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To begin, let me just say that I can't sing this product's praises enough. My nails have always been thin (to the point where the free edge is more see-through than actually white) and in the past I frequently suffered from snags, tears and peeling. For a bit of context, I've never worn false nails and am only an occasional nail biter.
Having tried numerous nail strengthening products to little effect I decided to invest in a Leighton Denny crystal nail file to see if it would make the difference. Initially, the file performed like other emery boards had for me in the past; it was effective at reshaping my nails, though pleasantly it had a much less rough/gritty texture. The real difference became clear after a few weeks of use when I noticed that I didn't need to file my nails as much because they were snagging and tearing a lot less.
Admittedly, I love to file my nails using a 'see-sawing' motion which would result in damaged nails, were I using another file. Thankfully, the crystal nail file can be used in this way, making it perfect for beginners or busy bees with not much time to care for their nails.
I've now been using my crystal file for around two and a half to three years and the number of breakages I've suffered has lessened so dramatically that it's been months and months since I've lost a nail. The crystal nail file is so good that I've even purchased a second one to keep in my handbag just so that I'm never without it!
In my experience, the file is also surprisingly resilient. I once dropped mine at a colleague's wedding reception and was pleasantly surprised to find that it hadn't smashed or chipped in the slightest. Please do try to avoid this sort of situation though, as I have always heard warnings against dropping or placing excess weight on the files as they can, indeed break.
Although I am aware that you can 'renew' the condition of your crystal nail file by placing it in warm water, I have never felt the need to do this with my original or newer file, as neither of them seem to have become less effective following regular use.
It's worth mentioning that I purchased two of the smaller crystal nail files due to the size of my nails and hands, but there is a larger size available for purchase.
Overall, I would say that the crystal nail file has saved me a lot of time, effort and money. I now have nails that I am proud of and my only regret is not having purchased one of Leighton Denny's crystal nail files sooner.
I was fairly new to nail care and the Leighton Denny brand when I came across this crystal file. My nails were quite soft and bendy and emery boards were not really giving the result I was looking for, which was to have healthy nails that did not catch and tear on the sides. I saw Leighton demonstrating this on TV and his promise that the crystal file would not damage the nail and actually seal the edge convinced me to give it a try.
I bought the small file, which cost around £12 and comes in a protective aluminium case. There is also a 25 year guarantee on the surface of the file itself (not for breakage though - it is glass and will smash if you drop it or sit on it). To care for it, you need to wash in warm water with some anti bacterial hand soap to keep it in tip top condition.
I have found this a brilliant product. It makes filing easier as you can use it in any direction, unlike regular files and emery boards and it does seem to seal the nail edge, preventing snags and splitting. It also feels more gentle and less like sandpaper than other files. Please note it is only suitable for natural nails, not acrylic tips.
Since I have been using it (around 6 months now), my nails seem to be stronger and less prone to the annoying splits which mean you have to file all your nails down. Works well on toes too. There are larger sizes available but I prefer the small one.
~~Surely it's just another nail file?~~
Well that's exactly what I thought, despite reading rave reviews about this product time and time again.
It has been voted as "Best beauty product" and comes in two sizes. There is a large one at 195mm and a smaller one at 135mm which is the one I have. It is advertised as suitable for handbags, but this size is similar to an emery board and I think the larger one would be too big for me.
~~~Who is Leighton Denny?~~~
The Leighton Denny range was launched in 2005 and the manicure and pedicure products received great praise from beauty journalists and fellow professionals. He was awarded "technician of the year" so many times , he was asked to sit on the judging panel!
~~So what do you get?~~
The nail file comes in a plastic pouch with some information on the cardboard insert telling you all about your new nail file.
It tells us that the "Rolls Royce" of nail files is made of the finest lead crystal and has been specially treated to create a superior nail file with a filing surface guaranteed to last a life time.
It also advises that crystal can break so to use the aluminium case it comes in to store it.
The aluminium case does the job adequately but the plastic lid is a little flimsy, and so not sure if that will last the lifetime that the nail file is promised to do.
The case is 16cm in length and 3cm wide so will only take up a small amount of space wherever you decide to keep it.
~~Why is it different?~~
Anyone that has been for a manicure or read on how to file nails will know that you are told to file in only one direction to prevent splits in the nails. Not many of us stick to this advice though. The beauty of this product is that you CAN file backwards and forwards with no splitting of the nails. The file can be run under water and left to dry after use to bring it back to top performance. The manufacturers are so sure that the product is good that they offer a lifetime guarantee and if the surface of the file loses its filing abilities, they will replace the product free of charge!
