All testimonials are from actual clients and are on file with PYW
Some names might have been changed to protect identity
I received my Toasted Soft Winter Swatches about a month ago and I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE them!! I have brought them on 3 shopping excursions and it has made shopping and choosing my clothing so much easier. If it's not in my swatches, then I can pass it on by.
Every color is absolutely perfect!! And many of them are colors I normally would not have picked for me to wear (such as the emerald green, the silver cloud, (light icy blue) the magenta and the reds (I was convinced I could not wear red). I have picked up a few tops in each of these colors only to be told by numerous people, WOW! That looks great on you!!
I went through my closet and donated all the muted summer and autumn colors and all my ivory white (which for some reason I thought was better than true white). I was wearing way too muted colors for me and also had my hair lightened so I could wear the muted colors. I have since darkened my hair back to what it was in my 20's and 30's (dark brown with soft, slightly warm highlights) instead of a medium, highlighted brown I have done for 10 years. I've also started wearing plum toned makeup (better than the warmer muted tones I wore before) and found a few lovely lipsticks that go with my swatches. I think changing my hair color to a deeper and richer color, making the makeup go with the swatches and then finally my clothes all harmonizing has now made me 100% confident I am a Toasted Soft Winter!
Oh my Gosh! I just couldn't be happier or more excited about it!! I just wanted to say thank you so much! This will also save me so much time and money and make me look my best.
I wanted to send a recent picture of myself. As you may recall I sent pictures, including a current one with no make up and dark flat color hair. You did a make over, which one of them included a rather light makeover, which I thought, was not me, but now because of this makeover, I think I found me!
You colorized me as a toned summer. Which I thought may be a little light for me, but basically colors are good!
I found a hair dresser who was skilled enough to start changing me back to what I like to call enhanced natural. No more getting off track. I was convinced I could find my own personal natural look and it would be the best look for me. A toned summer was your assessment. Since I have some warm in my skin and eyes, I am experimenting with make up colors, cool and neutral. Neutral has a bit of warm and cool. This seems to work as well as cool. I will send you one more picture, in cool make up. I just want to thank you for putting me on this natural, exciting and pleasantly more youthful path! Who would have thought? I'm thrilled! I am getting compliments, which I haven't had in a very long time. My look is unique to me, I love it! I know you are sending me my updated swatches for a sunlit summer. Looking at the toasted summer, that seems harmonious as well, especially my natural hair color, before grey. Hmmmm. I do have a bit of detail obsession I must admit:). Just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU! THANK You!!"
I just wanted to email you back to say THANK YOU! I am so happy to finally KNOW my season! I can't wait to get swatches to see all of my colors. I've already went thru my closet and got rid of everything that is not soft, med-light, and warm. I was hanging on to so many things because I was never sure. Like a lot of blue and grey (a lot of analysis theory's say if you are a soft, grey is your neutral) I was wearing a lot of grey tops, which I looked ok in, but now I know why I didn't feel great. I'm also about to color my hair this morning! I'm going back to my natural color. My husband is very happy about that. :) I finally feel like I KNOW who I am. I already have more confidence even though I have hardly any great colors in my wardrobe. (I don't have much left at all) But I'm excited to start moving forward in the right direction. When I get my swatches I am going to go thru things more definitely. The ebook has already helped a ton. I've already been wearing brown eyeliner and coral lipstick, but was really confused thinking I could wear grey eyeliner. Now my closet and makeup and jewelry all harmonize. Which is wonderful for the ocd minimalist in me!
I also want to say, you are very talented in what you do. Never let others criticism make you doubt yourself. Yours is the only website I've found that makes perfect sense. And I was so happy to have a chance to talk with you personally, and find that you are very down to earth and real. :) Thank you for answering my questions and taking the time to discuss all of that with me. Keep up your awesome work!
