Hi Folks Kathleen here with my review of a style and color that are new to me. Opulence by Gabor in the beautiful natural looking color Rusty Auburn. I saw Heather’s review and thought this would be a great style for the warm summer months. I’ve been enjoying bobs lately and Opulence with her short back will be cool for the summer. You know I love my reds and up until now I hesitated trying Rusty Auburn because I was afraid it would be too brown for me. Again… I viewed Heather’s color spotlight where she said this color will always look red. She was correct! Those reviews coupled with an awesome price on the new revamped WigCloseouts.com and I was sold.
I love the short back on Opulence. You get the best of both worlds a bob in front and a short pixie type style in the back. With a lace front and mono part minimal permatease and light/ natural density Opulence is a winner.
Images 3 is right out of the box. This is a shake and go. All I did was re-part her (she came with the customary zig zag part). Apply soft silicone medical tape to the underside of the part (for realism) give her a good shake and I was good to go. I love the length of the front. My face measures 7.5” so you can judge where she’ll fall on you.
Lets talk about Gabor fibers. They are soft to the touch and average in denier. Not overly shiny especially on this color Rusty Auburn.
There are many subtle layers as illustrated in image 1.
The lace front and mono part are nicely done. A tad sparse but still quite nice and personally I prefer a tad sparse over dense. It just looks more realistic to me. The part looks great doesn’t it? Image 6 is after I applied soft silicone tape to the underside of the part.
The fit I would say is true to average. My head is on the small side and with the adjusters taken in at the nape she fit me very nicely. No baggy areas on the cap which is nice. Gabor caps are always so comfortable and this one is no exception. She has closed felt covered ear-tabs and while she does not have an extended nape it is a closed felt covered one with velcro adjusters. I could wear her one all day.
Image 8 illustrates the back of Opulence. Perfect for summer. She’s short but not too short. I love the balance of design.
Lets talk color. Very simple put Rusty Auburn is a blend of colors that mimics a natural medium auburn color. Very natural and looks like you were born with gorgeous auburn hair. In image 9 you can see all the colors that are used in this auburn blend.
In images 11-14 I have fluffed up Opulence and played with the part a bit. She doesn’t have a lot of permatease but she has just enough to get a little oomph. This lace front looks beautiful which is good news because having the bangs up and off the face is my favorite way to wear her.
Rusty Auburn is a thoroughly blended color and so natural…I am really glad I tried this color.
The take away here is if you love bobs but want to try something a little shorter with a lace front mono part and low/natural density you’ll love Opulence by Gabor. If you love reds but want something that looks natural that isn’t too light or too dark you’ll love Rusty Auburn. I highly recommend both and by all means..enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of Pippa Part 1 which happens to be one of my favorite styles from Tony of Beverly. I have one in Sunset Red and after seeing Heather’s wedding photo (she is wearing the beautiful TOB princess hair…Sloane in Maui Gold 💕) I knew I had to try this color. Pippa is a classic bob with a lace front and full mono top.
Opening up a box with a new wig never gets old does it?…lol. I was thrilled when I saw the color. If a blonde is not going to have a root (I prefer a lighter root-btw Champagne With Apple Pie by BelleTress is a wonderful example of a lightly rooted blonde) then it has to be dynamic with lots of separation of colors..in other words coarsely blended with chunk highlights and lowlights. Maui Gold fits that criteria. Gorgeous color and very natural looking.
I noticed this Pippa was straighter with less hair than my first one but I loved the color so I continued.
For everyone that thinks I look good in everything. Not so much…😂Here is Pippa right out of the box. Wow I’ll be honest I was totally under whelmed to say the least. My first Pippa was perfection right out of the box. I wore my Sunset Red Pippa out to dinner the first day I received her. This Pippa has low hair density…major box hair….and flopped in my face. I did check the lace front and mono part to make sure they were well done and they were so knew I could make this Pippa work for me. I will explain and demonstrate what I did to this Pippa to make her look beautiful. These tips will be covered along with color comparisons in my Review of Pippa Part 2. This time I am giving you my overall impression of Pippa in Maui Gold.
