Review of the Lily Allen Liberty Vibrator by Womanizer

Last month, I had the pleasure of interviewing pop star Lily Allen about her recent collaboration with luxe sex toy brand Womanizer for The Toronto Sun

The result of this partnership is the Womanizer Liberty by Lily Allen – a small, lightweight edition of the classic Womanizer sex toy which uses patented and revolutionary Pleasure Air Technology designed to stimulate the sensitive nerve endings of the clitoris with gentle air waves.

Since the folks at Womanizer sent me my own Liberty by Lily Allen to try, I thought it was only fair that I test the wares and report back. 

It goes without saying that there’s no shortage of options when it comes to the sheer variety of sex toys that are currently available for purchase.

So, when I receive a press release announcing another celebrity sex toy collab I’m naturally a little skeptical (perhaps because I’m still emotionally scared by the Coco & Ice T vibrator and the Nick Hawk Gigolo Dildo). However, I’m excited to share that the Liberty by Lily Allen did not disappoint. 

The Liberty takes everything I love about Womanizer toys and wraps it up in a fun, accessible packaging. The Liberty model comes with a magnetic cap and six intensity levels, simple two-button operation and is feather-light, perfect for travel and discreet in handbags. Oh and those air waves. You simply have to place the toy above your clitoris and the Liberty will literally blow & suck you away to a quick, intense orgasm. 

Made of body safe materials and fully rechargeable, the Liberty is also water resistant. 

While the Liberty doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as some of their Womanizer Premium (which I also own and is fantastic), but in this case I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I love the Liberty because it’s so compact and unlike some of the other models, fits easily in your palm in a way that feels very ergonomic.

It also has incredibly simple and intuitive control buttons that are easy to find and use without having to stop what you’re doing & fumble around. 

 

For these reasons, Liberty is a great entree into the Womanizer line and air pleasure toys in general. 

The only thing I don’t love about the Liberty is the charging situation. As you can see from the diagram below the charging cord attaches magnetically to a port along the curved edge of the toy. You have to lay the toy *just so* in order to ensure the port connects and stays connected, which isn’t always possible when you’re the kind of person who likes to discretely hide their toys away while they’re charging.

I really wish WOW Tech (the parent company of Womanizer) would stop making toys like this. The toys are awesome, but the charging ports are way too finicky for my liking. With that being said, I still really like this toy because of it’s very travel friendly (the magnetic cap is something I didn’t even realize I needed in my life) and easy to use. 

Have you tried the Liberty? What did you think? 

The Womanizer Liberty is available at Lovehoney and retails for $99.99 USD. If you purchase any products through the affiliate links in this post, I may receive a small commission which I will use to buy Joe the Intern more shorts. 

 

 

The Sexual Apocalypse is Here and I’m Ready

Greetings from the pandemic where I’m currently hoarding imported Mexican salsa and drunk ordering books off Amazon late at night. How are you doing?

Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about the intersection of Covid-19, dating, sex and relationships for my Toronto Sun column . I’ve written pieces about the boom of the sex toy industry, called out the weird behaviour of single men in quarantine (I see you) and written A LOT about all the sex us single folk aren’t having right now. I don’t imagine a lot of people feel great about the idea of forced celibacy, but I’m strangely okay with it. Then it dawned on me why this is: I’ve been training for this my entire writing career.

Remember when I used to be a regular sex blogger? I know it’s been a while. Anyway, if you’re an OG Skinny Dip reader you might recall me once likening myself to Kenny “yo I gotta have sex tonight” Fisher because my stash of sex supplies far outweighed my current needs. At the height of my sex blogging, the stockpile of toys, lubes and candles my bedroom looked like I was gearing up for some kind of sexual apocalypse. Well, my friends, that day is here.

(FYI, the Kenny Fisher inspired artwork above can be found here)

My sexual doomsday prepper tendencies have finally paid off. While my hand sanitizer and Lysol wipe supply may be dwindling, I have everything I need to survive the era of solo-sex.

