Tag Archives: Dr. Robert Niedbalski

Angie’s List – Episode #1

6 Feb

My good friend and fellow Medical Esthetician, Angela Janssen, discusses skincare.

I take advantage of her services whenever I am visiting Tacoma and she can fit me into her busy schedule!

Laser Hair and Skin Center of Tacoma – 253-572-2949


In Anticipation and Dread of Fall – Easy Makeup & Beauty Change-ups

18 Aug

It seems to me that just as I start relaxing into summer it’s suddenly time to consider fall fashion and makeup trends.  I feel both apprehension and anticipation at once.  Back to school butterflies come, whether I’m going back or not!  And it’s not the autumn that I truly dread, but the idea of a long winter coming.  I’ve got to try not to hibernate this year!

Yesterday I did something that I haven’t done for a long time, I bought a big ol’ magazine, InStyle’s Fall Edition.  It is about a mile thick, so I’m thinking I got a good deal?  Anyway, it brought me back to my teenage years when I couldn’t wait to pore over the extra fat editions of fall fashion magazines, studying the pages for clothing and makeup ideas.  Flash me a pic of any 1980’s supermodel, I can surely tell you her name!

InStyle Fall Fashion












Unlike when I was a kid, perusing the glossy magazine pages didn’t leave me pining away for million dollar fashions, but I was inspired to stroll around online to further examine fall beauty trends.  Updating the way you style your hair or changing the color of your lipstick doesn’t have to cost a lot.  In fact, depending on what you have on hand, you may be able to cruise into fall on a shoestring!

Brows are full, yet groomed.  Edgy, boyish, youthful.  Lay off the tweezing!  Make sure your brow wax queen knows you are letting yours fill in!  Been tweezing a long time, sistah?  Purchase some Latisse and start using it on your brows now, they’ll begin to blossom.  In the meantime, you can fill in sparse brows with makeup.  For more on brows, refer to my blog entitled The brow’s meow: how to get eyebrows that wow.

Bold color on the lips!  Try bright red lips with a pop of color on the eyes – note, you can pull this off if you keep your hair very sleek.  Also, bright red or mulberry lips with no eyeliner or mascara, think Audrey Hepburn.  Daring lips are no surprise for fall, but the change from summer color is kind of fun.  All this fancy lip business is a nice way to keep things from getting too drabby looking in the autumn months.  You know, when the weather turns blah and the world seems to fade to sepia tone?  No.  Let’s not let that happen!













Rosy cheeks!  A pretty, flushed look that is so lovely with an equally rosy lip and a feminine hairstyle.

Michael Kors












Statement eyes.  We are still seeing a lot of the “smoky eye” type, which I love. Terminology may be slightly different, words like hazy and ombre are thrown about, and blues and greens are being used a bit more.  Remember a softer lip paired with smoky eye looks best.  Also seeing some fun cat eyes with vivid colors such as cobalt, again worn with a soft, nude lip.

Couture and Cosmetics

Anna Sui















Smooth, side parted ponytails.  Sleek and simple.  Even I can do this!











The deep side part.  I found a great website/blog called Whoorl that has some fun video tutorials on it.  One I liked was Three Ways to Wear a Deep Side Part.  I watched this tutorial and realized that I had a couple of the little hair screws tucked away, I had just not really known how to use them.  Now that I do, I need to buy some more!

Beautiful, clean, flawless looking skin is always in.  Take good care of yours, get your facials, peels, or whatever your esthetician recommends for your particular skin.  And fake it til you make it with a bb cream, like Jane Iredale’s new Glow Time.

Chaos Magazine







I love this picture because I feel like it embodies many of the fall beauty trends – full brows, clean skin, a deep side part, and red lips!





I remember the feeling every year of wanting an amazing new wardrobe but never quite getting it!  Thankfully being on the other side of 40 seems to have taken away some of the pressure I used to feel regarding being fashionable. Maybe this coincides with money needing to go to other things, like landscaping and, apparently, country clubs (another story).  Sigh.  Anyway, I’ve always kind of enjoyed putting together whatever clothing and accessories I have in funky and new ways.

You may know that I don’t love spending a lot of time on my hair, but I want it to look decent.  It was a relief to find the deep side part styles  – easy and sleek, bring it on!