I'm not one for expensive make-up or any particular brands but when I visited Ragdale Hall Spa a few years ago, I had a French manicure and they use Leighton Denny products there. My French polish lasted for weeks and I was really impressed! I have really strong nails and they grow really quickly. I don't get to paint them very often as I work in catering and can't keep it on for work so rather than putting on, and taking off all the time, I just don't bother. I do like my nails to have a nice shape though and was getting very frustrated with the tatty old emery board I was using to file my nails. I had seen several reviews on here for the Leighton Denny file and put it in my favourites on the Amazon site. It has been sitting on there for about six months and I finally decided to go for it after my nails getting too long, cutting them and not really getting anywhere with the tatty old emery board.
It was delivered a couple of days after ordering and I had it out of its case and nails filed withing ten minutes! I love it! Love it, love it, love it!! Wish I had bought one years ago!! It was so easy to use and shaped my nails really easily. It is light weight and left no snags or rough bits like the emery board did.
It left nails really smooth at the edges with just a couple of filing moves. My nails will never look overgrown and shapeless now that I have this gem of a product.
The price is what probably put me off buying this product sooner. I paid £12.50 for it on Amazon with free delivery but you can buy direct from the Leighton Denny site or other reputable on-line sites.
When you compare the price to a pack of emery boards, it will seem extremely expensive but I can guarantee you won't be disappointed and when you consider it should last a life time, it's really quite good value.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
Thanks for reading and hope this review has been useful.
I purchased this nail file a few months ago, as I've recently been making a conscious effort,(due to doing some amateur modelling for a photographer friend building his portfolio), to make a little more effort with my appearance. I kept looking at his photos and finding flaws I wanted to address, and one I wanted to sort out was my ragged, scruffy looking nails.
I chose this particular product based on a recommendation from another friend, who runs a beauty business from her home. It cost £12.50, but she pointed out that it does come with a lifetime guarantee, that it could be easily cleaned, and also that, unlike almost every other nail file out there, this can be run back and forth over the nail, rather than having to patiently go over in one direction, lift, return, and start again. My friend (quite rightly) commented that I would never stick with it if I had to adopt any kind of faffy technique, and I reluctantly admitted she was right.
It's worth noting that Crystal isn't just part of the name to make it sound posh. Rather than cheap ground glass or sand, the surface of this 135mm long file is coated in 'the finest' lead crystal. I've put the finest in brackets, as I can't help thinking that if it was that fine they'd never have ground it up in the first place. Either way, this gives it a nice rough surface , which when run over the nail edge smooths it over, grinding any imperfections into a fine dust, and leaving edges smooth and tidy. It can also be run lightly over the tops of the nail to take out any uneven ridges. I used to bite my nails, or trim them with clippers, but I much prefer filing them now, as it doesn't leave any sharp bits. I also love that it leave the nail edges sealed, with no split or peeling layers, and no snags at all.
I was surprised not only by how easy this was to use (I'd tried other files and not gotten on with them) but also with how immediately effective it was- it seems like the job just gets done that much quicker with this file. I love being able to quickly rinse this under warm running water to keep it clean, and then left to dry naturally. The file comes with an aluminium case that keeps it protected between uses, and means it can be kept in a handbag and carried about without fear of it snapping - not that it seems like it would, it's very sturdy.
I really like this nail file. It's easy to use and to keep clean, and although the initial cost is quite high in comparison to other files, this doesn't wear down much at all, so won't need replacing for a good long time, and will ultimately cost less in the long term. 5 stars, a fantastic file!
How many manufacturers are so confident that their product is of such quality that they offer a lifetime guarantee should its quality diminish? Leighton Denny is actually the only one I can think of!
I had never heard of Leighton Denny before my beauty products-conscious step-mum mentioned her nail file when I asked her for advice regarding my nails and I mentioned about how hard it is to find good nail files which don't shred my thin, flimsy nails up. She told me it works wonderfully, that it has a lifetime guarantee, and so although it is pricey, it's worth the investment.
I was intrigued to see the product (plus my nails needed a good file!), so the day after I headed off to Boots to see if they had any in stock; indeed they did! They stocked their own-branded crystal nail file for about £7, but I don't remember if that one had a life-time guarantee, and so I went for the Leighton Denny crystal nail file for about £12 since it clearly stated on the packaging that the product is guaranteed for a lifetime. Leighton Denny also sell a larger crystal nail file for about the £16 mark in Boots.
