Fun Snack Time with Pretzel Crisps

Crunchy. Crispy. Cheesy. Savory. Just about everything you need for a delightful snack!  And a “humongous” box of such treats was delivered to our home yesterday just before snack time.

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Whoa! It’s Humongous!!! (kids’ reaction when they saw the box)

Jack ‘n Jill Pretzel Crisps puts a new spin on the all-time favorite pretzel by making it lighter and crispier.  It can get pretty confusing whether you’re eating pretzels or chips – either way, these Pretzel Crisps make snack time lotsa fun for my kids.  The little girl and I love the Cheese ‘n Garlic variant while the li’l boy (surprisingly) favors the Honey Mustard one.

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It’s Pretzel Crisps Cheese ‘n Garlic for this li’l girl. Best eaten with a glass of cold milk! 😉

Pretzel Crisps aren’t just for kids though.  It’s for everyone of any age who loves fun and adventure.  It’s a really great snack to share with friends! The savory flavors and delightful crunch of Jack ‘n Jill Pretzel Crisps bring fun and excitement to life’s adventures.  What’s more, a pack costs less than 20 pesos which means there’ll always be plenty of Pretzel Crisps to share with everyone.

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Add more fun and excitement to life’s adventures with the delightful crunch of Jack ‘n Jill Pretzel Crisps.

Want a share of our loot?  Head on over to our Facebook Page to find out how. 😀

Pantene Has Got My Hair Covered

Pantene is one of the two conditioner brands that I have been using for many years now.  When I received a package of three Pantene Daily Intensive Conditioners, there was no need to test the products out for me to rave about them.  They’ve been tried and tested through the years. Having remained a Pantene user for this many years already says a lot about how much I love their products.  After discovering the #BeautifulScience behind Pantene though, I couldn’t resist testing if it really works.

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For my mini-experiment, I parted my hair in half after shampooing and used Pantene Color and Perm Daily Intensive Conditioner (I had my hair colored a few weeks ago so this is what I’ve been using lately) on the right half.  I then compared the texture and appearance of both halves right after rinsing, after towel drying, and when my hair was fully dry.  When my husband came home, I also asked him if he could tell any difference between both halves.

Here’s how my mini-experiment went:

After shampooing my hair, I gently squeezed my hair to drain off excess water. I then squeezed an adequate amount of Pantene Daily Intensive Conditioner on my palm and spread it on my palm and in between fingers.

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Like icing on my hair. 😀 Whoever thought of using a star tip on the tube was a genius! I don’t remember when exactly they changed the design of the packaging but I do remember squealing in delight the first time Pantene came out like this when I squeezed the tube.

I parted my hair in the middle and applied the conditioner on the right half. I let it soak for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Right after rinsing, I already noticed significant difference. The side with Pantene conditioner was tangle-free and I could easily run my fingers through my hair.  The other side felt wiry and rough.  After towel drying, I took a picture of both sides.  Check out the two pictures below.

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Did you notice that the left side was frizzy while the right one was smooth and straight?  Here’s another picture where the difference is more evident.

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Even without using a blowdryer, the side with Pantene was still sleek and not frizzy. After a few hours, the Pantene side remained tangle-free, shiny, and smooth.  When my husband came home, I asked him if he could any difference between the two halves.  He said that the right side was smoother and smelled great.

You can really tell the Pantene difference.  The Pantene side stayed soft, smooth, and fragrant more than 12 hours after shampooing – and even after a couple of hours exposed to city pollution and sunlight.

After doing this comparison, I am now more confident in saying that I use Pantene Daily Intensive Conditioner because it really works!

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The Beautiful Science behind Great Hair Care

Want to say goodbye to bad hair days?  You can try just every other hair care product out there until you find the perfect one for you. OR you can try to understand the science behind hair care and use that knowledge to choose the best products for your hair. I’d choose the latter if I were you. 🙂

The word SCIENCE does sound terrifying (think chemistry, biology, and physics), but bear with me here as I share what BEAUTIFUL SCIENCE is all about. Promise you won’t need to know Avogadro’s number or the atomic theory to understand this. 😉

#BeautifulScience Behind Pantene

The Problem

To know what makes your hair beautiful, you must know first what damages it. Pantene Technologies identified the most common agents of hair damage:

  • chemical treatments
  • rough brushing
  • tying hair too tightly
  • vigorous drying with a towel
  • prolonged exposure to the sun or to water
  • heat from blow dryers

These agents strip off or erode the hair cuticle(the outer protective covering of hair) exposing the cortex(inner hair structure) to damage. When this happens, hair becomes dry, dull, and brittle. This can lead to split ends, breakage, frizziness, hair fall, and other signs of hair damage.

