Glass Nail File (The Definitive Guide to Czech Nail Files)

Glass nail files

Glass nail files

You have probably heard about them. Maybe you have considered buying one. Or maybe you already own one and want to know more about it. Here is everything you need to know about glass nail files:

1. So what’s a glass nail file?


It’s a nail file or ’emery board’ made of glass. You use it to shape, shorten and take care of your nails in general. Simple as that. If you use an emery board or metal, sapphire, ceramic or diamond nail file, then you know what a glass nail file is and what it’s used for.

Glass nail files infographic

Glass nail files infographic

Here are the main parts of a glass nail file:

  • Easy-to-hold handle – which you use to hold the nail file while using it.
  • Body – an abrasive surface, which is used to file, shorten and shape the nails.
  • End/Tip – it’s pointed to clean under nails, or rounded to take with you on a plane and/or for baby nails.

2. How do I use a glass nail file?

If you have ever used an emery board or other types of nail files, then you know how to use it. There are no special instructions, just some general recommendations:

  • file in one direction from side to tip (you can file in both directions; however it’s best practice to file in one direction for better control, and less friction when shaping your nails)
  • use the tip to clean under the nail

You don’t have to worry about applying pressure to the file when filing if it’s a high-quality glass nail file then it was hardened and won’t break when in use under normal circumstances. Mont Bleu glass nail files are the double tempered and are the toughest with 198 MPa glass toughness.

3. Are there different sizes and types of glass nail files?

There are, and they differ in length, thickness, ends, and surface. Small for the purse, medium-all-purpose and large for professionals. The foot one is for a pedicure.

Czech glass nail files sizes and shapes

Czech glass nail files sizes and shapes

Most popular lengths are:

  • Small 90 mm or 3.54” inches – to carry in your purse
  • Medium 135 mm or 5.32” inches – to carry with you or for an at home manicure
  • Large 195 mm or 7.68” inches – for professional use, pedicure & home manicure
  • Foot 165 mm or 6.5” inches – extra rough surface for callus and hard skin, used for removing them from your heels, used for pet grooming as well

Thickness can be:

  • Small and medium files come in 2 or 3 mm (0.08” or 0.12” inches) thickness.
  • Large files come in 3 or 4 mm (0.12” or 0.16” inches) thickness.
  • Foot files come in 6 or 8 mm (0.24” or 0.32: inches) thickness.

Ends/Tips:

  • Pointed – classic shape for small and medium lengths, easy to clean under the nails
  • Rounded – used on larger files and on small and medium for baby nail care, or to use them solely for filing, not cleaning under the nails

Surface:

  • Classic smooth, but effective surface – ideal for natural nails
  • Scraper nail file has 2 different sides, one classic smooth, and the other a rougher side.

4. How do I take care of my glass nail file? How to clean/wash it?

The first rule would be: avoid dropping them, even with high-quality files there is a chance of breakage. For the inexpensive ones, they can break in a heartbeat.
Second rule: while in the purse or bag try carrying them in a sleeve or protective case. It will help prevent accidental breakage.
Third rule: after several uses or after each, clean them under water, as water will remove the nail dust that’s left on it after filing. Brush the surface with some sort of brush to make it like new. The glass does not absorb anything, so if you are the only one using it, there is no need to sterilize it using some special techniques like UV light, alcohol or antiseptic spray. But it’s recommended to do it once in awhile.

5. Is it safe to use it for baby’s nails?

It is, but only adults must file their nails and do not leave them unattended with a baby. Use files with rounded tips. More on filing baby nails here.

6. Are they ok for dog and cat grooming?

They are, we suggest using large Scraper files for this purpose.

7. Can I take one with me on a plane?

Yes, you can, in fact, most people carry them when traveling. But as we were told by Airline officials, the security control can take away any object if they consider it a threat. Try rounded glass nail files to make sure no one takes your precious nail file from you.

8. Are they good for natural and gel/acrylic nails?

In general, glass nail files are better for natural nails. Sure they will work with gel and acrylic too, but will take a longer time to file. And the main reason for using glass nail files is that while filing it doesn’t destroy the nail, which makes sense if they are natural.

9. Is there a difference between crystal nail files and glass nail files or crystal glass nail file? Which are better? What they are really made of?

Glass nail files set of 3

Glass nail files set of 3

Basically different names for the same thing, and there are no guarantees of quality.
Here is the thing: there is Crystal, then there is Float Glass, and also there is Crystal Glass, also called Lead Glass.

Here is a little insight into what each means:
A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents, such as atoms, molecules or ions, are arranged in a highly ordered macroscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. – According to Wikipedia

Float glass is a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal, typically tin, although lead and various low melting point alloys were used in the past. – According to Wikipedia

Lead glass is a variety of glass in which lead replaces the calcium content of a typical potash glass. – According to Wikipedia

As you can see crystal, crystal glass and glass are different kinds of materials. The original glass nail files are made of Float Glass, not crystal or crystal glass. So why all the different names? Well, its marketing to differentiate products.

