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by NAILS Magazine | November 4, 2011 | Bookmark +

Here We Go Again!

And just like that, the bug has bitten me again.

Aloha, I’m Shannon McCown, Educator for Nubar, and returning to the competition arena after a six-year hiatus. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to have this amazing opportunity to not only return as an individual competitor but to be part of Team Nubar and strive to earn a place among the best of the best for the Nailpro Cup.

With all the changes and time away I was terrified as I prepared for my first Nailympics in six years. Although I’ve competed before I never achieved that number one spot so it was Division 2 for me. I decided to re-wet my feet on familiar territory, Acrylic Tip Overlay, and Gel.

I also decided to step out of my comfort zone and enter the new Soak off Gel Manicure category as I love our Gelicure line and felt confident with my ability to use it. When the moment arrived to reenter the competition arena I was surprisingly relaxed, it felt like home. At that moment I realized just how much I love the thrill of competition; I mean I truly love the “act” of competition.

It’s not about the win, (ok it’s sort of about the win), but I believe it’s about pushing yourself to the next level. It’s about learning and growing in your craft, it’s like goal setting in 2 ½ hours and yes, winning is very nice. The team competition just adds a whole new element of camaraderie and I’m so happy to be part of Team Nubar and I can’t wait to see where this adventure will lead me.

The results?

They were good.

I’m happy to say I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, two silvers and a bronze. But the real results will come to light as the 2012 competition season ends.

Stay Tuned!

Here I am, all smiles, competing in the Acrylic Tip Overlay competition.

—     Shannon  

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