A Cozy Holiday Giveaway From Pure Romance

After writing this post about my impending retirement from sex blogging, I’ve more or less hung up my adult product reviewer hat. So, when Pure Romance contacted me about reviewing their new holiday line, I was hesitant. Would the company that’s known for its at home sex toy parties (I’ve been to a few in my day) have anything suitable for my new blog direction? It turns out that yes, yes, yes they do!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love a great pair of pajamas (so much so, that my family had to stage a pajamavention at one point). Well, as it turns out, Pure Romance carries some of the comfiest ones I’ve ever had the pleasure of working sleeping in (freelancer win!) They also have a bunch of body products that they sent me to try….and, because there are all about spreading the wealth, I also have a Pure Romance holiday gift set to giveaway to a reader. Here’s the skinny…

Behold the most comfiest pajamas known to humankind! The Vega V-neck Chemise and Leto Lounge Pants are both made with bamboo fibers to feel as soft as silk while naturally adapting to your body’s temperature and wicking away moisture. I know I’ll definitely be wearing the Leto Pants to work and write lounge around the house. Also, is it just me or does the Vega V-neck Chemise look cute enough to wear outside of the bedroom? I’m kind of tempted to wear it as a beach dress next time I travel somewhere warm.

The folks at Pure Romance also included some Flirt Conditioning Shave Cream and Coco Glow Sunless Tanner, which to be honest I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

They also included some Euforia Shea Butter, which judging by the first application is something I’m going to be using on my chronically dry legs all winter.

If you’d like to win your very own Pure Romance holiday gift, simply leave a comment on this post.

An extra entry will be given if you also follow me on Instagram. If you follow me on the ‘Gram, make sure you mention your handle in the comment so I know who you are.

I’ll choose a winner Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases, excluding tax and shipping, when you use the exclusive promotion code SkinnyDip10. To redeem, just enter it in the COUPON CODE box and hit “APPLY” and the discount will be shown.

Good luck & happy holidays! xx

We Tried It | XConfessions by Erika Lust

It’s funny, as someone who writes about love and sex, I’ve discovered there’s a big descrepancy between what people think I do and what I actually do on a daily basis. Spoiler alert: my average day probably isn’t anywhere as sexy as you think it is. Think less lying around in lingerie, musing about modern romance and more wearing real pants & getting shit done. However, yesterday was an anomaly. I spent the afternoon doing what I think people probably assume I do, which is watch hours of porn at my desk.

When people ask me for “good” porn suggestions I never know what to say because frankly, I don’t watch very much. It’s not because I have a problem with it (unlike Governor Gary Herbert, I don’t think porn is a “health hazard” as long as it’s made by consenting adults), I just find that the majority of mainstream porn doesn’t do it for me. Most of the porn I’ve seen seems really fake and mechanical. There’s way too many close ups of isolated body parts and not enough kissing and/or authentic passion. It’s just a bunch of parts going inside other parts.

Add to that the fact the majority of male performers aren’t people I’d necessarily be attracted to in real life, and well, I’m not exactly turned on. I mean, what does a girl have to do to see some regular, attractive people who are into each other boning on camera?!

Enter Erika Lust, the renowned, award winning erotic filmmaker known for creating unique female-led, sexually intelligent, cinematic adult films. Her latest project XConfessions is a crowdsourced website where fans post their fantasies and Erika chooses two to turn into short cinematic erotic films each month.

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After listening to Erika’s TEDxVienna talk “It’s Time for Porn to Change” and checking out the gorgeous imagery on XConfessions, I could tell even before pressing play that this would be the kind of erotic content that I’d probably enjoy. Erika and her team kindly gave me a free month to enjoy the videos on XConfessions & I’m now ready to report back on my findings.

Let’s start by talking about the cover art. Notice something different? If you’ve ever perused adult videos, you’ll notice that these covers look completely different. They’re sexy without being raunchy; well designed and even a bit retro chic in some cases. Aesthetically speaking, the artwork for Smut on Speed (below) seems very Skinny Dip-esque, don’t you think?!

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They’re pretty right? I also got a kick out of the quirky titles like Hello Pool-Boy, I Fucking Love Ikea and A Feminist Man (who hasn’t fantasized about that?!)

Erika’s motto is:

“I believe that sex is greater than porn, don’t you?”

And as she explains, “XConfessions strives to offer an alternative to the repetitive formula in adult film, creating a new wave of imaginative, artistic and explicit erotic film driven by sex-positive narratives. Unlike many other adult sites, at XConfessions you won’t find the same story or setting twice. Every short film is a story on its own, displaying a huge variety of situations, characters, fetishes and ways of having sex.  It’s adult cinema like you’ve never seen it before.

