Testimonials & Reviews

"Maggie is a reflective and holistic practitioner.  She is a skin healer."

In my teens I went to a dermatologist for acne.  The doctor’s plan: Differin Gel (now over-the-counter) and oral antibiotics. The plan worked well enough until my early 20s and a re-evaluation meant a change of plans: birth control pills with a marketing angle geared toward acne control.  Then, in my mid 20s, I woke up unable to get out of bed and bear weight on my legs.  In other words, I could not stand.  I had Deep Vein Thrombosis (ultrasound tests showed blood clots in both legs) and orders to discontinue the use of my birth control pills.  After months of self injections, oral blood thinners, and biweekly trips to laboratories for blood draws, the blood clots dissolved and diagnostic lab work revealed that the birth control pills combined with a hereditary blood-clotting factor (Factor V Leiden) caused the DVT.  With this revelation, my acne plan had to change again. This time the dermatologist suggested Accutane.  As she reviewed possible side effects such as birth defects, thinning hair, mood changes, and mental health issues, I nervously responded, “My mom doesn’t think it’s that bad.”  Her response: “Your mom says that because she loves you.”  I then decided to love myself enough to go with the doctor's second suggestion: Retin-A.  After years of Retin-A and looking like my face was forever molting, I sought the expertise of skin care professional and aesthetician Maggie Miley.  The print advertisement that lead me to Maggie hooked me with Maggie's motto: Skin Care = Self Care.  Maggie’s signature facial combined with microdermabrasion every 1-2 months and a home routine using the same products used by Maggie means I am now prescription-free and acne-free.  Maggie is a reflective and holistic practitioner.  She is a skin healer.  Looking back on my skin care journey, I realized it took a long time for me to truly care for my skin and myself.  The feeling is liberating and I credit Maggie’s expertise and care. ~ Kate. M.


"Not only was there improvement in my acne, but also for scarring, and fine lines."

My personal experience with acne started in my early teenage years and has transcended many types of skin care product lines and painful therapies. Acne for me has always largely been affected by my hormones, stress, and diet (dairy, specifically, I have found).  I was moving off birth control when my acne spiraled out of control and I called Maggie out of sheer desperation one evening.  We decided to start the Celluma light therapy. At first it was just a few days a week and then ramped up to daily to speed up my results, where I saw the most results in my skin and balance returned.  Not only was there improvement in my acne, but also in my skin tone, scarring, and fine lines.  I purchased the Celluma and have also been using it on my shoulders and back for acne breakouts and for lower back pain.  Currently I use the light about 3 times a week or more if I am having breakouts and this has allowed me to return to a simple regimen of Lira products - face wash and moisturizer.  I am a minimalist when it comes to products, so having a complex skin regimen is not for me.  Maggie and Celluma have helped me reach my skin goals and regain the confidence that acne deprives me of. ~ Jennifer, Celluma Panel Owner


"I am now a regular customer and recommend Complexions on Carter to everyone I know!!"

Maggie was recommend to me by a co-worker, whose skin I always admired.  I have recently started  to be more conscious of my skin as it has started to  dull with age and more struggles with adult acne brought on by hormonal changes.  My initial consultation with Maggie was everything I needed to hear, her approach to skincare, her philosophies and products were in alignment with my personal self care. After my first two facials, I was amazed with the results, my skin glowed again and it has never felt softer.  I am now a regular customer and recommend Complexions on Carter to everyone I know!! ~ Angela K.


"Maggie is definitely a keeper."

I moved to St. Paul in 2010 and thought I'd have a hard time finding a new aesthetician. I saw a small review about Maggie in the Mpls/St. Paul magazine and loved that she used organic products. I had tried a few other aesthetician and wasn't satisfied so I made an appointment with Maggie and found my new girl! My skin always feels clean and smooth when I leave her, not to mention how relaxed I feel. I've also added light therapy to my treatments and notice a difference in my skin. Maggie is definitely a keeper. - Hope.T


"I just wanted to let you know that I have been using my Celluma daily for the last 5 days and my skin looks amazing!

The discoloration is fading, my acne is nearly gone, and the texture has improved dramatically. My cheeks are also rosy!  I am going to keep using it for a 7 days straight, then back off a little bit. I love it!  ~ Linnea C. new Celluma panel owner!


