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March 2012


Create Your Look with milk + honey and Great Lengths Hair Extensions

March 28, 2012

Mia is a stylist at SALON by milk + honey. Here are just a few reasons why she loves working with clients using Great Lengths hair extensions. She loves extensions because they give the client an opportunity to drastically change their look instantly (after about 8 hours of work). It’s a way to help a client achieve a different style with volume and length. Extensions take an incredible amount of patience and attention to detail. For Mia, that means it’s another chance to try and achieve the perfect look for her client.

For those clients who can’t commit to the expense of a full extension application, she also does customized clip-ins which allow clients to temporarily lengthen their hair. Below are three wonderful examples that can be achieved with Great Lengths.

For more information about Great Lengths hair extensions, how milk + honey can give you the look you desire, and to schedule a consultation, click here, or call 512.236.1112.


Skin Care

Man Gets Facial

March 26, 2012

I was reluctant. I was skeptical. I have seen the light. Yes, I received my first facial.

Why should a (35-year-old) man receive a facial? Great question. My first motivation comes from my wife. After all, it’s my wife who found the place where I get my haircut, and made sure very early in our relationship that I was done with pleated pants. So when she started commenting on my face wrinkles (that’s what they are technically called, right?), I wondered if I should do something about it. You see, she’s the type who actually applies some sort of lotion/sunscreen to her face every single day. If I may speak for all men, we find the idea of sunscreen on your face even on cloudy days, or work days very amusing. If I may speak for all women, they just rolled their eyes at my last comment.

I showed up to milk + honey spa and was ready for my scheduled Signature Facial. That’s right, I didn’t even go with the Men’s Facial for the main reason that it doesn’t include extractions. I’ll get to what that means shortly.

The first thing I was asked to do was change into a robe. I was confused and explained I was getting a facial and not a massage. Perhaps I should back up. Before this treatment, here is what I thought would happen:

1. Get gunk scrubbed into my face.
2. Get heavier gunk stuck on my face.
3. Get gunk peeled off of my face.
4. Eat the cucumbers that were placed over my eyes.

That’s it. That’s what I knew. Needless to say, I was wrong. Facials are from your shoulders and up. Once in my robe, and once in the treatment room I was ready for my facial.

Hayley was my esthetician and did a great job explaining everything to me. My favorite part was that in the beginning she asked if I wanted to know what she was doing, or wanted this to be quiet relaxation. I wanted to know. After examining my skin she commented there was light sun damage and my skin was dehydrated. She was correct, because I just finished nine days of SXSW. She cleansed. During this process she also gave attention to my shoulders, neck, scalp and face. I realize I might be technically wrong to call this a full out massage, but that’s exactly what it felt like. Insanely relaxing. It almost felt like whatever she was doing to my skin was secondary.

Next up were extractions. The polite way to say this is that she removed built up dirt, but we’re all adults here. She was popping zits people (in a very professional way). Hayley explained she doesn’t recommend doing this at home, and one of her key advantages is the angles she is able to take when removing the dirty little problems. I freely admit to having moments in front of the mirror, removing acne. I don’t like it one bit. Especially because I have the type of skin that will remain red with intense pinches. At the end, I fully expected a face dotted with red land mines.

The facial masque was next. In my head, this was going to finally be the boring part. I’d get the masque on, and then sit and wait. While some of you find this relaxing, I get antsy. Guys, don’t worry about being bored during a facial, because this is the best part. After the masque was applied, Hayley started working the arms. That’s right, you receive a full hand/arm massage. At this point I felt like I was discovering a secret world of enjoyment and at any moment a group of women would burst in the room with a cease  and desist order. That never happened. Instead I was in a state of perfect relaxation.

After Hayley removed the masque, I received some intense moisture that my skin desperately needed (remember, SXSW). Then Hayley recapped what she did to my skin, and what I could do to my skin going forward. First off, she recommends quarterly facials, and at the most once a month. She also recommended some products. I picked up the Environmental Cleaner since I loved the scent during the treatment.

With everything finished, I looked in the mirror to see the damage. None. There was nothing. I wasn’t filled with red blotches. Hayley did her job quite well. That wasn’t the most amazing part. I felt my face, specifically my nose. Guys, remember the first time you shaved in high school? I could not believe how smooth my face was. This was the same thing. My face was ridiculously smooth.