£12 is a bit pricey for a nail file, but bearing in mind that beforehand I was spending about £3 per month on nail files; I have just about broken even this month!
So what did I get for my £12? I am in possession of an elegant lead crystal file which is fine enough not to catch on any jagged edges or drag my nail tips at all, leaving my nails feeling pleasantly silky smooth and looking super neat. I have never been able to achieve these results with another nail file! Additionally, I now find it a lot quicker when filing my nails than using the usual nail files.
The file which I chose came in an attractive metal casing with a clear plastic cover, and a molded insert to hold the file. This makes it more convenient and safer to bring it in a make-up bag when travelling for example, or just to keep it in your handbag if you wish.
The elegant oblong file measures about 13.5cm in total, and the filing area about 9.5cm; leaving 4cm for holding space. The "holding space" of the file has Leighton Denny printed or engraved discreetly on one side, and the other side has a subtly-sparkling silver/grey coat of paint, which looks effective behind the text since this "holding space" (or handle?) is also made of glass. It is very comfortable to hold, and weighs about the same as a 15cm ruler. The coat of paint which I have just mentioned has faded away along the edges of the file during the four months of being in my possession.
To clean the file, you just soak it in hot water, and that's it! Easy peasy!!
I also use this file with ease for my finger and brittle toe nails (even on my husband's thicker nails!), but some people might find the larger file more comfortable as it has more surface area to file toe nails with.
In conclusion, I really couldn't fault this product, and it would make a high-quality, very long-lasting and a very useful gift for someone, or a perfect treat for yourself!
I must add that the guarantee is invalidated if the file is damaged or abused, so I would recommend buying the file with the case rather than the package with the other nail products.
When it comes to taking care of my nails, I must admit that they are bitten due to forming a bad habit from childhood. I generally bite them through nervousness, boredom or stress. I occasionally buy nail files and scissors to try to encourage me to take more care over my nails. However, whilst I appreciate the neatness of filed nails, I often go back to biting them eventually. I find that filing them is better, due to the fact that they don't exactly need to be trimmed and the edges are uneven and rough from being chewed on.
>> Rough around the edges
My little boy is a bit of a nail biter, too. However, for him it is more for the sensory input that he seeks. When I first caught him biting his nails, I did discourage it, and he did stop for a good amount of time. However, as time has gone on he has become more obsessive with chewing and sucking, and his nails are usually victim to his desires. The frequent nail biting along with sucking his fingers leaves the nails in horrific condition. As he has a high pain threshold he can really gnaw the nails back to a terrifyingly short stump. The cuticles are damages and the skin above the cuticle is red and tender looking most of the time.
This really bothers me, and I do provide him with other objects that are designed for chewing for sensory input. However, his nails still get bitten despite my best efforts. To keep them in the best condition possible I gently file the tips to remove the rough and jagged edges. This at least keeps the tips in a smoother state in a bid to prevent him from biting them, as there's really not much left to bite. I file them to get him to understand that his nails are to be kept tidy.
>> Filing down the choices
I have purchased a few nail files that we both use to keep our poor nails in neater condition. I always purchase nail care products from Boots where they have a good selection to choose from. There is a wide range available with a massive price difference, starting off from a pound or two, all the way up to £15. I generally opt for the mid priced products and find they are satisfactory and get the job done. I have looked at the more expensive ones, but could never justify the cost. I didn't know if it would be worth splashing out on a high-end expensive nail file, especially due to the fact that my nails are never likely to be glamorous.
I was still curious, and have read a few reviews on the Leighten Crystal Nail File, which encouraged me to buy one for myself. The main reason for purchasing was the fact that the nail file is said to be gentle, leaving nails soft and it can rinsed after, which restores the file and keeps it hygienic. Another reason is due to the fact that it is the only type of nail file that can be glided over the nails back and forth both ways. Other nail files require the file to be taken from the edge to the centre in one direction only, which I'm not particularly good at remembering. At a princely £15 this may seem like an awful lot for a simple nail file. However, it comes with a lifetime guarantee and is said to be the Rolls Royce of nail files.
>> Is pricier better?
As my son's nails are delicate, I thought the nail file would be good for the both of us to use. I was fed up with forever buying different nail files to try. The inexpensive ones soon wear down and need replacing, plus they feel rough against the nail. The chunkier nail buffers seemed good to begin with, but they would also wear out quite quickly, too, which led me to wanting to try the crystal nail file. With its fancy claims and high accolades I felt confident in purchasing, and was eager to give it a try.