"Celluma is the miracle that I’ve been looking for"

Celluma is the miracle that I’ve been looking for the past 18 years of my life.  I developed persistent acne at about 16 and have worked every single day since to try to manage it.  I have seen multiple doctors and dermatologists who all had something else to prescribe.  Everything worked—until it didn’t.  I had been able to manage my acne for about the past 8 years with occasional break outs.  After having my son, plus entering my 30’s, I noticed my skin changing.  More breakouts, bigger cystic acne, more severe scarring.  The acne became so bad that I was avoiding social situations and anxious about being seen without makeup.  Maggie approached me in April of 2017 about trying the Celluma Light therapy.  I took photos prior to the first session, and then took photos again after 4 sessions in a 2-week period.  I couldn’t believe the difference.  The angry red scarring had started to fade, the big blemishes weren’t so inflamed, and the rough look to my skin from clogged pores had smoothed out.  It’s always hard to notice changes to yourself when you look in the mirror every day, but the photos don’t lie.  I continued the Celluma through May and June on a regular basis.  By July, I had very smooth skin.  The bumpy, rough skin had been resolved.  In August I had to retrain myself to start with less BB Cream because I needed far less to cover scars.  It is September now, and I have not gotten a pimple in months.  My skin is smooth and bright.  The scars are next to gone.  I can’t say enough about Celluma Light Therapy and how much it has changed my life.  I’d recommend it full-heartedly. ~ Annie E. Celluma panel owner


"I have noticed significant improvement in my skin."

In the three months that I have been using the Celluma, along with the skin care products that Maggie has recommended to best treat my skin issues, I have noticed significant improvement in my skin. My hormonal acne would leave red blotches and ice pick scars, but since starting Celluma I have noticed the redness calming and texture of my skin becoming soft and smooth. Breakouts have reduced and, though I still get an occasional breakout, they heal quickly and, best of all, no scars! Prior to my treatments, I would have cystic acne that would pop up every few months, but I have not experienced this type of painful acne since. I also had a couple of sun spots that have started to fade away. For the first time in years, I feel confident leaving my house without makeup to cover my skin. The treatments are enjoyable and calming; I look forward to taking a bit of me time during the days I use the Celluma and trust the products Maggie has recommended as the ingredients are healthy for my skin and body. ~Linnea C.


"The place is very quiet and relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed this very much."

I just had my first facial yesterday and scheduled to go back in a month.
Maggie was very caring and listened carefully to what my needs were. She obviously takes that into consideration when giving you your treatment. 
The place is very quiet and relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed this very much.
She also recommended products for me with absolutely no pressure to buy anything which I appreciated. I highly recommend her and looking forward to return! ~ Irene S.


"Whether you're getting your first or 107th facial, I'd highly highly recommend Complexions on Carter."

 On the recommendation of my wedding hair and makeup artist, I brought my mom here for her first (my third ever) facial with Maggie, as a little mother-daughter pampering before I get married. We both had a signature facial with microderm. This was a totally different experience than my first two facials, in a great way. Back home in Connecticut, the woman I see is probably true to her eastern European roots and somewhat harsh and clinical, without any chatting. Being new and a latecomer to the professional skincare party, I like being told what's going on throughout the process, and Maggie was great with that. Extraction was effective but much gentler than I'd previously experienced--huge relief! Maggie is super friendly and we chatted about wedding things the whole time (and her adorable baby!). The salon is super homey and simple, in a cute little shopping "nook". We went upstairs for an awesome dinner at Muffuletta afterwards. Also, with product, Maggie was really helpful with my questions but not pushy at all. I've tried a couple samples she gave so far and will be back for the product. This place makes me wish I still lived in MN, and I'll be back on future visits. Honestly, with the amazing service, it should have way more great reviews! Whether you're getting your first or 107th facial, I'd highly highly recommend Complexions on Carter. ~ Tessa O.


 "I had my first treatment today and it was fantastic."  

Maggie educated me on the products she was using and why she chose them. The space was warm and inviting and it was a truly relaxing experience! ~ Lauran A.


 "Skin treatments are all about relaxation, and the ladies delivered!"

My mother and I had facials with Maggie and Kate last night. We were both very impressed! We don't get weekly facials or anything, but we've had our fair share of services over the years. Complexions on Carter is our favorite type of place. Skin treatments for us are all about relaxation, and the ladies delivered!

The fair prices, no sales pitches and no tipping policy help add to the hassle free experience.

Show up early for some flavorful tea and relaxing by the stone fireplace! ~ Melissa S., St. Paul, MN


 "Book an appointment, you will be happy you did!"

