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
  • On Aging: An Interview With Oldster
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 7 2
    I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for Oldster Magazine, a newsletter from writer Sari Botton that explores “age and aging among every gender at every stage of life.” If you aren’t subsc...
  • The Don't Buy List: Wet Skin, Fake ‘Shrooms, & Beauty Boycotts
    18 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 4
    First, a Very Important Announcement: Slow Factory is hosting an online class on White Supremacy and Beauty Politics tomorrow, taught by Dr. Yaba Blay, as part of its ongoing Open Education series. “T...
  • Skincare Culture Is Dewy Diet Culture
    16 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 34 16
    This morning, I logged into Instagram to find outspoken body acceptance advocate Katie Sturino celebrating “the third annual Botox Cosmetic Day” with a Botox-sponsored post. The influencer and entrepr...
  • Sweet Potatoes Are Skincare
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 14 0
    Hello, dewy dust bunnies! Things got a little heavy on Tuesday, eh? Let’s lighten the mood with an ode to the season’s skin-friendliest food: the sweet potato. I first started pondering the skin-sweet...
  • Open Thread: What’s Your Beauty Damage?
    09 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 100 58
    This is a public discussion thread for anyone on The Unpublishable mailing list. Subscribe now We tend to blame beauty culture on, like, celebrities. The media. Big Beauty — brands, marketing, adverti...
  • The Don't Buy List: Juicy Gossip, Drying Skincare, & Feelings As Face Creme
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 9
    Hello, dewy dust bunnies, and welcome to another edition of The Don’t Buy List! I somehow ended up sitting next to a marketer from [redacted international beauty conglomerate] and an engineer from [se...
  • Zoom Masterclass TOMORROW!
    02 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 2
    The thought of appearing live on camera — of having to SPEAK while people stare at my FACE and judge what I’m doing with my HANDS — makes me want to scream/cry/throw up. And yet, I’m doing that exact ...
  • Meta Face Is Coming
    01 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 25 6
    The Unpublishable is a weekly-ish newsletter covering what the beauty industry won’t tell you — from a reporter on a mission to reform it. Subscribe now Every time I see Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbe...
  • Happy Halloween! Beauty Is Horror!
    30 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 9 0
    It’s almost Halloween, the beauty industry’s favorite holiday! Horror has always imitated beauty culture, or beauty culture has always imitated horror; the two are essentially interchangeable. See: Th...
  • Launch Estée Lauder Into Space
    28 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 14 0
    In July, Amazon founder and unethical billionaire Jeff Bezos rode a dick-shaped rocket into space and returned to Earth with an idea. “We need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry, and m...
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