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Five Minutes with a Tony-Award Winner and Fitness Junkie

An interview with Nikki James

Nice to meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a Jersey-born long time New Yorker. I’m the daughter of immigrants. My mother is from Haiti and my father is from St. Vincent, which is a British Virgin Island. I fell in love with performing at a very young age. I started off doing community-theater and singing with choral groups at school. My parents spent a lot of time (and money) encouraging my love of theater and performing. I took all kinds of lessons and I got to go to NYC to see Broadway musicals often. I studied theater at NYU and made my Broadway debut at 19 in, the short-lived, Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

How has your beauty routine evolved throughout your life?

As I have gotten older I've found that I have to be more sensitive and conscious of the products I use on my face and my hair. I used to be a dove soap and no make-up kind of girl. This worked for me in my early twenties but I've found hormonal changes, age and use of make-up (for both work and my daily life) have brought lots of products into my life. :)

Quick fire questions

Who is someone that you admire? My MOM for sure.

What beauty look makes you feel the most powerful? A smokey-eye, a nude lip and pulled back hair.

How do you like to stay active? I work out most days. I switch up my routine to keep from being bored but getting a sweat in makes me feel strong! Plus its great for my mood. ;)

What’s a beauty trend you wish you hadn’t participated in? BROWN LIP LINER!!

You overslept! What is your 3-minute beauty routine? Low bun, brush teeth, cetaphil cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, mineral powder, fill in eyebrows, lipgloss and some great sunglasses.

How do you like to care for your skin? I focus on natural products and I've committed to a facial every 6 weeks.

Bare nails or colorful and fun? lately, bare nails

What’s your Friday night in self-care routine? I would do a detox mask (I like a clay-based one) followed by a manuka honey mask and a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. Then I clean of my make-up brushes and do an Oleplex protein mask on my hair.

If you could steal something from your best friends’ closet what would it be? My friend Amelia's Burberry Trench

What is your post-workout beauty routine? I have to wash my face, even just with water, because I find I get pretty clogged pores from the sweat. I love the way my flushed face looks so I skip the make-up but I do a spritz of toner and then SPF! Then I tighten my pony and I'm ready for a coffee. ;)

What’s your go-to lunch order? Pret half sandwich with a small soup and a mini-dark chocolate.

What do you reach for when you are craving something sweet? CHOCOLATE!!

Bold lip or dramatic eye? Dramatic eye for sure. I have a small birthmark on my lip that I like to show off.

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