In the past blog posts, I’ve made lists of items that would be good/great purchases but there’s one thing almost all of them have in common. ​They typically don’t cost more than $40, which makes them sort of affordable in a sense. However, sometimes there are products we stumble upon that cost more than $40 and then we’re left wondering if the product matches the hype.  This is a list of some products that I’ve stumbled upon that seem to be very worth the hype, but please note that some are considered as high end products.
Before we get started, here’s the criteria that I used to determine if the products would make it into the list.


  • Must be over $30 CAD per item (prior to any discounts)
  • Can be a product hyped about online, stumbled upon or previously bought
  • Cannot be an anti-aging product (most are already over $30 anyways)
  • Cannot be part of a boxed set/vault
  • Cannot be limited edition products
  • Cannot be perfume (because everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and how much they would spend)

Neogen Peeling Gauze

NEOGEN - Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea (Original Version) 200ml 30sheets
Now the peeling pads from Neogen were one of my first purchases that was over $30-ish CAD. It was hyped about a lot in the K-beauty community, and others have also been talking about it and writing great reviews. So I eventually ended up getting this. One of my first ever questions was if it was worth it, and clearly it is if it’s made it onto this list. It’s more effective (in my opinion) than those peeling gels, but just be careful not to over exfoliate. Surprisingly, my peeling pads have lasted me a long time actually so it’s very worth it. I would suggest starting with the green tea scented one because I think the wine scented one was said to be very sweet-smelling.

Laneige Layering Cover Cushion

This is a very interesting product, it’s been raved about (from what I’ve seen) especially because it’s a cushion foundation and concealer in one compact. What I personally find cute/interesting about this is that the little air puff has a little corner at the top specifically designed to blend out the concealer. Most air puffs are circular in shape but the one from this compact looks like a drop of water. From the swatches I’ve seen, there seems to be 4 different shades so please keep this in mind before purchasing. Personally, this is a product that worth it if you’re in a rush to get somewhere and/or if you want touch-up on the go. However, how do the refill cushions work?

I’m From Mugwort Mask

Mugwort wasn’t something I was aware of until fairly recently when a few skincare products with mugwort started popping up on my Instagram feed. This was one of the products that I found, and it was pretty hyped about especially for their soothing and moisturizing properties which seems to be one of the benefits of this wash-off mask. Personally, I’m sold on the whole idea of this mask but the price is the only “gate” between determining if it’s worth the $40-ish price or if it’s not worth the price. Might be something I’ll look into eventually.
Im from - Mugwort Mask 110g 110g

Belif Aqua Bomb

I honestly cannot rave about this product enough, I got a ton of samples of the Aqua Bomb when it first came out and I liked it compared to my old moisturizer and still love it now. The price is about the same as my old moisturizer so it’s not like I’m losing a chunk of money for it, and a little goes a long way because it’s moisturizing enough despite being a gel formula (I have oily-normal combo skin). The smell is also one of my favourites out there, it’s citrus-y but also not “in your face”. If that isn’t enough to get you sold on the product, there’s also an aqua bomb mist, an aqua bomb jelly cleanser and an aqua bomb sleeping mask.

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

Out of all the products on this list, I think this is the one that’s got the most lavish price tag. It’s also one of the items that ranks pretty high on my wish list, due to the fact that so many people use this product for makeup looks. It’s a liquid matte lip stain (as the name says) and I believe the whole reason why it’s so well liked is because of it’s staying/staining power, the unique applicator, and the creaminess of the product.  Would you get this for $49 on Sephora or would you opt for a cheaper dupe?

Vely Vely Artemisia Balance Essence

Prior to March of this year, I had no idea this product existed. But I’m fairly sure it’s been a bestseller for a very long time now since it’s almost always sold out on the brand’s website. The brand Vely Vely is founded by a famous Korean actress and model; Im Ji Hyun, and the product is made from mugwort which we already know (ish) has really desirable properties when it comes to skincare. I’m not certain I worded that correctly, but point is; it’s unique, it’s also kind of expensive and it’s flying off the shelves.

