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If you spent much of your time as a 14-year-old going to raves and staying out until 6 A.M.—with your parents, no less—you might have also wound up spending your later years in rehab, not topping the pop charts. But don’t tell that to British hitmaker Charli XCX. The well-adjusted 20-year-old and the voice behind the song that is currently stuck in our heads, a collaboration with Icona Pop called “I Love It (I Don’t Care)” (Girls watchers will remember the jam from the dance-party scene during Hannah’s short-lived cocaine addiction), Charli—short for Charlotte—is a different kind of pop princess. Accented by mounds of black eyeliner, punky lyrics, and midriff-baring T-shirts, her sound isn’t so much candy-coated as rich with rhythm-backed synth riffs that are immediately catchy. As for the XCX bit, “it was part of my MSN screen name when I was 13, and it kind of stuck,” she told us when we caught up with her in the middle of a tour in support of True Romance, her debut album that features the addictive track, “Nuclear Seasons.” Here, the “nineties chick” at heart, talks about late-night clubbing, being inspired by Britney and Baby Spice, and her unconventional secret to the perfect dark lipstick.
How did you get into music at just 14?
As soon as I saw “Hit Me Baby (One More Time),” I knew I loved Britney and music videos, and I was in awe; it inspired me to start making music. I started writing, but it was just me kind of experimenting. I posted demos on MySpace, and a guy who ran a club in East London brought me up to play these raves. I started performing and became a regular in that scene. My parents came with me. They’d drive me and stay at the parties; usually I would play at 2 or 3 A.M. and leave at 6 A.M. At the time, I wasn’t into hanging out with my parents. We’d drive home in the morning and stop for breakfast. They were really supportive. We were always the weird family at the warehouse parties.
Um…Amazing. Why is the new album called True Romance?
All of the songs are about love and my experience with relationships and how I’ve changed my opinion on love, how the relationships have changed me. In true romance, you don’t have just walking on clouds, amazing, happy, beachy moments. To have true romance, you also have to have isolating, depressing moments of crying. The songs are about both. Some are happier and some are darker; some are pop; and others are more mysterious—and that’s what romance is like in real life. “Stay Away” is about an unhealthy obsession with someone, making yourself ill over them, but I haven’t been through that, so it’s more of an imagining.
Your Icona Pop collaboration “I Love It (I Don’t Care)” is the theme song for Snooki & Jwoww—do you watch the show?
That made me really laugh. I don’t watch the show religiously, but I’ve seen it. I think Snooki is pretty cute. They’re both hilarious.
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Kate Lee, Chanel celebrity makeup artist.
The Product: “My most memorable beauty moment happened in about 1984. I was in my early teens, loved makeup, and spent most of my time transforming myself and my friends into mini versions of Toyah Willcox, Boy George, and Siouxsie Sioux. I remember saving my birthday money to buy a Boots No. 17 lipstick called Twilight Teaser. The color itself was a very pale pink lilac, but once you put it on your lips, it was an intense space-age purple. The overall effect had an element of ‘death pallor,’ since it had a way of draining all the color from your face. At the time, this appealed to my gothic/punk sensibilities, so I used it on my lips, mixed with black liner on my eyes, and sometimes in stripes in my hair! [It was a] good all-around multiuse product! I still own one very dry tube of my beloved Twilight Teaser. It’s hidden in my makeup vault, along with other obsolete products that I dream, one day, I will re-create.”
More than a decade ago, Liz Earle launched a little product called the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser that skyrocketed her natural beauty brand to success, and subsequently revolutionized the entire concept of at-home facial exfoliation. (For the uninitiated, the basic hot-cloth system involves two steps: massaging a creamy cleanser on dry skin with your fingertips, then gently rubbing off said cleanser with a textured cloth that’s been dipped in warm water.) Recently two new hot cloth cleanser kits hit our radar, both touting impressive formulas and results. Curious to see if any of these upstarts could rival Earle’s original, a, er, face-off ensued (sorry!)
The British Bargain
Launched in August, Boots No. 7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser is the latest from the popular U.K.-based drugstore brand with a solid reputation for quality skincare. The cleanser scores points for its luxurious, emollient formula (it contains cocoa butter and pro vitamin B5) and relaxing scent (a whiff of calming floral notes that some might prefer to Earle’s energizing woodsy aroma). But corners were cut in the cloth department, as the fabric resembles first-aid cotton gauze at best and feels a bit abrasive on the skin. Still, we appreciated the DIY tips on the package, such as the hint to rub in upward circles and place the damp cloth on the face for a few seconds to steam pores. And the $9 bargain price is also quite nice, compared to the $24.50 cost of Earle’s kit.
Yesterday, Boots No. 7 occupied the revolving booth inside the tents at Bryant Park, replacing M&Ms with affordable skincare solutions, sans chocolaty temptation. The friendly staff came bearing not just its extra-fantastic Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes, but also exciting news for anyone interested in slowing down or reversing the aging process. As true beauty devotees already know, Boots No. 7 is the U.K. drugstore that migrated stateside last year, infiltrating our market with its revolutionary Restore & Renew Beauty Serum—a product that was revealed to be the “only antiaging treatment proven to work” in an independent study conducted by the University of Manchester. At the height of its popularity, one tube was sold every 13 seconds, so it didn’t take long for the higher-ups at Boots to realize that they were on to something. After a year of research, they’ve just released a full collection of products formulated using the same blend of next-generation antioxidants intended to address aging concerns all over the body. The new Protect & Perfect lineup includes an eye cream, day cream, and night cream, as well as the bestselling beauty serum. Next stop, global beauty industry domination. Your move, Procter & Gamble.