What We’re Loving: The Best of July 2016

July 1, 2016

Thanks to prolonged daylight, rising temps, and a general proclivity for the outdoors, the Summer months usher in an entirely new set of things to do and products to “swear by.” As for us? We’re gravitating toward bright nail polishes, ice-cold treats, water-oriented activities, and most importantly, all forms of skin/sun protection — a perfect mix of essentials for hot weather. Keep reading for our product picks for the month ahead.

Manduka eko superlite™ travel mat, $40


This mat is as pliable and light as it promises to be, which comes in handy for summer travels. It’s so compact (when folded) that I was able to fit it easily into my carry-on backpack — along with a laptop and book.” — Marisa T., marketing director


milk + honey Mosquito Spray (available at all milk + honey locations and online)


“This is a no-brainer. It is Deet-free, effectively keeps pesky mosquitoes at bay — especially important given the Zika scare — and it smells great. There’s not much more I could ask for in a mosquito spray. To me, this is the ‘it’ item of the summer.” — Marisa T., marketing director


Eco-Tan Face Tan Water$30 (available at all milk + honey locations)

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“It’s streak-free, simple to use, goes on like a toner (on a cotton ball), leaves you with a sun-kissed face, and doesn’t smell like a true ‘tanner’.” — Kate T., procurement director


Spa Ritual Nail Polish in Tender, $12 (available at all milk + honey locations)

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“It’s that time of the year where you can get away with much bolder hues. Plus, I love that this particular shade is part of Spa Ritual’s limited-edition Spring 2016 Nurture collection. Try it now because it won’t be around forever!” — Summer S., managing director of operations


Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ


“While I love the brisket taco with extra guacamole, the truth is, you can’t wrong with anything on this menu. Tack on a trip to Valentina’s after a visit to our South Lamar location and you have yourself a solid day.” — Gina K., marketing coordinator


Free Community Dance Classes at the Long Center


“Ballet Austin puts on free themed dance classes at the Long Center and, to date, a handful of Spa Partisans have taken the Bollywood and Michael Jackson class. So much fun! I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something active to do indoors.” — Teresa S., 2nd Street District general manager 


Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum with SPF 30 (available at all milk + honey locations)

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“I know how important it is to put sunscreen on every day, not just on ‘sunny days’. The problem is: I usually hate how most sunscreens feel on my face — so thick and chalky-looking — so it becomes one of my most dreaded steps in my daily skincare routine. Thankfully, I discovered Supergoop! serum sunscreen, which is lightweight, blendable, and free of chemical nasties. I’m obsessed.” — Marisa T., marketing director




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