I bought my Big Nail Shiner back in 2012 from The Body Shop and although it’s looking a bit past its best with infrequent use, it still works. Considering it only cost £2 (same price now) I think this is fantastic value for money and it’s one of those staple beauty items I will continue to buy.
There are three parts to the Shiner to smooth, buff and shine the nails. Starting with the dark grey portion you lightly file the whole of the nail bed to remove any unwanted lines or bumps, then using the other end (a lighter grey), buff over the nail which helps remove the filings before using the other side to shine the nails. When I’ve finished my nails they usually look like they have a coat of clear varnish on.
The main reason I use the shiner isn’t really for that clear varnish look but to ensure when I put a solid colour polish on that it looks even – it really helps to give you a good surface to start on or you may end up putting additional coats of polish on to cover up the imperfections. If you have a lot of ridges on your nails you do have to be very careful because over filing/smoothing can weaken the nails and cause them to split. It only takes me about 10 seconds per nail (if that) for each of the three parts and if you do want to up-keep, The Body Shop recommends using the dark grey/lighter grey sections every two weeks and you can use the shiner section anytime. I just use mine whenever I have a special occasion.
Another reason my Shiner has lasted so long is because it’s a decent length too. I think it also helps it came in an acetate sleeve so it can be taken anywhere without damaging other items or being damaged. One of the good things, and perhaps one of the downsides too is when using any part of the Shiner close to my cuticles it really doesn’t damage the skin around my nails. There are times when I feel like I can’t get close enough to the cuticle though.
Over time the edges of the Shiner do start to curl or get ripped and the darker grey section may not be quite so rough but if you take care of it, it really can last a decent length of time. It’s easy to carry in your bag and very handy for holidays if you want that polished look without having to take nail polish and remover with you.
I took a gap year after my A levels and during this I trained to be a manicurist, it was something I had always been interested in and I used to love maintaining and painting my nails, however since becoming a mum I don't always have time to pamper my nails and keep them as nice as I would like. A month ago I was doing an order from The Body Shop and bought one of their Big Nail Shiners, my friend has been using one for some time and recommended that I try it too.
The Big Nail Shiner is just like a regular chunky file that has 3 levels of coarseness which will smooth, buff and polish your nails. Its quite bendy which personally I like as I find it easier to work the file over my nail if it has a little give in it. One side of the Nail Shiner is divided in 2 with one half, the dark grey colour, being used as an emery board to shape the nail, the other half is a lighter grey colour and this is designed to be used for smoothing ridges from the nail making them nice and even. The other side of the shiner is all one colour, pale grey and this is used for buffing the nail to make it nice and shiny.
The Body Shop recommend using this approximately once every 2 weeks to maintain your nails, I personally find this isn't enough and tend to do mine every week, I suppose this depends on the individual and how fast your nails grow.
I find using the Big Nail Shiner very easy and quite quick, I have quite deep ridges in my nails and have used many products of this type in the past but none of them have ever smoothed out ridges so evenly and quickly as this, also when buffing my nails up I find the pale grey surface of the nail shiner builds up a lovely glossy shine reasonably fast.
As I have mentioned I bought my Big Nail Shiner about a month ago and have been really pleased with the results, I tend to keep my nails a bit shorter now than I used to but I still want them to look good, after all your nails do get noticed whether they are beautifully manicured or bitten and dirty someone will spot them. Using this product regularly keeps my nails beautifully shaped, smooth and glossy, they have a real shine to them that gives them a lovely finish with or without nail polish.
If you like to keep your nails looking nice then I would certainly recommend taking a look at this, at just £2.00 its reasonably priced and in keeping with other products of this type. Now would be a good time to look at The Body Shop online as they have some good discount offers.