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Reading Time: 4 minutes Oh Honey, Honey

We been knew they’d do Honey the dirty, and they did.

Today’s episode came for a Drag Race first shocking bottom six in fringe!

We’re shocked no-one lost an eye.

But, first…

The Big Ka-who-nna Montrese

The show spends little if any time remember Kahanna sadly so we won’t either, and it’s straight onto the storylines. We get a very clear set of confessionals from Nina West about how she really needs a win, as if there’s not another eleven contestants in the same position, so it’s already clear who is winning this one.

This is understandable with the amount of Queens still present, but the hand-hold edits of recent seasons can be a bit tiresome to the old fans.

It Takes Two to Make Team Captains

The mini-challenge is for the Queens to sweet talk their way into Seduction’s dressing room.

It’s a very good concept, but most of the Queens don’t deliver all that much. Starting with Brooke as Sue from Northern Canada where the joke is she’s from Northern Canada.

Silky goes all out and nearly knocks down the stage with her weight, there’s several jokes about flat asses. It’s all right.

The winners are Nina West and Ra’Jah O’Hara apparently, and they are the team captains who get to pick their teams.

Neon Genesis Evangelical

This episode is to make a Shevangelical Talkshow about a diva of their choice.

Team Britney Spears – Nina – Silky, Yvie, Vanjie, Brooke, Ariel, Mercedes
Team Mariah Carey – Ra’Jah – Shuga, Scarlet, Plastique, Honey, A’keria

Both Nina and Ra’Jah should be judged severely for picking A’keria last.

Team Britney gets off to some diplomacy of selecting Whitney vs. Britney. Meanwhile Team Mariah clearly has no idea the first thing about Mariah Carey and it’s confusing why they selected her. RuPaul, who is hyped up on something this episode, calls them on this and gives them a few Mariah tidbits.

It’s a one-take episode, and Ross is the mentor. (Insert the classic tirades of mentors and judges not being separated)

Nina and Brooke co-host theirs. They throw in a bunch of classic Evangelical-isms and mix it with Britney references.

I can’t say I’m on board with this new policy that making references are in themselves funny, but it sells tickets, so what do I know at the end of the day.

Vanjie shows that this episode was made for her as she appears to convert an emo Yvie and Mercedes (who shows a surprising amount of energy this episode) as non-believers, and is hilarious from start to finish.

Nina and Brooke can’t help giggle as Vanjie hits the challenge hard, managing to find a way to insert her own catchphrase in and still keeping us onside.

Silky and Ariel then perform a song, Silky overwhelms Ariel, but overall, she cute.

Next up is Team Mariah with Scarlet and Shuga as the co-hosts. They sound like they’re playing madlibs with Mariah facts Ru told them, and it’s a bit of a shock how bad this really is. Scarlet in particular is the worse of the two who sounds like her anxious character from last week.

Next is Plastique trying to do a good angel-bad demon routine that doesn’t really come together, points for trying, but it just didn’t work. Plastique’s role is to convert Ariana Grande fan A’keria Chanel, A’keria is a non-event who doesn’t do much, but as everyone is performing so badly. A’keria is perhaps the best of a bad bunch by default.

Next up is Honey and Ra’Jah in the biggest disaster of the night. Their song is awful and they’re out of sync and all over the place with their notes.

Appeal to the Fringe Audience

Today’s runway is fringe. Great concept that allows a lot of interpretation.

Honey is first in a tribute to victims of gun violence in one of the best looks of the night.

Yvie is a pink jellyfish in full body paint.

Nina West strikes out for the third time in a row with a dirty glitter mop look.

A’keria is the best of the night in stunning opulence.

Team Britney is declared the winner, with team captain Nina West taking the win. It’s a bit of an eye-roll. These Team Leader wins make the whole episode feel a bit pointless, if it doesn’t matter how well the others do. Vanjie was clearly robbed, especially as Nina herself talks about how she broke character laughing at Vanjie and her runway was busted. If Alexis Michelle can’t win for Kris Jenner for the runway, there’s no reason Nina should have won here either. That said, she was saved episode 1 so we can expect the producers have marked her to go far in the contest.

RuPaul has some biting words for Team Mariah who “stink, stank, stunk”.

RuPaul delivers a shocking announcement, everyone in the bottom team is up for elimination in a 6-way lipsync for their lives to J Lo’s “Waiting for Tonight” (Hex Hector Remix naturally).

Plastique gives absolute hairography. A’keria and Honey deliver passion, and for such a messy scene, it’s pulled off very well by the editors.

RuPaul announces each Queen one by one to be saved, and it’s Honey Davenport who sadly gets the chop.

A truly gorgeous Queen with the heart to match and the best curated Instagram of the season. Go give her a follow today.

This article was written by our fabulous contributing editor, James Pearbutter.

All images courtesy of VH1.

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Pop the Cyst and Feed the Memes

It’s official, Drag Race is pushing the cyst as this year’s Vanjie. Will the fans fall for a forced meme two years running? Let’s wait and see on today’s acting challenge!

Soju’s Sojourn

After Soju’s retrospectively unsurprising elimination, the girls return to the work room and Silky Ganache starts up a game of Bang, Marry, Kill. Silky is the top target of the “kill” section, even the relatively quiet Mercedes Iman Diamond gets her two cents in.

The celebrity photobomb challenge makes a return, and we’re expecting this to now become a recurring mini-challenge. It’s a lot of fun, but Silky takes the cake and every last crumb when she strips fully naked (her body-ody-ody has its own censor bar) for hers.

A Better Script

This week is the now dreaded Drag Race acting challenge, after the three strike blows of Dragsmaids, Breastworld and Sex and the Shitty Girls, we get parodies of two recent Black Reel Award winning films “Get Out” (Good God Girl, Get Out) and “Black Panther” (Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther?).

Team Brooke Lynn Hytes consists of:
Brooke Lynn Hytes, Nina West, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Honey Davenport, Shuga Cain, Plastique Tiara, Ariel Versace

Team Silky Nutmeg Ganache consists of:
Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Scarlet Envy, A’keria Chanel Davenport, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Yvie Oddly, Mercedes Iman Diamond and Kahanna Montrese.

Scarlet Envy is picked last much to her chagrin.

The acting challenge is overall miles ahead of the previous seasons, but in the grand scheme of past acting challenges, it’s just not all that funny. The writer is clearly feeling their jush, so we’re living for whoever you are. But, don’t quit your day job.

There’s no great stand-outs, but some notable sections include Plastique Tiara doing a Vietnamese nail-tech impersonation, and Vanjie as a cool Dad which her pirate accent really helps along.

Yvie Oddly has some funny expressions and does service to the role. Ariel Versace is a bit messy and weak. Honey Davenport has zero screentime and we wouldn’t fault the viewers for thinking she had been secretly eliminated already. Shuga Cain is massively overpraised by the mentors, Michelle and Ross, so we can expect her to go quite far in the competiton.

Scarlet Envy and Brooke Lynn Hytes have the central roles with a massive amount of dialogue. Scarlet gives a very believable performance, but Brooke completely chokes and doesn’t do herself favours to the Kameron Michaels comparisons. Though we can’t really fault Brooke for not getting the jokes, since they weren’t really funny in the first place.

Kahanna and Mercedes get odd minute roles, and Michelle in particularly unnecessarily comes for Mercedes’s accent. Fortunately for Mercedes, she’s just so charming and similarly to Yuhua’s “My Hot and Flexible Body Allows Me To Exercise In All Different Positions” from season 10, I predict no one will remember anything from this episode except for Mercedes’s “Opulence, you earn everything!”.

The stand-out is a cameo from Derrick Barry, perhaps an early cameo for All Stars 5?

There’s also a bizarre triple reference to Honey Mahogany, Vivienne Pinay and Serena ChaCha. All season 5 Queens…

This acting challenge is incredibly long and does feel like it won’t ever end though.

Drama and Distress

Today on the Silky Show, the drama is Team Brooke vs. Silky. Most of the team (that is everyone except Plastique and Honey) pops off about how obnoxious Silky is, helmed by Ariel Versace. They go tattling to RuPaul, who being the messy lady we knew she was, goes promptly to inform Team Silky.

Later in the day, Yvie calls out the team for being a season of somebodies and to say if they have something to say about Silky, to say it to her face, and not to RuPaul behind her back.

