Category Archives: Skincare

Pure Anada Workshop

wine berry lips oscar look (1)Thanks to Pure Anada makeup artist Kristen von Riesen for a successful “Tips & Tricks” workshop! We all learnt some secrets to enhancing our features, and tips on selecting colors as well as applying Pure Anada’s makeup.

In case you didn’t know Pure Anada natural makeup is made in Morden, Manitoba.Pressed-Colors

The makeup line is a great for every skin type, even those with sensitive skin! There are absolutely no synthetic ingredients, artificial fragrance or harsh preservatives, and they are even gluten-free!  We offer the complete line of makeup, as well as their skin care line and nail polishes at Generation Green!

If you are interested in another workshop like this, or even want to suggest a workshop idea, we would love to hear from you!  Contact us at generationgreenwpg@gmail.com

Skincare Just For Teens!

New on the shelf today from “Made For Skin”, another great  Made in Manitoba Skincare Company, is their new line just for teens!

I love how Lana (the developer) creates products as the need arises within her own family.  She says teens need skin care that will benefit their hormone challenging skin, and yet gentle enough that it doesn’t dry it out. Here’s the scoop on the new line!

MFS Teen WashTEENS Foaming Face Wash – Teen skin is changing every day, and it needs gentle attention. Our Foaming Face Wash is formulated to remove oil and dirt while leaving the right amount of moisture to have a balanced pH level. A careful blend of Healing Hemp Seed Oil, soothing Chamomile are blended with a high concentration of Aloe and key botanicals and essential oils for a fresh natural skin care clean.

MFS Teen TonerTEENS Face Toner – A gentle skin toner with botanical extracts infused with skin calming essential oils that help fight breakouts and keep skin clear. Natural skin care toner great for teen’s face. Gentle enough to use everyday, and is free of alcohol.

teen serum TEENS Break Out Serum – A moisturizing, clear gel blended with proven natural essential oils that fight skin breakouts. Target pimples and breakouts with easy application of this clear gel. Soothing and non drying and formulated for teens’ skin. A daily natural skin care essential for teens.

Look who stopped by…

Mr. Phillip Adam himself!

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Phillip Adam

Originally from Winnipeg, and the creator of an apple cider vinegar based hair and body line, know simply as Phillip Adam.

Phillip Adam now resides and manufacturers his line of products in Vancouver, Canada.

When I asked him how it all began, he simply stated that his grandmother had once told him the benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair and skin, and he tucked away that info until a time came, and he saw the need to create a healthier line of products.  He is very forthcoming about the ingredients used in his products, and lists them all here on his website.

Having worked in the hair industry for almost 50 years, he knew what would be a great formulation for hair.  Once that proved to be a success he continued on with a body wash and body lotion.  Of course the possibilities are endless once you have a quality base, and he is now just launching a new scent “Verbena Sage”, which I was gifted a sample of and can tell you it smells fabulous!

photo1-10We also spoke about my severely dry hair, that I can only wash twice a week (in the pic you can see I am on the day before washing is due, alas up in a hair clip and not looking great!).  Phillip gave me a sample of his “Thirsty Hair Conditioner” and the result was amazing! See for yourself, my locks were not frizzy and felt super soft!

Whether you have colour treated hair or not, this vinegar based line works because it adjusts the PH level, leaving you with squeaky clean, well moisturized hair and skin!

You can find Phillip Adam’s line at Generation Green or here at our online store.

Safe Skincare

The next time your out shopping for cosmetics, turn over the bottle of either shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc., and read the ingredients. While it is difficult to understand, let alone pronounce a lot of those ingredients, we have to be concerned, we have to be informed, and we have to be our own health advocates.

Although things are improving on the regulating of cosmetics through Health Canada, there is still concern regarding the possible long term effects, and of the known chemicals still in cosmetics.

There is a great little video called “The Story Of Cosmetics” that was put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. While this is a US based group and the regulations and laws are also US based, there is information here that is pertinent to Canada. Primarily the fact that many cosmetic ingredients are unsustainable toxic petrochemicals, and how the use of some products together can build up toxins in our bodies, that intern effect our long term health. You can view the video here.

