I have probably had the most surreal 7 days of my life.
Last Thursday, I was told I'd passed my fourth year at medical school... the year has been my favourite by far, but it's also been the toughest academically. I have to say I was pretty damn surprised I'd passed my exams as combining revision with long hours on placement had been hard... and it didn't leave much room for my blog, so I wasn't all too hopeful when I posted a little plea for nominations for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014.
Imagine my surprise when on Monday morning, sat in a clinic (yep, I'm back at the grindstone already), I peered down at my phone in my bag, and saw Rachel from Handbags & Cupcakes had messaged me with the word, "CONGRATULATIONS!"
I was mildly confused... but couldn't exactly whip out the old mobile mid-clinic, so I waited until the end and eventually learned my blog had been shortlisted for Best Established Beauty Blog.
I couldn't believe it.
My medical degree has always come first, but a significant amount of my free time outside of Medicine is spent working on my blog, and I was so very touched to have had this recognised... firstly by you for nominating me, and secondly by the lovely people at Cosmopolitan.
It goes without saying I'd love to win (more about that in a second) but first and foremost I'd like to say a massive thank you to those of you that have supported me and my (somewhat) manic ramblings about makeup, be it over the last few days, months or years... I honestly started this blog as a hobby, and still cannot quite wrap my head around the fact I'm up for an award... so, secondly, I'd like to thank Cosmopolitan Magazine for shortlisting me.
Anyway, back to the nitty gritty: I'd love it if you'd vote for my blog by clicking here... I'm in the very first category: 'Best Established Beauty Blog,' and make sure you vote for the aforementioned Handbags & Cupcakes in the 'Best Lifestyle Blog' category. The whole process will take you a maximum of 2 minutes of your time... why not do it whilst the kettle boils for your next cuppa?
Voting is open until August 29th, and the winner for each category is decided based on votes (50%) and a judging panel of Cosmopolitan editors (the other 50%).
Please note you do not need to vote in each and every category in order for your vote to be counted... select the blog you'd like to vote for then just keep pressing "next" on each category page and at the end, enter your email address to register.
Once again thank you, and good luck to everyone who has been shortlisted! :-)