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~~~ Cath Kidston Wild Flowers Emery Boards ~~~ Having grown my nails for the first time in my life, several problems now greeted me. I've read many women's magazines over the years, all of which inform me that metal files were a no-no, due to the fact that they cause damage to the nail; and so the hunt for something to shapen my new nails began. I searched my favourite online store, Amazon, and decided upon this Cath Kidston Wild Flowers set due to my love of vintage, and shabby chic style. The emery boards can also be purchased from Cath Kidston stores themselves, and her website, along with many other retailers. The clear cellophane packet contains three emery boards. They look very pretty with their classic retro spots, and each in a different pastel shade of colour. I'm presuming they are called Wild Flowers due to being part of a range, as they are not in any way floral at all. At first glance, I wrongly presumed these to be manufactured from some type of fine grade glass paper. I now know them to be made from emery which is a mineral consisting of corundum with either magnetite or haematite. This is applied to cardboard and sandwiched with a foam inner, to give a protective, cushioning effect as you use the file. The emery on one face of the board, is ever so slightly finer than that on the other side. I would normally recommend the roughest side for reducing length and shaping, and the finer side for smoothing the now roughened edges. However, these emery boards are much too fine for filing, and can only really be useful for keeping in your handbag for when all you need is a light touch up. The emery isn't really effective for anything more than the lightest of jobs, and due to the nature of them, they wouldn't last all that long either. Other emery boards that I have since used, have the ability to be rinsed under a running tap to remove debris, and they come up like new again. The Cath Kidston files are too smooth to start with, to make any difference at all to the nail. These files do look very pretty and stylish, but other than that they are quite useless really. To be quite truthful, I'm pretty appalled at the items that Ms Kidston is able to produce at quite often, extortionate prices, just because it's fashionable. I won't be buying again, and I'm only awarding it one star because I can't give none. What a waste of money. Thanks for reading my review, which may be posted on other sites, under the same username.