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In Bed With Rita Ora: The Star Shares Her After-Hours Beauty Routine and the Prince She Parties With in Her Dreams

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In this feature on Beauty Counter, we ask a revolving cast of celebrities and industry insiders to spill their best bedtime stories and nightstand essentials.

What products do you take on tour to guarantee a good night’s sleep?

I always travel with these four things: a lavender pillow—it’s really good. It’s silk-covered and it’s got lavender leaves in it. It makes me go to sleep. A candle, a blanket, and a rose oil to keep my skin moisturized.

What is your go-to rose oil?

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery [Concentrate].

What about a favorite candle?

I’m not that picky. I mean, Jo Malone is always great, or Diptyque.

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Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?

Yeah, I’m always on the right. I’m always anywhere close to the door. It’s just so I can get out quick if something happens.

What kind of sheets do you curl up in?

Oh, gosh. Growing up I didn’t even think I had an option—I just got what I was given. I guess just really nice cotton. Ralph Lauren sheets are always nice. I don’t like anything stiff.

What do you wear to bed?

Chanel No. 5. No, I’m joking! Honestly, though, nothing. I don’t really like wearing clothes in bed.

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Is a sleep mask the one exception to the naked rule?

Sometimes. If I’m in a hotel and the curtains aren’t too strong. I like [the room to be] really black and dark. And my [sleep masks] have lavender in them.

Is there a certain hotel that you sleep better in than others?

The [Mercer Hotel] is good because they have electric blinds that go zzzzzz and it blacks everything out.

Fancy.

Yeah. You don’t even have a curtain. It’s like the shield in I Am Legend.

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What’s the best the party you’ve ever been to?

I was at a person’s country house…I’m not going to say the name because, you know, it’s private. But literally, when you’re in the middle of the countryside in a field, there are no noise complaints, no one can hear you, and you can stay up until whatever time. It was a ball. We had a massive party in a barn. It was incredible. And we slept in a tepee.

How was sleeping in a tepee?

So good. It was the best night of my life.

What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had?

Oh, my God. So I had this dream the other night. Basically, Kate [Middleton], the baby, and the royal family went on holiday, and for some reason I was best friends with Prince William. He came to pick me up—and I’ve never met Prince William—in his matte, black Porsche. No, it was an Audi two-door, actually. And he said, “The family’s out. I’ve only got one night to party. Let’s go.” I was like, “Cool! Let’s go!” And then I struggled to get in the car because it was so low, and then I got into the car and I was like, “William, why is your car so low? I can’t even, like, get down!” And he was like, “Just get in. Let’s go. Close the door.” So we got in the car and we ended up at my friend’s house and everybody looked at me like, “Why did you just walk in here with Prince William?” And I’m like, “Yooooo, Prince! The kid’s out! Yes!” It was so weird, and then I woke up. It wasn’t even like I fancied him or anything. But, you know, everybody wants a prince as a friend.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com; Getty

A Boy and His Bouquet: A Man Reveals the Secrets to Great Skin (and a Mother’s Day Gift for Procrastinators)

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I am obsessed with flawless skin—and stealing secrets from those blessed individuals who have it. One of the facades I continually admire (aside from Rihanna’s) actually belongs to a man. His name is Daniel Tyson, and as a beauty publicist he knows a thing or two about lotions and potions (his regime rivals that of the women in Korea, who, on average, incorporate twenty-seven steps into their routines). The only other peaches-and-cream complexion I’ve seen on a male that could match Tyson’s belongs to my almost-2-year-old nephew. But great skin isn’t his only God-given attribute—he can whip up a flower arrangement faster than a bodega (and trust me, it doesn’t include baby’s breath). Come Saturday and Sunday, Tyson will be stationed outside of Harry’s Corner Shop (located at 64 MacDougal Street in NYC’s Soho), crafting bespoke bouquets for the deserving mother in your life that you forgot to shop for. For guys who need a clean-shaven face to please Grandma and a gift, this weekend collaboration between Harry’s and La Fleur Garçon (Tyson’s side business) offers both; flowers will be on sale (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday), for $20 with an in-store purchase and $30 for those just passing by. If you’re lucky, Tyson might even share a beauty tip or two. Here, he reveals the lessons he learned from his mama.

What are the best beauty secrets your mom shared with you? Did she start you on a skincare regimen?

So it’s funny, my mother is a Mary Kay director and now beauty junkie. Like mother, like son? She didn’t teach me about my skincare regimen, but recently she introduced me to a cleansing brush [Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush], and I have to say it is amazing! I use it every other day and it has nearly nixed all my breakouts. It’s also great for men because it helps prevent ingrown hairs after shaving—something I’ve always had a problem with.

Did you literally come out of the womb with that complexion?

No, I definitely did not come out of the womb with my current complexion—minus my perfectly blushed cheeks, which I can only explain as a result of genetics! I have experimented with many products and routines over the years, finally landing on [one] that works for me. I have a nine-to-twelve-step process, starting with a cleanser, then toner, face oil, eye cream, serum (sometimes two), moisturizer, spot treatment, BB cream, and a concealer for minimal cover-ups. What I have come to realize is that the routine is very important. I often change the specific products I use daily depending on my skin’s needs (i.e., an anti-redness serum might replace my hydrating serum for the day), but I always complete the same steps every morning and night.

