2015 Soko Glam Beauty Awards

November 23, 2015 THE KLOG


It’s that time of year again when we reflect on our Soko Glam favorites and give them all a proper shout out, not to mention a cute little badge. Last year's Soko Glam Best of Beauty Awards were such a hit we thought it’d be a great idea to repeat it this year. After all, a whole year means a good chunk of time for us to finish our favorites, let our skin evolve, and discover new holy grail products. See Soko Glam 2014 award winners here!

As a little refresher, here's how we select Soko Glam Best of Beauty Award Winners.

1. One of Soko Glam's best selling products 

2. Approved by Korean locals and by trusted beauty influencers and editors

3. Our official stamp of approval (i.e. I can't live without it)

In addition, your input is huge—so this year, we took your vote and introduced the People’s Choice Winners as its own category which will be announced on November 24th! Of course, they’re all products we use and love as well! Think of the awards as a capsule curation of Soko Glam’s most prized and praised beauty products.

You know what the best part of our now annual Best of Beauty Awards is? You all can save on purchasing that product with our one-day flash sale. You also have a chance to win each of our winning products with our “Pin It to Win it” Pinterest giveaway. All you have to do is re-Pin the image with our Soko Glam Best of Beauty badge and we will select a winner a day.

Each day, we’ll be adding a new winner of the Soko Glam Best of Beauty Awards, so come back and often to see what the next day’s winner is.

10. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine


This star exfoliator combines two things we love: skin care and wine (without the stained teeth). These exfoliating pads are so much more than just a swipe-swipe-toss product though. The AHAs in the formula offer an extra chemical kick and the textured pads allow you to exfoliate manually as well. Naturally fermented, red wine also has naturally occurring AHAs as well as resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that create wrinkles and pigmentation. This innovative formula and packaging made this a beauty award winner:

Stephanie A. 10/13/15
I'm officially obsessed with this new product. It smells amazing, it's gentle enough to use 2-3 times per week, and my skin feels wonderful after exfoliating. I will definitely be keeping this in my arsenal of K-Beauty products and must haves.

Bianca C. 09/14/15
NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze
I will definitely be buying this product again and I highly recommend it. I've been using it for 2 weeks now and each time I'm done and rinse my face, I instantly feel refreshed and my skin feels smooth and soft and new. I definitely love and will be recommending this product to everyone I know as I feel I can instantly see and feel the results. Exactly like having a quick mini at-home facial!

Donna P. 09/10/15
Love This Peel!
I am a new customer to Soko Glam and one of the first products I ordered was the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine. I have been using it for about two weeks now and I use it three times per week. It is unlike any other peel that I have ever used. The two-sided pad with an opening for a couple of your fingers is ingenious! I can already see the difference in my skin. It appears to look smoother and a bit more radiant. I am so glad I found Soko Glam and will definitely be coming back to purchase more products. The Korean beauty products are really on the cutting edge and I love them. The Soko Glam website is wonderful and I love that Charlotte has hand-picked and tested each product. THE KLOG is also very cool with tips and other great info. Thanks Charlotte, Dave, and Rambo too!


Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine Giveaway!

Congratulations to Maria Kristina, the winner of the Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.


 9. Klairs Freshly Juiced Drop Vitamin C Serum


When you think of Vitamin C in skin care, it always means bright even skin. There are tons on the market, but what makes Klairs Freshly Juiced Drop Vitamin C Serum so amazing is that the formula is stabilized, meaning it can withstand light (hence the clear bottle) and its shelf life can actually withstand the amount of time (plus way more) it’ll take for your skin cells to turn over completely so you can see results. The 5% concentration is gentle enough for sensitive skin while not skimping on brightening power. It also just feels nice on your skin, with a light and silky texture. According to you (and us), this serum takes the trophy for pigmentation-vanquishing and paving the way for your clearest and glowiest skin:

Johanna 08/23/15
So good!!
I have very sensitive skin! I've used products meant for sensitive skin that still sting my face and make it red and sore. This serum is SO GOOD! I started out using only one drop at night with my usual night cream and it helped soften and calm my skin in only a week! Now I use one drop in the morning too. :) The redness in my cheeks has lessened considerably and I haven't had a breakout since I've started using this. Ah, I love this serum!


Angellica M. 10/05/15
New Holy Grail
I have suffered from pigmentation in the past and this product definitely is the solution for it. My scars have lightened significantly from using this product after a couple of weeks. Not only that, but my face has brightened up a lot too! I use this after my toner and essence, then I apply the Benton gel and a cream moisturizer on top to seal it all in. So far, the routine has improved my acne prone skin. It absorbs nicely and does not leave my face greasy at all. Overall, the price of it is already a steal.


