Creative Director and co-founder of ARC Marketing and Public Relations Consultancy, Celine Gabriel-Lim, shares her beauty secrets, wedding story, and how it’s like being married to the love of her life.
1. How did you and your husband, Matt Lim, meet and what was your first impression of him?
I met Matt through mutual friends. I remember being very intrigued by him when we first met because he looked like such a bad boy—and he still does. The tattoos and the super fit physique had me thinking, “This guy can beat anyone up.” Haha!
2. What makes Matt a great life partner?
There’s so much I can say that I don’t even know where to begin. I think at the very heart of it is the fact that we truly are the best of friends. I can be completely myself—all versions of myself. The sweet, the naughty, the difficult, the vain, the spoiled, the silly, the mean, the funny, the nice…the list goes on, really.
But I wake up every morning and I sleep every night knowing that my husband loves me and that he’s my dearest friend and I know he feels the same way. Matt is supportive, incredibly patient, and very sweet to my friends, my family and me. He makes me feel cherished.
3. How do you balance your work and personal life given that you are a prominent PR practitioner with a very busy schedule?
Balancing work and personal life is never easy for anyone. I’m actually still trying to figure out that trick, but I think what helped me get better at it was to reflect on the things that really mattered to me—my husband, my family, my best friends, my spirituality, health and exercise, my me time and my work as the Press and VIP Relations Director of ARC Public Relations, Inc. Everything else kind of fell through the cracks and I love it.
I don’t go out at night as much as I used to, but I travel more. I’m in bed before midnight, but my days are full. Sometimes I think, “Who am I?” Because the person I am today is almost the polar opposite of who I was in my early 20s. And though I don’t regret anything, it’s kind of cool to be where I am now; happy, well rested, and only surrounded by good vibes. 🙂
4. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?
I try to keep it simple. I wash my face, moisturize (day and night cream and eye cream), and religiously use SPF and lip balm. When I need to, I use my clarisonic. I have very sensitive skin so the less I put on my face, the better.
5. What’s your one beauty indulgence? Any beauty secret/s that you learned from your mom?
I get a facial once a month from Dr. Sherwin Llego. He’s amazing. I’ve introduced him to some close friends and they are in love with his treatments.
Beauty secret from my mom: Sleep and smile!
6. What is/are your must-have beauty product (s)?
Skin care wise, I think everyone should own a clarisonic once they hit the big 30 and SPF should be part of everyone’s arsenal. For makeup, I love a good red lippie (Make Up Factory has a great lip liner with a brush) and I swear I cannot walk out the door without doing my eyebrows.
7. Best beauty discovery from abroad?
My special blend all-in-one face cream BB moisture cover in Natural Finish by Born Korea. I only bought one bottle in Vancouver and now I can’t find it anywhere. I hope someone out there reading this can help me buy more.
8. Describe your wedding dress and your wedding celebration.
Matt is half British and we travel to England a lot. Their family home in Brighton is one of my favorite spots in the world. Our wedding was very much inspired by our many trips to the UK and so we had a “Secret Garden” theme.
We wanted to include Matt’s heritage, so we opted to have a formal champagne and high tea wedding reception. England is our home away from home and it was important to us to be able to share that piece of ourselves with our loved ones. Of course, we gave it a little Filipino twist as well. The ladies were asked to wear cocktail dresses and fascinators while the men wore Barong Tagalog. It was a very unique and elegant mix of east and west.
I also kind of splurged on the flowers. Under the guidance of the The Peninsula Manila’s creative team, The Conservatory was transformed into “The Secret Garden.” That was the only peg I gave them. 🙂
My gown, which was made of soft tea stained pina and lace, was custom made for me by Louis Claparols, a very good friend of mine. What made it extra special is that he used some of the vintage lace, embellishments, and appliqués from my mom’s own wedding gown and incorporated them into mine. I’m very sentimental like that.
9. Describe yourself in one word. Describe your husband in one word.
In one word, I like to think I’m multi-faceted, haha!
In one word, Matt is generous. To me, to family, to friends, to anyone he cares about.
10. How has being married changed your life?
I’m not sure if marriage has changed me. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m still the same person. I do, however, like to think that I’m less concerned about what other people think and more focused on doing things and surrounding myself only with people that keep me happy and inspired. Is this the influence of marriage? I don’t really know. But life does seem much rosier since I’ve been married to Matt, that’s for sure.