Nail filing always seemed such a chore, as it would take a lot of effort, and the nail edges never really felt or looked that smooth, despite my best efforts. The Leighten nail file looks impressive, being produced from crystal. The nail file feels good to hold, with it not being too thin or too chunky. Gliding it along the nail edge it smoothes over the nail producing a fine dust. This seals the nail and leaves it feeling soft and perfectly filed. It gives impressive results and it feels pleasant.
>> It's crystal clear that this is the best
Filing my nails has become more of a pampering session now, and I actually enjoy taking care of my nails. They look better than they ever have, and I'm not ashamed of my finger nails. The file is simple and efficient to use. It gives smooth edges straight away, which makes it easy to get the desired look. I have since bought some clear nail vanish and cuticle tools to give them the finishing look.
I cannot say that I have completely stopped biting my nails, as it is habit forming. I find that when I am concentrating or stressed I tend to chew on my nail, however, I only gently nibble on the tips, as so not to cause too much damage. I then go back to filing them to get them back into shape. So it has improved my bad habit and the appearance of my nails. I never thought I would have neat nails, as they were terribly brittle from years of continued biting, so I'm elated with the results.
>> Putting the Leighten nail file through its paces
Having tried the nail file on myself, I knew it felt smooth and gentle when moved over the nail. I knew that my son would be happier with this, and would be more likely to allow me to file his nails. With his nails being in a haggard state, it bothers me, as he is young it doesn't look nice at all. He doesn't understand and has his own reasons for chewing his nails. Once he has bitten them, the edges become rough which leads him to picking at them a lot. This leaves his nails in a very poor condition.
I have spent a long time trying to improve his finger tips and nails in order to improve the appearance of his hands and nails. Using other nail files I would find they wouldn't be very effective, as there wasn't much nail left to file, and because his nails were ragged the file would drag over the nails. I found the Leighten nail file a delight to use on his little nails, as it files the edge of the nail it turns it into a fine dust. This makes it incredibly soft against the nail and leaves the nail edge smoother.
It still took a while to get all of his nails in a better condition. However, due to the file being able to be used in a back and forth motion I was able to produce better results. I even use the file over the top of the nail edge in places where the nail edge had been pulled up. Once completed, I was overjoyed with the results, as his nail edges felt smooth when I ran my finger over the top. Ordinarily, when my son would play with my face his nails would dig into my skin. Now the edges are smooth!
As the nail file is incredibly gentle my son will happily sit to have his nails filed, and it has a calming effect on him. Due to this, he will also tolerate me tidying up his cuticles with other tools. I have taken care to be gentle when using other tools to ensure I can continue caring for his nails. Since using the nail file on his nails, the condition of them is far better than any other nail care equipment could provide.
I am delighted to see his nails improved and looking healthier. As they are constantly being tidied, he has fewer tendencies to bite at them, and as the edges are smooth he is less reluctant to pick at them. However, I do have to keep him busy, too. Whilst he is giving his nails a break, he has moved onto chewing his clothes. Not ideal, but the better option for now.
>> Giving it a new life
The best part about this nail file is that it can be rinsed after each use, which keeps it hygienic whilst maintaining the performance of the file. It is to be naturally air dried, which doesn't take long at all. It only comes with a plastic slip cover to protect it. I would prefer a better case for it. The smaller version has a better case and retails at £12. I have just used a small makeup case to store it when not in use, and this is just fine.
This nail file meets all of its fancy claims and performs just as good time and time again. It really has been a star buy, and money well spent. It pays for itself, as I would have purchased several cheaper nail files over the months spending just the same amount, the difference is, that I still have a fully functioning nail file that comes with a lifetime guarantee, and I always have the means to file my nails anytime.
A fantastic item that I wouldn't be without.
This was a Christmas present from my husband. The Leighton Denny Crystal nail file comes in a aluminium case with black velvet lining which I immediately thought was a very classy protective storage case but possibly a little over the top. The file has an opaque look to it with a painted matt silver end and the name 'Leighton Denny'. Apparently it is the 'Rolls Royce' of nail files (my husband enthusiastically informed me of this) and has won awards from 'In style magazine' and 'Cosmetic Executive Women'. Impressively, it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
I'm a keen gardener and although I wear gloves for most of the work, I often become aggravated by them and regularly pull them off, it's just the way I like to garden even though the condition of my hands and finger nails suffer as a result. I keep my nails relatively short and so often need to file them and also attend to any rough edges due to the gardening work. My husband was aware I had tried all kinds of nail files and that at times I had complained over the cost of emery boards that only seemed to last for a short time or glass and metal files which failed to give a good result or after a few months of use became less effective and eventually useless.
