Video Wig Review: Kai by Rene of Paris in Marble Brown-LR

I’m feeling quite ill right now from the whole black mold situation. We think maybe since I’m not staying at the house it’s clearing out of my lungs, but who knows. So I am gonna keep this brief – I’ve stopped by the house to grab some things then I am staying with my sister to try and stay away from the toxicity. But I had a rough night, even though I was sleeping elsewhere – up most of the time coughing and hacking/whooping. Feeling pretty tired, too. But – lots to do, so I’m gonna keep pushing forward and hope things start to improve soon. Looks like renovations to the house are going to be major.

Anyway, here’s Kai in  a much better color for me.

Video Wig Review: Evanna by Rene of Paris in Caramel Brown

First of all, this wig was kind of a mess when I made this video. Evanna is a messy style to begin with, but still. She’s looked better. Sorryboutit.

Secondly, we discovered yesterday that the respiratory problems I’ve had since September (post-Harvey) are due to dangerous levels of toxic black mold in our master bathroom. I’ve been coughing at night for seven months now, and have gone to various doctors and tried various remedies that, at the best, only worked for a week or so before the cough came back. I admit we were remiss in waiting so long to test the house, but it’s expensive and always felt like a last resort. So, with my cough gradually getting worse even after a hearty dose of steroids, we finally hired a company to test the house last Friday, and yesterday we got our answer.

For now, we are hoping that since the black mold is contained to one area, Doug won’t have to leave the house since he is not exhibiting any symptoms. We’re also hoping that as long as I stay out of the bedroom area I can at least be there during the day, and I’m spending my nights with my sister. I slept better last night than I have in a long time, but the cough is still there and is quite pronounced. The remediators (is that the right word?) think they can get the mold treated within 6-7 days once they get started, and once that is taken care of I should be safe to sleep there again. So hopefully this is all temporary. Who knows how long I’ll be dealing with this cough, though.

Anyway, so now I know what was bothering my throat when I filmed the other Evanna and Kai review a few weeks ago. I was coughing a lot when filming this one, too, but I think I managed to edit that all out.

Video Wig Review: Rae by Rene of Paris in Melted Marshmallow

I don’t think this style looks all that great on me now that I’ve seen the video, but I still think it’s a cute style and a great little wig. It’s odd to me that ROP, which usually excels at long styles while the short ones are often too poufy, has come out with two long wigs I hate and a short one that I love. Here’s hoping I also love Kai when I get that one in.

Video Wig Review: Hudson by Rene of Paris in Melted Sunset

For what it’s worth, here’s Hudson.

I will say, I don’t hate this one like I do the Rylee. It’s just very unimpressive in my opinion. But, it can probably be worked with if you’re up for it.

Also, I had no idea how weird this color was from the back and sides until I watched the video. It’s…interesting, to say the least.

Video Wig Review: Brittaney by Envy in Amaretto and Cream

First of all, I didn’t spell the name right in the video – but honestly, of all the spellings I’ve ever seen of this name, “Brittaney” is not one of them. So kinda not my fault. Moving on.

This was the second video I shot using a different camera, settings, etc. and for whatever reason, it came out a lot better than Madison did. I am nothing when it comes to video if not inconsistent. Double negatives and all!

Anyway, this is a pretty wig but not much like the promo photos. The more I look at it the more it reminds me of Carrie by Noriko, but with the added monofilament top.

Video Wig Review: Madison by Envy in Amaretto and Cream

Filming video will vex me forever.

I am constantly trying to improve the quality of my videos, even though no one cares but me. The best I ever got at it was using my Canon 7D and specialized settings I meticulously researched online; but at the time getting the proper focus was a nightmare because I have no way of seeing what I’m filming with that camera (no articulating screen like my crappy little Sony has) and it didn’t have auto-focus while filming. I think my SL1 has autofocus, but I literally just thought of that right now and will have to look it up and see. It’s always like that with me when it comes to filming – I am torn between wanting to do it properly and just getting the damn video made, already, and in the end I usually land somewhere in the middle of those two.

Part of me thinks if I would just stop trying so hard, turn the damn camera on, and hit record everything would be fine, because that’s what everyone else seems to do and I swear their videos look better than mine – but then there’s always something that bothers me when I go to edit and I get frustrated. Color balance, for example. This is something I think most wig reviewers don’t think much about, but it is something I’m always determined to get right, and since I don’t know what I’m doing I think I make things worse rather than better. I always end up looking too warm no matter what I do, even with the auto white balance I think other people use. It will bother me forever. Grr.

And a lot of people ask me why I use these backdrops when I film instead of just shooting with the room around me. There are a lot of answers to that question, but the main one is that there aren’t many spaces at all in my house that are good for filming, for various reasons, and the one space that’s most convenient is the same space where I’ve been hanging backdrops for photo shoots for years, and the honest truth is that the wall is a damn MESS. So many backdrops hung up there and different racks and rods and stands have banged up against it, that it’s really horrible looking – just loaded with holes of all sizes and scraped paint and metal smudges everywhere. I just can’t bear for it to show so I cover it up; it has some sort of backdrop draped over it all the time now, even when I’m not shooting!

Which leads me to the ridiculous backdrop I am using here – I bought yet another type of backdrop stand that I wanted to test out, but before I invested in an expensive muslin I decided to try a cheapie out to be sure I liked the stand and wanted to keep it; this one was the cheapest and could ship quickly, so I bought it even though it’s dorky. I like the new stand, so I’m going to invest in some better backdrops for it eventually.

OK, enough about all of that. Here’s my video of Madison by Envy, filmed using some new software that allows me to use a live view mode on my laptop with my 7D while I film, instead of my old Sony camcorder. I’m still too orange, and overall I’m not sure the quality came out any better this way than it does with the Sony, but what’s done is done. And it has a dorky backdrop. Oh well. The wig is fine, by the way but I doubt I will keep it – so let me know if you’re interested in the comments. 🙂

Video Wig Review: Evanna by Rene of Paris in Honeycomb Brown

So here is the last of the three new Rene of Paris wigs I bought from their new styles; I totally wish I’d bought each of these wigs in different colors, so I may be filming another round soon. The Honeycomb Brown is just too strange for me, so I’d probably like Evanna in the Caramel Brown, and since the Sonoma is too wild for me to wear out of the house but is great for photos, I should probably get that one in a crazier color (although I’m going to avoid the pastel blue as it washes me out – maybe Sonoma comes in Plumberry Jam?). I’ll have to see if there’s any other new colors I want to try out for my next Zuma, I guess, or go with a color I already know and love, since I think I’d like wearing that one around, too.

As I say in the video, I do think Evanna is a great style. Probably better on me with a bang, and definitely in a different color, but the beachy wave is perfect and the cap is comfy and light. It’s a nice one.