Ariel Versace is the only member of the team to admit it, Ra’Jah O’Hara gets defensive, Yvie fights back with some unnecessary personal insults at Ra’Jah O’Hara that get thrown back and forth. It’s a bad look for Yvie, but she does later calm down and apologize to Ra’Jah. Nina West and Brooke Lynn Hytes who certainly had quite a bit to say about Silky, keep their traps shut and avoid the drama from the other Queens, but certainly raised eyebrows from the audience.

Silky rises well to the personal comments in front of RuPaul with a few slick rebuffs and jokes which clearly earns her a place in RuPaul’s heart, the tattling definitely backfired.

Meanwhile, back on Team Silky, Mercedes talks about how she was put on the no-fly list due to discrimination against people of the Muslim faith. This took a toll on Mercedes’s body that caused her to have a stroke during a pageant. It’s a shocking revelation and only endears the audience even more to Miss Mercedes. We wish her well.

Everyone’s Horny

Tonight’s runway is “What’s Your Sign”, a long-awaited Zodiac theme. However, this probably wasn’t the right season for it since many Queens overlap.

Aries: Ariel, Kahanna and Plastique
Leo: Honey, Nina and Yvie
Pisces: A’keria, Brooke and Scarlet
Capricorn: Ra’Jah and Silky
Libra: Vanessa
Scorpio: Shuga
Sagittarius: Mercedes

Yvie stands out as a digital lion, as does Brooke in her tide-pod fish fantasy, and Vanessa’s floral Libra.

There’s a few busts, Kahanna, Mercedes and Nina West in particular.

The Winners are announced to be a tie between Scarlet and Yvie, with Plastique and Shuga scoring highs. The lows are Brooke and Ariel, with Mercedes and Kahanna in the bottom once more.

We agree with the bottom four strongly, but would have perhaps put Vanjie higher than Shuga and maybe given Plastique the win overall. But, it’s fair enough.

Work Bitch

The lip sync is Britney’s Work Bitch. Both the girls turn the party, but the sketchy editing makes it hard to see it properly. Kahanna messes up a move, and a fire seems to be lit under Mercedes who is declared the winner.

Sadly, Kahanna seems to have let the pressure of reality television get to her. She is a fierce Queen who I’ve personally seen live and genuinely recommend you go see her. She’s also recently released a pretty nice quality music video called “Scores”:

Kahanna Montrese - "Scores" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Overall, it’s a really strong episode, the challenge itself is serviceable and just okay, but everything around it was exciting and interesting. It’s a good crop of girls, overall the ability level is lower than season 10, but it’s probably for the best to allow these girls to not be held to ridiculous standards causing it to be RuPaul’s Drag Queen With the Most Money and Designer Friends Race.

9/10

This article was written by our fabulous contributing editor, James Pearbutter.

All images courtesy of VH1.

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Whether you’re heading to the gym, a pride festival party, or just want something comfortable and cute to sport around town, booty shorts offer men of all shapes and sizes a way to best showcase their best assets. We’ve noticed that in recent years many male clothing lines have increasingly started to embrace shorter, comfier shorts for men, and we certainly aren’t complaining! What’s even more impressive is how many of these gay-oriented clothing companies have leveraged popular LGBT influencers on social media to showcase these products, helping to break through the noise and garner substantial attention.

When it comes to choosing booty shorts for men, what helps the most is being able to see these products on a model with a similar body type as the individual doing the shopping. We’ve noticed that companies like Differio and JJ Malibu do an excellent job of partnering with a wide diversity of Instagram influencers who are able to display how the various product lines look on different body types and skin color tones.

However, these fabulously fit and gorgeous men can also have the tendency to blur our ability to discern product quality or dive deep into fabric, cut, and other factors that play a part in product longevity. Luckily for you, we’ve took it upon ourselves to become men’s booty short connoisseurs, and are more than happy to spread the love with you.

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But First…How Should I Go About Choosing Booty Shorts?

 It all boils down to what you plan on using your booty shorts for. Are you using them to gogo dance? If so, you’ll want fabric that is more durable and moisture-wicking. Are you wearing your booty shorts to a festival? Then you’re probably interested in something more colorful and well-fitted. Are you wearing them to a circuit party? If that’s the case, you’ll probably need a pair with pockets.

No matter the occasion, we have a recommendation to fit your needs. From colorful and sexy, to durable and revealing, here are the best booty shorts for men.

Best Booty Shorts for a Pride Festival

Headed to a gay pride festival? Here are some colorful, sexy booty short options to choose from.

JJ Malibu Men’s Athletic Booty Shorts

This clothing line hails from Toronto and presents a colorful and refreshing take on comfortable and sexy clothing designed for a gay male audience. With a full arrangement of tops, bottoms, and accessories, you can find almost any style for any occasion. Their arrangement of men’s booty shorts offers 7 adorable designs, all with very cute and colorful patterns such as:

  • Unicorns
  • Pandas
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches & eggplant (perfect, right?)
  • The middle finger
  • Rainbows
  • Traditional camo

To view their collection: JJ Malibu Men’s Athletic Booty Shorts

Best Booty Shorts for a Circuit Party

Trying to twirl to some sickening beats? Here’s some more revealing, risqué, and durable booty shorts for a circuit party.

Faux Leather Shorts by Differio

Similar to JJ Malibu, Differio has set out to create meaningful and inspiring clothing that is fun, fashionable, and different from the norm. They are based in NYC, and offer products that are trendy, sexy, masculine, futuristic, athletic, and well-crafted.

While Differio offers many various types of compression shorts and short-shorts for men, their faux leather booty shorts are versatile and durable enough to be danced in and enjoyed at parties. They come with a stretchy elastic waistband, three-button detailing on the sides, and a flattering fit.

To view these shorts: Differio Faux Leather Shorts

JJ Malibu Men Metallic Booty Short Shorts

Once again, JJ Malibu comes through with a sexy pair of metallic short shorts that are perfectly revealing, ultra comfortable, and durable enough to withstand sweat. Unfortunately, however, these do not contain pockets, so you might choose to wear a colorful fanny pack to put your phone and belongings into while you party.

To view these shorts: JJ Malibu Men Metallic Booty Short Shorts

For a cute fanny pack: Mermaid Sequin Fanny Pack

Best Booty Shorts for the Gym

Looking for something a little more athletic but still flattering enough to bring the boys to the yard? Here’s some booty shorts for the gym to choose from.

2eros Men’s Icon Athletic Shorts

2eros is a super-sexy Australian brand that specializes in men’s underwear, beachwear, and active wear. They are keen on rejecting mediocrity and mundane design, pushing the limits of originality through bold color palettes, ultimate comfort, and super cute style.

Their athletic short shorts are ideal for wearing to the gym, and contain 2 front pockets with a small hidden internal pocket. These also contain a mesh inner lining, standard for most shorts designed for athletic use.

To view these shorts: 2eros Men’s Icon Athletic Shorts

YoungLA Men’s Bodybuilding Gym Workout Shorts

Although this brand is lesser-known among the gay community, they offer durable, versatile active wear that comes in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. Their bodybuilding workout shorts are both breathable and absorbent, and are perfectly fitted to show off your best assets around the gym. They also provide plenty of movement and stretch for all kinds of workouts – from squatting and lunges, to deadlifts and crunches.

To view these shorts: YoungLA Men’s Bodybuilding Gym Workout Shorts

Best Booty Shorts Swimming

Designed to get wet, chlorine-durable, and of course, sexy as hell. Here are some booty shorts for swimming to choose from.

Danny Miami Men’s Swimwear – Swim Shorts Collection

This beachwear and active wear men’s clothing line sounds exactly like the style they offer – flashy designs, tight fit, inspired by the desire for uniqueness and luxury. The creator of this brand ties his one-of-a-kind craftsmanship back to what he refers to as the “Miami vibe,” and it certainly shows through these loud, colorful pieces.

Danny Miami’s men’s swimwear line is made from 100% polyester, and are ridiculously soft and comfortable.

To view these shorts: Danny Miami Men’s Swimwear – Shorts Collection  

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While most adults occasionally experience constipation, the majority of these cases can be resolved without the use of enemas or even laxatives. In fact, dietary changes, water intake, and other lifestyle factors can usually be adjusted to relieve these symptoms. In the event that these changes do not relieve constipation symptoms, most medical professionals agree that you should use a mild stool softener or laxative before reaching for an enema.

