“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Nail Block / Suitable for: Nails „
I take great pride in my nails and use lots of different things to keep them in a great condition. After a recent eyeslipsface.co.uk order I received this ELF essentials nail block to use during my nail care regimes.
The nail block is only available to purchase from eyeslipsface.co.uk and costs £1.50 but ELF often have special offers, codes and sales on so it's more often than not available to buy slightly cheaper.
The block is made from a spongy type material with the four longer sides having the rougher material around the outside making up the different steps for nourishing nails. It is mainly black in white in colour and not something particularly nice to look at but that isn't a problem for me. The size of the block is just right and I feel comfortable using it as it isn't too big nor too small.
Using the nail block is self-explanatory as each side is numbered and describes what it does. Step 1 - File, this side of the block is made from exactly the same material as a normal, single nail file and I find that although it's quite scratchy, it doesn't break or compromise my nails no matter how hard I use it. Step 2 - Remove ridges, This is the side of the block I use the least, you are meant to rub it along the top of your nails to remove any ridges but I do this rarely. Step 3 - Buff, again, you rub this side of the block over the surface of your nails to get rid of any unwanted bit of nail you might of missed on the previous two steps but it leaves nails smoother than when you started. The finally step is step 4 - Polish and shine, this side is definitely the softest side of the block and after rubbing it over your nails you will find the smooth nails you had before now have a bit more of a shine to them and they feel softer.
I really like this nail block and after using it quite often in the last month or two it's still in a great condition. Of course, using it a lot means that it is showing some wear and tear over the text where I've been using it on my nails but that's to be expected and no problem for me as I can still work out what side needs to be used for what.
For the price, I think this nail block is definitely worth it. It is made to a high standard and works well at keeping my nails in a great condition, recommended by me!
I love my nails, and even when I'm at work I still like to have my nails looking as nice as possible, even though I can't wear any nail varnish thanks to infection control - so I needed to find something that makes them look a bit more cared for and nourished than natural nails. Especially since I spend my entire day washing my hands, it's easy to loose the natural shine that your nails have. So when I was making an order to ELF I decided to pop one of these in my basket - I'd had something similar as a teenager but hadn't really found one anywhere in town - so when I spotted the one on ELF I had to have it!
~*~ ELF ~*~
Eyes Lips Face, a cosmetic company available online - I'd heard so much good about this website and the products it was providing that I felt like I needed to sample the good stuff. So before Christmas I decided so go on and make a box to be posted in my direction, they supply items from foundation, to eye shadow, to nail varnish, to nail files - with lip gloss, lipstick and blusher. You'd be hard pushed to not find what you are looking for on the website. In a basic level, to mineral and studio varieties that do vary in price, most of them for around the £1.50 - £2 mark which is a bargain considering the cost of cosmetics recently!
~*~ Nail Block ~*~
This nail block comes with 4 sides wrapped around a sponge centre, which makes it so comfortable to use because it is actually quite squishy so you don't feel it's so hard to hold when you're using it on your nails. The pads are backed with more foam type material as well, so it moulds nicely onto your nail when you are filing. Pads to file your nails are alternate black and white, numbered one to four and with a description of what they do to your nails, it's all very self explanatory. The block itself is actually quite small, it's not a thick block at all, it's enough to be able to hold - but it's not too big that you find you can't mould it round your nails; the fact it's small means it's easy to transport as well, weighs very little and it's just a very convenient nail file.
Section number 1, is file, which is meant for the ends of your nails rather than the top. It's a good nail file because it's harsh enough to shape your nail, but not too harsh that you feel like it's going to split your nail if you file it too hard. Admittedly though the pad on the nail block does get wear on it after the first use, but because it's white you can't really tell like you would on the black sections which is good because you do use it quite hard as a nail file, well everyone I know does to get their nails a good shape. Section 2 is the one that removes ridges off the tops of your nails, which you might not think you have, but most people have really small ones - if you look at your nails under a bright light you'll see them. So this second pad, is black and is quite rough but not enough to damage your nail bed thankfully - to use this all you have to do is file across the top of your nails in the same direction as is always advised to stop damage to your nails. The only problem with this pad is that the black does wear away after a few weeks of having the block, but it just depends how often you use it though. I've had mine for a few months, and I use it once a week the writing has begun to rub off on the pad but it's a few months old I'd expect it to be like that. It does make my nails a lot smoother than they end up being over a week between having a go at my nails.
Section 3, is the one that buffs the top of your nails, it's another white pad, which means when you're buffing you're not leaving any colour on your nails, or making a big difference to the colour of the pad either. It's the same motion as the ridge remover to buff off the top of your nails, it's really good for just polishing off those last bits of nail that you've just removed and smooth the area out - that way it's a bit easier to use the next section. Section 4 is the polish and shine section, which is quite a soft pad to make your nail all shiny, by this point having used the second and third sections it should be that your nail is really smooth anyway - so you just need to use the polishing section to rub over your nails I use the same motion as I have on all the other sections of the nail black. That way it's all been used in the same direction - and then my nails are really smooth, shiny and soft. I use hand cream after because I like to nourish my nails after filing them a lot, though it does make my nails and hands look better. I find that it also makes my nails grow faster and in a better shape, because they're getting a really nice shape as well. It's a great tool to have in your make up bag, because you never know when you're going to snag a nail and you'll need to tidy up your nails. The fact that it's only £1.50 makes it so much better because you're not breaking the bank to replace it when it has lost it's ability to file your nails.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
ELF on the website for £1.50 bargain price, for a bargain item, comes wrapped up in some clear wrapping explaining what it is.
