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April 21, 2015 Charlotte Cho
In order of left to right and tallest to smallest: my grandma, mom, big sis, and me at Michelle's kindergarten graduation.


Editor's Note 5/11/2015: Mother's Day Giveaway winners have been revealed! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out if you're the lucky winner!

My mom always wants the best for me. 

Growing up, she always made sure to pile heaps of steaming rice, japchae, kimchi, bulgogi, and then some before she even got her own plate. Although she grew up with the traditional Korean etiquette of waiting for the eldest to start eating before we do, she couldn’t help but urge us to eat first. You see - she got more enjoyment out of us eating well, before providing for herself.

Sometimes when I was in high school, she spent hours in the car waiting for me while I was at dance practice, journalism contests and other after school events. If I was struggling in a subject (math and stats, I’m looking at you!), she dug through her contacts and network to find the best tutor. When I forgot my homework or book, she went home to retrieve it for me -- no questions asked. On Valentine's Day one year while I was in high school, she brought me a bunch of red balloons because she knew I didn't have a boyfriend and didn't want me to feel left out. I was mortified at the moment, but it didn't take me long to realize how sweet and awesome my mom is for doing that.

When I decided to leave for Korea, she encouraged it because she knew it was one of my dreams. She herself left Korea at her prime, leaving before she got to finish university, only to find herself rather lonely and not speaking the language in the U.S. She had to start from scratch, and she did it to give me the opportunity that I have today - to have the best of both worlds as a Korean American. I’m so incredibly blessed to have had her unconditional support and love all these years.

I'm sure all of you guys can recall instances where your mom wanted the best for you. I see my big sister Michelle, now a mother of two adorable babies, go above and beyond because she too wants the best for her kids.

For this holiday, in honor of all mothers, I've curated four special sets with some of our best sellers so you can treat and pamper her like the fabulous mother she is. I’ve curated them so so she can discover the Korean beauty love, and you can save up to 20% on these goodies.


Cleanse & Renew - $60

Set includes:

TONYMOLY Floria Brightening Cleansing Oil 
SKINFOOD Green Tea Bubble Cleansing Foam 
GOODAL Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling 

A perfect cleansing trio! I curated this set because everyone (moms and daughters alike) should start and end the day feeling refreshed and clean. This is a lesson my own mom instilled in me as a child, but it wasn’t until I got to Korea that I took it to heart and saw what a difference it made in my own skin and confidence. By getting back to basics, I hope to share a little bit of that with you.

Start with the Floria Brightening Cleansing Oil to remove makeup and oil-based impurities. In addition to cleaning thoroughly, the smooth formula can be used to gently massage the muscles in the face. It’s both practical and relaxing!

Follow with the Green Tea Bubble Cleansing Foam to cleanse water-based impurities such as sweat and dirt. Green tea has antioxidants that fight free radicals, which lead to signs of premature aging.

Lastly, have them indulge in an exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin cells and cleans deep into their pores using the Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling formula with both chemical and physical exfoliants. They’ll love how soft and clean their skin feels.


Brighten & Hydrate - $35 

Set includes:

MISSHA First Treatment Essence Mist 50 ml 
SALLY'S BOX Secret Garden Ampoule Masks (set of 3) 
TONYMOLY Magic Food Banana Hand Milk

My mom always nagged me about moisturizing before I went to sleep. It wasn’t just about hydrating -- she saw it as a layer of protection for my skin, like a safety blanket.

When I’d come back from Korea, she’d go, “Your face is so bright and clear!” And she never used to comment on that. So here’s to making her proud: I now not only maintain my skin’s hydration and brightness, but help others do the same. (I guess it’s true what they say about you growing up and getting more and more like your mother.)

This set includes our best seller, the Missha First Treatment Essence mist, which helps brighten and even skin tone by speeding up the skin cellular renewal process.

Sally’s Box Secret Garden Ampoule Mask Set adds a special boost of intense hydration. It includes two steps: first, dab on the ampoule (a highly concentrated serum that moisturizes, reduces fine lines and pigmentation, and more), and layer the microfiber mask over for a quick and easy, at-home spa facial experience.

Lastly, there’s the Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk. This fun and sweet banana scented hand cream keeps hands soft and smooth with shea butter, coconut oil, and macadamia oil.


Treat & Restore - $95

Set includes:

MISSHA Immortal Youth Serum
MISSHA Misa Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream
GOODAL Anti-Wrinkle Want Night Sleep Cream Pack

More so than anyone else, I have my mom to thank for telling me that properly caring for skin is important at all stages of your life, so I’ve curated these special skin care items to revitalize tired and stressed skin.

The Missha eye cream is specially formulated with ginseng extracts to soothe and reduce visibility of fine lines around the eyes. It’s so creamy and smooth, but absorbs quickly. I love that it’s not sticky.

The Youth Serum brings back the elasticity and stimulates cellular renewal for more even toned, supple skin. This one’s great for dry skin, and can be used all over or as a spot treatment. (I use it for the lines around my mouth and forehead as well as pigmentation around my eyes.)

As she sleeps and her skin restores itself, the Goodal Sleeping Mask uses lavender oil and argan oil to nourish and hydrate dry skin. You almost feel it the next morning. It’s velvety soft, and makes my skin so smooth that it feels protected when I wake up.