CLIO Pro Eye Palette (Simply Pink Ed.)

CLIO - Pro Eye Palette (Simply Pink Edition) (3 Colors) #01 Simply Pink
Clio’s Simply Pink pro palette seems to be very popular during the spring-summer seasons especially for those who upload looks on instagram during this time, I’ve never been able to swatch the colours of the palette but based on these looks, the colours look nicely pigmented. The first thing that I noticed was that one of the shades (the very jewel looking one) was similar/looks like one from Huda’s palette, personally I like a glittery/shimmery shadow appearing like this in the pan because it looks like you’re using gem powder or something like that.

Dear Dahlia Dual Palette

There’s about 3 different versions of this, and 6 different types/shades. There’s the multi-balm duo, the eye shadow trio and the match which is the combination of the two. Personally, if you’re going to get this, and to make sure it’s worth it, get the match duo palette. There’s 2 eyeshadows, and a multi-balm inside so eye shadow, blush and lip colour all in 1 little palette. These things are pricey, but they’re worth it for how compact and useful it is, not to mention I believe this is a vegan brand. The one that’s easiest to match for everyday or a night-out wear in my opinion, would be sunset romance.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner

If I’m not mistaken, this product was out for a little while in Asia but only came out recently everywhere else under the name Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer, correct me if I’m wrong. But either way, it’s making waves and I can kinda see why. Skincare is booming and sometimes we love to skip steps so a “2in1” product like this is bound to sell really well. I tried it in store and while it’s not exactly for me, it’s very very moisturizing which of course makes it perfect to be used alone. I can kind of see this probably being sold out during the fall-winter season, because to me it’s that moisturizing.
LANEIGE - Cream Skin Refiner 50ml 50ml

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

Like the other products on this list, it seems that a lot of people use this, or at the very least a lot of people have tried and liked it. I understand the hype for a product that removes heavy makeup though, because usually we waste/use a lot of makeup remover/makeup remover wipes in order to take off heavy-duty makeup. So investing in a product that’s supposed to melt the makeup to be  washed away in understandable, this one ranges from $30-$40 depending on the type and size of the product you choose. Worth it.

3CE Multi Colour Palette (All Nighter)

3 CONCEPT EYES - Multi Eye Color Palette #All Nighter 1set
Like most 3CE branded products, this is pretty pricey but also well talked about. I think there’s 3 versions of this, but we’ll focus on All Nighter which is the one with the “earthy” shades. The palette is said to be great for making a variety of natural to night out shades, with good pigmentation and good application. There are 9 colours in this palette, but I think if you want more bang for your buck go for the pro palette in Museday. It’s $100USD but has about 25 shades. Both are pretty worth it, when compared to some $60 palettes.

CLIO Kill Cover Cushion

This cushion, is of course, a no brainer to be added onto this list. It’s got great (full) coverage in a little handy compact that allows you to take it practically anywhere, and has great staying power. I believe it was revamped recently with 3 types with different finishes, but it’s still making waves. It’s also supposed to be hydrating because of the serum-ampoule properties it contains according to the promotions, either way, if you’re looking for a full coverage cushion, look no further.

Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

This calming cream is very aesthetically pleasing, especially because of that signature blue colour. I consider it a great multi-product because it works as a regular cream but with great calming benefits, and it’s advertised to also be used for after-sun care. I’ve yet to come across this in stores, but the reviews wherever this is sold tells all. You apparently don’t need a lot of product, and results are pretty much there the next day.
Dear, Klairs - Midnight Blue Calming Cream 60ml 60ml

If you want to get any of these products, feel free to use the links below (affiliate)! 
This is the end of a rather long list of splurge-worthy items, and I hope that this helps you see if you should dish out that cash for any of these products. I don’t know if I’ll do another of this in the future, so let me know if you want to see more (or less) of these types of lists in the future.


Toronto-based Beauty and Lifestyle blogger focusing on the world of Korean Skincare and Beauty, particularly product reviews and where to get them in Canada.

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