Nina Garcia Quarterly Subscription Box Review #NGQ05
This is the 5th Nina Garcia Quarterly subscription box. Typically her boxes are mainly fashion related with a few beauty items, but this box is dediated to hair products!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process postto learn more about how we review boxes).
(Everything comes wrapped in Nina’s hashtag paper).
The Subscription Box: Nina Garcia for Quarterly
The Cost: $100 a box every 3 months
The Products: Items hand selected by Nina Garcia!
Ships to: Free to the US. (Canada +$30; rest of world +$40)
Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator describing the theme for that quarter, and background on every item they selected. I always read these letters after I unbox everything (I probably should do it the other way around), but I think they are excellent for giving context on each of the items selected for the box.
Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair Volume Maker – Value $48
It took me a few minutes to get the hang of this applicator, but now that I can apply it, I really like it! The powder is dispersed through the brush by pressing in the button on the other end. Unlike some hair powders, you don’t have to worry about this one applying too much at once, and the brush makes it so easy to blend in.
The formula added a good amount of volume/texture to my hair, and considering how easy it is to use, I think I’ll add this to my daily haircare routine.
Redken Extreme Length Sealer – Value $24
This product is designed to help seal split ends. It’s another brush applicator, but I don’t think the brush on this product is needed like it is on the Shu Uemura dry shampoo.
I tried it out on the tips of my hair and I like the scent and it immediately made my hair much softer!
Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray – Travel Size Value $15
I’ve been impressed with Serge Nromant products I’ve sampled, and this spray does a good job at adding volume. It adds a good amount of texture too, so it might not be an everyday product for me, but good for special occasions.
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer – Value $22
I didn’t get to try either of these products yet since they are for before you dry your hair, but I’m hoping they both work well for my hair. (The balm is designed to prevent frizz and keep your hair straight, and the Pillow Proof is supposed to cut drying time, prime your hair, and protect it from heat damage).
Fekkai PRx Reparatives Masque – 1.69 oz Value $6
This hair mask smells like a vanilla cupcake – I can’t wait to use it! (You just have to leave it on your hair for 3-5 minutes after shampooing).
I’ve been using this product for the past week or two since it was in the most recent Limited Edition Birchbox, and I love it! (To be fair – I love pretty much any Living Proof product I try). I’m a little obsessed with this scent of this hair lotion, and it goes on weightless too.
Harry Josh Pro Tools Premium Oval Brush – Value $50
I love this brush just for the mint green color alone! Here is the professional description of the brush:
It features a mix of short boar’s hair and nylon bristles to increase shine and manageability for a smooth, glossy finish. The ergonomic handle and comfort cushion pad ensure painless styling and easy control, making this your go-to hair care tool.
Masterpeace Jewelry Carved Birch Wood Hairpin – Value $100?
I can’t find this item online, but Net-A-Porter carries Masterpeace headbands that retail for $380, so I think a $100 value is a fair estimate.
This piece is gorgeous, but not exactly my style, so I will likely gift or swap it.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – Value $28
This product is designed by “the man who saved Audrey Hepburn’s hair.” It’s supposed to add back elasticity and bounce to your hair. You apply it to damp hair before shampooing, and let it set for 20 minutes under a showercap or towel. I’ve never tried anything like this before, and I’m excited to see how it works!
Sachajuan Hair Repair – Value $13.60
This is another in shower treatment – you massage it into washed hair and let it set for 10-15 minutes. So many masks to try!
Verdict: This box has a retail value of over $300. I think the value is great, and I loved reading Nina’s letter about how she uses the different products, and her relationships with the stylists who created them. I’m excited to try all the products I haven’t sampled yet, and my hair currently smells amazing thanks to everything I sampled for this review.
I would have loved to see more than one fashion item in the box since that is what I love getting from Nina, but I still enjoyed this box.
What do you think of #NGQ05?