I like taking care of my skin and doing my makeup, at least!  Fall color palettes are always pretty.  I hunted down my Jane Iredale Lip Crayons in Tasty, a rosy red, and Naughty, a brick-ish red.  Yay!  But as soon as I went to tell you about them, I discovered that Jane has discontinued them, which is too bad!  They are perfect because they are natural, long lasting, and can be used as lip liner and lipstick.  At the present time, you can still purchase some online.  Do look for Jane Iredale’s Lip Fixation, though.  This is a beautiful dual-ended product, long lasting lip stain and lip gloss, and it’s available in a variety of colors.

Oh, and I may have layed my eyes on the new fall items from Jane Iredale ;) Gorgeous!  Guess I’ll be blogging about them (and hopefully wearing them) soon!

Glamour for Glampers and Other Girls on the Go

2 Aug

We are camping again!  I brought my makeup and my husband brought four pairs of shoes, so maybe we actually are glamping!  This time we are at Wallowa Lake in Joseph, Oregon.  So pretty!  Mountains, lake, river, activities, and I practically got to pet a deer!

Two days ago my coworker, Angela Janssen, gave me a dermaplaning treatment. I think she removed about a year’s worth of dead skin that I’ve accumulated living in the desert!  Plus the dermaplaning shaves off the velus hairs, leaving the skin so smooth and nice.  I also had a little Dysport put in my forehead to smooth out wrinkles, and a touch of Restylane in my lower lip to even out asymmetry. Thank you, Dr. Robert Niedbalski, my wonderful boss, for letting me have a little day of beauty!  Dysport is similar to Botox, and Restylane is a hyaluronic acid gel that has been FDA approved to be used for lip injections.


My lower lip is a bit uneven, which is NOT a huge deal, but I wanted to see what it would be like to have it plumped on the one side.  Plus, as I “mature” and begin to lose volume, I am sure I will venture into a full lip refill one day.  ;)  Also, I tell my clients and friends about dermal filler for the lips, so it’s good to be able to really share in what the experience is like.  Some of the fillers have a built in numbing agent these days, including the Restylane we used, so even though I felt a sharp poke initially, I didn’t jump out of the chair as I had feared!  Well, I didn’t jump ALL the way out.  The lip area swells quickly, so after that goes down, we can determine whether to use a little more filler in the area or not.


Being that my lip is still a little bruised and swollen, I decided to try some Jane Iredale Lip Fixation to help camouflage the discoloration.  It works!  You can see in the photo above, the bottom photo in the before and after is from today.  I only applied one layer of the stain portion of the Lip Fixation in Craving, and then put a layer of Lip Drink (lip balm/spf over it).  Later I tried adding a second coat of the lip stain just over the discolored area, and I think it did pretty well. Although I think it would look a bit better if I’d have touched up my foundation right underneath my lip.  Oh well, I am camping after all.  ;)



Another thing I am trying out is my new Jane Iredale primer and bb cream!  So nice.  Smooth Affair Primer has botanicals for hydrating, smoothing, and controlling oil, but even those with maturing skin are finding they can use it during the day over their serums instead of a moisturizer.  The new primer can be used under any of the Jane Iredale foundation formulations, or even on its own. It makes the skin look pretty and fresh.  The bb cream, Glow Time, makes the skin look like velvet.  Glow Time is full coverage and a little goes a LONG way. If you try using it like traditional makeup, you will have used way too much product and will think you don’t like it.  I was able to use a small pea size for my entire face and neck, smoothing it in with my fingertips.  Then I just took a little extra product to tap into the under eye area and did not need an additional concealer.


I’ve been on the road all day, and except for where I’ve wiped my mouth after eating, my makeup does not need to be retouched!

As far as camping goes, the Smooth Affair saves space since it can double as a moisturizer.  Glow Time is also a broad spectrum SPF 25, and since you can apply it with your fingertips, there is no need to bring a brush.  Another bonus is that there is no need for an additional concealer for the under eye area.  For you Jane Iredale fans, you will not need to use your hydration spritz over the bb cream. Saving space here, people!

Oh, and between using the Smooth Affair and the Glow Time, my pores look less visible!  Bonussss!!!

Preparing for Botox and Dermal Filler

21 Jun

ImageHave you made the determination to finally go for it and get Botox and/or filler for the first time?  Or, have you had these treatments before and want to make sure things go as smoothly as possible at your next appointment?  There are a few things you can do prior to having your Botox and filler injections to help bring about a favorable outcome.

