Beauty Blogger vets Citta Bella 100 Best Beauty Buys 2011: Behind the Scenes

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Hi Ladies!

Does the headline not sound like something off a newspaper… or maybe a gossip rag? 😛 Either way, I just had to share this bit of exciting news 😀

A few months ago, I was invited by Cittá Bella magazine to be one of their 10 judges of the 100 Beauty Best Buys, an annual feature in Cittá Bella magazine, a local Chinese language mag. I was provided with 10 items from various brands and I had to just try them and share my thoughts on them. Fortunately, I’d already reviewed 3 of the items right here on my blog (Esmeria Organics Butterfly Bush shampoo, Madara Ecoface Deep Balancing Toner and Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum) , so that made life a little easier as there was a bit of a tight deadline 😀

cittabella magazine blogger

I was just informed yesterday that the feature is out on the news stands (Cittabella June 2011 ed) so I naturally ran out and grabbed a copy! 😀 Unfortunately, everything is in Mandarin so I can’t read a thing it says 😛 But I hope its all good lol! I’ve also been named in the feature as “Sue” and a beauty blogger but then, you all know me as Paris B here eh? 😉

I don’t know when the day will ever come again when I might find my mug gracing the pages of a glossy alongside celebrities like Denise Keller and Chermaine Poo 😛 So I’m going to savour this moment and say a huge heartfelt thank you to Elsa, Beauty Editor of Cittá Bella magazine for picking me and giving me this chance. You made my day, week, month… year! 😀

elsa from cittabella mag and me

I thought some of you might enjoy some “Behind the Scenes” shots of the photoshoot that took place some time in April and a couple of the products I tried that I liked. Or you could just wait up for a regular beauty related post to come up soon :)

Hair and makeup took almost 2 hours in itself, and I have never sat for so long in a chair, nor had so many MAC products used on my face at one go 😛 The makeup and hair was kept natural which means although the makeup on my skin in real life is an inch thick, it looks “natural” on camera.

behind the scenes of a photoshoot

I was requested to pose with one of the products I was given to test – the Lancome Maqui Miracle compact (the shade was way too dark for me so I could only give thoughts on texture) and I’m glad they cropped it so I did not look like a Lancome spokesperson 😛

Before me went Denise Keller (TV Host) and one Karena (2nd Runner Up Miss Astro Chinese International 2010) who I must say are gorgeous ladies and unfortunately for me, professional models to the core. They took about 10 minutes to shoot, and there were probably an infinite number of useable shots. That’s Karena up there looking effortless.

While I on the other hand, took something closer to 20 minutes with A LOT of direction, and we ended up with maybe 1 or 2 useable shots. Sorry guys! I don’t think they’d ever worked with someone this amateur in the business 😛

cittabella photoshoot

At the end of the photoshoot, I was left with newfound respect for models and celebrities who have photoshoots after photoshoots. It is not an easy task to pose for the camera, its very tiring, its very hot under the lights, you wear so much makeup that it feels like a mask, and my facial muscles got really tired after holding my smile for shot after shot. Glamourous? Yes. But a lot of hard work goes in behind the scenes that few of us see.

Here are 2 products I tried that I particularly liked.

neogence hyaluronic  acid

Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence – my first time trying this product and I liked it! I’ll have my review up for you here soon.

cle de peau facial contour serum

Cle de Peau Beaute Intensive Facial Contour Serum. I don’t know if it contoured my face, but I loved how my skin felt after using this. Like velvet!

This was an eye-opening and humbling experience … and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat 😀

cittabella beauty blogger

Sue (aka Paris B) the Beauty Blogger in the CittaBella 100 Beauty Best Buy feature – thrilled! 😀

I’ll have something meatier for you to read in a bit. Thanks for allowing me to bask a little in my 15 seconds of fame LOL! :)

xoxo

Paris B

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Jenn
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June 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

Congrats girl!! Bask all you want because you deserved it 101%!! 😀

BTW i LOVE your white dress!! Its so pretty! *sighs dreamily*
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thank you so much Jenn! :)

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Esther June 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

Dear Paris, congrats on being featured! :) you look great in the outfit and in the pic :) really happy for ya! :) too bad i can’t get a copy of this mag in Singapore…

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thank you Esther! 😀 Its too bad you don’t get it down there but I thank you for the thought nonetheless! 😀

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xin
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June 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

love the dress too! did u get to mug the dress home 😀

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Haha… its mine lah… so yes I took it home 😛

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Jessl June 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thanks for sharing !! We’re all excited for you being featured!! I love your white outfit too .. you looked absolutely gorgeous !!!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thank you so much Jessl!

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juli1202 June 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

Congrats Paris! You looks great!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Juli!