Tony of Beverly has impeccable lace fronts…really all their monofilament features are beautifully done. The knots are very small and tightly knotted. There were some odd shorter curved hairs along this lace front. Not frizzy though so I knew they would calm down overtime.
Image 7 illustrates this lace front and mono top. It is gorgeous! I am amazed and without hesitation can clip the hair back to show off this lace front. The lace front is beautiful contoured too. That’s what gives it this very natural hairline. PS…This mage is also after some time training Pippa and getting her where I want her…😉
One thing I love about Pippa is all her layers. You can really get a tousled more casual look going with this Pippa.
This color is sooooooo natural. If you are like me and was blonde growing up that then turned into a dirty blonde and now you have light/medium blah brown hair you will love this color. I used to Quiet Touch (painted on highlights) my hair back in high school..like a gazillion years ago lol and this color looks like that. My husband loves the color and the style. He says its the most realistic wig I have for me. That’s fun. I love playing with all styles and colors but finding a color and style that looks like my hair could look (in my dreams that is 😉) is really nice.
Pippa coupled with this color Maui Gold is an easy to wear very natural look. No one would think you are wearing a wig. After some time working with this one I am in love.
One thing I still need to do is steam (take out the curve a tad) on the side showing in image 11 to match the other side. 😉
Image 12 is my super model look…lol 😂😂😂 Actually I was trying to get some photos outside and it was so windy! I was getting frustrated until it occurred to me what better way to show Pippa’s natural movement than to snap a quick photo. The denier of Tony of Beverly’s fibers are very fine. Doesn’t this wig look real?
Image 13 illustrates this color so well. See the darker neutral beige blonde along the bottom of this wig. Then on top of that are medium and light soft warm to neutral highlights.
The back is just slightly shorter than the front …just enough to give Pippa some swing.
Pippa hits that sweet spot..not as short as Opulence by Gabor and not as long as Jamison by Estetica.
The take away here is I love Pippa and I love Tony Of Beverly’s new color Maui Gold. Not all wigs even in the same style are the same and that’s ok. There are so many tips to help make your wig your own which in my opinion is half the fun of wig wearing. In Part 2 I will go over those tips with you and I will also compare Maui Gold to a few other colors. Fun fun!..So until next time…Enjoy!
(Paprika Mix – R133/24H – 32S29 – Sunset Red – Glazed Fire & Light Red)
Hi folks Kathleen here. So what is an Irish Red? It’s an intense copper blend. A beautiful blend of dark auburn – bright red coppers – with apricot blonde highlights. If you want to learn more about Irish Reds and all types of reds I recommend viewing Heathers’
(Heather’s Official Guide to Red Synthetic Colors video will be included below.)
It’s no secret I love red hair especially Irish Reds. They liven up my complexion without the need for makeup. They are a happy cheerful color. I can’t be in a bad mood when I’m wearing a red wig..it’s just impossible. 😉🍀
These are my favorites
1)-Paprika Mix on Carlotta SF by CysterWigs
2)-R133/24H on Eden by Estetica
3)-32S29 on Cali by Tony of Beverly
4)-Sunset Red on Isla by Tony of Beverly
5)-Glazed Fire on Celebrity by Raquel Welch &
6)-Light Red on Bryn by Envy
The first Irish Red I’ll be reviewing is Paprika Mix. I love that Heather has created a new color swatch vs what is supplied by the manufacturer. Color accuracy…bravo Heather it’s spot on. This is a beautiful Irish Red that is intense but surprisingly natural and subdued compare to the other Irish Reds in this article.
I took these photos of my Irish Reds on wig heads on a overcast day. This is the best light to illustrate the true accurate color of these reds. In my cover photo (image 1) I lined up all six Irish Reds on my kitchen floor in low/medium natural indirect light from my windows. From the front they all looked quite similar (because of the apricot blonde highlights) but from the back (the view I show you) there is quite a range of colors they come in. They look quite subdued in color as well because out of all the hair colors there are reds change the most depending on the lighting conditions. All the photos in this article were taken in various natural lighting conditions for color accuracy.
