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milk + honey’s Mother’s Day Makeover Contest Starts Now — Details Here!

April 7, 2014

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Our third annual milk + honey Mother’s Day Makeover contest is back, and we’re treating three amazing women — one winner for each location — to a luxurious head-to-toe makeover.

The makeover includes:
Signature Facial
m + h Manicure and Pedicure
Hair Cut and Color
Makeup Application
– A goodie bag of m + h products and makeup
($600 value)

To enter, fill out this application form. The deadline to submit for consideration is Wednesday, April 30. Winners will be contacted and announced on Friday, May 2.

We can’t wait to read what’s sure to be an amazing range of inspiring entries. And know this — contest or no contest, we appreciate everything our moms and mother figures do for us!

P.S. Meet our 2013 winners here!

Beauty, News, Product of the Month, Products

Our Staff Picks: March Beauty Favorites

March 19, 2014

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“My favorite service is our new Ultimate Pedicure. Getting a pedicure is usually about maintenance for me: soft feet, seasonal polish and a moment to relax. However, when I finally start to relax, my pedicure is usually ending and I’m left wanting more. The Ultimate Pedicure provides that extra massage and luxury that I am looking for. Almost a full hour and a half devoted to my tired calves and achy feet is the best!” — Teresa S., manager at milk + honey Hill Country Galleria

“I love Radiance from CosMedix for my daytime serum. It gives me a supple glow that I get compliments on all the time! I strive for healthy skin and Radiance helps me achieve just that. It feels great under my mineral makeup, too. A trick I like to use is to always make sure my face is damp (toner is great for this) before applying serum — this allows you to use less product (one pump is sufficient) and it spreads much easier.” — Brooke M., assistant manager at milk + honey 2nd Street District

“The Signature Plus Facial is a dream come true for mature, stressed, or damaged skin. You enjoy our signature facial with cleansing, toning, extractions, mask, massage and moisture, then are treated to particle-free microdermabrasion that leaves your skin so soft and glowing. This treatment has helped me get rid of hyper-pigmentation and feel more confident about my skin.” — Emilie S., milk + honey HR

“My favorite can’t-live-without product is Kevin.Murphy Young Again oil. It’s great for all hair types and not greasy. It has repaired my damaged ends and continues to keep my hair shiny and healthy. Pro tip: it’s great on dry skin, too!” — Katie A., manager at milk + honey Arboretum Market

“I love Reflect by CosMedix! It’s a spray-on sunscreen that is light and not greasy. With the sunnier summer months approaching, it is essential! It’s the best! The spray-on SPF by Coola is also the bomb. It’s great for chasing down my nephews at the pool and spraying them quickly and easily. My nephew Connor loves it too. He says it makes his skin feel silky.” — Kelley W., assistant manager at milk + honey Hill Country Galleria

“Designed to thicken and plump thinning hair and prevent hair loss, the Kevin Murphy Plumping.Line helps with hair growth while boosting the appearance of fullness. I can tell an immediate difference in the texture and density of my hair after I shower. It’s milk + honey’s newest miracle.” — Summer L., general manager at milk + honey

“‘A Solution’ in the ResultsRx line is my fave. I love it because it has both vitamin A and alphahydroxys. It helps to break up dead layers of skin and promote faster cell turnover.” — Maureen, esthetician at milk + honey Hill Country Galleria

“I’m loving the Citrus Blossom Dermabrasion by EcoInventive. This all-organic exfoliant smells great and leaves your skin feeling like you just got a facial. It has a jojoba oil base so it moisturizes while it exfoliates. Pro tip: cleanse using the Citrus Blossom Dermabrasion, then cleanse once more with normal routine for freshest effect.” — Shawn, esthetician at milk + Honey Hill Country Galleria

“Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer is the perfect sunscreen + hydration + skin tone secret weapon for you. Infused with finely-powdered tourmaline, it boosts skin’s energy and radiance and stays on for the entire day — even through exercise.” — Emilie S, milk + honey HR

“Let’s not forget about Fresh Hair from Kevin Murphy – it’s the BEST! I can go much longer in between blowouts because it keeps my hair oil-free and smelling great.” — Brooke M., assistant manager at milk + honey 2nd Street District

“The Ultrasonic Treatment is my favorite. It is a short, relaxing service that leaves my skin glowing afterwards. If my skin is feeling dull, it brightens me right up!” — Chris W., milk + honey HR assistant

“One of my very favorites for perfect natural curls is the Deva Curl Light Defining Gel. With your hair wet, apply a generous amount to your hands and scrunch it up into your hair. When your hair is dry, shake the curls loose – the gel won’t leave any hard or sticky residue! Just soft beautiful curls.” — Alanah M., assistant manager at milk + honey 2nd Street District

News, Press

milk + honey Founder Alissa Bayer Shares Her Favorite Austin Spots

March 10, 2014

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Alissa Bayer, milk + honey’s founder and owner, shares some of her favorite Austin places with the Elizabeth Street Mom blog. Among the highlights? Great shopping, a kid-friendly restaurant (that happens to serve up some seriously delicious Mediterranean fare), and a hidden gem, perfect for relaxing at without taking a proper vacation.

