Instead of tossing it, I thought I would try something with it. I took it to photoshop as a black and white image, and bumped up the exposure a bit. Then with a few selective (using some masks) exposure and contrast adjustments, I found a look I liked much better.
Here is the snapshot of the layers I used. Sorry, no more explanation than this... but the layers should be quite self explanatory.
I realized as I was about to post this that I have never done the soften skin tutorial.
I will have to do so later, but for now click here for the quick skin fix tutorial