The Solution

To restore hair health and protect it from further damage, the exposed hair cortex must be covered or the cuticle replaced and strengthened. This is exactly what Pantene Daily Intensive Conditioner does – it deposits a protective layer to seal every strand of hair protecting it from further damage and restoring its shine. This is the very reason why hair conditioned by Pantene passes the Static Generator Experiment.

Still not convinced? Watch the video below and find out the #BeautifulScience behind Pantene.

No camera tricks. No special effects. Just pure science.

Pantene’s Hair Conditioners

The World’s No. 1 Conditioner Brand provides us with different variants of Daily Intensive Conditioners that target specific hair concerns. I personally use the Pantene Color and Perm for chemically treated hair and the Pantene Total Damage Care.  Other variants include  Pantene Aqua Pure for those with fine hair, Pantene Hair Fall Control, and Pantene Silky Smooth Care. They’re available in 180ml (Php 149.00) and 340ml (Php 219.00) plastic tubes in supermarkets and department stores nationwide.

Want to hear of how I discovered and loved the #BeautifulScience behind Pantene?  Click here to read my post about it.

New Look, New Commercials, More Magic Moments

So you’re having an awfully bad day beset with problems on how to make ends meet raising your child all on your own. You take your child to the grocery to buy whatever essentials you could with the little money you have left. Then out of nowhere, John Lloyd Cruz appears and tells you that you have won a domestic vacation package. Now that is one MAGIC MOMENT! And that is exactly what happened to Jenevie Verances.

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Jen was just buying groceries when she was chosen. The sound of her young child’s squeaky shoes caught the attention of the Magic Flakes Magic Moments team. Watch the video to see how her day became truly magical.


More MAGIC Moments

Jen’s story is just one of the many Magic-al surprises sprung by John Lloyd Cruz on Magic consumers. From the 8 activations in 2013 that brought happiness and immeasurable delight to consumers in Metro Manila, MAGIC now holds activations across all regions. Jen was buying Magic Chips in Cebu when she won. Other Magic consumers from Iloilo, Pampanga, and Laguna have also won various prizes such as Magic Family Treat, Magic Back-to-School Package, and Magic Shopping Treat.

Magic brand ambassador John Lloyd Cruz will be surprising more consumers with truly memorable Magic Moments. He’ll be going to different regions to give out Magic bundles and Magic packages to lucky consumers. Winners can also expect warm embraces and a kiss on the check from the Magic Man himself. So if you see a Magic promo booth, grab your fave Magic crackers and you just might have that Magic Moment with the Magic Man John Lloyd!

“The team and I are looking forward to bringing more magic to different localities around the country. Participating in this activity has changed my life in a unique way. I am truly thankful to Jack ‘n Jill Magic for giving me this opportunity.”

– John Lloyd Cruz –


The MAGIC Continues: Four Years and Counting

The joy he feels every time he sees the smiles of those who are given special Magic Moments is just one of the many reasons why John Lloyd Cruz continues to support Jack ‘n Jill Magic. Asked why he has stayed with Magic all these years, John Lloyd says that he has found in Magic something better than brands we got used to. He says, “Tayong mga Pinoy madaling masanay pero when I tasted Magic, sabi ko there’s something better pala. Mas gusto ko ito.”

Chris Hernandez, Marketing Director of Jack ‘n Jill Magic, says that John Lloyd was chosen as MAGIC’s Brand Ambassador because he personifies the Magic Brand. He has charisma which is evidently seen in the reactions of people when they see him.

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MAGIC Brand Ambassador John Lloyd Cruz with Magic’s Marketing Director Chris Hernandez and Host Gelli Victor

To mark his fourth year with Magic, new commercials showcasing stories of excitement and kilig moments will be aired soon. This new TV campaign will highlight consumers enjoying their fave Magic variants in different scenarios. One commercial I’d love to see again is the one where a girl says “Taken!” Here’s another one that has already hit the net:


New Look Same MAGIC-al Taste

While waiting for the new commercials to air on television, we could already enjoy the different Magic variants in their new distinctive packagings featuring a striking balance between straight and curvy edges. The brighter hues of red, blue, and yellow give them a more upbeat and youthful look. Now you’ve got MAGIC crackers perfect for the vibrant you!

