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Q&A With Jill Scott

The actress and singer has a new album, a new film, and a big love of good health.


What three makeup items do you never leave home without when you’re traveling?

When I’m traveling, the makeup, lights, and heat gives me acne, which I don’t usually get. So I use a Dermalogica facial wash, plus topical vitamin E. I also bring comfy pajamas. I like fabric that slides on my skin.

What’s your signature beauty tip, or favorite beauty product?

I use Black Up makeup, out of Paris. It’s created for brown skin. I slide on a little blush and I feel refreshed and good. A little Black Up goes a long way!

What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator or pantry?

Jalapeno peppers! I love them. I put them in egg whites, pastas, and tacos. And there’s always a sesame dressing and some spinach. Spinach is my best friend. When I want a snack I can always grab a handful and have a fresh salad, and it keeps me going.

When you’re trying to lose 5 pounds, what’s the first thing that goes and why?

I don’t beat myself up! I do what I can. But bread is my enemy. I love it. I love croissants. I’ll switch off to spelt bread. And then I try my best to eat more vegetables. I gain, I lose, but I refuse to be a slave to it. What’s most important to me at this stage of life is being healthy and feeling good.

What is the best life advice you ever got?

I saw a quote from Will and Jada Smith, who basically said that these children who we’re blessed to have are eventually going to grow up and move on -- and that’s the goal! We have to prepare them for living and having a life of their own, and we also have to maintain our own lives, because once they're gone, now what? You can’t live your entire life for someone else.

What do you always keep in your purse?

I have every ChapStick imaginable! I have ChapSticks that nobody has -- in flavors like Coffee Strawberry. I get them from boutiques and from out of the country.

If you could visit any one place on earth, where would you go and why?

I’d go to Mozambique. Never been. I hear nothing but wonderful things about its beauty, about the grace of the people, about the fashion, and the family structure. If I could go tomorrow, I would go there.

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Reviewed on June 01, 2013

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