Every Monday in our Lily Lines newsletter, we share something we love, but weren’t paid to promote. Here’s a running list of the products we’re using in our daily lives, along with habits we’ve adopted.

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Aug. 6, 2018

Creme of Nature Pure Honey

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When my first bottle of Creme of Nature Pure Honey conditioner ran out, I immediately grabbed my phone and ordered three more bottles. I have natural 3B curls (find out your curl type here), and this product leaves my hair feeling soft and hydrated. It’s made with pure honey, natural coconut oil and shea butter. So yes, it smells incredible. Plus, it’s surprisingly affordable, ringing in at under $12 for a 12-ounce bottle. If you’re in the market for more than a good conditioner, the Pure Honey line also includes shampoo, leave-in conditioner, detangler and more.

–Amy Cavenaile, Lily art director

July 23, 2018

Tarte cosmetics

I don’t know much about makeup. For most of my life, I’ve been a lotion and mascara kind of person (except for those liquid-blue-eyeliner-in-a-straight-line years in middle school). Then I started getting annoyed with redness on my face and tried to find some makeup to help. I came across Tarte cosmetics and have been happy with everything I’ve tried. Plus, they have great visual branding — something we obviously appreciate at The Lily. Here’s what I like: drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer, shape tape contour concealer, Amazonian clay airbrush foundation, and, my favorite, the refreshing Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist.

–Amy King, Lily creative director and editor in chief

July 16, 2018

Just Float On flare jeans

If you’re still looking for that standout closet item to attract compliments (or at least admiring stares), Free People’s Just Float On flare jeans are your best bet. Every time I wear them, I feel like I’m making literal power moves as I glide across the office. I’ve always loved a good dramatic flare, but my petite frame usually precludes me from the trend. These jeans just so happen to come in short (three colors), regular (nine colors) and long (two colors). Plus, if you need to further adjust the length, just take a scissors to the bottom and you won’t even notice a difference from the original hem.

—Andrea Platten, Washington Post multiplatform editor

July 9, 2018

Healthy Human water bottle

I like carrying a water bottle with me, but my Nalgene was starting to smell, so it was time to move on. After hearing a friend rave about her Healthy Human water bottle, I decided to give it a try. Now, I carry it with me absolutely everywhere. It’s sturdy, and if I don’t lose it, I can see myself having it for a long time. I recommend buying the Flip N Sip lid. It doesn’t come with it, which is my only gripe, but it’s so worth it.

Rachel Orr, Lily senior art director

July 2, 2018

Sachajuan Hair in the Sun

I’ve tried a bunch of products to manage my hair in summer humidity. Sachajuan Hair in the Sun is the first one I’ve gotten that doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. It does double duty because it’s main job is to protect your hair from UV rays. But I use it indoors and outdoors to keep frizz at bay.

–Aviva Loeb, Washington Post designer

June 25, 2018

Petsfit Comfort Dogs Carriers Backpack

I have weird guilt for leaving my cat at home alone all the time, so I bought this backpack to take him outside this summer. It’s perfect not only as a more comfortable option to take small pets to the vet, but the sides completely unzip so it also serves as a little shelter. It’s comfortable to wear while walking, and the mesh sides seem a lot more friendly than sticking him in an enclosed bag. The product is, however, for people comfortable with getting odd looks from walking around with your cat on your back.

–Ellen Collier, art director at The Washington Post’s Express

June 18, 2018

Black Stabilo Point Visco Pen

I don’t journal as much as I’d like, but I’ve found that having a luxurious pen inspires me to write more often. This pen is insanely satisfying to journal and doodle with. The ink flows smoothly and it feels very light in my hands.

—Maya Sugarman, Lily video editor

June 4, 2018

Neutrogena’s light therapy acne mask

After seeing an Instagram post of Kourtney Kardashian wearing a space-age looking mask, I did a deep-dive on light therapy treatments and LED facials. Here are the cliff notes: Blue light kills certain bacteria, red light reduces inflammation – and light therapy is expensive. I scoured the Internet for the next best thing and found this mask from Neutrogena. At about $35 for 30 sessions (you use it once a day), I figured the investment was low. Although it didn’t heal pre-existing breakouts, I’m noticing that my skin flares up less. Another upside? You can’t really do anything while wearing the 10-minute mask, making it a great addition to my pre-dream routine.