However, there are many people that use enemas both occasionally and often for reasons other than constipation. For example, there have been some unsubstantiated health claims advocating for enemas that use liquid other than water such as coffee and olive oil. Others use regular enemas for hygiene purposes before engaging in anal sex. Whatever the reason may be, there are a number of health implications associated with enema use, even if it is occasional. Knowing these details can help you use your own judgement on whether or not you should use one and how often is right for you.

But First – What Is an Enema?

Generally speaking, an enema refers to the act of flushing a liquid into the rectum and the large intestine through the anus. For some medical procedures such as a colonoscopy, an enema is required in order to completely clear the intestinal tract to check for abnormalities such as polyps or growths. Additionally, enemas can be used to deliver medications to help treat inflammation caused by inflammatory bowel disease. However, more severe cases of constipation or impacted stool might also require a saline enema in order to trigger a smooth bowel movement and remove the blockage.

What are the Types of Enemas?

While the efficacy and safety of the different types of enema usage varies significantly, there are nonetheless a few different “types” of enemas that are designed to reach a variety of goals.

Saline Enema

The saline enema is the most common type of enema that is used to clear the rectum and big intestine of constipation or a blockage. This is due to the sodium phosphate that’s mixed into the water – this substance triggers a bowel movement after 1 to 5 minutes of administration. Although it is recommended to talk to a doctor before use, saline enemas can be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy and even many grocery stores.

Mineral Oil Enema

You can find mineral oil enemas alongside saline enemas in most pharmacies and grocery stores as well. Similar to the sodium phosphate contained in saline enemas, the mineral oil in these enemas acts as a laxative which triggers the body to have a bowel movement. However, mineral oil also acts as a lubricant, making it easier for the rectum and big intestines to pass a blockage. These are usually used for more severe cases of constipation.

Mesalazine Enema

Mesalazine enemas contain a medication that is used to treat the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, also both known as inflammatory bowel diseases. These are often administered by a caregiver or a doctor and cannot be purchased over-the-counter.

Water Enema

Reusable rubber enema bulbs can be purchased easily online and are intended to be used with warm saline-free water. Unlike saline or mineral oil enemas, water enemas do not trigger a bowel movement, so they are most often used to clear the rectum only, instead of the large intestines as well. Shower enema hookups and adaptors fall into this category and can be setup to connect with the shower faucet. Both shower enemas and reusable rubber bulb enemas are also commonly sold at sex stores and are intended for use before anal sex due to the fact that they are designed to only clear the rectum.

Other (Coffee Enema, Milk Enema, Green Tea Enema)

While many fad health programs advocate for the use of other types of enemas, these variations have widely unsubstantiated and potentially dangerous results. For example, proponents of coffee enemas market this solution as an effective way to cleanse the colon, and having potential benefits on chronic pain, constipation, depression, fatigue, and internal parasites. However, despite their popularity, the benefits of coffee enemas have been documented in very few scientific studies and could actually cause dehydration and infection.

Are Enemas Safe?

The real question comes down to the safety concerns and health precautions at play when using an enema. It is important to remember that no matter the circumstance or reason, the act of forcing a large amount of liquid inside of you in order to stimulate the bowels can cause the body stress. First, let’s unpack the potential impacts enema use might have on the body (1).

Enema Side Effects

You may experience the following side effects:

Dehydration

This is especially a concern when using a saline enema. When absorbed into the rectal and small intestine tissue, the sodium phosphate in most saline enemas can suck the moisture out of these mucous membranes, which could result in dangerous dehydration levels in the body 

Tissue tear

When using a shower enema attachment, it is sometimes hard to control the water pressure, which could result in damage to the rectal membrane

Block absorption of nutrients

The matter that passes through your intestinal tract needs a certain amount of time for the nutrients and vitamins to be absorbed. Enemas, however, wash out this matter before it has time to be fully digested, which could prevent the body from absorbing the nutrients it needs

Damage muscles

Repeated use of enemas over time show the potential to damage and cause harm to the muscles in the intestines. This harm could prevent the muscles from being able to move stool through your system as they normally would

To read on about other side effects, check out our article about the dangers of excessive douching.

How Often Can You Do an Enema Without Causing Damage?

No matter the reason, regular enema usage is not advised by medical professionals. With regard to alternative types such as coffee and milk enemas, many professionals even strongly advise against engaging in these methods. However, for more severe bouts of constipation, or for medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, the occasional enema might provide the body a much-needed relief. In these instances, talk to your doctor to make sure an enema is right for you.

In short, using an enema to help solve occasional bouts of constipation is not going to cause irreparable damage to your intestinal tract. While an exact number is difficult to pin down, using an enema once or twice a month to help resolve constipation is probably safe, so long as you are not straining or pushing out the water harder than you need to. That being said, you should not become reliant on using an enema to have a bowel movement, and if you begin using them more regularly just to properly move stool along, you are likely doing more harm than good.

HBO Looking How Often Can You Do an Enema before Anal Sex?

While enema bulbs and enema shower attachments are commonplace in many sex stores, repeated use before sex can be dangerous to the tissues in your rectum and the muscles in your intestinal tract. As mentioned above, shower attachments can be especially dangerous because the water pressure is more difficult to control, and could push your body beyond safe boundaries.

Additionally, using an enema before anal sex sometimes breaks up and loosens hard stool that is farther up the rectum to begin with, causing particles to disperse within your anal cavity. This can actually result in messier sex compared to not using an enema, and is less effective than other safer alternatives out there.

Safer Alternatives to Stay Clean Before Anal Sex

Instead of reaching for your enema, try these safer (and often more reliable) alternatives for hygiene and staying clean before anal sex.

Consider a Fiber Supplement

Pure for Men is a fiber, psyllium husk, chia seed, and flaxseed-based powder supplement that ensures smooth and complete bowel movements. You take 4-6 pills daily with food and water, and after a few days you will notice that your bowel movements will be more complete, require less wiping, and leave you ready to play.

To read our review on Pure for Men, click here.

To buy on Amazon, click Pure for Men.

Try Squatting

In addition to using a daily fiber supplement to ensure smooth passages, you should also consider using a Squatty Potty when going to the bathroom. This is essentially a stool that allows you to squat when using the restroom, and according to NPR,  squatting while pooping can help in more complete bowel movements, preventing colon disease, can end hemorrhoids, and improve pelvic floor issues.

To buy on Amazon, click Squatty Potty.

Use a Bidet

Finally, for ultimate hygiene before anal sex, you should consider using a bidet. While common in Europe and much of Asia, bidets are harder to come by in the United States. Nonetheless, they are far more hygienic compared to toilet paper, and can provide an ideal way to prepare before anal sex without douching.

TUSHY offers a bidet attachment that can be hooked up to almost any conventional toilet in under 15 minutes. The design is simple and intuitive, allowing you to angle the nozzle perfectly for the ultimate rinse after using the restroom. The water pressure is substantial enough to allow you to properly wash out the very base of your rectum without performing a full enema.

To read our review of the TUSHY bidet, click here.

To buy on their website, click TUSHY.

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Even though staying fit may seem like a piece of cake for some people, it can be quite a challenging task for others, especially when you have a 9-5 job. If that’s the case for you, we completely understand your concerns, which is why we’ve come up with five useful tips on how to stay in shape even with a full-time job.

1. Set your goals and stick to them fiercely

Having a 9-5 job often leaves you little time to work on self-improvement and exercise, if you are able to improve your organizational skills, you just might be able to make the time. The first step you should take is setting your goals, which is where your fitness journey should start. The fact is that you can easily lose motivation and be unable to keep track of your progress if you don’t have a target, which is exactly why you should write down your goals and always have them on hand. Of course, your goals should be specific to begin with so you can focus on a particular parameter you want to improve over time. They have to be measurable as well, so you can effortlessly monitor your progress and stay motivated. Needless to say, your goals should be realistic and achievable, too, so be real with yourself in order to succeed.