10. So since they are made of glass do they break while using?

Mont Bleu Czech made glass nail files do not break while you are using them. The glass is tempered twice: first when the glass is made and secondly when the nail files are made. A 198 MPa glass toughness is achieved, the best among any glass nail files.

Glass nail files can break, as any other glass product, even bullet resisting glass can break. Just try not to throw it with force on a hard surface, and it should be fine. The Mont Bleu nail file will serve you for many years.

11. Do glass nail files really last a lifetime? Do they go smooth or dull?

Czech glass nail files

Czech glass nail files

The Mont Bleu Czech glass nail file – filing surface, will last forever. Long story short: the surface that files your nail is made in such a way that it’s technically the file itself and it can’t go dull.

There are other types of glass nail files, most of the time they are very cheap, but the price is not always the factor of high quality.

There is a very nice opinion on that from Ellie on personellietea.com, Ellie tried several different brands, I suggest you checking it out. On such files the surface is sometimes very rough and gives you goose bumps, sometimes it’s too smooth and not filing the nail, sometimes they just go dull after several uses, and sometimes they are a combination of several. If your glass nail file went dull, throw it out and get yourself a proper glass nail file. Don’t be disappointed by the first glass nail file you had, just do some research on your next one. A simple “glass nail file review” on google should be enough.

12. I saw a cheap 1$ or 1€ or 1£ nail file? Is it the same glass nail file?

Green glass nail files set of 3

Green glass nail files set of 3

I think you know the answer. No, it’s not the same as Czech glass nail files by Mont Bleu.
How come similar items can have such different price ranges? Manufacturers tend to cut expenses, by reducing quality, by doing one or few of the following:

  • Non-tempering, sometimes lead is used that can make them break while you use them, potentially cutting yourself and exposing broken glass to more cuts. The file needs to be made from hardened glass and go through additional tempering process, to make sure it will not break easily. We’ve compared Mont Bleu file and a Chinese one in this video.
  • Surface going dull, the process of manufacturing an original glass nail file is changed in such a way and as a result you can get sprayed or glued glass crumbs that will go dull after several uses. Sometimes the base of the file is not even glass, it can be plastic with glass dust on it.
  • Not effective surfaces, are used, so when it’s so smooth it does not file the nails, so you file so fast and with so much force, you might as well use any surface to shorten your nails.
  • The surface is sprayed or glued glass dust, or cheap acid. All of these and other methods can make a very rough surface that will give you goosebumps and writing on a chalkboard like feeling. Not only it, not a pleasant way of filing your nails, such surfaces will go as far as damaging the nails, eliminating all the advantages of using original glass nail files.

The glass nail file needs to be a high-quality one, not a cheap knock-off for it to be effective, easy to use, and help make your nails healthier, only a durable, real – Mont Bleu Czech glass nail file delivers that.

13. What’s the difference between glass nail file and other files (like an emery board, metal, ceramic, diamond, sapphire, and others)?

The biggest difference is not how they look, but how they file your nails. The glass nail file abrasive (working or filing if you wish) surface structure allows it to file the nails without snagging, cracking, breaking, chipping, splitting and peeling. It makes the nails stronger, and because of that healthier.

One more thing, the glass nail file filing surface will last a lifetime. That’s right, no matter how many times you use it, it will file the nails like it was bought yesterday.

14. So are they better than emery boards or whatever nail files?

Mont Bleu glass nail files

Mont Bleu glass nail files

Glass nail files are definitely better than other types of nail files. They prevent nails from splitting and peeling, leaving them much smoother after the filing. With continued use, nails tend to become stronger and healthier.

Here is what people have to say about Czech glass nail files by Mont Bleu:

Lisa from Polished Elegance: “They are without a doubt the best glass nail files I have ever tried, or just the best nail files I’ve tried period. I used them to file down my nubbins, and it was so quick and easy! Only thing is to be careful when you’re filing so you won’t do too much, they are so effective”.

Tailor from My Lucite Dreams: “I had a wonderful experience using Mont Bleu nail files. They are a great option for those with fragile nails or anyone who want a great nail file that is easy to use and lasts.”

Here are a few more glass nail files reviews & glass nail files video reviews.

15. Where do I buy a glass nail file?

Czech made Mont Bleu glass nail files

Czech made Mont Bleu glass nail files

Since we know so much about glass nail files, here is where to buy glass nail files:

Mont Bleu Official E-shops:

English – https://www.design-glassware.com/
German – https://www.nagelfeile-geschenke.de/
French – https://www.limesaongle-cadeaux.fr/
Italian – https://www.limeperunghie-regali.it/
Portuguese – https://www.limasdeunhas-presente.pt/
Spanish – https://www.limasdeunas-regalos.es/
Russian – https://www.pilki-podarki.ru/

Our official Amazon Storefronts:

US – https://www.amazon.com/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/
Germany – https://www.amazon.de/
Italy – https://www.amazon.it/
Spain – https://www.amazon.es/
France – https://www.amazon.fr/
Japan – https://www.amazon.co.jp/
Mexico – https://www.amazon.com.mx/

For wholesale trade, OEM and private label:

http://www.czech-glass-nail-files.com/
http://www.montbleu.eu/

Don’t forget to follow Mont Bleu on our social media sites:
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You can also try and find one in a store near you, just type the name of the city and “buy glass nail file”. I do strongly recommend reading reviews about the brand you want to buy, just to avoid bad experiences.

