Since we are coming close to the end of 2014, I thought I would share with you something I worked very hard on this past year. Everyone who knows me and reads my blog knows that I have a strong passion for the beauty industry. A passion a lot of the times I have a hard time explaining to people. So this year I decided to enter the 2015 Contessa Awards in both the Nail Artist of the Year and Make Up Artist of the Year categories.
What are the Contessas?
“The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards – the Contessas – are the gold standard in Canadian beauty awards with the longest-running track record of excellence. Since 1988, each year the Contessas bring the best of Canada’s talent together to measure their creativity in a photo-based competition. The Contessas are open to all licensed beauty professionals, from coast to coast.”
“Winning a Contessa is not only good for your portfolio and reputation – it’s great for business and opening doors!”
It’s a pretty intense contest, that requires a lot creativity, talent, hours of work and money. It’s also extremely nerve-racking and vulnerable, because you have the top people in the industry judging your artistry. Now the Competition is over and the winners were announced. Unfortunately, I did not win in either category. But I did make it into the top ten for Nail Artist of the Year, and I was the only Semi-Finalist from Toronto. So I’m proud of myself for that. And even though I did not win, I’m proud of myself for putting my work out there and for creating beautiful pictures with my friend and photographer Ben Bonnici please check out his work HERE. This project has given me more courage and confidence in my career than I ever thought possible and I will continue to go after my dreams and share my work with the world. I hope you like them.
Here are the pictures I entered for the Contessa Awards 2015:
Nail Artist of the Year
It was a really fun project. I got to work with 4 absolutely gorgeous models, my two wonderful friends that helped me with the hair and of course the one and only Ben Bonnici who took these stunning photos. And last but not least my rock, miss Ashley. Love you all. Thank you to all of these people. Here is some fun photos of us behind the scenes!