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Nina Garcia Quarterly Subscription Box Review #NGQ10

The Nina Garcia Quarterly subscription box sends out fashion and beauty items about once a quarter. (Quarterly’s shipping schedule isn’t always every 3 months.)

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

(Everything comes wrapped in Nina’s hashtag paper).

The Subscription Box: Nina Garcia for Quarterly

The Cost: $99 a box plus shipping

The Products: Items hand selected by Nina Garcia!

Ships to: Everywhere (US $8, Canada $30; rest of world +$40)

Check out all of our Nina Garcia Quarterly Box reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator describing the theme for that quarter, and background on every item they selected.

For this box, Nina focused on sustainable fashion and beauty items. (August was also Marie Claire’s first sustainable-focused issue.)  

Now, onto the items!

 

Prana Stevie Hat – Value $45

(Colors will vary)

I have a few similar hats like this one from subscription boxes, but this is definitely my favorite. I love the shape, and it fits my big head! 🙂

(It’s 100% wool, too.)

And if you don’t want those straps showing, you can just tuck them into the hat before you put it on.

And Prana also included a coupon for 15% off your next order!

I was a Sari Upcycled Bracelet – Value $22

(Colors will vary)

This bracelet is really unique: it’s made from upcycled Saris! “Hand-cut strips of fabric are twisted and knotted to create a textile sculpture.”

It really does look like wearable art! And it’s impressive to have a bracelet that is both structural and soft.

It was easy to stretch over my hand, too.

TOME White Eco-cotton Wrap Top – Value $225

(This is an exclusive design for the Nina Garcia box, but it is similar to this top.)

Wondering how this is a “top?”

Not that I would wear it in public, but for review purposes, I attempted the wrap top. No luck – the fabric isn’t long enough for me to be able to tie it. (For reference I’m usually a size medium/large 6/8.)

But, I gave it a try as a belt!

It’s crisp, clean, and can add structure to outfit. I like it as a statement belt, but to be honest, I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it. (This is a definitely an outside-my-comfort-zone fashion item!)

Any suggestions on how to style it?

Loving the hat, though! Here’s a closer look at the bracelet:

Now, on to the beauty goodies!

Nina included a 20% coupon code to Musely.com – a site that is all about natural beauty items.

Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask – Value $4

These eye mask gels are designed to be worn overnight! I toss and turn in my sleep, and I feared waking up with these in my hair, eyes, etc. so I opted to wear them just for 20 minutes.

What I liked about these eye masks is that one side is covered in fabric, so you don’t have to touch goopy gel! They stayed on easily and were super refreshing, too.

Natura Brasil Castanha Hand Cream – Value $19.50

This is a new-to-me brand and I’m loving it! The formula is free from: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, triclosan, DEA and animal ingredients.

This is a rich cream, so a little goes a long way – this tube should last me months! (And it dried to a matte finish, too!)

Savannah Bee Beeswax Heel Balm Stick – Value $14.50

I’ve used Savannah Bee lip balms before, but this heel balm is a new discovery. It’s made with organic ingredients and has a light, spearmint scent. (You can use it on any dry skin area, too. Not just for feet!)

Verdict: This box has a value of about $330. I think that’s great for a $107 box, especially for a Quarterly box. However, a large percentage of that value is coming from the wrap top/belt, so this box may be a miss for anyone who isn’t loving that piece. (Basically, you received about $105 worth of items for $107 if the belt is a no-go for you.)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? I’ve reached out to Quarterly to ask. I’ll update when I hear back. (You can also email [email protected] to ask about any of their boxes and cut off dates.)

Coupon – No coupon available for this subscription.

Value Breakdown: At $107 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Hat: $14.60
  • Belt/top: $72.95
  • Bracelet: $7.13
  • Eye Mask: $1.30
  • Hand Cream: $6.32
  • Heel Stick: $4.70

What do you think of #NGQ10? How are you going to wear the belt/top? (Also, thank you to everyone who commented on the original spoiler post for this top – I loved reading every single one of those comments!)

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Nina Garcia Quarterly Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: Nina Garcia Quarterly Box | 60 comments

Comments (60)

  1. Hi Liz, do you know when is the next box due out? I love Nina, but the last box was not a good one, I really hope the next one will be much much better. xoxo

    • I’ve been wondering the same thing! It’s almost the end of May and it still hasn’t released.

