Mine It Diamond & Gold from Character Toys

Mine It is the latest craze from Character Toys that kids will love.  Available in either a block of gold or diamond shape, the substance requires chipping away using the included tools, a shovel, mallet and also a magnifying glass to help search for your gems.  It’s a fun and novel way at doing a bit of mini archaeology play that keeps kids entertained and excited about finding a precious gem.

Each Mine It set contains a 1 in 24 chance of finding either a real piece of gold or a real diamond.  If you don’t find one of these then you will find another type of rock or gem such as Red Onyx, Picture Jasper, Black Line Jasper, Tiger Eye, Volcano Rock or Rose Crystal.

My two children were quite excited at the idea of these and couldn’t wait to get started.  They found it fun bashing away at the sand like substance and couldn’t wait to get a peek of what they would find inside. My 7yr old particularly liked peering through his magnifying glass from time to time to see if he could spy a glimpse of his precious stone.

They both really enjoyed this activity and it kept them going for a fair while without being too quick or equally not too long that they got bored and gave up.  As you can see below they both ended up with a lump of Volcano rock from their Mine It sets and although would have liked to find the diamond or gold, were quite happy with their discoveries.

To see Mine It in action and a bit more about how the children found it then do check out this video below which shows them both engaging in this activity.  I think you can see from their expressions that they are both happy, excited and thoroughly enjoying themselves throughout!

All reviews are my own and my honest opinions and I received the products in order to write the review.

Luxury Beauty from Transformulas

Keeping on top of my skin care routine is important to me now that I’m in my 40’s, but having two young children means I don’t have a lot of time, so rely on good quality products that make a difference.  Transformulas have an amazing range of high quality products that look amazing and I’ve been trying out a few below to see what I thought.


Hydration Gold is an anti ageing recovery creme packed with 23 carat hydration gold.  Basically it is a moisturiser with high end anti ageing properties and 23 carat gold powder that delivers visual radiance and luminosity that is lost with the ageing process.

The product claims to:

  • Combats free radicals
  • Hydrates the epidermis and the derma of the facial skin
  • Creates luminosity and radiance to the skin
  • Immediate and continual luminance and hydration
  • Nourishes and promotes cell stimulation
  • Promotes the toning of collagen fibres
  • 23 carat gold Illuminates the skin with a hint of shimmering gold


At £41.95 this product should deliver and it does give my skin a really radiant glow compared to my usual moisturiser but does also leave my face feeling particularly smooth and fresh.  It also gives my skin a nice highlight and luminosity which makes my skin feel and look more youthful.  I love the look and feel that this gives me and rather than use everyday I prefer to keep it to use on couple of days a week when I really want my skin to look good and stand out.

The next product I tried is the Marine Miracle EyeZone which comes in a gorgeous spherical silver pot. Who would not want that on their dressing table?


This eye care product contains the powerful five times ultra concentrated aldavine which is a combination of two potent marine algaes that are proven to reduce puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines.  This product feels amazing on your eye area with a really cooling, tightening effect that leaves your eyes looking smooth and youthful.  It leaves a really radiant eye area that helps you glow throughout the day.

I try hard to protect my eyes from fine lines and the dreaded crows feet effect and so far I think I’ve done pretty well compared to others around me.  I think powerful formulas such as those from the Transformulas brand have helped and given me that edge on the ageing process and they are products I always look forward to using.

Transformulas use cutting edge technology to provide ‘Beauty without surgery’ so if you get the chance, check them out as not only do they look good but the product makes your skin feel great and keeps it looking glowing and youthful!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.