The other night, I decided to do an impromptu inventory of my wares, which lead to a Marie Kondo-esque cleaning out of my sex toy cabinets. Just like Kondo suggests, I pulled everything out and placed it on my bed. Not going to lie — it was a bit scary. I found a lot of stuff that I either forgot I owned, have never tried or never want to try.

In the spirit of sex toys that go hilariously wrong, I thought it would be fun to walk you through some of the weirder items I came across.

Like this thing. What fuck is this? Similar to the telltale dildo (RIP you veiny monstrosity), I always forget I own this thing until I open the drawer and it startles me back to reality. It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so terrifying.

I solemnly swear that I do not like this toy and don’t want it anywhere near my genitals.

Made of creepy, tacky jelly material, I think this is supposed to used as an attachment for a wand vibrator. However, it doesn’t fit any of the wands I own, which begs the question: #why? Also, the fingers are creepily small *shudder*

Next, what fresh slice of hell is this? I was sent this confusing contraption a few years ago but have since thrown out the manual and now have no idea/desire to try and figure it out.

I assume it’s for a couple (both with vaginas, maybe?) to use internally together, but it’s almost two feet long. When fully inserted there’s still going to be at least 6 inches of plastic “arm” between the two of you. Even in the time of social distancing, this seems wrong.

I mean, I kind of wish it was a set of wearable speakers for running, but alas it is not.

By the way, I found these two throwback gems. Who can forget this unfortunate thirst purchase and the almighty candy cane vibrator? (Insert joke about Christmas “comes” all year round).

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I also unearthed a handful of vibrators that look like a stingray had sex with a computer mouse. I vaguely remember trying these? But why are there so many of them and why are they all so unmemorable? Also, I’m pretty sure one of them is called “The Chocolate” which makes zero sense because it’s pink.

While I mostly plan on sticking to my favourite sex toys during quarantine (if it ain’t broken, why fix it?), many of the less favoured items in my collection can still be put to good use.

For example, these Fifty Shades of Grey arm restraints can be repurposed as a stylish face mask in a pinch.

If things really go south, I’m also prepared for any Birdbox type situations that may arise.

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Oh, and those Fifty Shades of Grey handcuffs I never use because they have quotes from the book engraved on them (I kid you not)…

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If society descends into full out anarchy, the cuffs paired with the Fifty Shades of Grey blindfold are perfect for restraining adversaries.

It’s what Christian Grey would want.

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Like the inscription on the cuffs says, any predators will be “all mine.”

Since many of us are embracing home improvements lately, I think it’s also important to note that silicone lube is great for fixing a creaky door.

While it’s unlikely I’ll be using any of these toys in the bedroom, they can still be useful. My suggestion: combine two questionable toys into one horrifying back scratcher/high shelf-reacher/social distancing tool.

Here, let me get that for you!

Lastly, just because handshakes are off the table right now doesn’t mean you can’t still make those money moves.

Well, that’s all folks. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are all staying safe and well.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Sex From Writing About It

I was speaking to an editor I work with recently, and she mentioned the post I wrote announcing my semi-retirement from sex blogging. “It seems like you started your blog to work out stuff about your sexuality and now you’ve kind of done that,” she said. Sometimes all it takes is a simple comment like that from someone else to make you realize that yes, that’s exactly what you’ve been doing all along. I started this blog in 2009 so I’d have a place to share all of my bizarre dating stories and showcase my writing, but it became so much more than that.

Through Skinny Dip I’ve been able to sort through my feelings about dating, relationships, my body and my sexuality. While I’ve mostly retired from reviewing sex toys and no longer feel the need to share so much about my current love life on this blog, I still thought it would be fun to look back and share some of the things I’ve learned about myself over the past nine years (oof) of blogging.

1. Explore and experiment to your heart’s content.

I thought I had a pretty good handle on my body and self-pleasure before I started this blog, but trying a bazillion different sex toys for the purpose of writing about them has definitely expanded that knowledge in positive ways. I can now look at the shape of a toy or feel it’s vibration patterns on my fingers and make a very good educated guess as to whether I’ll enjoy it (and while I’m occasionally still surprised, I’m usually right). The point here: don’t be afraid to experiment with different gadgets or props — even the really weird looking sex toys. Worst case scenario, you’ll learn more about what you do and don’t like.

