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Reddit reviews: The best nail files & buffers

We found 162 Reddit comments discussing the best nail files & buffers. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 80 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Nail Files & Buffers:

u/koipert · 1 pointr/muacirclejerk

These are my real nails now!!!! They DO need to be encased in nail polish since they’re pretty flimsy, but no more fake nails. The polish helps toughen them up.

I used the bulk packages of Kiss nails, petite since I wanted them short. I used Kiss glue as well- both the nails and glue were recommended to me by someone’s mom who was a nail tech. I found the nails stuck a lot better if I roughed up the underside with a metal file. Making sure to press VERY firmly while the glue dried helped a ton, and just making sure I had some glue with me since they do sometimes fall off. If possible, wear gloves while doing stuff like washing dishes since water can make them fall off, but you can just put them back. I would also always double check them after I showered or whatever.

Again, I didn’t want anything crazy... just something that looked normal so I cut and shaped them short with a metal file. I actually lovingly called them “nail jail” since it was physically impossible for me to bite the nails under them. Here’s a picture of me wearing Kiss nails about 2 years ago, and some info on how I painted them.

As far as removal goes, you can soak them off in acetone, ooooooor just get a bowl of warm water and soak your hands until the nails fall off. Then you use acetone to clean off the glue bits left on your nails. With this method you can even clean the underside of the plastic nails and apply them again later if you really liked the design.

Glass files were less expensive than I thought! Looks like $10 for 3 from Amazon. They’re just gentler on nails and I guess are supposed to also help layers not flake off? I dunno, I just read about it and liked using them. All the fancy nail art youtubers love them so they must be good. 😆

Always happy to help another nail biter. I felt like no one else struggled like I did and it was so hard to find info I could actually use. I guess I sorta just came up with a method that worked for me, and I’m not tempted to bite anymore. They’re too pretty.


u/syaami · 4 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Just start painting your nails and you will figure out what works best for you eventually. I've compiled a list of helpful links/videos that I've found helpful for me.

Dotting Tools:

  • Cutepolish's video on how to make your own dotting tool.
  • <$2 on amazon. It might take a while to get to you if it's being shipped from China though.

    Stripping tape:

  • $1.08 on amazon.
    The trick when you use stripping tape is to make sure your polish isn't old and too goopy, otherwise it will not be so crisp.
  • And use tweezers like this or this.

    Cleaning

  • You will get the hang of cleaning once you start practicing. If you get better at application you will have to do less cleaning. This will come with practice. I suck at doing nails with little mess. So I use acetone and a slanted brush. This might be a good set to get.
  • /u/ReneeJade 's post about cleaning up with toothpicks is very helpful too.

    Nail Polish Brands

  • This depends on how much money you want to spend. I started with Sinful Colors because no mula. But the formula is kinda bad and takes forever to dry. And Sinful Colors stain your nails really bad in my experience. Sally Hansen is pretty good for the price. I only just acquired a couple of China Glazes and Essie's. They are pretty good but I only buy it when it's less than $3. I don't have experiences with Orly, O.P.I.
  • Julep is okay in my opinion. Personally, I feel like they're not worth the price. One of my bottles just broke when I was turning the cap. And the other one (Julep Sasha) stained my nails really bad :/
  • There are nail polish programs like Julep Maven (who do a free first box with code FREEBOX) and other ones that I don't know about but head onto /r/BeautyBoxes to find out more.

    Top Coat and Base Coat

  • Orly bonder is a good base coat that I use. I don't have experiences with other ones, so I can't compare.
  • Getting a fast drying top coat is probably a good idea. I use Seche Vite but it has a really strong smell and it shrinks your polish. I'm trying to find a new one but Sally Hansen Insta Dry didn't work for me. It smudged my nail art even though it dries pretty fast. Poshe is supposed to be good but I don't have experience with it.

    Nail Strengthening

  • O.P.I. Nail envy is a lot of people's favorites but it didn't work for me personally. Just search this subreddit with "nail envy".
  • Quimica Alemana. This stuff has good reviews and I want to try it.

    Nail file

  • Use a crystal one. This one has good reviews or use an O.P.I. one. I use an O.P.I, pretty happy with it.

    Have fun painting!
u/Knirps · 6 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Oh, okay, that's doable. :D

Typically nail biters will gnaw at their cuticles and apply toothy pressure all over the nail plate, essentially damaging the new growth or matrix causing new growth to be weak and shoddy.