This place is amazing.  I had a facial with Kate Williams, and it was a terrific experience.  The shop (that really isn't the right word--it's more like a relaxation spa!) is in an adorable little place in St. Paul that I had never been to.  It feels like you are in Europe!  Easy parking.  I did have a bit of trouble finding the sign, however, when you are at the corner of Carter and the cross street, Complexions on Carter is in the adorable tan shops that are across from Dunn Bros.  The sign is a bit tough to see from the street, but once you walk up to the building, you'll see it immediately.

The space is warm, lovely and wonderful.  Kate was kind and made me feel immediately at ease.  I've been having trouble with my skin for a few years now, and I am in my 40s with adult acne.  Rather than yet again try a new product line, I figured it was time to get help from a pro.  I went to the right place.  Kate was extremely knowledgable about what has happening with my skin and gave me great tips.  The facial itself was so relaxing and my skin felt wonderful.  I did purchase the skin care products they sell, but there was no pressue whatsoever.  I made it clear that was a service I was interested in when I started my session.    I felt pampered, that the services I received were a great value, and I will be back--even despite living 2 hours from St. Paul.  Book an appointment, you will be happy you did! ~ Nichole C. Esko, MN 



"Kate does a wonderful job"

Kate does a wonderful job providing valuable information on skin care in a professional way. Her facials are amazing! ~Kathy I. Minneapolis, MN


"I don't think I'll be going anywhere else ever again" 

I've had two facials here (with brow shaping) and just scheduled my third. I'm planning to go once every couple of months. Maggie was warm, friendly and helpful. For my first appointment, I had to cancel at the last minute because I got miserably sick and had to reschedule. I felt horrible about canceling because I knew she probably couldn't get someone else to fill the slot. She was so understanding about it, I liked her immediately.

I like everything about this place: easy to schedule an appointment online, parking lot in the back, beautiful and relaxing space, perfect music choices, etc. Maggie asks a lot of questions before the appointment so I felt like things were really customized to my needs. Then during the treatment, she talks just the right amount - she let's me know what is happening but keeps it mostly quiet, calm and relaxing.

I have had facials at other places but Complexions on Carter is by far my favorite. I don't think I'll be going anywhere else ever again.  ~ Noel M. St. Paul, MN


 "Maggie is an Artist..."

"I've had a lot of facials in my almost 60 years and Maggie has my highest regard and recommendation as an esthetician. Maggie is an artist is not satisfied with anything but the highest-quality service to her clients; she is born to do what she is doing!" -Ann B., St. Paul Minnesota


"Best Facial I have ever had!!"

"Best Facial I have ever had!! I was given a facial by Maggie at this spa and it was fantast c! The spa is cute and intimate and she listened to my skin complaints and offered tips to correct them. I ended up making my next facial appointment on the spot and my skin never felt more fresh. I highly recommend going to this spa and making a day of it with lunch at Muffaletta and window shopping in St. Anthony Park :)" ~ Celena O. St. Paul, MN *******************************************************************************************

"My skin looks and feels amazing!"

"Just moved back to the Twin Cities and so glad I found Complexions on Carter in St. Paul! I had a facial and microderm and my skin looks and feels amazing! Maggie Miley is a very talented esthetician, answered all of my questions, and I also love the line she uses, Image Skincare, one of the best. It was so relaxing here, and the location is great, there are also lots of quaint shops nearby to make a day of it." ~ Angela D. Orlando, FL ************************************************************************************

"I have been getting compliments ever since!"

"I love to see a new business in my favorite neighborhood in St. Paul so I scheduled a facial (which I was able to do online very conveniently) and really enjoyed the facial massage. I'm so happy that I can go in for a summer bikini wax just down the block, she did a great job. I also got my brows waxed and Maggie suggested I try tinting them (just like dying your hair) as my eyebrows are really blond. I have been getting compliments ever since. Thank you Complexions on Carter!" Ruth L. St. Paul, MN


"I had my first facial at Complexions on Carter and was blown away at how awesome it was!"