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domncroxd
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June 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

congrats paris :) you look awesome!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Thank you very kindly domn!

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Nikki June 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

Congratulations Model PB!!! 😛 I love your photo! You look so fresh! And girl! The dress!!!! I love your dress!!!

More features to come and I know what you mean about models holding their posts and smiling, NOT EASY!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

*preen* LOL Thanks sweetie!! It was so hard for me to pose (because I’m so bad at it) so I really admire those who can do it off the bat! And I’m glad you like the dress.. it was an impulse and last minute purchase because the shoot called for something white (and I had none!)

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Violet June 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Awesome!!! WAY TO GO PARIS!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thank you Violet! 😀

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plue
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June 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

congrats dear! you deserved it! 😀

the white dress is pretty on you~

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thanks so much plue!! 😀

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mrsdjones
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June 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

You look gorgeous! Love your overall look, so elegant yet so soft and feminine. I agree with Nikki, love the frilly flowery white dress;)
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thank you Mrsdjones! I can’t believe the dress is getting so much love LOL!

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Lisa June 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Yes, the dress complement you really well. You look natural & pro in the end product nevermind the extra time spent on the shots.

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Thank you Lisa! I’m glad you think so (and didn’t think I looked stiff as a board next to all the pros!) 😀

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Alexandra June 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Congrats Paris! It must have been very exciting. Though hair and make up took you 2 hours, the results are great. You looked fab!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Thank you so much Alexandra 😀 Yes it was terribly exciting and I’ve been bursting to tell all 😀

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Hanny
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June 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

Congrats PB!!! You look like a star in the photo! I shall run and get a copy just to have a picture of you for my own! Hahahaha, just kidding!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ooh thank you Hanny! And you don’t need the mag… you already have the internet! 😛

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Jacqueline June 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

That is really cool! Congrats!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Jacqueline :)

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Reese June 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

ooh, your dress looks very nice! congrats!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thank you Reese! I guess it was a good buy then! LOL!

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Andrea June 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

oh..the dress is pretty!…sounds like a really great experience for u….congrats..n i think there will b more for u..ehhe…u looked really pretty in that pic…

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thank you so much Andrea! 😀 More would be fun but I’m very thankful for what I’ve received now 😀

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Joy Chuah
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June 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

Congrats PB *beams* You look good and cute. And oh! so fair.

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

*kawaii* LOL! Thank you Joy! I think it was a combination of lighting and photoshop 😉

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Jan S June 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Love the shots of you, so pretty!!! do you know what items they used for your makeup (brands and colors)? thanks for sharing :)

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thank you Jan! I can’t remember what they used for my makeup but it was mostly MAC for foundation, eyeshadow, powder, blush; Bobbi Brown for concealer and lips… I think. I wasn’t paying attention LOL!

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Denise
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June 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Congrats! I love your dress, and you look really cute in the second photo :)
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thank you Denise! I honestly thought that you know (I can’t read Chinese) but it turned out the form was also in English hehe…

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Mia June 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Congrats Paris!!! You look gorgeous!!!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you Mia! 😀

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aiyu June 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

you look gorgeous and so is your dress. Pray tell where you got it?

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thank you Aiyu! The dress was purchased from Tangs in Singapore :) I forgot the brand LOL!

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Maine June 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’ll support u by buying CittaBella June’s ed. Eventhough this is the 1st time im reading it…ganbateh! Thanks for providing so many make up and facial tips…keep it up!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

You are too sweet, Maine! 😀 Its my very first time buying a Chinese mag (2 of them!) even though I can’t read it! LOL Thank you for all your support!

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Issa June 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Congrats Paris! You deserve it!!! You look so pretty and you look so excited in that photo! :)

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thank you so much Issa! 😀 They made me smile and smile… and in the process, my eyes disappeared! LOL

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Monstro June 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

This is cool! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself! Love that dress–you look fab:-) Btw, 20 mins for a shoot is very very fast! I have worked with professional models and have taken hours to finish a shoot! But maybe cos I’m a fussy art director…hehehe!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thank you Monstro! I think they just got fed up (and it was already about 12.30pm so we were all hungry!) and just picked the best one of the lot LOL! If you were directing, I’d probably still be there 😛

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rinnah
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June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Everybody loves the dress and I’m no exception! 😛

You look fab in the magazine, PB… very Korean in fact. :)
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Rinnah! 😀 Ahnyeong Haseyo!

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Cas June 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Congrats, totally dig the dress :) Too bad it’s in Mandarin. Perhaps we’ll see you in Cleo or Female mag next giving opinions on beauty products? :)
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Oh wouldn’t I wish! hehe… Thanks Cas! 😀

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Shirley David June 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

White suits u. Your Blush is complimenting u . u rock. May I know the brand and number … name …of the blush, is it coral or peach??? Alas, I cannot get the copy of the magazine in India.