Reanne 08/26/15
I've been using this for a month now and I am very pleased by the results. My skin is prone to hyperpigmentation and I've been struggling to even my skin tone for some time now. I've been looking for a stable Vitamin C serum and after I read Charlotte's article on THE KLOG I got curious. This product is just...wow. I use this in the morning and at night. It's not greasy, absorbs quickly and leaves my face looking matte. On application the serum does feel warm on my skin but it doesn't irritate it. With consistent use, my skin is more even toned. I'm ridiculously happy whenever someone mentions how good my skin looks. THANK YOU, SOKO GLAM, FOR CURATING THIS.


Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum Giveaway!

Congratulations to Karissa Gonzales, the winner of the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.



Whether foundation and concealer is a must for you, or you’re a foundation newbie, Son & Park’s Glow Ring Foundation Stick is ace for beginners and pros alike. What makes this unique is that there is a core of essence in the foundation stick, so you’re treating your skin as well as applying your makeup. Not dissimilar from the concept of a BB or CC cream, this just makes that skin care and makeup marriage much more apparent. The best part is that the brush on the other side of the stick makes this foolproof to apply and blend. Plus, if you don’t touch it with your fingers while applying you won’t have to worry about contamination. It’s so easy, you can do it one-handed! But this is all stuff you already know, since this Beauty Award winner is one of your top picks as well as ours.

Kendra R. 10/27/15
Natural Coverage
I love this stick foundation! I've had it for a while and the more I use it the more I like it. It has a beautiful, slightly fuller, yet still natural looking coverage. It isn't quite as dewy as the Korean BB creams I've used but it still has a subtle glow when applied. The included blending brush is perfect! I can also go without a finishing powder and it still doesn't make my combination skin oily! Be sure to apply lightly and build up as needed and remember that it won't give a true full coverage like Western foundations.


Maggie R. 09/05/15
Best. Product. Ever.
I've never written a review before for ANYTHING but this product is incredible. I like to try just about everything that's out there and I've never found a foundation that keeps my skin dewy and hydrated all day long. I love it so much that I almost didn't want to review it because I don't want it to go out of stock. Amazing coverage without being powdery or looking heavy.
Linda Hailey 09/14/15
I absolutely love this makeup.
I am 64 and it gave my face that hint of light I have been looking for. 


Son & Park Glow Ring Foundation Stick Giveaway!

Congratulations to Valerie Black, the winner of the Son & Park Glow Ring Foundation Stick! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.



Cult lip colors are a pretty exclusive club—but once a beloved lip product is christened as such, it’s hard to keep it a secret. Skinfood’s Tomato Jelly Tint Lip may be the newest VIP because it has that transformative quality of looking great on everyone with a sheer tint. The formula is the true star though. With tomato seed oil, this gloss/balm hybrid is supremely hydrating—which honestly is what we’re looking for most of the time when it comes to lip care. Its perfectly pretty tint—in three colors, natch—just serves to to make it our top lip pick, and yours too!

Marley M. 10/09/15
I am so happy with this product. Very moisturizing, and surprisingly colorful! I didn't notice a great deal of color immediately after applying, but wait a few seconds and you really get some color!! Love it.


Donna P. 09/15/15
Love the SKINFOOD Tomato Jelly Lip Tint
This is the second product I tried from Soko Glam and I love it! The texture of this jelly lip tint is perfect--not too heavy or too light and not sticky. It's easy to apply, has a great smell and just enough color without being overpowering. I like more of a natural look and the color I bought was Cherry Tomato #1. I'm very happy to be a customer of Soko Glam! Thanks for the fabulous products!


Zora W. 09/15/15
Very moisturizing!
I am really impressed with this product! I have tried so many lip gloss/balms and have always been disappointed in the moisturizing factor, but this keeps my lips feeling moisturized and comfortable for hours. Great color payoff, especially impressive for a balm-type lipcolor! The #1 "Cherry Tomato" color is really pretty (I did expect it to be more of a true cherry red, but it is actually more of a pinky-red on me), and it gives a long-lasting glossy look without being sticky. And you can't beat the price! Can't wait to try the other colors...


Skinfood Tomato Jelly Tint Lip Giveaway!

Congratulations to Kaye Herranen, the winner of the Skinfood Tomato Jelly Tint Lip! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.


    A hydrating essence with a high-powered sunscreen, this powerhouse product is a favorite for no small reason. As far as sunscreens go, the Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk feels like a light lotion that absorbs into your skin in a minute, leaving zero ghostly cast in its wake. The SPF50/PA+++ provides broad-spectrum protection, while the essence hydrates and nourishes your skin. This sunscreen is beloved for its moisturizer-like behavior but we really love it for its immense sun protection too! 

    Colleen M.11/12/15
    Best sun milk!
    This sun milk feels more like a luxurious light moisturizer. I love it! Makes my skin feel very smooth and perfect for a makeup base. it also protected me from the sun for two days on the beach.


