Jan 16, 2017 at 11:05 o\clock

Why You Should Choose Toys With UR3 & Cyberskin

If you havent got any sort of latex allergy, and you enjoy that real skin feel, youll not find anything better than UR3 or CyberSkin. These two substances, UR3 and CyberSkin have the highest quality ingredients and are also the utmost in realism. UR3 comes from Doc Johnson, and CyberSkin is the brand employed by Topco-Sales (products that use CyberSkin are Adam & Eve, Rascal Toys, and the CyberSkin line itself). You should be aware of a few things about UR3 and CyberSkin before going on a purchasing spree, though.

Firstly, you need to beware of products that say they contain UR3 or CyberSkin that aren't made, respectively, by Doc Johnson or Topco-Sales. Each of these substances are patented, but this doesnt stop some sites from saying that lines of toys that arent licenced contain either CyberSkin or UR3 in the place of the more generic jelly or softskin. Both Doc Johnson and Topco-Sales like to ensure that their toys are made out of the most quality ingredients they can get, and if youre not getting one of their lines that say CyberSkin or UR3, its very possible that while the end result is similar, its not quite the same substance.

Secondly, you need to be prepared to have the utmost care and attention when it comes to caring for your UR3 and CyberSkin toys. Both substances are porous, and this property is one of the things that make them so believable as synthetic skin. The issue is, though, that like real skin, UR3 and CyberSkin can be prone to harboring bacteria and other potentially harmful substances without proper cleaning and just like skin, they sometimes need special soaps. Treat CyberSkin and UR3 like sensitive skin that can degrade and form rashes and other uncomfortable skin issues when the wrong soaps and perfumes are used on it.

Your CyberSkin and UR3 products should be washed with toy cleaner that is safe for them and air dried to ensure no fuzz and other undesirable elements wind up in the pores of the toys. Thirdly, you need to ensure that you store your UR3 and CyberSkin toys in an air tight container. This can be a hard plastic container or even a zip closure plastic bag. The fourth thing that you need to remember when storing your CyberSkin and UR3 toys is that you should dust them with some cornstarch once they are dry so they can maintain their skin-like textures. Cornstarch will also help ensure that your toys dont degrade.

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Jan 16, 2017 at 08:39 o\clock

10 Reasons to Shop Dubai: The Ultimate Dubai Shopping Guide

When we arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), just over 10 years ago, the Indian guy from my company who collected us from the airport chatted the whole way to the hotel, giving us a detailed introduction to the country, culture, and society, while extolling the virtues of living in Dubai compared to Abu Dhabi, where we'd just moved.

"... and Dubai has a shopping festival!" he proclaimed rather proudly. In those days, Abu Dhabi didn't even have a mall so we had to drive to Dubai to do any real shopping, like buy an espresso machine for the apartment. But a shopping festival was something else! Admittedly, we thought this a little weird... what kind of country has a festival dedicated to shopping?

Although Abu Dhabi now boasts a few big swanky shopping centers, Dubai, with its scores of malls and atmospheric bazaars is still the region's King of Shopping. And according to Terry, I'm the Queen of Shopping. So, here's my Ultimate Dubai Shopping Guide, or, 10 Reasons Why You Should Shop Dubai.


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#1 - Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival, or DSS as we call it locally, has become much more than a festival of shopping. Sure, it's the huge discounts, crazy promotions, citywide sales, and raffles with Porsches as the prize that get us excited. But there's also entertainment for the kids, street fairs with food stalls, nightly fireworks, and at the Heritage and Diving Village, traditional performances and cultural activities.

Held in January and February, the UAE winter, the weather is lovely. It's still warm enough to swim and tan by day, but in the evenings you need to pop a pashmina around your shoulders. The big disadvantage is that this it's high season (and conference season) so hotels are expensive and you need to book well ahead. Like, now.

#2 - Dubai Summer Surprises

Dubai Shopping Festival became so popular that they started a summer equivalent called Summer Surprises. Even more family-oriented, as the kids are on school holidays, there's a festival mascot called Modhesh which looks like a yellow bicycle pump. A summer version of DSS, held annually from the end of June to the end of August, there are sales all over the city, but the major advantage of the summer festival -- if you can drag yourself away from the Olympics -- is that hotel rooms sell at rock-bottom prices.

