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This Clinique face powder compact has been my compact of choice for several years now. It isn't the cheapest, that's for sure, but for me face powder is definitely something you need to invest in, as the cheaper brands can really look awful. Also, not that I am usually one to buy something based on the packaging, but for a product like this that is meant to be carried round in your handbag, it is important that it is handy and reliable, ie. it won't burst open in your purse and either get ruined or ruin everything else in your bag! The Clinique compact snaps shut properly and is perfectly secure. It stays in my handbag at all times for emergency touch ups.
In terms of wearability, I would say that I use this compact mostly in two situations. The first is if I am going for a more made up, glamourous look, I usually use a wide brush to brush this powder over my foundation for a really matte but slightly dewy complexion. The other use is to have in your handbags for blemish emergencies on the run or if you've say been swimming or sweating or stayed over somewhere, you can just throw a bit of this on your skin for a more even look.
Generally I do prefer to use a liquid foundation for day to day use, but this powder does do a decent job of evening out my skin. You have to be careful to blend it well and make sure you don't put on too much though, because otherwise you will end up with semi-circle powder lines on your face from the application sponge.
Also, remember to wash out your sponge regularly otherwise it can get rather dirty with face oil build ups and the like, which can lead to blemishes or uneven applications.
As you can probably tell, I don't use this powder all that much, maybe 2 to 3 times a week, but even so it does really last a very long time. I've probably had only two in the last 3 years or so. That's a great buy in my books!
The other thing I really like about this particular Clinique Sheer Powder is that it doesn't look too dull but also doesn't leave your face looking glittery. I know that's somethign that some people like, but for me I think it is a bit cheap looking. I prefer a more matte to satin finish, like this powder, and then if I wanted more shimmer I would use a bronzer or blush.
All in all I'm very happy with the Sheer Powder as a good, light coverage powder for occasional use.
I bought this Sony bloggie because I wanted something inexpensive that would record video and also liked the idea of having a pocket-sized device to take good photos with because my normal camera is a large DSLR, which is a bit of a pain to walk around with all the time.
I considered a number of different brands in this genre of camera - like the Flips for example, which are probably the best known pocket-sized camcorders. I must say I was a bit put off by them having been discontinued, as you never know what that's going to mean for future service or accessories if you need them. Also the Flips are generally larger and a bit fatter than the bloggie.
Kodak also had some similar cameras but they were more expensive and I couldn't really see any advantage to them so I ended up going with the bloggie. This is the latest model, there is also a previous model that has a rotating head on which the lens sits. This could be useful in some situations I guess, but I was also concerned about it potentially being unstable when you're trying to film, or maybe even being weaker and leading to breakages. I really like how this model is just a simple bar shape and I find the power and photo buttons at the top to be in a natural place for the fingers. The only thing is you have to be careful not to place a finger in front of the lens, because it is really at the top of the bar and not in the middle as you'll be used to with most compact cameras.
I must say I wasn't expecting too much from this camera. It is said that it films in full HD quality, but still it's so cheap and so small... So the first time i tried it out was at night, in low light, filming a cellist performing under coloured lights. I must say I was blown away by the end result! Not that this camera will replace more expensive full-sized camcorders at all, but the video quality was crisp and clear and although, yes, I do have steady hands, I was still impressed by how even the video looked. The thing that I was most surprised by though was the sound. I would have thought it would have caught next to nothing of the music, so I was shocked to realise that you can hear everything clearly, if not in stereo quality, but still more than enough to get a good idea what the performance was like. And with only a few minor blow-outs from wind noise, and it was a windy evening.
Taking photos in the same low light I have to say was a bit more hit and miss. The camera has no flash so it really is a lot better in high light or sunlight situations. That being said, if you can stay still and frame your picture well you will still get a result that is better than most mobile phone cameras.
The battery power is relatively low. It only lasts around an hour for filming, this is not necessarily terrible though, unless you're trying to shoot a feature length film on this thing, you just need to remember to charge it after each use. Also I think that all cameras in this class have the same limitation. This is also worth keeping in mind if you're tempted to get the variant with the higher internal memory - your device still won't actually have enough power to fill that larger memory in one go, so you should only fork out for extra memory if you want to store images on your device rather than on your computer (personally I can't see any point in doing this).
