Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Miss Universe meets MIA (kinda)

It was a bit of a shock to get an invitation featuring the words "Miss Universe" and "Nude" in the same breath.

Was Australia's Miss Universe Australia 2011 winner Sherri-Lee Biggs about to tarnish her flawless image? Surely no nasty photographer was hawking nude photos of the Perth princess?

Of course, I need not have worried.

Like her favourite make-up brand, Nude by Nature, Sherri-Lee's reputation is squeaky clean.

It's just that the Miss Universe Australia 2011 pageant was sponsored by Nude By Nature, whose peeps organised a press conference so the natural beauty could share her beauty tips and philosophy with the likes of mere mortals. (Erm, like me).

Unfortunately, I couldn't attend in person, which, to be honest, saved me the agony of being seen next to the 20-year-old communications student. (Beauty and brains in one package...I tell you, the girl is blessed!)

In any case, Sherri-Lee is such a fan of Maid In Australia so lovely, she agreed to answer a few of my nosey questions via email. My questions were influenced by the fact I'm the parent of Miss 8 and Mr 10, who aren't far off that awkward teen/pre-teen stage.

Here goes:

Were you always beautiful? Did you feel pretty, and/or or have boyfriends at school?

I’m not sure! (Haha). I went to an all-girls school, and believe it or not, you really don’t care about how you look at school, because you have no boys to impress. I did have a few ‘boyfriends’, if you could call them that, but they were very short term, (as they usually are in high school). I preferred boys as friends, and would decide that about three weeks into the relationship! (Haha).

So school was relatively painless?

I had a heap of fun at school and got really involved in extracurricular drama and dance. I don’t think there was ever time to worry about how pretty I felt.

Teenagers feel so much pressure to look good these days. Do you have any advice for them?

I didn’t have many issues at school, but I think that’s purely because I wasn’t stressing about them at that time. After I finished school, I found I had more issues with skin and gaining weight. Maybe it was the regular meal times we had at school, and my mum was always good at packing a good healthy lunch. Uni cafeteria food doesn’t do any favours for the skin or waistline. I do believe the less you stress about it and the more you give yourself simple guidelines instead of strict regimes, it is easier to control.

And if kids are self-conscious about their weight or looks?

My advice would be to better invest your time at getting involved in school. Nobody remembers people at school for what their skin was like or their weight! They remember them for being that drama kid or the girl that was dux of the year.

Isn't she gorgeous? And apparently Nude by Nature is Sherri-Lee's favourite mineral makeup range, because it doesn't contain toxic chemicals. Plus, I'm told the products remove blemishes, redness, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. I could totally use some of that!

Quite frankly, I think Sherri-Lee is a walking advertisement for the brand. (And no, I wasn't paid for this post).

However, I am trying to pursuade the lovely peeps at Nude by Nature to giveaway a sample of their products to MIA's readers.

So please leave a comment about why you'd like to win some Nude by Nature goodness.


Queensland Girl said...

I seriously need all the help I can get! Blemishes, redness, uneven skin tone, I have it all! I have considered this product but have wondered whether it is really too good to be true. Great post. Jo xxx

Merav said...

I'm 40. This must count for something. Oh, and I'm from NZ! That must count for something as well ;-)

Leanne said...

Ooh I have heard Nude is definitely the best mineral make up on the market by people in the industry so am hanging to try it too. Is it an Australian product? ( just curious)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

OMG I thought you were invited to the Miss Nude Australia pageant. I don't know what I would do if that invite ever arrived in the mail lol.

diney said...

I was going to leave a comment anyway but,since you ask, I'm a fan of MaC 's mineral make up and love the ease with which it brushes on and covers the face with a natural hue rather than a pack of goo! I would love to try this brand - is it available in the UK?