After watching more porn in the last twelve hours than I did last year, I can say that Erika nailed it (pun intended.)

The films you’ll find on XConfessions are actually good. They’re beautifully shot, well made and decently acted. Some of the films like My Moaning Neighbour (which features the adorable, handsome Mickey Mod) are actually humorous and giggle worthy. Whereas some of the other films like the sexy Pachisi play more like gorgeous, erotic music videos with good soundtracks. There’s enough of a storyline to keep you interested but not so much that it distracts from the purpose at hand, which is to show really hot sex.

For example, if you have ever fantasized about hooking up with your airbnb host (and enjoy boozy brunches) you’ll enjoy I Wish I was a Lesbian – a film about a woman who goes to stay with a lesbian couple. The threesome share what looks like a really delicious meal before going to town on each other. (The brunch looks really, really good. Like, almost as good as the sex. So, really you’re getting the best of both worlds here.)

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What I liked best about XConfessions is that the performers seemed to actually be having fun with each other on screen. There’s an element of playfulness and spontaneity that I think is lacking in a lot of adult films. Also, the people in the films look like people I’d actually know or want to fuck in real life – which is huge.

As someone who tends to date outside of her own race more often than not, I also appreciated the diverse cast. There’s black men with white women, black women with white men and all kinds of variations in between. But, unlike mainstream porn, it’s not fetishized. Instead, it’s just presented as, “hey, here’s some sexy couples having sex with each other.” It’s modern, it’s inclusive and I like it.

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Overall, I was really impressed with XConfessions. Not all of the videos are going to spark your fancy but there’s enough diversity that everyone is sure to find something they’re into. If you’re looking for an alternative to mainstream porn to watch either alone or with a partner, I definitely think Erika Lust is a great place to start.

If you’d like to experience XConfessions.com for yourself, Erika Lust would like to offer one of you a month’s free subscription!

To enter, all you need to do is sign up for my newsletter & leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so. 

FYI, if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, it’s a lot of fun! Once or twice a month I’ll send you a  message with updates on my book, special events & exclusive discount codes.

Get extra points overtime you tweet:

Hey @simone_paget! I want to #win a month of #XConfessions from @ErikaLust – http://wp.me/p1Yilp-2op

I’ll choose a winner Thursday August 18th.

Good luck!

Giveaway | WIN the Lovehoney Desire Wand Vibrator

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You didn’t think I’d let Valentine’s weekend go by without an awesome giveaway, did you?!

To make your February just a little bit more pleasurable, I’ve teamed up with Lovehoney for a chance to win a gorgeous, luxury wand vibrator from their new Desire collection. This new line of high-end silicone toys was inspired by years of customer feedback and designed with one goal in mind: “ultimate sexual happiness.” I haven’t tried any of the toys yet, but they look really great: streamlined, ergonomic and made of medical grade silicone. So far the customer reviews have been off. the. charts (in a good way!)

What I have up for grabs: The Lovehoney Desire Luxury USB Rechargeable Wand Vibrator (worth $99).


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Here’s how Lovehoney describes the toy:

“Silken silicone envelops the Desire Wand’s undulating handle and curved head for unrivalled sensuality and stimulation. The wand’s 8 patterns of waves and pulses and 12 levels of adjustable intensity ensures sublime satisfaction is yours for the taking.

The contours of your wand have been lovingly crafted to align with your natural curves for unbridled exhilaration, while whisper-quiet yet powerful vibrations ensure discretion when required. Elevate pleasure by coating the head of your wand with water-based lubricant before use.

Keep your Desire Wand Vibrator to yourself for blissful solo arousal, or hand it to your partner to add a thrilling new dimension to foreplay.” 

It comes with:

  • 8 modes of vibration, each with 12 custom speeds of intensity
  • USB rechargeable for worldwide use and eco-friendly play
  • Fully charge for 120 minutes for 60 minutes of play
  • Fully waterproof for use in the bath or shower
  • A luxurious storage case, in which the toy can be charged discreetly

Uh, yes please?

If you need some visual encouragement, here’s a little video about the Desire Wand.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is Subscribe to my newsletter & leave a comment letting me know you’ve done so. 

FYI, if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, it’s a lot of fun! Once or twice a month I’ll send you a  message with updates on my book, special events & exclusive discount codes.

Get an extra entry every time you tweet about the giveaway. Ie:

Hey @by_simone! I want to #WIN the Desire Wand Vibrator from @Lovehoney_com http://wp.me/p1Yilp-27U

I will choose a winner Friday, February 19th, 2016.

Happy Valentine’s Day…may the odds be in your favour! xo

Thanks again to Lovehoney for facilitating this review. 