The Leighton crystal nail file is quite simply lovely to use in my opinion. It is a comfortable width to hold and so not likely to slip from your hand (I imagine it would break if it were to fall onto a stone surface or floor). It files my nails beautifully and effortlessly, only a few strokes are necessary and the result is there. I have to be careful I don't get carried away and end up filing my nails too low. Nails are left incredibly smooth, they feel to the touch almost like plastic or glass. After use the file can be rinsed with water and is then as good as new. I feel confident this file will last for a very long time and there will no longer be the need to buy any further nail files or emery boards. Also as less filing is needed with this Leighton file, I can say that after four months of using it my nails are stronger as well as smoother than ever. I love it.
The price at Amazon is £10.99 and at Boots £12.00. Expensive but I truly feel it is well worth the price. An excellent purchase for yourself or as a gift.
Thanks for reading x
© Lunaria 2012
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I purchased my leighton denny crystal nail file after listening to my friend, who is a beauty therapist, raving about them for months. She tells me this is the only nail file where you can safely file left to right (in a saw like motion) without damaging your nails. Filing nails with a traditional emery board/nail file you should only file in one direction as filing both ways can split, damage and weaken the nails. Ths leighton denny file does not do this, it keeps the nails strong and healthy regardless of which direction you file in. I paid around £14 for my file and consider this to be great value as before I was constantly replacing nail files and this one has a lifetime guarentee so I will never need another, And because it comes in a lovely case I can't see me ever losing it. Also if you find the file has become less effective it simply needs holding under a running tap to clean and its back to as good as new quality. It's nice and thick and sturdy so I imagine it would be very difficult to break or damage.
Best file Ive ever used, turns out with nail files its quality not quantity that counts!
I bought this as part of a large gift pack, which I split up and gave as Christmas presents, I hung on to the two 'crystal' nail files though as I'd been wanting to try one of these files for quite a while.
I have the sort of nails that if you whisper at them too loudly they peel or split, so always found normal emery boards or the old fashioned metal nail files way too harsh. After using either of these even on the finest 'grit' side my nails looked as if they were frayed and they caught in everything. The more recent saphire and diamond coated metal files, and softer grain padded files were an improvement but still not perfect. So I was very keen to try this.
These cost at time of writing £15 for the large and £12 for the small at Boots, they are available together from QVC at £24.75 plus £3.75 postage (so with the postage more expensive than Boots) if buying from QVC it's probably more economical to buy it as part of one of the multi function sets if you need other nail products too.
The large file is about 195mm and the small 135mm long. The file looks like frosted glass with 'Leighton Denny' embossed on the first quarter of so of the file, however this file really is crystal, lead crystal (not rock crystal) making it stronger and able to hold the moulding of filing surface better than plain glass, it's also hardened to make it longer lasting. This file is multi award winning including 'In Style' magazine's beauty awards.
I found the longer file to be a bit unwieldy and prefer the shorter version, my large file came in a plastic wallet, and the shorter in a little aluminium case with clear plastic lid. It's a testament to how useful the case is in that I still have the small file, but the large one is long since shattered.
I can't fault this file, the surface feels almost velvety to the touch, but one stroke across the nails is all it takes to create a little trail of nail dust. I have to be careful I don't over file with this as it glides across the nail beautifully but takes of a fair amount with each stroke.
Normally to reduce length I would have to cut the nail, and then finish with as fine a grade file as I can find. If I tried using the rough side of a normal file to reduce length it would ruin my nails leading them to peel, split and as above 'fray' even after using the finer side to smooth down. With the Leighton Denny file I can take length down very effectively and leave the nail edge pretty much sealed.
When filing or shaping nails we are preached at to only file in one direction or risk the nail splitting. I've never found much difference whichever way I file my nails. However one of the things Leighton Denny is proud of with this file is that you can see saw across your nails to your hearts content, the file is so gentle that it won't make any difference.
These files have a lifetime guarantee (for the surface of the file - I'm not sure how long a lifetime is considered to be) and if the surface becomes dull and useless you are invited to send it back for a free replacement. This does not cover files that have been broken, or 'abused' I assume that means no rasping away at any woodwork with it then.
