Aquolina Pink Sugar perfume review

It’s been a long time coming: I actually got this perfume a little while ago now but I’ve been super busy, and I aimed to try and get some blogging bits and bobs done, but as my fellow uni student and blogger Melody has recently pointed out on her blog, it’s definitely not always rainbows and butterflies

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Anyway, the whole point of the purchase was because, as previously mentioned, my favourite perfume by Gwen Stefani is no longer in production, and I was really hoping that this Pink Sugar perfume was as similar to it as I’d heard!

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I hadn’t even heard of Aquolina before. Apparently this was their first fragrance and it was launched in like 2004, so I definitely haven’t stumbled upon some brand new fragrance, but it’s new to me!

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First off, the container is kind of cute; the girly pink candy cane design does live up to its name. I think some people might find it a little tacky, but I don’t think it’s trying to be anything like the next mysterious, sensual and pristinely presented Dior fragrance anyway.

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The actual bottle is a bit … Unexciting (if I’m to be totally honest, it sort of looks like one of those overly-diluted knock-off perfumes you get from a cheap cosmetics/accessories shop) but remember, the smell is what is the most important!

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Right, so it doesn’t smell like Gwen Stefani’s (Sunshine Cuties) Lil’ Angel, but everyone has a totally different perception of smell, so a lot of people might not agree. However, most people can usually agree on whether something smells good or not.

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In my opinion, it shares (but definitely not the same amounts of) the notes of vanilla, citrus bursts, and the sugary, sweetshop smell that Lil’ Angel had. However, they’re still very different fragrances. If Pink Candy were a colour, it would be much darker than Lil’ Angel. It smells like it’s meant for wearing at night more than day.

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It has a kind of musky, even slightly masculine smell in there somewhere  (if you’ve ever smelt Ghost – Deep Night, it’s kind of like the heavy, musky smell from that) which, in Pink Candy, is probably meant to balance out the sweetness of the syrupy fragrance you get from initially spraying the perfume. I know absolutely nothing about making perfume (the closest thing I ever did to that was crushing flower petals in an attempt to make my own fragrance as a child. It didn’t work, it was terrible) but did they really have to include the musky smell in there? I don’t mind super-sweet!

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Upon more sniffs, and when it’s settled onto your skin some more, it kind of smells like there could be elements of dusty pot pourri somewhere… And the masculine-like smell is reminiscent of a guy when he’s come out of the gym, and has put unreal amounts of the world’s most wallet-friendly deodorant on to cover up any sniffable traces of his workout, cos he didn’t have time for a shower or something. There’s nothing wrong with men’s deodorant/aftershave  (especially Cool Water hgrngnghh) but I just don’t want it in a woman’s perfume, especially if it’s called Pink Candy.

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However, it smells so, so great on clothes. You cannot trace the manly scent at all, it smells as it was probably meant to smell when the actual people behind the fragrance started making it: fruity, sugary and refreshing, with a lot of vanilla. So, spray it on your clothes and your hair (especially if you’ve ruined it and it’s as synthetic-feeling as mine, it’ll probably absorb that perfume like a sponge) …You can even go all out and put it on your skin, -unless you hate musky undertones in your perfume.

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It is definitely a pleasant smell overall, and it’s a quirky, unusual and fun fragrance, and hey, maybe it’s just my skin smelling naturally like a man’s cheap body spray when it comes into contact with Pink Sugar (uhh.) but it does the same job (makes you smell amazing) when you spray it on your clothes anyway. I’ve used a fair bit of it, but it’s probably not my signature. Because there’s quite a lot of it, I’m not sure I’d replace it when I run out, I’ll probably try something different.

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Basically, it smells like:

Lemon, vanilla/caramel, sugar, orange, jelly beans, fun, BUT if you smell too hard it smells like crappy car air freshener, old pot pourri, lame deodorant.

  • All in all, just put it on your clothes, man.

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SunnyCon Preparations!

I’ve been buying bits and pieces for SunnyCon for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve just realised how much it’s adding up – I should definitely have started buying earlier in advance…

If any of you have ever played anything from the Dead or Alive series, then you’ll know who I’m cosplaying pretty quickly.

Kasumi from Dead or Alive has been my favourite character ever since I first played the original DOA, when I was teeny tiny.

Basically this is one of the costumes she can wear, which is available throughout most of the DOA series:

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DOA 2 (the original)

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DOA 3

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DOA Ultimate

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and DOA 4

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I don’t think the outfit is available at all in DOA5 unless it’s going to be/already has been made available as DLC, but it was one of my favourites!

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Her hair colour and eye shape (and face shape and body proportions) have changed so much since DOA 4 too, which is a shame really, but I’m just sentimental.

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I still love the newer game – (and I can’t wait for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge)

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Anyway! Everything for the outfit is sorted, including the actual uniform/costume, a ginger wig (my hair has been many, many colours but I don’t know if I’d dye it ginger just for two days) and some dark brown circle lenses.

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…I may have to trim the fringe slightly

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Adorable cosplay outfit from eBay (Hong Kong)

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I’ve also recently bought some beautiful Demonia Charade 23 platform heels which I’ll probably wear with the outfit too. They were only £17 with an RRP of like, £56-£70. And they’re an investment. 

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None of the stuff is here yet, but there will be photos within the next couple weeks…

And a video covering SunnyCon, of course. So, keep your eyes peeled!

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Kreepsville 666 College Dress

I’m absolutely hopeless.

My bursary from Uni was conveniently late, I was meaning to use most of it for my overdraft and then sort my phone bill out and  -oops-  I bought the Kreepsville 666 college dress that was on my recent wishlist.