6 Easy Methods to Remove Gel Nails at Home, Including Acetone Free Ones

Gel Nails

Gel Nails

Gel nails are one of the hippest nail trends right now, but with this, chic chicks now face a new problem: Gel nails are extra difficult to remove, probably as well as acrylic ones. Sure, you have your go-to nail salon, but sometimes it is either you cannot find time or you just do not want to spend moolah to have them removed. Luckily, there are easy ways of removing your Gel nails at home.

Method 1 (Acetone free)

Dental floss gel nails removing

Dental floss gel nails removing

Materials:
Dental floss

Place the dental floss under a part where there is visible lift. Slowly tug the floss back and forth until it moves across the entirety of the nail.

It is advisable to wait until the nails are mostly chipped away to reduce damage to nail surface.

Alternatively, a cuticle stick is usable. However, you do run the risk of overdigging.

Method 2

Remove gel nails with a bowl of acetone

Remove gel nails with a bowl of acetone

Materials:
Large bowl
Small bowl
Acetone
Petroleum jelly
Cotton swabs
Aluminum foil
Cotton balls
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

Start by filling half a large bowl with warm water followed by placing a small bowl filled with acetone inside. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Afterwards, remove the smaller bowl from the warm water to prevent overheating. Do not forget that acetone is extremely flammable, so stay away from any direct heat. Prep the skin around your fingernails by coating it with petroleum jelly. Use cotton swab to coat petroleum jelly around your nails edges. Do not apply on the nails themselves. Dip fingers in the bowl of acetone and soak for 30 minutes. Use cotton balls to rub the gel off of your nails. Once satisfied with the removal, file your nails to your desired shape and buff nail surface to remove rough edges.

For people with sensitive skin, this next method requires less acetone exposure.

Method 3

Remove gel nails with cotton soaked acetone

Remove gel nails with cotton soaked acetone

Materials:
Acetone
Cotton balls
Aluminum squares
Cotton swabs
Petroleum jelly
Cuticle sticks
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

In this method, you do the same prep and finishing, but instead of having fingers soak in a bowl of acetone, you dip cotton balls in acetone and put them on your nails. Proceed to covering each nail with aluminum squares and soak for 30 minutes. Remove the loosened gels with cuticle sticks. Finish off with nail filing and buffing. Do not forget to moisturize!

In the absence of aluminum foil, use masking tape as an alternative.

Method 4

Remove gel nails with Nail Mates

Remove gel nails with Nail Mates

Materials:
Nail Mates
Acetone
Cuticle stick
PRO glass nail file
Nail buffer

Nail Mates are caps with foam pads used to saturate with acetone and placed atop the fingernails. They are much like method 3, but they are better at preventing the acetone from evaporating and best of all, they are reusable.

After Nail Mates have soaked nails completely, proceed to rub the softened gel off with a cuticle stick followed by filing, buffing, and moisturizing.

Method 5

Remove gel nails with jar, sponge and acetone

Remove gel nails with jar, sponge and acetone

Materials:
Small jar
Sponge
Acetone

Stuff the sponge around the jars interior. Do this in such a way that it spirals from the top view. Completely soak it in acetone and use it to dip and rub your nails. This also works great on glitter polishes.

Method 6 (Acetone free)

PRO Crystal Glass Nail File with 2-side filling surface

PRO Crystal Glass Nail File with 2-side filling surface

Materials:
1 PRO glass nail file with coarse and finer grit sides

This method, like method 1, does not involve the use of acetone. However, you might remove your nail surface if you do not pay attention and end up over-filing. Start by evenly filing down the gels surface using a coarse-grit side. Avoid trying to do this quickly. Frequently wipe dust away to avoid filing actual nail surface by mistake. Once you have filed most of it off, you may now use the fine-grit side. Buff and moisturize to top it all off!

Get your PRO glass nail file here.

Sources: http://queenofpoepp.blogspot.cz/, http://www.gelnaildesigns.info/, http://www.girlsallaround.com/, http://www.popsugar.com/, http://blog.nailmates.net/, http://www.prettyfrugalliving.com/

5 Simple Tips on How to Shape Short Almond Nails

Almond nails

Almond nails

Nails are among some of the most treasured accessories by women. Nails complement your make up, which speaks volumes about your personality. Apart from the face and the hair, nails deserve sufficient attention. To get the best, you need to know which nails are best for you. Of course various types of nail shapes exist: from Round, oval, squoval, square, almond and stiletto, among others. If you really value your nails, and I know you do, take budget for time to do them at least weekly. If it is difficult for you to get to the salon every other week, spare some minutes out of your busy schedule to do them yourself. Don’t forget that shaping them is a magnificent substitute for manicure.

Determining the best shape for your nails is usually a tricky bit for some people. However, this shouldn’t be a headache. All you need to do is look at the shape of the cuticles. Some are curved, while others are squared. Some may be squared but have rounded edges. These shapes indicate which nail shapes work best for you. If you are a lover of almond nails, then read on to find out how you can shape them to your utmost satisfaction.