Charging is easy because you just eject the USB arm from the device (great, no searching for cables everywhere!) and plug it into your computer. This is also the way to download the images and video from the device to your computer. For me (with my Mac) it's just a matter of plug and go, the images pop up themselves. You can also install the bloggie software that comes with the device to share vids and pics directly to your favourite social sites etc. I chose not to do this because I don't really want to give Sony access to all my info, but I did look at the software and found it looked easy enough to install and use.
Another great feature of the camera is that even whilst recording video footage you can still hit the photo button to take a still image. I bought the camera in a kit with the 360 degree attachment, which allows you to record a 360 circle of footage. I thought this could be interesting though I had no idea how it would work. So, what happens is you slip the circular attachment over the bar of the camera so that it sits over the lens. Then you see on the large LED screen a circle with all 360 of footage shown in it. This is also the image that is recorded and seen when you view it on your computer. I guess it's a cool effect, the problem for me though is that most of the screen is then black, you just have a small circle in the middle where the action is, and I find you can't really see what's going on at all. So don't think you're going to get a great image of a natural wonder or something, everything is distorted by being in circular form, so it's really more of just a fun gadget and gimick. Personally, I feel it's too expensive for that - just the gadget I mean, not the camera.
So, if you're on the market for osmething portable that still can actually take decent video, this is it. It's a great gift too as it really isn't expensive, and all in all I am extremely happy with its value for money.
Most people these days realise that having a personal lubricant on hand for those times when things aren't exactly running totally smoothly, or just when you're in the mood to get particularly slippery, can really help to make the difference between average and mind-blowing. It used to be a simple matter choosing a lubricant because there were relatively few on the market, but it seems that these days we are overwhelmed by choice. Flavoured, tingle, warming, cooling, novelty colours and packaging and so on. It's confusing! When I saw the relatively straightforward packaging of the XY Gel from Anne Summers I threw it in my shopping cart with the rest of the stuff I was ordering from them as I thought it would be a straight up lubricant with no silly frills. All I want it to do is lubricate - flavours and colours etc aren't really my bag.
At first I thought the XY Gel was going to be a good buy. It comes out of the tube (which is like a toothpaste tube) easily and has a good gel consistency - not too liquidy so that it slips off your hand before you transfer it to where it's needed and not so jelly-like that it doesn't do its job. It is clear and more or less scentless. So far so good. Giving the gel a test-run it seems to work well, giving good lubrication over a decent amount of time. The problem is, I find that it starts to burn my nether regions if the action goes on too long or if I don't wash it off right afterwards. That's not good!
I understand that this might be an individual reaction, and it's not horrifically painful or anything, but I have tried a lot of other lubricants without any problem like this (except the "tingle" lubricants - those should all be thrown overboard somewhere), so I really don't think it's acceptable. It's also not the cheapest lubricant around so it isn't as though you're saving money by going this route.
Overall I would say give it a try if you must because maybe you won't have the same reaction (my partner seems to find it ok incidentally) but unless you've already bought it I would really recommend trying a different brand. Play is usually pretty good as is the old standard KY.
The Sony DPF D1020 is a ten inch digital photo frame capable of playing videos and photo slideshows. To be honest I can't compare this model to any others because this is the first digital photo frame that I've owned, but I can tell you what functions I found helpful and which aspects I liked against what I found difficult.
On pulling the unit out of the box it definitely impresses with it's sleek and slick appearance. It is very smooth and glossy on the front (which also, as a downside, means it's a bit of a fingerprint magnet so I recommend handling it with a cloth where possible) and has a great minimalist, classy look about it.
When you first turn the digital frame on the SONY logo at the front lights up and the unit comes to life. The great thing though is that once you have it playing your desired media the logo, which is not embossed on the unit but is simply lit up from within the frame, disappears, i.e. the light behind it goes out. This is great I think because a logo underneath all your images is really frustrating and distracting I think. A definite plus for the unit based on that!
