She is a model and celebrity stylist with an enviable figure, a best friend in Millie Mackintosh and an Instagram following of almost 50k. But Roxie Nafousi says her glamorous lifestyle is all thanks to tough workouts, a team of experts and the odd bit of nappy rash cream from Boots! Here the fashion expert opens up her little black book exclusively to HELLO! readers to show us how she stays looking beautiful from head to toe – and inside out.
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Roxie Nafousi has revealed her beauty essentials
Roxie says, "I know that seeing someone's seemingly perfect life on Instagram can be intimidating but I want women to know that a whole lot of work goes into those glamourous shots that look so effortless. I've been incredibly lucky to meet leading experts in health, fitness and beauty and I want to share those tips and tricks with you. Some of them are expensive, but others might surprise you!"
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I have gone through FIVE pots of Clinique's Moisture Surge so far this year as I use it on my face, neck , hands…everywhere, £34. I'd say it is perfect for every age and every skin type. Under the eyes I am religious about applying Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, £22.50 Top tip ladies, keep your eye cream in the fridge for extra depuffing.Before bed I use Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Night Cream, £100. I know it is expensive but it makes me look like I've had eight hours sleep even when I most certainly have not, and I’ve tried a LOT of these so-called miracle creams. Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair, £52, is also fantastic for an anti-ageing boost.
I've had quite a few facials over the years and while there are LOTS of great ones out there, Dr Rabia Malik's PRP 'vampire' facial, around £1000, is in another league and lives up to its celebrity fanbase. I've never noticed such a huge change in my skin, or one that has lasted for so long. Dr. Rabia Malik at the Grace Belgravia clinic.You can read more about the experience on my blog (rawan.com) and there is a discount code on there for HELLO! readers too.
Masks are a more affordable way of getting the facial effect at home. I love Clinique's City Blocker Charcoal Clay Mask, £29, which acts as a scrub and a cleansing mask in one and gets rid of all the gunk you pick up around town. When you are in a rush, Dior Capture Totale's Dreamskin, £51, takes just one minute but visibly transforms skin before your eyes with a satisfying peel.
I'm obsessed with shower oils that you can apply to skin during a wash or after. Peony & Blush Suede by Jo Malone is my favourite for leaving behind a perfumed scent, £32. Meanwhile Aromatherapy Associates is another amazing brand. They do bath and shower oils to treat every mood, whether you need enlivening in the morning or want to wind down at night, from £45
I always put good old fashioned Epsom Salts into my bath too as they are really good for relaxing your muscles and getting rid of minor water retention. At under £5 for 1kg it is the bargain of the century.
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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil, £70, is great to pop on clean skin before going out to give your skin a subtle shimmer and gorgeous scent. But for high street value, Garnier does the most amazing Skin Perfecting body oil for under £10 which I always take on holiday with me, (£8.39).
Hydrate hydrate hydrate! It costs nothing and the one small change that truly gets you glowing from within. I aim for 2-3 litres a day by always keeping a water bottle on me and sipping continuously throughout the day. I also find that sugar and alcohol makes my face puffy so I recently gave up both and I am honestly shocked at what a difference it has made to the shape of my face – I recommend trying it even if just for a couple of weeks to see what it can do for you. It's like instant contouring.
Secret Beauty Weapons
Not everyone knows about Victoria Beckham's AMAZING collaboration with Estee Lauder. The products are beautiful to look at and to use. The runaway hero product is Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder Morning Aura Illuminating Cream, £68. But maybe the cheapest thing in my beauty bag is Sudocrem, from £2.99, but I couldn't live without it. It is just amazing for everything from spots to grazes or itchy patches of skin or minor burns.
Jenni Rivett is a real celebrity secret who used to train Princess Diana. She has been in the industry for decades and knows everything there is to know about getting a lean and feminine body in minimal time, no fads or false promises. The 'peak 8' method she uses makes me shed fat fast, but you do have to put the work in. She does Skype sessions too which is great if you're not based in London.
I also love Danny Osborne who will really put you through your paces. Follow him on Instagram for free training tips and to ask him fitness questions. For classes, anything that makes you sweat and flush out toxins is great for your skin, sleep and overall wellbeing. I love Psycle (spinning combined with arm and ab workouts set to incredible music). Hot yoga at Ethos Spitalfields leaves you stretched out and lean, plus they have some amazingly high tech facilities for measuring dna, body fat and progress, some of which can be done via mail order from anywhere in the UK. I try to do a 'big-sweat class', as I like to call it, at least once a week.
Make Up Bag Essentials
Dior Forever Fluid Foundation, £33, is 'The One' for me as it looks like my skin but better,
For imperfections I love the invisibility of NARS soft matte complete concealer, £23. Tom Ford Illuminating Powder, £58, leaves you matte but allows radiance to come through and blurs out fine lines. It is regularly sold out which tells you everything you need to know. I could rave about Charlotte Tilbury products all day but her Filmstar Bronze & Glow is the best natural bronzer I have found, plus it contours, £49. NARS cheek colour in 'orgasm' is worn by every famous person I know for a reason, from £23.
Benefit's Eyebrow palette Brow Zings keeps my brows framed, £26.50. Eyeko Mascara and eyeliner is hands-down the best. No wonder Alexa Chung loves it too, from £16.
Not just a myth, beauty sleep is real girls and I'm A BIG believer in an early night. It's all about creating a perfect sleeping environment and clearing your head before bed. So I advise phones off at least an hour before and swapping TV for a good book, I also love This Works Lavender Pillow Spray, £16. Jessica Russell Flint silk eyemasks create a proper blackout and look utterly beautiful, from £30. As for looking sexy in bed, how crazy! I always wear a comfy pair of PJs and we all know you cannot beat good old M&S. I adore their cotton basics and what great value, £35.
I really believe that you shine from the inside out. When you can, take your time in your bathroom and make it your special sanctuary. Apply your creams/potions/and make-up mindfully and make it a ritual of self-appreciation. A relaxed mind will shine through to your face and skin.
I find getting my nails done so boring so I use the Ruuby App as it's great value and they come to your house. Plus they even do makeovers, massages, everything you could need.
I absolutely LOVE retreats over bog-standard holidays. It’s a time to reset your body, gain mental clarity and make lasting positive changes to your life. It's just so incredible to get away, totally unwind from everyday life and stress and spend time looking after yourself. I think women are so great at multi-tasking they forget to prioritise themselves. I always seem to arrive on my retreats feeling lethargic, ill and bloated, but I leave feeling on top of the world; happier, more confident, lighter and so much more productive in all areas of my life.
Jason Vale's Juicy Oasis is the best. It’s a seven day juice cleanse in sunny Portugal which has changed my life completely. I’ve been two years running and both times have been exceptional. It is not only a beautiful place, but the team there is so friendly that you really feel part of a big family. It’s not a bootcamp so you can do as much or as little as you like and you honestly don’t miss food or feel hungry.
The Body Camp, Ibiza is also an amazing option for the more exercise-focused. Groups are small which is great as you get more attention on your technique during workouts. The five hour hike was one of my favourite parts, it was beautiful and really forced me to break down some mental barriers – I realised that my body was able to push further even when my mind doubted it, which I thought was a great lesson to learn.
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