Shaping Almond Nails

How best should you shape your nails? This depends on you as an individual. First decide how you want to do it. Do you want to use a file, or a clipper? While some argue that using files is the best way to shape nails, there are those who contest that using nail clippers is their way. Some experts offer that both are applicable depending on the nature of the nails and the shape you want. They argue that if the nails are long yet you want them short, you may begin by snipping those using clippers before shaping them using a file. Quite some insight, huh! However, in this case, you need to be very careful, lest you over-trim the nails to make them shorter than you really want them. Just trim them a bit longer that you want before engaging your file.

If you desire lady-like nails, then go for almond. To get this shape, follow this five simple tips.

1. Determine the central point of your nail and mark it.

2. The next step is to begin filing your nail towards the central spot.

3. Let your filing be angular in nature, allowing the angle to be just off the central spot. This leaves a flat tip to be rounded out.

4. Having fixed the angles on the sides, now file the angular corners, smoothing them out as you proceed to the last step.

5. Blend the smoothed out angles into an almond shape. This is the final and most vital step in shaping short almond nails.

Almond nails elongate your fingers while at the same time adding a feminine touch to your fingers. Remember that the shape of your nails is your discretion and you can always change the shapes into something more trendy and fashionable to suit your desire. However, to change your nail shape, you always have to be patient until they elongate. You may also seek advice from experts if you are not sure about what is best for you.

Glass nail file

Glass nail file

Use glass nail files to shape your nails. Get them here or here.

10 Facts about Cuticle Scissors from Mont Bleu

Cuticles

Cuticles

1. Overview

Cuticle scissors from Mount Bleu are scissors with curved but flat blades used for trimming cuticles. The scissors have sharp but gentle blades and needle-sharp tips that aid in accurately trimming cuticles. Additionally, the scissors that are supplied by a German producer are decorated with beautiful crystals to make the using experience exciting.

2. History of cuticle scissors

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Scissors are reported to be in invented around 1500BC in the ancient Egypt. Around 1761, Robert Hinchliffe made pivoted scissors using polished steel. But it was in 19th century that different types of scissors including cuticle and nail scissors were made to aid in carrying out some activities. For instance, cuticle scissors came into place due to the need to remove cuticles without hurting oneself. These scissors were hand-forged and had their handles decorated using beautiful items.

3. Pros of cuticle scissors

Mont Bleu Crystal Elegant Cuticle Scissors

Mont Bleu Crystal Elegant Cuticle Scissors

Mount Bleu cuticle scissors are a must-have manicure tool for every lady and salon. Their handles are designed in such a way that they offer comfort and stability when trimming the cuticles. The scissors can also come in handy when you simply want to remove a loose thread or remove tags from clothes. Moreover, they are made of high-quality material that makes them durable and able to retain their functionality.

4. Color range

Cuticle Scissors

Cuticle Scissors

The cuticle scissors are mainly of silver, but the Swarovski crystal decorations are different in colors. Some of them are colored pink while others silver among other colors. Some of their handles are plain while others are made of rubber for comfort ability while handling them.

5. Materials used and decoration techniques

Timor Solingen Cuticle Scissors

Timor Solingen Cuticle Scissors

Cuticle scissors from Mount Bleu are made using stainless steel that is of high quality and decorated with stunning Swarovski crystals. The materials used are long lasting and of exceptional quality.

6. Suitable as a gift

Mont Bleu Line Elegant Cuticle Scissors

Mont Bleu Line Elegant Cuticle Scissors

Getting a gift for your best lady friend can be quite tough; bearing in mind that women love different things. Well do not get worked up, women love to keep their nails and cuticles neat, so why not get her a cuticle scissor? Along with it, you can get a whole set of manicure tools to complement the gift. We bet, she will surely love it!

7. Suitable for both men and women

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Cuticle scissors are not only useful to women, but also to men. All of us have cuticles; what makes the difference is how we take care of them. Our cuticle scissors can help you take care of yours and make your nails look neat. Men, do not shy away from getting cuticle scissors, you sure do need them.

8. Wholesale and business

Timor Solingen Cuticle Scissors

Timor Solingen Cuticle Scissors

Our cuticle scissors are available for both retailers and wholesalers. The prices set for the products are reasonable enough to help you as retailers get a good profit out of them. You can contact us to get the terms and times of delivery, as well as the prices.

9. Private label and promotional purpose

Mont Bleu Pink Elegant Cuticle Scissors

Mont Bleu Pink Elegant Cuticle Scissors

You can use our cuticle scissors to promote your products, companies of events. All we do is apply your logo or company name on the blades of the scissors. There are different methods we use to apply the logos. Sandblasting is one of them and it the most durable method as the writings can last as long as the lifespan of the tool. This method leaves an attractive and neat impression on the scissors better than any other methods.

10. Suitable for souvenirs

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Cuticle scissors from Germany

Swarovski crystals on scissors make them good for souvenirs. They are unique and quite sparkly, and we can make them according to the design you want using 3D label technology. They will stay long on the scissors without coming off making them good for resale especially to tourists who love souvenirs.