It'll take about 6 months to see real improvement without product and coverup if you stopped biting right this second.

So advice I could give you to help you keep your nails out of the danger zone is:

  • Always have at least a (5, 7, or 8 free) clear polish on your nails. It'll lessen the appearance of peeling so it'll help you not have things to pick/bite. It'll also make them feel stronger. Color is a good option as well, can help you not want to mess up your hard work. DON'T use hardeners/strengtheners.

  • Buy a small tin/tube of good hand lotion and some cuticle oil (with or solely comprised of jojoba oil). Always have it on you. If you feel the urge to bite/pick (or just randomly), slather product on yourself. I probably went through a 3 oz tube my first week off the nails. It tastes nasty, it's greasy/slippery feeling so you can't get a hold of the skin/nails, and it will help heal your nails both by protecting them and from application improving bloodflow and circulation to the matrix (for new growth).

  • Try a new compulsive habit if hand massaging pounds of product into your hands isn't helping. I click my Note 8 stylus like crazy, reorganize my polish collection, or do adult coloring books when I'm not typing. Try not to have idle hands. Try a rubber band on the wrist and carry around a pocket picture of gorgeous long nails in perfect health and WANT IT. (yeah, I know it's not that easy but it might help!)

  • Make sure you're protecting your recovering nails from other things that want to ruin them. Wear gloves when you do the dishes and invest in sulfate-free hand soap for the bathroom.
    Try not to use your nails as tools (like for cans, stabbing packaging, etc)

  • When caring for your nails, use a glass file (Mont Bleu) to shape them because it seals the edges against moisture and helps the layers seal and stick together to lessen peeling.

  • If you can manage it, don't actually let your nails grow to the point of breakage and keep them at or slightly (like 1 mm) below the end of your finger. Work on perfecting a nail care routine and trying to better your habits for a month or two before trying to grow them out a bit. It will still probably be peely if you go full nude but if you keep them trim, short, and hydrated you're less likely to have breaks which can make you feel defeated and like nothing is helping which might make you turn to either biting again or ruining everything with gimmick 'get rich quick' products like hardeners.

  • When you do/can start growing them out again, it's really important to maintain the routine because a hydrated nail is MUCH more flexible and resilient than a dry one so you can reduce breaks and reduce the severity of breaks (like maybe just a lifty tear you can patch)

     

    I wish you luck on your journey!
u/baldylox · 9 pointsr/Watches

I just picked up this old Lowe & Campbell referee's watch. Other than the crystal being really scratched up, it was in great shape, and it kind of worked.

I worked on it for a while yesterday. It just had a very simple problem, which was lucky. Not sure exactly what the movement is, but it looks a lot like most other dollar pocket watch movements - not a lot of screws and a lot of rivets. They weren't made to be taken apart.

I've seen these watches branded different things, but they all look the same.

The mechanics are pretty simple. It has a crown used to wind the watch and set the one (minute) hand, and a sliding lever at the 10-11 o'clock position that stops and starts the watch.

For basketball, it's broken up into two 20-minute halves, just like NCAA basketball today. Note that there's no other timing for basketball. There was no shot clock back then.

Football is broken up into 4 15-minute quarters with a red 'warning' bar for the two minute warning. Interesting that it startes at 5 min. left. I don't know much about old football rules. Did it used to be a 5-minute warning?

Regardless, the watch works as well as one could expect an inexpensive vintage watch to work.

I buffed all of the scratches out of the crystal the very best way I know how - with one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Block-Buffing-Shine-Buffer/dp/B0037O2J7I

A couple of the scratches were pretty deep. I didn't think I could get them out, but I did. If you repair and restore a lot of vintage watches, those nail polishing blocks are a must to have around. I go through them. I buy them in boxes of 10 at a time.

Basically, you start with the #1 grit, which is the coarsest, and work your way up to four. You have to buff pretty fast and constantly wipe the old acrylic dust away.

Anyway, I just thought it was an interesting piece, and it combines my love of sports with my love of watches. Double whammy!

Enjoy!

u/AnonymousRedditor83 · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I brush and floss in the morning and evening, and floss at lunchtime.

You need to take better care of your oral hygiene. It literally only takes a few minutes. Also, it might save your life.