–Amanda Soto, Food art director at The Washington Post

May 21, 2018

Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil by Sania’s Brow Bar, NYC

I love following Eva Chen, Instagram’s fashion director, and she kept raving about this brow pencil from Sania’s. After having struck out on the “mascara for your brows” gel products that have risen in popularity, I decided to give this pencil a try. It’s not like any other brow product I’ve tried before because it’s so easy to apply and gives a full, soft look while also defining the brows’ shape. I use the “light” color and it’s the first time my brows have matched my auburn hair. There’s also a medium and dark pencil. Visit their Instagram to see the colors being used, and to learn about best brow practices.

–Anais Felt, product manager at The Washington Post

May 7, 2018

Saje Invigorating Face & Body Mist

I went to SXSW this year and received this face mist inside a swag bag. I’ve been using it every night since. I spray my face once or twice before bed. The smell makes me happy and relaxed. I’ve only tried the “brainstorm” scent, but there are a lot to choose from on their site.

–Amy King, Lily editor in chief and creative director

April 23, 2018

Wooly Cord Keeper

How do you store your headphones? Mine always end up at the bottom of my bag, knotted. Then I spend five minutes trying to untangle the cord. Thankfully, I finally found a solution. This Wooly Cord Keeper is the perfect size for headphones or a phone charger. Bonus: It looks like a cute taco. The cord keepers are sold by a women-owned business and made in the United States. Choose from nine colors, and at the price of two for $14, buy one for a friend. She’ll thank you.

—Rachel Orr, Lily senior art director

April 16, 2018

A clean cat life

I used Tidy Cats for years, but they changed their formula last year and it’s awful. I’ve been using Ever Clean (I can buy it at Petco or I’ll get it delivered from Amazon). The clumping is great. I use Arm & Hammer litterbox powder that comes in a box and will sprinkle it in the litter here and there. I don’t like too many smells either.

–Taylor Schena, senior designer at The Washington Post

April 9, 2018

Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light

This probably sounds familiar: My phone is the last thing I look at before going to sleep and the first thing I look at when waking up. Seeking higher-quality sleep, a few of us on Team Lily have been experimenting with alarm clocks and phone-free bedrooms. I’ve been using and enjoying this light therapy alarm. A light, imitating the sunrise, slowly wakes me up over 20 minutes. At the end of 20 minutes, a pleasant chime sound finishes the job. I still miss my phone but will continue to leave it outside the bedroom.

–Amy King, editor in chief and creative director of The Lily

April 9, 2018

Clever Coffee Dripper

I use this to make coffee every morning. The Clever Coffee Dripper functions just like a French press but is much simpler and easy to clean. It’s great when only making coffee for yourself. If you bring it to work, your co-workers will be wowed by the shut-off valve.

–Maya Sugarman, video editor

March 19, 2018

Skida headbands

I’ve recently become obsessed with Skida, which is a hidden gem from my home state of Vermont. Their headbands come in tons of playful patterns. The optional fleece lining makes them super versatile for indoor and outdoor activities. Plus, the company is women owned and operated.

—Aviva Loeb, Emerging News Products designer

March 12, 2018

The Pomodoro technique

I struggle with focusing. I’m that person with 30 tabs open at all times. When I really need to concentrate, I’ll use the Pomodoro technique: a simple yet productive idea that gets you through those tough times. Just work for 25 minutes, then rest for 5 minutes.

If you’re really dragging your feet, do a certain number of Pomodoros that day, depending on how long a project will take you. Set your focus by writing down exactly what you’ll be doing, before you even begin. It’ll boost your productivity and sense of calm like none other.

For a Chrome extension, click here. For a no-frills site, click here.