2. If you don’t like something or it doesn’t work for you, that doesn’t mean you’re broken.

There are plenty of stores online that claim they sell the best sex machines but not all toys are created equal or are designed with every human body in mind. What’s mind blowing for one person, is going to be a flop for someone else. For example, I’ve learned through trial and error that wand vibes like the ever popular Hitachi Magic Wand, just don’t work for me AT ALL. I’d much rather use something small and precise like the Crave Duet (a vibe that another blogger hailed as a flop). Long story short: not everything is going to work for everyone and that’s okay. Life would be kind of boring if everyone got off in the exactly same way. Keep trying stuff until you find what works for you.

3. You’re not required to define your sexuality for other people.

When I decided last spring to finally explore my bi-sexuality, I felt pressure to define my sexuality for other people. I thought it would be easier to explain myself and fit in with the queer community if I gave myself a label (queer, bi, hetero-flexible etc) — and I wasn’t totally wrong about the first one. People like clearly defined labels because they’re easier to digest. However, like Justin Bobby from The Hills, “I’m just not into labels” — at least when it comes to my sexuality. It wasn’t until I was on my first really great date with a woman and my date told me, “no one in the gay community is going to force you to define yourself,” that I felt comfortable just letting things be. The truest thing I can say about my sexuality is that I am a woman who mostly dates and loves men, but sometimes has romantic and sexual feelings for women.

4. You know yourself better than anyone else and it’s okay to like what you like, however kinky or vanilla that may be. 

I’ve written about the ridiculous assumptions people have about me because I write about sex. For example, that I must be super kinky and/or sleep with evvvvveryone (I mean, really guys?) Nine years in and I’m really tired of having to explain on a weekly basis that I don’t have my very own sex dungeon (however, I’d kill for some more shoe storage space). While writing about sex has definitely opened my mind to new things and encouraged me to explore my sexuality, it’s also helped reconfirm what I’ve known to be true about myself all along: that I can enjoy different kinds of sexual experiences, but the kind I crave most isn’t necessarily very kinky. I want sex that is super passionate, but also includes a great mind-body/emotional connection. This isn’t always easy to find, which is part of the reason I don’t have as much sex as people probably think I do. Like #3, I also used to feel the need to explain this to people, until I realized that it’s no one’s business but my own.

5. Stay open.

Not only am I more open-minded when it comes to my own desires, writing about sex has given me a greater appreciation for the diversity of human sexuality. While I know myself a lot better than I did nine years ago and I still have some “hard passes” when it comes to dating and sex, I’m also open to those beliefs and desires changing. Sexuality isn’t static. It’s okay to evolve and change over time. In other words, know yourself but never say never.

 

Eva Couples Vibrator Review + Gift Certificate Giveaway

 

Before I hang up my sex blogging hat for good, there are just a few pieces of housekeeping to look after. As I mentioned when I announced my sex blogging retirement, there are still a few sex toys on my bucket list that I’d like to try and review. One of those toys is the Eva Couples Vibrator.

A good friend of mine has called this toy, “the best sex toy ever” so, naturally I had to try it out. Luckily, the nice people at Excuse Moi kindly offered to hook me up. You can read my review here.

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Also, as a thank you to my readers I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to use at Sexcuse Moi (just in case you wanted to pick up a little something-something on your own sex toy bucket list.)

To enter, you just need to subscribe to my newsletter and follow the prompts below. I’ll choose a winner on August 17th. 

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Go F*CK Yourself With The Nooky Box & Emojibator

 

(The photo above, while gorgeous, isn’t mine. It’s artist Krystle Mae Jaramillo posed with her pair of Emojibators. Check out her art here.)

When I announced my semi-retirement as a sex blogger, I made a sex toy bucket list of everything I still wanted to try and write about. One the list: the hilarious & kind of adorable Eggplant Emojibator. I mean, it’s an eggplant shaped a vibrator – it’s basically begging to be written about on Skinny Dip ( and now it seems especially apt since my recent post about creepy sexts).