    Mi H. 10/26/15
    My daily moisturizer with SPF was running out so I took this opportunity to find a new product that may work better, and this product definitely delivered. It's liquid so it absorbs better than the last. Smell is faint so no need to worry about that. Can't smell the sunscreen in it so that's always a plus. Will repurchase and would recommend to at least try it out :)


    Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk Giveaway!

    Congratulations to Carmen Bnt, the winner of the Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.


    goodal anti-wrinkle sleep pack

    Winter is coming, of this we can be sure. Dry flaky skin seems inevitable every year, no matter how many heavy creams we slather on, only to at times break out in retaliation. All it takes is some planning in advance—conveniently while you’re sleeping. This sleeping pack from Goodal is loaded with fermented argan and lavender oil for a double-hitter of nourishing moisture and soothing, calming elements to help lull you to sleep. Sure, it’s billed as an anti-wrinkle product, but it really does wonders for anyone suffering from a dry spell (which in the long run does lead to wrinkles, so well-spotted, Goodal). Not only do you wake up deeply hydrated, the fermented ingredients help prevent long-term signs of aging by preventing fine lines from becoming wrinkles. 

    J. 08/27/15
    Fine lines gone!
    After a few days of using this product, I noticed fine lines disappear from my forehead. A little of this cream goes a long way so this will last a while, too.


    Miller M. 04/25/15
    An impressive Sleeping Pack - a definite repurchase
    This is truly a gorgeous product. I have excruciatingly sensitive skin and am always wary of anti-aging products (even though, at age 58, I really need them) since some of the actives can irritate my skin. I patch tested first, then the following night applied the pack over my night moisturizer. It took a while to absorb, but I felt no stinging or itching. In the morning I woke up with a lovely complexion! Super soft, rosacea calmed down, more even complexion and, yes, less of a crinkled look. This is a cosmetically elegant product which I recommend highly for any skin type - it is not greasy and leaves a matte finish. The big plus for me is that it did not cause any irritation whatsoever.


    Marti H. 10/24/14
    Great Mask!
    I love this sleeping mask! It is very moisturizing and soothing. It has a faint lavender smell, but nothing overpowering. The next day I wake up to plump, smooth, and moist skin and I don't get little dry patches on my face as the day progresses. I use it once a week now but suspect I will use it more in the drier winter months. My skin is on the drier side with fine lines.


    Goodal Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Cream Pack Giveaway!

    Congratulations to Lauren Mills, the winner of the Goodal Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Cream Pack! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.



    neogen fresh foaming green tea cleanser

    Our kingdom for a good foaming cleanser—seriously, when you find a good one, it’s a triumphant feeling. What makes this green tea foaming cleanser from Neogen unique is that you can SEE the actual star ingredient in the bottle. The fermented green tea leaves and extracts hanging out in there provide the antioxidants responsible for protecting and nourishing your skin as it cleanses. Lots of liquid cleansers are mostly water with some detergent, but if you look closely at this ingredient list, you’ll see mostly fermented actives way up top. We love this green tea foaming cleanser as the second step in our double-cleansing method because it whisks away any extra dirt and excess sebum that our oil-cleanser may have left behind. Rather than leaving our skin squeaky-clean and tight feeling, we pat dry to a soft and clean complexion. 

    Carolina R. 10/20/15 
    I recently purchased this face wash on a whim as the face wash I purchased from this site was no longer available. I received it in the mail the day before I was leaving for a trip to Las Vegas and decided to bring it with me since I ran out of my other face wash and I am so glad I did. Without changing the products in my skincare routine besides the face wash, I saw improvement in my skin despite traveling for long hours. My face didn't break out like I had expected and the longer I used it, the more my face cleared up of the stubborn ache my other face wash couldn't get rid of. The product smells so good and is approved for sensitive skin, which is a major plus for me since my skin has become more sensitive as I have gotten older. If you are having trouble deciding if you want to pay (for) this product, DO IT!
    Natasha M. 09/30/15
    My new favourite cleanser!
    From the first use I found that this Neogen foaming cleanser worked like a dream. The scent is refreshing (and it is fun squinting at the bits of green tea leaves in the bottom of the bottle (tee hee!) Most of all I was impressed by the thickness of the foam when dispensed onto my hands, and when I used it on my face my skin felt thoroughly cleansed. After using, my skin looks great and the big, red spot that appeared on my chin the other day has already faded!
    Melissa L. 09/27/15
    So fresh!
    Love this cleanser. Foams nicely, with a yellow/green tinge from the green tea that makes me smile every time, since you can't beat that freshness! Scent is light and clean. My skin feels smooth and refreshed, without that overly clean tight feeling. No trouble with my sensitive, acne prone skin either!


    Neogen Green Tea Foaming Cleanser Giveaway!