2. Make sure to never skip your breakfast

A lot of experts and fitness enthusiasts claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you know what? It surely is – so try not to skip it before you head straight to work! In case you weren’t aware of it, healthy breakfast should consist of three key ingredients: protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Unfortunately, pancakes, bagels, muffins, donuts, and other similar foods don’t fall into this category, so stay away from them at all costs and opt for a healthier alternative instead. For example, you can have a couple of eggs (protein) combined with a sliced carrot (fiber) and a mashed avocado (healthy fats). In addition to being really delicious, these meals will provide you with enough energy and keep you full until lunch. You should also know that you can always opt for healthy meal plans designed by the experienced professionals, who can come up with your own custom menu and even deliver freshly cooked meals to your address.

3. Set a practical workout schedule

Did you know that exercising is one of the best ways to successfully relieve stress and anxiety? In addition to helping you get fit and stay in shape, engaging in physical activity of any kind will help you deal with mental stress as well, which is a fantastic benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked. This is primarily because exercising minimizes your body’s stress hormones and acts as a natural mood enhancer and painkiller. However, you’ll have to come up with a practical workout schedule, which can be a bit challenging task given your office hours. In order to see maximum results, you should keep your workout schedule simple at the very beginning, which means that you should have between one and two rest days to avoid burnout. As for the type of workout, you should definitely pick one according to your own preferences. We have to say that intense workouts at your local gym obviously aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so don’t feel obliged to opt for them if yoga is what you love. Just take one step at a time, gradually upgrade your workout routine, and remember that a little exercise is way better than no exercise at all.

Additionally, if your work offers you access to a gym, take advantage of it! If you’re able to, use your lunch hour to get in a workout, even if it’s only 45 minutes long. Keep an extra pack of gym clothes and equipment by your desk at work, and be sure to buy an extra stick of deodorant. Any exercise is better than none!

4. Drink a lot of water on a daily basis

In case you didn’t know, your body is made up of 55-65% water, which basically means that you must drink enough water on a daily basis in order to allow your body and vital organs to function properly. Even though everyone’s raving about those famous eight glasses of water everyone should be drinking, there is no universally agreed upon quantity of water that needs to be consumed on a day-to-day basis. Water is nonetheless essential for your kidneys and other bodily functions, and you should also remember that the most obvious signs of dehydration often show on your skin. Dehydrated skin is quite dry, dull, and more prone to wrinkles, so do whatever it takes to keep those at bay and drink your water religiously. Besides that, you should know that drinking water instead of soda can help with weight loss, so make this important change and you’ll see a massive difference shortly!

5. Make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep

We’re aware of the fact that getting enough good night’s sleep can sometimes be a mission impossible, especially after a long, exhausting day at work when sleeping is the only thing that comes to your mind. In fact, this happens quite often, as a lot of people simply can’t relax and let go of their daily worries before bedtime. No matter how hard it may seem, you have to find a way to unwind before you go to bed because that’s crucial if you want to sleep tight and get enough rest. By the way, do you remember the last time you had a sleepless night? How did you feel in the morning? We bet that you felt grumpy, moody, and a bit anxious, right? Well, that’s because your body didn’t get a chance to recover, which is why you need at least seven hours of sleep at night. Even more than that is beyond welcome as it’ll improve your mood and make you feel cheerful and positive, so get your sleep at night and you’ll see what we were talking about.

As you can see, there are a lot of amazing ways to stay fit and fabulous – even when you have a 9-5 job. All you have to do is to stick to our tips and you’ll make it happen, without a shadow of a doubt!

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The marketing team at Buffy certainly knows how to target people who are shopping for sleep-related products considering how often my partner and I would see sponsored ads of the comforter pop up on our Instagram feed around the time we were looking for a new mattress. Way back when we were looking around for a new memory foam mattress (we had been using the same cheap Amazon-bought mattress that had outlived its life span), my partner and I both started noticing ads for this new, innovative comforter that supposedly had the ability to help regulate your temperature while you sleep. While we eventually landed on the amazing Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress (you can read our review of it here), we continued to be intrigued by the marketing messaging pushed out by Buffy. Before we dive into what this product is, let me first explain why our obsession with sleep quality has become so important to us in recent years

Us Gays Are Sleep Quality Enthusiasts

I just had my 27th birthday several days ago, and during times like these I often look back at my younger self and wonder how the hell I survived the shenanigans I was putting my body through. During my college years and a few thereafter, I recall going out to the bars regularly on weekdays, staying up until ungodly hours, and somehow functioning as a normal human being at work having only slept 4-5 hours.

Needless to say, as I grow older and now into my later 20s, quality and duration of sleep has become more and more important to me and my ability to be an effective and functioning person. I’ve also noticed that extraneous factors that would once upon a time not disrupt my sleep now find a way to keep me awake at night and prevent me from feeling rested when I wake up. These include:

Temperature:

I literally cannot fall asleep or stay asleep if the room I’m in is not 65 degrees or lower. Additionally, we bought our new mattress because the memory foam technology of the Loom & Leaf regulates body temperature, but I’ve slept on other lower-quality mattresses that get too hot and keep me awake

Light:

Any amount of light disrupts my sleep. I feel like an old man in saying this, but it amazes me how I used to be able to fall asleep with the bathroom light on as my partner would get ready for bed, while now I have to unplug any electronics that give off even the slightest amount of light in order to go to sleep

Noise:

While background white noise (like the sound of rain) helps, I’ve now started to notice that other sounds will wake me up way more easily than they once did

Keeping Cool at Night

However, out of all of these factors, temperature has by far been the biggest issue for us. While cooling down our room with the A/C or leaving the windows open before going to bed is always easy, we’d somehow manage to wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. Sleep experts say that your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep, so your bedroom temperature should stay between 60-67 degrees (1). If this was the case, why then were we still waking up in the middle of the night? Seeing as our bedroom was always kept at a constant 65 degrees or lower, we figured that it could be one of three things:

  • Poor quality of our mattress (which we learned to be true)
  • Poor quality of our bed sheets
  • A comforter that was too thick and not breathable enough

As strange as this might sound, between my partner and I, one of our new year’s resolutions was to get better sleep. More specifically, we resolved to find a way to beat this sleep temperature issue we kept running into. Since we knew it had nothing to do with our bedroom temperature, we knew that it probably had something to do with our ancient cheap mattress, poor sheet quality, or our comforter. So in keeping with this resolution we decided to try a multitude of sleep products, some of which that worked, and some that did not help at all. However, for the sake of serving our beloved audience (you), we want to share the three that worked for us.

Loom & Leaf, Parachute, and BUFFY

After diving into the reasons why my partner and I would keep waking up drenched in sweat in the middle of the night, we knew that we had to make a few changes. We started looking into mattresses, comforters, and bedding that were specifically designed to regulate temperature while you sleep. Here’s what we found:

The Loom & Leaf Mattress:

Among the many reasons we chose this amazing mattress is that it contains a proprietary “Spinal Zone Cooling Gel” layer that is right below the surface of the fabric that covers the mattress itself. We initially thought this might just be a marketing ploy, but trust – it really works. Before using this mattress, I used to wake up with whatever side I was sleeping on pooled with sweat (I know, gross). This no longer is the case, and instead I feel both supported and cool throughout the night. If you want to read more about Loom & Leaf, check out our review

Parachute Bedding:

We actually received our parachute sheets as a gift, and after hearing about them for months in advertisements in one of my favorite podcasts, I was truly intrigued as to whether they really offer a special experience. If you’re not already familiar, Parachute creates bedding that is quite literally marvelous – I don’t know how they do it, but these sheets are made from the highest quality 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton that feels crisp and cool to the touch. We were gifted the “Percale” linen type which is designed for people who get too hot at night, and it’s worked wonders for us  

BUFFY Comforter:

To top it all off (pun intended), we had learned about BUFFY as a comforter that is also designed for hot sleepers but still offers all the softness and plushness of a normal luxury comforter. Their website claims that it’s “The Comforter that’s softer than a cloud,” and this message is spot-on. It’s so soft, so comfortable, so cool, and so worth it

What is the BUFFY Comforter?

BUFFY is an ultra-plush comforter that is specifically designed for hot sleepers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort to keep cool at night. Before trying BUFFY, we had to resort to using a super-thin, older comforter than was quite sad, and actually left us feeling freezing when we would try to fall asleep or in the early mornings. BUFFY, on the other hand, is still fairly thick, but is made from certain fabrics that keep the material breathable and prevent you from getting hot.