First and foremost, do some legwork to find out who the expert injectors are in your area.  Use Groupon for pedicures and activities, but beware of choosing a Botox or filler injector based on the cheapest price.  While many wonderful companies have offered special deals on Groupon and the like, it isn’t recommended to go to any old clinic based on a deal.  Go because you’ve had friends or acquaintances who have gotten great results and recommended someone to you. Once you have found the right place to go and had things turn out well, chances are they will offer specials from time to time that you can take advantage of.

Once you have selected a place to get your injectables, go in for a consultation prior to your first treatment, if possible, in order to find out if a clinic is a good match for you.  Do you feel confident and comfortable with the injector?  Is the injector a doctor or an RN specially trained in the art and administration of injectables?  Is the staff professional and courteous?  Are there before and after pictures you can peruse?  The injector should be able to give you a ballpark estimate for what you can expect to spend. It’s always a good idea to bring pictures for reference.  One person’s idea of a perfect lip may be someone else’s idea of completely overdone.  Of course having pictures will help give you and the injector a point of reference.  If you have pictures of yourself, either at a younger age or after Botox or filler treatments where you loved the outcome, that is very helpful as well.

While Botox (and other similar types of injections used to smooth expression lines) take a few days to fully activate, dermal fillers are instantaneous, though you should anticipate the possibility of bruising or swelling.  Plan big events accordingly.  It is good to give yourself approximately 4 weeks between your injection appointment and your special occassion, in case you need to have anything touched up, and in case you bruise or swell. 

To minimize bruising and swelling, you should stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E, fish oil, and anything that thins the blood.  Always check with your doctor if you are on prescription blood thinners.  Additionally, you can begin taking the herbal supplement arnica before your appointment, and take it afterward to help minimize bruising and inflammation. Always follow the instructions on the label. Arnica gels and creams can also be applied topically.  Eating pineapple and papaya is also said to reduce swelling.

Many offices that offer injectables also carry makeup, and should be able to give you tips on how to camoflage bruising, should you end up with some.  A favorite line in the industry is Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.


Whaddya Know About Getting Great Skin?

1 Jun benefits-of-is-clinical-skin-care-21550659

Want the real skinny on skin care?  Better, healthier, more beautiful skin is achievable.  So how do you go about acquiring a healthy, glowing complexion?

As an esthetician, I’ve noticed a few things over the years.  How you take care of your skin and what you use to take care of your skin with matters.  Getting professional skincare treatments makes a big difference in the health and appearance of your skin.  Getting your skin scans and skin cancer checks is important.  You need to get familiar with your esthetician.  She, or he, can help you achieve skincare miracles, but your esthetician does not replace your dermatologist.  You need both.

Standing in the skincare aisle at the drug store, or at the department store, for that matter, trying to figure out a plan of action for yourself is the equivalent of self-medicating.  First of all, while the products in and of themselves may not be bad, even the most expensive department store products are not in the same category as a professional spa line, and will be well inferior to a pharmaceutical skincare line.  You will waste time and money, rarely will you get the desired effect, and you may even cause yourself damage if you start trying to treat skincare problems yourself.  So where do you go, and how do you get started? That depends on your concerns and how quickly you want to see results.

Do you have naturally beautiful skin that doesn’t require much attention?  It’s okay to admit, we less fortunate folk will try not to dislike you too much.  ;)  In the case of youthful, normal, healthy skin that mostly looks good no matter what, you can get away with having facials every 6-8 weeks, or more often if you like. You will want to use esthetician-recommended, professional skincare products at home.  Your routine can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, but the minimum will be a cleanser and a moisturizing SPF in the daytime, and cleanser and moisturizer at nighttime.  The ultrasonic facial would be a nice one for you.  The goal here is to maintain what nature blessed you with.  If your skin is starting to show a little wear and tear, or you’re having some breakout, go for a more active type of treatment, such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion.

You have skin issues?  Mild to moderate acne, sun damage, wrinkling?  You want results quickly?  Get thee to a med spa for sure, darling!  You probably already know my favorite place is Laser Hair and Skin Center of Tacoma, but anyway, a med spa will be a more clinical setting, and a place where people are serious about results.  While a medical esthetician will typically provide your treatments and recommend your products, there will be a medical director (doctor) on board to oversee and sign off on your care.  The plan of action might include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and/or laser treatments, and your products will be pharmaceutical-quality.  That means you’re gettin’ the goods, friends, like doing boot camp plus eating a perfect diet (if only I was as serious about that as I am my skincare)!  Med spa products and treatments are meant to get great results quickly.  Again, your skincare routine can be fairly simple or more elaborate, but you will always at least cleanse, treat, and protect in the morning, and cleanse and treat/moisturize at night.  At a med spa, you will also have access to prescription skin care products, if they are needed, like Retin-A and Hydroquinone.