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Thank you Shirley! I can’t remember which blush they used anymore – its probably a MAC blush and they mixed pink and peach.

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lyn
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June 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Congrats, Sue… you look great and I echo all the sentiments, the dress is so elegant and pretty on you :-)
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Lyn! 😀

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S June 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

The minute I read the post I went : omg that dress is lovely! Then I saw all these comments complimenting you on how lovely you look in that dress! =) I’m getting Mum to pick up a copy and will get Dad to translate it for me!!

Again, you look stunning in that dress!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thank you for the support S! But there’s really no need to go and buy the mag – its not like its a personal feature LOL! 😉 Thanks again!

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beetrice
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June 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

oh nice! 😀 well deserved PB, love the white dress!
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks bunches Bee!!

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Vonvon June 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

And yes, I am another person to comment on your dress/top. I love it! Is it your own or provided by the magazine? Which brand is it from?
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

LOL Thank you! I actually wasn’t too taken with the dress at the beginning, but got it just in case I couldn’t find another (and I didn’t) :) Its my own and I got it from Tangs Singapore. I can’t remember the brand but it might be TS.

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gio June 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome and so exciting! You deserve it! Love the dress too.
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you Gio! The dress is really feeling the lurve!

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Mari June 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Oh, so that’s the photoshoot you were twitting about! How very glamourous! You are really going international, Paris!^^ I find it amazing that they invited you not only to test the products, but also featured you on their magazine. I hope more invitations like that follow in the near future… and maybe I’ll be seeing you featured on a Brazilian mag! 😀
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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Yes yes! 😀 You remembered and thank you Mari! 😀 I’d love to appear in a Brazilian mag… with perhaps a photoshoot in Brazil thrown in? hehe… Thank you so much for your support and faith! 😀

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Pearl June 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

OMG, its undeniable ur dress capture everyone’s heart! that includes me! :p i totally agree with everyone’s comment dear, u look pretty, and even prettier in that flowery dress! another successful story of yours! Congrats!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Thank you Pearl. Appreciate your support too! :)

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Marina (Makeup4all) June 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Congrats!!! You look pretty on those photos btw 😉

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Thanks so much Marina! :)

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LSY June 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

You look gorgeous! The dress is so sweet. Way to go girl!

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ParisB June 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Hehe that dress deserves it’s very own post it would appear 😉 thank you!!

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Connie De Alwis
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June 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

Congratulations!! You look really great in the pic! Please please bring the mag next week k? Though I can’t read a word (ok, maybe a few… like 10 words)

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ParisB June 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thanks Connie! And I”ll try to remember to bring it next week 😀 I can read… about 10 words too haha!

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giddy tigress
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June 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Woot! You look gorgeous babe! And very natural! Love your floral dress, and when you smile, it brings such a glow! Congratulations, and here’s to more to come! *raises champagne glass*

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ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

*clinks champers* Thank you sweetie! Feel all a-glow now :)

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shuaddict
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June 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Congratulations on being featured! You look lovely, liked the candid & behind-the-scenes shot better though. Also like everyone was going to ask about the dress too! Do share where it’s from? 😀
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ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thank you Shuaddict! The dress is from TS and I got it in Tangs, Singapore 😀 I’ve done a full post just on that dress due to the queries LOL!

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milktea June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Must buy this mag!! :-)

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ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

LOL! I hope you enjoy the rest of the reads in it too!

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Nadia June 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

Congrats PB! That dress you have on is so sweet! :)

Here’s to more features in mags for you! :)
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ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thank you so much Nadia! And I would say likewise for you too!

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Audrey June 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

hey Paris!

urgh, i just read of your magazine grace now only as i was away for a short trip in malaysia and if i read this before my trip, i surely want to buy a copy of Citta bella and frame it ; i love you Paris! :) oh dear, i am frustrated now you know LOL. is it possible to include the scanned of this feature? the pictures posted here doesn’t cover all, and you know my Paris, i wanted everything of you :))) thanks!!!
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ParisB June 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Thank you Audrey! 😀 It wasn’t a full personal feature though – just blurbs of comments on 10 different products spread over 5-6 pages LOL! I’ll try to get it scanned up and included here soon :)

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Audrey June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks, looking forward, dear! :)

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Jess June 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

I’m late on this, but nevertheless ‘Congratulations!!!’
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ParisB June 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thank you so much Jess! 😀

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Sam
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June 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Congratulations, well done! You look great!
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ParisB June 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thank you Sam! 😀

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