Well, sometimes the stars just align. Not long after making that list, the fine folks at The Nooky Box reached out to me. The Nooky Box is a sex-positive subscription box that’s delivered every three months. They sent me this quarter’s box which features (you guessed it) the Emojibator!

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The theme of this quarter’s box is “Sex is Healthy.” Nooky Box founder, Meg Ross, said she was inspired to launch The Nooky Box because she wanted to encourage more positive conversations around sex. So, she decided to create a carefully vetted subscription box that helps couples take the guess work out of choosing the right accessories for the bedroom.

Over the past few years I’ve reviewed several adult subscription boxes, so what makes the Nooky Box unique? Meg says, “We carefully vet and choose the products that go into the boxes with the intention of creating an exciting and cohesive sexual experience. We offer a full user experience with toys, Lube, SWAG, a playlist of music and an erotic story.”

Their company philosophy is “YAY SEX!” As Meg explains, “we want our customers to feel good about their intimate relationships” while helping foster a sex positive environment where people can talk about sex openly and honestly. Amen, to that.

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Here’s what I found inside my “Sex is Healthy” Nooky Box:

Perfect Fit Ribbed Cock Ring

Durable and comfortable. This ribbed cock ring by Perfect Fit gives stronger long-lasting erections which hopefully will lead to some great orgasms for everyone involved.

Almost Naked Organic Lube

Almost Naked by Good Clean Love is a water-based lube, made with aloe vera and infused with a touch of lemon and vanilla. When I’m not using Hathor/Sutil lube, this is my go-to brand.

Bfit Classic Love Balls

Make kegal exercise fun with The Bfit Classic Ben Wa style exercise balls. I haven’t tried these love balls yet but I love that they’re silicone and look easy to clean.

Pandora’s Pops NookyBerry Aphrodisiac Lollipops

These Nooky Berry Lollipops by Pandora’s Pops are activated with aphrodisiac herbs and essential oils. I’m saving these for a special occasion and/or a really strong sugar craving (hopefully the stars will once again align & I’ll be able to enjoy them with someone else.)

Bonus Stickers, Samples, and Surprises

Each Nooky Box comes with a variety of stickers, samples, and bonus surprises! Plus a printed short Erotica story. One of the bonus surprises: individually packaged intimate wipes – perfect for stashing in your date night survival kit.

& lastly, the piece de resistance…

Eggplant Emojibator

The Eggplant Vibrator by Emojibator provides 10 settings and includes a hard protective case for storage and travel.

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The Eggplant Emojibator is basically one big “That’s What She Said” joke waiting to happen. Although I’ve seen plenty of photos of it online, I was shocked to discover that in person it’s much smaller than I thought it would be. In fact, it fits in the palm of my hand.

Whether you’re dick bombing or photographing an eggplant shaped vibrator, let the record show that camera angles and distance matter.

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While smaller than I expected, it is cute as hell. The Eggplant Emojibator, along with the other items in the Nooky Box, would make an excellent Bachelorette or sexy wedding shower gift.

(Joe the Intern has already tried to claim it for his own purposes. In his words, “it looks like the perfect item to roast over an open spit. PS. It’s dinner time and I may be hangry.“)

What I liked about my Nooky Box experience:

Minimal packaging

The box that it’s shipped in is the actual Nooky Box. It doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as some of the other subscription boxes (that are literally boxes within boxes), but it’s a lot more environmentally friendly.

Gender neutral design

While I personally prefer the edgy/femine chic aesthetic of the Unbound Box, the design of the Nooky Box is fun, bright and gender neutral which is perfect for couples who are looking for something that’s not overtly feminine or masculine. However, the toys contained within the box are less neutral. In order to make use of all of the products at least one person needs to have a vagina and another a penis.

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I love that both the vibrator and the love balls are made of body safe materials by reputable companies. The not-quite-full-sized but still substantial tube of Good Clean Love is also a nice touch & perfect for stashing in a purse or overnight bag!

Overall, I thought the Nooky Box provided a thoughtful, well curated experience and I’m really glad I had a chance to check them out before I officially retired.

Do you have a favourite subscription box? Share in the comments below!

Thanks again to The Nooky Box for providing these products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. All views are my own because that’s how I roll. 


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