You state in another place in this thread that you don't regularly shower. You need to be showering every day. I'm not sure what your situation is, but these are things that you should have learned by middle school at the latest, and preferably in grade school.

Please do the following, for yourself:

Go to the dentist.

Get a new soft-bristled toothbrush (every six months), a tube of toothpaste, and floss, and start brushing and flossing at least every morning and every night. Also, a lot of people brush incorrectly.

Here's a video showing the proper brushing technique.

Here's a video showing the proper flossing technique

For showering:

  • pair of exfoliating shower gloves
  • body soap (NOT a 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash)
  • face wash
  • and a shampoo and condition (they should NOT be in the same bottle)].

    For skincare:

  • A face moisturizer with SPF
  • an exfoliator for your face (do NOT use the gloves on your face)
  • a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
  • a night cream

    Clip your fingernails and toenails, and use an emory board to smooth the sides of the clipped nails.

    These are the minimum things you need for a basic level of care.

    Shower every morning, use the gloves with the body wash, and once you are dry and you've brushed your teeth, use the Stridex, wait ten minutes, then use the A.M. moisturizer (with the SPF). At night, use the night cream.

    You don't need to use the brands I listed. They are just a place to start, ones I have personally used and liked, but they are not the only ones. If you want to know more about building a skincare routine, /r/Skincare_Addiction has great resources in its sidebar. What works for one person may not work for another, so read, experiment, and build your routine.

    Take some pride in how you present yourself and care for yourself. You owe it not only those around you, but to yourself, to do better and be the best you can be.
u/ruready1994 · 1 pointr/Guitar

Ok, here we go.

The Bridge: Looks OK to me, but i replaced the saddles (roller saddles) and the trem block on my Pacifica because of preference. You can remove and disassemble the bridge and clean everything (steel wool and vinegar work well) or leave it and it will be fine.

The Nut: It should not drastically alter the action, because any nut you have on your axe should be filed to the exact height that is ideal for your setup. Tusq, bone, roller nuts, etc are all fine and well but IME, a properly filed, smoothed and lubed plastic nut has not hindered my tuning stability at all. YMMV.

The Frets: The edges look ok to me but if you want to shape them a bit more you need a (preferably) 3 sided file. Be very careful and move very slowly as to not cause damage. As for polishing the frets, you can use steel wool (Tape your pups!) or very fine grit sandpaper carefully. I personally have found that a fingernail buffer (like https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X68IVGS/ref=sspa_mw_detail_6?psc=1)
works best for me. Can find those anywhere you go. I've also seen techs use pencil erasers to polish frets.

The Fretboard: If a fretboard gets too dry, it will shrink and will cause fret sprout. I don't recommend lemon oil (some do) but prefer either mineral oil or the Dunlop Fingerboard Oil. Don't overdo it, once a year or twice if its really dry is all you need. Over oiling is just as bad as it being too dry.

Pickups: I personally (some may hate me for this) dont believe pickup swaps make any improvement on your sound that an EQ pedal can not. Plus, an EQ pedal has many more uses and is quite versatile. That said, do what makes you happy so you love your sound, but always take a look at your amp first.

Pickguard: Replacement pickguards almost never line up to the existing holes. It is what it is, just drill small pilot holes before adding the screws.

Sanding: Yes, i think 100 is too course and youll end up removing more material than you should. I use 220/320 followed by 600 and lastly 1000. This is also subjective but IME, 100 will create uneven spots and headaches.

All in all, the best advice is to get as many different opinions as you can as everyone has different techniques and ways of doing things. Get all the opinions you can and find which ones make the most sense to you for your specific project and end goal. Also, have fun.

u/dyannnnna · 1 pointr/PolishGauntlet

Well, you can start by taking a Biotin supplement or prenatal vitamins. Those will help speed up the growth of your natural nails. You'll also want to get a strengthening polish of some sort. OPI Nail Envy is popular, but I'm not sure what's available where you live. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Hand cream as often as possible. Apply cuticle oil at least once or twice a day. There are tons out there. File your nails gently, and if they're not too sensitive, buff the surface to even it out. Don't over buff it. It shouldn't hurt. After your nail surfaces are stronger and less sensitive, you might want to get a cuticle remover gel and some orange wood sticks. Apply the cuticle remover, let it sit for a minute, and then use the orange wood to gently push back any of the stuff growing up your nails. Wash your hands after using the cuticle remover, if left on too long it could burn your skin. Moisturize.

