MOGIMOUSSE Skincare

GiselaAlvarezThey say that true beauty comes from within. Gisela Alvarez, owner of the new vegan skincare line, MOGIMOUSSE, knows all too well that letting go of the past in order to embrace a brighter future is what helps to keep a woman’s glow alive.

Never would she have dreamed of becoming a successful female entrepreneur after leaving home at only sixteen years of age. Without parents, mentors or relatives, the determined (May 1st born) Taurus traveled from country to country as a true gypsy having lived in Paris, The Netherlands, Germany and England, just to name a few.

Gisela“I faced all kinds of adversities when I was a teen,” says Gisela. “So I understand why it’s so important for young girls dealing with abandonment issues to have good role models, even if it means that they’re watching them on TV or reading about them in books if they’re not within the home.”

Gisela knows that the launch of her new skincare line MOGIMOUSSE is more than just a product; it’s a lifestyle. Formed underneath her parent company Brooklyn Funk Factory Gisela aims to educate consumers about the brilliance of being eco-friendly, health conscious, and animal cruelty free.

However, the journey to success was not paved with gold. Moving to New York City with a mere fifty dollars in her pocket over fifteen years ago was a bold and courageous move, but one that was necessary for the beginning of a new life.

In the midst of juggling three jobs, she was eventually invited to bartend at some of the most popular nights clubs in Manhattan. The excitement of the nightlife scene brought friends, romance, and new opportunities for a fresh start.

As the years went on, Gisela got back on her feet as a  woman who made peace with her past. Then… as destiny would have it, true beauty called.

mogimousse_sheabutterIt’s no secret that women have to maintain their outer appearance to look presentable on job interviews, to look attractive on dates, and to express their personality through fashion. Nevertheless, Gisela had extra dry/dehydrated skin from all the different environments that she’d been exposed to, not to mention the stress that she’d been under years ago. Hence, it had become time for her to revitalize her natural beauty and pamper herself. After all, she deserved it!

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Vegan Drink – Flaco Coquito

Flaco_CoquitoIf all it takes is one person to make a difference, then imagine what a family can do? Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero, a mother of three, has paved the way for her daughters to inherit greatness as they work closely together, moving and shaking within the Entertainment industry as brand ambassadors of Cynthia’s product “Flaco Coquito – The Skinny Coquito”.

Have you ever noticed the genius marketing skills behind Pepsi commercials as they’d hire only the biggest celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Shakira and Britney Spears just to name a few? Well, in that same concept, Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero, has been making a huge impact in the indie art scene as today’s go-to drink by connecting with several artists! The difference? Is that while Coquito is an alcoholic coconut flavored drink popular within the Caribbean, most of mainstream America is still unfamiliar with it. You see, drinking Coquito is a huge tradition amongst Latino communities, especially around Christmas when relatives show up at your doorstop with a bottle to share. However, the cool thing about Flaco Coquito – The Skinny Coquito, is that it’s the first of its kind to be offered with vegan, organic and low fat options for the purpose of maintaining ones health.

“Flaco Coquito is all about change and innovation,” says Caballero. “We are trendsetting, and we place a high value on maintaining a healthy lifestyle which is why my daughter, Elena Rosa, is the perfect face to represent this company because she’s very conscious of the way she eats and how she lives.”

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Cynthia'sMOMSpeaking of change, while Caballero was pushing Flaco Coquito within the indie art scene, she formed a bond with gypsy soul singer, Edwin Vazquez, whom she worked closely with for a few years. Within that period, Edwin gave her daughter, Elena, vocal lessons while Cynthia managed and booked some of his performances. However, as life would have it, the inevitable occurred when it became time for Cynthia to lay her mother to rest after she passed away just this year.

“Losing a parent is horrible,” says Caballero. “Because it’s still fresh, it still feels unreal to me. There’s times that I wanna call her and then I forget that she’s not here anymore. But then I remember how she wouldn’t want me to wallow. She’d want me to press on. She’d want me to be happy.”

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Holiday Gift Recommendations

Holiday Gift Recommendations

‘Tis the season to spend money on our loved ones! But you say the holidays can get pretty pricey? Then why not show your love by purchasing gifts from small business owners and creative entrepreneur’s in our own industry? That’s right! Giving one little item can go a long way, especially when it’s exclusive and can’t be found in one of those big chain stores. Below are some organic product recommendations that we at Inner Vibrations recommend for gift giving this Holiday season – all made from creative artists that started their own businesses to replace the word ‘struggling’ with the word ‘independent’ Artist.

Mona Bode – Spoken Word Recording Artist

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Mona is a Spoken Word Recording Artist who launched her apothecary line, Mona Bode’s Creations, which includes body butters, hair products and more. Our top choice is her Loc Maintenance Set complete with hot oil, shampoo, loc butter, and pineapple-vanilla body oil & lotion.

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Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero & Edwin Vazquez

CYNTHIA SEPULVEDA CABALLERO

A mother of 3, this woman knows how to juggle! While managing singer/songwriter Edwin Vazquez, she also caters events with her own healthy beverage: Flaco Coquito (made with alcohol and without). They make great additions for Christmas and New Year parties, or to give in replacement of a wine bottle. Hey! Why not be original? Speaking of which, they have vegan and low fat options!

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Nydia Norville – Owner of CHOISELLE

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A professional model who appeared in several hair magazines, foot and hand Advertisements, catwalk runways and more, this lady took all that she learned about the beauty industry and launched the organic skincare line CHOISELLE. A native from the island of St. Lucia, her products are made to soothe dry skin with natural ingredients from the Caribbean. A great gift for mom, siblings, girlfriends, or yourself.

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MTV European Music Awards Nominee, Oliver Sean, released an unplugged Christmas album featuring the classic remake, “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Elvis Presley. If you’re looking to play some romantic music under the mistletoe, I suggest downloading his tunes to get into the Christmas spirit!

MTV European Music Awards Nominee Oliver Sean