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  1. Lily says:

    I have been reading your site for years and, during a visit to Japan (where my parents are from) in 2015, I took my then-8-year-old daughter to the bunny cafe on your recommendation. For her, it was the happiest part of a very happy trip, and I will be forever grateful to your site. My question is about eyelash extensions and/or mascara recommendations. As I get older, my natural lashes are getting noticeably thinner (though the # and length still seem the same). I’d like to try eyelash extensions but am afraid they may damage my already thin lashes. When you were doing extensions, did you find that they damaged your natural lashes? If so, do you have any mascara recommendations for someone (i) who needs volume more than length, but (ii) who typically gets smudgy raccoon eyes within an hour of applying mascara? Something about my straight eyelashes (and the slight puff under my lower lashes) makes most mascaras smudge almost immediately. I’m told that “tubing” mascaras may be a good bet, but am not sure where to start. Thank you!

  2. Amber says:

    I’m so intrigued re: eyelash extensions, but as someone with sensitive eyes, I’ve been on the fence! Do you feel that they are worth the money, and what would you ask for? 🙂

    PS: You’re amazing, and love how open and real you are with all of us. xo

  3. Anna Louise says:

    Hi Keiko!! I’m wondering what makeup and/or skincare products you would recommend for people like myself who are cursed with large pores. It’s something I’ve always been self conscious about!

    P.S. Thank you for being such a bright light in the world. You inspire me tremendously 💕

  4. erin says:

    Do you use any natural or organic skin care products and if so, do they work as well as some of your non-organic favorites?

  5. Gabby says:

    What do you use to keep your face from looking sweaty and your makeup melting off in the heat?

  6. Elise says:

    Hi Keiko! I’ve had oily, acne prone skin for most of my life. I have always shied away from using moisturizer other than as a skin prep for makeup (and then i always have to do a full face of light powder to compensate…). Do you have any recommendations for a product that moisturizes and doesn’t leave my skin feeling slick and oily? Thank you!

    • Amber says:

      Elise, I had the oiliest skin in my 20s. It embarrassed me. But then my friend and skin enthusiast (on top of a being a primary care physician) told me that by frequent cleansing and not using moisturizer, I was making my face create MORE oil. Sort of like you can train your hair to not need daily shampoo-ing (if that makes sense)! Maybe this will be the case for you, too. If you have an ULTA or other store nearby, go in with a freshly cleansed face and try Juice Beauty’s daily oil-free moisturizer. It’s my go to on days when I don’t wear foundation and it never leaves my face greasy. I always recommend trying it in the store so you can see how it wears throughout the day before committing to buying a full size. I hope this helps!

      • Elise says:

        Thanks, Amber! I know I need to be moisturizing more but I’m petrified of adding even more oil to my skin 😬 I’ll check out the product you recommended!

        • Keiko Lynn says:

          Amber is exactly right. Stripping your skin of oil will only make it over-produce more oil. Sometimes the best way to combat oil is with oil! I’ll go more in depth in a post. Do you find that your skin is both oily and dry/irritated, or is it just oily? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, so that will help me make some product recommendations for you.

  7. Rachel K says:

    What is your updated skincare routine? Especially curious because it’s summer and a face full of foundation with moisturizer can feel so heavy. Also, when you had Invisalign, what lip products that are smudge proof do you recommend? I want to wear lipstick again, but I don’t want to have red trays! 😂

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Oh girl, I can totally relate to the invisalign struggle. I’ll do an updated skin care routine for reference, and as for invisalign — you have to commit to a liquid lip life. The more matte the formula, the better. Try out the Sephora Cream Lip Stains, Smashbox Always on Matte liquid lipsticks, and Too Faced melted matte formulas. They’re some of my favorites.

  8. Kirsten says:

    What is the one skincare product from your routine that you feel is most important?

  9. Raquel says:

    Your hairstyles how do you style them (braids, upd dos etc,.) And love your scarfs vintage style hairstyles.
    What products and hot tools do you use?
    🙏 thanks! Love your style and you’re great inspiration! 😉

  10. Gabriela Mendez says:

    Hi Keiko, I actually have three questions but two go hand in hand.
    *Adult acne. Is there a cost effective product that can zap pop up pimples? I always get one or two but they take forever to go away.
    *Acne scars. A lot of the pimples I get leave behind scars/dark spots. I don’t touch or mess with the pimple but it still leaves a mark. What can one do to prevent these spots? All o find is lightners but I don’t want to lighten my whole face, just that one mark.
    *Under eye circles. Is there a regimen or cost effective beauty product that can lighten up dark circles or remove them all together? I always hear the whole thing about sleep and diet but I still get circles. Help!

    Thanx for doing this Keiko!

  11. @spacegirltina says:

    What are your favorite ways to treat pigmentation from acne scars?

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      While I don’t have acne scars, I do have some hyperpigmentation and I’ve had great results from laser treatments. I’ve done both fraxel and laser genesis — the latter is much more gentle, so it takes more sessions but is still very effective. I have seen someone with pretty substantial scars before and after a few fraxel treatments, and it yielded great results — but I also know someone who wasn’t very impressed with theirs. So, I would meet with a doctor and discuss your best options before dropping any serious money on a laser treatment. I would also recommend introducing a vitamin c serum (l ascorbic acid) daily. You won’t see results right away, but it will help even out skin tone over time.