It’s very subtle but Paprika Mix transitions from a warm highlight Irish Red in front to a slightly darker medium natural red auburn in the back. This color has beautiful dimension without the need for heavy bold highlights or rooting.
If you compare the front view of Paprika Mix (image 4) to (image 6) (the back view) you can see the color of the back view is muted, redder (cooler) and a bit darker than the front. This is a sophisticated Irish Red and very believable. No one will think Carlotta SF in Paprika Mix is a wig. This article is predominantly about color but as a side note the fibers on Carlotta SF are very fine and not shiny which also adds to its believability. 😉
Ahh Estetica’s R133/24H a warm heavily highlighted Irish Red. This one looks very natural as well. The colors are more separated (not as blended) as paprika Mix but still beautiful. The apricot blonde highlights are chunkier but not in a garish way..more like a very expensive highlighted auburn job from an upscale Salon. 😉
A little info for you…You might have noticed that Eden in (image 9) looks shorter… you are correct!…I gave Eden a haircut…🤪 the photo of me wearing her (image 7) is Eden in all her glory before I customized her.
From this top view (image 10) you can see all the colors used. A dark natural auburn a red copper and apricot blonde. She’s a warm dynamic Irish Red. Again Estetica fibers are not shiny which definitely contributes to The believability of the color. Overall she’s a more intense color with bolder highlighting than Paprika Mix but still quite natural looking. Out of these six Irish Reds Paprika Mix and R133/24H are closest in appearance to each other.
(Image 11) illustrates the dynamic blend of colors that make up R133/24H
Tony of Beverly offers the most reds on the market..hands down. I love Tony of Beverly for that. Did you know that only 2% of the worlds population has natural red hair? So the fact that TOB offers so many is a treat indeed. 32S29 is one of my Favorites. Especially stunning and effective in a short style like Cali illustrated in image 12. The color distribution is stacked. The nape is a dark red auburn the back is an intense copper red mix and concentrated in the front and sprinkled on top is an intense apricot blonde. Really sharp looking. I love the dimension created by the color distribution.
32S29 is a more intense version of Paprika Mix. The color distribution is similar but Paprika Mix is more subtly nuanced.
(Image 16) illustrates beautifully the color distribution of 32S29. The transition from dark red auburn to intense copper red to apricot blonde is masterfully done. A dramatic Irish Red and particularly chic on short and textured styles like Cali.
Sunset Red I love Sunset Red! I have many wigs in this color. She’s a vivid but natural well balanced Irish Red. If you loved 32S29 you will love Sunset Red because they share the has same colors. These colors are distributed evenly on Sunset Red vs 33S29 that is stacked.
Compare (image 4) with (image 19) Paprika Mix and Sunset Red look similar from the front. The difference is Sunset Red is this intense and warm throughout the color mix whereas Paprika Mix gets darker and not as intense towards the back.
I love this view of Sunset Red (image 21 on Isla) you can see all the colors used and the mix is dynamic but very evenly distributed. No one color pops out.
Glazed fire on Celebrity by Raquel Welch. My first Irish Red and still one of my favorites. She’s overall a little cooler than Sunset Red. This color is very intense. The highlights and color mix are blended but still very dynamic. Out of my Irish Reds Sunset Red (TOB) and Glazed Fire (RW) are most interchangeable. Even their fibers are similar at least in shine. I would say Tony of Beverly fibers are finer in denier than Raquel Welch’s. That is good news for folks that love Glazed Fire and want more styles than RW offers. Look to TOB and Sunset Red. 👏🏻
(Image 25) is great to illustrate the colors used in Glazed Fire. You can spot the dark auburn the red coppers and the apricot blondes used to make this gorgeous Irish Red.
I just love the back of Celebrity…this curl pattern really showcases this color.
The last Irish Red on my list of favorites is Light Red by Envy. This color is not for the faint of heart. This is a straight up fashion Irish Red. Its not natural but it is gorgeous. This is the coolest or reddest out of my top six Irish Reds. Light Red is intense. She has apricot blonde highlights like the other Irish Reds showcased here but the overall color is a very intense cooler version of an Irish Red. If you have a cooler undertone to your skin and really want to try an Irish red this would be the one I would recommend.