To keep the surface dust free and at it's most effective you are advised to rinse under water, or even give a little wash in soapy water, when dry the file should be like new. I have found this file to be extremely long lasting, I've had mine for nearly 5 years now and it's still good. I have to admit that it's not like new in its performance, there has been a little deterioration, but it certainly still does an effective job and still leaves the nail edge nice and smooth. I do tend to finish off with the soft stages of my Boots buffer block, this is only because my nails are rubbish, and I find that this gives them a super shiny and water resistant finish on the vulnerable free edge. The crystal file should normally give an excellently smooth and sealed finish on people whose nails aren't made out of rice paper.
The only fault I can find with this file, and it's not a real fault. . If that makes sense, is that it will break if you drop it or stand on it like I did. I broke the longer file like this within a few months of owning it, I'd left it on the floor next to the bed, in its soft plastic case and forgotten it was there. When I got out of bed there was a muffled click and my poor file lay rent in twain. I have to admit not one for wasting anything I did continue to use it in this rather dangerous condition (where it broke it make a rather good pointy stabby bit) for some time before eventually losing each half.
All in all I would highly recommend this file, it's much better than other glass alternatives I have since tried (recieived as presents from family), although it is pricey it really does last a long time, I think £12 over 5 years is excellent value. I wouldn't be able to fork that much out in a lump sum now just for my nails, but if I could I would.
This week my local Boots store finally moved from the tiny store they've had for many years into a larger, new retail unit and to celebrate they have been giving away vouchers for £3 off a £15 spend. Never one to turn down the chance of a bargain, I happily took a voucher and promptly spent it on a Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File, a large one... bringing the price down from £15 to just £12, which is basically the same price as the small one.
It's said to be 'The Rolls Royce of Nail Files'(all be it by Leighton Denny, himself) and boasts that it will 'glide smoothly and evenly along the nail edge, turning the excess nail to dust while leaving the newly filed edge completely smooth and sealed' I have no argument against this statement, at all. Honestly, I couldn't agree more.
This file gets through my nails like a hot knife through butter turning it to fine white powder before my very eyes. Filing nails can be such a chore, trying to make sure the edges are smooth and neat, well this file almost does all the work for you!
It's also a much more pleasant experience, if you're a bit nail file phobic (is there a real phobia name for this?) then this should really help you as it's such a smooth action with no ickyness (I'm not nail phobic but I can understand why people could be)!
It made such light work of my nails and it even passed the toenail test, filing them nicely without any damage to the nail edge... and well, I don't know about you but for me, trying to file my toenails usually either ends up with me totally contorting myself to get the right angle to file at, or risk having scratchy, rough nail edges which is not nice, at all!
I think it also helps that you can file back and forth with these files without worrying about the nail not being sealed or smooth... something I'm still getting used to, but a welcome advantage.
The only (very, very minor) downside to this file is that unlike the smaller file, the larger one didn't come with a proper (and protective) case which is a bit disappointing, but I'm thinking maybe I need the smaller one for in my bag and keep the larger one for home use?!?!
The price, whilst seemingly more expensive than your average nail file actually is a lot more reasonable than you'd think; considering this file (and its smaller counterpart) comes with a lifetime warranty. Now this doesn't mean you can snap it and have it replaced, but what it does mean is that if you look after it (including rinsing it in warm water from time to time to clean and restore performance) but find that the quality of the filing surface diminishes (at any time), it will be replaced for free - good eh!
This means that your £12 or £15 nail file should last you for your whole lifetime which seems pretty reasonable to me and should more than cover the cost compared to all the cheaper nail files you'd otherwise buy in your lifetime... so long as you don't lose the file, of course!
I am so pleased with this purchase and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this item to you. It's available from so many places so is easily purchased, the cheapest place I've found so far for the large one is Amazon.co.uk fot £12.97.
I first came across Leighton Denny on the shopping channel QVC where he was promoting some of his fabulous nail polish and I was pretty much hooked straight away.
Who Is Leighton Denny?
Leighton Denny is an award wining manicurist for over 18 years and launched his own range in 2005 and is often featured in many style and beauty magazines.
His brand is now the top selling nail care brand on QVC and the brand is used in many up market salons and spas across the country.
His range has now grown and includes everything that you need to keep your nails and hands healthy and looking fabulous and has also recently launched a new self tanning range to add to his collection.
As a beauty therapist I love the passion that Leighton has for all things nails! And the research that he has put into the ranges that he has.
The Crystal File
I was given the crystal nail file as a gift and while they can be purchased on their own mine came as a set of two in a black leather case.