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Review & Giveaway | Win a Revel Body Sol Sonic Vibrator

9b6b315945cca2a88650ac7700658ebd_largeHey guys, do you remember when I reviewed the Revel Body Sonic – that spherical vibrator that looks like an old-school web cam and reminded of what I imagine it would feel like to ride in Larry David’s car? Well, the brainchildren over at Revel Body have come up with an updated version, the Revel Body Sol and there were kind enough to send me one to test drive.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Revel Body line, you can read my original review here. Like the original, the second-generation Revel Body SOL is a powerful clitoral vibrator featuring TrueSonic technology, perfect for body massage and clitoral stimulation. Roll it on the body or use the vibrating tip, which varies from thumpy and powerful to fast and buzzy. It comes with three redesigned and improved tips for customized performance and a new QuietCore piston for quieter operation. Like the original it’s 100% body-safe.

To summarize, the new Revel Body Sol is stronger, quieter and comes with more goodies.

I had a deep sense of “like” for the original and these new improvements have definitely pushed me over the edge into “love” territory. One of my main complaints about the original was the noise. Although the Revel Body Sol is still far from whisper quiet, the new version sounds less like you’re using a power tool in your bedroom.

Although the original was really powerful in it’s own right, I did notice that the sensations were a bit stronger with the Sol. The rumbly, bouncy, thumpy vibrations are still my favourite and the buzzy ones still do nothing for my clitoris (although, they do feel really nice for massage!) Overall despite looking nearly identical, the Revel Body Sol provides a more powerful, smooth ride than the original.

Revel Body SolHowever, my favourite thing about the Revel Body Sol is that it comes with two different attachments which, previously you had to purchase separately. I love that you can easily remove the smooth pink head and switch things up with different attachments for a completely customized experience. The Revel Body Sol comes with “Fawn” an ultra-soft, brush-like head designed for tickling sensations and “Ever”  which is slightly curved with circular ribbing for extra stimulation. Although I was most curious about the Fawn attachment, it was “Ever” that really won me over. I just feels f*cking awesome, especially when you use it on the rumblier settings. I have no explanation for why it feels so good, other than magic.

Revel BodyOf course, Joe the Intern is still a bit confused and convinced that the Revel Body Sol is in fact, an old school web cam. I discovered this when I found him trying to communicate with a “nice girl” he met from a site called RussianDolls4u.

Revel body sol -2Although Joe is still frustrated with his love life, I’m totally enjoying my experience with the Revel Body Sol. I just love how versatile and different is from any other sex toys I own. The Revel Body Sol is definitely a fun and unique addition to any bedroom arsenal!

If you’re curious about this toy (as you should be), I have some great news: the lovely people at Revel would like to send one lucky reader their very own Revel Body Sol. To enter, leave a comment and follow the prompts below. I’ll pick a winner Tuesday December 16th.

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Can’t wait to find out whether you’ve won? Get 20% off your purchase when you enter SkinnyDip20 at checkout. 

Giveaway | Win a Lelo Soraya from Diddleworks

Hello Skinny Dippers! If you’re just tuning in, for the past two weeks I have been challenging myself to review as many sex toys as possible in honour of National Masturbation Month. It’s been a fun few weeks, but I’m happy to have a break and return back to regularly scheduled programming. And maybe put my lady parts on ice. Just kidding. I’m fine. Really. Anyway, as promised I want to finish the month off with a big bang, so I have a super awesome giveaway for you guys courtesy of the lovely people at Diddleworks.

If you read this blog you’ve probably heard me wax poetic on at least one occasion about how much I love my favourite vibrator of all time, the Lelo Insignia Soraya. It’s seriously the best. thing. ever – for me at least  (everyone is different.) I love how it hugs my g-spot perfectly and the flexible clitoral arm that allows me to control the pressure. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s an ultra sleek and beautiful piece of Scandinavian design. If you want to read more about it, make sure you check out my original review.

The super exciting news?! Diddleworks has provided me with a black Lelo Soraya to giveaway to one lucky reader.

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The Lelo Soraya is a dual-stimulation rabbit vibrator that’s made of silky smooth, body safe silicone and metallic plated ABS plastic.  It’s easy to use, fully waterproof, rechargeable (no batteries…yay!) and features 8 unique vibration modes. Did I mention it’s totally awesome and usually retails for $199?!

This toy seriously rocks and I am so excited to have one to giveaway! To enter the contest, leave a comment to this entry. For extra entries, please follow the prompts below. I will pick a winner at random on Thursday June 5th. 

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This giveaway is open to residents in USA and Canada.

Thanks so much for reading and supporting Skinny Dip!

Best of luck! xox

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