In InStyle's January issue, Jessica Simpson, a.k.a. the billion-dollar woman whose empire spans fragrances, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags, dishes on weight loss, workouts, and why her curve-loving husband never told her to “put the brownie down” when she gained 70 pounds. Read on for our full Q&A with the star, then scroll down to shop the six beauty products she can't live without!
InStyle: How has motherhood affected your beauty routine?
Jessica Simpson: I no longer have time to wash and moisturize my face both morning and night. I just do everything after I put the kids to bed. It’s the only way to keep crayons and fingerprints off my face.
OK, tell us about this hard-core workout regimen of yours. How do you find the time?
I work out five days a week: three days with a trainer, doing a mix of strength training and cardio, and then I do cardio on my own the other two days. Somehow I make it work, but I've slowed down since my wedding.
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You looked—and still look—amazing.
Thank you. I worked really hard because I wanted to appreciate being in a wedding gown again. I wanted to enjoy it like I did the first time. But I didn't have a weight goal; I just wanted to look healthy.
Your weight gain attracted a lot of media attention during your first pregnancy. How did you handle it?
I’d been scrutinized about my weight before I got pregnant, so I refused to let anyone steal the joy of my babies. My husband [Eric Johnson] and I were looking at old pictures recently, and I asked him, “Babe, why didn't you tell me to put the brownie down?” He said, “You looked great.” He’s always loved every curve on my body. And we've always had a healthy sex life.
So … plans for more kids in the future?
I don’t think so. Having two kids back-to-back was hard on my body. But if I do have more, I wouldn’t want them to read this and think they weren't wanted! [laughs]
Jessica Simpson's Beauty Must-Haves:
Jessica Simpson Signature Fragrance
La Mer Moisturizing Cream
Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Blonde Gloss
Epicuren Herbal Cleanser
removes my makeup without leaving any residue behind.”
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Milbon Inphenom Hair Treatment
For more, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.