Modern Renaissance VS Soft Glam


On Instagram I ran a poll whether the next blog post should be doing the UD Backtalk Review or enlightening you with a comparison between the newest ABH palette, Soft Glam, with one of their most popular (and one of my favorite palettes) Modern Renaissance.

Notably I was hesitant at first to compare these two, for some odd reason because in the past all the comparisons of any palette with Modern Renaissance have been a flop. But fortunately enough, Soft Glam did exceed the same standards and expectations as Modern Renaissance.


As you can clearly see, the Modern Renaissance palette is ridiculously used up, almost half the shades have hit pan which I’m okay with because it clearly shows that this palette is one of the greatest makeup products I’ve ever tried. Although I’ve already talked about this palette multiple times, I still decided to talk about it one more time, in hopes to see the full difference and similarities between the two palettes.

Before the comparison starts, if you haven’t read the first review for Soft Glam  (first impression) then do it because my opinions completely changed after trying it multiple times.

Also, heads up this is going to be a post only about comparing these two palettes, I won’t talk about the specific details about each one, so you can read the Modern Renaissance palette review right here.


Moving alone to the actual post, when I tried Soft Glam at first it wasn’t my cup of tea, I never really thought of it to be my go to palette, or one of my favorites until I tried it again. Now I’ve truly fallen in love with it. Just like the Modern Renaissance, the formula is exactly the same and even Anastasia Beverly Hills themselves said that they made sure that this formula is exactly like the infamous Modern Renaissance.


Comparing these two pictures together, you could clearly see that they’re both very similar, the packaging and the colors. I stated in the Soft Glam review that four of the shades are the same on the Modern Renaissance which has its ups and downs.

Not only is the formula of the palette the same, but also the packaging, the mirror, the fabric like feel to it, and the brush that it comes with is also the same. So really, Soft Glam isn’t all that special, its practically Modern Renaissance’s twin sister, while Subculture is like their step sister.



Soft Glam Anastasia Beverly Hills First Impression


I was pretty excited about this palette to say the least, since I’m a huge fan of both Modern Renaissance and Subculture, I knew Soft Glam would be amazing. I had high expectations. Did ABH disappoint?

(I’ve sectioned off this blog post to difference sections incase you wanted to read about the formula or the packaging etc etc)



The color palette wasn’t really a big deal for me, I can guarantee you that I have almost all the colors in other palettes, but it does live up to it’s name with Soft Glam, because these colors really do create a soft makeup look. Something that was interesting to me was that four of the shades are the exact same on the Modern Renaissance such as:

  • Tempera
  • Burnt Orange
  • Sienna
  • Cyprus Umber

It could be good for people that don’t own the Modern Renaissance palette because then they’ll be able to experiment the same colors, but bad for people who already own Modern Renaissance and are wanting to try out new colors. But other than that, I personally love the shimmer shades the most, I think they’re quite unique and different from what Anastasia usually offers.


I’ll most definitely be creating a review comparing this palette with the Modern Renaissance palette, I feel like there is some change within the formula between the two  but I’ll talk about it in another post.

The formula is great as always, there was a lot of pigmentation – nothing new – but there was also some fall out. Now I personally don’t really mind or care about fall out because it happens, but if you are someone that really cares about saving up product and not wasting it, then it’s going to be a problem.

Other than the actual product, the formula of the products does smell like makeup. Compared to other makeup brands such as Too Faced, they have a more chocolate scent to it whilst this one just smelt like chemicals.


As you can see in this weird angle picture, there is some fall out resting on the pan, I simply used the provided brush and tapped on the eyeshadow pan two three times. Once again, I don’t really see this as an issue but I know to some people it may be inconvenient and a bother.

The picture below shows just how much product the brush picks up when tapping on the eyeshadow pan.




Just like the Modern Renaissance and Subculture, I love the simplicity and the elegance of the packaging, it makes traveling around with it much easier.

The packaging will get dirty because it’s not plastic but more so like a fabric feel to it, but once again, I really do not mind at all.