I told my husband a few weeks ago that I want to take your course and become a consultant in the near future. When I am able. I am already a licensed cosmetologist. I am not currently practicing, because I'm homeschooling my son, and cleaning 1 day a week pays more! (go figure) But I have always had a passion for making other people look better. My mom said I used to coordinate her outfits when I was 4 and they actually looked good. lol Oddly they do not really teach color (skin tones and undertones) in cosmetology, so that was missing in my education. I've been obsessed with it ever since I discovered it. I think I enjoy it more than doing hair. So as soon as my circumstances allow, this is the career path I want to pursue. And yours is the only course I trust. ;)
YOU ARE AMAZING!! All these years (even as a child!) little "Angela" [her young teenage granddaughter for whom she bought a color analysis] kept gravitating toward every color you sent, especially all the corals and soft peaches. And all these years I thought she was a summer!! I kept thinking why does this kid like everything that will make her look horrible!! Boy was I WRONG!!
[fyi: Her granddaughter's season turned out to be a Sunlit Soft Spring]
I forwarded your email to Angela and she kept saying she loved all those colors!! It was so “her.” She had questioned her eye shadow colors and was thrilled to see your recommendations. All the information you sent was just gobbled up by Angela. What a confidence builder!! I could hear it in her voice. She can’t wait to go make up shopping and “get it right!"Now she can look her best! Your analysis was a “game changer” for her. I cannot THANK YOU enough!
I am going to order the swatches. I think it would be very handy to take on the go while shopping.
You are the BEST, Lora!! If you ever need a testimonial, I would be happy to give you a glowing one!
It’s a Happy Day here!
"I just want to say that your color system is the BEST I have seen. I just purchased a color analysis through another system and was analyzed, and it was pretty good, but not as nuanced as yours. I felt something was missing. I'm mostly cool and dark (blue eyes and dark/medium brown hair) but have a bit of warmth to my skin, so I've always struggled with where I fit in color systems. Just looking at your ColorBreeze seasons, I immediately identified with Toasted Soft Winter. It's 100% me! You are brilliant. I'm looking forward to ordering a swatch."
What a beautiful privilege this was to read your write up on the Color Breeze system, beginning with Soft Spring! I think a lot of people have seen these indicators of "sister seasons" that you bring out, but you are the first person I've seen to really articulate the nuances quite so specifically in seasonal terms. What you are doing here comes very close to completely individualized color analysis.
I'm excited now to see what else you come up with on your site. This is really a breakthrough to be so proud of, and it is going to help so many! Thanks for sharing with us all.
Best, Rene", USA
I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to reach out to you with an update on my color journey.
You did an online color analysis for me a little over a year ago and determined I was a cool summer. I was so happy to receive your feedback and the beautiful swatch book. I should have left it there.
But I got caught up in the exciting world of personal color analysis and decided I just had to have the experience of a real-life PCA. I chose the closest one I could find and made my appointment. I told the analyst that I had had an online consultation with the result being a “cool summer” analysis. She felt that I had too much warmth for that to be right. After the draping process, that analyst determined me to be a “soft summer.” I was given a new collection of swatches and makeup recommendations.
Lora, I tried for nearly nine straight months to embrace the soft summer palette without ever seeing the magic happen. It was pretty… it was soft… but I felt like someone had turned out my light. It had a graying and aging effect – the complete opposite of what the ideal colors are supposed to do.
It seemed to me that my coloring had a glasslike clarity that was not being honored or enhanced by the soft summer palette. I was longing for more contrast and intensity. The other day, after months and months of buying and wearing my new soft summer wardrobe, I found a simple T-shirt in an emerald-turquoise color that had been forgotten at the back of my drawer. I slipped it on without much thought and went about my business. Sometime after, I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and gasped. I was back! I looked vibrant and youthful and alive again.
Long story long, I recently dug out that original cool summer swatch book you sent me and WOW all the colors I’ve been missing and longing for are THERE! Deep rose pink, watermelon red and my holy grail emerald-turquoise. Gorgeous color after gorgeous color and nothing muddy about any of them. Although I do have some warmth in my eyes and my skin, none of these colors strike me as being “too cool” for me.