Carol Shih, Lily producer

Feb. 26, 2018

Rishi Sweet Matcha powder

I recently discovered my love for matcha lattes. In search of a way to recreate my Starbucks matcha latte at home, I Googled to find the Rishi Sweet Matcha powder, and it’s delicious. It is already sweetened, so all I have to do is add the milk of my choice. If you are not a fan of matcha lattes, you can also use the matcha powder to make a matcha lemonade. I love matcha powder since it changes it up from the usual routine of drinking herbal tea but is also packed with antioxidants, fiber and other great vitamins.

—Cassandra McSweeney, senior benefits specialist at The Washington Post

Feb. 19, 2018

Urpower Garment Steamer

I will never iron clothes, ever again. Instead, I de-wrinkle my clothes with an Urpower Garment Steamer. It’s so much easier and faster than ironing. It’s great for small spaces and it comes in a bag for traveling.

Maya Sugarman, video editor

Jan. 8, 2018

InnoGear Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser

I use essential oil scents and the InnoGear Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser to help me wind down when I get home from a busy day or have a hard time falling asleep. I’m very sensitive to perfumes, so essential oils are a natural, subtle alternative. My favorite combination is eight drops of lavender, two drops of lemon and two drops of frankincense.

—Maya Sugarman, Lily video editor

Dec. 18, 2017

Vaute Couture’s Belden Future coat

It’s rare to find a winter coat that checks all my boxes: Toasty without being stuffy? Stylish but casual? And hardest: Cruelty-free, fair-trade and organic to be kind to critters, workers and the planet? I’ve finally found love with the Belden Future by Vaute. Former model Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, who grew up in Chicago, made what she couldn’t find: awesome vegan, eco-friendly coats. You pay for the quality, but they have tons of sales plus free shipping. Customer service is fab, and they donate to animal welfare groups. When a fashionable colleague asked where I got my coat, I knew I’d hit the jackpot.

—Anne Ferguson-Rohrer, Washington Post news director

Dec. 4, 2017

SoCal curls

I get PR emails for all kinds of products, and a lot of them are skippable. An email for SoCal curls caught my eye, claiming a way to curl hair without a curling iron. I skeptically requested a sample and decided to give it a try. You put this thing — I’m not sure what to call it — in the microwave for a minute or so, wrap up your hair and wait 30 minutes. Then you simply unwrap your hair to lovely, bouncy curls. It works surprisingly well. I’ve used it several times and now prefer it over a curling iron. I should note that my hair holds curl pretty well, so not sure if it’d work well for all hair types. But it’s worth a try for an easy styling option.

—Amy King, Lily editor and creative director

Oct. 30, 2017

Fig + Yarrow’s lemongrass and lime salt scrub

For someone who doesn’t normally buy bath products, I make an exception when it comes to Fig + Yarrow’s lemongrass and lime salt scrub. It’s the kind of scrub you ungenerously hide when guests come over, because it’s just that dear to you. A handful of this soothing blend will leave you with velvety skin for the rest of the day.

—Carol Shih, Lily producer

Oct. 23, 2017

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Ankle Skimmer Jeans

A fashion Instagrammer I follow recommended Wit & Wisdom’s Ab-solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans, so I decided to give them a try. Not only are they super stretchy, under $70 (and they go on sale a lot), but they also have an elastic waistband. The stretch-factor was vital, especially the morning after my baseball team lost in a heartbreaking playoff game and I just wanted to wear sweatpants to work.

Emily Guskin, polling analyst at The Washington Post

Oct. 16, 2017

Pizzacraft’s ThermaBond Pizza Stone

I bought this pizza stone a few months ago after having to throw out the one I used for years (due to a cheese and sauce disaster I’m still not ready to talk about). It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I’ve now reached peak homemade pizza game. The crust and bottom come out evenly cooked and crisp every time. It’s also sturdy enough that I feel comfortable cranking the oven up to a fiery 500 degrees. (Reminder: Don’t forget to sprinkle cornmeal on the bottom before putting the dough on. This way the pizza will slide right off.)

