Sunday, July 13, 2014

June 2014 Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. Box #NGQ03 - Review and Unboxing

If you haven't heard of Quartely Co. before it is this awesome website where quarterly packages are curated by celebrities/personalities you love. They range from fashion to food to books and are curated by people from Bill Nye to Pharrel Williams to Coco, etc. Most packages are $50 but a couple are $100 plus shipping (shipping is a little hefty $10-$20 per package!)

So the Nina Garcia quarterly box is something I have been (impatiently) waiting for ever since the reviews on #NGQ02! This box looked simply amazing but is a little pricey! It is $100 US per quarter, with $20 shipping, and a one time $8 handling fee ($140.67 with the exchange rate).

So i was literally waiting the whole month of June for this package to ship! And, of course it didn't ship out until the end of the month (and then didn't arrive until I was on holidays!!). It was so hard to not peek at the reviews of the items - I did read a little bit and saw people weren't very happy with this box but I didn't let it sway my opinion before I opened my package!

Here is the first look at my Nina Garcia #NGQ03 box:

And here is the first look inside:


I love with Quarterly packages that the curators write a letter explaining why they sent all the items - a little more detailed then the usual simple product cards! I knew the theme of Nina's box this month was everything Brazil. I wasn't sure what to expect but let's see:

So this colorful card is actually a free Otterbox ($50 value) by Symmetry with special designs inspired by Nina for an Iphone 5/5s or a Galaxy S5. So I don't have either of these phones but I will use the freebie to order and gift to a friend. (Bummer, so I just ordered the case that looks like the card in the photo and I had to pay $18.40 for shipping!). I'm not thrilled by the shipping cost but it will be fine to resell and get that cost back or gift to a friend! So i am counting this value as $31.55

Here is a look at the rest of the products in the box:

Wowee, all I can say is there is a LOT of stuff in this box! Here is a closer look at what I got:

Palm Tree Print Clutch by Print All Over Me ~ estimated value $20 (the tote bags are $28 on the Print All Over Me website). This is so summery and cute! I will make use of this, probably not as a clutch but a big makeup bag/travel bag etc.

Koku Pouch ~ 80 pounds, about $136 US. Featuring Rafia fringe with a plexiglass shark decoration. So this was one of the items everyone was up in arms about in the reviews - I am in agreement about this one, not a big fan. It is fun and very summery but I am probably not brave enough to use this as a clutch!

So I guess 2 pouch/canvas bag in one box is maybe 1 too many but I will gift or sell one of them -no big deal!



Surya Brasil Sapien Women - Vegan & Natural Shave Gel ~ full size $20.39. This is sticking with the Brasil theme and including a Brasil brand that is vegan and all natural. This product smells so good and I am looking forward to using it!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 ~ full size $8.39. Again one of the items people hated - to me sometimes you don't want the most practical items in a style box; however, I cannot complain as this will get used up!



Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ~ purse size 2.2 oz for $21.50. An alternative to dry shampoo - helps to absorb oil and add volume. I have never heard of this but it looks like an award winner and the reviews seem great - I am excited to try it!

Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator ~ 8.5 oz for $19.99. A hydrating treatment - restores moisture to dry and damaged hair - I used to use K-pak quite a bit and am happy to use this leave in conditioning treatment. 



Formula X for Sephora in "Push The Limits" ~ full size $13. Described as a tomato pink. Again I like getting new nail polish colors in my boxes so I am really happy and will use this color for sure.

Calvin Klein CK One Pure Color Lipstick in "Speakeasy" ~ full size $16. Here is a closer look at the color:
The reviews look great on this long-lasting lipstick; however; I am not a lipstick person! I am definately more of a lipgloss person and this color is a little darker than I like to go! I am not going to try this on so I can gift it!



Melissa Desk Ornament ~ estimated value $5. Okay I know this is a little item but I like that Nina has companies design little goodies for her box - you can't buy these! Melissa is a brazillian shoe designer that focuses on rubber shoes (sticking with the theme). So again some people didn't like this item - but lucky for me I have a shoe themed office at work! This will go great with my show mouse pad and high heel tape dispenser!!

Nest Fragrances Bamboo Votive Candle ~ $14. Scents of bamboo, white florals, & citrus. I always like a selection of candles for my bubblebaths - this smells great!

Red Flower Refreshing Hand & Face Towelette in Italian Blood Orange ~ 0.70 for 1 towellete ($5 for 7 full size). I haven't opened this yet to smell it but I am sure if I throw it in my purse it will get used.



Spenglish Custom Muito Cool Baseball Cap ~ estimated price $20 (there are no caps on the website). Again, I like a "custom" made item. I am not a baseball hat person, but my 9 year old son will happily wear this.

Frends Ella Earbuds in Gold & White ~ $99. Another item people were upset about because they received it in another box 6 months ago. I did not receive it; however, I think some people should be prepared for multiples if they order many boxes - if I had already received these I would be happy to gift $99 earbuds to someone! No big deal - and these are pretty!

So for $140 I received $425 worth of items - so the one thing I really enjoy about the Nina Garcia boxes is that the value is guaranteed to be well worth what you paid! I really enjoy that her items are risky and some are hits and misses - I think these boxes are awesome! The only thing that slightly irked me is that because I am in Canada I had to pay for shipping on a free item! All in all I am very happy with my first Quarterly Box!

Did you get the Nina Garcia box? What did you think?

2 comments :

  1. Did you end up Selling or gifting your Calvin Klein speakeasy lipstick?

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