This week I’ve been testing… Prai Beauty, Meraki and more

I’ve been hoarding products again so I can bring you a round up of my favourite beauty buys (plus a couple you might want to avoid this week!).

PRAI Beauty: £23 to £78 on QVC

This week I've been testing... Prai Ageless

Starting on a high note, let’s begin with PRAI Beauty’s range for throat and décolletage. I have visible lines, spread out like a fan from above my cleavage (hah!) to my neck. I’ve always moisturized that area day and night, but with my face cream rather than a topical treatment. PRAI specializes in necks, selling one Ageless Throat & Décolletage Cream every minute worldwide.

PRAI Ageless Throat & Décolletage cream contains all the anti-aging goodies: Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, E & F, along with PRAI’s proprietary oil to smooth the skin. It’s great for ironing out that crépey texture above the bust.

The texture is rich, non-oily and absorbs quickly. It is lightly scented: I’m terrible at describing smells, but it reminds me of a lighter-scented version of Nivea’s classic hand cream.

I have been using this for the last couple of weeks, alongside two other PRAI products – Ageless Throat Ionic Serum and the Ageless Throat Ionic Device. The correct sequence is to apply the serum to the throat and décolletage, activate it using the device (more on that shortly) and finish with the cream.

The serum boosts firmness and optimizes skin collagen, while Vitamin B3 smoothes and promotes even skin tone.

Neither the serum nor cream contains parabens or sulphates and PRAI products are never tested on animals.  With every PRAI purchase, a portion of the proceeds go directly to support animal causes.

For the best results, the serum is activated using the Ageless Throat Ionic Device, which uses iontophoresis technology, in effect a very mild electric current. The positive charge on the device and the positive charge in the serum repel against each other, thus pushing the serum further into the skin. It’s completely painless and just feels like a very mild vibration. It is light, battery operated and easy to use. You just sweep the device up the décolletage and neck, working in gentle, upward strokes.

The first time I used the serum I found it left a slight tackiness on my skin, which made it difficult to make the required sweeping movements with the device – it was dragging, rather than smoothly gliding.

So I’ve been using the range slightly differently. I have been applying the serum, followed by the Ageless Throat & Décolletage Cream and once that feels dry, I’ve been using the device. It might not be quite what PRAI had in mind, but it works for me.

And boy does this thing work! I saw the difference the first time I used it on my neck, so of course I started using it on my face. It’s a subtle difference, and not one I’ve been able to photograph to provide you with evidence, but I can definitely see the difference.

I ran out of night cream shortly after I started to use PRAI on my neck, so I’ve been using the cream on my face as well. It’s hydrating and, unlike many other ranges I’ve tested, I haven’t needed weeks for my skin to adjust to this formulation. No spots, no reaction, just a lovely, comfortable night cream.

MERAKI Silky Mist Body Lotion, currently on sale on for £14.95

This week I've been testing... Meraki

Trouva is a website which works with the UK’s best independent boutiques to find unique homewares and lifestyle products. I tried the Meraki body lotion, rich in organic sea buckthorn and packed with Omega 7 and antioxidants.

This moisturizer really glides onto the skin and absorbs quickly. It feels cool and has a fresh smell.

I love the simple packaging, which delivers just the right amount of product in each pump for one limb! One pump per arm and leg. And I do like a transparent bottle so I can see when I need to reorder.

Highly recommended and very good value.

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up: £30 

This week I've been testing ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close Up

This Works’ flagship product is the sleep spray, which some swear is the only thing that gets them off to sleep at night. The In Transit Camera Close Up is the only This Works product I’ve tried. It’s a mask moisturizer and primer all in one, which I find hard to compute. A mask prepares the skin, the moisturizer is meant to be absorbed and provide hydration, while a primer is meant to lock in your moisturizer and prevent your makeup from sinking into the skin. So how can one product do all this?

I liked the light consistency, but the fragrance was strong and had a chemical undertone.

I used this three in one product for three days and I have four words to sum up my reaction: ‘it gave me spots.’ Big ones.

My Makeup Brush Set: 10 Piece Black and Gold Oval Brush Set: special offer £29.99

This week I've been testing... My Makeup Brush Set

I found this makeup brush set advertised on Facebook. It was a bargain at just £29.99, supposedly down from £400.

The round shaped brushes in a variety of different sizes, are made from synthetic hair. I used every brush in the set for a couple of days and my conclusion is that the brushes are good for blending liquids, or for products used all over the face, but I found it difficult to use them for subtlety. My attempts at using the medium sized brush for blusher made me look like I was running away to join the circus. Trying to use one of the very narrow brushes for my liquid eyeliner was equally disastrous – mainly because the angle of the handle creates a very unnatural position for such precision.

I realise this set was cheap, but as you can see from the picture above, some of the fibres stuck out and had to be trimmed.

This week I've been testing... Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation

And most disappointingly, within a week, the largest of the brushes lost its handle, the head of the brush being too heavy for it.

Having said all that, I have continued to use two of the brushes – one for applying my Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation (flawless coverage with SPF 15 and quite simply the only foundation that stays on in this heat) and another for setting powder. They are incredibly soft and are great for flawless coverage. I wouldn’t pay more than £29.99 for them though.

Skinade: £99 for 30 day course

This week I've been testing... Skinade

Finally, I’m excited to have been given a 30 day trial of Skinade, a collagen drink for ultimate skin health. It doesn’t taste great. My kids are really enjoying watching me grimace my way through a bottle every morning. I’m really hoping they work. I’ll let you know!

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This week I've been testing... Prai, Meraki and more
[Disclosure: My thanks to Prai Beauty, Trouva and Skinade for providing the above products for review. I receive a few pennies in commission if you follow the affiliate links in this post]

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This week I've been testing a range of anti-aging skincare and makeup products, including Meraki, Prai Skincare and Arbonne