My online consultation with you resulted in a far better palette match than my in-person consultation did – at a far better price! You have a terrific eye. You are very good at what you do. Oh how much money, time and frustration I could have saved if I had just stuck with your recommendations from the get-go. But I suppose it was all worth it because now I know that your swatch book is the only one I’ll ever need. I can’t say thank you enough!"
The best personal beauty tool you'll ever have
Holly on Dec 16, 2014
"Lora did my color analysis 2 years ago and I've never been happier with the results. Before my personal color analysis, I had every shade of eye shadow, blush, foundation and lipstick in every tone you can think of in silver, gold, and neutrals. The contents of my closet were the same. I had all these items, but "Nothing to wear." I'd put on gold eye shadow and peach blush to give me what the magazines called that "Sundrenched, bronze goddess" look, and my cool, pale complexion (Pure Sumer) looked sickly.The same thing went for my olive military jacket. Yikes! I would look in the mirror and throw my hands up. It was ridiculous! Well, all of that has changed... Lora is amazing! She did my analysis and gave me a detailed description of my season complete with the swatches and makeup color suggestions. I finally found ME. I weeded out all the makeup and clothing colors that didn't work, and I take my color swatches with me whenever I go shopping. I'm saving so much money (and time!) because I no longer buy the wrong shades and it feels GOOD! Wearing the right colors really does make all the difference. It puts a spring in your step when you know your clothing, hair and makeup harmonize. It's not just about someone telling you what "season" you are. It's about looking in the mirror and seeing it for yourself and knowing that there is definitely something to this. Lora Alexander is the one that can help you discover what colors make you shine. Thank you, Lora!"
"I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that I have been wearing only my colors since you analyzed me, and I have received so many compliments! No one really knows why I look better, they just know I do. I've always gotten compliments on a shirt or a makeup color before, but now it's just "you are looking so pretty lately." Thank you!!!"
--Julia, Sunlit Soft Summer from USA
"Lora Alexander did a wonderful, detailed job of virtually analyzing my color season,and within a few days! I found it quite difficult to pinpoint my season even after following her very helpful book. My coloring was such that it was confusing to me. Lora cleared up the mystery and it all makes sense now.
Thank you so much,"
I have previously been typed with the sciart system as a dark autumn, whilst I was excited to have a typing something inside of me knew that this was not a correct typing. Until you introduced the 16 type system I was very frustrated and could not figure out what was wrong. I was definitely displaying characteristics of being soft but I was darker than the typical soft autumn but the dark autumn colours on me were just too much. Then Ms Lora introduced us to the soft deep autumn....there I was! Finally. Thank you so much Lora, I appreciate all that you do, I've found my home.
"Lora is wonderful! She truly knows what she is doing
with color analysis. My coloring has actually changed within the Autumn season,
& with her ColorBreeze system, she figured it out. I’m still an Autumn, but
not as warm as I used to be, & she was very patient with helping me to
determine that I am now a Dusty Soft Autumn.
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for what colors to wear to make
you look your best.
I was incorrectly analyzed long ago as a borderline “Spring” who needed to wear the darker palette of “Spring” with some “Autumn.” I knew it wasn’t quite right, as darker colors make me disappear, even though they were all “warm.”
Now, as a correctly analyzed “Dusty Soft Autumn” by Lora, I will wear the lighter, muted colors of my palette, with a few exceptions. I looked at an old picture of myself wearing a warm pastel pink suit, & I saw me, not the suit! Amazing!
Ladies & gentlemen, trust Lora!! Lora got it right, & I will now wear some colors I never even considered.
Now, my delicate coloring can shine. I can’t wait to go shopping now.
Lora, you are the best color analyst~
Thank you again, Lora"
Thank you SO MUCH for the color analysis you sent back to me yesterday. I have tried to figure my season out now for years and have about gone bonkers over it. Now it all makes sense.
