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When I managed to stop biting my nails for a while I needed to file them down and keep them in good shape, I was quite new to doing so and started off using soft emery board which I just found annoying as they took ages to have any proper effect on my nails. They also went flat and lost their 'file-yness' really quickly.
I saw this is Boots and thought I'd try it as I thought it would be stronger and last longer. Although it really did file my nails down, almost too fast at first, it often left my nails quite rough and catchy so I ended up using this first to get the shape I wanted and then using emery boards to soften and smooth them so they wouldn't be catchy or sharp.
A bad point is when I carry this around, I'm often worried about getting it out as it looks like weapon (and could easily be used as one!). The thing I hate most about this is the nail it makes when filing, it's a bit like mini nails on a chalkboard and you can feel the vibrations as the metal is much stronger than emery boards. Otherwise it's a good product, the end is pointed to help remove dirt from under the nails.
I would definitely recommend this nail file it lasts so much longer than most due to being made from metal, it cost no more than £1 and mine has not lost it's 'file-yness' yet so was well worth the money.
A few weeks ago I was having a bit of a mooch around Boots when I came across these Boots metal nail files reduced from being on sale usually for a pound each down to 25p each and so I grabbed a few of them. Not only do I like to do my own nails I also do other peoples from time time as I am a qualified beauty therapist so I thought these were a handy item to pop into my kit.
These simply come in a white and see through plastic hanging strip and on the front of it we are simply told that it is Boots 'Essentials' Nail File and then on the back of that we are told how to use it and contact details for Boots are given. Very simple packaging this is really!
The Nail File:
In appearance this is a simple metal nail file of course and nothing fancy. It has a couple of inches of white plastic handle to it which is slightly angled for ease of use and the metal file itself is about double the length and the same in appearance both sides which is that of a throw away emery board, slightly raised and slightly rough.
What I like about this nail file is that it is simple to look at, not too wide or thick and lasts simply ages. I can use the point at the tip of the emery board to go under nails to help clean out any muck or debris that is in there as well as, as a nail file of course.
This makes no mess when in use and simply files away excess nail with ease without you having to put too much effort into filing them. The whole thing is very slightly flexible opposed to ridgid though doesn't bounce about in use and after use you can simply shake it and wipe it clean.
Even for a pound these are excellent value though the plastic base does look a little cheap and isn't branded however it is a brilliant little item and I'm glad I stocked up on these as they were a great little buy for me.
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=== The product ===
This is a metal nail file with a white plastic handle. There is a pointed tip at the end which can be used to clear dirt from underneath your nail. About 3/4 of the metal part of this is a rigid file that is used to shape and smooth your nails.
=== The packaging ===
This comes provided in a plastic packaging. There is a hang tab section at the top for ease of display in store and you can either cut or rip along the heat sealed line to open this. The packaging is simple yet effective. It's easy to cut open.
=== Where can I buy this from & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Boots stores or the Boots website for just £1.00. A fantastic low price and this can even be found on special offer on occasion and I purchased mine using a voucher I received from the Advantage Card machine and paid £1.00 for it but received 50 pence worth of Advantage Card points! Fantastic.
=== Overall opinion ===
I only really purchased this nail file because I was looking for something in the range to see if I could make use of the extra 50 points coupon that I had and I decided on this metal nail file. I am quite keen on keeping my nails in tip top condition these days and I regularly paint both my finger nails and toe nails.
In the past I have used emery boards, usually because they have come free with a gift set or a purchase of some description and I have been quite happy with them, however, they do not last particularly long and with regular use I am discarding of them after just a few weeks. This is why a metal nail file made sense to me.
There is nothing special about this nail file, it's metal, it has a plastic handle for easy holding and comfortable filing. The metal is silver, it's got the usual criss crossed pattern on it to ensure that your files are filed effectively and quickly. The metal is very strong and I find that it files my nails very well. I am usually this one or twice a week and I usually just leave it on the side in the bathroom. It doesn't matter if this gets wet as I can just rinse it dry with no worries at all and when I spilt nail polish before and covered this I was able to just rinse it quickly and use a little cotton wool to reach all the small grooves and it was removed well. My nails look lovely when they are painted and filed properly. I have nice rounded nails and people frequently comment on just how nice my nails are which I am sure is aided by this file. It takes just a few seconds to file around the outside of my nail and just a minute or two to round all the nails on one hand nicely.
I am really happy with the low price of this, plus the bonus points that I received. I am able to throw this in my nail polish drawer in my bathroom and not worry about it becoming damaged or anything spilling on it and ruining it. £1.00 is a bargain for something that is going to last for years to come.
Whilst shopping in a local branch of Boots recently, I was on the lookout for an emery board for filing my nails when I spotted the Boots Essentials Metal Nail File on sale for around £1. I had not used a metal nail file for quite some time as I usually opt for an emery board for filing and tidying my nails, but I decided to give the metal option a try out for a bit of a change.
The Boots nail file is quite a neat size and is made of a good quality sturdy metal. There is a white handle on the bottom of the file which is made of plastic and I find this is sufficient to give me a good grip on the file when I am using it to tidy my nails. There are no actual grooves or indentations on the file's handle and so I think if I had cream or liquid on my hands then the handle would become slippery and this would make it more difficult to use, and may even result in injury, but if my hands are completely dry then I have no problems at all with gripping and moving the nail file around.