For the full profile — and more Austin recommendations — go here now.

New Spa Partisans, News, Spa Partisans

Have You Met the Newest Faces on the milk + honey Team?

March 10, 2014

We’re lucky to have such a talented, inspiring team of stylists, licensed massage therapists, estheticians, and concierges. And as we grow, so does our milk + honey family. Meet the newest faces, and make sure to come in to all three locations to say “hi!”

Meg, stylist at SALON by milk + honey at Arboretum Market
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Meg is a beauty industry veteran. After 15 years as a makeup artist and esthetician, Meg sought a new challenge and became a hair stylist. She spent three years in New York, falling in love with her new field, and moved to Austin in 2013. Meg feels a connection to her clients and has a knack for understanding their needs, and creating cuts and colors that are wearable and easy to maintain. She loves creating luxurious blondes, eliminating frizz with keratin smoothing treatments, and cutting sassy pixie styles. When she’s not in the salon, Meg is probably at the movies, cooking extravagant dinners, or playing with her Chinese Crested puppies, Billie and Miles.

Mark, licensed massage therapist at 2nd Street District/Downtown spa
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Mark has been in Austin for the past seven years and has been heavily involved in our local dance community. He has two cats whom he likes to spend his spare time with. And when he’s not dancing or chilling with his cats in his down time, he also enjoys yoga and bodywork.

Alyssa, shampoo assistant at Hill Country Galleria salon
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Alyssa has been in Austin for the past six months, but she has already fallen in love with the city’s hike and bike trails, music scene, and busy outdoor life. She decided to become a cosmetologist because she loves hair, the salon life, and meeting new people. Her beauty tip is “as long as you own your style, you can pull it off!”

Kim, licensed massage therapist at 2nd Street District/Downtown spa
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Kim moved to Austin seven years ago. She loves being outdoors, and her favorite place to be (outside of the spa) is the Greenbelt. Kim became a massage therapist because she really wanted to give something special to other people. Her favorite beauty tip is a DIY oil, mixing castor oil and grape seed oil — it’s great for your skin and hair.

Jordan R., nail tech at the SALON by milk + honey at Arboretum Market
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Jordan moved to Austin three years ago from Seattle, Washington. She loves it here, and enjoys going to see any concert or live music. Jordan loves being a nail therapist and being able to make others feel beautiful inside and out.

Beauty, Hairstyles, Salon

Do You Color Your Hair? Have You Tried the Ammonia-Free Organic Color System?

March 7, 2014

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What makes the Organic Color System different from the rest? Our Organic Master Colorist, Kelli, has the answers.

This ammonia-free, oil-based color line will exceed your expectations while keeping your hair healthy and shiny. Kelli has been using the line almost exclusively for four years. She began her career at the Sassoon Academy and has worked as an educator for several color lines.

So, what exactly made her stick with Organic Color after 15 years in the industry? Simply put: no ammonia. After becoming a color specialist, she felt fatigued and was having a hard time with the ammonia smell that’s found in many color lines. While doing some research, she came across the Organic Color System and was thrilled to see what great results they offer without the use of ammonia. Since this fateful discovery, Kelli has become a certified educator for the brand. Her favorite thing about the Organic System is that it works for everyone. The color is shiny, there’s less fading, and it works great on all hair types. Win-win.

Ready to make your color appointment with Kelli? Click here for her availability at the Arboretum Market location.

Awards, Beauty

The Best of Beauty: Oscars 2014

March 4, 2014

Let’s zoom in a little closer on these Oscar beauties. Dripping jewels, custom couture, and nominations aside, here are the looks we’re (still) crushing on days later. Consider this our very own version of the Oscars, with awards given to those with the most glamorous, classic, surprising, or daring hairstyles and makeup.

Lupita Nyong’o
Best Use of a Headband / Best Pink Lipstick
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Margot Robbie
Best Brunette TransformationMargot-Robbie-2014-Oscars

Olivia Wilde
Best Winged Eyeliner
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Kate Hudson
Best Side-Swept Hair
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Angelina Jolie
Best Brown Smokey Eye / Best Red-Carpet Blowout
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Kerry Washington
Best Purple Lipstick
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Charlize Theron
Best Pixie Cut in the Biz
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News

Parking at the Flagship milk + honey 2nd Street District

February 26, 2014

Address:

milk + honey 2nd Street District
100A Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78701
click here for map

milk + honey 2nd Street District (spa + salon) is at the corner of Guadalupe Street and West Cesar Chavez Street.