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Want to know more about Magic crackers or check out the Magic Man’s adventures? Head on over to the official Magic Cracker YouTube channel and to the Magic Cracker Facebook page. Want to read about my almost Magic moment with John Lloyd? Check out my post about my #MagicMoments at the Magic FunFair. 🙂

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My #MagicMoments with My Little Ones

Lightening Skin Care for Frugal Moms

Twenty-pounds ago, when  all I really cared about was me, myself, and I, not a month passed without an appointment with my dermatologist and a trip to the salon and spa.  Now with two little kids and a house to take care of, I neither have the time nor the money to have that monthly trip to the dermatologist and the salon.  That’s not an excuse to neglect proper skin care though.  Fortunately, I’ve found some budget-friendly lightening skin care products that help keep my skin healthy and fair.

Whitening Body Scrubs

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It may not be as relaxing as being scrubbed by a spa attendant, but the few minutes I’m able to spend exfoliating all over is good enough to relax and rejuvenate me. Among the scrubs I’ve tried, the Sutla Vanilla Yogurt Whitening Scrub and Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub are my absolute faves.  The Vanilla Yogurt Scrub had me smitten at first whiff – I absolutely love its scent!  I find the exfoliating beads too rough though so I only use it on my body and not my face.  The Asian Secrets Lulur Scrub, on the other hand, has fine lulur beads that gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells.  This one I use on my face once in a while.

Budget-wise, these two fit right in!  A 400g pouch of Sutla Vanilla Yogurt whitening Scrub costs only P150 (text 0947.896.8007 to order) and a 250g tub of Asian Secrets costs P130 (available in groceries, department stores, and almost everywhere else :D).

Sutla Green Papaya with Milk

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Although not as fair as Lucy Torres, my skin’s on the fair side too.  I’m already quite happy with my skin color but am prone to skin pigmentation so I still use soap with lightening properties.   The Sutla Green Papaya with Milk is my current favorite.  It contains green papain and milk extracts that gently exfoliates my skin and sloughs away dead skin cells.  This herbal soap is cold processed making it much gentler on the skin than hot processed ones.  Another plus factor is the vitamin A and vitamin D infused in the soap.  Skin TLC that makes skin fairer too.  This soap will cost you around P60 per 135g-bar (text 09478968007 to order).

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30

This has no lightening properties but is something I can’t live without.  I mean, what’s fair skin if it’s dry, right?   Of all the moisturizers I’ve tried, this is the only one that doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t turn my face into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.  The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel has a progressive release system for long lasting hydration.  Moreover, it has SPF30. <3 It’s a bit on the pricey side though at P800+ for a 40ml bottle – but you do get your money’s worth.

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Belo Essentials Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant


Dark underarms is a bane of Pinays.  I bet that 1 out of 2 Pinays have to take extra measures to prevent chicken skin and pigmentation in their pits. Sadly, I’m among the unlucky half. I’ve found an ally in Belo Essentials Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. It promises to effectively whiten underarms in 7 days but I didn’t really notice any significant change in mine when I first started using this.  Nevertheless, I’ve continued using it because it’s alcohol-free and lives up to the 24-hr protection claim.  How much does it cost? Around P90 only for a 40-ml bottle.

Priva Intimate Wash

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It’s no secret that most women are so concerned about how they look that even the body parts shielded from public view are given much importance.  Oh yes, we all want to look and smell good down there too!   I’ve shun away from feminine washes before as they were too harsh on my intimate area.  It used to be just plain ol’ Dove soap and clean water for me.  Although it provides gentle cleansing, it just wasn’t enough to make me feel confidently clean down there.  Which is why I’m sooooo glad that there are now washes that are pH-balanced and gentle on the skin.

I’ve recently tried Priva Intimate Washes and have not had any adverse reactions to either variants – no stinging, no rashes, no irritations.  Yey!!! for that. The Priva Skin Lightening and Cooling Intimate Wash has glutathione and natural strawberry extracts (strawberry! hmmmm…) that help lighten skin. The other variant, Priva Skin Firming and Cooling Intimate Wash, contains Witch Hazel extracts, collagen and Kwao Krua extracts that help improve skin elasticity and firmness and help retain moisture.  I use both variants alternately.  Both variants contain RevitaCool which leaves you cool and refreshed after every wash.  At around P140 for a 150ml bottle, Priva Intimate Wash can be included in your monthly grocery list without putting any dent on your budget.  Oh, but it could put a dent in the bedframe  *wink*.

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Those are my current fave lightening skin care products.  Are you using any of them, too?  What products are currently part of your skin care routine?