—Neema Roshania Patel, Lily deputy editor

Oct. 9, 2017

The two-minute rule

The two-minute rule is simple. If you think of something to put on your to-do list that would actually take you two or less minutes to get done (RSVP to an event, send an email, schedule a meeting, respond to that text from two days ago), just do it right now. It’s really helped me not get bogged down in a long to-do list and focus on the bigger things I need to get done.

—Neema Roshania Patel, Lily deputy editor

NYX lipstick

I love NYX lipstick because it’s cheap and still good quality. Their “liquid suede metallic matte” lipstick even stays on me after I’ve brushed my teeth.

—Rachel Hatzipanagos, mobile producer at The Washington Post

Sept. 25, 2017

Commando Mini Half Slip

Do people wear slips? I swore off of them after years of bad slip experiences in high school. But then one day I wanted to make a nightgown work as a dress, so I started my search for the perfect slip. Like any good hunt, I spent hours researching on the Internet and ultimately decided on the Commando Mini Half Slip. Why it only has three stars on Amazon, I cannot tell you. It’s a five-star slip. It stays in place. The material is soft and thin. I barely notice it. And now I can wear nightgowns in public.

—Amy King, Lily editor and creative director

Sept. 18, 2017

Tobacco & Patchouli candle

My friend’s mom told me she used to use patchouli oil as perfume, so I started looking for products with the scent. The best use I’ve found so far is the Tobacco & Patchouli candle from Paddywax. Each friend I buy this for says they burn through the candle quickly because it smells so good. (Don’t be fooled by the tobacco part. It doesn’t smell anything like a cigarette. If you don’t believe me, test out the scent with a 3 oz. tin.)

—Ashley Nguyen, Lily digital editor

Sept. 11, 2017

Mina Slouch punjammies lounge pants

Whether you’re wearing them in or out, these Sudara lounge pants are the most comfortable pair I’ve ever owned. The best thing about Sudara isn’t even its colorful options: Sudara was established to provide jobs and training for survivors of human trafficking. Every pair is sewn in India by a woman living in freedom today.

—Carol Shih, Lily producer

Aug. 14, 2018

Tabata workouts

Some evenings I don’t have the time to devote a full hour to a spin or Pilates class. That’s when I turn to Tabata-style workouts. Tabata is all about short bursts of high-intensity cardio or strength training. Each interval lasts 20 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest. Repeat eight times for one four-minute Tabata — with an added 30 seconds of rest and a sip of water before you start your next Tabata. I typically put together at least six Tabatas to make a workout that lasts about 25 minutes. Check out a timer app called “Seconds," which allows you to customize the workouts with your own exercises and music. You can mix and match cardio and strength training exercises like burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps and Russian twists. I typically work out with a colleague to make it more fun. If you’re doing Tabata correctly, you shouldn’t be able to talk during your 10-second rest time.

Amy Brittain, Washington Post investigative reporter

July 17, 2018

Cotton candy grapes

My cousin put me onto cotton candy grapes, although when she first offered the snack, I hesitated. How healthy could “cotton candy” grapes be? It turns out they’re not part of a GMO experiment. A scientist simply wanted us to have as many grape choices as we do apple choices. Pro tip: Don’t eat them too quickly. After a few grapes, the vanilla burst you taste in the beginning disappears.

—Ashley Nguyen, Lily digital editor

July 10, 2017

Succulent pillows by Plantillo

When you live in a small apartment, every throw pillow counts. These succulent pillows added instant style to my couch and made me feel like I was sitting outdoors, inside a garden. It’s a win-win.

Carol Shih, Lily producer

June 12, 2017

Zojirushi thermos

Tea is an essential part of my morning routine, so I’m obsessed with thermoses. Ever since my Taiwanese mom got hooked, Zojirushi has been my go-to brand. (It’s popular in Taipei.) This Japanese brand is known for its rice cookers and thermoses because they last forever. Mine keeps my water hot or cold for long periods of time. It’s lighter than any thermos I’ve used before. I carry it with me wherever I go.

Carol Shih, Lily producer

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