I linked some products on amazon. Just because I linked specific products doesn't mean that's what you have to use. It might take a little while to figure out the routine that works best for you, but you can do it.

u/Aerys1 · 1 pointr/RandomActsOfPolish

Favorite memory from the year: Going back to DDO it may seem silly to be happy about going back to a game, but I had a lot of friends there, and the welcome back I got when I went back made me feel welcome and missed and maybe a little bit awesome.

Past halloween: When my mom would dress up for halloween. There was one year her and I were both gypsies. She'd bought the skirts, but we had the shirts, and she had the scarves and spangly jewelry and i was loaded with clicking and bright necklaces as bracelets etc. It was awesome. It was the only year we dressed the same.

I am looking forward to hitting the halfway mark of my weight loss. 2 more lbs to go! then I'll have lost 50 and have 50 more to go! I will probably dance that week! XD

Crystal nail files

u/Frai23 · 2 pointsr/Warhammer40k

Here is how to turn it into a good experience:
Put all the minis he has now aside with the box. You guys will fix everything later.

Get these 4 things (most of them you got in your house anyway):

a) A diagonal cutter for elecronics for 3-5$ to perfectly remove models from the sprues
b) a small metallic nail file to deburr said models
c) the best plastic glue in the world the needlehead is easy to use even for a 10y old and will make sure not to soak the models in glue
d) DE Skysplinter set to "start from 0"

Now all you do is drop his ass off in a Games Workshop store. Tell them what happened. Buy this Skysplinter set there and they will be thrilled to help him build it in store. They'll teach him how to hold the tools, how to correctly deburr the models, how to glue and position them the right way.
Now your son will be ready to rework his Start Collecting. The same store will help him out with messed up or missing parts. Chances are high he will have enough spare parts from your skysplinter set anyway.

He'll even have a full 500 points army.
The typical army sizes are: 500p, 750p, 1000p, 1500p and 1850p.

500 points is good enough for the first couple of months (think 3-6 months) before it starts to get boring. His list should be something like:

HQ:
Archon (Agonizer, Shadow field, Splinter Pistol)
Troops:
10 Kabalyte Warriors (1 Shredder, 1 Dark Lance)

  • Raider (Dark Lance)
    10 Kabalyte Warriors (1 Shredder, 1 Dark Lance)
  • Raider (Dark Lance)
    Fast Attack:
    3 Reaver Jetbikes

    This is a really good start anyway and he can develop his army into any desired direction from here.
    The Gangs of Commorragh set for example might be nice addition from there on. It is dirt-cheap and will catapult his army to 750 points. If he happens to like Hellions and jetbikes of course. Do not buy something like this right away, let him paint and play with his 500 points first. This is more like a 1 year plan.
u/notpandora · 7 pointsr/DIY

I just wanted to add 1 more tip - I also have nails that tear and crack if I just apply polish, but what I've found works well for me, as an amateur-at-best nailpolisher, my routine is:

EDIT I forgot a step which I think is important:

0. After removing old polish and washing nails in warm water then drying them, I use one of these buffer blocks and make sure to do it well. I think it has a big effect on my nails not chipping and it's much gentler than an emery board.

  1. Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil Which can help if you get those straggly little cuticle tears just above your nailbed.

  2. Nailtiques Formula 2

  3. Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat

  4. (Through N-1) Apply colored polish, glitter, whatever.

    N. Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Top Coat

    Yes this is gonna take a loooooooooooooong time, but after a week I have very few chips, my nails are able to grow a little, and I am excited to put a new coat on rather than just desperate to get the current one off. Maybe it sounds like too many coats, I am not a nail polish scientist, this is just the process I developed independently that works for me.

