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WrittenbyLucie Tobinon17th November 2008
Sarah Jessica Parker began her career as a child star on Broadway, playing the lead role in Annie at the age of 10. After school she embarked on a successful movie career, and by the nineties had starred in many films including L.A. Story, Honeymoon in Vegas and Mars Attacks!
In 1998 she made the role of glamorous New York relationship columnist Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City her own. Ten years later in 2008 she helped make the SATC movie a massive box office smash. She lives in New York with her husband Matthew Broderick and their son, James Wilkie.
My son. He smells like fresh-baked goods. On myself, I usually prefer fresh scents to floral ones, but when I was creating Covet, I smelt geranium and was surprised by how much I loved it. We added chocolate and musk to give it a sexier feel.
My latest fragrance, Covet Pure Bloom, plays on the all-consuming desire of Covet, but with a more feminine edge. When I was in Hawaii recently, a tropical flower called Pikake caught my eye and I knew I wanted it at the heart of my new scent. It's the national flower of Indonesia and is part of the jasmine family, so has a wonderful smell.
I spent my first pay cheque on a fragrance for myself. It was Aliage by Estée Lauder. My mother always wore perfume, too. I remember her saving up, taking the trip to a department store and proudly purchasing a designer fragrance.
One of my hobbies is to mix together different oils and perfumes to come up with signature scents, so when I began to create my first fragrance, Lovely, I already had a very clear idea of how I wanted it to smell. I'm glad I didn't create it in my early twenties though. My taste has changed so much since then.
Sunscreen. It's quite a recent discovery for me and now I can't live without it. It's also essential to drink lots of water and moisturise regularly. I like facials, too, but they have to be practical. It's all about results for me, not candles and music.
I don't really covet material things any more. Honestly. I think it's because I get to borrow a lot of lovely things, use them for a while, and then give them back. If there's one thing I'd like more of, it's time to spend with my family.
Bad feet. I like clean, well-looked-after feet. I'm not insisting on it for everyone but for me it's important. In Sex and the City, our feet were on show practically all the time in those strappy Manolos, so we had to have nice feet. A nailbrush is so cheap, there's really no excuse.
I also don't wear face powder. I mean, I do on movie sets, but I always feel I'm not quite old enough to wear it in real life.
In general, I'm not loyal to a certain beauty regime or any particular product. In the morning, I wash my face, moisturise, cover any zits with Laura Mercier concealer and put on lots of lip-gloss.
Along with fragrance and mascara, concealer and lip-gloss are my only real essentials.
I work out every day, do yoga twice a week and I also work on gymnastic rings. At least it's not boring.
I've made different choices in my life from Carrie. Sometimes she feels
very foreign to me. I actually live around the corner from Carrie's
apartment block and walk by there every day. She's always with me.
I have very close female friends like Carrie does, but we don't tend to get together as foursomes at a restaurant. We all have children, so we just don't have the time to do things like that. You can question the Sex and the City girls' financial ability to buy such fabulous clothes but, for me, the most ridiculous thing was how much time they spent together. I wish I had as much time as Carrie.
Written by Kerry Foster
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