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You probably saw it coming, so let’s just lower our arched eyebrows and stop being angry at my inability to resist temptation. What’s that? It got here pretty quickly? Uh… I may have ordered it via next-day delivery …{£8.99}

But do you not think it was simply MADE for a Wednesday 13 gig?

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I do.

Photos and a proper review will be coming soon!

ALTERNATIVE FASHION PHOTOSHOOT: JEM.

As my blog is all about alternative fashion, I thought I might as well upload the photoshoots I did for my fashion coursework, including the photos I didn’t submit. I’m lucky enough to have some very lovely people in my life, thank you girls.

This is Jem.

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We did another gorgeous shoot with two different outfits too, so keep a look out for it in the future!

ALTERNATIVE FASHION PHOTOSHOOT: HOLLY

As my blog is all about alternative fashion, I thought I might as well upload the photoshoots I did for my fashion coursework, including the photos I didn’t submit. I’m lucky enough to have some very lovely people in my life, thank you girls.

This is Holly.

Holly again.

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If you would like to do a photoshoot with Holly, you can contact her here. She’s no stranger to modelling!

Independent fashion store Guru Boutique defeats recession.

Amidst the closures of many large high street retailers, Darlington’s very own alternative fashion store Guru Boutique is evolving and flourishing.

Beryl Hankin is Guru’s proprietor, but emphasises the importance of companionship and teamwork between herself and her four colleagues.

She said: “We are all equally vital to Guru.

“Guru’s survival is something of a miracle, and it is down to the fact that we put people before profit.

“Love and respect are probably the words to describe our secret of longevity, as we do love and respect our colleagues, our friends, the world we inhabit and most of our customers, and I think it shows.”

The team at Guru have definitely made their mark in their hometown. In addition to peacefully campaigning against the destruction of the original High Row, one of Darlington’s oldest landmarks, Beryl and her colleagues have campaigned for other positive changes for Darlington.

The Guru activists spent several months campaigning for lower Sunday car parking charges in Darlington town centre, in order to allow customers longer to browse, and help the town’s businesses blossom.

As part of the campaign, Beryl actively went out onto the streets of Darlington and encouraged over 750 people to have their say about the parking prices. She showed her findings to the council, and successfully managed to get Sunday parking charges reduced from £1 per hour to £1 per day.

Beryl, who is the author of a book entitled That Darlington Way: The Spirit Of Old High Row, has plans for the future. She said: “We are currently trying to get our council to provide more attractive parking policies in an attempt to ensure people want to come here to support the many good businesses we have.

“We try to keep a finger on the pulse of what is happening in our town and peacefully campaign and make our feelings known if we see something happening which we think is glaringly wrong or harmful.”

The independent retailer of alternative clothes, gifts, cards and accessories was part of establishing Darlington’s monthly Sunday market last April, and will be celebrating 41 years of business on March 16th.

“Two words that sum our approach up are individuality and continuity – and they apply to our dealings in fashion, music, business, environment and life itself.”

Lucy Atkinson, 20, an alternative model and Guru customer from Northallerton, said: “Guru is great, it certainly inspires the alternative mind.”

Holly Grant, 19, a former Darlington resident and current student at The University of Huddersfield, said: “The staff at Guru seem to radiate a more comfortable, approachable feel than staff in bigger stores.

“The products, smell, music and decor are really unique in comparison to a lot of the other shops in Darlington.

“If you’re looking for unique clothes to enhance your individuality, then Guru is a very good place for that.”

The Guru team from left to right: Colin Harrison, Beryl Hankin, Kelly McWilliams and Tony Smith.

Visit Guru’s Facebook page here, or give Lucy Atkinson’s blog a visit here!

Assorted Clothing Mini Wishlist



LOTR leggings1.) LOTR Montage Green Leggings, Black Milk Clothing: $85.00 AUD/ £58)
Their entire Middle Earth clothing range is on my wish list in all honesty, but if I had to just pick one thing, these leggings would be it! I’d probably save them for special occasions, and wash them with my own hands as though they were in fact a fragile newborn puppy. Click here if you wanna see more!
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Sweets for my Sweet2.) Iron Fist’s Sweets For My Sweet platform high heels, like most of their footwear, are incredibly pretty. It’s like someone made a shoe to match Amelia Nightmare – who is looking incredible on the cover of the latest Bizarre mag, candy girl indeed!

Anyway, at an RRP of £79.99 I think these multicoloured lovelies could be on my wish list for a good while, but if you fancy some for yourself (or if your girlfriend’s a colour/candy junkie) you can get them here.

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3.) Kreepsville 666 Ghouls College Dress, £33.99. I would wear this constantly to make up for the fact I’d be eating Tesco’s Everyday Value 40p Macaroni cheese for a week or so as a consequence of  effectively caving my poor debit card’s head in. It has a price tag that you probably don’t need to save up much for, but will still make you suffer after purchasing to a degree. (only for a bit though right?)
I don’t even spend nearly £33.99 a week on food shopping anyway so on the wish list this adorable T-shirt dress must stay! Something about it has snared me, even if I did previously think all garments featuring printed-on ties were earth-shatteringly cringey before seeing this. It  reminds me of those cute little Monster High dolls you can get, if Wednesday 13 happened to be their costume designer. Has it snared you too? Mooch over to Attitudeclothing.co.uk!

…Leather Jacket, fishnets, and Demonia’s Slush boots are already waiting to be teamed with this perfect gig outfit, to have lame food-related illness or not, oh my…

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This brings us to the end of my little wish list, but there’ll probably be a couple more in the near future!