A PR Practitioner On Why You Should Live An Unhurried Life

Public relations director and restaurateur Celine Gabriel-Lim believes that a successful career and a balanced life should always go hand in hand.

Passion has given me direction but it is discipline and focus that have brought me to where I am today. I am interested in so many things. The problem is I end up passionately wanting to do everything, which is just not feasible if I want to do something well and still live a balanced life. So these days I’m more selective about the projects I take on and with whom I spend my time. It’s been a decade-long editing process and I think life is so much better now that I have more time for what I really love and for the people who matter most to me. I’m far from done, and hopefully, it will be a more enjoyable journey with fewer distractions. I’m doing everything I can while I can.

My job involves extremely long hours dealing with so many different people and coordinating the most minute details, so when it comes to my ‘me time,’ I prefer to just go with the wind. I’m very spontaneous and travel with no fixed itinerary. The last thing I want is to follow a schedule.

What makes me happy? My husband. My family. Being at home and sinking into my beautiful Victorian-inspired bathtub with a glass of wine after a long day’s work. Visiting Canada and England. Exquisite food. Nature. Peace and quiet. Sleeping in, which reminds me of the best beauty advice: Get a good night’s sleep.

There are countless things you can do to be beautiful inside and out. I think Audrey Hepburn while quoting Sam Levenson, said it best: ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.’ I believe that one shouldn’t judge a person based on a first impression. On the other hand, I also think people should always make the effort to make a good one. I hope that with my signature style people see someone who is polished but not contrived, confident but not brassy, elegant but not dated.”


Celine's Go-To Products

I’m particular about products that I use because I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to break out with just the mildest of irritations like change of weather or certain ingredients.

Mustela cleanser and moisturizer, Glorietta 4; Make Up For Ever Lift concealer, SM Mega Fashion Hall; Shu Uemura UV under base, Rustan‘s Makati, 813.3739.

People always say they notice my eyes first. I don’t do much except line them with either a soft brown or dark olive shade. When I’m in the mood, I curl my lashes and apply mascara. I also smile a lot. I can’t help it. And I emphasize that with my favorite red lipstick.

 K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm mascaraShiseido eyeliner, NARS blush, Chanel lipstick, all available at Rustan‘s Makati, 813.3739.
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Nicole Limos
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Nicole’s career in publishing began in 2006. Before becoming Town & Country online’s managing editor, she moved from features editor to beauty editor of the title’s print edition. “The lessons in publishing are countless,” she says. “The most crucial ones for me? That to write best about life, you need to live your life. And another I still struggle to live by: ‘Brevity is a virtue; verbosity is a vice.’”
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