    And that said, now I feel totally justified in going and buying some new polish today as my meager collection has yet to require a DIY storage cart!
u/chelsealetsom92 · 1 pointr/Nails

Of course! This is a list of most the products I use:

Drill: (it is absolutely amazing!)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PNKV71Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bwCpDbV82MR8J

Acrylic monomer:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006CVXR10/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_qxCpDbFDTH6A8

Acrylic polymer:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BGTQEKE?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Nail prep:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YKLFN2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Brushes:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UONBO5S?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Hand files:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EHRGFKK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Top coat (UV light required):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B96JHV6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1BCpDbV2T3D93

Smaller version of what’s pictured:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS1UWAF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_JECpDbCTC26YH

I also use little things like: tips, glue, cuticle nippers/tools, cuticle oils, alcohol wipes, acetone, etc. I hope this helps! Please note, I have been doing my nails for a long time and I have built up my collection over the years. It is expensive from the start, but always remember, everything will last you longer then the salon because you’re only doing your nails once every few weeks. Good luck!!! 😁😁😁

u/indigentclockmaker · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

I use this set of nail files and have been very happy with the results (starting with 200/220 grit). It usually take my time but the spongy files are great for curved surfaces. Just wait longer than you think the glue needs (at least a few hours) and sand lightly and you’ll hopefully see some better results. Good luck!

u/starcatie · 2 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Cuticle cream helps A LOT. It keeps your cuticles from getting dried out and gross, which can be a big problem when you do your nails a lot (nail polish remover dries them out super bad). I use Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and love it! it works well and smells good too :)

Also try to use non-acetone nail polish remover rather than acetone as much as possible. Sometimes its hard to avoid (like with glitter) but acetone is much harder on your nails/cuticles. I like to keep a big bottle of non-acetone remover which I use the majority of the time and a small bottle of acetone for especially tough manicures ;)


As for your actual nails, invest in a glass nail file like this. It will help prevent your nails from splitting or breaking. Filing in one direction helps with this as well.

Hope this helps! :)

u/Drenkn · 9 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

I've always had this problem. Try taking some supplements. There are a few hair/skin/nails supplements that can help, but I've found a few things that really help.

  1. Don't pick off your polish. This was my biggest problem. I love doing it, especially with glitters, and this ruins the top layer of your nails.

  2. Buy a strengthening base coat. I've used several of them. Out of all of the one's I've tried OPI Nail Envy seems be the best for my nails. If you ever skip polish, a few coats of this will help seal the flakes and harden the nail so it doesn't break off as quickly. If you are painting your nails--it makes a great basecoat and prevents the polish from staining your nails. http://www.amazon.com/OPI-Original-Nail-Envy-Strengthener/dp/B000ORNKHY/ref=sr_1_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1372775387&sr=1-1&keywords=opi+nail+envy+nail+strengthener

  3. Like u/paper_paws said -- file in one direction. I have a 4-sided block buffer that I use at most twice a month to file down the ridges and buff out the flaky areas if they get bad. http://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Block-Buffing-Shine-Buffer/dp/B0037O2J7I/ref=sr_1_4?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1372775474&sr=1-4&keywords=nail+buffer
u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Any super fine glass file, filing in only one direction instead of back-and-forth. It reduces splits and peeling, and the super fine grit feels much smoother than file made with sandpaper (or whatever that is).

Like these.

A also have a multi-sided nail buffer for smoothing, if I need it. This is my favorite; you move from one pad to the next, and end up with shiny as glass nails. I much prefer that on my off days than painting my nails clear. ;)

u/Khirsah01 · 2 pointsr/ehlersdanlos

Omg the fragile skin is so horrible... I had to stop cutting my nails with a standard clipper trimmer and had to start filing (very carefully at first) with glass files so there's no scraggly or sharp ends as my skin slices easily. I used to draw blood regularly trying to pick up small fiddly things, even pills! I still bump into furniture and find blood on my legs or arms though.

I also seem to have fewer nail breaks since keeping with the filing. A gentle pressure and a good glass file where the filing grit is etched into the glass is great! I also have an older metal file that I find is best for finishing, but I can't find more of that wave surface type. It made the free edge shiny smooth and impossible to catch on things.

Once I get to my PC, I'll edit this once I get links for the glass files I use and see if I can find info on the metal file.

Link on Amazon to the Glass File set

The metal nail file I use for finishing that I wish I could find extras of today

u/daisyismydog · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I've seen them in little specialty stores before going for $20 a pop, so this set was an amazing deal! They're supposed to last forever (and having just tried out this one, I believe it!) and they file so quickly.

