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Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Tale of Many Files

I have always been a simple girl when it comes to nail implements.  I've been using drugstore nail files for years now.  Didn't really think you could do any better.  Boy was I wrong.

I had bought myself a glass OPI nail file and I must say I am now a total glass file convert.  I'm not sure I can explain why I like them better except to say glass files seem to leave less sharp edges and you don't need several files of different grits to shape your nails.

The day before I was getting ready for my vacation, I had filed my nails and was washing my OPI file when I snapped it in half!  Oh the horror!!!  I was so mad at myself.  I guess I thought they were stronger and would be harder to break.  Maybe it's just the OPI, I don't know.  I'm not going to test out the other files I'm about to show you!!!!

I received a gorgeous set of nail files and other implements from Design Glassware by Mont Bleu.  This online store is in the Czech Republic.  When I got home from vacation, my package had arrived.  They asked me to do a review for them.  Here is the return label.

Oh how excited I was to see this.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and saw this........

I assumed I'd be getting ONE file to review.  Instead I now have a gorgeous set of implements and I can't possibly go back to anything else!!  See how they are color coordinated as well?  Swooooooooon....

I received three files in differing sizes.

These are black handled that gradients to clear with clear crystals in the handle. These feel hefty in the hand. The "grit" is on both sides and feels different and better than the other glass files of lesser quality.  These file like a dream. I can't possibly think of anything more decadent that a deluxe set of nail files.  I feel like a millionaire when I use these!

Let me show you what else I got.

This is a set of green tweezers with clear crystals and a compact mirror with green and clear crystals.  I'm definitely feeling quite like a spoiled woman using all these fancy tools.  I also got a pair of stud earrings that I forgot to take a picture of.

I am telling you, please hurry to their website and try out their beautiful, yet well made glass files and other gorgeous things!!

Let me show you what I compared these Mont Bleu files to.

This is a set of 5 Cheeky files I got from Amazon.

These are pretty, just not the same category of pretty right?  These are not as hefty, weighty as the Mont Bleu files.  I'd probably throw these in a purse or something because if they broke, it's not like you're breaking your GOOD files right? These do have grit on both sides, but the grit isn't as fine and not as nice as the Mont Bleu ones.

Here is a cheap one I bought from Sally's.

This one is the lightest of them all.  It's definitely worth spending the extra to get good quality files to not tear up your nails.  This only has grit on one side of the file.  That's part of the cheapness of this file.  I carry this in my work bag.

The other cool thing about glass files? They're washable!  Regular paper files are not. The paper files last only so long and you have to keep buying more.  Glass files never lose their grit and you can wash them to keep them clean.  I love that!

For those of you, convinced that paper files are for you, I have the latest Tweezerman products for you as well!

This is a seriously neon file with a matching mini tweezer.  These are perfect for having in your car or purse where you're not careful as you would need to be with a glass file.

There you have it.  A tale of many files.  My preference has definitely been shifted to glass files.  I feel they do a much better job than regular files.  I am totally in love with these Mont Bleu glass files and the rest of their gorgeousness.  Please make sure you go and check them out!  You won't regret it!  There are all sorts of different colors and sizes and different crystals.  There's something for everyone on their site.

Thank you again to Mont Bleu for their generosity in sending me so many gorgeous implements to call my own.  Your generosity is amazing!

What files do you use?

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?