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  • topaz - Fall 2013 Great Color

    Saw this color featured in several magazines, and was happy to see it available here. The color is a vibrant glazed deep pinky purple that goes with so many fall and winter colors. Stunning with grays, jewel tones, and a real pop with black. I like Essie because it stays on nicely without chipping. Essie always has the perfect updated colors. This color will look great with whatever you wear this winter (The Lace is On).
    Also bought another 2013 color, Vested Interest. This is a lovely matte color, a greenish gray, that also goes great with tweeds and other fall colors. Love the slightly edgy vibe, but super wearable, and looks fabulous on short nails.

  • Eric M Beavers - Happy with my results

    I purchased this product at a local raw food store for $30.

    Demographic: Male, late 20s, career frequent business traveler, foodie

    I was skeptical, but like to try before I judge. I chose to try this because I have been having heartburn and minor constipation for a few months. I really don't trust other products because of the chemicals they contain. This one, when you review the ingredients, is simply a massive dose of fiber, vegan style.

    My process started on a Sunday and I stuck with it perfectly for all 7 days. It is vitally important that you drink enough water. I have a 16fl oz. water bottle that I drank 5+ times a day (2 of which were the end of the day drink mix).

    I agree with other posters that the flavor is not the best. The morning packet (phase 1) tastes like dough. The end of the day drink is like a bitter strong tea (made me think of Matte which I like). I found that spreading it out over two doses (22oz worth of water) in succession from my water bottle worked well for me. If your normal eating habits are primarily tasty comfort foods (high fat, high sugar) then you will suffer. As a world traveler, I have survived much more "challenging" foods. By day 3 or 4 I was starting to enjoy the taste. The results, in my opinion, were worth the effort.

    This is not like a laxative. My visits to the restroom were delightfully regular (except for an obvious result of passing a large amount of fiber). The sense of urgency was what I normally feel, but after a month of constipation quite welcome because I could actually produce results!

    Results (2 weeks later):

    I feel awesome. The only time in my life I have ever felt this good (digestively) was when I went vegetarian for 40 days. My digestive discomfort is gone (untill I make bad choices again). During the cleanse I did not lose any weight, nor did I expect to. Due to a weight lifting and running regimen I maintained my weight. I did try to avoid caffeine, dairy, and wheat products but otherwise ate as I usually do.

    I weighed in today and have lost a few pounds. I think, with my ever-changing eating habits(on the road, no meal plan), this provided a nice balance. I plan to do this on a once-a-month to quarterly basis.