twas glorious indeed. and yeah, i can pick out your stuff from others' now. you are incorporating some of the composition you used to like with the knowledge you have gained and it works out super awesomely
I like the contrast between the soft rose petals and the little roughness in your lips that are a little chapped. I also like the contrast between the deep color of the rose and the porceline complexion of your skin. Great shot.
Cool. The metal of the piercing and the organic nature of the flower create an excellent counterpoint. Perfect lighting for the mood, too. Why did you choose this aspect ratio? Something longer might balance the picture a bit better.
You know what would be cool? I'm sure it's been done before, but what if you put the piercing on the rose? You know, like through a couple of pedals or something? I dunno.