Where to get cuticle scissors?
Lux-e-shop.com
Design-glassware.com

Sources: http://www.sheknows.com/

7 Manicure Sets on a Budget for Men and Women

Manicure sets

Manicure sets

Our nails typically define us in certain ways based on they are groomed. Even if most people like long nails, we ought to understand that the beauty of nails is not in their lengths but how well they are maintained so that they do not break easily. It is for this reason that manicure came up as it enables both women and men to take care of the nails whether professionally or on their own. Well, we have some of the best manicure sets that will help you achieve your dream of well-manicured and maintained nails.

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File MS-2ORC2

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Solingen leather manicure set is purple in color and has nail scissors, Mont Bleu glass nail file, and tweezers. The leather case is a genuine one, and it has a push button for easy opening. The tweezers are made of stainless steel, have slanted tips and rubber handles to make it comfortable to use. Both the tweezers and glass nail file are decorated with Swarovski crystals to enhance their appearance. The manicure set is fit for you since it holds the basic manicure tools and is perfect for travel and everyday use as it can be carried in a purse. Get it here.

German leather manicure set MS-2C1

German leather manicure set

German leather manicure set

The leather manicure set is black in color, and it holds tweezers, nail scissors, and Mont Bleu glass nail file. The glass nail file is made in Czech Republic while the nail scissors in Solingen Germany. The tweezers are slightly slanted at the tips and have rubber handles to make it easy and simple to use. Our male customers love it since it is plain; most men do not like sparkly crystals and so this manicure set fits any man perfectly.Get it here.

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu 3 piece Leather Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

This manicure set is black and is decorated with Swarovski crystals. It has tweezers, nail scissors and glass nail file. The leather case is genuine and, therefore, durable. Moreover, it has a push button for easy opening. Mont Bleu makes the glass nail file while the nail scissors are made of stainless steel in Germany. The glass nail file and tweezers are hand decorated with Swarovski crystals and, therefore, attractive to many women. Many women love this manicure set due to the durability it offers along with the high-quality manicure tools it contains.Get it here.

German leather manicure set MS-2C2

German leather manicure set

German leather manicure set

The pink manicure set is made of a genuine leather ad has scissors, tweezers, and Mont Bleu glass nail file. The scissors are made of quality stainless steel in Germany for durability while the glass nail file in made using tempered glass from Czech Republic. The tweezers are also made of stainless steel with slant tip and rubber handles for easy usage. Our customers love it since t is perfect for everyday usage and travel.Get it here.

Mont Bleu 3 piece Red Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu 3 piece Red Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu 3 piece Red Manicure Set with Glass Nail File

The red manicure set contains a cuticle pusher, Mont Bleu glass nail files, and Solingen nail scissors. The red leather case is genuine and made with a push button for easy opening. All the manicure tools are made of quality material that ensures that you get quality manicure service. The glass nail file has decorations f Swarovski crystals, and it makes it perfect for young ladies who love sparkly things and elegance.Get it here.

Women’s leather manicure set MS-2ORC5

Women's leather manicure set MS-2ORC5

Women’s leather manicure set MS-2ORC5

The turquoise manicure set made with crystals has Solingen nail scissors, tweezers, and Mont Bleu glass nail file. The manicure set is small enough to fit in your purse, and so you can carry it around when traveling or just going for a short walk or drive.Get it here.

Mini manicure set MS-1BSW

Mini manicure set

Mini manicure set

The set has mini glass nail file and blue nail scissors. The nail file is made with Swarovski elements, and the leather case is genuine. The set can fit into any woman’s purse and, therefore, perfect for travel. The set can fit into a purse.Get it here.

Where to get the above mentioned manicure sets?
Lux-e-shop.com
Design-glassware.com

5 Interesting Facts About Nail Files History You Should Know, Including The Inventor

Vintage Nail File

Vintage Nail File

Beauty is one of the few fields of art in which women have excelled more than men by far. This is no surprise, given that women are very sensitive to beauty and looks than men. Compared to women, only a small number of men are into fashion. Talking of beauty, it involves quite array of factors, one of which is nails. They are very integrated in the final makeup. That is why much attention is given to them, just as it is with the face and the hair. They complement all other makeup accessories. This is where manicure and pedicure come in: The art of working up the nails to awaken their innate beauty.

Manicure involves many things which include but are not limited to nail painting, nail trimming and nail filing. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. The desire for well shaped nails has over the years triggered creativity and invention, the nail clipper and the nail file being no exception. In many cases, both manicure tools are used together, the clipper first, then the nail file next. The nail file is used to finish off the job of smoothing and shaping the nails. Quite a variety of nail files exists. This includes emery boards, glass, ceramic and metal files. Some metal files are coated with corundum, while others are just plain. Some nail files are more abrasive than others, the most abrasive and durable as well being the glass file. The emery file is considered to be the least abrasive. You take longer to achieve the desired effect when using it. However, it is important to mention that shared nail files have the potential to spread diseases. Therefore, before such files are used on a different person, proper sterilization has to be carried out. But what do you know about the origin and history of nail files? Here are some interesting facts you want to learn.

