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 Madness with Rylee and Hudson (and a quick pic of Kai and Evanna)

So first of all, I got Kai and Evanna in yesterday, and was hoping to film them today but have run out of time. So, reviews probably won’t be posted until Sunday. However, I took some quick pics last night (sans makeup) and I want to go ahead and show them. Spoiler alert: they are both great wigs!

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Kai in Mocha Brown

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Evanna in Mocha Brown

I have to say, I’ve never tried Mocha Brown before, and it is MUCH darker than I expected it to be. The base color (which is almost the entire wig) is darkest brown – like ROPs Dark Chocolate – and the highlights are only at the hairline, and are some odd color of brown that looks OK, but is a bit hard for me to describe. It is a nice color, but a bit dark for my taste. My first instinct was to put them both back in the box and return them for a lighter color – Caramel Brown, maybe? – but of course, I couldn’t resist putting them on and playing with them until I realized I was gonna have to keep them.

I will say, with Kai in particular, there’s nothing about the wig that feels like an ROP. Kai is a lot like Haute by Renau, without the HD fiber, or High Society by Gabor. On the plus side, this wig is not poufy at all and sits flat against the head, as opposed to how big and round older ROP styles always were. The downside of course, as I’ve already mentioned, is the silky hair fiber that has been replaced with something drier. But, in these two styles, that isn’t a problem – it’s just weird to put on an ROP wig and feel like I’m wearing a Renau or a Gabor. The cap is lighter and stretchier, which is nice, so this is not all a loss. And it’s good to know that out of the four ROPs I tried, only two were a total fail. That’s just still higher than ROPs usual average, IMHO.

So, videos will probably be up for these two sometime Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy some bizarre little videos I made while attempting to turn lemons into lemonade with Rylee and Hudson. You know me – if I can’t actually wear a wig out of the house because it’s too awful, I can always find a way to create some art out of it! Enjoy (don’t worry – each vid is 20 second long, at the most):









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: 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.

Video Wig Review: Zuma by Rene of Paris in Pastel Blue-R


I really didn’t think Zuma was cute until I saw some other photos and reviews of it; and even though I didn’t like it on me at first, the more I played around with it the better I liked it. I got it in a crazy color because I figured I wouldn’t have wanted to wear this one out of the house anyway, but now I wish I’d gotten Sonoma in the blue and this one in the caramel brown. Oh well.Neither one is expensive so if I decide to get this one in a normal color, it’s not a big deal.

The pastel blue is not great on me, however. It’s very silvery, like Illumina-R, and Illumina was not good on me either. Something about the silvery tone washes me out – the more vibrant fun colors ROP has come out with lately, like Plumberry Jam, look way better on me. But this is a pretty pastel color and it is very well done, when ROP does decide to do something funky, they do a nice job of it.

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

Rene of Paris has come out with some more cute styles that are economically priced and well-made. They also came out with more new colors, quite a variety of them in fact. Of the three I decided to try, I was most excited about Sonoma. This is such a cute style and although I really want it to work on me, in reality it’s just too big. However, it takes GREAT photos, so all is not lost!


In the video I talk about how much I dislike the back, but in looking at the photos I actually think it’s fine. This style is definitely tricky to pull off, but on the right person it would be really fabulous. I do like the new color, too – the two new brunettes I tried both had ashy blonde highlights and undertones to them, instead of the usual warm/auburn ones browns tend to have. I’m not sure why it is that so many brunette wigs have warmer tones, but that does seem to be the case, so it’s nice to see ROP include some cooler tones this time around.

And back to price – this one has no lace front or monofilament part, so it was really economical; I paid about $108 for it at Name Brand Wigs.

Anyway, here’s the vid! It’s been awhile since I filmed anything, so I am standing a bit too close to the camera; sorry it looks like my face has taken over the entire screen. And I swear that lipstick looked better in person than it does on film – my lips just look yellow, I promise the lipstick is more of a copper color in reality. Not sure what went wrong there…oh well.