Parking Options (besides street parking):

City Hall Parking Garage (301 West 2nd St Austin, TX 78701)
Effective November 1, 2015, City Hall will no longer accept any form of validated parking on Saturdays and Sundays. Going forward, milk + honey will continue to validate City Hall parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, with the max validation amount being $7. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. After 5pm, it is a flat rate of $10, unless there are weekend events, which may increase the flat rate price.

Please also be aware that City Hall Parking Garage will be changing its entrance and exit points. You will enter on Guadalupe Street and exit on Lavaca Street.

For complete information regarding City Hall parking, click here.

AMLI on 2nd Garage (Entrance on San Antonio Street between 2nd & 3rd Street)
milk + honey validates parking for up to two hours, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Please bring your ticket for us to validate. There is also paid parking in the AMLI Parking Garage, and their prices fluctuate depending on the day and if there are any events.
AMLI Downtown Garage (Entrance on Lavaca Street between 2nd & 3rd Street)
milk + honey does not validate parking in this AMLI garage.

Silicon Labs Building (400 East Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701)
This building has a parking fee of $5 after 3pm.

Meter Parking (located on 2nd Street, Guadalupe and San Antonio)
$1 an hour from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Wednesday. $1 an hour from 9am to midnight, Thursday to Friday. $1 an hour 11am to midnight, Saturday. All meters are up to 3 hours. It is free on Sundays. Please give yourself a little extra time to look for a metered spot.

News

Want to Know How to Beat the Post-Winter Skin Blues? Here You Go.

February 20, 2014

This post is written by one of milk + honey’s esteemed estheticians, Val P. She works at the 2nd Street District location — come say hi!

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The worst of the Austin cold-snap hibernation may be over, but you know what still may be hibernating? Your body’s natural oil!

Your sebum has stayed nice and cozy in your pores all winter long. The barrage of heat and low humidity causes a pore-tightening effect that will leave the oilier skin types happy that their pores have decided to disappear, but all skin does seem to develop a new topography. As result of oil being trapped inside those teeny tiny pores, small bumps have popped up on the thinner parts of the skin, usually the forehead. Fine lines tend to linger after smiling or lifting your brows as the surface layer of the skin is not very flexible when not properly hydrated and moisturized — think paper maché.

To fix the problem before your pores unleash their fury come spring, you only need one hand and a hydrating toner. An alcohol and fragrance-free antiseptic toner with hyaluronic acid will provide water hydration to the top layers of your skin, in turn giving your face and pores some flexibility. You may use the toner throughout the day without overwhelming your skin with occlusive products, it’s more than okay to spray over makeup as well. It is not okay to put moisturizer on dry skin that hasn’t been washed, you’re just asking for additional problems. Also, make sure you’re not moisturizing dead skin cells, it’s a waste of moisturizer and creates buildup in your pores, so exfoliate one to three times weekly depending on your exfoliation method and skin type. Ideally, you should wear a heavier moisturizer, or a thin application of a hydration masque to sleep over your toner and serums, so that your skin can repair itself overnight for the day ahead without bacterial interference or dehydrating. You can cut back on the moisturizer once the weather warms, of course. If you’ve been neglecting your skin this winter then you should consider a facial with added exfoliation and hydration to get your skin glowing again. These are just a few suggestions for common post-winter skin challenges.

For a skin routine tailored to your skin, book a consultation to discuss treatment, products, and home care.

My Recommended Service:

Signature Plus Facial $145 with a Today’s Peel $50

Product Recommendations:

Mystic by Cosmedix ($36.50) This toner has a refreshing cucumber-citrus aroma and contains skin calming L-alpha bisabolol, high performance humectant Sodium PCA, precursors to hyaluronic acid L-Limonene & D-Glucuronic acid, mixed with a heavy dosage of anti-viral/ant-bacterial free radical fighting Deuterium Oxide and Witch Hazel. A perfect toner for year-round hydrating for all skin types.

Rescue Balm by Cosmedix ($44)
The delicious cherry infused hydration masque provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, and melanin suppression. Willowherb and a potent Copper Complex promote collagen and fibroblast production as well as regeneration and healing. This masque is a must have for sensitive, dry, injured, eczema, and post-procedure skin that can also be used as a moisturizer.

