Ipsy August Glam Bag

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If you read the most recent High Five for Friday post, then you know that I very recently broke up with  Birchbox.  While I loved the service, I was just ready for something new, and didn’t want to pay for 2 subscription services.  With Birchbox, I felt like I was getting a lot of hair products and facial stuff, but not a lot of makeup.  Makeup is probably my favorite category of the 3, so I wanted something that would give my more makeup samples from brands I wanted to try.  Enter Ipsy.

Ipsy is very similar to Birchbox–same price point, overall same concept, but instead of getting a box, you get an actual bag that you can use!  I kept seeing Ipsy Glam Bag’s showing up on various blogs and in my Instagram feed, and finally I had to take the plunge and try it.
My first Glam Bag came in the mail this weekend.  I was very excited to get it, because Ipsy’s website allows you to preview what’s going to be in your bag.  I saw that I would be receiving Urban Decay’s new Perversion mascara.  Urban Decay is a brand that has really caught my eye lately, and I was excited to see this new product in my bag!
In my August Glam Bag, I received:
Dr. Brandy Pores No More Pore Refiner
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow
Jesey Shore Sun Monhongo Lip Conditioner
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Overall, I really enjoyed the items in my bag.  Four of the 5 products were makeup related, which is exactly what I was looking for!  
If you’re interested in trying Ipsy, you can sign up through my referral link here.  Ipsy is $10/month. What you receive depends on your answers to their beauty quiz.  You will receive a Glam Bag with deluxe and/or full size (like my eyeshadow this month!) samples.  You can also earn ipsyPoints through various activities and referrals, which can be then be redeemed for bonus items in your bag!
What do you think?  Do you prefer Birchbox or Ipsy?  Was I crazy for dumping Birchbox?  Was I crazy for not getting Ipsy sooner? Let me know in the comments below–I’d love to hear what your experience has been with a monthly subscription service!