Pretty Pastel Carnival

Technic nail varnishes are definitely becoming my budget beauty buy of the year, I have a steady collection growing and these are my latest ones. I picked up the lilacy colour from the new Pretty Pastels collection and also got the OPI Rainbow Connection dupe (which has been doing the rounds in bloggerville) – ‘Carnival’
Both bottles were 99p each. They have such a vast collection in Bodycare but you have to grab them quickly because they do sell out pretty fast.
The Lilac varnish is just the colour I’ve been looking for. It’s not too bright and not too dark. I like it.
And Carnival I got just for the sake of it. I have another similar one to this from Claires that I blogged about recently. But this one seems much better quality with a lot more glittery bits in.
So I layered them up. I applied 2 coats of the Lilac and a 2 of the Carnival. I might go for a third if I’m feeling fruity today.
I do like the colours in Carnival and like I said it does have a lot of sparkle in it unlike some cheaper glitter varnishes that you have to put layer upon layer on.
And like I said this colour is the perfect one I’ve been after.
The downside to Technic polishes is the lid. Twice now I have shaken them and it’s come off! Not the entire lid, just the long bit and there’s the screwey bit separate underneath (does that make sense, basically the varnish doesn’t fly out everywhere because the lid is in two bits is what I’m trying to say) But this is easily solved by just pushing it back on again. When you consider the price of these being 99p versus up to ยฃ20 for the OPI varnishes I think I can handle some small quality issues such as that. The varnish itself is hard wearing and long lasting. I’ve had it on for 3 days now and not a chip to be seen.
”You buy cheap you buy twice.”  -Which is fine by me because I love buying.


  1. February 8, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    I picked the Technic Carnvial up as soon as I first laid eyes on it!
    I couldn't believe how closely it matched to the OPI version! But I'd much rather pay the 99p price tag any day over the far too expensively, hyped up OPI polish.
    Its great!!

    Love the combo ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. February 8, 2012 / 2:03 am

    What a gorgeous combination ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. February 7, 2012 / 11:07 pm

    i'm hoping to bag myself some of the glitter polish tomorrow, fingers crossed it's still there!

  4. February 7, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    I love that combo, it's so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO, Smitty

  5. February 7, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    Your nails look great! May have to purchase the Carnival one – was so close to buying the Opi version but this looks just as good ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. February 7, 2012 / 11:58 am

    Sorry my last comment went all funny.
    Copied and pasted by accident!

  7. February 7, 2012 / 11:57 am

    I really like lilac nails, lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the moustache theme you have here! The food looks delicious and the cat is adorable (two phrases not to get mixed up!)
    Just found your blog and loving it already, so you have a follow from me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Karys x

  8. February 7, 2012 / 11:19 am

    This is pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. February 7, 2012 / 8:49 am

    Your nail art is amazing! I lOve it sO much <3 Kisses from France

  10. February 6, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    LOVE this colour combination.

  11. February 6, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    So pretty! Glittery nails just make for an instantly good mood, right?!

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  12. February 6, 2012 / 5:33 pm

    These colours are gorgeous! I don't think there's really much point spending loads of money on nail varnish – 99p is a great price! x

  13. February 6, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    beautiful, beautiful post!
    i love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚
    have a nice day!
    twitter: @nyloncake


  14. February 6, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    That glitter is gorgeous!

  15. February 6, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Dupe-mazing! Did you get these in the Arndale Bodycare in Manc (noticed you post about Manc a lot so guessing yer a local)?

    • February 6, 2012 / 3:13 pm

      Ha yeah it was the Arndale Bodycare. I'm from Stoke but my boyfriend lives in Manchester hence why I go there a bit.

    • February 6, 2012 / 7:59 pm

      Well, might just have to take a trip to Bodycare this week……..

  16. February 6, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    Wow, that is such a beautiful colour and the glitter is amazing!! xxx

    • February 6, 2012 / 3:13 pm

      I love all the colours in the glitter one, it really is a carnival on my nails haha.