Nora Zelevansky

April 10, 2016

Name: Nora Zelevansky

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Job: Writer (Journalist & Author of new book, Will You Won’t You Want Me?)


Instagram Handle: @missnoraz

What was your first “beauty” experience? I’m not sure which came first: My love of beauty or my love of beauty writing. But one of my fondest memories as a child is walking into Saks with my mother and my glamorous great aunt, Mitzi and being subsumed by a cloud of perfume. I thought the whole experience was the height of sophistication. I used to pilfer my mother’s beauty cabinet, sampling the lotions and creams and her YSL Paris eau de toilette. Then, as an adult, I found that nothing made me happier than being surrounded by the smell of lavender and orange blossoms, and that has inspired a beauty journey that has encompassed everything from the high-tech to the organic — and everything in between.

Favorite Products: This is HARD. I love so many! Okay, I’m sorry that this is way more than five: The Problem Solver (May Lindstrom), Anti Bac Clearing Lotion (Kate Somerville), Cellular 3-Minute Peel (La Prairie), The Eye Concentrate (La Mer), Body Butter (Kai), Wild Blackberry Soap (Mistral), Plant Stem Cell Booster Serum (Naturopathica), Grapeseed Serum (Odacite), any neroli mist, anything Tata Harper. I could go on and on, unfortunately.

I buy these in bulk: This is going to sound random, but Tree Hut Shea Body Butter. It is the only thing that keeps my legs perfectly moisturized.

Products you have always used: Mistral soaps. Nothing smells better.

Signature Scent: Jo Malone Orange Blossom


Beauty Tip: For under eye circles, refrigerate your eye cream. And stick to liquid-y concealers, so you disguise without accentuating any lines.

Beauty Icons: Alexis Bledel. Could anyone ever be more fresh-faced? Jennifer Aniston — I covet her skin color and hair! Although I also harbor secret dreams of being a redhead like Kate Mara.

Beauty Gurus: Kate Somerville, Lili Mineni, Kristie Streicher, Jon Reyman, Sheri Roman.

Must Maintain: My facial regime. If I don’t get regular clarifying facials, it’s a bad scene.

Beauty Regimen: Probably some repeats from above, but I’m always trying new things and am currently trying to sort of calm things down.

Right Now: 

  • Kate Somerville Gentle Wash
  • La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Contour Cream
  • Laurel Whole Plant Organic Eye Serum (I alternate between the two!)
  • Exuviance Age Reverse Total Correct & Sculpt Serum (daytime)
  • 37 Extreme Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream OR Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (nighttime)

Then I use Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel, ExfoliKate and Kate Somerville’s Retasphere Cream sporadically. And always Anti-Bac as a spot treatment!