Each month we scour the Lovehoney Community Photo Gallery for our favourite photo of someone modelling Lovehoney's lingerie.
Amongst all the gorgeous photos uploaded during April, we saw a theme of lace emerging - whether a lacy body (like the winner, pictured left) or laced-up corsets as you'll see from our runners up.
Our winner this month is Lovable_Rouge with this utterly gorgeous photo of her modelling the Oh La La Cheri Lace Bodysuit.
Whilst we adore black and white photography, we were impressed to see a gorgeous full colour shot that managed to stay soft, uncluttered and well lit. We think she's knocked the spots of the real product photo, with her tumbling locks and beautiful pose.
We were also incredibly impressed with how she's preserved both her anonymity and her modesty (difficult in a completely lace garment!) in such a seductive way.
Lovable_Rogue wins a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher for this stunning shot.
Runners up get 2,000 Oh! Points added to their account to spend or save as they choose.
Read on to see the runners up and find out how YOU can enter our competition!
Has the secret to sexual happiness been unlocked - and is it all in our heads?
A new study has shown that when it comes to sex, we're happy when we we're keeping up with the Joneses and even happier if we think we're having MORE SEX than our peers.
Tim Wadsworth, associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder says, "Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking that we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier."
The results of Wadsworth's study of how sexual frequency corresponds with happiness noted:
- Respondents who reported having sex at least two to three times a month were 33 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who reported having no sex during the previous 12 months.
- Those reporting a once-weekly frequency were 44 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.
- Those reporting having sex two to three times a week are 55 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.
- If members of a peer group are having sex two to three times a month but believe their peers are on a once-weekly schedule, their probability of reporting a higher level of happiness falls by about 14 percent
So while matching our peers (and bettering them) makes us feel happier, it would appear to be a dicey game. The fact we're social creatures and engage in social comparison often leaves us feeling lacking. As Wadsworth says, “We’re usually not looking down and therefore thinking of ourselves as better off, but we’re usually looking up and therefore feeling insufficient and inadequate.”
What do you think? Is it quality over quantity? Do you feel happier if you think you're having a better sex life than your friends? Are you one of the rare few who don't let comparisons with other people influence your happiness?
Have you ever been blown away by Lovehoney's service?
Is our way of making you feel involved and important different to other sex toy companies?
If your answer is "yes", we need your help!
The Internet Retailing Customer Award is looking for companies that really make an impact on a customer's experience by doing things that are different to the rest of the industry. They're looking for the things that make the customer go "wow".
Unlike other awards where we fill in long applications and crunch data, this award relies on YOUR nominations. We'd love to enter this award, and there's no other way than to ask you (nicely!) to nominate us. So...
Just about everyone has sex fantasies. In your head there are no rules and you are in charge of the action.
But what happens when you take one of your hottest thoughts out of the realms of fantasy and into reality?
This special taster ebook, free to download from TODAY, by international sex expert Tracey Cox is just one example of what we dream about...
Michelle has always wondered what it would be like to sleep with another woman, but has been too shy to suggest it to her boyfriends. But when Michelle's new man starts talking dirty to her, she can't resist suggesting they turn their fantasy into reality. But how will her dreams of a threesome translate when played out in stark reality?
This tantalising fantasy is taken from her new book, Dare, which is available in its entirety from 11 April 2013.
We're wondering what makes the nation tick when it comes to getting in the mood for sex (or what the most common reasons are for not being up for it!).
Are you most likely to have sex on a lazy Sunday morning, or as part of your weekday pre-bedtime routine?
How does your partner show they're interested, and what most commonly sparks sex with your partner - a cheeky grope, a kiss, a glass or two of wine?
With this quick little survey, you can help us find out the answers!
As a thank you for completing our Fast & Frisky Survey, we're giving you the chance to win a Lelo Indulgence Kit, which includes a Lelo Insignia Alia Luxury Massager (£64.99) and a Lelo Tantra Feather Tickler (£15.99).
Competition closes on the 11th March 2013. The winner will be contacted by email.
Toy With Me Tuesday is a sex toy meme that Ness, a sex blogger, started when she realised that there were a lot of creative ways to take another look at the sex toys in our homes.
We usually enter a photo every week, but we're taking a mini post-Valentine's break and have instead rounded up some of our favourite snaps of sex toys in a foodie setting. Some are from our own archive, while others are by talented sex bloggers and toy companies, and we use them by kind permission.
Which is your favourite? Have you taken a photo of a sex toy in the kitchen? Have you got any ideas for toys that would look good in a kitchen setting? Feel free to comment!
If you write a sex toy review for Lovehoney, you could be in with a chance to win a rather splendid £100 to spend on whatever you like!
Review of the Month
Having racked up 99 customer reviews, we felt this review by laceandglitter summed up precisely why the Lovehoney Magic Wand Deluxe Massager has proved to be such a phenomenally popular toy.
"I received this as a gift from my boyfriend a couple of months ago. I intended to review it earlier, but I just haven't been able to leave the bedroom since then! Seriously, though, this is the best vibrator I own. I sometimes think it's the best one I'll ever own."
Read the full review by laceandglitter.
Each month we also choose a selection of highly commended reviews and reward them each with a whopping 2,000 Lovehoney Oh! Points to spend as they wish, or perhaps save up to spend on a luxury sex toy. Read on to find out who the runners up were...
Drumroll, please... after years of being asked for them, we can finally offer you Lovehoney.co.uk Gift Vouchers to send to a loved one.
You can purchase a voucher worth anything from £10 to £500, and have it delivered instantly by email to the lucky recipient.
Everything is previewable, so you can fiddle with how the gift voucher would look without even having to enter the checkout.
Go on, have a play!
Lovehoney.co.uk gift vouchers can be spent on anything available on Lovehoney.co.uk (but not on more gift vouchers, because that would just be madness.
And might break the internet.)
They're as flexible as using cash: you can spend all your voucher, more than your voucher (and make up the difference), less than your voucher (without losing the difference), or even more than one voucher at once. Oh, and they don't have an expiry date either.
Got a question? Check out our Lovehoney Gift Vouchers Help page, or add your question in a comment and we'll do our best to answer them!
OK, OK, if you're a regular reader of the Lovehoney blog the above shot might seem like a 'cheat', but we're so excited about the new Lovehoney Flash USB Rechargeable Mini Vibrator (which launched only yesterday) that we just had to feature it as our Toy with me Tuesday this week!