Keep in mind, though, it's a sweltering 45C (113 F) degrees outside, your glasses fog up each time you step out of the hotel or taxi, and the whole time you're there you'll feel like you're in a giant sauna or God has placed a big blow heater above Dubai. It's an experience.

#3 - Dubai's Shopping Malls


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I'm not a fan of malls generally but in Dubai, the mall makes sense. Remember, this is a place where it's too hot to stroll the city streets for half the year. In Dubai, the shopping mall is a relief. And here, malls are about so much more than shopping.

They're a place for socializing, for meeting up with friends for coffee, a movie or bowling, for hanging out with the family at a fun fair or eatery, for slipping on the skiis to swoosh down the slopes in preparation for winter, or heading to the gym, spa or beauty salon to get into shape for the summer.

Dubai's malls also boast theaters, art galleries, child minding centers, and even mosques. Think of them as the equivalent of an old town square, piazza or plaza in Europe.

#4 - Mall of the Emirates


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If I had to choose one mall out of the city's scores of shopping centers, it would be the opulent Mall of the Emirates. This sumptuous shopping center is one of the city's largest, but also one of its most beautiful, with polished marble floors, spacious avenues and a stunning skylight. It boasts the best selection of shops, with several swellegant department stores, including swish Harvey Nichols, dozens of chic boutiques, exclusive designer stores, fantastic shoe and accessory stores, cosmetics supermarkets, a massive Virgin Megastore and Borders bookshop, cinemas and theater, art galleries, a theater, Ski Dubai (yes, that huge indoor ski slope you've read so much about), and superb restaurants, including Emporio Armani Caffe and Almaz by Momo (by Mourad Mazouz of Momo London fame), bars (Apres), and a hotel, the swanky Kempinski Mall of the Emirates.

#5 - Dubai's Souqs

While Dubai boasts an abundance of sleek shopping malls, the bustling souqs (Middle Eastern-style bazaars) are actually what Dubai has historically been famous for. The Deira covered market was once the Arabian Gulf's largest - remember, Dubai has been a trading port for several centuries.

The city's souqs may not be the region's most attractive -- get images of Marrakesh or Istanbul out of your head -- but they're just as atmospheric and easily as fun.

The difference is Dubai's souqs are real. Gritty and ramshackle, they're not just for tourists, they're where the real people shop for everyday things. In Deira and Bur Dubai's souqs, Emirati girls shop for fake Yves Saint Laurent shaylahs (headscarfs), their mothers haggle for stainless steel pot sets, their grandmothers buy oud (aromatic wood that's lit like incense), while their brothers, husbands and dads bargain for the latest digital gadgets.

English expats take visiting guests to gawk at the glittering gold souq, Indian expats buy saris and textiles from home, while expat workers from Afghanistan and Bangladesh stock up on basic goods to take home, from woollen blankets to cheap kids' clothes.

Read more: Dubai Guide: Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path Experiences

#6 - Because in Dubai Bargaining is a Fine Art

Part of the fun of shopping Dubai's souqs is bargaining, or haggling. It's not a requirement, as in Cairo, Istanbul or Marrakech -- if you don't want to play simply ask the price, you'll be told a price, and you can pay that price. And believe me, I'm an old hand at it, and it can be exhausting and it's not always fun. But if you pay the first price you're given, understand you're probably paying double the value. It's probably still a bargain compared to what you'd pay back home, but you can get it for a whole lot less, and have fun in the process if you bargain.

So, where do you start? Ask how much then when offered a price, suggest 50 percent less. The salesman will probably laugh or feign horror and offer a higher price. Stick to your guns. He'll then drop the price and once he does, you should raise yours a little. And so it goes...

Use your instinct to respond to his reactions and adjust your price accordingly. As the process draws to an end, ask for the final and best price. If the offer seems reasonable, pay up. Don't go back to your initial offer -- or worse, leave! -- this is extremely rude. The sales guy won't welcome you back when you later realise his offer was a good deal and he'll probably spread the word around the market so you get ripped off elsewhere. While bargaining in the souqs is acceptable, it's not in a mall, unless it's at a carpet shop. At small independently owned electronics, computer or camera shops, you can ask for discounts, but offer 50% less and you'll be laughed out of the store.