Eucalyptus Shell:

I think this was the main differentiator for us – the outer shell of the comforter is made from the wood pulp of Eucalyptus trees to create a fabric called lyocell. It’s a 100% natural textile and is very cool to the touch

Eco-Fiber Spun PET Bottle Filling:

The inner filling of the BUFFY is made from 100% recycled BPA and phthalate-free PET plastic bottles that is air-blown and layered to reach cloud-like volume. It is far fluffier and more breathable than any down comforter I’ve tried, and while it is thick, it’s so lightweight due to the cloud-like, light filling

Our First Impressions of the BUFFY Comforter

The BUFFY arrived in an adorable box with “BUFFY” imprinted on the front, so we were immediately excited to unbox and try to the product. The comforter was just as plush and cool to the touch as their marketing messages had claimed, and so we immediately took it to our bedroom to put a protective duvet cover on it.

**NOTE: Among our first impressions was the absence of any instructions of how to use the product that came in the box. We were unsure whether we were supposed to put a duvet cover on it or not, so we decided to play it safe and protect it with a duvet cover. We also have two small dogs and didn’t want to risk getting BUFFY dirty.

Our First Night

At this point we were already using our new Loom & Leaf mattress with the parachute sheets mentioned above which seemed to be working incredibly, despite our somewhat sad and disheveled-looking comforter. However, when we received our parachute sheets as a gift, we were not given a parachute duvet cover as well, so we were still using a cheap, non-premium cover on our old comforter. We used this same cheap duvet cover to protect BUFFY on the first night we received the product – this was a big mistake. We were unhappy to find that we were waking up in the middle of the night sweating like we used to, and immediately thought it was because of our new BUFFY comforter. However, we were committed to give BUFFY another try.

After thinking through the different reasons why we were experiencing our hot flashes again, it occurred to us that we were using a cheap, non-breathable duvet cover to protect BUFFY. We were surprised to find that on the BUFFY website they suggest using a duvet cover to protect the product, so we thought this was what we were supposed to do as well. However, after reading that the BUFFY can be dry-cleaned when needed, we figured we’d try it without the duvet cover

Our Second Night and Beyond

The next night was an entirely different story. Not only did we fall asleep with ease, but we were able to sleep through the night in extreme temperature comfort without waking up or sweating. We were also not totally freezing in the mornings like we were used to due to BUFFY’s thickness, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it all-around kept our temperatures fairly constant throughout the night. We’ve now been sleeping with BUFFY for over two weeks without a duvet cover, and we can’t imagine sleeping without it at this point.

BUFFY Comforter Takeaways

We believe that the combination of our wonderful new Loom & Leaf Mattress, the parachute sheets, and our ultra-luxurious BUFFY comforter all come together to make for an extremely comfortable and temperature-controlled sleeping experience. BUFFY itself is just a total joy and feels like a cloud when you lay on it, and somehow manages to keep you both warm enough yet cool throughout the night. That being said, there are a few things to note if you plan on trying BUFFY for yourself:

Don’t use a duvet cover:

The direct contact of the BUFFY outer eucalyptus layer with our skin is what I believe has kept us so cool at night. We immediately noticed a huge difference when we took off the duvet cover we were using and used BUFFY without it. If you’re a hot sleeper, we’d recommend not using a duvet cover either

Dry cleaning:

If you follow our above advice, make sure you dry clean your BUFFY when you go to wash your bedding. This will ensure that it won’t get damaged in the washing machine, and will make it last longer as well

Consider the bigger picture:

Again, if your biggest issue when sleeping is temperature, you should consider the fact that one product alone might not be able to solve your problems. For us, the combination of BUFFY, Parachute, and Loom & Leaf has transformed our experience. However, if you’re just looking for an all-around, extremely comfortable, plush, temperature-controlled comforter, BUFFY should be at the top of your list

A Few Details

BUFFY offers a few perks for first-time buyers just to get you to try their product without necessarily committing. These include:

  • Free shipping
  • Paying later (if you decide to keep the comforter beyond their 30-day trial)
  • Free returns

To find out more about BUFFY, visit BUFFY.co.

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The Silky Show

It’s season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

After an overstacked season 10 which perhaps ended up wasting a lot of great talent, the show has come back with 14 new contestants, and a 15th returnee to slay the runway and take their place in the phenomenon.

Let’s dig in.

Enter Queens!

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, better known as Miss Vaaaaaanjie from season 10 enters the room first.

After her unproportioned mess of an outfit in season 1, and a slaughter by Kalorie Karbdashian-Willams, Miss Vanjie took the internet by storm with her viral “Miss Vanx3” moment.

Can she live up to the hype this season and prove what she’s made of?

Vanessa hides behind a partition to surprise the Queens.

Nina West from Columbus Ohio is first of the new girls. She’s a local legend and beloved by her community. Her look is clean if not a little basic and she does deliver a very clunky -elevengendary- line which we suppose was an attempt at “so cheesy, it’s good”. Perhaps a little more “so cheesy, it’s cheesy”.  

Next is Shuga Cain from New York City, an older Queen who hasn’t been doing drag full-time until quite recently. (The edit makes it sound like she means she’s only been doing drag at all for a year and a half).

Plastique Tiara, a Vietnamese Queen from Dallas arrives first. Only 21 years old, Miss Tiara is a known Instagram star for her gorgeous looks like Aquaria from last season. Plastique has all the stigma attached going in, but she is part of the Haus of Edwards which is known for its dancers, so you’ve got to keep an ey eon this one. Polished, Persistent, Pussy in her own words.

Mercedes Iman Diamond from Minneapolis originally hails from Mombasa, Kenya. She’s the most stunning this season in terms of her entrance, paying tribute to her heritage and just looking absolutely opulent.

Scarlet Envy is next, another NYC Queen. Unfortunately, she follows Mercedes with the best look, Scarlet by far has the very worst. Her make-up and breast contour are also off and her first impression is not quite here.

NY Queen #3 comes in next and it’s none other than Honey Davenport, a well-known Queen to anyone familiar with NYC nightlife. Chipper and pleasant in her confessionals and overall just seems an enjoyable contestant.

The girls wonder whether there are any returning Queens, and summon Vanjie herself.

A’keria Chanel Davenport comes in with a lengthy entrance – “D A V E N P O R – and I’m the fucking T”. A’keria hails from Dallas, and is a cousin to Honey, though they likely have never met one another. A’keria oozes charisma in her entrance and confessional.

Yvie Oddly, a kooky Queen from Denver, Colorado comes in next with a snake-ish outfit and a boa on a hot wheels car. She calls herself a conceptual Queen, though the concept behind her look here isn’t all that clear. Yvie seems like a lot of fun, and is sure to be one of the most creative girls this season.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache is tenth in, carrying on the legacy of forced catchphrases with a “munch, munch, crunch, crunch, Silky’s here to the eat the lunch”, “Ol’ Silk got the Good Milk” AND “Attitude Check: Fuck You, Bitch” within her first minute on screen. It’s a lot. But, for now we’re chalking it up to nerves.

Brooke Lynn Hytes from Toronto, Canada though she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee mounties her way in with a Canadian flag to boot (that’s a Canada joke). A former Miss Continental, some Queens are clearly shaken by this, though Scarlet pretends she’s unbothered.

Next up is Ariel Versace, in a Lizzie McGuire Movie inspired outfit complete with “This is what dreams are made of”. She gets a lot of screentime, but it’s difficult to remember anything especially notable about Ariel as she spends most of the episode complaining about Silky.

Next up is Ra’jah Davenport O’Hara, sister to A’keria. She has cute interaction with A’keria. She loses both her earrings by the time she reaches the table. Amazing.

Kahanna Montrese is next up, daughter of lip synch legend of Coco Montrese. She looks to be the trade of the season.

Soju is the fifth and final Queen and comes in with nunchucks. Soju is a Youtuber known for her interviews and reviews of Drag Race. Ariel ironically tries to get under Soju’s skin by calling her just an online celebrity and not a performer. Hmm…

Overall, the cast lacks the final polish of season 10, and they appear more timid and unsure too. Though they compensate by being incredibly loud. We don’t blame them with how crazy the fandom can be.

Re-Enter Queens!

RuPaul announces a mini-challenge… a photoshoot! Last seen back on season 8. It’s not Mike Ruiz, but Albert Sanchez (whatever happened to Mike Ruiz anyway?).

