Highlighted editors’ favorite products that bring them joy

Editor’s Choice

Sometimes the everyday products our editors use aren’t featured in our in-depth, in-depth comparison articles where we vigorously test similar products head-to-head. That’s where our Editors’ Picks come in – where we highlight everyday products that we personally enjoy and use daily, and think you should too.

Sure, we’re passionate about great pet products, coffee supplies, and sleeping pills that actually help us sleep, but we also have a special place in our hearts for products that make us… happy.

It’s almost always the little things, after all, that we look at every day that can make us feel, for a few fleeting seconds, pure joy. Below you will find the products we own that make us feel happy on a regular basis.

$15.99 at Target or $16 at Urban Outfitters

I started using pressure nails when I wasn’t going to nail salons during the pandemic, and I’ve been in love with Chillhouse Chill Tips ever since. Fun designs always put me in a better mood, and being able to get quick and affordable nail art at home is really satisfying. I have probably 20 sets of press on nails in my apartment, and I love choosing different designs and shapes depending on my mood. Chillhouse makes the trendiest designs, and I’ve found these also last the longest.

Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Aura Carver Luxe HD Smart Digital Photo Frame

I have about a million photos on my phone, so having a place to store them – and look at them daily – makes my life so much easier and, no doubt, more joyful. My Aura smart frame can hold over 10,000 photos of me and my loved ones, and I love watching the slideshow from my desk throughout the day. It brings back so many happy times, and I can’t wait to keep adding to my collection from my Aura app!

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

$46 at Amazon or Oribe and $48 at Amazon or Oribe

Oribe Light Blond Shampoo and Conditioner

One thing that never fails to give me a quick serotonin boost? Blonde, fresh, smelling hair – and I can thank this Oribe shampoo and conditioner for that! Even though I still have to visit the salon every few months, this pair immediately corrects brassy and yellow tones, and always leaves my hair shiny, shiny, and soft. It’s also bright pink and smells amazing, which makes showering even more joyful.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

Stephanie Griffin after using Oribe's shampoo and conditioner
Our place always Pan

Food is a main source of joy in my life, and the Always Pan has become my go-to for cooking delicious meals at home. From sautéed vegetables to steamed ravioli to boiled pasta, it really can do it all. It’s versatile, multi-functional and looks great on my cooktop.

Sophie Shaw, Associate Beauty Editor

Stellar Tuft + Paw Cat Bed

I feel like regular Underscored readers have had enough of me recommending this bed, but I’ll come back to this: Any cat owner knows that the quest to find a really good-looking cat bed is a long and tiring one. Most look like fuzzy little houses made of tiles or bright flowers, and in my space that just won’t cut it. So imagine my joy at finding this cat oasis that seemed straight out of West Elm. For starters, my cat loves it. For several hours a day, you can find her nestled inside the orb, with her tiny body a mere black speck on the soft fur cushion inside. Sure, it took him a day to get used to it, but nothing a few pinches of catnip couldn’t fix. Honestly, it brings me so much joy to watch it.

Rachel Lubitz, Senior Lifestyle Editor

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Whenever I need a little extra motivation to train, I think of my hot pink Adidas cycling shoes. The bright color and breathable fit of these cycling shoes are the perfect combination and motivation for me.

Rosanne Salvatore, assistant editor

Beautiful 14 cup programmable touch screen coffee maker

I live in a very small apartment, and one thing I do to make it look less like a dorm and more like a jewelry box is make sure everything I own looks at least a little aesthetically pleasing, that’s why I went on a journey to find the cutest coffee machine possible on the market. Enter: This sage green pick from Drew Barrymore’s Walmart home line. I’m not much of a coffee snob, so the fact that it can make a bunch of coffee and keep it hot for hours was really my only technical request, and this one does just that. Also, I like the fact that it displays the time. It’s the little things.

Rachel Lubitz, Senior Lifestyle Editor

Wilton 8 inch Aluminum Heart Cake Pan

I love this heart-shaped saucepan I bought at Target a few months ago. Obviously, it kills for cakes, but it just gives me good vibes, so I love cooking all my meals there.

Juan Marquez, TikTok strategist

By Rosie Jane Perfume Madie

This scent is literally summer in a bottle – which needs no explanation as to why it brought me so much joy when the temperatures dropped this winter! According to the brand, it’s inspired by surf, sand and sun, and it combines salty notes of sea spray and fresh, floral notes of jasmine and vanilla with a hint of coconut – in my opinion, capturing the true scent of summer in a bottle. I’m usually a picky eater when it comes to scents, but I instantly loved the moment I started vaping!