The Full Body Treatment - $25

Set includes:

SKINFOOD Coffee Body Scrub
SALLY'S BOX Friendly Milk Nail Mask
KOCOSTAR Hair Therapy
MANEFIT Brightening Platinum

This kit is inspired by my sister Michelle and her kids (age 3 and 1). They’re both very sweet and bubbly and very energetic. The little sister follows in her big brother’s footsteps, so they’re always on the go. I wanted to create something for mothers who just want a bit of pampering after a long, stressful day. Here’s a set that offers TLC from head to toe.

The Skinfood Coffee Body Scrub is a pick-me-up with that, “Wake up and smell the coffee!” sensation. It smells exactly like coffee, and even uses fine coffee grounds and sugar to exfoliate. It sloughs off any neglected dead skin cells and gets rid of any dry, scaly areas. It’s so invigorating early in the morning.

It’s nice to be able to bring the spa and salon experience home, so that’s what these masks are all about.

The Sally’s Box Friendly Milk Nail Mask offers a deep cuticle treatment, to intensely hydrate dry and damaged cuticles. Just slip them on each finger and wait a few moments while your fingers get the treatment. The Kocostar Hair Therapy mask is perfect for deep conditioning by using steam therapy technology to lock moisture in.

And for a mini facial that captures an instant dewy glow, we’ve included one of our most popular sheet face masks, the Manefit Brightening Platinum.



I want to hear from you! We’re giving away one of each of the above gift sets to a total of 4 lucky winners on Mother’s Day. To be eligible to win, comment below and share a story about something that makes you grateful for your mom.

We’ll announce winners on Mother’s Day.

In the mean time, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to tell your mom you love her. Every day should be Mother’s Day to celebrate the hard work and sacrifices that moms make for us! So whenever you get the chance, be sure to give yours a big hug or a phone call and let her know how much she means to you.





I'm so thrilled to see so many participate in this special giveaway. I was truly, incredibly touched to read all your powerful and intimate stories about your mothers. Your responses reminded me one of my favorite sites, Humans of New York.  <3 <3 charlotte

Congrats to the four storytellers that have won the giveaway!  Please contact us with your shipping address : hello@sokoglam.com 

My Mom dropped out of college back in the 70's to marry my Dad. Decades later when I was born my Mom was working odd jobs and my Dad was a worker at a local factory. My Mom quickly realized that they weren't equipped in their economic situation to offer me the type of life they wanted to. Therefore, at the age of 40, my Mom went back to college to finish her degree. I can still remember sitting at the kitchen table doing our homework together. My Mom was so incredibly brave to go back to school as a "non-traditional student". She used to eat peanut butter sandwiches every day for lunch at university to cut costs to pay for my babysitter. I still can't believe all the sacrifices she made to make my life better. I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my beautiful, intelligent, and courageous Mom <3 :)

A shout out to my Grandma, who raised me for a significant portion of my childhood. She was completely awesome for her generation, she transcended racism and sexism to break the cycles of poverty and violence that she was born into and set the foundation for the next generations of family. She could not be kept down! And I credit her with instilling in me a strong sense of self-worth, open-mindedness and forward thinking drive. She modeled creativity, self-exporation and personal fulfillment. She created the family business which has given us all so many opportunities, and she has always picked up the slack herself when others weren't able to carry their whole load. And she was the one who always understood me. We have always loved and adored eachother, enjoyed our similarities and been in awe of our differences. And she's so beautiful, she's an avocado in the hair, vaseline slathering, baby powdering, shockingly yoga flexible, red lipstick forever, kind of lady and I love her to the moon and back.

Fyi to this day, some of our favorite activities to do together are at-home facials and plucking our eyebrows :)

My mom is not very good with technology, specifically when it comes to internet. She never really bothered to learn but recently she grew the urge of signing up in facebook to search her long lost college friends. She waited for me and my sister to come home and guide her. So when I tried to teach her how it's done I grew impatient as she was a slow learner. The first day I was good with her, but the 2nd day I was feeling unwell and she kept asking which option to click, left or right. I grew impatient and shouted 'why can't you just read what's written on the left and what's written on the right and figure out yourself which option to select? '. My sister was in the next room, she heard n took over, taught her with care. I can't explain how much I regreted after I realised that she never grew impatient with us while teaching us our letters. In our country it's common to for parents to hire tutors for even small kids. But my mom never did that, She sacrificed everything for our education, even her job as a teacher, she never hired a tutor for us, she herself was the tutor to both me n my sister, she always knew our syllabus better than us and was always there for us, now we both have graduated, and post gratuted and all the degrees we owe to her. We are grateful for everything, for the values she taught us, for every single thing, We can never pay that back but we can try to do small things for her which will make her happy. Therefore I pledge to never loose my patience on her. <3 :')

Every day I am grateful for my Mom. The last five years have been hell for me. Non stop doctors appointments, surgeries, and various medical tests. My Mom was with me every step of the way. From cleaning out drainage tubes for me, helping me maintain an at home IV, and midnight ER trips my Mom has been a trooper. 
She's never once complained about feeling tired the next day, just keeps smiling and rolling with the punches. She always puts my brother and I first; always has and always will.





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Soko Glam co-founder and chief curator. Licensed esthetician sharing the love of all things K-beauty.

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