The thing that I really had problems with with this Sony frame is getting my media into a format that it would play. Photos seemed pretty easy and it just runs through all of those but I also wanted to play some video on this unit and that was really tricky. It doesn't take any of the usual .mov or .mp4 files that most editing software and cameras product, but only the rather rare .MPEG. For me this meant hours of fiddling and downloading various file converters online before I could finally get the video into a format the player could read. That was annoying!
That being said, now that I have the format down-pat it really is just a case of plug and play with the unit. I use a normal USB stick in this machine (which is great because it seems many similar units only take USB-2 which is the mini USB version and for which you need an adaptor) and it really is just a case of plugging it in and turning the unit on. It will also automatically loop your video or slideshows so that's one less thing you need to worry about. If not though you can set this up easily with the remote.
The unit will turn itself off after a few hours I guess in case you left it on and forgot. I don't find this to be a problem but if you do want it running all the time you'll need to remember to hit the play button on the remote or plug it out and back in again at the power if you want it to re-start.
All in all I am happy with this unit and am even considering buying another.
I tried a solid shampoo several years ago and although I really wanted to love it (really, I did), it just didn't cut it in terms of performance! The old shampoo seemed to leave my hair dry and brittle and at the same time I didn't feel like I was getting particularly clean - you'll agree, not a good combo. That's why I stopped using shampoo bars for a long time, but in the end I really felt that I needed to give them another try because I just can't stand having those massive plastic bottles of shampoo that go directly into landfill. Did you know that around a quarter of all non-biodegradable landfill rubbish comes from beauty products? If that fact shocks you as much as it did me - and it should! - then you need to try this shampoo.
As with all Lush products the shampoo is made of completely natural ingredients, which means that the soap going down the drain in your shower is a lot less harmful than other detergent-based shampoos. The thing that really makes me feel a lot better though is that there is no packaging AT ALL. You pick up one of these bars from the Lush store and take it straight to the shower, where it is used exactly like soap, but on your head.
Performance-wise this shampoo is great, unlike many solid shampoos it really lathers up well. I find that rolling the bar around in my hand just a few times and then rubbing my hands over my hair in the usual way gives me a luxurious and fluffy foam and really gives me the impression that my hair is being very well cleaned. It also smells heavenly, a very light and fresh scent, probably more feminine than male but it isn't as though you will reek of this after your hair dries so it definitely could be used by both sexes.
The bar is rather expensive when compared to your 1-2 pound bottles from the store, costing almost 5 pounds for a small bar. That being said it does last extremely well. I've been using mine for 2 months already and it's only about half gone. I have short hair but even with long hair don't think you'd use it much faster. The one thing you need to be careful of is that your shampoo bar is allowed to dry between showers, otherwise like with normal soap it will turn to mush.
The only thing I don't like about the bar is the little flowers they press into the top. I find them unsightly and a tad annoying but to be fair it's not like they leave bits in your hair or anything like that, I just find them highly unneccessary.
All in all you should try this shampoo - save on plastic without breaking the bank and do your bit to make the world a better place!
L'Eau d'Issey is, like most Issey Miyake fragrances, a feminine yet foresty blend of complex notes, interesting and unique.
This particular blend I find a little sweeter than some of the better perfumes, and indeed I prefer Issey Miyake's men's fragrances to his women's.
On the nose initially this fragrance is a sweet, woody scent, not too citrusy, which quickly develops into a more floral scent but still with the woody fragrances. I don't like reading what the manufacturer says the notes are as I find this to be really misleading a lot of the time, but for me I smell sandalwood and those sorts of muskier, woodier, slightly spicy notes with a sweeter floral overtone.
This is definitely a perfume for a younger woman I would say, as it is definitely quite modern and chic. Not your typical women's fragrance at all. It's of course far too sweet to be a man's fragrance but does have that same sort of spiciness that most men's fragrances have, so is definitely not for your typical girly girl.
For me this is more of a daytime fragrance, as I prefer to wear something muskier and a bit more sexy if I am going out in the evening, but this also isn't a really light scent such as Pure White Linen, it's somewhere in between. Personally I can't say that this is an everyday fragrance for me but it is something that I enjoy wearing on occasion. I have enjoyed the large bottle that i had (almost finished now) but not so much that I would buy another I don't think.
