Aspyn Ovard Subscription Box Review – September 2016
Aspyn Ovard is a lifestyle box for young women with items selected by YouTube extraordinaire Aspyn Ovard. If you don’t know who Aspyn Ovard is just type her name into YouTube and be amazed at the amount of videos she has posted to her channel! Aspyn offers two box options: My Subscription Box for $15 every other month and VIA (Very Important Aspynista) box for $49 every other month. This review is for the VIA box.
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The Subscription Box: Aspyn Ovard
The Cost: $49 every other month (S&H $6.99 and up depending on your location)
The Products: Each box is based around a theme (this box was a DIY Party theme) and can include fashion, accessories, beauty, home and lifestyle items.
Ships to: Continental US, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each box comes with a card detailing the box’s contents and a little blurb from Aspyn about why she picked the item or a suggestion on how/when to use it. This is the first box where Aspyn didn’t include retail prices.
Aspyn’s theme with this box is Back to School which is perfect for September.
Zing Anything Mini Citrus Zinger – $12.99
I love this Citrus Zinger bottle! It’s BPA free, cheery pink and yellow, comes with a straw and an attached loop to easily clip it to your bag. I’m a person that really doesn’t like water and struggles to drink enough each day. Adding citrus makes it taste so much better to me and I think with this bottle I might finally become a regular water drinker at work.
Palmer’s Flip Balm full size! – $2.99
The shape of this flip balm reminds me of the EOS lip balms that come in spherical packaging. I like how this lid flips open and closed so you can’t lose it. The smell is deliciously fruity and reminds me of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It’s made with cocoa butter and Vitamin E – super moisturizing!
Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub (0.5 oz.) – Value $1.75
This is a great facial scrub that smells minty and wasn’t drying at all. I will be buying the full size when I use up this little tube. I loved using it in the shower in the morning; the smell really helps wake me up.
Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer (0.1 oz.) – Value $8.00
The tinted primer is mink brown and can be worn alone for a more natural look or paired under your regular mascara for extra length and thickness. This is my first time using a mascara primer. I liked the formula, but I didn’t care for the brush.
Benefit They’re Real Beyond Mascara (0.1 oz.) – Value $8.00
Using this mascara over the primer gave a full and long lash. I was happy that it didn’t smudge also.
This mask was moisturizing and I liked that it was sulfate, paraben and mineral oil free. It had a nice peppermint smell that wasn’t overwhelming.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – Value $7.50
After a crummy night’s sleep and a busy day ahead of me I was thrilled to have these eye gels on hand. I placed them under my eyes for ten minutes before I hopped in the shower and noticed less puffiness once they were removed. These get rave reviews and I can see why.
Ohh Deer Pocket Notebook – Value $2.61
What an adorable pocket notebook. I think this a sweet addition for a Back to School themed box and I like that it’s not lined so it can be used for to-do lists, a diary or even a sketch book.
I’m not a pin wearer, but as pins go this one is pretty darn cute. I love the sunset design being captured in the camera lens. I know pins are having a big moment right now so I can see people being happy with this inclusion.
Hello Extra Whitening Toothpaste (0.85 oz.) – Value $0.91
I’ve used hello extra whitening toothpaste before thanks to other sub boxes and I like it. I appreciate that it’s free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, peroxide and preservatives.
Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer (1.69 oz.) – $2.99
This hand sanitizer is fragrance free, alcohol free, sulfate free and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky residue behind. It absorbs instantly and you can’t even tell you just put something on your hands. I’ve never been one to use or believe the hype of hand sanitizers but a lot of my teacher friends love having it on their desks so I will pass this along to one of them.
Goodie Girl Midnight Brownie Cookies (1 oz.) – Value $1.08
I found these gluten-free chocolate cookies to be pretty dry and they had a weird aftertaste that I found unpleasant. Definitely not a cookie I would purchase or recommend.
Verdict: I have such mixed feelings about Aspyn Ovard’s VIA Box. I feel this box has come a long way from her first box this past spring. It feels much more cohesive and professionally done from the “Back to School” printed box to the professionally printed and colorful information card. This month’s box didn’t include much in the way of jewelry or accessories (other than the pin), but considering the cheap dollar store feel of the purse, belt and jewelry in the last box I don’t think that’s a bad thing!
From the beginning I’ve felt that Aspyn Ovard has offered a good mix of beauty products from well-known brands. Some items aren’t new to the subscription box world (Benefit mascara I’m looking at you) but that doesn’t really bother me. I’m happy to get repeat products from well-loved brands and I like being introduced to some new ones like the Skyn Iceland eye gels. What I was bummed about this month was that the value is considerably lower at $65.82 (last box was over $160). In just three boxes I think Aspyn has come a long way in improving her curation and fine-tuning her branding, but I’d like to see the value come back up. Even though this box is the lowest in value thus far, I do like it the best. I hope they can keep upping their game!
What do you think of the Aspyn Ovard box?