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  1. 6 Apps That'll Shake Up Your Sex Life

    As a student, I'd be lost without my smartphone. It's an essential piece of equipment for me. How else could I keep up with all my important academic notices like last minute seminar room changes, workshops showing me how to cite correctly, and student union election updates?

    Then, in my free time I play games, keep in touch with friends, search for the name of the person in the current TV series I'm watching to find out where I recognise them from, and browse Lovehoney forums.

    I've also tweeted a large supermarket chain because a relative and I were arguing about what year the local branch opened in our hometown. Behold, all this power and knowledge at my fingertips.

    But wait, I can hear you thinking, if smartphones can do so many awesome things surely there's probably an app for reigniting intimacy? Like autocomplete, I'm already there.

    Here are some of my favourites for boosting your sexual inspiration and adventures.

    Paul Thomas Bell For The Head Board

    Lots of you asked us, what is it that makes a man phenomenal in bed? Luckily, our Head Board sexpert and award-winning relationships blogger, Paul Thomas Bell, is here to offer his take on the number one sex tip for men.

    Sex from a male perspective can often be more complicated than it really has to be. It's very easy to overthink sex, to over-analyze you partner's expectations and your own ability (or inability) to perform.

    It's important to remember that sex should be enjoyable for all parties. It's one of life's simplest yet greatest pleasures, but still we insist on stressing out about it.

    One of the biggest challenges for men is remembering that not all partners like the same thing; of course they don't! With one partner you may be a stud, and with another, you could be the greatest anti-climax the act of sex has ever known.

    There is, however, one trick that I firmly believe should work with just about any partner – and it's all about the build-up.

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    Whether you read them each in one sitting or skipped straight to the naughty bits, few erotic books have made as much of an impact as the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

    Did you bite your lip in solidarity with Ana when she first encountered Christian in his Seattle office?

    Maybe you aspire to have your very own Red Room, just like the mercurial billionaire.

    Millions of people around the world have followed the erotic adventures of Ana Steele and Christian Grey over the last 6 years – and many of them have picked up a few tips along the way.

    With the new film out right now, we thought we'd share the 8 things we've learnt from the Fifty Shades books.

    Don't forget to let us know yours in the comments below!

    Fifty Shades Freed

    Finally: Fifty Shades Freed has been released in cinemas! Woohoo!

    The third film based on E L James' best-selling erotic novels that brought BDSM to the masses, it stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele and Christian Grey as they take the next step in their relationship.

    For those who've seen Fifty Shades Darker, you'll hopefully know what we mean by that. For those who haven't well, quite frankly, what are you playing at?

    Fans of the franchise have eagerly anticipated the cinematic interpretation of Fifty Shades Freed, with its even more intense storyline and super-steamy sex scenes - and, let us tell you, it doesn't disappoint!

    So - in the name of research, of course - we sat through two torturous hours of topless Jamie Dornan Dakota Johnson and goosebump-making sex scenes to pick out which sex toys you can use to recreate Freed at home.

    You're so welcome.

    What is Orgasm Play?

    Orgasm play (or control) is the act of taking charge over how, when and if an orgasm will take place during intimate play.

    Orgasm control can be explored during solo masturbation (sometimes referred to as "edging", "peaking" or "surfing"), but is often used as a tool for submission during BDSM and power play scenarios.

    During couples' play, orgasm control is usually broken down into two main types: 'Orgasm Denial' and 'Forced Orgasms'.

    Not sure what that means?

    Read on to find out their true definitions, why you might like to try it, and how.

    6 Sexiest Movies to Set The Mood This Valentine's Day

    Cynics say that Valentine's Day is a get-rich-quick scheme contrived by florists and chocolatiers.

    Pay them no attention.

    No matter your relationship status, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate love and sex.

    For those who are planning a romantic night-in this 14th of February, I have compiled a list of 9 of the sexiest Netflix movies to help you set the mood.

    I've ranked these films from mildest to explicit – so whether you're spending the evening with your long-term lover, your sex buddy, your crush (or even if you're flying solo) rest assured – I've got the film for you.

    The Most Beautiful Non-Realistic Sex Toys

    If 'beautiful' is not the first word that springs to mind when you think about sex toys, I can't say I'm surprised. 'Sexy' – I understand. 'Orgasmic' – makes total sense. 'Better give that a wipe over when I'm done' – yes, you most certainly should.

    However, sex toys can be objects of beauty. Some toys are made from glass or steel, sporting clean lines and elegant silhouettes. These exude a classic kind of beauty. Others are brightly colored and almost abstract, instantly capturing your attention not unlike some forms of modern art.

    (Note: If you think I'm making a rather tenuous link, just Google 'Princess X' by Constantin Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. There is no way you can tell me he wouldn't have been a loyal fan of Lovehoney!)

    It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, I've gathered six of the most beautiful, non-realistic sex toys here for you to behold (but, of course, the human form is beautiful too!).

    The Head Board

    Whether it's sex, Valentine's Day, or the announcement of some big Lovehoney news, we're all about the build-up here at Lovehoney.

    So we thought we'd tease you with a little preview of some exciting new developments that we've got in the pipeline.

    *drum roll please*

    We've teamed up with a collection of amazing sex and relationships experts from across the globe to form The Head Board, a panel of pleasure pros who are here to answer YOUR sex-related questions.

    Now, we can't say who they are just yet, but these fabulous wonder writers will be covering all sexual happiness topics, from body confidence and disability, to foreplay and phone sex.

    Each month, one of them will be tackling a real-life question from a Lovehoney customer right here on the Lovehoney blog - and the first post will be coming very soon!

    Got a burning sex-based query you just can't find the answer to? Email us at theheadboard@lovehoney.co.uk for the chance to have your questions answered by the team.

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    What's sexier than knowing what you want in bed? Openly and enthusiastically asking for it, of course!

    Wanting to be more vocal is one thing, but stage fright, insecurities and a fear of feeling silly can easily get in the way – not to mention not knowing what your partner's reaction will be.

    There's every reason to try talking dirty though – especially as the sexy phrases you moan, murmur and scream have been scientifically proven to trigger a reaction in the brain that make your partner feel even more aroused.

    And while we're not suggesting you turn the air bright blue from the get-go, dirty talk is definitely something you can master with a little bit of practice.

    Welcome to the dirty talk masterclass...

    Galentines and Palentines Gifts Your Friends Will Love

    January is well and truly here. All reminders of Christmas and New Year have gone. Well, except the shortage of money and the occasional "Have you failed your New Year resolution yet?" comment - and let's not forget the back to university/work blues.

    If you know what day it is today, then rest assured, you are getting back into the swing of things. Give yourself a pat on the back if you spent more time out of pyjamas than in them. Go you! You're unstoppable...

    ... But what is this red and pink rash growing over every building you walk into? Oh, it's Valentine's Day promotions!

    Despite the emphasis on romance, Valentine's Day is a great time to let the people in your life know how thankful you are for them. Because, let's face it, a support network is the number one student accessory.

    Here are some ideas for gifts for your besties. What better way to thank someone for being a friend?

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