“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Nail Care / Suitable for: Nails „
I recently decided to take advantage of a Body shops cash back offer via the rebate site Quidco. I had intended to order a range of shower gels but needed to spend a minimum amount to qualify for free delivery. Whilst browsing the site for additional items I decided to buy a big nail shiner.
The Body shop big nail shiner is basically a chunky emery board with three levels of coarseness to enable you to smooth, buff and shine your nails. The board is quite chunky and on one side is split into two colours; light and dark grey. The rougher dark grey area can be used to shape your nails as with an emery board. The lighter area is used to smooth any ridges. It is recommended you use this side of the board once in every two weeks. Over use with this side can weaken and damage nails. The plain grey side of the board can be used as often as you like and is used to buff and shine nails.
At £2 this was not a very expensive item. It is quite thick and I find using it to shape my nails a bit awkward. However it is useful for smoothing ridges and I can see a definite improvement in the few months since I have been using it. The plain grey side is by far the most useful. I am really impressed with the shine that this gives my nails. They look like I am wearing a clear nail polish after use. However the shine is short lived and within an hour or so they return to looking dull. The nail shiner is easy to use with smooth even strokes giving the best results.
I like to wear nail polish and find it stays on for longer if I buff my nails before applying. Overall I am pleased with this nail shiner and would buy one again.
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.