Maria Del Russo

Bio

Maria Del Russo is a commerce writer for Bustle Digital Group's lifestyle brands. She is also a contributing writer for The Zoe Report, having contributed to the site's Fashion Week content for the past three seasons. Maria is a freelance writer covering sex, relationships, beauty, and other lifestyle topics. Her writing has appeared in publications including Elle Magazine, Glamour, The Cut, The Washington Post, Glamour, InStyle, Gossamer, Man Repeller, Coveteur, Men's Health, Real Simple, and Playboy, where she also served as the magazine's Advisor for the spring 2019 issue. She has a weekly newsletter, called NSFW(ish), which is published by Meredith Publishing. Maria's first book, Simple Acts of Love, was published in 2019 by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. When she isn't writing, Maria loves traveling, cooking, rewatching The Sopranos with her boyfriend, and painting watercolors. She's also currently writing her second book, a memoir about love and layoffs. She lives in Brooklyn, by way of New Jersey.

11 Cute Fanny Packs On Amazon, Because Sometimes You Need To Go Hands-Free

By Maria Del Russo
Waist bags can make going hands-free a breeze, but with so many cute styles to choose from, picking out the best fanny pack that will meet your carryall needs can be a little overwhelming. While your belt bag should match your personal style, you…

This Blow Dry Brush Makes It SO Easy To Style Your Hair — & It Has 18,000+ Amazon Reviews To Prove It 

By Maria Del Russo
One of the reasons why I so rarely blow out my own hair is because of the physical gymnastics it requires. I've yet to figure out the proper angle to hold my brush and blow dryer so that I can achieve the same gorgeous, bouncy locks with which my…

Yes, You Can Wear Mascara With Falsies — & Here Are 4 Tubes Your Lashes Will Love

By Maria Del Russo
Anyone who wears false lashes with any regularity knows that a few coats of mascara can seriously amplify your look. But just like mascaras for lash extensions, you'll want to find the right partner for your favorite set of falsies so that the…

These Dry Shampoos Are The Key To Prolonging The Life of Your Bangs

By Maria Del Russo
Whether you're looking to add some texture or extend the life of your style, dry shampoo has become a genius hair savior for many people. But if you're someone who has bangs, dry shampoo is more than just a cherished product — it's a necessary…

Looking To Invest In A GHD Flat Iron? Let This Celeb Hair Stylist Help You Choose The Best One

By Maria Del Russo
When it comes to professional-quality flat irons, it's hard to do better than a ghd hair straightener. Known for their durability, innovativeness, and emphasis on hair health, ghd tends to be the go-to brand among pro stylists and beauty editors…

'Love Is Blind' & 'The Bachelor' Make Us Unhealthily Obsessed With Marriage

By Maria Del Russo
For the past month, my Instagram Stories, Twitter, and Facebook feed have been flooded with one thing. Not opinions about the Democratic primary. Not reposted TikToks from people who look like they’re 14 years old. No — the people I follow on social…

The Best Wedges & Pillows To Make Sex More Comfortable — & They're All On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
If you've finally given up the idea that sex pillows are just another unnecessary sex-cessory, congratulations! You're about to unlock a whole new world of sex positions. "Sex pillows provide easier, more satisfying sex," explains Annabelle Knight,…

6 Game-Changing Sex Toys You Can Ride — & They're All On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
Ever find yourself masturbating with a typical handheld toy (or, you know, with your hand) and thought to yourself, "Man, it would be so much easier if I could just ride this thing?" Yeah — me too. But the idea of a sex toy you can ride was more…

The Best Tinted Moisturizers You Can Buy Under $20

By Maria Del Russo
In the beauty industry, there are a handful of tinted moisturizers that are almost unanimously considered the best (NARS' and Laura Mercier's formulas are the two that immediately come to mind). But these prestige tubes aren't exactly cheap,…

8 Of The Most Discreet Vibrators You Can Buy On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
The word "discreet" means different things to different people — especially when you're talking about sex toys. For some folks, an oversized, penis-shaped toy is no big deal, so long as it's whisper quiet. Others like their toys shaped like lipstick…

3 Affordable Dupes For Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara

By Maria Del Russo
While there are dozens upon dozens of incredible beauty products on the market, only in rare cases do they achieve cult status. Usually when this happens, it's a chemical exfoliant or face mask that fans claim gives them the best skin of their life.…

These Are The Best Pro-Quality Makeup Brushes You Can Buy On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
Makeup brushes are an essential part of any makeup kit. Whether you're filling in your brows, bronzing your cheeks, or applying eyeshadow, using the right brush makes all the difference. And as any pro knows, makeup brushes definitely aren't created…

From Lasers To Epilators, These Are The Best Hair Removal Devices On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
If you choose to remove hair on your face and/or body, you're probably already aware of the many different methods of doing so: waxing, shaving, plucking, threading, lasering, et cetera. But we're well into the 21st century now, and you no longer…

These Blackhead-Removing Tools Allow You To Live Out Your Dr. Pimple Popper Fantasies

By Maria Del Russo
Doing your own extractions is one of the most widely debated topics in the beauty industry. While some dermatologists and aestheticians advise against it, others give at-home extracting the go-ahead as long as you're doing it in a safe and hygienic…

These Are The Best Conditioners For Dry Hair — & They All Share One Key Ingredient

By Maria Del Russo
Whether your hair is naturally dry, lacking shine, or damaged from a chemical treatment, there's an ingredient that can help it bounce back from the brink of total brittleness: argan oil. But since applying the oil in its pure form can leave your…

Fight Dry Hair & Frizz With These 5 Deeply-Moisturizing Hair Masks

By Maria Del Russo
If you have dry hair that's prone to frizz, you've probably done your fair share of experimenting with leave-in sprays and oil serums. But handling frizz isn't just about the styling products you use; it all starts with what you put on your hair…

3 No-Fuss Hair Removal Creams That *Actually* Work

By Maria Del Russo
If you're someone who typically removes the hair on your face or body — whether by shaving, waxing, or some other means of depilating — you shouldn't sleep on hair removal creams. Less high maintenance than shaving and much less painful than waxing,…

A Simple Guide To The Best Dildos For Beginners

By Maria Del Russo
If you're trying to figure out what you like when it comes to penetrative sex, experimenting with a dildo is a good place to start. But finding the best beginner dildos isn't as easy as picking up the first one you come across at your local sex toy…

Attention Beach Bums: This Summer, Have Safe Sun With These SPF-Infused Tanning Oils

By Maria Del Russo
It's a well-known fact by now that tanning is bad for you, and that you should apply SPF every time you step out of the house. But even so, I, like so many others, can't help but desire a little bronze glow when summer or vacation comes around.…

It's Official: These Are The 5 Best Vibrators For Women — & They're All On Amazon

By Maria Del Russo
Whether you're buying your first vibrator or looking to expand your existing collection, for plenty of women, the prospect of purchasing a new sex toy can be a daunting task. After all, there are so many options out there: different shapes,…