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Liner Love

A couple of weeks ago I picked up 2 liners at one of my favorite shops, Marukai Living. And despite being impulse purchases, they have become fast favorites.

Let’s see why.

The K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner pen

The K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner pen

The package says:

This quick-drying liquid eyeliner has a special brush tip and high water-resistant plymers, giving you superb control for creating remarkable smudge-resistant effects. The result: Eyes become more defined and focused.  Notice the difference!

It’s a film type eyeliner.  The water resistant coat polymer keeps fine eyelines for 24 hours. You’ll feel like “1-day tattoo!”

Also gentle for your eyelashes: containing chamomile extracts and panthenol.

Ingredients: aqua, acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Black 2, alcohol, beheneth-30, Ammonium Styrene/Methylstyrene, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diloxane Dimethicone, Aminoethy Propanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA

Not seeing the panthenol or chamomile in the ingredient list…but it’s definitely got polymers!

Look at that fine tip!

Look at that fine tip!

The tip is gorgeous…and very thin.  It’s got wonderful control and the inkflow is even and dark.


I didn't have to touch up the line at all! And I was able to draw the infinity in one stroke.

I didn’t have to touch up the line at all! And I was able to draw the infinity in one stroke.

I love this pen.  I will even get over my ick factor about liquid eyeliners where you can’t wash the brush after each use…there are enough parabens to kill what needs killing.  The line quality and the precision are just beautiful. And the formula is long-lasting.  That little design lasted on my hand for at least 5 hours…and on my eyes it lasted until I took it off.

my eye with one coat of K-Palette eyeliner

my eye with one coat of K-Palette eyeliner

With that wonderful brush-pen, I can get the product right up to the edge of my lashes and even tightline my upper lashes — which is something I normally can’t do.  And the liquid dries almost immediately so no smudges!  Or no smudging — which could be a drawback if you wanted to soften the line a little.

Spring Heart eyeliner pencil

Spring Heart eyeliner pencil

The Koji Spring Heart eyeliner pencil seems so pedestrian next to the K-Palette brush-pen.  But it’s no slouch.

The pigment is rich, glides right on and lasts all day.  Plus there’s a sharpener in the base of the pencil that pops right out so you can sharpen the point when needed.


What a nice color!

What a nice color!

I have been looking for a nice dark brown pencil and this one is exactly what I’ve been looking for.  It does smudge for a softer look, and there’s a blending tip with the sharpener; such a clever design. Although it only lasted on the back of my hand for 1 hour,  it lasted all day on my eyes, and did not smudge, not even on my bottom lashes.

Ingredients: cyclomethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, polyethylene, beeswax, di-ppg-3 myristyl ether adipate, polybutene, sucrose tetrastearate triacetate, synthetic wax, pentaerythrityl tetrabehenate, boron nitride, isodecyl neopentanoate, tocopherol, stearalkonium bentonite, propylene carbonate, ascorbyl palmitate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, iron oxides, ultramarines, mica, ferric ferrocyanide ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, titanium dioxide, carmine


This was my finished eye for that day.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Barely Branded on the lid, ELF eyeshadow in Pebble in crease. K-Palette 1-day Tattoo Eyeliner in Jet Black very close to upper lashline.  Koji Spring Heart eyeliner pencil in Dark Brown on upper lashline and smudged slightly and also on lower lashline.

Have you tried either K-Palette or Koji SpringHeart eyeliners? (both are available through Amazon as well as at specialty shops)




Shopping trip to Marukai Living!

Marukai Plaza is one of the perks of living in San Diego. There are 3 Marukai stores right next to each other, each with a slightly different focus.  The first is Marukai Food which sells Japanese groceries and some wonderful, fresh produce. Next door, Marukai Living sells Japanese and Korean beauty supplies, dish soap, kitchen gadgets, tatami mats, and Hawaiian groceries. And around the corner is Marukai Value which has a TON of Hello Kitty everything plus tea cups, gardening supplies, computer accessories, kid’s toys and stationery.

It’s like whole candy shopping plaza for someone like me… and just down the road is Convoy Street which has my favorite Korean grocery, a killer Chinese dumpling place, and several other wonderful Asian shops and restaurants.  It’s one of my favorite parts of town.

This year, I resolved to visit this area once a month just because….it’s fun!

One of main reasons that I went shopping there today is that during the last week of the month, all the old month’s specials are still in effect and the new month’s specials have just been posted — so it’s double-savings week.  And since I became a Marukai Savings Club member, I get even MORE discounts!  Shopping heaven!

These are the beauty items I scored today:

Everything was on sale!

Everything was on sale!

The major scores of the day were the cotton sheets in the dollar bin and the Tony Moly ice cream sunscreen, originally $17, marked down to $3.98 because it’s missing its chocolate sauce top. I just adore the packaging and can’t wait to try it!

Eyeliner was sort of the theme for today.  I picked up more Cailyn gel liners: chocolate mousse and emerald, the 1-Day Color Tattoo (on March special) in black and the Spring Heart self-sharpening eye pencil in brown. In addition, I decided to give Shiseido’s Perfect Oil makeup remover and cleanser a try. It came highly recommended by a Japanese customer who helped me make sense of all the choices — most without English subtitles.

I will return with full reports in the coming days.