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

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With its efficient design and stunning aesthetics, there’s a reason we named the Away suitcase our best carry-on of the year. For spring 2022, Away launched a new collection in technicolor, and I had to get my hands on it immediately. This awesome suitcase makes me count the days until my next trip. But, honestly, just looking at this suitcase at home makes me feel like I’m already on vacation.

Rosanne Salvatore, assistant editor

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush

Feeling happy and feeling good about how I look go hand in hand. I’m a huge fan of blush, and Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Apricot is my holy grail. It’s the perfect color, and it lasts forever. Just a little goes a long way, and I instantly feel happy when I wear it.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

Ferm Living Ripple Wine Glasses, Pack of 2

When it comes to glassware, my favorite aesthetic is anything unique or odd in any way. I don’t own a single regular-shaped wine glass; instead I opt for green stemless glasses, square bottom stemmed glasses and these amazing ripples from Ferm Living. Drinks somehow taste better when you drink from one of these adorable glasses, and I use them for wine, iced coffee, matcha, sparkling water – any drink is a little pick-me-up with these fun glasses !

Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable

Music is something that brings me joy no matter what. I’ve been collecting vinyl for most of my life and had to invest in a great turntable like the Audio-Technica LP3BK that not only sounds great but is also well designed to protect my records. I also wanted a storage shelf to display my favorite records and my turntable when I wasn’t using it. This wireframe one from Urban Outfitters fits the bill perfectly and blends in with all my decor.

Lindsey Smith, Associate Editor

$40 in Brightland

Lucid Brightland

Cooking at home brings me so much joy, and a key ingredient I’ve been loving lately is this lemony extra virgin olive oil from Brightland. Not only does it make all my meals taste super fresh and delicious, but the bottle is also beyond pretty to look at.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

Rescue Guava Spraying Ceremony

I didn’t think I needed this product in my life, but I was very wrong. Almost all Ceremonia products bring me instant joy due to their beautiful, colorful packaging and fruity scents, but this is one of my favorite Ceremonia products I’ve ever tried. I use it before heat styling my hair or before air-drying it, and have found that it leaves my hair noticeably healthier, shinier and fair overall. better, if that makes sense. The scent is also a real mood booster, and a few sprays immediately improve my day.

Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

Candle Tom Ford Lost Cherry

Much like having a collection of scents to choose from, I always have several candles on hand. My current favorite is the sweet yet sophisticated cherry-scented one from Tom Ford. There’s nothing better than setting the mood with a delicious candle.

Sophie Shaw, Associate Beauty Editor

Wild Seamless Paper Photography Backdrop

Being able to stay creative all year round is so important to me, and I love using colorful and cheerful backgrounds to create great photos from the comfort of my own apartment.

Juan Marquez, TikTok strategist

Fabulous Little Beast Onesie

When my dog ​​wears this onesie, I can explode with happiness. The rainbow pattern is so fun and bright, and it instantly puts a smile on everyone who sees it, including me! It’s super soft and breathable, and as someone who loves pet fashion, he loves wearing it.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

Notte Wild Wildflower Necklacebuckle

I love layering necklaces, and this flower charm is so cute for spring. It’s also convertible, so you can remove the pendant and ring and wear them as an earring. Innovative, playful and chic!

Sophie Shaw, Associate Beauty Editor

Jeni's Dairy Free Ice Cream

There is simply nothing that brings more joy to my daily life than eating a pint of ice cream after dinner. And while I can’t enjoy “normal” dairy ice cream, these dairy-free options from Jeni’s are just as satisfying – and fun! They’re all made with creamy, delicious coconut cream, but the flavors that always leave me craving more are Cold Brew Coconut Cream and Dark Chocolate Truffle.

Stephanie Griffin, Senior Digital Content Strategist

$38.61 at Tropical Scandinavia

Grow Yourself Happy Print

It is impossible for me to look at this print without feeling at least a tiny bit of joy. I love the fun colors and the message behind: that growing up can be painful, but it’s a necessary process for someone who wants to live a happy life. I hung it above my desk to help me feel a little happier and more positive everyday.

Hayley Saltzman, Social Media Manager

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