I propose another Soft Season indicator to be "The Goldi-Locks Syndrome." That's who I thought of immediately as I read, "Colors can't be too cool, too bright, too deep or too warm." Lol!! I was thinking if everything feels "too this" or "too that" chances are high we're probably a soft-blend and the solution lies in finding that "this is just right" palette! FINALLY with the new 4x4 system this is possible. On your website I would do the test and I'd see the "Soft" aspect and I could definitely see it in my elementary school photos (before hair color and make-up came into the equation).... yet as I'd look at the Soft Summer colors I'd see many that were too light and I'd think, "No, this couldn't be." Anyhow, glad to know I FINALLY have a color palette home. :)
You Have a Beautiful Day!"
I just finished reading Loras updated eBook and I’ve got to say I LOVE IT!
Last year Lora categorized me a Soft Summer (online color analysis). It worked for me but somehow I figured out that the lighter colors of the palett aren’t perfect for me. I need darker colors.
The new 4x4 system finally explains it all! The Soft Summer is split into two new categories, a lighter and a darker one. So I found out that I perfectly fit into the last category, called Shaded Soft Summer.
The new system absolutely makes sense to me.
In Austria you can hardy find someone who even understands the 12 system color theory. Every single color analysist I gotta know still works with the 4 seasons system and I’ve been miscategorized a winter a few times. So I’m very glad that one day I found Lora’s page, because I wasn’t happy with the 4 seasons system. When it comes to me, she’s one of the best color analysists in the whole world. Even on the internet she’s one of the very few who brings the 4x4 system to us. She really knows her stuff so I wanna say THANK YOU BIG TIMES for sharing your knowledge with us!"
-Nina, Austria (left on my Facebook page)
Just wanted to thank
you for your wonderful website. It is a fantastic
source of information, guidance and inspiration on looking your best.
I appreciate that you are always updating and adding to the site
making it the go-to place for colour analysis and style information."
Thank you for the incredible analysis I received!
It has already made a difference!
People tell me I look younger and more beautiful, already (!). And I still haven’t played all my cards.
I’m waiting for my colorcards to arrive. :-D
My husband is stunned… and very happy for me.
I’ve told my friends IRL and on Facebook about your site, your makeup range, your super advices and all I could
think of. In Swedish, of course.
I want to tell you that I really _had_ lost _all_ confidence in my appearence.
(Though I used to model until my 30’ies. That’s true, but feels a bit sad these days.)
It was all due to the accident that made me disabled. Broken neck. Crushed body and then some…
damage that afflict every aspect of my everyday life. I will never be able to
work again. (And the
irony in it all is that most people don’t recognize my situation and seldom offer any help when needed.)
all medication during the last eight years, the sleepless nights and the
I do not feel attractive anymore. All I see is a hollow face with low colouring.
But my decision to contact you – and all the things I’ve already learned from you – will surely
make a new start for me! *s* Thank you so very, very much!
Now I’m going to shop some makeup of yours.
--Ulrika Selin, Sweden
'Lora has a wonderful eye and exquisite taste. When you buy makeup based on what she has selected for your season you will never waste a penny as the colors are sure to help you look gorgeous whether you are young or old or in-between!"
I have covered every square inch of your brilliant website and blog. Based on your scientific information and celebrity examples, I am now a true believer in the power of color. The way that you have organized your seasonal palette information by dominant characteristics has made it very simple for me to determine my subseason (Clear Winter). I was analyzed as a Winter in the 4 season system some time back. Some of the colors looked good on me, and some seemed off - too dark. I abandoned the seasonal color ideas, and for years spent a lot of money on clothes that were just any old color that I liked. I recently lost a lot of weight and am feeling great, but was wondering why I still didn't look so hot in photos. In several recent photos I looked pasty, pale, dull and in some cases, jaundiced! After reading the information on your site, I really got it! I looked terrible because I was wearing browns, tans, earth tones, and summery pastels. Wearing my clear winter colors has made a profound impact on my appearance. I look younger, my skin looks nicer, and people treat me differently. I get compliments more often, and I've noticed that people make eye contact with me. I am very interested in learning about the 16 color system. I also want to order my swatches. After that, I will be treating myself to some new makeup!!