There is a little plastic pouch supplied with this particular brand of nail file which may prove to be beneficial to some consumers in terms of transporting the nail file or storing it. For me personally, I don't feel the need to keep my nail files hygienic or protected in any way so I simply discarded the outer cover.
The Boots Essentials Metal Nail File appears to be made of sturdy metal which is of a fairly high quality. I get the impression that this product will stand the test of time and is robust enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. I have used many brands of metal nail file in the past and often receive them in manicure kits and sets and I find that if they are made of poor quality then they do very little in terms of filing down my nails or helping to shape the nail at all, and these problems have certainly not been present in the Boots Essentials equivalent that I have noticed.
In actual fact, I find the Boots file is quick to use and it is fairly easy to shape my nail by filing the edges and top with this file, and I do not find that it is overly harsh on my nails which can cause them to fray at the edges or leave a jagged edge.
I have become so used to using the metal nail file that I doubt very much if I will return to using an emery board as I find the sensation of using a board on my nails can be quite uncomfortable. The metal nail file in comparison seems smoother to me, and certainly the whole process doesn't seem to take as long which is a bonus as far as I am concerned - I am not one of those girls who finds it enjoyable to tidy and polish my nails, but I do so out of necessity rather than it being an enjoyable pastime. Any tool or product that cuts down on the amount of time I need to spend attending to the chore makes it a worthwhile purchase in my book.
The Boots Essentials Metal Nail File has a very sharp point at the end which is of course also made of metal, as do all metal nail files in my experience, and I understand that this makes it an unsuitable item for keeping in your hand luggage if travelling to another country by plane. I have never risked being told-off at an airport and would normally just pack items like this in my suitcase... you have been warned!
Overall, I am really glad that I chose to purchase the Boots Metal Nail File recently and I think it is a purchase that is here to stay! For me at least, it is more convenient and less time-consuming than tidying or filing my nails using an emery board and I feel it is a good quality product for a very reasonable price. I would happily recommend the product to others and will buy it again for sure.
The nail file is available to buy in Boots stores for £1, alternatively, you can buy it online at www.boots.com for the same price, with £2.95 postage and packaging costs.
I bought this nail file as an extra one to take on holiday with me. I have never used a metal one before, but at £1.00 in Boots I thought I would give one a try. The ones I currently use are just cheap asda ones, like emery boards which are perfect for I use them for!
I was actually a little disappointed with this nail file. I like that it comes in a little pouch that you can reseal to keep it protected, and that is it so small so doesn't take up much space at all. However I found working with this nail file a bit difficult to get used too. It didn't file my nails down as easily as an emery board style nail file does. I was filing and it didn't seem to be filing much at all. It took absolutely ages to do my nails, which would usually take me 2 minutes.
The actual nail file is really thin and feels a bit flimsy, it isn't a sturdy one. It was so small I was finding it a bit difficult to use. I didn't find it was sharpening my nails enough for the price. I couldn't shape my nails with it, it just wouldn't file them properly.
My nails kept snagging on the edges because I couldn't smooth them enough with this nail file. I couldn't tidy up the edges as it just didn't seem to file properly.
This nail file has got a pointed tip which isn't too sharp, but it is ok to use to push back cuticles. It as a white handle, which was good enough to grip it well enough.
I have since gone back to my normal nail file, which is a shame, because this one does look nicer, but it just doesn't do the job as well as an emery board style one does which I found surprising. It would have been better if it had a more rougher surface to file with, it was too smooth and just wasn't good enough to file my nails properly.
I ended up chucking this nail file away, as it was no good for me! Shame but it was only cheap, I suppose you get what you pay for!
I've got one of these metal nail files from Boots and I think they're a really good product to have. They last so much longer than most other nail files and emery boards out there, because they are made from strong metal and are made in such a good quality. You will save money in the long run by buying one of these metal nail files rather than lots of little emery boards. In fact you will probably save money in the short run too, as these are only about £1 in Boots and that means they are even cheaper than some emery boards. It makes no sense to me but I'm not gunna complain!
This nail file doesn't look like the most exciting file in the world, lets be honest. It is just a sharp peice of silver metal which has a criss crossy pattern on it if you look very closely, one end is trangular and sharp while the other has a plastic white handle on which makes it more comfortable to hold it in your hand while you are using it. However even though this looks a bit boring, looks aren't that important in my opinion when it comes to nail files, what you really want is something reasonably priced that works well and will last a long time.
I have already said how this ticks the box for being a good price. And now I will tell you about how it also ticks the box for working well at its job. This really does file my nails much better than any other emery board I have used before. I think the reason it works so well is because it is made of strong metal. Not only does it file the ends of my nails down I can also use it to shape the ends of my nails how I want them and I can also use this to push down my cuticles, and tidy up any of those horrible bits of skin which you sometimes get around your cuticles at the bottom edges of your nails. This does all these things really effectively and works well.
Overall I would never buy an emery board again I would just buy these as they work better and last much longer. So I would definitely recommend this nail file.