In case you (or anyone else!) is interested here is the link: SET OF 5 NAIL FILES AT INTRODUCTION PRICE!!! Premium Manicure Crystal Glass Nail File By Cheeky-Rainbow and for me the shipping was insanely fast! Like, when I got them I was super surprised and went and checked when /u/lilreed posted the glam post and it said 23 hours ago!

u/faerygirl956 · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Honestly your nails don't look bad! Get a good nail file (a lot of people swear by glass nail files, although I personally like a two-way metal file). Keep it with you as much as you can! Throw it into your purse, keep it in your car, whatever. Part of maintaining my nail shape is being able to fix small breaks and cracks before they cause serious damage. Decide what shape you want (check out this visual guide if you're stumped). Round, oval, and squoval are the strongest nail shapes, so I'd start with out of those three. It looks like your nail shape is naturally "round", so stick with that to begin with. Growing your nails out a little more will make your fingers look longer, but when you work with your hands its hard to do.

Good luck!

u/lochnessie15 · 1 pointr/PolishGauntlet

Base coat: Right now, it's a Qtica base coat, which I picked up on a destash sale. I think it's helped, but my nails are still kind of peely :(

Top coat: Normally Cult Nails Wicked Fast or Pretty & Polished Swift Sparkle

Nail file: I love this set from Amazon. I've tried a bunch of different files, but these have a finer grit and have held up really well for ~6 months so far.

Polish brands? Mostly indies (I'm wearing a Lucky 13 right now!) but otherwise probably Zoya?

(And I keep editing this post since I keep thinking of more stuff or accidentally hit enter)

Otherwise, cuticle oil all the time!

u/The_Stapher · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Someothers and I just had a convo about this not to long ago. Here's a link for the thread.

The TL;DR for it though is we found out that these Nano Glass nail files are essentially the same thing for a fraction of the price. Just last night I used a "Mr. Clean Sheet" I had laying around which is essentially just a Melamine Sponge and works to "matte" the shine. You can get a single pack of the "Mr. Clean Sheets" at your typical store (Target, Walmart, etc.) for about $6 USD a pack.

This whole set up works virtually identical and is a fraction of the cost. I hope this helps out! :)

u/needmorepolish · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

From what I have heard, the crystal glass nail files are better for a variety of reasons but the main one being that it is so much finer of a grit. This is the first time I've purchased any and I already love them! It filed and shaped my nails quickly. I've also heard that they last much longer than metal or emery board files. I have heard of people getting them from Sephora and Ulta but I got these off amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X9E236/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/chef_boyceardee · 1 pointr/RedditLaqueristas

You may want to find a nicer one that comes with a little case maybe. Something like this http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Glass-Inches-Carrying-Sassella/dp/B00283O7LK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394848897&sr=8-2&keywords=glass+nail+file+with+case

That way it's secure in your purse or wherever you keep it. I don't think they break that easy though.

u/brattylilduck · 2 pointsr/redditpolish

Rather than filing the surface you might try buffing it. Here is what most buffing blocks look like, you can usually find them in any drugstore for $2 or less. They are even numbered with the order to use each side, and you don't have to use them all. When I buff my nails I only use the coarsest side (Side 1). The only issue with these are that they are kind of large and it is sometimes hard to get a good buff on small nails like toe nails. Usually filing the surface of a nail is a no no, because if you file to deeply you can get down to the nail bed, which can cause infection (especially bad if you already suspect a possible fungus).

I apologize that I don't know any anti-fungals, the only knowledge I have of that is when my room mate had a toe fungus from a salon and had to use a prescription treatment. It worked, I think she had to use it for 30 days straight. Good luck, I hope there's something easier than that available to you!

u/Shammycat · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

You're welcome! I was the same way-I used to buy those drug store ones and wondered why glass files were supposedly amazing if they wore out so quickly.

I really like this one: to amazon!
It's slightly pricey (6.49) but comes with a carrying case (silly but surprisingly useful).

u/rockguitardude · 1 pointr/lifehacks

This worked for me as well. This nail file in particular works great:
http://www.amazon.com/Revlon-File-Smooth-Nail/dp/B004K0J5DE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1367822904&sr=8-3&keywords=revlon+nail+file

You can also round the edge of the nail it makes it harder to bite as well.

u/rusrslythatdumb · 9 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

On the subject of nail files, crystal (glass) nail files last forever. I just recently bought this set on Amazon after having a crystal file I'd had for the last like, ten years. That one is still in perfect condition, but I wanted a bigger one for my feet. All you do is wash them every now and then. They're also gentler than emery boards.