Read where to find Dubai's best luxury shopping

#7 - Dubai's Best Buys


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Dubai's best buys are the things we associate with shopping the Middle East -- carpets, textiles, perfume, spices, gold, frankincense and myrrh. Seriously. Dubai's Spice Souq may be small and a lot more touristy now than it once was, but a stroll here is an aromatic assault on the senses -- great buys include tiny boxes of saffron, frankincense (the sticky golden rocks of resin in the big sacks), incense burners, and do-it-yourself henna kits.

Deira's Covered Souqs are the place to shop for bellydancing outfits, traditional costumes, sheesha pipes, and at the Gold Souq, anything that glitters. Bur Dubai's Textile Souq sells Indian saris, vibrant fabrics, spangly Aladdin slippers, Dubai t-shirts, and Arabian 'antiques'. Karama Souq is not so much a souq but a rather shabby shopping center, but it's the best place for discounted souvenirs from the region: Arabian bronze and copper coffee pots, engraved trays and Aladdin lamps, Yemeni khanjars (daggers), Bedouin silver jewellery from Oman, colorful Moroccan lamps, sequinned and beaded cushion covers and bedspreads from India, and mother-of-pearl inlaid boxes and furniture from Syria.

#8 - Souq Madinat Jumeirah


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This stunning, air-conditioned, contemporary incarnation of a souq is the place to head when you can't face the chaos of the real souqs, the heat has got too much for you, you're not in the mood for bargaining, or, when you decide to refuel, you want to have a cold beer or glass of wine with your lunch.

At this beautiful "Old Arabian" styled shopping center with wooden arcades, wind-towers, and lovely courtyards, you can shop in comfort for fine quality carpets, handicrafts, souvenirs and gifts, and the best stores for those are Lata's, National Iranian Carpets, the Pride of Kashmir, and Al-Jaber Gallery. Prices are obviously higher than at the souqs, but the quality is better. You'll also find fashion, jewellery, leather and accessories, and dozens of restaurants, cafés and bars where you relax and ponder your purchases, make new shopping lists, or assess the damage to the credit card.

#9 - Dubai's Homegrown Fashion

Dubai may have made its fortunes on the import-export trade, but there's actually some wonderful stuff produced in Dubai by Emiratis, and one of the standouts of interest to shoppers is its homegrown fashion. The biggest local name is quirky young Dubai-born designer Raghda Bukhash, who creates fabulous fashion under her Pink Sushi label, by playfully appropriating traditional Emirati culture and symbols.

The black and white Palestinian keffayah or red and white gutra (Arab men's headdresses) are all the rage in Europe right now, but Raghda was the first to use them to produce cute skirts, handbags and clutch purses. You can buy her hip fashion from chic fashion boutique, Amzaan, owned by local princess Sheikha Maisa al-Qassimi. Other independently owned boutiques stocking local Dubai fashion as well as interesting international labels include Five Green, Ginger&Lace, and S*uce.

#10 - Dubai's Shopping Hours


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Shopping malls in Dubai open from around 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (although a few don't open until 2 p.m. on Friday, the Muslim day of worship, like Sundays in the West), which is bliss for shopaholics on a stopover! Stores outside of malls, especially those in the souqs, close around noon for an afternoon meal and rest, opening around 5 p.m., which makes sense in this kind of heat.

Shopping in Dubai is most fun at night when the locals go out to shop, so even if you don't like shopping you can enjoy some people watching instead. This means you'll end up eating late and hitting the pillow late, but what are days for if not dozing in the sun by the hotel swimming pool?

Read more about things to do in Dubai

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Jan 15, 2017 at 19:29 o\clock

Adult Consumer Watching More Cable, Pay-Per-View; Moving Online; Sales of Sex Toys Surge

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers are watching more adult content on cable and pay-per-view,

buying more sex toys and moving online, according to AVN Media

Network, operator of, the most frequently visited news site for

the adult market.

Dynamic shifts have occurred in key segments of the market, which AVN

estimates at $12.922 billion in the United States, or just under $13

billion in 2006. Adult Movies remain the largest sector at more than

$3.6 billion or 28 percent of the adult entertainment market. Falling

prices for adult DVDs caused a drop of 15 percent in revenue in that

segment, but unit sales were up, indicating a continuing market for

adult films.