My actual file is black in colour and the length is 195mm and I find that this is the perfect size for me as the big chunky ones that you can get are just that big and chunky and I find them hard to use and the small ones I find are just to fiddly and are hard to get a really good grip on in order to file the nails.
The file itself is heavier than the standard ones and I find that gives you greater control when filling and the file doesn't slip away from you.
If you run your finger across the nail file it feels quite smooth a little like when your standard file has been worn down and it doesn't matter how many times you use it stills feels smooth.
Although I said that the file is black when you hold it up to the light it becomes clear, almost transparent and this is where the crystal effect comes in.
The nail file comes with a lifetime guarantee!
The nail is made with the finest lead crystal which is ground down to dust and compacted to create the nail file.
The benefits of making it with crystal means that the file simply turns the nails to dust which makes filling your nails faster and easier and you don't get any sharp edges on them as the file doesn't drag the nail at all it simply smoothes it completely, seals all the edges and leaves no trace of splitting or peeling.
How To Use It
When I was training one of the first things that we were taught and indeed had it drilled into us was that you only filled the nail in one direction from side to side and never ever back and forth, which was something that I always struggled with as its always felt more natural for me and a great deal easier to file back and forth.
The best thing about the crystal nail file for me is that you can file back and forth and unlike standard files this will not damage your nails at all and the reason for that is the smooth crystal, because its not rough it wont drag the nail and cause any splitting or peeling.
Before filling your nail remove any old nail polish and ensure that the nail is completely oil free and dry, if you are giving yourself a full manicure and have applied any hand cream, cuticle or nail oil just sweep over the nail with polish remover to remove any cream or oil.
If you are right handed file the left hand nails first and if your left handed start on the right.
Hold the nail file at a 45 degree angle and gently sweep from the end to the middle and then do the same on the other side, if you were using a standard file you would file to the middle and then from the middle to the other side and obviously you can do that with this one but you also have the advantage of being able to file back and forth.
I believe that the nails should be shaped so that they are square or oval shaped and the main reason for this is to protect that nails as its keep them stronger. If you have more of a pointed shape you will put more stress on the nail tip which will lead to breakage and splitting.
I never file the side of my nails for that reason also as it weakens the nail.
I know that its not exactly cheap but it's the best nail file that I have ever used, it shapes and files my nails to perfection and is very comfortable and easy to use and when you add on the lifetime guarantee is actually a bargain!
How To Care For Your File
After you use the file rinse it in warm water to remove any residue or build up and then let the file air dry and this will keep the file as good as new. If your file comes in a protective case or wallet always store it in there as this will keep it clean, if not just wrap it in some cling film after its dry and this will do the same job.
Where To Purchase It
You can purchase the nail file on QVC and the QVC website www.qvcuk.com You can also purchase the file on Leighton's own website www.leightondenny.com.
The price of the nail file is approx £15.00 and the set I have of the two in the leather case is £27.00.
I know that its not exactly cheap but it's the best nail file that I have ever used, it shapes and files my nails to perfection and is very comfortable and easy to use and when you add on the lifetime guarantee is actually a bargain! and that's the reason its called the Rolls Royce of nail files.
I love buying nail products and used to just use a standard nail file which was cheap and nothnig exciting, however i noticed this was not good for my nails and was not making the edges very smooth, it was causing my nails to split.
The crystal nail file was something which i often watched leighton denny use on QVC and it always looked great but the price was the only thing which put me off purchasing it for myself. But for christmas i received this nail file as a gift and i love it!
The crystal nail file looks lovely and is very fasionable, it came in a protective case which is great and means it can be carried around without the worry of breaking it. This is a nail file which i happily use in public and im happy to be seen with it.
This nail file is so easy to use and can be used in any direction to get a lovely finish to the nail. It leaves nails smooth and looking great. Once you have used the file you can simply wash it and it is back to looking new again.
This can be used by both males and females as the nail file looks quite plain
I love this nail file and i am so happy that i have it now, i would never go back to using a standard nail file now i realise the damage they were doing to my nails.
I would recommed this nail file and also say although it looks expensive do not be put off by the price becuase it is worth it
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I came across Leighton Denny when I went to a 'girls night' at Bannatyne Gym & Spa.. Their Spa/Salons stock the Leighton Denny range and I managed to pick up one of their crystal files for £10.00. Seeing as I had paid £8.00 for the night (which included nibbles and some free samples) this went towards the £10.00 so in my eyes I only paid £2.00! Bargain!
