Review: Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress and Latex Leggings, Black Lace brand PVC Open Cup Corset, Pjur Latex ShinerPosted: September 15, 2013
Being a cage-dancer at The Snake Pit venue in the Glastonbury Festival’s infamous Shangri-La area brings its own set of challenges – not least what to wear. Because when you’re performing in front of an audience of thousands over several nights, and the idea is to entertain as well as titillate, you can’t go at it half-cocked, especially when the look you’re aiming for is the Tarantino screenplay/ Rodriguez film From Dusk Till Dawn – albeit more upmarket.
This year my first stop for outfit ideas was Lovehoney, who offer an affordable range of latex and, much more importantly, a fantastic returns service, which means that you can swap sizes, items and if necessary get refunds extremely easily. When shopping online and/or for fetish wear, this kind of customer care is essential, as not only can latex quality and size guides differ between brands, but an off-the-peg design may simply not suit your body shape.
Luckily, when I typed Latex into Lovehoney I had plenty of clothing items to choose from (and plenty of latex condoms besides!). My first search was for a latex catsuit which Lovehoney doesn’t stock, although they do have a couple of fabric catsuits. This caused a bit of a rethink, and considering the practicalities of catsuits at Glastonbury (ease of getting dressed, undressed and how to pee when visiting extremely unhygienic portaloos), I hit on the idea of combining latex leggings and a latex top: infinitely more practical, right?
First up I went for the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress. Originally I ordered a Large, as I’m 5’9” and can measure between a UK 12-14, but since the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress is cut to curve wider at the hips, it proved baggy in the bum. Despite having D-cups to begin with, and adding into the mix my much-loved two-sizes bigger M&S bra(got to love a temporary £18 boob job!), this slackness was also evident where the non-adjustable straps ran from the underarms to the shoulders. Not a good look.
However, after exchanging the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress for a Medium size, I was happier with the tighter fit – and latex is supposed to be tight, after all. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t call this item a dress, more a long vest, as length-wise it very much erred on the incomplete (bringing back fond memories of my schooldays frequently hearing “You’re not going out dressed like that” and “That’s not a skirt, it’s a belt!”). Luckily I was expecting this ‘Mini’ issue from reading the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress Lovehoney reviews, and while it might be fine flashing one’s bum in a fetish club, constantly pulling your dress down throughout the evening does not make for a confident look on stage.
I’d also read that the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress rolled up during use (thank you again, Lovehoney reviewers!), so to combat these combined shortcomings I ordered the Sharon Sloane Latex Leggings (once more exchanging a Large for a Medium so that the leggings were tighter – especially at the waist). I also bought a Black Level PVC Open Cup Corset to keep the top of the dress in place, and hide the bottom of the dress where it rolled up. Which happily, it did – in style.
I found the Sharon Sloane Latex Leggings slightly too wide at the ankle, which I’m assuming is to make them easier to get on, but I think I was probably the only person who noticed this. They are also quite loose at the waist, but then my waist is significantly smaller than my bum, so I often have problems in this department. In fact, I wouldn’t call either the Sharon Sloane Latex Mini Dress or their Latex Leggings entirely skin-tight, but then that’s what you get for buying mass-produced latex: three sizes will never fit all, which is why real enthusiasts visit specialist latex designers such as Pandora Deluxe, Lady Allura’s Latex or the bigger and better-known Westward Bound.
The Black Level PVC Open Cup Corset on the other hand, was an absolute gem of a find (and the flimsy G-string an extra little bit of fun). Even if you’re a corset purist or fashion snob (which I am, thanks to experiencing the like of Cliterati Style Editor Chrissie Nicholson-Wilde’s exquisite Curve Couture designs), there is a place in everyone’s wardrobe for a wipe-clean, zip-fronted, back-tied, cheap and cheerful shiny black underbust corset. Indeed, it was the unsung hero of my Glastonbury costumes: I can’t recommend it highly enough. I would suggest you err towards choosing the lower end of your size however, for that extra-satisfying waist minimising effect.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a latex mini dress, leggings or a more practical alternative to a latex catsuit, this is a great entry-level pack for people on a limited budget or just starting out with latex. My advice would be to keep exchanging until you get the right size for you, and to buy some talc or Pjur Easy Latex Dressing Aid to help slip the clothes on, and also some latex shine spray to polish once you’re happily ensconced in your attire.