In terms of stamina I actually don't find this fragrance to be too great. It will last through the morning but then is almost entirely gone so if you like to be scented all day you'll have to reapply.
All in all, it's nice for a change but not a must-have.
The Nipple Rub from Ann Summers usually comes as part of a set with the Pussy Rub and Cock Rub. These are not lubricants, they are supposed to be gels to increase arousal - basically they are foreplay enhancers. Sounded like fun so my partner and I ordered some in a set. It can, however, also be bought singly.
The Nipple Rub is the only one of set that is a gel-like consistency, rather than being an opaque cream. It is bright yellow and transparent and has a strongly chemical scent. No prizes for guessing where this is supposed to be rubbed. It has a very artificial lemon scent and is also lemon flavoured. And when I say that, I mean it in the loosest possible way. The main problem with this is, it tastes absolutely, positively disGUSTing. Dabbing just the tiniest bit of this onto your tongue will send you into comedically drastic pinched face fits - it is sour, which is about the only thing that allows it to be described as lemon-flavoured, and has a horrible detergent-like extremely chemical aftertaste. The whole thing basically tastes, looks and smells toxic.
Now that's pretty much a deal-breaker for a substance that has no other purpose than being rubbed onto a person's nipples. Because really who wants to be in the foreplay moment, using this gel (even if, let's imagine, you could ignore the horrible smell) only to two seconds later fall into the trap of putting your mouth where you were just rubbing and ending up running for the bathroom to wash your mouth out!
For nipple stimulation you don't even need to worry about any special substnaces or internal-suitable gels, so just go with some nice body oil or even moisturiser, you really don't need this hideous gel. It doesn't even remain silky and lubricated for long, being a gel it dries really quickly and then you're just left with no lubrication for stimulation AND the horrible taste. Lose-lose.
This has got to be the worst Ann Summers product I've ever tried, and I cannot imagine anyone buying it more than once. Give it a miss!
I have an average body. I mean, my boyfriend seems to like it, but I'm not exactly going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now if you're anything like me, you will think that the stay-up stockings look amazing. On the covers of all those packages the slim model with the black lace trim stocking reaching to her mid or upper thigh reclining gracefully on a couch... you get the picture. The problem is, in reality, if you are any bigger than the slimmest of ladies, the place where those stay up stockings come to rest is really not the most flattering. I mean, they have to be elasticised in order to stay up but then they squish the part that is usually the softest and, let's face it, flabbiest of your leg. Muffin top legs is really not a good look. And yet, there's something so sexy about black, smooth, stockinged legs... what to do?
Enter crotchless tights! These babies make your legs look long and smooth, all cellulite, scars, or any other imperfections are immediately covered and held in by the stockings, and yet the crotchless, and backless part, makes them very much different from your 'oh my god it's freezing and I'm on my way to the office' 60 denier winter stockings. Basically these are a regular girl's god-send when it comes to looking hot in the bedroom. Well, these and fishnet stockings - and those don't need to be crotchless.
In terms of comfort these are really great. They don't ride up, or chafe in any odd places, far more comfortable than your regular stockings probably actually. They are also quite sturdy, so as long as you're careful there's no need to think you wouldn't get plenty of wear out of them. Just make sure you wash them in a lingerie washing bag or handwash to make sure you get the longest wear out of them.
Of course you should really wear these, in my opinion, with nothing underneath. But of course you could also go for a pair of contrasting colour crotchless panties or regular panties as you prefer. I just find that trying to get these off at the right moment in a way that is still sexy and seductive is really not as easily said as done. On that front the stay-ups do have the crotchless tights beat, they look great coming off. But then you don't really need to take these off, and they should feel great against your man's skin anyway.
Estee Lauder describe their perfume creation "Pure White Linen" as a 'fresh, luminous' scent and I really have to say, luminous is definitely the right word for it.
Even just having a little sniff of the bottle, there's an incredibly delicate, fresh sweetness that really is like luminous morning dew, or moonlight, or something else a little bit magical.
Upon spraying the perfume onto the skin you are hit with some tingling fruity, citrusy notes, which swiftly sweeten into a spicier floral freshness. To me it has the tiniest touch of honeysuckle overlain by a summery citrus orchard. This fragrance is never heavy, it is light and sparkling from the first breath to the heart and base notes. The longer it is on the skin the more it mellows into the deeper, spicier notes, but there is always a lightness to it, making it absolutely perfect for daytime wear, especially in warmer weather when something heavier would feel cloying. That being said I am also often tempted to use this for a bit of a summery cheer-up in winter!
It's not a perfume I would wear at night or for going out as its lightness is likely to be overwhelmed in smoky or heavily scented environments (like restaurants). For me it's the perfect office fragrance as it's light-hearted and uplifting without being overpowering.
On me this perfume does settle very quickly. I would say within 10 minutes it is at a very subtle level, more of an aura than a scent, one of those fragrances that tends to make people think that you naturally smell amazing because it doesn't announce itself as a PERFUME. If you are someone who likes to have a recognisable scent on all day I think you would need to reapply at least once during the day.
This fragrance is truly versatile and I think could be comfortably worn by a woman of any age.
I absolutely adore this perfume.
So, now that my position is clear I can tell you why...
With the first scent this perfume is a tad sweet, but not sickly so, and it has a tropical sort of freshness to it that to me is like flowers and the seaside all at once. With the first spray that tropical, seaside-y scent is quiet a rush, and then after a few seconds the tropical, fruity / floral scents start to come through and quickly settles into a sort of frangipani bliss of exotic flowers. Aaaah!
This is the way floral scents should be - light, exotic, expensive smelling, and subtle. It hovers around you and you will get the faintest whiff of it, without ever being bowled over by a big, bombastic overpowering scent. For me that is the hallmark of a well blended and harmonic perfume.
In terms of staying power this perfume does well. It is still subtly noticeable on skin and clothes hours after being applied. And one spray from the diffuser is definitely enough. That being said, it is on the lighter side of the tropical and fruity range of fragrances, so if you like something that will make every person you pass in the street turn their heads, this is not the fragrance for you. It's more the sort of fragrance for those who want the people they allow close to them to want to get even closer! ;)
Comes also in a beautiful glass bottle, with a lovely rounded form that feels great in the hand, and isn't spindly or unstable on your bedside table like some of the weirdly tall long bottles on the market these days.
It's also a fairly classic, classy scent and while I would say it might be suited to a slightly younger woman, it isn't girlish at all and could be worn by middle aged women as well.
Kenzo is an extremely popular fragrance house and this particular fragrance, Flower, is pretty much the star of their show, so when I received some as a gift last year I was wrapped even though I hadn't actually tried it before! Being a bit of a perfume junkie, don't ask me how I managed to miss it, but I did.
So anyway, at the first moment opening the bottle I was expecting big things and I was.... horribly disappointed. The scent that immediately hits me when sniffing the bottle is that of cheap musk flavoured sweets. The initial scent is strongly, yes even a bit sickly sweet, and is only saved on closer inspection (of the nasal variety that is) when the spicier undertones are detected.
Upon the skin, for me at least, nothing much changes. I was hoping once applied that it would settle down into a more mature scent, but it really doesn't change much at all. I can of course appreciate that it is a well-blended scent, it has a very heady floral overtone with strong musky heart notes, and a tiny bit of kick in the tail with some nice spices. The thing is, for me, this is just far FAR too sweet. I struggle to describe it in any other way, and don't get me wrong, although I will admit that I prefer much spicier or fresher, citrusy scents, I do still have a couple in my collection that are on the sweet side (like Lovely from Sarah Jessica Parker, for example) and yet Kenzo Flower more or less literally turns my stomach it's that sweet on me.
The staying power, on the few occasions that I've forced myself to wear it in the hopes that it will grow on me, has been (unfortunately for me!) pretty good. It's not overpowering but you definitely do get whiffs of it throughout the day.
All in all, definitely one I can't rate well!
I had an 80GB iPod that I used for music purposes over the last 5 or 6 years, but when my partner got a new generation iPod Touch he passed his old one on to me.
