In Bed With Rita Ora: The Star Shares Her After-Hours Beauty Routine and the Prince She Parties With in Her Dreams
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.—Amber Kallor
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.
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.
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.
Yeah. You don’t even have a curtain. It’s like the shield in I Am Legend.
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.
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