News

Street Closures During the Austin Marathon 2014

February 16, 2014

In lieu of the Austin Marathon, we want to make sure you know every and all street closures. Good luck to all the runners!

Sunday, February 16

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon

12:15 AM to 6:00 PM

Congress Avenue

Between 5th Street and 11th Street
3:00 a.m. and will reopen on 2/16 at 6:00 p.m.

10th Street, 9th Street, 8th Street
Between Brazos Street and Colorado Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 6:00 p.m. Lanes on 7th Street between Brazos and Colorado will be reduced during the same period.

North Congress Avenue
Between 15th Street and 17th Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 3:30 p.m.

16th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Will reopen on 2/16 at 8:00 a.m.

Congress Avenue
Between 4th Street and 5th Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

East 9th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Brazos Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m. Lanes on East 8th Street, between San Jacinto and Brazos, will also be restricted during this time.

5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street
Between Brazos Street and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

Brazos Street
Between East 7th Street and East 11th Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 6:00 p.m.

West Cesar Chavez Street
Between Congress Avenue and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 8:00 a.m.

San Jacinto Boulevard
Between East 11th Street and East 15th Street
Goes into effect at 6:30 a.m. and will re-open at 2:00 p.m.

11th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 4:00 p.m.

Congress Avenue
Between 15th Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

MLK Jr. Boulevard
Between Red River Street and Guadalupe Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

Guadalupe Street
Between West Cesar Chavez Street and West 11th Street
Goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. and will re-open at 12:30 p.m.

East 18th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 11:00 a.m.

East 17th Street
Between San Jacinto Boulevard and Colorado Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 4:00 p.m.

15th Street
Between Trinity Street and Lavaca Street
Goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. and will re-open at 12:30 p.m.

Massage, News, Specials, Treatments

Valentine’s Day Specials For That Special Someone (Just Sayin’)

February 11, 2014

Don’t think about it as one day out of the year where your love is on blast. Instead, look at it as the perfect excuse to treat yourself — and the ones you love — to something unbelievably relaxing and well-deserved. We’ll make it easy on you. Limited-time only Valentine’s Day packages are just the thing to make this Friday anything but dreaded.

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Valentine’s Mini Retreat
Signature Facial OR 60-minute Lux Massage
m + h Manicure
Buy Gift Certificate
$129

Cupid’s Retreat
60-minute Lux Massage
Signature Facial
Buy Gift Certificate
$179

Valentine’s Ultimate Retreat
Ultimate Massage
Ultimate Pedicure
Buy Gift Certificate
$259

Valentine’s Dreamy Retreat
90-minute Lux Massage with Exfoliating Back Scrub and Hydrating Hair Mask
Signature Facial
m + h Manicure and Pedicure
Buy Gift Certificate
$319

Date Night
60-minute Couples Massage
Side-by-Side m + h Pedicures
Buy Gift Certificate
$279

Enhance Your Retreat:
These services can be added to any treatment or package.

  • Blowout, $45
  • Blowout with Makeup Application, $75
  • m + h Manicure, $30
  • m + h Pedicure, $50

Couples Treatments:

Couples Retreat
milk + honey is one of those things that is even better when shared. You’ll each enjoy a 60-minute Lux Massage in our couples room, a Signature Facial, and a m + h ManicureAbout 3 hours for $449.
Buy Gift Certificate

All Time Favorites:

Lux Massage
A customized, luxurious Swedish-style massage for relaxation that treats your problem areas and releases stress from your muscles. 60 minutes for $100, 75 minutes for $120, 90 minutes for $140, 120 minutes for $170.
Buy Gift Certificate

Lux Pedicure
Yum! Warm foot bath, exfoliation, a warm essential oil wrap, aromatherapy foot massage and hot towel compress. Finish it off with nail maintenance and polish. 60 minutes for $70.
Buy Gift Certificate

Manly Retreat
Your body works hard for you, so say “thank you.” The Manly Retreat includes a 60-minute Sports MassageMen’s Deep Clean Facial, and Manly ManicureAbout 2.5 hours for $259.
Buy Gift Certificate

The Spa Partisan
The signature milk + honey body treatment. Body brushing opens your pores before the skin is polished with a blend of brown sugar, coffee, crushed almonds, and dehydrated milk. Next, a steam treatment moisturizes, and a 60-minute Lux Massage with body butter completes the relaxing treatment. 100 minutes for $190.
Buy Gift Certificate

Contact us
512.236.1115

2nd Street District (spa + salon) | concierge@milkandhoneyspa.com
Hill Country Galleria (spa + salon) | galleria@milkandhoneyspa.com
Arboretum Market (salon) | arboretum@milkandhoneysalon.com

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