Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller


"I have such a simple process—it takes me, like, ten minutes to get ready. Like if I have a class at 10 AM, I’ll set my alarm for 8:15, snooze until 8:30, and be out my door by 9:00—and I’ll have eaten, had a coffee, watched NY1. I don’t take such good care of my skin; my mom kills me about it…I sit in the sun so much. I love a tan. I wear NARS Casino every day—it’s the best bronzer ever. I put it on with this huge brush from Duane Reade. I don’t have such good light in my bathroom so I keep all my makeup in this drawer in my bedroom and do it in here.

I share a bathroom with two of my brothers, so I’ve become an expert at leaving my tracks un-traced. I wash my face with Cetaphil, and use Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. That’s all I do for my face, usually. And then I wear the NARS bronzer, and their Desire blush. Their products are really so good—their eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks. I haven’t been wearing mascara lately because I’ve really been taking a liking to doing a bright red lip, and you can only do a red lip if you have nothing else on your face, I think. And I have big lips, so it’s a lot of red! I’m loving the Lancôme ones, the Color Design Matte lipsticks in Posh Pink and Red Haute. Or, sometimes I’ll do a cat eye and nothing else—with a Lancôme liquid liner. That’s pretty much my makeup. I never put anything under my eyes, like eyeliner or mascara, because I have huge bags and it always accentuates them. It’s a genetic thing. You can have them drained, but I’m not going to do that. [Laughs]

I just got my hair ombré-d, with Zoe at Bumble and bumble. She’s so good. It was the first time I’d colored my hair, and she totally talked me through it, like, ‘Now I’m putting the needle in!’ [Laughs] I’m obsessed with their products too. Bumble and bumble and Moroccan Oil, and that’s all I do for my hair.

I love manicures—I’m really into colorful nails. I keep them super super short—I always cut them before I go to the nail place because they can never cut them short enough. I always do a crazy color, and it looks so tacky on long nails. This is Coat Azure by Essie; it’s the second time I’ve done it, it’s really cool. Last week I had this bright green on—Essie Pretty Edgy—and I looked like a leprechaun. They have a darker green, too—Going Incognito—that looks like a Starbucks cup. Oh and OPI has an awesome color called Birthday Babe that looks like the metallic Minx nails; I do that a lot too because it looks cool with all my jewelry. I kind of want to ombré my nails next. I also want to do one hand one color and one hand another color. Maybe for the next manicure.

I’m also really into fragrance—I hate when I leave home without perfume on. I wore Chance exclusively for three years, and then I recently got into Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes. It’s alcohol free—that’s why it looks kind of milky—so unfortunately it rubs off kind of fast. But I love the way that scent reminds you so vividly of a certain moment in time, you know? So whenever I wear Chance, I feel like I’m a senior in high school. And the Un Jardin reminds me of the summer. I buy all my perfumes duty free—I think people are fools not to."

—as told to ITG

Leandra is the founder and editor of The Man Repeller.

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  • Amelia

    i love her, she's hilarious. one day i want a collection of NARS like that!

  • http://www.thisisayes.com Anna

    I love her, read everything about Leandra!!! She should write a book.

    • Bladyblahblah

      I'm pretty sure she's actually writing a book of memoirs.

  • http://heyitsalexp.com HeyitsAlexp

    I love her, this is like my two favorite blogs in one place and it's blowing my mind!

  • http://openhouseforbutterflies.blogspot.com dawn

    i love her simple, no frills approach to makeup. what a fun girl! ( + i second the essie polish in azure; i have it + it's one of my favorites.)

  • Bee

    please please do your own top shelf! That would make my week

    • Angelica

      OMG! Please do! it would be the best Top Shelf yet!

  • whitney

    you have no idea how excited i was to see leandra featured today! i literally went from manrepller to here. what a perfect pairing. she's so talented.

  • elena

    Love this girl! I read her blog every day and she is always so much fun! I always wondered about her beauty routine...Thanks for posting

  • http://www.brebeauty.com Bre

    She is hilarious, I love her website! This was a great peek at her beauty routine. I can't believe she wears Casino bronzer, she's so fair! I'm with her, I always cut my nails super short before hitting the nail salon-they never cut and file them short enough. I love that she's a fan of NARS and the always chic and classic red lip. I really enjoyed her post on getting her ombre hair. Her hair looks fantastic!