The iPod Touch operates on a much higher plane than my old iPod. I never had a problem with the touch wheel operation system from the iPod but the whole touchscreen design of the iPod Touch is definitely a massive step up. It's fun to use and certainly lets you get from point a to point b in the menu a lot faster. I think that Apple really have done a great job with the sensitivity of the touchscreen. It's sensitive enough to pick up all your movements really quickly and easily but I don't find that it's oversensitive in terms of you often clicking on things you never wanted to click on. The only time that this can be a tiny bit of an issue is when you're scrolling through your email inbox on the machine. You have to pick up your fingers and swipe them on the screen again to scroll through your mails but sometimes the initial touch does actually make you click on an email in your inbox and you end up on that individual email and rather scrolling through the whole inbox. This doesn't happen that often though, so isn't a big problem.
The iPod touch moves very quickly through all local applications like mail and music and games. It can be a tad slower when you're actually connected to the internet and surfing, but not bad in comparison to other smartphones, just a tad slower than if you're on a laptop I would say.
I have downloaded a few apps to my iPod Touch, mostly a couple of free games and a weather application etc. The process was really very easy and smooth, can't complain about that at all. While I don't have too many apps on my iPod Touch, so it's still easy to find everything, if you do have a lot you can also set up little folders on your main screen to group things together, like all games or all news apps etc, so that you don't have so many pages to scroll through to find what you're looking for.
In terms of using the iPod Touch for music, it is easier to operate than the old style iPods because, as I said, the touchscreen allows you to move much faster through your music list and between songs/artists/albums etc. That said, it has a much smaller memory and if you have some photos and a few games and apps on there, then you may find that you can't get your whole music collection on there. The 32GB is enough for me, because I have hardly any apps on there but it's a consideration for some people.
The iPod Touch doesn't have phone capabilities obviously, and also has no camera, so those are the two main reasons you may prefer to get an iPhone. But if you're just looking for a replacement for your MP3 player, and you already have a phone you're happy with, then this is definitely a good option. You don't have to pay for the internet (just operates via WLAN) and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the iPhone.
I wouldn't have bought one for myself, and I mostly use it for music and playing some silly arcade style games (massive time-waster, but fun!), which is why I say it's another useless gadget, but once you do have one you tend to quickly find you can't do without it!
The Philips Wake Up light was, to my knowledge, the first of this sort of alarm clocks to come on the market, which was designed to mimic the sunrise by slowly lighting the room leading up to the time you've set your alarm for, and thereby supposedly help you off to a better start in the day. When it first came on the market it was ridiculously expensive at close to 100 pounds. My partner of course being a gadget lover he had to have one, so I have now had several years of experience with this very pricey alarm clock.
I should start by saying that we've never had any trouble with the alarm being unreliable. It's good to know that even with all the bells and whistles the minimum function does actually work. We have the alarm set to a radio station and I like the way that the volume comes on very soft at first and gradually gets a bit louder - this prevents what sometimes used to happen with my last radio alarm clock where the music would happen to come on just at the moment of a massive drum solo or brass section piece in the song. That can be rather a shock!
So, as a radio alarm clock it's good, but what's with the light? The light does come on reliably as well, the problem is, for me, it really does not make the slightest bit of difference to my mood or energy levels. Even in winter when it's still dark outside, having a light slowly go on next to the bed does not make me feel more awake when the alarm finally rings. Even some times if the light actually wakes me before the alarm, it's not that I then feel fresh and alert or am happy to have been woken up, I am just annoyed that I missed out on those precious few extra minutes of sleep! So really the concept of this whole light/alarm thing seems to be a failure with me. My boyfriend says he likes it, but frankly he's not much of a ray of sunshine when he wakes up in the morning either, so I can't say I've noticed that it has really helped him either.
I do have a couple of other gripes with it too. You can of course use the unit as a normal light in the evenings or whenever. I actually quite like the light it gives, which is quite a soft glow but is bright enough to read by at the highest setting. You can dim the light very smoothly right down to complete darkness as well, which is good. BUT, when I am lying in bed at night reading with the light on, I am often bothered by the indistinct humming that the light makes! It is noticeable although doesn't sound like a malfunction or antyhing, it's obviously just part of the machine.