What is ELF?
eyeslipsface - better known as ELF - is an American cosmetics company that has been operating n the UK for some time now. The company's products are only available online, and a lot of the cosmetics on the website are sold at £1.50 a pop - although there are a few more expensive ranges available. Look out also for special offers on the site! You also get free delivery if you spend over £30 - and actually I reckon I chucked this very nail file into my virtual basket to make up the extra pennies to qualify for this offer!
This is a very simple yet effective little product! It is a small oblong shape - about an inch wide and deep, and a few inches long so it fits neatly in the palm of your hand. It has a very slightly spongy feel to it so it isn't rock solid - it is very easy to hold and manipulate. Each of the four long sides has a different texture and, very usefully, each side has lettering on that tells you what it is for!
Step 1 - File. This is to file the edges of your nails, and is much like any normal nail file. The texture is just right to remove any snags and to nicely shape your nails.
Step 2 - Remove ridges. You use this side of the file to go over the tops of your nails to smooth them. Again the texture is just right so it is very effective. After use, nails feel smooth yet rough and unfinished. So onto ....
Step 3 - Buff. Again, you go over the surface of the nails with this side of the file. The texture is finer than the previous two steps, but after use it makes the surface of the nails feel incredibly smooth. If you do have any bumps or ridges on your nails after steps 2 and 3 these will almost definitely be gone! But although your nails feel smooth, they are not shiny. Which brings us to the last step in the process....
Step 4 - Polish and shine. The surface of this side of the file is completely smooth and you almost feel it won't do anything to the nail's surface. But after use this leaves nails with a lovely healthy looking shine. In fact, if you follow the four steps rigorously and spend a good deal of time over each nail this final step can leave nails looking as if you've applied a coat of clear varnish.
This whole process, done properly, can take a while so it is a good idea to do this in front of the TV or something! But it is well worth the effort as it really leaves nails smooth, shiny and healthy looking. It also provides the perfect surface on which to apply nail polish.
Overall I have no complaints whatsoever about this nail file. The design is simple and it fits nicely into a bag or drawer. The details on each side make it even more straightforward to use and, most importantly, the results are great. I have had my file for a good while now and it is still in great condition. For £1.50, you really can't go wrong. A great file - that would also make a great little stocking filler!
I'm a big fan of E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) products because lots of them are as good as their more expensive rivals and yet cost only £1.50 which suits my very tight budget well. On a shopping trip at E.L.F a while ago I purchased one of these nail blocks for £1.50 as I'm forever losing nail files and I thought this might prove a bit harder to mislay.
The nail block is about 3 inches long and an inch deep and a brick shape, it has 4 different edges which are all labelled with what they do and at what stage of the nail care process they should be used. Edge 1 is a nail file, edge 2 is to remove ridges, edge 3 is to buff and finally edge 4 is for polish and shine. The block is made of a spongy material so it's firm but not hard under the edges. two of the edges are white and the other two black so you get used to which colour associates with which function too.
As I'm always losing nail files I knew edge 1 as the file would get alot of use, it's actually quite a gentle file as the surface is only slightly rough but it does take care of rough nails. The one problem I've found with it is because it's on a block it can't be used in the corners or under the nail tip particularly well. It doesn't have the accuracy of a slim emery board or nail file so it takes a bit of squashing your finger tip out of the way to get the entire nail tip filed smooth.
The step 2 edge if for removing ridges and I really need this as I have very bumpy nails for some reason. This edge works brilliantly to smooth all my ridges out and takes minimal effort to achieve this. As the block is a nice size it makes holding it to use it on the front of the nail very comfortable.
Step 3 is buffing, this gives the nail a kind of matte appearance so you know you've actually buffed it and again it works incredibly well to produce this. Finally step 4 is where your nails get shiny and finished to look as though you are wearing clear nail varnish. This edge works very well and I find it easier to use the block for this than an emery board shaped stick as you can apply a bit of pressure to the nail without bending the implement. Once done I'm left with smooth and shiny nails that look really neat and healthy but without having to apply nail varnish.
I'm very pleased with this nail block with the exception of the minor gripe with filing but I expect the file edge and the ridges edge to wear out long before the buffing and polishing sides as they're already showing signs of wear and tear whereas the final 2 stages are still looking virtually unused. In all fairness though I have been using this regularly for a couple of months now and I fully expect it to last a couple more so 4 months of use for £1.50 really can't be complained about. I'm giving this nail block a full 5 star rating even though it can be difficult to file certain areas with the filing edge, with a bit of thought it can be done and for the price it's an absolute gem of a bargain that I highly recommend.