The Queens one by one enter a room set up with pictures of the past winners of Drag Race and All Stars (sans Tyra Sanchez), and each receives a former Queen to upstage. The Queens are the usual WeHo on-call Queens but we’re especially delighted to see Ongina and Mariah (possible All Stars 5 cast members?)

Scarlet Envy – Raja
Shuga Cain – Jasmine Masters
Honey Davenport – Manila Luzon
Ra’jah O’Hara – Ginger Minj
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – Farrah Moan
Brooke Lynn Hytes – Ongina
Plastique Tiara – Sonique
Soju – Victoria “Porkchop” Parker
Ariel Versace – Eureka
Nina West – Raven
Mercedes Iman Diamond – Delta Work
Kahanna Montrese – Derrick Barry
A’keria Chanel Davenport – Kimora Blac
Silky Nutmeg Ganache – Mariah Balenciaga
Yvie Oddly – Adore Delano

Silky wins, and it’s dedraggin’ time. The Queens are thirsty this season with Vanjie and Brooke especially hungry for each other. 90s choker-wearing Soju is into Scarlet.

More Alumni Material Girls

The first mini-challenge is for each girl to use a box of materials inspired by former RuGirls. Hilariously, not the ones we just saw. Silky gets to pick as mini-challenge winner. Incoming second list.

Silky Nutmeg Ganache – Peppermint
Scarlet Envy – Violet Chachki
A’keria Chanel Davenport – Bebe Zahara Benet
Yvie Oddly – Alaska
Soju – Kim Chi
Ariel Versace – Laganja Estranja
Brooke Lynn Hytes – Detox
Kahanna Montrese – Katya
Ra’jah O’Hara – Kennedy Davenport
Mercedes Iman Diamond – Bianca del Rio
Nina West – Thorgy Thor
Shuga Cain – Sharon Needles
Plastique Tiara – Sasha Velour
Honey Davenport – BenDeLaCreme
Vanessa Vanjie Mateo – Valentina

The challenge is to use the materials and reinterpret them in their own style.

Silky has done her level best to be fair, with many girls matching similar aesthetics. However, there are some obviously difficult ones especially Honey Davenport, BenDeLaCreme’s 1960s camp aesthetic is hard to not make matronly and for someone as modern as Honey, she’s definitely off to the worst position.

The funniest moment is Nina finding Thorgy’s Stevie Nicks tambourine from her rigged All Stars 3 elimination in the box. Now THAT’S shade.

The girls get down to business, the spirit of Shangela channels through Vanjie who brings the return of Bertha which Shangela named her sewing machine back on season 3.

Now, it’s time for the Silky show.

Silky talks, a lot, and its’ clearly starting to grate on the Queens. It’s not clear if this is natural Silky, or if she’s playing extra to get that TV time. When guest judge Miley Cyrus enters the workroom disguised as a crew member, Silky recognises her and throws her onto her back. It’s very much a lot from one person. The show ends up completely dominated by Silky Ganache, and not in a good way.

Queens on the Runway

Ru stuns on the runway with a different kind of silhouette, and the runway begins complete with a new RuBop.

Plastique is beautiful, wonderful construction and overall aesthetic. There’s no need to protect the fanservice Queen this year which has had in seasons past. We’ll also note Plastique never brings up Alyssa at all this episode. She’s her own person, and for once we might see a Queen like Plastique battling through without a production helping hand.

Next is Brooke in a latex look, very bold and striking with neon colours. The best of the night.

Honey is well put together, but with BenDeLaCreme’s print, it’s hard to not look matronly. She’s basically done as good as she could do. Safe.

Ariel Versace is good if a little predictable in a marijuana inspired look.

Yvie Oddly is in a plastique fantastique look which is not quite as impressive as Manila’s last-minute plastic dress last week, so overall it’s just okay.

A’keria’s look is terrific. A bit of pageant, a bit of punk rock with an amazing wig to top it off.

Scarlet is excellent and shows her skill as a fashion student.

Soju is in an unfortunate look, especially considering she has one of the best boxes. It’s badly put together in knots. She also declares that she has a cyst on her lower body that’s making things difficult.

Ra’jah is in a cute disco campy look that’s not particularly notable.

Mercedes is simple, but more or less passable especially with her difficult Bianca box.

Shuga’s got a good box, but we get none of that really in her look. But it’s well made.

Vanjie is not going home first this time in a gorgeous well-made look, and that classic glitter-chest we’ve been seeing a lot of recently.

Silky’s also in a pretty safe number and her runway showcase with peppermints is a nice touch. Certainly middle of the pack.

Nina is perhaps the most unfortunate of the night, especially for someone who auditioned nine times. She looks like she’s covered in bleeding nipples.

Kahanna ends up in an incredibly poorly made look, completed with her own bra. It’s not the T.

The highs and lows are listed by the judges:

Winner: Brooke Lynn Hytes
Highs: Plastique Tiara, A’keria Chanel Davenport, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
Lows: Nina West, Mercedes Iman Diamond
Bottom 2: Soju, Kahanna Montrese

Brooke receives a trip to Paris, this season’s got BUDGET.

It’s Kahanna vs Vanjie, and the song is “Best of Both Worlds”. After all, Hannah Montana is basically a gateway drug for Drag.

It’s time for Kahanna to live up to Coco’s legacy. She does… all right.

Kahanna has a lot of dance moves up her belt and uses them all, but there’s no real special connection to the song that the top tier lip synchers of the show like Coco, Jujubee, Darienne had. We put Kahanna’s lip sync as “excellent”, albeit not “legendary”. But she turns it .

Soju is out of her element, doesn’t seem to know all of the words. Especially bad as her make up accentuates her lips. She’s trapped by her dress as well, and overall it’s a clear win for Kahanna who is declared the winner. Soju sadly leaves, but someone’s got to go first.

Wrap-Up

The episode is jam-packed with fifteen Queens, not everyone gets screen-time and we barely got to know some of the Queens. Especially as it truly is the Silky show. Unbalanced editing in her favour really skewed the feeling of the first episode, and leaves us feeling a bit satisfied.

The show might be getting a little too meta for its own good. We got a total of 45 Queens mentioned and referenced this episode, and that’s a lot. Including Miley’s disguise segments, the DragCon advertisements. It’s really full and sometimes we can’t catch our bearings. We suspect it’ll improve when some of the Queens start filtering out.

Overall, it’s an exciting start to a fresh batch of Queens who hopefully have more personality than we saw with it all hidden behind Silky Ganache.

7/10

The Authentic Gay’s Judgement

This season, we’re introducing a new segment.

After the suspicious judgements of All Stars 4, we’re taking matters into our own hands and judging for ourselves.

Ironically, we agree with the winner. Brooke nailed the challenge and gave us a stunning look. We also agree Plastique and A’keria were high. However, we substituted Vanjie out for Scarlet. Vanjie was good but not next level, and we feel it had more to do with storyline and redemption that anything else.

We also disagree Mercedes deserved a low, as far as we concerned, it was a safe attempt and she was bound by bad materials. Even Bianca del Rio often wore the same garment in different fabrics.

It was very difficult to pick out of Kahanna, Nina and Soju the bottom 2. Each of their outfits were complete failures in different ways. Overall, Soju’s probably..

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If you’ve already read our review of Pure for Men, you already know that we appreciate any products that make staying “clean” easier and more painless. As proud bottoming enthusiasts, we strongly believe in not shying away from the topics that others might be more ashamed or embarrassed to talk about when it comes to personal hygiene “down there,” which is why we intend to talk about any similar topics with as much directness and shamelessness as we can. Staying in this same spirit, it is our hope to convert you to the easy-to-use bidet attachments by TUSHY and enjoy the cleanliness benefits we have grown so accustomed to over the past year.

In full transparency, my boyfriend and I purchased our first bidet attachment by TUSHY about a year ago. We were contacted by TUSHY with a request to do a review of their product which we gladly accepted given that we were already impressed by its benefits. Like other products we choose to showcase with our beloved audience (you), we want you to know that we personally enjoy this product and recommend it with sincerity, so many of the photos you’ll see included in this article are our own.

If you are someone who:

  1. Poops
  2. Wants to have a clean butt after pooping
  3. Enjoys sharing your clean butt with other people who enjoy clean butts

…then you will want to listen to our reasons for why we love TUSHY. As a brief advisory, be warned that we are not going to shy away from language related to passing bowel movements. After all, why should we be ashamed? Everybody poops.

