The humble nail file. It's not something you immediately think of when you're stocking up on beauty and grooming products at your local Boots. Nail polish? Check. Cuticle oil? Check. But what kind of visually pleasing manicure would be possible without the lowly nail file?
It's a vital part of of your grooming regime that's often forgotten about or neglected (no, biting the snaggled ends off does not count), and yet is always the thing you need the most on-the-go, the essential item most requested by broken-nailed colleagues.
Sleeker than a pair of nail scissors, airport security-friendly and more adept at smoothing down those ridges (not to mention the multi-tasking nail files that have buffing capacities as well!)
Nail files today are so much more than the mini foam version multipacks of our childhood, but come in glass and crystal form, with easy grips handles, or handy travel kits to keep in your handbag.
Whether you lean towards the cheap and cheerful slick black H&M nail files, or a RITUALS diamond adorned version, there's sure to be one that's just aching to be part of your hand and nail care regime.
See our edit of the best nail files out there now...