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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