"I had my first facial at Complexions on Carter and was blown away at how awesome it was! The space is super cute, tucked away in a garden setting with unique design and a relaxing vibe. The place smelled really good, too. Maggie is very warm and welcoming, making my experience very relaxing. I was in heaven during my facial, and her attention to detail was important for my "problematic" skin. She used high-tech tools that made me feel like I was in Hollywood completing with movie star brows! I left with wonderful products; I strongly recommend the tinted moisturizer for anyone with oily skin and the lip balm is awesome, too, almost glossy. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to feel like a princess!" ~ Flannery T. Minneapolis, MN


 I went to Complexions on Carter for a basic facial. Maggie is a talented, professional- it was amazing! I never knew a facial could be so relaxing and also make my skin so much brighter and fresh looking. I walked out looking fabulous and feeling renewed I got my eyebrows done and purchased some new products for my skin that have been working really well. Maggie also taught me about how one of the exfoliating products I was using was too harsh for my skin and since the product was so rough, it was actually damaging the skin on my face. I recommend this place to anyone in St. Paul or Minneapolis and also people passing through town looking for an excellent facial. ~ Abbie L. Washington, DC


 Complexions on Carter is a fantastic space. It is warm and relaxing and Maggie does a great job putting her clients at ease. Her facial was relaxing and my skin glowed afterwards. I couldn't resist purchasing some of the products she used including the lip gloss-LOVE IT. I also started using Image skincare products and have begun receiving compliments on how nice my skin looks--that has never happened before. All in all, the facial was reasonably priced, Maggie really knows her stuff and I left happy and satisfied. Thanks Maggie! ~ A A. St Paul, MN


Maggie from Complexions on Carter set the tone from the very first moment I set an appointment for my Deluxe Complexions Facial. From the high end products that adorned the senses with aromas of grapefruit, along with the soft, fluid-flow of movements within her message techniques, I was sent straight to cloud 9! She was a plethora of information and answered all questions I had, with suggested treatments and helpful tips. I look forward to Maggie being my official skincare guru from here on out. Until my next trip to cloud 9... I mean, Complexions on Carter, I am one loyal client. ~ Vanessa C. St Paul, MN


Complexions on Carter is an intimate and cozy boutique place to receive AMAZING facials! I was in Heaven. Maggie the esthetician was fabulous, knowledgeable and professional. Products were great too. I almost done with the samples she gave me and I have to go back for more! A highly recommended experience!!! ~ Sharri A. St Paul, MN


Maggie Miley is a gem in the heart of St. Anthony Park; her Complexions on Carter an oasis for tired, weary faces. I went to her after hearing someone rave about her facials. As others have already said, Maggie's facials are really great. She is very knowledgeable about skin health and skin care. I felt so pampered and relaxed during my session with her. When I first arrived, my skin was feeling out of sorts and agitated. I told her that my adult acne seemed to be getting more active. When she was done with my facial, my skin felt soothed and calmed. I was really amazed and so surprised at the difference, and also that my face was not red and raw. In fact, I thought I looked good, especially after she gave me a complimentary mineral powder foundation using the Jane Iredale line of skin care makeup. I felt that the products she had used for my facial were really helpful and right for my skin. Maggie also gave me a quick assessment of my skin and skin care routine and her opinion of what I could do to not further agitate my skin. She gave me samples to try and so far, I have to say that they are working better than my usual cleanser and cream. I am already scheduled to come back to start a skin treatment program with her so that I can get my facial skin health back on track again. My heartfelt thanks to Maggie, her warm and welcoming spriit together with her knowledge really made me feel like I had found a very good place to nurture better skin for myself. ~ Geri T. St Paul, MN


I treated myself to a Signature Facial exactly one month ago...and my skin is still glowing from the experience. Not only was my mood immediately lifted upon entering the beautiful, mindfully decorated space, but my tired skin was also refreshed. Maggie carefully selected the most appropriate Image Skincare products for my treatment, and then sent me home with a post-treatment regimen for the following week. Maggie is passionate about her work, and is a knowledgable representative for the Image line. She has a warm and compassionate spirit. I highly recommend this experience...and can't wait until I can go visit Maggie again. ~Beth B. Minneapolis, MN


 As soon as i walked into Maggie's space, I felt welcomed and comfortable. I knew my appointment time was all for me. No interruptions, no outside noise. I have experienced a lot of skincare treatments in my adult life- Maggie gives one heck of a facial massage! My skin was all aglow when the treatment was finished. She sent me away with many samples of amazing Image Skincare and a couple of lipgloss samples as well. I paid, left and as i was driving away when I realized that I forgot to leave a tip, (Oh no!) When I phoned her to acknowledge that fact, she informed that she has a no tipping policy. What a concept! I will definitely be back! ~ Alyssa S. Minneapolis, MN