On Monday 5 May I did my normal Monday task and trolled through my last few nail art pics and tweeted it to Grazia with the hashtag Manicure Monday.
Now maybe for people out side of the nail circles on Twitter etc Manicure Monday might not mean so much to you than other than people tagging their nails pics with it, but no! Thanks to Grazia Manicure Monday is one of the most important hashtags of the week. Once they announce they are accepting entires there is a mad dash to get your picture posted before the 3pm deadline. They also offer a prize for winning which is £50 worth of Nails Inc goodies who co-host the competition.
So as I said I popped my pic in Twitter feed and thought not much more about it. Later that evening I thought I would check their website and to my amazement I had been shortlisted to the top ten that the public can vote on to decide the winner. I hit my social networks and let it be known that I had done it and would really appreciate the votes if they thought that my design was worth it. Now voting is open until 5pm Tuesday with the winner being announced on Wednesday. I nervously checked the voting and I was 2 votes ahead of the other amazing designs but pessimistic me was just chuffed that I had a few votes. But later that night I had received more and I was getting a nice buffer to the next person. I went to bed with my fingers and toes crossed that it would stay that way!
I kept checking back thoughout the following day and my lead stayed and to my shock and bafflement I actually won!!!!! I couldn't believe it! To me it was such an honour just to be shortlisted for a competition run by a top fashion magazine but to win as well was just the icing on the cake!
Grazia tweeted me on the Wednesday to say that I should DM them with my address and my prize would be sorted out and posted and just a few days later it was safely delivered to my door! Tearing into the package I was desperate to find out what was inside. Firstly there was a note in there from Nails Inc congratulating my and a beautiful paper wrapped reusable bag containing the goodies! I had known from others I'd spoken to who had won there would be nail care items and one polish. I was lucky enough to get the Vitamin E nail cuticle oil pen, Kensingnton Caviar 45 second top coat and base and the beautiful glitter polish Notting Hill Lane from the Luxe Boho collection!
So if you are a budding nail artist or really into it I highly recommend entering this competition as for one its a great source of ideas for future manis and two a fab way to get yourself noticed online if that is something you are after!! GOOD LUCK!!