  2. Nina did have a miss with the “white thing” last box, but overall her box is what I look forward to the most. When is the next one due out??

  3. This was my first Nina Garcia box. And may be my last. What a terrible assortment of ridiculousness! Really! I am so disappointed.

  4. Was excited to receive my very first NG box – boy, was I ever DISAPPOINTED. Not sure what she was thinking with the nun scarf – it might fit Twiggy, but this is America where lots of girls are a little fluffy. UGH Absolutely hated the white thingy

    Did love the hat – very cute!

  5. Very VERY disappointing box. That “top” is awful, but add insult to injury that it seems like it should go in a summer box. I’d say top 5 strangest items in a box. On a positive note I’d love to have the heel stick. 😊

  6. I can use the “top” to holster one of my ta-tas, now what do I do with the other one?

    • baaaaawaaaahhhaaaa! dead.

    • 🤣😂

  7. My daughter made me a bracelet very close to the one in the box. It was out of plastic cording but since she’s only 7 I’ll let it slide. /sarc. Really not a fashion piece IMO.

  8. Liz, So glad you model everything (as best you can) from these boxes. I’ve been curious about that hat because it got good reviews on the website. It looks great on you, and So I may seriously think of getting it after seeing it on you.

    Re: value of the top. I’m just wondering whether that top was really marketed to those who are way above our pay scale … those who usually buy ‘stuff’ like that. I have noticed that some of these eco- or organic cotton clothing items are much more expensive than what I would ever price them. But because they are eco- some people gladly pay that price – maybe in the hopes of contributing their bit to the environment??? And yes, I really think that if someone came out on Project Runway with this that she would dismiss it out of hand. I think now that she included this because it fits with her ‘natural’ theme and…maybe show her bonafides in the industry that she’s eco-friendly. I do like the other products, but this piece of cloth is really …. (fill in the blank).

    • I think she did a huge disservice to the entire concept of eco-fashion and sustainability! This box is a train wreck and insulting to subscribers, especially since so many people were honestly excited when the box’s “theme” was initially announced.

      And you are spot on with your take on her comments on that top/wrap/rag. I can hear it now in her disapproving, semi-nagging voice. “I’m so confused. It’s a plain white *bed sheet* tied into a top! We’ve seen this a thousand times before. There’s nothing special about this – it’s not *fashion* and very few women could wear this. We gave you a budget of $225 and this is what you made? Sorry, this is just a ‘no’ for me.” LOL!

      Yes, the hat is cute but the color isn’t guaranteed and it can be found almost anywhere and probably for less.

      Epic fail – worst NGQ box ever…

      • Oh. My. Goodness. 💀I read that in her voice and it’s spot on! I can tell you watch it as much as I do. 😝 Thanks for the chuckle.

  9. nope nope and nope.

  10. The bracelet reminds me of Regina George telling Cady she liked her bracelet when she really hated it.

  11. Maybe try it as a scarf?

  12. Utterly ridiculous. You’re a size 6-8 and the “top” doesn’t fit? The average American woman is a size 12-14. What was Nina thinking?

    • Exactly, makes me never want to ever buy this box 😡

  13. This is a great review – very well executed! That being said, the box itself is not something I’d be excited to receive, and a far cry from some of their previous boxes.

  14. I thought I might regret having cancelled this box but I fine with it. Just more stuff that I don’t need or want.

  15. That top is absurd. What a bizarre decision. The hat’s kinda cute though.

  16. I had a REALLY hard time letting this box go…I had been subscribed since like the third box and snagged the stuff I wanted from the first two on ebay and through trades. I had a feeling that it was time to let it go after giving it SO MANY chances and oh my, I am so glad I did. I would NOT have been happy spending $108 on this – not one item I’d be excited about. It’s really sad because when this box is done well, it’s amazing.

  17. I’m usually not too hung up on “retail values” with these boxes, and like to focus more on whether I feel like I got my money’s worth. It’s hard to articulate what would feel like a rip off (you know it when you see it) but now I don’t have to: this is what not getting your money’s worth would look like to me.

  18. Terrible value and uninspired selection. The scarf/belt/piece of cloth is a total miss and the rest of the items are pretty sub par for a 100 dollar box. Nina needs a sit down with Rachel Zoe for a long chat about curation.