I really did enjoy the palette over all, I didn’t necessarily fall in love with it. Would I recommend it someone? If they are starting out, then yes. If you own a couple of palettes then there is a high chance of you owning most of these shades so it’s not really worth it to spend $42 dollars on shades you already own. But starting out, these are great colors to experiment and familiarize yourself with first before going into the more colorful colors and really figuring out how to blend, use transition colors, and so on.

It is an easy palette to use, Modern Renaissance is very similar to this palette, and Modern Renaissance was one of the first palettes that I used and it was fairly easy to use.


That’s all, I really hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions feel free to comment down below 🙂

ABH Subculture Palette Review


There are a lot of mixed reviews being thrown out there, mostly negative thus making a lot of people stay away from the Subculture Palette. Honestly, stop focusing on one popular bad review and do what the blogger or youtuber says, if you really want to try it out then by all means go ahead and try it out yourself. (Or enter my giveaway on instagram @thechicoommunity where you can win one of these palettes)

*All pictures are taken AFTER using the palette*


If you’ve been living under a rock then you wouldn’t have known that Anastasia Beverly Hills released a new palette named Subculture, we makeup lovers like to think it’s Modern Renaissance sister. So, does the palette live up to the same expectations and adoration like Modern Renaissance?

Someone posted a video showing how the shade Roxy was a bit too powdery, a lot of people just considered it  as a powder. That changed a lot of people’s opinions on this palette saying they don’t want it anymore. I listened to none of that and decided to try it out myself. Here’s what I thought.


I personally think this is a lovely palette, the shades are gorgeous and it has more mattes than shimmers which is a bonus. Now I do have to say that the shade Roxy is powdery, but the other shades are not. So if you don’t want to get this palette because of one shade, then honey you are missing out. I did two looks, one look on each eye and they turned out perfect.

The first look I used the shade Roxy and although there was powder, it was a great shade. And it was my fault because I aggressively swirled my brush around, so I changed the way I pick up product and started tapping it on the shade, thus giving me a good amount of product and pigmentation. I paired it up with a shimmery color for my lid using Electric, it was amazing. The brush easily picked up the product (With no fallout or powderiness) and was applied gorgeously onto my eyelid.

Even though the popular opinion is that it’s a bad palette, I really do think that it’s not at all, maybe people got the bad palettes. While everyone got theirs early, I got my two palettes later than everyone else and I got great results from the palette.

If you like or don’t like ABH, I still recommend this palette the colors are gorgeous and compliment my skin color amazingly.

Thank you for reading! Hope this review helps!

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January Favorites (2017)


Well the first month of 2017 is almost over, well we still have two weeks left but I doubt I’m going to like/try anything in those two weeks because I have exams. This favorites post is a bit shorter than usual just because it was such a hectic and crazy month, but without further ado, let’s get into it.



I’ve heard such wonderful reviews about the ABH foundation stick so the minute I went to the states, the first thing I got from Sephora was this foundation. When the lady person tried it on me, she used a brush so I was like “okay so I’ll use a brush to blend this” and when I tried it out, I used the brush. It has really good coverage and you don’t need a lot of it. I tried using a wet beauty blender but it just didn’t do the job, so I just used my Kat Von D foundation brush.



The second I saw this book in Target, I knew it will somehow make my 2017 better. I’ve been really enjoying the questions or prompts that came in the notebook, especially when I share my answers with other people. Some prompts can be lighthearted and funny, and some can be serious, so it’s a half half thing. If you like writing, I definitely recommend this book.




This planner has been keeping me sane for the past month. As you can tell by the dates and the to do lists, it’s exam season, and there was no way I could keep track of  all the dates in my head, so using this planner really helped. it is a very sturdy planner, so I don’t think it’s going to get ruined anytime soon. And like most of the stuff I own, this is from Target.



I’m literally face palming myself because I have this eyeliner in every single blog post, it’s just too amazing. Since this liner is just too amazing, I got three of them to restock and just incase, I already went through one of them. If you’re just starting out with makeup or you suck at putting on eyeliner (don’t worry! i dont know how to do my liner perfect as well) I definitely recommend this liner, worth every penny.