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So…What is TUSHY?

TUSHY makes a bidet attachment with an extremely intuitive and simple design that doesn’t require you to install anything complicated or costly in order to benefit from using a bidet. Just in case you are not familiar (as for some of our American audience the concept might be novel), a bidet is a plumbing fixture that essentially shoots clean water toward your butt in order to clean it after pooping. They are VERY common in many parts of Europe and Asia, and it is a mystery to me why more Americans don’t use them.

For the sake of revealing some intimate information about myself, I am personally pretty anal (yes, pun intended) about staying clean “down there.” As weird as it may sound, growing up I was raised to dampen toilet paper with water in order to get a better clean after pooping. Of course I thought this was normal as a child, but as I grew up I learned that this was not as common as I thought. I guess most Americans don’t mind using scratchy stiff toilet paper to only partially clean their hole after going to the bathroom and proceeding to walk around only partially clean for the rest of the day. Continues to flabbergast me to this day.

If you’ve ever visited France for example (or perhaps you are from France), you’ve probably seen bidets as separate mini-sinks for your butt that are standalone from the toilet fixture. As much as I had always wanted a bidet myself, it’s almost impossible to find apartments in Los Angeles with these separate bidet sinks. Thus I had resorted to using my toilet paper + water method for the majority of my adult life.

That was, however, until I found TUSHY. What makes TUSHY so unique is that the bidet attachment doesn’t require a separate toilet sink to be built out, but can rather attach to the seat of your existing toilet in an unobtrusive, easy manner. In order to make the water work, all you have to do is connect TUSHY to the clean water supply your toilet already uses (the supply that fills up the back of the toilet every time you flush), so it literally can work with any standard toilet. Since no electricity, plumbing, or other significant alterations need to be made in order to get it to work, there’s really no excuse to at least try it.

Why We Love TUSHY

We want to be very clear – some of the reasons we are going to share with you probably don’t represent what the product’s design was intended for. However, we believe these reasons are best suited for our primarily gay audience, which is why we are sharing them with you. Here are 5 reasons we love the bidet attachment by TUSHY.

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1. Easy to Install

Like I mentioned above, this bidet attachment is EXTREMELY easy to install. It literally sits right underneath your toilet seat, and fits on most standard two-piece toilets. It also works with nearly any flexible steel hose, so connecting the water source is a breeze as well. I personally have two bathrooms with two different toilet types in my apartment, and I got TUSHY installed onto both in under 15 minutes each. Their website reveals more with regard to which toilets their products work on (which is almost any toilet type), in addition to how to install.

2. Temperature Control

As much as I love (and require) a pristine hole, shooting ice-cold water against your butthole in the mornings can be a rude awakening to say the least. Fortunately, the TUSHY Spa offers all the functionality of the regular TUSHY, plus temperature control. This way you can control the temperature of the water being released, which results in a far more enjoyable experience.

3. Nozzle Adjuster

As I was writing this review, I was curious to see what actual wording the website uses to describe this functionality. Kudos to the creative who wrote their clever, cheeky copy: “Just like taking a selfie, everyone has their angle. Adjust the stream for a precise clean.” Needless to say, this message couldn’t be more accurate. The control pad on the side of the bidet not only allows you to dial up or down the water pressure, but also adjust the angle at which the water shoots at your hole. This way you don’t have to do the angling yourself, but easily make the product adjust to you.

4. Pressurized Enema

 Like we mentioned above, some of the reasons we are going to list out do not necessarily represent what the product is actually intended to do. This is one of those reasons.

If you’ve read our guide on the Dangers of Excessive Douching, you already know that this topic is one that we care about. As we reviewed in the article, excessive douching with saline water can be dangerous for your anus, and can even harm the healthy bacteria we keep in this part of the body. That being said, the occasional douche with regular water before sex is sometimes a necessary process, and we’ve found that the TUSHY offers this functionality. Assuming that the nozzle of your TUSHY is angled correctly, we’ve found that you can actually increase the pressure enough (without hurting yourself) to shoot water into the butt and perform an enema, the same way you would with an enema bulb. You can do so by relaxing the anus while shooting water in for several seconds, holding the water inside of you for about a minute, and then releasing until the water that comes out of you is clear.

We’ve noticed this worked best when you are also able to angle your torso in a way that create an easy and ergonomic way for the water to leave your rectum. We personally use the Squatty Potty when douching in order to ensure that all of the water is able to come out.

Again, just to be clear, we don’t believe that this is something the creators of TUSHY intended the product to be used for. However, since it’s worked so well for us, we wanted to share that little detail with you.

Clean AF - YouTube
5. You Feel Super, Super Clean

Again to reiterate – it pretty much blows my mind that most people are just fine about walking around with semi-poopy holes all day without cleaning with water after using the restroom. It really does. In the semi-rare chance that you’re like me and have used wet toilet paper all of your life to clean yourself after using the bathroom, you already know how much of a pain in the ass (yes, another pun) that process can be. With TUSHY, I know that I am clean every time. I don’t have to waste nearly as much toilet paper (only a small amount to dry myself after using the water), and I never have to worry whether I’m completely clean or not.

The One Downside of TUSHY

In keeping with the transparency we want to serve our readers every time we publish content, we thought it would be important to share the only downside we have experienced using this product. It isn’t so much of a downside, really, but perhaps something you just have to get used to when using a bidet in general.

When the water shoots out of the faucet to clean your bum, it’s hard to control the splashes of water that might end up on your butt cheeks or other areas of your butt. Don’t be worried – this isn’t dirty water, but it is water nonetheless that might make you uncomfortable the first few times you use the product. I personally use a bit of toilet paper to dry myself off after using TUSHY, but other people might prefer non-paper towels for a dry. This splashing of water also sometimes gets on the toilet seat, so just be sure to clean those droplets off before the next person uses your restroom.

In Summary

With TUSHY, you are guaranteed a pristine, clean bum every time. The ability to control the pressure as well as the temperature of the water is truly the icing on the cake (well…your cakes). If you poop, prefer to be clean after going to the bathroom, and you don’t feel like spending about a thousand dollars to install a bidet sink in your bathroom, you might just enjoy TUSHY as much as we do.

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With All Stars 4 wrapped up, it’s time to look at the remaining Queens to see who would be great on the next All Stars season. We’ve picked who we think has more than earned their space and would make a great season. 

Who do you want to see?

10. Sonique or Mayhem Miller

These two Queens stole our hearts back on Christmas during RuPaul’s Holi-slay Spectacular, and we see that as the perfect opportunity to catapult them into a second shot at Drag Race. They’re both LA locals and we’ll remind any WOW+ producers that means you won’t have to pay for plane tickets.

Mayhem Miller, the Party Queen, we’ve all seen the memes of Mayhem’s piercing gaze into the hearts of mankind, but Mayhem (or Maymay, as her friends sometimes call her) is far more than that. She won episode 1 of her season with a gorgeous and inspired latex glove outfit, and everybody who’s seen her live knows that nobody owns a room quite like Miss Mayhem.

Sonique, the Somersault Queen, is one that we weren’t expecting to make a comeback after her rather non-notable finish at ninth place on season 2. However, there’s two things we remember – her amazing gymnastics against Morgan McMichaels, and her heartfelt declaration that she is a transgender woman at the reunion. In fact, the first transgender woman of the series. Sonique’s resurgence reminded us just what a beautiful person she is inside and out, and we’re excited to see what else she’s got.

Mayhem Miller: "Drama" @ Micky's Showgirls! - YouTube
9. Mariah Balenciaga

Mariah, the Ball Queen, also known as the President of Drag is our only real Ball Queen through-and-through so far, surprising for a show packed with references to ‘Paris is Building’. Mariah is now a staple of WowPresents and its various spin-off shows like “Wait, What?” and “Fashion Photo Ruview”. Mariah’s beautiful mug and hilarious antics on Drag U have stuck with us all these years later. She was also most recently awarded the status of Icon, one of the highest in the ballroom scene. Mariah would really introduce the kids properly to a world of Drag that Drag Race tends to skimp out on.