1. The nail file was in use as early as in the days of Marie Antoinette, queen of France, who lived between 1755 and 1793. The pencil-like nail file she used was made from pumice stone. Many ladies in the court of Versailles admired her perfectly shaped nails, hence embracing the use of the pumice stone nail file.

Marie Antoinette 1767

Marie Antoinette 1767

2. Marie Antoinette’s pencil-like nail file was never thrown away. Instead, it was sterilized (hand-washed) and stored by her maids for future use.

3. Before the invention of the nail file, women used different things to shorten and shape their nails. These included various metals, scissors and even acids! You can imagine how dangerous it was!

Ancient Scissors

Ancient Scissors

4. The nail file was actually invented by doctor Sitts, a foot doctor, in the 1830s. His was a creation of an ‘orange stick’ from a yet to be known tool used in the treatment of dental problems. Women used it to file their nails down.

5. Continued evolution of the nail file has led to the invention of the glass file, the latest, most durable and most effective nail file.

Glass nail file

Glass nail file

There you are now, with crucial facts about the nail file. Just as the nail file has evolved over the years, so has been the nail technique of manicure and pedicure. This is not about to stop. As long as the end of the world tarries, you can be sure that these techniques and tools shall keep evolving, generation after generation.

Get the best in the nail file industry, the glass nail file here.

Sources: http://www.relationshiptoolbox.com/, https://en.wikipedia.org/

14 Glass Nail Files Reviews You Should Read Before Buying Glass Nail Files

Czech glass nail files

Czech glass nail files

Nail files are important manicure tools that every woman should have. Even so, it is imperative that you get the right nail file so that you can shape your nails perfectly. Before embarking on buying a glass nail file here are some of the reviews you should probably read:

Polished elegance

nail files decorated with Swarovski crystals

nail files decorated with Swarovski crystals

In this site, the files are described as the best glass nail files ever tried. They are said to be quick and easy in filing the nails though caution has to be taken as they file quite some length in a short while. Full review here.

My Lucite dreams

Mont Bleu nail files

Mont Bleu nail files

The files are termed as beautiful and less abrasive than the standard files. It also states that they file the nails with slight pressure and leaves the nails completely smooth. Full review here.

Makeup withdrawal

nails files from Mont Bleu

nails files from Mont Bleu

Makeup withdrawal describes the files to be of good quality and true, unlike the many fake glass files. It also states that they are quite sturdy, of good proportions and have finely etched sides that result into smooth finish on nail edges. Full review here.

Procrastic nails

crystal glass nail files

crystal glass nail files

The site terms the files as the best glass nail files in the market. It states that the files are eye-catching due to the Swarovski crystals, and they work effectively due to the different grits they have on either side. Full review here.

Wacky Laki

crystal nail files

crystal nail files

Wacky Laki describes the files as fine though they are not sure of the exact grit. The larger file is described to be easy to use to file longer lengths of nails while the smaller file is appropriate for final touches or for carrying around in purses. Full review here.

Nihrida

color glass nail file with Swarovski crystals

color glass nail file with Swarovski crystals

The site states that the files are well made, do not look cheap and they come in a suede protective case. It also states that the surfaces of the files are rough enough to file nails in a short while leaving the nails not splintered. Full review here.

Adventures in acetone

glass nail files

glass nail files

Adventures in acetone describe the nail files as being quick in filing without causing a tugging feeling. The small crystal nail files are described as being suitable for carrying around in purses. It also states that the hard case file, which do not have decorations, are suitable for males. Full review here.

The nail polish project

glass nail files

glass nail files

Among the three files reviewed, all are termed as having a fine grit and takes a short time in filing the nails. The standard and travel sizes nail files with Swarovski crystals are also termed to be of good quality. Full review here.

More nail polish

How to file a nail

How to file a nail

The site describes Mount Bleu nail files as having sharp ends with good grits. It also describes them as smooth with crystals that are well fastened with no glue oozing out from them. The finish is also described as professional, but care has to be taken when using them since it files more length than regular files. Full review here.

The polished perfectionist

Czech glass nail files

Czech glass nail files

The surfaces of the files nails are described as gentle and so cannot ruin the nails. Even so, it describes it as perfect for the sealing and shaping part. Full review here.

Manicurator

Glass nail files

Glass nail files

The site describes the largest nail files as suitable for toenails whereas the standard size is described as good for taking down the length and for getting smooth edges. The mini file can easily fit in a purse, but all are durable. Full review here.

Polish Insomniac

glass nail files from the Czech Republic

glass nail files from the Czech Republic

According to the site, all of the files reviewed are easy to use since they can take down length and buff edges with ease. Full review here.

Kelsie’s nail files

glass nail files

glass nail files

All the files reviewed are stated as being of excellent quality. The glass is described as thick and works well in shaping and smoothing nails. The Swarovski crystals are also noted as a good design. Full review here.

Loodie Loodie Loodie

crystal nail files

crystal nail files

The site describes the files to be of high quality with their main use being finishing and touching up the nail shape. However, breakage of the files is not guaranteed especially if not handled well. Full review here.

