There was a point in time when I was obsessed with nail art. Years ago, it wasn't uncommon for me to spend hours painting themed patterns onto my fingernails, which usually had a ton of rhinestones affixed to each one by the end of the entire process. Then almost overnight, I was just done with it. I was over painting tiny and often uneven flowers onto unreasonable places like my pinky finger, solid-color opaque lacquers replaced the prints and 3D elements I rocked for almost a year straight, and there were times I rolled into work with completely bare nails. Not long after, I started hearing whispers that nail art may or may not have died. Though I loved the look of Lana Del Rey's nude stiletto nails, laziness often got the best of me, and even when I felt like trying out the look, I'd usually beat up every single nail file and buffer in my apartment to the point of no return. Still, when Amopé's Electronic Nail Care System ($40; target.com) crossed my desk, I figured a battery-operated nail file would be enough to pull me out of my slump—or at the very least, make me feel like Judy Jetson.
The tool comes with three attachments; a file, a buffer, and a shiner. After I popped in a battery and attached the file, I turned it on and was able to shape all of my nails in under 10 minutes. Normally, forming them into an almond shape was a task that took almost half an hour, and required me to switch files halfway through after the first gave out. Buffing and shining my nails was just as easy. You simply hold the buffer or shiner over the top of your digit, and let the tool do all the rest. For someone as lazy as I am with my DIY manicure routine, the Electronic Nail Care System was a life-saver, and all 10 of my nails were completely filed, buffed, shined, and painted well before I had to meet up with my friends later that night. I can't promise I'll ever, ever wear Hello Kitty-printed nails again for the rest of my life—I mean, I'm 27 years old, for crying out loud—but at least Amopé's tool will motivate me to try my hand at a halfway-decent manicure.