Mariah Balenciaga's Category Is... Ballroom at RuPaul's DragCon NYC 2017 - YouTube
8. Miz Cracker

Miz Cracker, the Salty Queen, is a breakout star from her season. Her openness with her struggles with anxiety and youthful aesthetics have made her relatable to a generation of youngsters. Miz Cracker’s run on her season was a bit odd, always safe, finally scoring a win in the make-up challenge, before going home the very next week. The story felt unfinished and it makes sense for Miz Cracker to come back and complete it. With newfound confidence, and no Aquaria in sight, Cracker may be able to concentrate and hone in her comedy skills for the television audience.

Miz Cracker's Full Elimination | Rupaul's Drag Race Season 10 HD - YouTube
7. Yuhua Hamasaki

Yuhua Hamasaki, the Bootleg Queen, another Queen from season 10. The Chinese Princess of Manhattan was a shock early elimination for such an established NYC performer who actually helped built many of her season sister’s careers like Aquaria and Miz Cracker. Yuhua is a performer who already clearly had more to give on her season, but since the season has ended she’s shown her hustle and managed to keep her relevance right through All Stars 4 with gorgeous photoshoots, and her hilarious Bootleg Fashion Photo RuView series (which more often than not has actually been better than the official version). This stunning Queen has been everywhere, with a hilarious acting cameo in All Stars 4 winner Trinity the Tuck’s “I Call Shade” music video, and even scoring front-and-center position in promotion for the Life Ball, one of the most important and famous international LGBTQI+ fundraising events along side Alaska, Raja and Peppermint. Pretty damn impressive. Yuhua’s got the comedy, sewing, charisma, nerve and uniqueness to go far if the producers are willing to give her the chance, she could truly give us the ultimate underdog storyline of Drag Race we deserve.

BLAIR ST. CLAIR joins BOOTLEG FASHION PHOTO RUVIEW for the Season 11 Promo Looks! - YouTube
6. Peppermint

Peppermint, the Legendary Queen, is always looking right. Peppermint manages to turn everything she’s in to solid gold with her warm personality and stunning vocals. She was a featured performer in Broadway musical “Head Over Heels” as, one of the biggest mainstream roles from a RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and even before that had long since been a legendary figure of the New York nightlife. Peppermint may have not had the best run on Drag Race itself, but now that she’s familiar with being followed by cameras, we reckon she’d be a powerhouse with her endless charisma and dazzling smile. We’d also expect her to cleansweep if “Lip Sync for your Legacy” is still in action.

Peppermint on Broadway in Head Over Heels - YouTube
5. Asia O’Hara

Asia O’Hara, the Legacy Queen, ended on a rough note on season 10. There’s several ways to go out – vomiting and being disqualified like Willam, not knowing your lyrics like Valentina, or like not being fair like Manila Luzon – but the butterfly massacre still took us by surprise. The truth is Asia was probably carried to the season 10 finale. Her Madame Buttrface and Breastworld wins are among the most pointless challenges in the show’s herstory, but we’ve seen Miss O’Hara live and know this does not represent who she is. A stellar, imaginative, warm and charismatic performer who simply didn’t get to showcase this on a season so focused on storylines. Miss O’Hara has a lot to prove, but we know she would meet the challenge.

Werq the World - ASIA O’HARA - Butterflygate - YouTube
4. Acid Betty

Acid Betty, the Alien Queen, was once described to me as “the most creative person in the world’s most creative industry” which really is correct, yet Acid Betty probably gets zero of the credit for it thanks to a weird villain edit and an early exit on season 8. If you look back on the season, you’ll see Acid’s “bitchy” moments are not really that bitchy, it’s just every time she says something there’s a boatload of shady sound effects to make it seem so. Kim Chi, another artistic look Queen on the same season promised relatable teen storylines which meant Acid couldn’t be allowed near the end. Thanks to Kim’s limitation in performance aspects of Drag, this basically leading to Bob the Drag Queen having to do extra victory laps during the season around the other contestants. Acid proved she could do (almost) it all, Snatch Game aside. But we need this Queen on an All Stars season stat.

BLUE (water) – The deep sea - Drag makeup transformation from man to creature of the blue lagoon - YouTube
3. Shea Coulee

Shea Coulee, the Slay Queen, still has one of the most impressive on-season records of Drag Race, with four wins on a regular season (only met by Sharon Needles of season 4), thanks to a twist on the finale, Shea Coulee lost the crown to her friend Sasha Velour, but her time may be coming soon. Shea skipped out on both All Stars 3 and 4 while her fellow season 9 Queens took the stage, perhaps to minimize distracting storylines. Shea showed us on her season she can rise to nearly any type of challenge successfully. Comedy, check. Acting, check. Singing, check. Sewing, check. Truly a Jill-of-all-Trades. With more time to develop, and prepare for runways, Shea has only gotten better and better, and she would be a massive threat to her competition.

Shea Couleé - Crème Brûlée (explicit) - YouTube
2. Darienne Lake

Darienne Lake, the Classic Queen, is one of the most stunning, hilarious, best lip-synchers of the entire franchise and her recognition for that is minimal thanks to being the rival of the popular BenDeLaCreme. Miss Darienne tended to suffer on the runways and sometimes didn’t tackle challenges successfully on season 6, but when she did hit it, she HIT it out of the park. In the finale she managed to act so superbly, she broke the script and force RuPaul to adlib and return to finish the scene with her, not to mention winning an acting challenge serving nothing but face. Her mug was always stunning, and her looks according to her Instagram have greatly improved. We’d love to step into the cool refreshing waters of Miss Darienne Lake a second time.

RING MY BELL with Darienne Lake - YouTube
1. Ongina

Ongina, the Headpiece Queen, is part of the OG, sis. Ten years ago when we first saw Drag Race, it was Ongina that made us gobsmacked with her unique and modern aesthetics. It was Ongina that made us cry for the first time on Drag Race as she opened up about her HIV status, and it was Ongina who gave us the first shock elimination. Ongina stole our hearts, and clearly was a special favorite of RuPaul’s who even made the song “Ladyboy” inspired by Ongina. Ongina has the smarts, the wits, the personality to be a modern day fan favorite, and we’re here for it.  Every All Stars season she’s highly speculated for a reason, because she is an absolute legend, and inspired a new generation of Drag Queens with her humor and strength.

Ongina - MAC Viva Glam - YouTube
Bonus Double All Stars: Yarlexis

Returning All Stars are now on the table, so failing this cast of ten, we would want to see Yarlexis, who were #ROBBEDT even worse than Latrila on All Stars 1. Why on earth was Yarlexis in the bottom on the Girl Group makeover challenge, nobody knows.

Yara Sofia, the Avant-Garde Queen, is so unbelievably gorgeous and was underrated severely by the Judges back on season 3. On All Stars 1, she was Chad’s only real competition as the only queen besides Chad who was able to turn treasure from the trash team twist. Yara was ahead of her time, and her time is coming soon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDdrNcxJELk

Alexis Mateo, the Pageant Queen, is always pushed aside in the Raja vs Manila Luzon discussions, but she was the ORIGINAL Pageant-girl-Who-Can-Do-Comedy. Alexis Mateo had a massive range of skills, and her bottoms were really only due to being the “least good” of the day, never bad. That’s just how harsh the competition of season 3 was. The mother of Miss Vanjie must return soon.

Bonus Double All Stars: Shushubee

The finalists that should’ve been on All Stars 1, but with Chad Michaels already locked into the Hall of Fame, and Raven out of the running due to conflict of interest reasons as Ru’s make up artist. We’d like to see their team mates take up the mantle. She’s also perhaps the most underrated lip-syncher in the show, just take a look at this gorgeous one:

RuPaul's Drag Race | Lip Sync: Alexis Mateo VS Shangela - YouTube

Jujubee, the Reading Queen, is one of the few Queens who can be utterly savage in her reads but still be beloved by all. She just has that knack of making it never come from a bad place, season 2 is an ongoing drama and fellow Queens have nothing but good words for Juju. Miss Thing suffered from confidence and alcohol issues in the past, but she’s a new lady and it’s time for her sharp wit and humor to take center stage.

Jujubee "reads" other contestants on Rupaul's Drag Race season 2 - YouTube

Shannel, the Showgirl Queen, wears costumes and is classy. Shannel’s diva attitude and self-confidence is legendary, but she did have all the talent and experience to back it up. Shannel is a clever Queen who always has her eye on the bigger picture, and can be wickedly funny when she needs to be. She’s not a staple of Las Vegas for nothing.

Shannel is Raven @ Showgirls! - YouTube

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