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The Arsenal – Tweezerman Zip File

By on June 12, 2009
in The Arsenal, Tweezerman

I get a lot of questions and comments regarding the tools and treatment products I use to keep my nails healthy and in tip top shape. Since my routine changes as I test new products, I’ve launched, The Arsenal, to share with you the items that are “must haves” in my nail kit.

Can you imagine the shocked looks on my friends and family members faces when they ask me for a nail file I tell them I don’t have one on me? Hello, I’m the nail girl, I’m SUPPOSED to have every nail tool known to man in my possession at any given moment. Well, here’s the deal. I haven’t regularly carried a nail file in my bag for two reasons:

1. I LOVE glass nail files. Love, love, love them! Problem? They’re glass. And while I shouldn’t have to worry about them breaking in my bag, the amount of times I’ve fallen, breaking something, has grown to a staggering amount. I’m not a fall down drunk people, just a klutz!

2. Carrying an emery board/paper file equals one of two situations. I either bang into it while digging in my purse, ruining my manicure with scrapes. Or it gets too filthy and vile from whatever ends up living in my suitcase of a bag. Gross, I know but at least I’m clean enough to NOT use a dirty file.

So to make rambling story short, now that the Zip File from Tweezerman entered my life, I no longer travel file-less. You see the Zip File comes encased in a protective plastic sleeve to keep it sanitary and avoid manicure mishaps while I search for my keys. The dual sided file has medium and coarse grits and exists on a sliding mechanism. So you just extend it out to fix chips, nicks or breaks and click it back, locking the file in place for storing.

Considering how often my klutz self ends up banging into a wall and breaking a nail, I will no longer have the temptation to chew (nast, I know) because I’ll have my Zip File with me.

And as if you need another reason to pick up this handy little guy, Tweezerman is donating $1 for every file sold to the Smile Train Charity, an organization dedicated to correcting cleft lips & palates in 75 developing countries.

The Zip File retails for $5.50 and can be purchased at

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  1. Ava says:

    I have a metal OPI file that "folds" out of its plastic case, much like a swiss army knife folds out. I carry one in my purse at all times. Tweezerman also has a mini nail rescue kit for about $20. That has a file, mini cuticle nipper, and mini metal cuticle pusher in a small carrying case, about the size of a large pack of gum.

  2. Denette says:

    I love this idea! I do keep an OPI crystal file in my purse (they come in white plastic tubes with a lid) but the tube has been smashed so many times that the lit doesn't fit in the tube anymore and I constantly find the file floating around in my purse. This would be better if they were available at stores instead of only online. I am not sure if one file is enough to justify the shipping cost.

    P.S. I love your arsenal posts! I recenly purchased ChG Calcium Gel Fortifier based on your review and I love it! Thanks!

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks for posting this! I ordered some adorable tweezerman files from Sephora this week. Skull and cross bones with bows! And red lips with a case. Adorable! I never knew about Tweezerman files until this post!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Where do you go to buy glass files? I have one that my mom picked up for me on a weekend trip to Chicago and absolutely love it, I’ve never found a file thats better than my glass one, but I have also never been able to find any other glass files.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Sephora has a glass file in their tools section. Essie makes one as well that you can find at ULTA or Trade Secret. Sally Beauty Supply carries one by Swissco as well.