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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

Kate Keeps It In The Family; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Considers Entering The Beauty Sphere; And More

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend The Tusk Conservation AwardsThe Duchess of Cambridge is leaving her blow-out to Joh Bailey, the same hairstylist employed by the late Princess Diana, for her upcoming Australian tour. Looks like mother-in-law knows best. [The Cut]

Another royal, the Queen Mother, stayed up past her bedtime last night—she was spotted leaving dinner with Prince Philip at the “outrageous” hour of 10:40 p.m. The Daily Mail commented on how “fresh-faced” and “radiant” the great-great-grandmother looked this morning at the anniversary celebration of the National Theatre. We want to know her secrets.

Fellow Brit Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is bringing sexy back to beauty…maybe. She told British Vogue to “watch this space” when asked if she’d be riding the coattails of her successful line of lingerie at Marks & Spencer with a range of cosmetics.

And in American news, blow-outs have been deemed addictive. And if you’re a perfectionist, claims Sudeepta Varma, MD, a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, this hair habit “might be a natural extension.” A word of advice: Don’t let the bounce go to your head…or your wallet. [Good Morning America]

Photo: Getty Images

Avon Announces a Foxy New Face; Prepare to Cast a Splashlight On Your Strands; and More

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70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsAvon announced that Megan Fox will be the face of its latest fragrance, Instinct. “There’s something very primal about it,” Fox says of the scent. “It’s about letting go of your inhibitions and just really experiencing yourself.” For some reason, the Divinyls’ hit song from the nineties immediately comes to mind. YouTube it and put on your headphones.

Splashlights—a term coined by Allure to explain a new highlighting technique in which a horizontal band of hair is bleached from ear to ear—is set to be the next big color trend come New York fashion week.

According to Us Weekly, Kate Middleton’s dad served as photographer for the recently released and low-key family portrait, but the duchess didn’t go without a blow-out for the shot—she enlisted a freelance hairstylist to get her strands camera-ready. We think The Cut sums it up quite perfectly: “Because when your hair is glorious enough to upstage multiple future kings of England, you treat it right.”

The charcoal you used to barbecue all summer long could enhance your beauty routine. Well, not that charcoal, exactly, but The New York Times talks about the purifying benefits of the black stuff for your scalp and skin.

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Kate’s Post-Delivery Delivery; Serge Normant on Volume; and More

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The wait is officially over. Kate Middleton finally gave birth to a healthy eight-pound boy yesterday, who will be third in line to the British throne. Aside from his name, which remains a mystery, the question that is apparently on everyone’s mind is, What will the Duchess of Cambridge be eating to recover? Two pizzas were reportedly delivered to St. Mary’s Hospital following the delivery, and according to pregnancy expert and midwife Zita West, “Carbs are exactly what Catherine needs…. Women who have just given birth often crave nourishing foods.” Let the carbo loading commence. [British Vogue]

Speaking of baby advice, Miranda Kerr recently advocated using rosehip oil throughout pregnancy. “I don’t have a single stretch mark—I had a ten-pound baby! It’s really nourishing and full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids,” she said. Kerr’s lack of lines likely has something to do with her sterling genetics and ultra-healthy lifestyle, but we’ll take any recommendation if it’s a shot at getting a body like hers. [Into The Gloss]

Hairstylist Serge Normant gave Elle some tips and tricks. The secret weapon in his arsenal? Dry shampoo. “I’ve used dry shampoo my whole career—it’s an absolute must. We have a tendency to touch our hair all day, whether consciously or not, so it often goes flat by the end of the day, and dry shampoo is a quick fix that can make you feel refreshed, even if it doesn’t make you feel squeaky clean,” he said. “It will also extend the life of a blow-dry. Or if you have to put your hair up and it’s too limp, it’s perfect. It will help anchor a ponytail or even a teased-up sixties-inspired look by adding volume and texture.” [Elle]

Marilyn Monroe will star in an ad campaign for haircare brand Sexy Hair. “Styles Change. Sexy is Forever” call out the new ads featuring the sexy starlet. [WWD]

A Post-Pregnancy Care Package of Sorts for Kate Middleton

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Mama MioThe Duchess of Cambridge’s rumored due date is July 13—tomorrow! In honor of the royal birth, the moms on the Style.com team share the products and services that helped them through their maternity leaves.

“I used Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Butter throughout my pregnancy and am happy to say I survived the nine months stretch-mark-free. After my son was born, I switched to the Skin Tight Toning Serum—which as its name suggests, targets post-pregnancy crepey skin issues—and the Get Waisted Body Shaper cream. Included in Mama Mio’s Bootcamp for Tummies set is a four-minute tummy-tucking exercise routine designed to address diastasis, the separation of abdominal muscles that some women experience after having a baby. Mine was pretty extreme. I have to admit, I wasn’t always faithful about the exercises, but I never skipped a day with the serum and cream.”—Nicole Phelps, executive editor

Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies, $99, www.mamamio.com

“I felt more secure wearing a tummy reducer after the birth of my first baby, and I’m planning on wearing one again after my second is born this fall. It holds your tummy in and helps it return to its previous shape. Buy it in a small size. It will fit very tight in the beginning, but after a week or so you get used to it. The tighter the better. I also slept with mine. Still, the best secret for getting back into shape after a baby is breast-feeding; the longer you do it, the more weight you lose.” —Marina Larroudé, market director

Tummy Reducer Post-Partum Panty, $25, www.leonisa.com

“The bath treatments at the Shibui Spa at NYC’s Greenwich Hotel would be at the top of my list, post-baby. My last delivery was extremely fast and painful, I’m not going to lie! So the idea of soaking in an enormous tub in near silence would have been heavenly. The aesthetician sprinkles the water with seasonal botanicals—for summer, it’s cooling mint—or any of the year-round staples, such as calming lotus blossoms, energizing juniper berry, or moisturizing sake. The last time I did this soak, I remember closing my eyes and floating in the water as my muscles unknotted. A little bell is left at the edge of the tub for you to ring, should you need any attention, as well as a cup of tea. Each session is thirty minutes, but it’s worth asking for extra time to relax, since that will be in short supply in the coming weeks (or years)!”—Kari Molvar, Beauty Counter contributor

30 Minute Soak, $75, www.thegreenwichhotel.comSoakingRoom