Twins, one smoked and sunned, the other didn’t.
CREDIT: Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

If major skincare concerns are plaguing you, it’s important to see a dermatologist to get things under control.  Urgent matters such as infections, severe acne, rashes, etc., need to be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist.  While your esthetician can discuss with and help you with concerns such as mild to moderate acne, sun spots, wrinkles, and flushing, he or she cannot make a medical diagnosis or replace medical attention.  After your dermatologist has everything under control, then you can work with a medical esthetician to keep things moving along smoothly.

Regardless of which route you go with your skincare, remember to check in with your dermatologist once a year, even if you aren’t noticing any particular problems with your skin.  Hopefully you will never get skin cancer, but SkinCancer.org reports that “One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”  As you know, early detection of any kind of cancer is extremely important, and most skin cancer is curable if detected early.  So you see, it’s good to get these things checked out.

Are you wondering if you really need professional skincare?  Can’t you just put some egg whites or honey on your face and read a book for 15 minutes?  Sure, if you are 17 with perfect skin, you can do that and still have perfect skin.  I can understand being cautious with your time and money, but if you’re serious about caring for your skin, you need professional assistance.

I was in my late 20s when I started skincare school, I knew I was interested in the industry but was not yet aware of the benefits of skincare.  I was always mildly acne-prone and flushed easily, but I was not yet experiencing many signs of aging. At school, we practiced facials on each other, so I was receiving spa facials approximately once a week, and I was using spa-level products for the first time. When I began getting compliments on my skin for the first time ever, and as I saw my classmates’ skin improving, I knew I was on to something with this whole skincare biz.  ;O

Once I entered the med spa realm, there was no turning back, baby!  Getting regular med spa treatments and using pharmaceutical-grade products, such as iS Clinical (my personal favorite), is about as close to the fountain of youth as you’re likely to get.  Oh, plus, at a med spa you can get a lil Botox and a lil filler, and, yeah, Holdin’ Back the Years by Simply Red just popped into my head.

Have you ever met two sisters and asked who was older, only to find that one you thought was older is actually 8-15 years younger?  You may have just met yourself an esthetician whose younger sibling does not listen to skincare reason.  Ha! Note to self, never directly ask two siblings who is older, instead ask what the age difference is between them, you’re less likely to get injured that way.  Skincare matters, friends, it really does!

Rock It With Sheer Tints, Self-Tanner, Bronzers, and SPF

7 May

What a wonderful feeling to wake up to sunshine!  Like many of you, I love to see sunny skies and to feel the warmth on my skin.  Gone are the carefree days, though, when we were ignorant about the dangers of UV exposure.  UV exposure leads to increased risk of skin cancer.  Period.  With skin cancer on the rise (The Skin Cancer Foundation says more than two million people are diagnosed in the U.S. annually) it is more important than ever to be sun savvy and to stay out of the tanning beds.  I do not care if the darling 16-year-old working in the tanning parlor tells you their beds are safe. They are NOT!!!  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer,  than those who have never tanned indoors.”  74 percent!  And, “People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.”

Keeping all that in mind, I know that we still want to play outside, and I know we still want to look amazing in (or out of) our spring and summer clothes.  There are a ton of options that give you the ability to protect your skin and bronze it up at the same time.  Thankfully!  There are great products available which provide a sheer to moderate tint, some of which also include sun protection.

Most of he following are from Jane Iredale – the skin care makeup:

I talk a lot about Jane Iredale’s beautiful self-tanner, Tantasia.  I still cannot get over the fact that it smells pleasant and citrusy, isn’t streaky, looks slightly bronzy immediately upon application, and then allows the wearer to build and maintain as much of a natural-looking tan as desired.  When I apply it, I go ahead and apply a regular lotion to my elbows and feet so they don’t soak up extra tint, and it is recommended to wash your hands afterward so your palms don’t get a tan (that’d be weird).  While it is still good to exfoliate your skin regularly, you don’t have to worry about scrubbing down before each Tantasia application.  I’ve noticed the product doesn’t seem to collect in crease lines, like those on the back of the ankles, and that fading is gradual, not that weird flaking-off look that some self-tanners get. Tantasia works with the individual’s chemistry to produce a natural-looking tan. Remember that you will still need sun protection.