u/maladroitent · 1 pointr/PolishGauntlet

Yay, congrats girl! I just love to get in all the gauntlets :P Practical self is saying "You need nail brushes" or "Files, you have no files lady" but really I have been lemming over Polka.com forever!

u/celosia89 · 2 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

These are the ones I got on amazon.
Recently I've been using OPI's Ridge Filler. I've found that it helps keep my polish from lifting or peeling. I also use Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base Coat.

u/Tourney · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

The two brands I've seen recommended most are Cheeky (like these) and Czech Republic Nail Files (like these). Oh, and Nail Tek isn't quite as popular but I've seen good things about their files, too!

u/GundamWang · 1 pointr/RedditLaqueristas

Thanks to both! I use one like this, and I just noticed it says Emeryl file material. So I guess I haven't been using metal at all.

u/Snitchster · 1 pointr/Nails

These are the products I used, thanks to this sub for guiding me -

-Lagunamoon Gel Nail Polish Set UV... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NL57T9H?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

-Nail Lamp 60W UV LED Nail Dryer,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G4B8MF2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

u/Coffeecan · 3 pointsr/Gunpla

Go to the nail care aisle of any grocery store and get a nail polishing block. Usually 4 sided with progressively finer grits. Works perfect for plastic. Ex. http://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Block-Buffing-Shine-Buffer/dp/B0037O2J7I

u/YumeMaker · 4 pointsr/Parenting

These work really well, I got something like this from a local boutique that had a rounded end to prevent steadiness stabiness.

http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Glass-Inches-Carrying-Sassella/dp/B00283O7LK

u/aquabluesharpie · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Seconding the glass file. I bought these, and I'm loving them.

u/corporatecrocodile · 5 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Do you still have a base and a top coat? They're both really important to reduce staining and chipping, and to increase longevity of your manicure.

What's your budget like? Base your purchases off of how much you're willing to spend, and how big you want to go. I'm a college student, but I have no real bills and nails are my only money-consuming hobby, so I get mid to high tier polish.

Dotting tools, a cuticle pusher, and a buffing block are my top three supplies, aside from acetone, cotton balls and polish.

u/h83r · 1 pointr/woodworking

stop biting your nails. Trust me, once you do, there's all sorts of things you can do with your nails.

I suggest buying a metal nail file like this to take off the high points before you chew them off.

u/swirvbox · 2 pointsr/3Dprinting

A paper towel works really well for this. Then rub on your jeans. No joke. I can get a glass finish on abs/pla/pet with this method.

Edit: For smaller parts I have used fingernail sanding/polishing blocks like these: http://www.amazon.com/Shiner-Buffer-Sanding-Manicure-Product/dp/B00GOIKKCA/

u/playhertwo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Nail things. Even if you don't polish your nails, nail files are useful.

u/CatterMountain · 1 pointr/RedditLaqueristas

TWEEZERMAN Neon Hot File, 1.6 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YRBWOWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_.DpDAbEJ83K1M to buff out the layers that detached

Orly Nail Rescue Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KYF068/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ZEpDAbEVZVRVF to seal the layers after the flaps are gone

u/chuckdawg1999 · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Glass Nail Shiner - DRMODE 2PC Upgrade Nail Buffers Nano Glass Nail Files Polisher Professional Crystal Manicure Tools Kit for Natural Nails https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07S9Q9QD9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_gbmZDbFYQTYQ5

u/Orgell_Evaan · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Even sandpaper is probably overkill; I would go with something like this and a Sharpie to touch up the edge.

u/Anuer · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Something like this. I pick them up at the pharmacy:http://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Block-Buffing-Shine-Buffer/dp/B0037O2J7I

It's a generic thing, though. Any four step one will work.

u/ISwearImAGirl · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Some more tips for brittle nails: never cut your nails, only file them down. Use a glass nail file, not metal, and file in one direction (no sawing back and forth). Together with keeping your nails and cuticles moisturized, you should have the strongest nails you can. This is exactly what I'm starting, because I also have issues with very weak, brittle nails that are very prone to cracking, splitting and separating.

u/raspberry-squirrel · 1 pointr/RedditLaqueristas

Use one of these things to smooth the edges of your nails. You want rounded corners and no snaggly bits. https://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Block-Buffing-Shine-Buffer/dp/B0037O2J7I