Distribution over cable channels showed the strongest growth in 2006 at

34 percent. AVN estimates the Adult Cable/PayPerView segment

(home and hotel TV movies) now represents $1.75 billion in revenue,


Internet sales of adult content, which includes images, live-chat and

live-streaming video, was also a strong growth area. In fact, AVN

reports that in 2006, Internet Sales became the second largest adult

entertainment segment, with 22 percent of the market or $2.8 billion in


"The adult customer today has more delivery

options," said Paul Fishbein, president, AVN

Media Network. "They can watch content on the

Internet, a DVD or order Pay-Per-View on cable. The market is robust and

widening as adult entertainment is embraced more and more by the

mainstream consumer."

AVN found Sex Toys or "Novelties,"

was the second fastest growing segment of the adult market, growing 15

percent in 2006 to $1.73 billion. Exotic Dance Clubs held their own,

generating $2 billion in revenue in 2006. Adult Magazines, once a market

staple, now represents only 7.4 percent of revenue. Mobile delivered

adult content, once touted as the hot new growth area, is barely on the

chart, due to a lagging infrastructure in the United States, compared to

foreign markets.


% of Retail Sales

$ Retail Sales

Video Sales & Rentals








Cable/PPV (TV)








Exotic Dance Clubs
















Internet sales were up more than $300 million or nearly 14 percent as

more studios and distributors offered adult films and other adult

content online. Adult Cable/Pay-Per-View sales increased more than $400

million to claim 13.5 percent of the market.

"The Internet has become a more user-friendly

environment and it allows the consumer to have a more intimate setting

than the middle of the living room," said

Fishbein. "Consumers who want to purchase or

view adult images can do it one-on-one. Again, it's

the case of the adult entertainment market being first to embrace new


The Adult Novelty market jumped $225 million in 2006, including sales

through traditional retail, Internet channels and direct-to-consumer


"U.S. consumers, especially women, appear to

be showing more interest in sex tech. Devices that enhance the

experience are one of the hot growth areas,"

said Fishbein.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 12:43 o\clock

At sex toy shop, South Korean women seek to shatter taboos | Reuters

SEOUL Choi Jung-yoon and Kwak Eura are on a quest to shatter taboos when it comes to talking about sex in conservative South Korea.

The women are co-founders of "Pleasure Lab" in Seoul, a shop selling sex toys and related items targeted at women. They hope to break social silence about women and sexuality, while teaching customers how to use items such as vibrators.

"You can call us activists, and we think we are curators," said Choi, 30, a former journalist who spent her teenage and college years in the United States.

"The way to change the world can be doing campaigns or fighting outside, which are important, but we think selling sex toys in a bright atmosphere with a smile here can be our own battle and own campaign," she said in an interview at the store, open since August.

The shop, in a building that is also home to two churches in a residential part of Seoul, has white walls which highlight the products, many of them in pink or purple, and holds public workshops on sexual health.

It is featuring festive "Merry Clitorismas" gift boxes that contain vibrators and lingerie.

Traditionally, adult shops in South Korea are targeted towards men.

South Korea is a Confucian, male-dominated society that is undergoing a transition when it comes to gender roles. The pair said there is still a stigma when it comes to women's sexual empowerment, or women talking about sex.

The country ranks 115th out of 145 in the World Economic Forum's index of gender equality, and a massive beauty and plastic surgery industry tends to reinforce traditional perceptions of the feminine ideal.

"In pop culture, like TV shows and movies, heterosexual males are still the ones who have say and sexual independence," said Choi.

"Women who speak out for their sexual life are socially stigmatized, called whores or sluts," she said.

The shop generates monthly turnover of about 20 million won ($17,000), including online sales. Most customers are women in their 20s and 30s.

"We are not a generation who grew up getting proper sexual education," said Kwak, 28, who is bisexual and worked as a nurse for three years.

"We have been sheepish about this ... It may sound grandiose, but we think we are really pioneers."

(Editing by Tony Munroe, Robert Birsel)

Jan 11, 2017 at 21:05 o\clock

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