Dream Tint is a great Iredale product that offers a sheer coverage and SPF 15. This product helps to hold moisture in the skin and reduces the look of enlarged pores.  When used on its own, Dream Tint is like a tinted moisturizer (though dryer or more mature skin will want to use their favorite moisturizer underneath). When used underneath one of Jane Iredale’s powderized mineral foundations, Dream Tint acts as a primer, smoothing the look of the skin, and allowing the foundation to provide more coverage.  Dream Tint is available in 8 shades, from light to dark, including one called Warm Bronze that adds a little sun-kissed effect!

Jane Iredale also has a myriad of bronzing products that can be brushed on so you can bronze yourself to your heart’s content!  The So Bronze collection is great to use on those areas where the sun would hit, like the cheeks and nose, for example.  Those who experience redness in the cheek area may enjoy using bronzer instead of blush.  You can also do a little contouring with So Bronze and a fan brush.  

I really love the Quad Bronzers from Jane that can be used as bronzer, blush, and eye shadow.  Multi-purpose items are golden in my book!  

And, if you have read my blog before, you may already know that I  really like Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF 30.  It comes in Translucent, Tanned, and Golden. Tanned and Golden contribute to a slightly suntanned look, and all three offer a dry and chemical-free sun protection.  Perfect for travel, this product will not spoil after baking in your hot car or your beach bag all day!  Easy to put on squirmy kids and men ;) , and easy to reapply your SPF without ruining your makeup, this is one SPF that’s a real crowd pleaser! 

It’s great when SPF contains a tint.  Skin Ceuticals has an SPF 50 with a universally flattering, sheer, and matte finish.  Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is appropriate for all skin types, including very sensitive skin.  

iS Clinical has two tinted sunscreens, SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen comes in regular and tinted (Perfect Tint), and moisturizes, protects, and hydrates; and SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen comes in Translucent and Medium, and is applied with a built-in brush, that’s handy!  The Treatment Sunscreen is one that I have really enjoyed, and I like the Perfect Tint a lot.  I do hope they will make a mid-tint someday, though!  The Perfect Tint comes out quite dark, and for my face and neck I almost always am mixing it with the regular version.  But!  For my legs and arms, I blend it in full-strength for a temporary tanned look plus SPF all in one!

When it comes to looking tanned and being protected, there are so many options! Please check out SkinCancer.org for more statistics and for more ways to protect yourself  There is no need to compromise your health in order to look good, so please, rock the self-tanner, sun protection, and bronzers like the superstar you are!

The brow’s meow: how to get eyebrows that wow

7 Apr

Have you ever noticed how important nicely shaped eyebrows are to overall appearance?  Or how a very light or blonde brow seems to visually disappear?  Do you appear angry even when you are not?  Beautiful, well-groomed, unfurrowed eyebrows frame and showcase what many consider to be the most important feature, the eyes!  And, speaking of brows, we have plans for you and yours!  Whether you need them waxed, tinted, made up, replaced, or unfurrowed, Northwest Hair Restoration and Laser Hair & Skin Center of Tacoma is the place to be.

For an easy makeup solution to enhancing your brows instantly, Jane Iredale, The Skin Care Makeup, has a travel-size compact called Bitty Brow Kit, that comes in blonde and brunette.  The kit is $27.00, and includes a botanical brow wax and pigmented powder for adding definition and staying power.

Laser Hair and Skin Center of Tacoma’s medical esthetician/laser technician, Angela Janssen, in addition to loving skin care, is also a big fan of brow waxing and tinting!  Brow wax $17.00, brow tint $17.00.

For those deep furrows or worry lines between the brows, Botox is a terrific option.  Botox is a purified protein that, when injected into your expression lines, will cause the muscle to relax and smooth out.  This treatment lasts approximately 4 months.  To view progressive before and after pictures of Botox results, please visit the Botox website.

At Northwest Hair Restoration, Dr. Robert Niedbalski does more than hair replacement on the scalp, he also does eyebrows, and they turn out beautifully.  Our staff has been positively giddy over the results!

Dr Niedbalski is one of the pioneering researchers in the application of ACell with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for both hair multiplication in hair restoration surgery and combating baldness with injection therapy.  In September 2011, he began a small clinical trial (10 men and 10 women) to study the effects of ACell + PRP therapy on thinning eyebrows. So far the results have been very promising.

Whether your brows need makeup, waxing, de-furrowing, or replacing, there are great options available to help you get brows that wow.


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