used with a harness. it’s easy to clean with a wipe or by boiling or placing in your dishwasher. be sure to clean out the small divot at the top!

mmm, yes!

i really enjoyed getting to know elvira! the silicone feels velvety and soft to the touch; you’ll probably want to rub it against your cheek a couple of times, it’s so nice. (or maybe i’m just a weirdo?) i used a little bit of the butters (go buy it here now, you will thank me) before insertion, which made it easier to use. i was immediately aware of that bump on the tip. it really does feel amazing against the g-spot and although i’m not someone who squirts fountains (i do find that impressive and hot af!), i found myself squirting quite a bit with this toy! i was impressed with it and my own body! it’s not my ultimate goal during sex and it’s okay if i don’t ever squirt, but it is a rather cool feeling.

i had a few great orgasms using elvira along with my magic wand for clitoral stimulation. it’s a really nice pairing and i can see this becoming a go-to when i want a quick, intense orgasm.

hmm, i dunno…

i wanted to try out the suction base and see if i could lower myself onto the toy. this did not work particularly well, as my legs might be too long. if you are someone shorter in stature, perhaps with more flexibility than this middle-aged woman, you would probably have luck with this. it does stick pretty well to suction-friendly surfaces. you might also be able to use it with a wall. unfortunately, i don’t have any surfaces at home that would work with this, but give it a try!

i didn’t find the elvira to be great for partner play. we might have been a little too far into things at that point to pay attention to how my partner was  inserting the toy. i found that it felt too bumpy against my cervix if it wasn’t held with the g-spot tip pointing up into me. if it went sideways, it felt unpleasantly awkward. i’ll probably keep this toy for solo play unless we devote more time to playing with it and paying attention to how it’s inserted. but that’s just us; other people might have a much better experience with the elvira during partner play. 

summing up

this is a great toy for those who love g-spot simulation. i think it’s best as a solo toy, but as always, your mileage may vary. at only $24 USD, it’s well worth giving this well-made toy a try. i’m impressed with the quality and will be trying more of blush’s line for sure.

go get your own elvira at peepshow toys using my link. your support is always so appreciated.

** thank you again to peepshow toys for providing me with the elvira in exchange for my honest review.