I tried the Pjur Cult Latex Shiner Ultra Shine Spray and was disappointed with the results with regards to the expense (I kept having to re-apply throughout the night), but there is a far cheaper shiner which offers (almost) comparable results. Personally I found the Pjur Cult Easy Latex Dressing Aid to be a more useful all-rounder, covering shine, care, conditioning and application for less money than the Pjur shiner spray.
You can see the results above and below (with added hairpiece from my favourite alternative wig specialist Geisha Wigs, wings and mask from a local fancy dress shop, and somewhat surprisingly, patent platform heels from Nextof all places – and very comfortable they were too!).
Wondering what sexy treat to get your lover for Christmas? Well luckily for you (and for me!) I’ve spent much of this year in pursuit of the perfect sex toy, and many testing hours later I’ve come up with my 2012 Top 12. You can thank me later.
For sheer beauty and exquisite ‘objet’-ness, these handmade dildos remain unsurpassed. If your lover has generic sex toys aplenty, then this will complete their collection nicely.
They also have a bespoke service where you can design your own wooden dildo, from length and girth to shape and ridges. Mine is modelled on my husband Roger: my dream double-team!
Mona 2 by Lelo
My all-time favourite vibrator the Lelo Mona just got dumped for a younger model: welcome the Mona 2.
Ticking both G-spot and clit stim boxes, it may be expensive but with vibrations that strong (I – wait for it – had to turn it…down!) it’s worth every goddamn penny. And you can quote me on that.
From packaging to performance, it really is the perfect gift. ‘Nuff said.
The Mona 2 is available from Lelo for £84
A thrusting dildo rather than a vibrator, this is the future of vaginal masturbation, and for good reason it’s the hottest sex toy on the market right now. Best for internal rather than external play, the Stronic is like nothing you’ve ever tried before. It takes a moment or two to get used to using a pulsating product, but once you’re there we guarantee you won’t be going back – just don’t forget to buy a Fun Factory charger too if you haven’t already got one. Fucking fantastic.
To the untrained eye the Pillow Foreplay is a completely crazy idea: in layman’s terms it’s an adjustable inflatable pillow with a hole in which you stick your favourite vibrator.
You then ride the pillow-vibe combo like a cowgirl, or even clasp it missionary style above you if you prefer. It’s so simple it works like a dream, also proving popular with male partners due to the visual aspect. Plus it can be used during sex as a handy prop for the more athletic positions.
The Pillow Foreplay has to be tried to be believed, and luckily there are three different versions for girls, guys and gays alike. I’m now a believer – especially as they also do a bespoke service meaning you can have it in latex, leather or even with BDSM-friendly D rings should you so require. Highly recommended.
With phenomenal packaging this really is a truly gorgeous gift: our jaws literally dropped when we saw The Matryoshka’s box – and that was before we’d even opened it!
As its Russian Doll namesake suggests, The Matryoshka is beautifully feminine in shape, and has its own presentation case (pictured) which you can use to conceal it as it charges (although you will need to buy a European plug converter separately).
Not only is it genuinely gorgeous and unique, but it works a treat: surprisingly powerful, it’s the ideal clit stim toy. We were so impressed we had to test it again, and again and again…
Rianne’s Forbidden Fruit apple vibrator is also said to be outstanding, but we’ve yet to test it ourselves.
Leaf make the most gorgeous green eco toys we’ve ever seen at Cliterati HQ. I’ve tried the fresh and flexible Bloom and was amazed not only at how powerful its separate vibrations were at both ends, but impressed at the unique design which allows you to reach your required intensity simply by keeping the button pressed until you get there (rather than flicking through the vibrations level by level).
Presented in a Fairtrade-style tea box with a cute canvas storage pouch, this phthalate-free silicone toy is an absolute beauty. Clever and cool, it brings a whole new meaning to the term tea-bagging!
This little lady is a true delight: a vibrator that looks like a silicone cupcake – complete with cheeky cherry – and feels like the best foreplay toy you could ever hope to own.
At a perfectly reasonable £35 it’s utterly seductive – especially with lashings of lube – and the icing on the cake is a retro baking tin. Well, actually the icing on the cake is the icing on the cake, and then the icing on the cake of the icing on the cake is the tin, metaphorically speaking.
