I seem to be always buying emery boards and then misplacing them. I bought a pack of Boots own brand emery boards for only £1.25 the other month and what attracted me to these ones in particular was the fact that they were described as being LONG LIFE boards and I bought them thinking that they might last a little bit longer than the cheaper ones I usually get. They do seem to be stronger and very much thicker than your standard cheapie emery board and I like that they are also a nice shade of grey blue as opposed to the usual brown and cream of the standard emery board.
They are a bit longer too which makes it harder for me to lose them in the bottom of my bag. They have two textures, one is really rough and bobbly and the other side is slightly smoother but both sides give a great neat file and they seem to be gentle on my nails and prevent them from cracking or splitting as I don't have to file too hard at all to get my nails into a nice pretty oval shape whenever I am giving myself a manicure.
I have had them for a couple of months now and so far I have lost none of them and I have still only used one as there has been no need to have to use more. They come in a neat little plastic case which I keep in the top drawer of my bedroom so that way they all stay together and don't get lost.
Overall, I am very pleased with them and recommend them highly.
Item: Longlife Emery Boards
Size: 5 Boards
Bought in: Boots
I was out and about and had "nail files" on the shopping list and saw these ones in Boots. There was other ones available but I like a slim nail file so opted for these ones:
These files are bright blue on one side (coarse) and pale blue on the other side (finer) and measure 11.5cm in length and between 1 to 1.3cm in width. They are displayed in a clear fronted packet that hangs on a hook in the store so you can see right through the pack to get an idea of what the files are like. The front of the packet states "Boots Longlife Emery Boards". The back of the pack is silver with silver writing on it and is really difficult to read when light hits it so you need to wiggle the pack about a lot to be able to read the info which basically just tells you that each side has a different texture. The bottom of the pack has a flat that peels back to get the files out. The glue on this is really sticky and you can re-seal it plenty of times so you can always pop them back in the pack to keep them away from scratching anything in your bag.
Filing and length of use:
I tend to keep my nails quite short and neat and usually file all of my nails at least once a week. I started off with the coarse side to take length off the nails then use the finer side to shape them in, this was easy to do and left no raggy edges. The files are long enough to hold with a good grip and don't shed a lot of 'bits' from the file as you use them so they are not very messy. I have used one file 3 times now and it looks like I will get at least another use out of it before I move to my next one.
Overall I am super happy with these files. As they are thin I don't feel I have wasted money buying a wide file that the full surface of can't get used. The overall pack measures 4.5 x 16cm in length and width and is roughly less than 0.2cm deep so they can be easily popped in your pocket or bag without taking up too much space. As these are long life emery boards you can actually see that they do last longer than other files I have owned and I assume a lot of this is due to the fact that 'bits' don't readily come off as you use them, however they are a similar price to other non-longlife ones so that's a bonus! 5 stars given and well deserved.