Sephora Haul #1 (Winter 2k16)



*Thank you Azra for the nomination for the Entertainer Blogger Award, check out the end of this post for the questions and nominees.*

Well, let me start of this post by saying that I’m in Chicago, well not really. I’m on the road heading to Florida, and we’re currently in Indiana. For the past days that I have neglected The Chic Community, I was in Chicago, shopping in mostly Sephora and recovering from the jet lag.

For the next posts, it’s mostly going to be hauls because I won’t have time to try things out, but if I do, I’ll make sure to post reviews. Without further ado, let’s get into this haul.



The first thing that I got was this Glow Kit, I liked it the minute everyone started posting pictures of it on Instagram. The packaging is super simple and cute, which is great for traveling. Especially since I buy a lot of makeup when traveling to America. It is more so of a sheer highlighter, maybe that’s why some people don’t like it. But you can use it in more different ways, like eyeshadows or even lips, if you like taking risks. I’m excited to try this out and I’ll tell you all about it.

Glow Kit – Ultimate Glow




*I don’t  know if the Lethal shade is cracked or not, I just realized the line while writing this post.*

I was contemplating whether or not to get this palette because, I don’t do well with Urban Decay’s pigmentation. But for the sake of you guys, I decided to get it and try it out and tell you all about it. As my mother pointed out, it’s very similar to the Kyshadow palette, so I might do a comparison between them later on.

Naked Ultimate Basics



I’ve been wanting to try out cream highlighters for a while now, so when I passed by the Becca stand in Sephora, this caught my eye. As you can see, it is in fact a creamy product, so I’m as well excited to try it out. I got this one in the iconic shade ‘Champagne Pop’.

Shimmering Skin Perfector



If you’re like me, then you spend hours on end watching Instagram beauty tutorials, and you have to somehow stumbled upon the foundation sticks. It looks very interesting, and easy? I mean, it’s not messy like liquid foundation, you just straight away put it on your face. I asked one of the Sephora people (yup, thats what im calling them) to help me pick out a foundation because whenever I pick, it makes my face ashy. And if I remember correctly, she said it was because the shade was too light for me. So, there’s a makeup tip for you.

Stick Foundation



Last but certainly not least, are the new Bite multi task lipsticks. These came out the day I left America during the Summer, so I’m a bit late to trying these out. But I finally got my hands on them and am very excited to try them out. I’ve been a fan of Bite Beauty before I was even a huge fan of makeup, and that was years ago. Bite Beauty never disappoints so I’m looking forwards for these multi tasks lipsticks.


That’s it for this haul, hope you enjoyed this first Sephora haul, hope y’all are excited for the next 20 Sephora hauls!


Thank you Azra for the nomination once again, make sure you go out and check out their blog because it is to die for!

What do you hope to gain from blogging?

Honestly, I love sharing what I got from different stores and my opinions on them and blogging is the perfect opportunity for that. So, there’s really nothing I’m hoping to gain from, it’s just a way for me to “escape reality”.

What genre of film entertains you the most?

Comedy, anything that makes me laugh.

Do you consider yourself a writer, and what inspires you to write?

I do consider myself as a writer, I’m currently in the process of writing 5 novels, and I’m hoping to share with you the stories super soon. Listening to songs, mostly Disney is what really gets me going.

Why did you choose your particular WordPress username?

I was in the shower when I thought of this name, there isn’t any reason towards it.

What is your favorite book, and why does it speak to you?

Oh, that’s hard. I have a lot of favorite books, but if I were to choose one it would be Will Grayson Will Grayson, it’s by John Green, figures. It doesn’t necessarily speak to me, it was the start of my obsession with books, that’s when I started to become a bookworm.

What is your favorite song, and why does it speak to you?

I’ve had the Moana soundtrack on repeat for the past month, currently listening to it while on the road.

What is your favorite photograph, and why does it speak to you ?

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It was the last day of exams and I was just really proud of how it turned out. My friends really liked the layout and it’s a perfect representation of my personality. Pink and pastels.

I nominate:

Beauty By Reeva

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Your Fairy Godmother

Kimberly Loveless

Juliette Talks