Anyway, if you’re still with me, the Cupcake Vibrator is an appetising addition to the sex toy table, and like most delicious treats is even better to share. Bon appétit!
If Pony Play’s been on your to-do list for some time but you’re not sure where to start, then I’ve put together this tempting taster trio to get you geared up for the horsey highway to heaven.
First up is the Leather Harness: this version’s no-frills and functional so perfect for beginners. However, you’ll need to buy your own presentation box for it as it comes in a plain plastic bag – not very sexy!
Secondly we have the Glass Vibrations Pony Tail Glass Butt Plug. There are several versions of this on the market, including plastic plugs, but this looked the best quality and least synthetic hair for the price, and it certainly felt fantastic when worn: an extremely erotic experience to say the least. A surprisingly lovely item in itself.
Finally we tried the handblown Icicles Glass Cat-O-Nine-Tails Flogger, which not only has sexy suede strings but also doubles up as a rather classy glass dildo: a sensuous toy with a welcome sting in its tail.
Just ensure in advance that your partner’s up to experimenting in this area, and with Lovehoney’s superfast delivery you’ll be saddled up in no time.
For prostate stimulation and general anal play, this is our preferred pegging dildo set. The adjustable harness fits like a dream, the pegging dildo is the perfect size – not too big or too small – and if you’re female you can even buy the additional Capsula dildo to insert inside yourself as you pleasure your partner.
Yes, finally it’s your turn to give as good as you get – especially if you purchase one of Vibrator Kingdom’s bespoke storage boxes to go with it. What would you want written on yours?
If you know a woman who likes a good spanking then she’ll love this: a latex skirt with the rear removed for easy arse access.
11) SPUNK Lube
A new addition to the bedroom, this ground-breaking lube that looks exactly like spunk comes in three different kinds: Silicone for longer sex sessions or shower play; Hybrid for use with silicone toys; and Pink, just for the fuck of it.
If you or your man have a fetish for bukkake, cream pies or threesome MMF fantasies, then this Spunk Lube is for you. Plus it’s a genuinely great product, and we can’t help thinking that as well as the Spunk Lube trio selection we’d like luscious Spunk Lube CEO Jeff in our stockings for Christmas too please, Santa!
Visit Spunk Lube US (with international deliveries aplenty)
I’m not going to pretend this is the most glamorous of gifts, but it may just turn out to be one of the most common-sense presents.
Yes, I realise common sense isn’t sexy, but when you learn that a vinyl sheet is ideal if you’re a squirter, into sploshing, water sports, getting oiled up or even just for fucking during a period, this is an unbeatable present as far as practicality is concerned. And that, my friend, is sexy.
Various Vinyl sheets are available from Lovehoney
OK, I lied – there’s one more, and a very lucky number it is too:
13) Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray by Lelo
Essential for any sex toy enthusiast: does what it says on the tin. You need this in your life!
Antibacterial Toy Cleaning Spray is available from Lelo for £6.90
To mark today (Saturday) at London Fetish Weekend, I’ve chosen this amazing image from one of my favourite latex designers Lady Lucie Latex. Not only has the photo got the most fantastic setting, but it stars the gorgeous Miss Miranda wearing Lady Lucy’s Marching Band jacket, (click here to see Miranda in their Military Jacket). I even quite like the quirkiness of the wonky masking tape (er, I mean stripe) in the foreground – I find it kind of endearing…
Anyway, thanks to this picture I now know that alongside the entire Lady Lucie Latex line I want a zebra in my living room, the exact pair of Fabulously Fetish heels featured, and…Miss Miranda (you can keep the masking tape)!
As out and proud fans of all things fabulous and latex, sexy and steampunk, gothic, punk, and let’s face it, pretty much every alternative fashion featuring rubber, exquisite corsetry and super-sharp tailoring (or all of the above), for us London Fetish Weekend has become something of an annual highlight – where else can you find a catwalk event showcasing best of alternative clothing?