Every single smell was amazing. Nothing was flowery, or reeked of perfume. Citrus, red wine, and ginger were the main aromas I remember. In fact, nothing seems feminine about the facial. Is getting acne taken care of girly? Is a neck or arm massage something you wouldn’t love right now?

I love to think in absolutes. So I posed this question to myself, “If I could only choose facials or massages for the rest of my life what would I do?” I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think facials. That hour with Hayley was insanely relaxing (OK, I admit extractions don’t feel great), plus I don’t want to spend time taking care of my face everyday. I know I’m not going to do it. If milk + honey spa is willing to take that job on, I’m happy to hand it off.

I was reluctant. I was skeptical. I have seen the light. Yes, I received my first facial, and I loved it.

Disclosure: Jeff Bayer does freelance work for milk + honey.


Vogue Does Austin and milk + honey spa

March 22, 2012

SXSW is over. We know this because we can all get to where we are going without planning ahead for six hours. An article in Vogue by Evvie Crowley and Molly Creeden prepared non-Austinites for the festival. milk + honey is proud to be their Friday afternoon plan, and we couldn’t agree more with their thinking. Although, the SXSW Detox Retreat is pretty spectacular too.

2. For hair, skin, or muscles that are feeling a little festival-weary, go to Milk + Honey Day Spa and revitalize with excellent pedicures, facials, and massage. Or enter 100 minutes of bliss with the spa’s signature “Spa Partisan” in which a body polishing treatment with an in-house organic scrub is followed by a steam under a canopy, and a 60-minute body butter massage.
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To read the complete article, click here.


Create Your Perfect Smile with Dr. Randy Kunik

March 22, 2012

Create Your Perfect Smile

It’s never been easier to have a perfect smile. Our neighbor, Dr. Randy Kunik is offering an exclusive deal to milk + honey clients. He’s hosting two open houses where he will walk you through the beauty experience of straightening your teeth using the Invisalign system.
milk + honey clients will receive $500 off the Invisalign treatment. If you choose to begin before May 31, 2012, you will receive a Signature Retreat Package ($249 value). There will be wine, beer, appetizers, smiles, and answers to all of your Invisalign questions.


Wednesday, March 28: 5:30-7:30pm
4201 Bee Caves Road C209

2nd Street District
Thursday, March 29: 5:30-7:30pm
211-B San Antonio Street

RSVP to [email protected]

Employee of the Month

February Employee of the Month: Jessica

March 20, 2012

We are very pleased to announce Jessica is our February Employee of the Month!

Jessica is one of our fantastic concierges, and she knows what it takes to be a true Spa Partisan. Jessica brings such positivity and knowledge to our concierge team. She is a shining example for all of our milk + honey family, with her desire to go above and beyond, along with her commitment to providing the milk + honey experience to all of our clients. In addition to her work as a concierge, Jessica also belongs to our amazing team at SALON by milk + honey doing some of the most beautiful make up applications.

We are so lucky to have Jessica as a part of our milk + honey family!

Employee of the Month

January Employee of the Month: Mia

March 1, 2012

We are thrilled to announce Mia as our January Employee of the Month!

Mia has been a part of our SALON by milk + honey 2nd Street District team since October 2010. We were so lucky to nab her fresh off the plane from San Francisco. Mia has such a positive affect on her clients and co-workers alike. Mia always has a smile on her face whether she’s helping another stylist formulate a color, or recommending products to a walk in client. She is definitely an outstanding Partisan.

Thank you Mia for your outstanding positivity and glowing smile!

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Product of the Month: Dr. T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes

March 1, 2012

Product of the Month:
Dr. T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes

The weather here in Austin is turning. Winter is slipping away and guess what folks, it’s almost time for Spring Break! Whether you are in school or not, surely you’re taking advantage of these gorgeous days and spending time outside. Don’t forget your sunscreen, even when it’s delightfully 70 degrees outside. The harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays are in full swing and milk + honey has the protection you need.

Dr. T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes are ideal for all skin types, especially sensitive skin and toddlers 2-3 months of age and up. Formulated to calm, soothe and protect, these soft pre-moistened, paraben-free, water-resistant wipes deliver powerful SPF 30 protection for the face and body. They’re super convenient and easy to carry in your beach bag, golf bag, baby bag or purse.

Supergoop is a favorite among Partisans for its natural ingredients and it’s very easy to travel with. Dr. T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes come in a 40 ct. for $34.

During the month of March you get 20% off Dr. T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes making them just $27.20.

You can purchase the Sunscreen Swipes at 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, or our online store.

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