So who needs an excuse to have nice looking nails, right? The past few months mine haven't looked so good, due to a combination of stress, neglect and abuse. SO I made a pact with myself to try and improve the way they were looking as several people began commenting on how worn they were. This included buying an emery board, which was something i'd never owned before *gasp*
These emery boards are just lollipop sticks with sandpaper type mateiral on them... Nothing special really... so I wasn't going to pay a lot of money for them, at least that's what I told myself... I didn't need anything colourful or fancy or made of diamond dust or whatever (lol) so these ones really do fit the bill. They are basic.
I got these for (I think) 80p.There are about 10 in a pack, and this is more than I needed (or so I thought at the time). However these things have a habit of getting lost in my dorm room/handbag/wherever so I actually only have 5 surviving ones (that I know about anyway). They are described as long lasting... well they aren't long lasting in that way anyway... bbut they are long lasting as in they keep filing your nails well and don't seem to lose the scratchy coatting of whatever it is on them. So on that basis alone they are well worth the money.
Do they shape and smooth my nails well? Well yes they do, perfectly actually. I can't imagine why anyone would pay any more for them.
I like to keep my nails looking neat and trim especially as I work with the general public and my nails are on show most of the time whilst I am at work. I hate having a snag on my nail and I have to carry emery boards around with me all of the time to ensure that I am not left with an annoying bit of nail hanging down.
I buy my emery boards from Tesco most of the time but the other month I was in Asda and I bought some of their own range. These cost me less than 50p for 12 good sized long boards. They are shaped to look like your average emery board – i.e. lolly shaped and they are rougher on one side than they are on the other. They are quite strong, not flimsy and I keep one in my make up bag which I take with me to work and I keep other round the house so I always have them to hand whenever I need them.
I cannot really say anything negative at all about these emery boards. They are just as good as the Cutex ones I bought a while back but are a fraction of the cost. They seem to last for ages and they don’t bend or snap easily so what more can I ask for. I use the rougher side for when I need to get my nail shorter and the smoother side if I am simply shaping my nails.
For my job I work as a care assistant and as such my nails must be smooth as a tiny little bit of contact between my nails and a resident can have their frail skin tearing very easily. At home I use a proper long life nail file but I like to carry around emery boards in my bag and car for when my nails chip or break.
I picked the last packet of emery boards up from Asda, I never actually run emery boards out as I always lose them so I am not going to spend a lot of money on them. The Asda Smartprice emery boards cost 46p for a packet containing 12 boards which is fantastic value.
The emery boards are packaged in a see through plastic wrapper which simply has the Asda Smartprice logo on it, the packet is very easy to open and is suitable for keeping the boards in which are not in use.
The boards are basically a lolly stick shape and have a coating of rough material on either side very like fine sandpaper. The emery boards are coloured fawn and nearly red but the colour doesn't make any difference to how good they are so doesn't really matter.
The emery boards are great and they file down my little snags on my nails easily and when I have snapped a nail they smooth the edges off nicely without too much effort. I find each file can be used a couple of times before the rough material smoothes out and they need to go in the bin so they really are fantastic value.
These little sticks are great value and do the job just as well as more expensive branded ones so these score 5 stars out of 5 with me.