Tonight’s opening LFW Fetish Fashion & Deviant Dance evening is not only a club night with a difference, but also a fetish fashion show playing host to four established designers and three additional new designers, all competing for the New Designer Of The Year Award. And what a line-up it is…
First up on the runway is Jed Phoenix, who actually – gasp! – design wearable alternative gear for men as well as women, erring on the side of industrial, gothic and bondage wear:
Second we have House Of Harlot, a well-known Irregular Voice favourite, who are great all-rounders who somehow remain impressive boundary-pushers, meaning that well, frankly, we want their latex-clad babies:
Next comes the first of the new designers, Dayne Henderson, whose ‘near-future’ cyberpunk get-ups are eye-boggling to the extreme. These outfits may well be avant-garde, but Henderson’s approach makes them fascinating art pieces as well:
The second new designer is Eustratia, whose look is just…stunning. Beautiful latexwear, often simple at first glance yet complex in content, these are easily dressed up with the addition of Eustratia’s own latex accessories line. Breathtaking:
Lady Allura’s Latex is the final new designer to be showcased, and her output is cute, cool and enviably colourful, giving her a special place in Irregular Voice’s heart. We love:
And so back we go to the more established designer and the penultimate of the evening, Moretta Designs, AKA Lady Allegra’s weird and wonderful world of 18th Century inspired costume, whose elegant corsets and full silk, satin lace and taffeta dresses are beyond gorgeous, Milady. Enchanting:
The last designer of the evening is Slaughter House Couture, which offers bespoke latex designs for men and women of every size and shape – as the plus-size model on their homepage testifies. Just divine:
Finally, before the Fetish Fashion & Deviant Dance night descends into club chaos, the winner of the London Fetish Weekend New Designer of The Year Award will be announced – and we can’t wait to hear who the expert judging panel rate most highly. Who would you put your money on?
This post first appeared on Cliterati
Holy Crapamoly, there is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this photo: the sexy latex Pop Art dress, the make-up, the model, the hair… Because as always the inimitable Hélène Atsüko looks beyond stunning, making the rest of us wish our locks were also temporarily lost to be replaced with a wet-shaved head, pink eye make-up, chiselled cheeks and enviable curves. Hotness beyond cool. Pass me the Bic, I’m baggsying the bathroom…
There isn’t much that the lovely Nymphomaniac Ness doesn’t know about sex, as her fantastic blog site will testify, so I was extremely chuffed to be asked to be the inaugural interviewee in her Interview With A Sex Toy Reviewer series. And here it is!
Interview with a Sex Toy Reviewer #1
Location (e.g. UK based or US):
Where can we find your reviews?
How long have you been reviewing sex toys for? And how many have you reviewed?
What made you start reviewing sex toys?
Describe your reviewing style:
What toy was the most enjoyable to review and test?
Do you have a particular method of testing toys?
Rigorously, alone and also with my husband to get a good all-round perspective. We naturally end up discussing the toys afterwards, and it’s always good to get his thoughts.
Toys that I know aren’t going to be my kind of thing, I test on my cheek. If they make my teeth rattle they get a positive review, if not they get a no-no. Either way, those toys are forwarded on to my friends – everyone has different taste in toys, and I can pretty much guess which toys will suit which friend. Strange but true!
What’s your favorite review you’ve written? It can be a negative or positive review, as long as you’re proud of the finished article.
Probably my first ever review. It was for a naughty novelty underwear set, and although the pieces weren’t exactly amazing, I was really pleased with my review.
What’s your number one tip to any aspiring sex toy reviewer?
Put yourself out there: write reviews of your own toys and post them online so that you’ve got something to show for your enthusiasm, then approach retailers and local sex shops/ boutiques and suggest you review toys for their websites. Be personable. Persist: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
What toy would you recommend the most and why?
Without a doubt the Lelo Isla is the best G-Spot toy I’ve tried – for me. It looks beautiful, it’s rechargeable but the inbuilt battery doesn’t need replacing as the months fly by (as many rechargeable batteries do), I love the way it’s designed to be held (with a handle at one end), and it hits the spot every time – literally.
Do you have any interesting hobbies other than sex toy reviewing?
I collect shoes, love fashion and enjoy putting together unusual fancy dress outfits for the regular themed parties held here in Brighton. I also cage dance in the Shangri-La Field at Glastonbury every year, and am a keen enthusiast of corsets and the more fabulous side of latex and rubber wear (which thankfully makes wiping the Glasto mud off my costumes a whole lot easier).
Thank you to the lovely Mia More for taking the time to fill out this interview. I also perform the cheek test!