Where to get Czech made Crystal nail files and Glass nail files (which are the same thing)?
Design-glassware.com
Lux-e-shop.com
Czech-glass-nail-files.com (wholesale inquiries)

6 Easy Ways To Remove Acrylic Nails

Lizard skin acrylic nails

Lizard skin acrylic nails

Most women love acrylic nails and the glamorous look it makes them have. They are usually fixed to the natural nail bed using nail glue. Nonetheless, they grow out with time, and they will have to be removed using any of the following methods:

1. Soaking acrylic nails in acetone

Remove acrylic nails with acetone

Remove acrylic nails with acetone

Follow the process below when removing acrylic nails using acetone

  1. Use a nail clipper to trim the tips of the acrylic nails. Alternatively, you can use a coarse nail file to reduce its length.
  2. Use a nail file to remove the top coat of the acrylic nails
  3. Put some acetone into a bowl and add warm water to make the acetone warm
  4. Apply petroleum jelly to the surrounding nail skin, apply the acetone using cotton balls, and then wrap the fingers tightly with aluminum foil for about thirty minutes.
  5. After that, remove the foil, scrap off the leftover acrylic using a nail buffer and then shape your natural nails.

2. Filing the acrylic nails

Crystal Nail File

Crystal Nail File

You will first have to clip your nails then file them making sure that you file away as much acrylic as possible. Just be careful not to overdo it since it can damage the nails. After that, use a cuticle stick to pry the edge of the acrylic nails. Lift the edge and place the end of a cuticle scissor under it and start clipping off the acrylic. Repeat this process until the acrylic is completely removed. Afterward, buff the nails in order to remove any traces of acrylic left.

PRO glass nail file can be a great choice if you decide to file your acrylic nails.

3. Using a dental floss

Remove acrylic nails with dental floss

Remove acrylic nails with dental floss

Removing acrylic using this method will require you to find someone who will help you as you follow the below steps:

  1. Pry the bottom edge of the acrylic nails using a cuticle stick
  2. Have the other person slide dental floss below the edge.
  3. He or she should then slide the dental floss back and forth while pulling it up to make the nail loose. The process should be repeated until the nail is completely removed, but it should not be done quickly.
  4. Lastly, buff your natural nails then apply moisturizer and cuticle cream.

4. Using acetone free nail polish remover

Remove acrylic nails with soy nail polish remover

Remove acrylic nails with soy nail polish remover

You will first have to apply petroleum jelly on your nails then follow the steps below:

  1. Spread a newspaper on a flat surface then place a bowl on it.
  2. Pour nail polish remover to half fill the bowl
  3. Dip your fingers for almost twenty minutes until the acrylic softens
  4. After that scrape off the acrylic gel using a wooden stick but be careful not scrape off the whole nail plate
  5. In case there is still some left over, dip your nails in the acetone free solution then buffer
  6. After the acrylic is removed completely, wash your hands, dry them, and apply a moisturizer.

5. Using alcohol

Remove acrylic nails with alcohol

Remove acrylic nails with alcohol

First, you will have to trim and cut your nails as short as you can use a nail clipper. After that pour some alcohol into a bowl and dip your finger in them for about five minutes. After that, remove the alcohol and gently wipe the acrylic off using a paper towel. The paper towel will easily remove the acrylic from your nails. Afterward, take a French manicure then apply a moisturizing cream at the ends.

6. Visit a salon

Remove acrylic nails by visiting a salon

Remove acrylic nails by visiting a salon

It is probably the best option in case you are not confident of doing it yourself. The manicurists are well trained and will follow all the necessary steps in order to remove the gel nails without damaging your nails. Nonetheless, you have to be ready to pay a fee.

Extra tip. Use Czech made crystal nail files.

After the acrylic nails are gone file and shape your nails using Czech glass nail files, they make the nails stronger and healthier.

Glass nail file

Glass nail file

Where to get Czech made crystal glass nail files?
Lux-e-shop.com
Design-glassware.com

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9 Effortless Tips on How to Make Your Nails Grow Faster

Nails are crucial especially for women. However, at times they may grow so slowly and make one to be devastated. Well, some things you may be doing or not doing are causing your nails to grow at a very slow pace. We will look at some of the habits, products, and dietary changes that can help your nails to grow faster.

1. Practice good nail maintenance

Nails grow

Nails grow

Your nails ought to be cared for just like the face. If you leave them to get jagged, they become weak and eventually break. Therefore, it is imperative to keep them clean and well manicured. Always shape them correctly with a nail file ensuring that you follow the right mechanism to prevent ripping them. Also, buff the surface to ensure that they are always in good shape.

2. Stop nail biting

Women biting nails

Women biting nails

Nail biting is a problem that many people have, and it prevents nails from growing. Well, if you find it hard to stop, you can buy products from drugstores that you apply on the nails to prevent biting. Other than that, visit a professional manicurist to help you remove gel nails instead of ripping them as that makes the nails weaken.

3. Avoid using harsh products on your nails

Clean hands

Clean hands

Harsh products have a tendency of weakening your nails making them break over time. Always go for non-toxic nail polish and remover and wear gloves whenever it is necessary that you handle strong chemicals and detergents. It is also important to wear gloves when washing utensils as dish soap can cause the nails to dry and hence making them break.

