The Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. box arrived early last week, but as things are just getting back to normal around here, I am finally reviewing today!
The Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. Box is $100 per quarter and ships out each season. It is curated by Nina Garcia, Creative Director for Marie Claire and a fashion expert, and it contains fashion, beauty and lifestyle items that tend toward the luxury end of things. It is a newer subscription, and this is the third box. Here are the goods for NGQ03:
SPENGLISH Ball Cap: $20? Nina Garcia said she had this item made especially for the box as a celebration of the World Cup in Brazil. Ok, So, I guess I am just not that into this Spenglish brand. She included a Spenglish t-shirt in her last box, and I was pretty “meh” over it, so to get another item from the same brand was really disappointing. This hat is not my style at all, but I am sure I can find someone who might like it. Into the gift pile it goes.
Koku Pouch: $110 Here we go again with the canvas pouches. This particular box contained TWO of them. Come on. This particular pouch is from the Greek company Koku, that makes a lot of high-end pouch accessories. It is handmade in Greece, and there is raffia around the edges and then a plexiglass fish decoration on the side. Am I the only one who thinks this looks like a kid’s craft project? I consider myself semi-fashionable, and I just can’t see the draw of this one. Especially for $110! I don’t think I could use this as a clutch. I will try to think of my trendiest friend and maybe she will want this.
Print All Over Me Palm Tree Clutch/Makeup Bag: $10? Seriously! I am the new queen of canvas makeup bags. This one is super cute, but I just have too many already. I could not find the exact design online, but the Print All Over me site has a lot of cool options. Passing it on to my bestie’s daughter filled with some fun 10-year old appropriate makeup items.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30: $10.50 This is one of those items that will always get used around our house, and I like that it is a 30 that does not feel or smell like sunblock. I have a major aversion to sunscreen, but I know I have to wear it, so whenever I find one that does not have that weird metallic, medicinal smell that most of them have, it makes me happy. As far as this being a Nina Garcia type of item, it really isn’t.
Organic Shave Gel from Surya Brasil: $20 Now, this stuff I like. This type of luxury, organic, new-discovery type of item is what I expect from this box. This stuff smells great and is already in my shower. It makes a great shave gel with nice results, and I love that it is organic.
Joico K-PAK Intense Hydrator Hair Treatment: $20 This one is another nice item, but do not think I will use it. As mentioned in another post, my hair is kind of a limp mess about half the time, and I find that a lot of hydrating treatments like this just make it worse. It claims to make hair healthier, shinier, calmer and moisturized. I think I have a couple friends who would pine for this one.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Purse size: $21.50 This is a score for sure. I am a die-hard Oribe girl, and whenever I can get their items in a box, it makes me happy. The products are pricey, but this spray adds a ton of volume and makes your hair smell amazing all day. I use it daily, but it can also be used like a dry shampoo for second-day hair. This size will be perfect for my gym bag.
Calvin Klein ck one Lipstick in Little Liar: $9 I always want to try red lipstick. Except for then I remember how I hate lipstick and how I look terrible in red. I guess my Gwen Stefani aspirations are just sad. This will make a nice addition to a gift for a girlfriend who is braver than I.
Formula X Nail Laquer in Push the Limits: $10.50 This brand is exclusive to Sephora. I just got a similar color in my Julep box (review coming this week!) so, I may try this one to try out a new brand and pass on the Julep one. It’s a really pretty summer red that will look great on my toes.
Red Flower Refreshing Hand and Face Towelette in Italian Blood Orange: $0.85 Stuff like this is great to toss in my gym bag. I would have loved a whole box of these, which are $5 for a 7-pack. It smells really nice and was quite refreshing.
Melissa Shoes Desk Ornament: $5? This is cute enough, I guess. I’d rather have something that I can use, but this will look cute at my desk. It smells like those flavored erasers I used to get in elementary school. They never erased anything, but they smelled like rubber and fruit flavoring.
NEST Fragrances Candle in Almond Vanilla Orchid: $15 This smells lovely, and NEST is my favorite brand of candles. They throw a great scent and burn really clean. I love getting NEST candles in boxes! I actually think this will be a great fall scent, so I am saving it for this year’s Favorite Things Party in October.
OtterBox Symmetry Phone Case Gift Card: $44.95 This was awesome. No credit card required. Just use the code and pcik your design from the OtterBox Symmetry line, and your case is on its way. I thought at first that you had to select the Brazilian design featured, which was not really my thing. Instead, I got this cute one with blue flowers, and it is super sturdy. Plus, since OtterBox is located here in Colorado, I got it the next day. Score!
FRENDS In-ear Headphones: $99 These are very fancy with their gold décor, and they do almost look like jewelry. I am not sure how well they would hold up to a workout, which is really when I get in most of my headphone time. I would hate to destroy a hundred-dollar pair of earbuds by sweating them to death, as I have actually done to others. We shall see.
All told, the Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. Summer box had a great value. For the price of $100, there was over $400 of merchandise. I have to say, and I had this feeling about the Fab Fit Fun VIP box for summer, too, it just didn’t feel as fancy and “curated” as the last couple boxes. However, I am excited about a couple new brands to try, am in love with my sturdy new phone case, and I am all about boxes with such a great value. This time, my gift pile got a little bigger, too. So, my friends got lucky!