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Meet Shannon

by NAILS Magazine | November 4, 2011

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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