On My Vanity: Lydia McLaughlin’s Favorite Things

By Janene Mascarella

Lydia McLaughlin’s Favorite Things
You may recognize Lydia McLaughlin’s vibrant smile from “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” She’s sweet, smart and stylish and always looks stunning despite having a lot on her plate. Founder and managing editor of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, mother and wife, Lydia is adding designer to her list of accomplishments with her new limited edition handcrafted jewelry line LYDIA M Jewelry. How does she get pretty for work and play? Here are four of her favorites:
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – $23, BenefitCosmetics.com
“I love this mascara. Doing RHOC, all the girls wear fake lashes. My eyes are so sensitive; those have never worked for me. This mascara makes my lashes bold and lights up my eyes. I wear a coat on the top and bottom lashes, and if it’s date night with my man, I will add a few extra coats on the top again.”

La Mer Moisturizer – $285 (2oz), CremeDeLaMer.com
“I am only 32, so I haven’t tried any plastic surgery or injections, but I swear this moisturizer is part of the reason why! I put this puppy on my skin every night right before bed. I have really dry skin, but this crème has done wonders for it. It feels so luxurious putting it on every night. I love it. It is a bit pricey but your skin is something you wear every day.”

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss – $25, Bloomingdales.com 
“I have used Bobbi Brown products since I started wearing makeup, and their lip gloss has given me no reason to switch. I even wrote a blog post on it on my website (LydiaM.com) because I love this product so much! I think it is hard to find the right consistency in a lip gloss, but Bobbi Brown has nailed it. Their pink selections are my favorite.”

Gretchen Christine Airbrush Tan in a Can – $35, ShopGretchenChristine.com
“Everyone looks better tan! Gretchen gave all us ladies a bunch of her products when we went on Tamar’s bachelorette trip, and this was my favorite. You literally spray yourself and you have a beautiful glow instantly! I use it on my legs if I’m going to be wearing a dress. I’ll get out of the shower, spray my legs, put some lotion on and I’m good to go. I like it because it doesn’t smell bad, which some other tanning sprays I’ve tried do, and it doesn’t leave me splotchy or too tan. It is the perfect tone for my skin.”

LYDIA M JEWELRY: Made out of braided 18K gold wire, layered necklaces, Swarovski crystals and vintage chains, each piece is designed by Lydia herself and handcrafted from the finest materials. Ten percent of all profits go to the iSanctuary, an organization that provides rehabilitation options for survivors of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad. Available at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach and LydiaMJewelry.com

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