The other problem is the LED numbers on the front showing the time, they have become significantly darker over time and now in daylight they really can't be seen at all on our unit, just a couple of years after buying it. That is really annoying.
Plus, the way that the two main control dials are set on the side of the machine I often click the wrong one to turn the light on or off and then there seems to be no way to just click the right one and that's it, you have to wait for the menu that was brought up by clicking the first dial to disappear before you can click the right one. Not a big thing but it annoys me.
So, all in all, at the current price of around 50 pounds - a lot more reasonable than what we paid - I suppose it's not a bad thing to have next to your bed as it does do a few things reasonably well. But personally, since I am also not a major fan of how the unit looks, I certainly wouldn't buy another one and don't particularly love the one we have. In my opinion a good clock radio and a normal bedside light is a better combination, and will probably be quite a bit cheaper, especially as if you are considering buying this you probably already have a bedside lamp!
KY Jelly Lubricant has got to be one of the best known names in the lubricant industry... and with good reason. It's not fancy, it doesn't have great packaging, or promise the best sex you've ever had, it's not flavoured or scented or coloured, it doesn't come with any extra toys, bells, or whistles, it just does exactly what it's supposed to, namely lubricate. And that makes it a winner in my books.
The Play range from Durex seems to have become the most popular range in recent years, because of agressive marketing and a constantly changing line-up of new products promising to make everything you do in the bedroom that much better. I have tried a few of these out but, believe me, they are never better than KY Jelly. Things that are supposed to 'tingle' or 'warm', in my experience usually lead to horrible burning, and anything that is supposed to be flavoured or scented to me just takes away from what is naturally a really nice experience. Let's not try to get too fancy here folks! To me, it's not about trying to change the experience, but just to make what god gave us run that little bit, well, smoother.
KY Jelly comes in an easy to open flip top tube packaging (unlike the Durex Play may I add, which you will know if you've ever tried to open it one handed while mid-act, is a pain in the butt to open!), which is very easy to open without ruining the mood. It has quite a thick-ish, gel-like consistency, which is perfect for getting it where you want it to be without dripping it all over yourself or the bed on the way. It lubricates well and while it will dry out after several minutes of exposure to the air, I find it's almost always enough for my purposes. And if not, well just grab some more!
You don't have to be a wanton harlot to enjoy a bit of saucy fun in the bedroom, and these days your options are just about endless. That being said there is a lot of really tacky crap out there, or things that are just downright uncomfortable, so it does pay to have a bit of a look around and make sure you know what you're getting.
Now I believe that every girl should have a pair of crotchless panties in her underwear drawer. And no, not just the wild single gals, I think it's actually even more important for those in steady relationships. After all, no one wants the fire to go out and a bit of raunchiness is a good way to make sure it doesn't!
Now, I don't like tacky lingerie. I'm not into anything red and lacy, and sparkles are generally a big no-no for me. I prefer something as classy as possible whilst still being damn hot! These Booty Parlous Crotchless panties from Ann Summers fit the bill perfectly for me. I have the white and black version, and though I could do without the frill at the side, I generally find them pretty stylish.
The great thing from my point of view, is that the crotchless part is a sexy secret when you first wear them with your partner, so they're not vulgar and you also get the added wow figure. When I first wear these my partner thought they looked very hot, but it wasn't until he got a little closer that he realised the ribbon tie at the front actually leads to an opening at the underneath part of the crotch. It seemed to be a pleasant surprise for him, that's for sure!!
As for wearing them, these panties are perfectly comfortable, and the g-string at the back is not at all uncomfortable. They are loose enough and feel soft. That said, it's not as if you're going to be wearing them all day every day, or doing sport in them or anything, so it's not like they need to be the most comfortable knickers ever!
The quality of the fabric is fine, it doesn't feel cheap and nasty, but it is obvious that these are not Agent Provocateur or one of those real luxury brands. But then who can afford those when you know you're only going to have them on for a few minutes every now and then??
All in all, these crotchless panties are a good value buy, and definitely give you the desired wow factor. Perfect even for slightly shy ladies!