4. Wear strengthening nail polish

Strength

Strength

There are different drug stores and cosmetic shops that sell nail strengthener polish. Look for one that is clear and has nutrients contents that help in promoting nail growth.

5. Carry out activities that make blood circulate

Yoga blood circulate

Yoga blood circulate

When blood flows to all parts of the body including the nails, they grow faster. You can start by exercising and use your hands carefully for different activities like knitting. Other activities like typing, gardening or playing tennis helps in improving blood circulation in your hands.

6. Eat plenty of proteins

Protein food

Protein food

Nails consists of proteins and so it is important to improve the protein content in them by taking more proteins. Eat a diet that has fish, pork, beef, poultry, as well as vegetable proteins like beans and green grams to build our nails. Other excellent sources of protein include eggs and nuts especially for vegetarians who cannot eat meat, fish or pork for proteins.

7. Add vitamins to your diet

Vitamins

Vitamins

Apart from proteins, vitamins can also help in nail growth. Vitamins C, D and A are useful for ensuring healthy fast growth of nails. Chia Oil Gel is suitable for nail growth; it has chia oil that is mixed with some amount of Vitamin E. Applying it daily on your nails and rubbing it in will significantly improve nail growth. For Vitamin D, take lots of dairy products like milk while for Vitamin C eat kale, spinach, kiwi, and oranges. Foods that contain Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, and any other orange vegetables.

8. Stop dieting

Stop dieting

Stop dieting

Dieting is a great way of losing weight but on the other side; it causes the slow growth of nails. In case you have been dieting, and you notice that your nails are not growing, it may be because you are restricting many calories. First, look at your diet and ensure that all the necessary nutrients more so proteins are included. Also, eat whole vegetables and fruits instead of diet bars to get the calories that you need. In case you are a vegetarian, you will have to eat vegetable proteins like legumes to supplement your meals for healthy growth of nails.

9. Use quality glass nail files

Glass nail file

Glass nail file

It’s proven that glass nail files are better for your nails. Due to the nature of their filing surface, glass nail files tent to remove even the smallest cracks and splits on the nail. It helps nails become stronger and firmer. Get quality glass nail files here: www.design-glassware.com

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3 Best Nail Shapes for Fat Fingers

Nails always have a way of displaying your personality, and so they should be kept neat and polished always. Apart from nail polish, it is imperative to get the right nail shape that flatters your nails and fingers. Well, there are five basic nail shapes that people go for: round, square, oval, squoval and almond. Nonetheless, not all these shapes will flatter the nails of those with fat fingers. The below three nail shapes should be adopted by anyone who has fat fingers, as they create the illusion of long slim fingers:

The Squoval

Squoval on the right

Squoval on the right

The squoval shape is a conventional square almost the length of square nail whose edges are in an oval. The shape adds versatility, allowing short and wide nail beds to have length without looking oversized. The squoval shape is easy to maintain and aids in preventing breaking of nails. Anyone with an active lifestyle can adopt it especially if you have little time to do maintenance on a regular basis.

You can create this look by filing the nails into a square ensuring that the sidewalls are straight. After that, tilt the nail file beneath the corners and file evenly. The process will take the sharp corners of leaving a smooth round shape. Bear in mind that it is only the sharp tips at the sidewalls that should be filed to create a soft curve without getting rid of the square tip.

The Almond

Almond nails

Almond nails

It is not such a popular shape, but it is more adventurous than squoval, ovals, and square shapes. The shape is suitable for fat fingers since it creates length and has a slender effect on hands. Nonetheless, note that, this nail shape should be adopted by one who has time to care for their nails. You will have to pay close attention to it since it is prone to breakage, as the nails grow longer.

To get this shape, mark a spot at the center of your nails and start filing toward that point. File your nails at an angle that is just a little bit off the nail center to leave a flat tip for rounding. After you have created the angles on both sides, file the corners to smoothen the sharp angles into an almond shape.

The Oval

Oval nails

Oval nails

The oval is very attractive for most women’s hands. It not only creates an elegant shape but also flatters both wide and narrow nail beds. Meaning that, women with fat fingers can adopt it to create the illusion of longer nails and slim fingers. The shape is good since it can work for women with short and long nail beds. Moreover, it can add length to nails while maintaining the soft curves of the round shape created.

To achieve this shape, start by filing the sidewalls in a straight manner to ensure they are even. Bear in mind that, getting this shape can be quite difficult since slight imperfections can make your nails look rather imbalanced. After filing the sidewalls, start filing from the side nail toward the top using smooth but arching motions using the file. After that, work your angles on equal sides of the nails and around the free edge to smoothen them into an oval shape. The final look should have the free edge and cuticle well balanced.

What to use to achieve those shapes:

One nail tool to rule them all:

Glass nail file

Glass nail file

Glass nail file can perfectly shape your nails, and keep them healthy. Get them here: www.design-glassware.com

More nail care tools to think of. Which one is better?

In conclusion, the above nails shapes can perfectly fit anyone with fat fingers as they create the illusion of long slim fingers.

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