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thing I like: mini cuticle nipper

small cuticle nippers

I hate hangnails. Haaate them. I’ve been carrying cuticle nippers in my bag since college and my favorite are these mini cuticle nippers made by Tweezerman. They are slim, lightweight and I’ve never been asked to remove them from my luggage when I fly. They come in a small kit of tools but the nippers themselves have a tight fitting rubber cap so you can just slip them in your bag and won’t have to worry about anything being scratched.

Tweezerman also makes two slim larger sized nippers: the Squeeze-n-Snip, which has pink accents, and the Squeeze + Snip Ultra, which is stainless steel. These larger ones are about 4 inches long where the mini ones are 3 inches, about the size of tweezers, and are quite a bit lighter weight.

If they ever stop making the mini ones I will kick myself for not buying backups. They are available at Tweezerman, Sephora, Ulta and Amazon.

· comments [5] · 05-17-2012 · categories:beauty ·

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  • 1 Emily // May 17, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I agree with you – these are by far the best tweezers/nippers I have ever owned. I love them.

  • 2 Karen Moret Harrison // May 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I will share with you my top-secret hangnail treatment. This is to be used when your hangnail gets infected, and you don’t dare clip it.

    Put Neosporin (or generic, doesn’t matter) on the hangnail before you go to bed. Put on a good bit. Wrap a bandaid around the hangnail as tight as you can stand. Don’t cut off circulation, but tight enough to put some pressure on the hangnail.

    In the morning when you wake up, the hangnail will no longer be infected, and you can snip it right off.

  • 3 megan // May 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Emily – Glad you agree! I was thrilled when I found the first slim ones, the larger size was all they made at the time.

    Karen – Thanks for the tip! Mine rarely get infected (knock on virtual wood) but when they do it’s a big hassle, especially when one is working with fabric or yarn a lot.

  • 4 Barclay // May 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm


    I never do this, but when I saw this post I thought you might be interested. My coworker’s dad just launched a new online store that I thought you might be interested in called The rest of this comment comes from their marketing text.

    After selling these same products to doctors and medical distributors for more than 30 years, he (my coworker’s dad) is finally making them available to everyone. You’ll find the best tweezers for shaping your eyebrows, scissors for your kitchen drawer, and stainless steel instruments for hobbies like woodworking, fly-fishing, sewing, jewelry-making, crafts, and other DIY projects.

    Check out the website—and as a special introductory offer, use this promotion code, TPSPRING, to receive 20% off all orders placed through May 31.

  • 5 Jen // May 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    So, for years, I’ve trimmed my cuticles with my nail clippers with inconsistent results, because I didn’t want to drop $20 and not like the cuticle nipper. My friend had a good one that I tried once. It was from one of those travel manicure sets that pop up in stores for gifts around Christmas, and it was great, but I also had a terrible one from my own Christmas-gift-manicure-set, so I was scared of choosing one.

    I suppose I should have trusted tweezerman; afterall, I’ve used their tweezers since forever.

    Anyway, I bought the little 3-piece kit after work the day you posted this, and I’m really happy with it. I didn’t care for the pushy/cleaner and prefer to use slant tweezers for both tasks, so I replaced it in the capsule with a spare tweezerman petite slant tweezer (it is possible to fit all 4 tools, but it’s a tight fit.) The nipper was a little hand cramping to use the first time, trying to do all 10 fingers in one sitting, but now that it’s so much easier to do a good job of it than with the nail clipper, I’m actually finding it worthwhile to maintain my cuticles regularly by trimming one or two fingers as needed. I had actually started being less neurotic about cutting my nails very close a few weeks ago, and am now maintaining a wee bit of length so my nails are looking 100% better now!

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