"When I discovered
Pretty Your World, it was immediately apparent to me that Lora knows what she
is talking about and is an expert at color analysis. This made it easy for me
to decide to do my color analysis through Lora. I highly recommend her
professional color analysis services. Her instructions are clear and
straightforward, and she got back to me quickly with a confident result. The
materials she includes are thorough and informative. I also love reading Lora's
blog and check it regularly for updates!"
[re: the 16 Seasons..]You nailed it with the grey tone addition to the seasons!! For the past several months I have looked at some of my clothes thinking they just need some grey added to them and they'd be perfect. I am a soft summer: medium grey/blue eyes, mousy light brown hair, fair skin BUT I have a ruddy complexion that can come across as perpetual blushing if I am not careful and grey tones seem to help counteract the ruddiness best. It's that Scotch-Irish heritage!
Anyway, I don't think the addition of the 4 new seasons is overkill at all. For someone like me, it may narrow the selection, but I prefer having fewer choices that I know will be flattering. Now, to get the textile manufacturers to design more greyed colors!!!
"Ladies, It is like discovering gold! Your whole life will change, I promise. I found Lora because I was searching. For some reason, something was still missing in my "look".
I have stacks of magazines and I
spend hours, days, months... a good portion of my life is wasted trying to find
the right color, clothes and makeup. I had my colors done years ago in the 4
seasons by 4 seasonal professionals and two modeling schools. I was analyzed as
a warm spring, but often mistaken for a winter. It was great, but I was
still confused and not "clear". Then I found Lora! I am a Bright
Spring and I understand now WHY I am a Bright Spring. What a huge difference it
made! Her color swatches are awesome. They have a big selection of colors and I
can always find something and I can do it in less time. Now I get a whole lot
of "WOW" you look great in that color. My eyes stand out way more
because I was not using the right Color, tone, intensity etc. Her book is a
must. There are a lot of very important "details" like
"contrast'. And if you don't wear the right colors on your eyes, your eyes
will not stand out no matter what you do. Now I call and email the online
clothing stores and tell them "I am a Bright Spring, do you have any
colors?" I am in the process of ordering some lip colors. Lora does
not know me personally nor has she paid me for this testimonial. Thank you
Great job Lora, I hope you make tons of money!!!!!
With kindest regards,
Christine, Pennsylvania, PA USA"
"Lora worked with me over the internet to provide me with a great
analysis. She took time to show me how I could use the softer
colours to still give the look I liked.
"As a colour consultant I can say that the PYW makeup range is like nothing I've seen before! The extensive range of colours & products is amazing & the quality of the lipgloss, lipsticks, blush & eyeshadows I've purchased are truly fantastic.The online store is clearly laid out & provides helpful descriptions of the colours, which make it easy to shop confidently & comfortably. Lora's service is always personal & professional as well, which is like the cherry on top of an already great experience!"
Hi Lora, I just wanted to tell you that I got so much out of your color
analysis - it's really changed the way I dress! I am looking forward to seeing what
image consulting services you will offer - I love the idea of tailoring your
wardrobe to create a look around a style personality - I hope there might be
some online/e-mail consultation options so you can help those of us in Canada
:) (I've done the My Personal Stylist one too).
Good luck with your venture and I'll continue checking back to see what you're offering. Thanks!
"Hi Lora. I love your site. I have searched the web for sites devoted to color seasons and yours is the best -- the most comprehensive, well-written and thorough. I haven't tried your makeup yet but I definitely want to do that.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the four additional seasonal modifications. I'm addicted!"
I really enjoyed the blush, lipstick and eyeshadow from pretty your world. As a warm spring it is not always easy to find warm colors that are not too bright or too browned. Thank you Lora!
I'm in my late 50's and as my hair was getting grayer and my once bright blue eyes were turning soft gray-blue I was confused about what colors looked best on me. I found Lora's website, emailed her my pictures and in a very short period of time I received my Color Analysis. I was so excited because now I knew what colors would look best on me. I received my personal color swatches and now I just take them with me when I go shopping. I also received pages of information that I can use to help me dress my best. Now I know what jewelry looks best on me too. Very impressed with Lora and the products she offers. She sincerely wants you to look and feel your best.
Suzanne - San Diego CA
I have to say that since I've been purchasing clothes using your swatch, I always get compliments. The only trouble I have is finding certain colors for a soft summer. I feel more confident now and feel that I stopped wasting money. I can look at someone and tell when they are wearing the wrong colors or for that matter the right ones (I have your book with all the seasons).
Thank You Lora for all your efforts and the new makeup line. As a light summer / light spring it was nearly impossible for me to do what I love - shop! With my dark beige blonde hair with natural golden blonde highlights, light - med. neutral skin with rosy cheeks, and blue eyes you've offered an explanation and options for the forever quest of "is she warm or cool" , "spring or summer" !!! I've spent countless hours and money in fine department stores with well meaning staff that send me home with things I'd never wear. Your color descriptions are accurate and easy to mix and match. I'm able to have fun with color again!
Holly H., Canada
I bought some of your make-up and I just love the lip-gloss “Disco” for my Clear Spring look.
It is very long lasting and gives a beautiful shine on my lips :-)
The other make-up I haven´t tried jet, but when I do, you will be the first one to know.
I found your online colour anlaysis really enlightening after years of trying to figure it out myself with every Colour Me Beautiful book that came out left me even more puzzled because there were a few seasons I could fall into. Your conclusion made complete good sense immediately and the colours you gave me really work for me. I really feel so much more confident in choosing clothes now it's brilliant and I hope I'm not imagining it, but I think I'm getting a more positive reaction from people generally. Thank you very much.
Mary M. Ireland
I would love to know the extra 4 seasons, and am very happy to give feedback.
I am very happy with your makeup, I wear it every day and have left some reviews which you have kindly put up for all to see.
I can understand how difficult it must be for you to choose makeup for everybody as we are all so fussy, but you are doing a fantastic job.
I have even ordered a second lot of makeup as I believe this to be the best out there for people wanting makeup to suit their skin tone.
Keep up the great work.
" Lora thank you for being such a passionate color analyst. I really didn't know what colors suited me and so had my colors done back in the early 90's at a local beauty salon. I was told I was a 'Spring' but the colors didn't look good on me and never felt right. I was always adding lots of warmth to my hair to try and match the spring color palette. I am grateful to you for your accurate color assessment of me and I now feel comfortable and attractive in my 'Cool Summer' colors that do match my natural ash blonde hair."
"I absolutely love Lora's book Color Revival, It is so well written and easy to understand. I think it is one of the best books on colour I have ever read and I read alot on subjects like this. It really helped me to see what I couldn't see before and I highly recomend it to anyone who has an interest in colour"
"I love all of the makeup that I have tried so far. I especially like the idea of being able to select from so many colors, knowing that I can't accidentally get one that won't at least look good on me (even if not suited to my personal taste). It takes a lot of the stress out of make up shopping. I've lost track of how many eyeshadows and lipsticks that I've thrown away because they didn't look as good on as they did in the package. That can get expensive. It's even better to know that you allow returns. The only thing that has kept me from returning to your store for more was the lack of kits. I don't like a lot of extra clutter on the counter and I also like to stuff some makeup in my purse for touch ups. Having individually packaged colors also without brushes included was inconvenient. Now I hear that you will be offering kits as well as empty ones to fill with a custom selection. This is wonderful! I have always loved every product, service, and helpful information you have offered on your website and it just keeps getting better.
a very satisfied Deep Winter,"