I start first by cleansing my face. I absolutely love Dr. Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam (I use it every night), but it was just discontinued…super depressing. Another cleanser I use is the Darphin Purifying Foam Cleanser with Licorice. It’s very light and refreshing but effective. When I shave I use Harry’s Winston Razor and Shave Lotion; they’re priced right and provide a clean, smooth shave. I live for Darphin’s face oils and serums—my favorite is the Tangerine Face Oil and Hydraskin Serum. Dr. Jart+ also makes an amazing Time Returning Serum, which I apply every night. It has snail mucin that supports natural regeneration of damaged skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I have two go-to spot treatments; daytime I use Mary Kay’s Acne Treatment Gel, and at night, Darphin’s Aromatic Purifying Balm—it reduces irritation and redness overnight, a true miracle worker! For BB’s, I only use Dr. Jart+ and I am obsessed with [the brand's] Water-Fuse BB Cream. But one of my favorite products and the secret for glowing skin is Sisley’s Self-Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care—an amazing self-tanner that enhances the skin’s natural-looking glow, without leaving streaks. In addition to all this, I drink at least three liters of water per day. Hydration is key to healthy skin!

How did you get into arranging flowers?

My grandmother and mother used to always keep a garden and I loved picking the fresh vegetables. We also planted flowers every season and this is how I learned to appreciate and care for them. My mom was also always a supporter of my creativity—starting early with my painting. I always enjoyed playing with color, and at a young age I realized all the amazing colors in nature. About four years ago I started playing with flower arranging for various events, and it was a hit. I find it relaxing, inspiring, and a wonderful creative outlet.

What are you giving your mom this year?

My favorite alternative to a floral arrangement is a Diptyque candle. My mom’s favorite is Roses.

What is the key to crafting a Mother’s Day bouquet that doesn’t look like you bought it last minute outside the corner deli?

The flower choice and color. My favorite flower is sweet pea—some have amazing two-toned color that I find irresistibly beautiful. For Mother’s Day, I like pastel roses because they are soft, feminine, and regal. I also suggest splurging a little and purchasing beautiful and feminine flowers, like roses or pink peonies; think of them as the foundation for the bouquet, the most important part. Then add simple greens and small pops of complementary colors. Remember, simplicity, especially in nature, can be beautiful, so don’t feel the need to overdo it.

Then again, I’ll likely take the easy way out and allow you to make something with love.

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Diptyque’s Surprising Twist on Spring Blooms

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As Miranda Priestly so dryly uttered in The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” And yet, Diptyque’s new offerings, Geranium Odorata and Eau de Lavande, make for surprisingly compelling additions to warm-weather fragrance wardrobes.

Geranium Odorata contains not one, but two varieties of its namesake flower: Egypt’s African version, as well as Réunion Island’s prized bourbon geranium, paired with tonka bean for a slightly creamy, green edge. A core of bergamot, cedar, and a kiss of Haitian vetiver temper the floral notes and make for a woody, sensual drydown.

Eau de Lavande isn’t exactly your lavender-scented Downy, either. Both dynamic and realistic, it’s a blend that will no doubt delight even discerning noses. Spices like coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg aren’t loud but add plenty of depth. A heart of famed and sought-after Provencal lavender essence makes for a winning, quietly luxurious combination. Here’s to new takes on old standbys.

Available in May, Diptyque Geranium Odorata and Eau de Lavande, $98 for eau de toilette, $48 for roll-on; diptyqueparis.com.

Diptyque Gives Good Face

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The brand’s bougies have a cult following, but the French company is quickly becoming a head-to-toe experience. Body care was launched approximately four years ago, but starting next month you can extend the luxe experience to your face with L’Art Du Soin, a five-piece collection of skin products that boasts damask rose as its hero ingredient. Included in the range are two cleansers: Poudre Puretée, a powder that foams up with the help of a small, ball-like sponge and water, and Pommade Démaquillante, a balm laced with sweet almond oil and three floral waxes (ylang-ylang, mimosa, and geranium) that melts upon contact with skin. For deeper exfoliation, Argile De Gommage (a multipurpose clay) contains marble, rice, and oat powders to gently slough away dry patches, and can also be painted on with a makeup brush and used as a mask to draw out impurities. Completing the set is a facial water (composed of 84 percent damask rose hydrolate to refresh and tone) and a moisturizing lotion (which hydrates with white lily and calendula extracts, while brightening via grape extract). Needless to say, these rich formulas smell as divine as the candles that came before them—your complexion and senses will rejoice.

Ranging from $55 to $72; diptyqueparis.com for store locations

Stop and Smell the Rose

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Just in time for the season of love, where heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, cellophane balloons, teddy bears, and red roses abound, a more timeless gift arrives care of two French companies: Diptyque and Macon & Lesquoy. The fragrance company partnered with the design duo known for their hand-embroidered, military-style pins and accessories to craft this limited-edition broche à parfumer. Comprised of cannetille on felt, the pink bloom features a tear-shaped ceramic charm designed to hold the brand’s Eau Rose toilette (or any other scent of your choice). When spritzed with perfume, you can rely on the dangling dropper to preserve the aroma and help it stand the test of time—which is more than can be said for your standard bouquet or, for that matter, most relationships.

$55, diptyqueparis.com