“ Type: Cream / Suitable for: Nails „
I bought this as a cute little stocking gift for my 13 year old niece the other year for Christmas and liked it so much that I bought myself one. I always chip a nail when I am out and never usually have a nail file in my bag so that's why I decided to buy a little kit so I would alwyas have it with me. Plus, I find if I put just a nail file in my bag it gets all bent and useless so this is a great way to keep your nail items in check.
The set itself comes in a very cute little ice cream shaped pouch. They are fun and girly and perfect for a 13 year old, I might be a little too old to have one in my bag but oh well. The bottom half of the pouch is the ice cream cone and this is a light brown colour and looks just like a cone you would get from the ice cream van. The whole pouch itself measures approx 14 cm x 10 cm x 2.5 cm so it's not that big and will not take up too much room in your bag.
At the top of the ice cream cone you will find the ice cream. There are three different "flavours" so to speak to choose from. There is a chocolate brown ice cream case with long sprinkles, a white vanilla ice cream cone with circle sprinkles and a light pink/red strawberry ice cream with triangle sprinkles. The zip to get into the pouch goes around the tiop of the ice cream and the cone is where the instruments go.
Included in this pack you get a small emery board, small nail scissors and clippers and a pair of tweezers. All the items apart from the emery board are made of metal and are all quite small as they obviously have to fit in the pouch. They are of quite good quality. The emery board has been replaced in my set as these never last long, especially the small ones but the case fits the small little boards you can buy in Boots so that is not a problem.
The set cost me £5.99 and is a nice little addition to my beauty bag!
Whilst browsing for a birthday present for a friend i came across a whole host of wierd and wonderful things. One of those items is the Ice Cream Manicure Set, which I bought because I thought it was so nice! The set cost under £6 and consists of an emery board, pair of scissors, pair of tweezers and nail clippers, not forgetting the ice cream pouch.
The pouch itself has a zip enclosure with embroidery detail and comes in a choice of colours. Each 'flavour' has different detailing, and the colours are cream (vanilla), red/pink (strawberry) and brown (chocolate). I chose the pink one as it is especially girly!
For £6 you are getting 4 nice manicure items which isn't bad. I would expect to pay a similar sum for this set individually and the case they come in is the reason I bought the set. The pouch measures 14cm x 10cm x 2.5cm so it will fit discreetly in a handbag and i can imagine it being a talking point between friends. Before I gave the gift to my friend I noticed the quality of the pouch and set were decent, and the pouch doesn't feel cheap which I thought it may do. The scissors are quite sharp and not at all too small for my friends' fingers so they are easy to use and she can be precise due to their not-too-small size. The emery board is a matching pink colour and is quite a 'fine' grade apparently. You can always put your own accessories in the pouch if you wish, my friend puts her lipstick in there and doesn't carry the clippers around with her.
This Christmas, why not use these as stocking fillers, or perhaps keep one in your handbag just in case you need to use it. My friend is delighted with the set and the selling point for me was the pouch.
My Ice Cream Manicure Kit was a present from Big Sis, but the sort of thing I'd have wanted to buy for myself if I'd seen it first. I have never seen any items in this range (they do various 'flavours' of ice cream, and other treats too) in shops, but you can find them online in various places, including at the stores below.
I have the 'chocolate' flavoured kit (it also comes in 'vanilla' and 'strawberry') but alas this refers only to the colour, and it's not a scented product. There are two parts to the product, the purse bit and its contents.
~~~ The Purse ~~~
The purse is shaped like an ice cream cone, with a cornet bottom and a big ol' dollop on top complete with embroidered rainbow sprinkles. There is a sturdy zip that goes over the top of the scoop and when you open this you can get at the goodies inside. The opening's not massive, but it's big enough unless you have monster giant sized fingers, in which case you're probably not in the market for a manicure set at all, let alone one shaped like a sweet summery treat.
Inside there's also a bit of spare room for you to stick in anything else you might need: one website below suggests a few plasters, for example, while I might consider throwing in some anti histamines or malaria prophylaxis as an easy way to carry them around in a fairly protected way.
This is not an expensive kit, but is surprisingly robust. The zip, in particular, has shown no signs of wear, and I find these are often the first thing to go on cheaper products. It has a puller on the end with the word YUM carved into it (bless!) and a quick tug of this and it glides open without a hitch. The purse is made of a sort of flexible plastic which means it's also waterproof to some extent, and wipe clean too. Given the state of the bottom of my bag on most occasions (uncapped pens, lip balms missing lids etc) this is no bad thing.
I like the design of this purse as it is eye catching, looking great on my dressing table and being easy to spot when I need it. If and when its contents expire, I will totally keep it for use as a change purse as it would hold a fair few coins and notes quite nicely. Alternatively it would store a (small) comb and some hair clips.
~~~ The Contents ~~~
This is more of a gimmick than a proper, professional manicure kit, but it has all the bare essentials. There are 4 items inside, each with its own holder though since they're virtually all the same size you can slot them back in any which way.
The scissors that come with the kit are little dainty manicure ones, but are surprisingly sharp. I find foreign scissors hopeless so always try to travel with several pairs, and these are getting as much use as my proper sized pair at present. They're not meant to cut anything other than nails or cuticles, but they also work well on packets of water, rope for mossie net extensions, general paper and so on. I imagine that, over time, using them on other items might quicken the rate at which they go blunt, but so far they're doing fine. The scissors are easy to use as the finger holes, although reduced in size, are not unfeasibly small. If you can scoop them out of the small opening in the purse, you'll be able to handle these just fine. They also come with a handy cover for the tips which is great as otherwise you could quite easily injure yourself as they are quite sharp. The scissors are marked as being stainless steel, which makes them robust and non-rusting. The same cannot be said for locally produced cutlery over here.
The emery board is a bright, neon pink and although it's quite short, it's lovely and chunky, has a good grip, and has filing surfaces on both sides, meaning I'm getting quite a bit of wear out of it. I also find this type to be less screech inducing than metal versions, and easier on nails.
The tweezers aren't up to the standard of the ones I normally use, but then those ones were pretty expensive. While you might not want to use them for precision eyebrow shaping, they're fine for other more mundane tasks. They have tapered ends which helps, and are quite easy to grip.
The final item is nail clippers, the thing that gets the most use by me as I can usually not be bothered to faff around cutting my nails when I can just crop the talons and give them a rough file. Again, this is smaller than most you might buy individually, but strong enough for what you need, with the angle of the handle enough for you to get a good cut.
~~~ Overall ~~~
While this wouldn't be the choice of a professional manicurist, it doesn't pretend to be. For teens or above (scissors a bit sharp for younger children) I think it would make a lovely, fun, unusual gift or stocking filler. It has lasted much longer than I expected it to given the design and price, so I'm surprised but pleased by the quality to boot.
Costs between £5 and £6 from the above. If you prefer to spend Dooyoo miles, you can get it from Amazon for a fraction more, but with free delivery.
A cupcake version is also available, but I think this Ice Cream cone one is cuter!
Cute manicure set /