(Image 28) is my “color” sample for Light Red. The manufacturers supplied sample is in my opinion way off. Just saying..Lol 😉
Well I hope you enjoyed my top six Irish Reds. The most natural is Paprika Mix and the least natural is…you guessed it Light Red! The take away here is red hair especially Irish Reds are beautiful and mood altering colors. You want to get on the happy train try an Irish Red…and by all means…ENJOY!
Hi folks Kathleen here with how I put on my wigs using It Stays. I’m a little late to the party but boy what a difference it makes. Why oh why did I not try this sooner!…😜 I know why…because I’m a don’t like change, lazy..if it aint’t broke don’t fix it kinda gal. 😉 Seriously most of my wigs are big on me. So the feeling that I can just pop if off easily was always there. I have very fine bio hair and have tried those toupee clips. If I don’t get the hair just right they can pull and hurt a bit…not the problem solver I thought they would be. Remember I’m lazy and sewing in clips takes too long anyway. So I heard It Stays really works..and it comes off with just water. Good!…I like to wash my wigs as infrequently as possible. The first video demonstrates how easy it is to apply It Stays. You’ll have to experiment with how much to apply and where exactly on your head to get the best results for you. More importantly you really can’t go wrong so relax. 😊 In the first video I apply some to my hairline and nape area. It Stays goes on like a roller deodorant. If nothing is coming out (the roller ball seems stuck or dry) I take my finger and get it started.
TIP: Make sure the lid is screwed on tight after use and store it upside down..this makes sure the glue (the roller ball stays wet) & is always ready to apply. 😉
The glue doesn’t dry immediately so you have time to put your wig on.
I grab it by the nape (where the tags are/or were) and lean over and “dive” into my wig. The front of my wig should be around mid nose when I do this. I get the nape in place first (while still bent over). Then I stand up (swing the hair back in a dramatic Bay Watch sort of way 😉😂😂😂) and get the front in place.
Then I take my ear tabs and make sure they are even and placed where I want them. Now take your fingers and just press down on your wig wherever you have applied It Stays. It doesn’t take very long at all to dry completely.
In the video below you can see I test her to see if the It Stays in the front is dry…yup..it is. 😂I will say its so nice to be able to style my hair and not worry about it popping off. It feels more like my hair vs wearing a wig when I use It Stays. I am known to change my wigs a few times during the day and when I use It Stays I tend not to. Maybe that is because it feels more like I have real hair since I can’t just pop it off easily to change out into another wig.
One thing I want to point out is the smell of It Stays. After all It is glue and so it does smell like glue. When I first used it I was concerned (ok to be honest I was panicky) because I cannot tolerate smells. I always get unscented everything. I am happy to report that when It Stays dries the smell goes away. So don’t panic ( like I did ) when you first use it. So…now my wig is on securely and I can style her without worrying it’ll come off. My wig will also itch less. One of the biggest culprits of an itchy wig is movement. When my wig is glued down there’s little/to no movement and so much less itching. To remove my wig I just gently peel off back to front. No problem for me at all. If you have sensitive skin I would wet a washcloth and place on the front hairline (and wherever you used glue) to soften the glue so it comes off easily. You can then just run a little water (water is all that’s needed) and gently removed the glue from your wig. If you’re lazy like me don’t wash the glue off (that is if you plan on wearing the same wig the next day). In a pinch or if I don’t have the time to apply It Stays or I don’t feel like taking the time I moisten the glue a tad..just a tad to reactivate the glue and then put my wig on. It won’t be perfect but should hold pretty well. One thing I have also found is the dried glue on my lace fronts almost acts like a silicone strip and prevents my wig from moving even if I don’t moisten it to reactivate the glue. Now mind you this is only on lazy days. Wink wink 😉 I still recommend removing the glue from your wigs with water after each use.
