The Unpublishable

Jessica DeFino
What the beauty industry won't tell you, from a reporter on a mission to reform it.
Created 03 May 2020
    03 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 11 2
    Earlier today, a tweet from The Guardian filled Twitter users with a big ol’ cuppa rage. “While you are considering your life choices and daily habits,” it read, “is it time to give up coffee?” The Gu...
  • What's IN and What's OUT For Beauty In 2022
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 14 4
    Hello, dewy dust bunnies, and Happy (almost) New Year! In celebration, I present: a non-exhaustive list of what’s OUT (anti-aging!) and what’s IN (contemplating your mortality!) for the year ahead. Bu...
  • 2021: The Year In Unpublishable Beauty
    29 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 9 5
    In the final days of 2020, Coveteur asked me if I would write an essay about the year in beauty. I did. I called it “2020: The Year The Beauty Industry Radicalized Me.” Judging by the fact that the ar...
  • Peace On Earth?
    24 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 23 13
    Earlier this week, a very specific family Christmas card trend went viral: Mothers and daughters restrained with strings of holiday lights, mouths taped shut; fathers and sons free, smiling, holding s...
  • On Petroleum Jelly, Among Other Things
    21 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 11 2
    I knew Zeina Amhaz and I were kindred spirits after our first phone call. The meeting was part of a mentorship program — me the mentor, Zeina the mentee — and as I hung up, I felt hopeful about the fu...
  • The Don't Buy List: Sparkly Cell Death, Blonde Jokes, & Botox For Camels
    16 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 16 2
    Hello, dewy dust bunnies, and welcome to another edition of the The Don’t Buy List — the last one of the year! Let’s kick things off with an existentialist blonde joke. Alex Baia recently wrote a coll...
  • 2 New Podcasts! (or The Unbearable Anxiety of Being Interviewed)
    14 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 6 57
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of… podcasts. Last week, I was a featured guest on two new podcast episodes (linked below), I recorded thr...
    09 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 17 3
    Yesterday, the official FDA Cosmetics Twitter account tweeted the following: FDA Cosmetics @FDACosmetics Don’t be tempted to lick those candy tasting lip glosses, they may contain harmful ingredients ...
  • Is It Rude To Gift Wrinkle Cream?
    07 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 8 1
    This holiday season, tell your mother her neck sags. She might also like to hear about her under-eye bags and wrinkles. In the spirit of giving, why not point out her age spots and drooping jowls, too...
  • The Don't Buy List: Skin Supplements, Supply Chains, & The Grinch Who Stole Sheet Masks
    03 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 2
    Hello, dewy dust bunnies, and welcome to another edition of the The Don’t Buy List. There are lots of new eyeballs here — thank you for celebrating Don’t Buy Day by subscribing! — so I want to take a ...
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