  19. No. Just no.

  20. I love Nina, but this is so disappointing. I only like the beauty products and the bracelet. I am not really a hat person, and that top/belt is not something I would wear. (I’m not even sure I could wear it!)

  21. Nina is severely out of touch. This is like a $30 box.

  22. I’ve never heard of this one before and I’m very intrigued but that price…yikes! I’m canceling Allure soon and I’m not going to renew Sisley once that runs out so I might have to wait and check this one out then!

  23. Liz you are always so beautiful but I’ve noticed you look slimmer! everything looks good so good on you! ❤️

  24. Excellent job illustrating how something that seems totally useless can be utilized well! You look very glamorous with the hat, dress, and belt, Liz!!

  25. Not that I like that overpriced white rag but, if you must find a use for it, maybe wrap it around the hat as a band or wear it as a pocket hanky in a suit (after cutting it to fit).

    Still, it is very sad when a sub box includes an item so few like, let alone can use.

  26. That top/belt seems to be a complete miss for most people. Not sure what they were thinking.

  27. It’s so lovely to see you in color Liz! Not that you don’t always look gorgeous in your usual, stylish all black ensembles, but you look amazing in that dress!

  28. I was so curious about this “top” after seeing spoilers- and you made it look lovely Liz! Got to agree though, this box does not look to be worth the asking price, and I normally really like Nina Garcia.

    • Thanks so much, Jackie! 🙂

  29. When you compare this to similarly priced boxes such as Box of Style and the PopSugar Fall LE, this box is severely lacking. Even leaving out the insanely overvalued piece of white fabric, a $4 eye mask in a luxury box? Come on, Nina.

  30. If I didn’t already despise Nina Garcia from PR, I’d definitely hate her for this box!

    • Agreed, but then I am a size 8/10- clearly not her target buying group

  31. I think the top would make a cute belt tied into a bow with the right dress. Something retro maybe?

  32. Liz, you look gorgeous! May I ask where the dress is from? I love maxi dresses with 3/4 sleeves.

    • Thanks, neha! 3/4 sleeve maxis are THE BEST 🙂 The dress is from Forever21, it’s $48, and I’m wearing a size large. Link here: http://bit.ly/2f9LDaz

      Hope that helps!

      • Lol! That’s a size large?? I’m starting to remember why I gave up on Forever 21 years ago…

        Your outfit does look great though Liz 🙂

      • thanks Liz! you are the best <3

  33. The white thing looks like something t a preacher wears! This is probably the stupidest expensive thing I’ve ever seen!!!!

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought that! I can see it wrapped around their neck. All it needs is crosses embroidered at the ends.

  34. Let’s knock $215 off the value, as the useless piece of white cotton is really just $10.

  35. I had a rant but I’m gonna leave it at this – that “top” is probably the most useless, thoughtless, over-valued sub box item of all time.

    • Suggested survey question!

    • Amen! Well said. Liz, your face in that photo is priceless!

    • Completely agree! What were they thinking???

  36. Bless your heart for even trying it as a top, Liz. You’re a good sport.

    That is not enough fabric to fully cover both my boobs. I wish they’d stop marketing it as a top and call it what it is: a very overpriced belt/scarf.

    Nina, Nina, Nina. You hurt me. I always agree with you on Project Runway. Why would you send us this? You go on and on about embracing women of all sizes. How many women would fit in this?

    • I always agree with Nina on Project Runway as well, but now I’m starting to “question her taste level.”

  37. How is that white thing a top?? It looks like a stole or something to go over your graduation gown.

  38. The wrap looks amazing on you as a belt and has changed my original feelings on the piece completely. I hope I can style it the same way without it looking to bulky in the front. I may have to wrap it a few times to get it to hit my knees instead of my shins.

  39. Liz, you look so chic! The hat is very cute! The white wrap top…hmmm. I think Nina should model it and show us just how we can style it for Fall.

    • As a huge Project Runway fan – HAHAHA – yes, let’s see Nina model it as a top.

    • Lol lol. Liz you look amazing.

  40. My favorite item of this review is your fabulous dress! The color looks great on you!

    • I completely agree!

    • I agree, terrible box but super cute dress Liz! You had a “make it work” moment as Tim Gunn would say on Project Runway. Super cute dress and you look super cute. Still not buying this box though. I only buy about one of hers a year now – too bad because she has so much potential to make a great box!

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