    Congratulations to Lindsay Gray, the winner of the Neogen Green Tea Foaming Cleanser! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.

    Natural beauty lovers can rejoice with Re:P, one of our newly curated lines that carries hardworking skin care that’s all vegan, cruelty-free as well as botanical-based. The pads themselves in this toner are all-natural cotton, and they’re soaked with extracts of Damask rose, tea tree, and calendula to lightly hydrate skin and restore pH balance. This is a godsend for people with oily and acne-prone skin types because its oil-discouraging formula is also gentle enough for sensitive skin. Since the pads are threaded, giving you a bit of leverage for extra exfoliation, this has fast become a favorite for natural beauty buffs and skin care pros alike: 

    Jasmine C. 10/27/15
    I love this toner
    The product smells great and does not irritate my skin, which is rare for me these days. The fact that it doubles as an exfoliant is even better, as it means I can travel with a bit less. The company’s values (vegan, no animal testing, organic, natural, et cetera) were what first tempted me to try it. Worth the price. 


    Suhan G.10/28/15
    Love these!!! Amazing toner. Leaves skin clean and glowing.


    Re:P Giveaway!

    Congratulations to Noreen Nishimura, the winner of the Re:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.



    Sheet masks can be a dime a dozen (sometimes literally) but this one from Banila Co. wins in the pretty department. Hey, sometimes looks matter, and having a lovely lace sheet mask on your visage is so much more pleasant than the Jason-looking standard sheet mask. This one has style and substance though with ultra-hydrating aloe, sodium hyaluronate, collagen, and white lily complex. The hydrogel mask itself is basically like a Jello-mold of essence, so it’s really pressing itself into your skin for ultimate hydration and radiance.

    Fallon D. 08/19/15
    Best Mask on Soko Glam!
    The It Radiant mask (Moisturizing), is by far my favorite on the site. I've ordered it so many times, and once I get it I kind of horde it for a special occasion. It makes your skin super soft and ultra moisturized. The best part is it's almost pretty because of the "lace". My husband isn't scared when he sees me watching the Real Housewives with it on!


    Kendra R. 09/01/15
    Pretty and Effective
    I used the version Calming and really enjoyed it. In addition to the pretty lace, it smells absolutely incredible! It's a bit thinner that other hydro gel masks I've used so it felt lighter on my face. My skin looked healthy and bright, dare I say glowing, after using it. It even seems to have helped shrink a pimple I had at the time so that was a bonus. I will definitely buy again when my sheet mask stockpile gets low!


    Julia 06/23/15
    Pretty & Refreshing
    Used the calming mask, and it was refreshing. My skin felt refreshed after using it, and I would buy this again.


    BANILA CO Giveaway!

    Congratulations to Deb Matovich, the winner of the Banila Co. Lace Hydrogel Mask Sheet! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.




    Maybe you’re sick of us singing the praises of Son & Park’s Beauty Water, but it’s just that good to the point of evangelical praise. Beauty Water is something like a cleansing water, brightening toner, and hydrating face mist in one. It’s not just a favorite at Soko Glam HQ though—you guys are also in the Beauty Water campaign trail.


    Eileen R. 11/08/15

    The Greatest Toner
    I am a believer in Beauty Water! I've used it for two weeks now and my skin always feels refreshed and clean after every use. I can feel my skin "waking up" to the benefits. It's especially nice as the weather is starting to turn crisp, as it gave me an added boost in the middle of the day if I use it. Strong toner and I plan to gift it to my friends to convince them to try


    Jona R. 10/31/15
    I didn't really expect much
    I didn't really expect much from this product because I thought it's just a fancy and gimmicky water/toner. But after using this for 2 weeks. I can already see improvement on my skin. My sensitive and acne prone skin didn't breakout from this product unlike the Missha first essence. And I also feel like the dry patches around my zits are greatly reduced and the texture of my skin feels a lot smoother. I use it day and night after I cleanse my face. It smells so good and very refreshing. Just try this product, you won't be disappointed. 


    Claire P. 08/31/15

    I'm a toner convert now!
    I have always been so, so skeptical about toners. I don't have very acneic skin (combination/sensitive is the best way to describe it) so I usually don't feel like I need one, plus the American ones are so awful and harsh that they make me break out in eczema. However. Son and Park beauty water is absolutely worth all the hype. It makes my skin tingly and fresh and clean, and within 3 days of using it, I saw MASSIVE improvements in my skin brightness, clarity, and firmness. I've been doing a full 10-step Korean regimen for about 2 months now, but honestly I think that the Beauty Water is one of the things that has helped my skin the most. It also lasts forever, even though I use it morning and night, so it's totally worth the cost. Do your skin a big favor and buy it!



    Congratulations to Tiffany Sedlar, the winner of the Son & Park Beauty Water! Please email us at hello@sokoglam.com to claim your prize.


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