What is so special about this nail file is that it never wears out... I've had mine over a year and so far so good..however you need to make sure that you wash it fairly regularly as the nail dust does get stuck to the file itself but all I do is run it under some warm water and voila!
The file comes in a plastic case which is really good for protecting it whilst its in your handbag... and if your handbag is anything like mine, the plastic case really does get some stick from everything jostling about in there! The case has not cracked or even scratched so it does the job..
As for the file itself, there is small part on the end which is silver in colour and is not a file but where you hold it so its not a full length file which you get with your paper ones... The file itself is quite narrow in width when compared to the larger files out there, but I would say its a similar size to the original nail files that you used to get...in fact its probably a bit longer..
It does file really well too...and even my boyfriend has used it... it does roll around the sides of the nail well without getting stuck and 'flows' really well so lovely for doing the job it was designed for..!
Leighton Denny is an award winning nail technition, in fact, he has won so many awards now that he has actually been banned from the competitions and is now a judge for them instead.
As he is such an accomplished artist that he has naturally brought out his own brand of nail products. His products are availble through QVC, Harrods, Selfriges and high end salons.
I was first introduced to Leighton Denny's products when watching QVC. They had a special value kit with a couple of polishes and some care products. It was very good value and I liked the colours, so thought I would give it a try.
The kit arrived and as I tried each product I became more and more impressed with the quality of each item and found they were very easy to use. As I was so impressed, I decided to try some more of his products, one of them being this crystal nail file.
At just under £14 for a large crystal nail file, it may at first seem expensive when you can get any other regular nail file fro about £1 each or a pack of emery boards for as little as 70p. However there is something very special about the crystal nail files. They never wear out. The only reason for having to replace them is if you lost or broke it. If you keep it somewhere safe it will last forever.
Crystal nail files first came about when the daughter of a glass facorty owner went into working with her father. Bored at work one day, she filed her nail on some glass crystal and found that it files the nail very well indeed. After some experimentation she found that simply by washing the crystal in luke warm water made it as good as new again and so they started to produce crystal nail files.
Leighton's nail files a great way of caring for your nails. They are said to be fare more gentle on the delicate nail than conventional files and all you have do to rinse them every once in a while and they are good to go again. The only thing you must do is keep them somewhere safe because they are made of glass.
Having tried Leighton's glass nail file I found it to be very good. It is very efficient at shortening and neatens the nail with minimal fuss and effort. They come a lovely presentation case so would make a wondeful gift, particularly for the person who already seems to have everything.
I am now a convert and have one in my bag, one by my bed, one at the computer desk and one in the car. Having them around me means I never have to cut my nails or worry about a snag in them. I do find it hard to grow my nails because when I get stressed I become a nail biter and my poor nails suffer terribly at times. However using the files does help when they do break and if I get to them quick enough and file away the problem I find I am less tempted to bite at them, even if I am stressed.
I award these files 5 stars out of 5 because I cannot fault them. Well done Leighton!
As the description on dooyoo is about Leighton Denny nail file, im going to assume that this product is in general as long as it matches the brand and description.
I have a Leighton Denny crystal nail file which I received about 3 years ago. I got it as an xmas present so im unable to give a price range, though I assume it would be expensive for a nail file comapred to bog standard ones.
Mine is nearly 8 inches in length (including handle) so I only keep this in my bedroom. They do smaller sizes though as my gift package came with a smaller one. Unfortunately it broke in my bag as it didnt come with a carry case. The case it did come in was a presentation case that was large enough to fit the big one in too.
If you are going to buy one of these nail files I would highly suggest you buy a case if you want to carry it around with you or it will likely break.
Despite this I will eventually get around to buying a smaller version and a case as this product is fantastic.
On the card that came with my files it says it's made to last a lifetime. I can very well believe this as I use mine regularly yet it still looks like new.
To get it back to the new look after using it just wash it under the tap and leave to dry, fantastic.
Unlike most nail files this one makes easy work of filing your nails. It seems to take hardly any time and leaves your nails without any of those snag bits you can get with cheaper versions.
My card also says that if for any reason the quality of the nail file diminishes they will replace it free of charge. How many other nail files can offer this guarantee? Obviously it's the quality of the surface they are talking about and not stupidity like me where I snapped mine.
Made from finest lead crystal this is what brings it into it's own cmared to the glass or metal ones you can buy.
If your looking for a very good nail file I would highly recommend purchasing a Leighton Denny crystal file. These are far superior in quality and does the job with ease.
An easy 5 stars from me for this product.
Create perfect filing results without any catches!