  • PhotoGirl

    She's hilarious! I enjoy her blog very much.
    That said, I do have one thought: Leandra, start using sunscreen! I promise you, you won't regret it.

  • Kathleen

    How do I get a hold of that brush she uses for her bronzer at Duane Reade.....or is there one similar?....I'm in California, not in New York

  • chris-tee

    could someone pls fill me in on "duty-free" perfumes???

    • Marlena

      "Duty free" is at airports. Those are stores where you can purchase, ex. cosmetics, alcohol etc. without tax. It's always a little cheaper than at a regular store.

  • http://www.despitecolor.blogspot.com iben

    She is so cool! I love this post!

    Love Despite color

  • http://theformergirlatbar.blogspot.com/ Alexis

    I love her! Her blog cracks me up and I'm so glad she loves NARS products as much as I do. Sadly, I have two stuffed pouches of NARS items and I have been meaning to also pick up that Casino bronzer. She really makes me want to go for the ombre look too instead of the traditional highlighting process that I'll be going in for in 2wks.

  • http://amberfairweather.blogspot.com/ amber – the line sheet

    she seems like a sweet girl! really down to earth! i used to wear the lancome eyeliner in high school! i forgot about that one. it's really nice!

  • Kat

    I read her blog every day! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into her beauty routine...I really want to try that NARS bronzer!

  • http://www.disneyrollergirl.net disneyrollergirl

    Chris-Tee, duty free perfumes are what you buy at the airport, it's tax free...

  • krista

    This is my favorite post so far. She's very simple and down to earth. I also like her opinion on her eye bags! I have the same problem as well with regards to the dark circles under my eyes, but I just let them be. Keep up the good work! :)

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  • http://www.frankvinyl.com francesca

    she seems so cool.. like easy to talk to and down to earth. Love this post.

  • Laura

    Un Jardin sur le Nil is such a beautiful fragrance! Its like spraying an unflappable spring breeze on your skin. Although, I've never seen an alcohol-free version before...

  • sarah

    i love her highlights. do you know if zoe is at the downtown or uptown b&b?

    • admin

      Sarah, I think she's uptown...xE

  • Patricia

    Okay so I think she is amazing, lover her look! Just discovered her blog- Its so humorous and lovely all at the same time! Definitely one of my favorites so far

  • http://unpetitbijou.blogspot.com Lindsay K

    She's so charming. I love the tip about Cetaphil. I've never washed my face with anything else. It's amazing.

  • Martine

    Love your sense of style and your sense of humor! Where did you find your coral bead Hamsa necklace?

  • http://www.solifestyle.com sooz

    check out our pics of the man repeller @ bloomingdales nyc! she's AWESOME. http://www.solifestyle.com/2011/05/man-repeller-x-tibi-bloomingdales-nyc.html

  • http://www.iloveagood.com iloveagood

    It doesn't get any better than this! simple, straight forward and amazing! nicely done.

  • http://beautymadefun.blogspot.com/ J.

    She's adorable! I do the same thing with my nails, actually. I prefer them short, and colorful, and a lot of people think that's so weird. But I think it looks the nicest on me. So it's really cool to hear of someone else who does the same thing!

  • jenny

    what is the sweater she's wearing?

  • Yaressy

    I love read about Leandra, she is amazing, i love the blog

  • Samanta McMurray

    she really has the inner style!:) i really like her writtings!


  • bookgirl

    Storing perfume in front of a window has to be the worst thing you can do; the scent and color can drastically change when exposed to heat and light and it ends up spoiling the perfume. You should always store them in a cool, dry place so they last longer.

  • joannanyc

    You should do Leandra again, not she's gotten married and has her own place ;-)


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer Lotion
NARS Blush Desire
Color Design Matte Lipstick
Moroccan Oil Treatment for Hair
OPI Nail Lacquer Birthday Babe
Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette
Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil