I think that originally, that women was beautier, you kind of took of her beauty, she was old, but she had some fire in her eyes... something I really think you need to work out on your retouches: It's a retouch, the person remains the same, you just fix whats wrong, not change their essence, I may be taking this to serious, but, unfortunately, on a lot of your retouches, I saw you change people, taking important things from them... taking the actual objective of the photo away. I've saw many retouches so far, and I'm not comparing yours to any other, I'm just saying that practice leads to perfection, and on this road, you will get there soon, just work on whats missing... or better... changed, and you will do amazing.
maybe you right bout the eyes the fire is some what gone maybe because i knocked out the wrinkles. i always appreciate original beauty myself and i pray i grow old gracefully. never meant to change her essence but if you roll over the image the essence will pop right back. there is nothing perfect in life and there never will be. please keep supporting with your comments i have learnt alot