The take away here is It Stays is easy to apply easy to take off takes little time to do and it works! My kind of solution…Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of Vienna Roast by BelleTress. Well if you didn’t know it already my favorite blonde is Champagne With Apple Pie. I already own Mimosa and Kahlua in this color but wanted to see if there was a longer style I might enjoy. So I was perusing BelleTress wigs on CysterWigs website to see what other styles are offered in CWAP and Vienna Roast popped up. Hmmm I haven’t seen many reviews on this one. Heather has reviewed her in the color Chrome but aside from her review I haven’t seen other reviews or photos of Vienna Roast. Two things that sold me from Heathers review…she said the curl pattern started higher on the face and she has a definite relaxed corkscrew curl. I had high hopes and ordered her.
A pet peeve of mine are model product photos that look nothing like the wig they are showcasing. Not with Vienna Roast. The model photo in image 2 looks exactly like the wig I received. I was very happy to see that.
I love how BelleTress packages their wigs. My wig came in pristine condition. No wonky areas no “box hair”. Perfect right out of the box.
I enjoy wearing lashes and makeup when I do these reviews. But in real life I hardly ever wear makeup. Hmm I really should though because I always feel better..but alas I’m lazy..lol 😂 Image 4 is a good example of this wig and color with little make up on. Full disclosure I did my brows and face but not my eyes. 😉 Look at that gorgeous loose corkscrew curl on top. I love this sort of curl that is really more of a wave its so feminine.
Images 5-8 illustrate this gorgeous curl pattern and color in natural indirect light.
Look at the back I love it! ❤️
I was pleasantly surprised with how well done the mono features were. The knots weren’t uniform…I hate when the knots are in a perfect pattern. These were nice and random. The are tightly knotted and fairly small. Not very noticeable even with the hair brushed off the face. To be honest that’s partly due to the very light brown color of the root. It’s a more forgiving color.
Image 11 and 12 illustrates Vienna Roast really fluffed up. She has very minimal permatease but enough to get some volume if you want. The hair is very fine and has a look of real hair. No shine (she is HF) but she does tend to get fly aways. Now personally they don’t bother me too much. Real hair will get them as well. I’ll use a little detangler spray on the area and re-twirl a few sections of hair and that usually does the job. When I am fluffing her up I try to do it from underneath the hair vs fluffing her up the from outside. That helps minimize the fly aways too. You’ll also notice how light this root is. I think it looks very natural.
The beautiful waves of Vienna Roast as illustrated in image 13. It took me a little while to fall in love with her. The texture was very piecy looking and I thought the curl wasn’t very flattering on me. I didn’t think I could pull it off. But I love the color so much and it’s a great length so I kept playing with her wave. I adjusted her part and finally found the look I love. It takes awhile to find the best look for you sometimes. ☺️
Image 14 is a really good accurate color photo and illustrates how light the root is. The root color looks like the browned crust on an apple pie. Ahh 😉
I will say that I’m not a particular fan of HF fibers. I’ve had Raquel Welch and Jon Renau heat friendly wigs. In my experience they tend to clump tangle easily and can very quickly get an almost greasy hair look to them. BelleTress HF fibers are different. They are softer and behave more like real hair. Only time will tell how the fibers hold up on this mid length style. My others BT wigs are short and shorter wigs hold up better than long wigs whether they are HF or regular synthetic.
In image 16 I compare both style and color of Vienna Roast & Julianne by Jon Renau. The Jon Renau color Laguna Blonde is very pretty but for me a bit too yellow and the root is too dark for me. My preference is a softer root color and less of a value contrast between the root and base color. The wavy curl of Vienna Roast is concentrated in the middle of my face (flattering on me because I have an oblong face shape) vs Juliannes curl that is concentrated on the lower third of my face and below my chin. That brings your eye down and isn’t as flattering on me.
The take away here is if you want something with a lace front and mono part with a more relaxed curl pattern than Julianne (nor the cost of Juliannes 100% hand tied cap 😉) & if you love blondes but are tired of the blonde wig shine and all the dark roots & you want a light blonde but not too light warm but not too warm you will love Champagne With Apple Pie. Whoosh can we say run on sentence? Lol 😂 Enjoy!