Canada’s system of testing and regulating cosmetics is much more advanced than that of the United States, but there is still room for improvement. Health Canada has banned or restricted over 500 chemical ingredients for use in cosmetic products. These chemicals can be found on Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. Comparatively, the U.S. has banned only 8 chemical ingredients for use in cosmetics.

That all being said, on Health Canada’s website there is a notice to manufacturers if a “hotlist” chemical is found in their product;

If a cosmetic contains an ingredient which appears on the Hotlist, the manufacturer may be advised to:

Remove the ingredient from the formulation;
Reduce the concentration of the ingredient to an acceptable level;
Consider marketing the product as a non-prescription drug or natural health product, with appropriate claims and application for a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN);
Provide evidence that the product is safe for its intended use;
Confirm that the product is labelled as required;
Confirm that the product is sold in a child-resistant package.
This is somewhat alarming knowing that these are chemicals that have proven health concerns and yet could still be considered to have “an acceptable level” and allowed in cosmetic products.

60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream! That’s nothing to ignore. Our skin is our largest organ and we need to nourish it, not load it full of toxins!

Here’s a couple of great resources for you to use when searching for safe skincare products. EWG (Environmental Working Group) has compiled a Skindeep Database that rates products and ingredients and gives them a hazard score. You can delve deeper and find out exactly what ingredients are making a product rate as a high hazard, or even find out about the chemical or ingredient being used, and what it could potentially do to your health.

The following attachment from David Suzuki’s website, is a great little resource for ingredients best to avoid in products. Print it off and bring it along the next time your shopping for cosmetic products.

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Mother’s Day Makeover’s

What a lovely time we had hosting our Mother/Daughter makeover contest on Friday, May 9th.

The contest winners were treated to mini manicure’s with Pure Anada’s gorgeous new summer polishes, as well as a complete makeup application from talented makeup artist Kristen von Riesen. Kristen is amazing at creating a fresh, natural look that enhances your features using of course, natural mineral makeup from Pure Anada!

I must also mention incase some of you didn’t know, (I’m personally super proud of this!) Pure Anada cosmetics are made in Morden Manitoba!  The makeup is created using organic botanicals, and food-grade minerals that won’t irritate your skin like some conventional products, but most importantly, I love the fact that I don’t have to compromise my health because I want to wear makeup! You can read more about Pure Anada’s story here on their website, as well as check out the array of colour choices and options.  All Pure Anada products are proudly offered at Generation Green.

Now, back to our winners! Here are some of the photo’s I have compiled into a collage of the ladies.  I also say that it was lovely to meet them and witness the special bond they share.

Special thanks to my niece Stefanie for doing the manicure’s, Kristen of course for the makeup applications, Candace Grenier the creator of Pure Anada for the amazing contribution to our gift bags, as well as our other gift bag contributors; The Forks Market, Inn at The Forks & Ever Bamboo.

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New Product – The Renaissance Body Glove

I don’t know about you, but Winnipeg winters take a toll on my skin, and some days no matter how much I moisturize I’m still bothered by dry, itchy skin!

There’s a new solution…introducing The Renaissance Body Glove!

Made of vegetable cellulose material that is derived from eucalyptus and spruce trees. The microscopic woven fibres will help tone and regenerate your skin.
You can use the Renaissance Body Glove every day with a shower gel, or once a week with water, for a complete exfoliation that will rid the skin of dead cells while promoting blood circulation and oxygenation.

  • Eliminates dead cells
  • Oxygenates the skin
  • Active microcirculation loosens ingrown hairs & makes waxing more efficient
  • Softens the skin
  • Facilitates penetration of creams
  • Promotes an even tan
  • Complements any treatment of acne and skin diseases

The Body Glove also comes with an accessory made of the same materials that can be used for the face or the feet,  making it a product that great for men to use prior to shaving.

It’s Movember!

We’re having our very own “Movember Movement” at Generation Green!

For the month of November a portion of proceeds on our men’s line of products, will be donated to Cancer Care Manitoba.

We are also donating a gift basket, valued at over $300.00 and filled with enough goodies, that you will be able to cut that Christmas shopping list substantially! Tickets are $10.00 for a sheet of 25, and all money raised will be donated too.  You can get a tax receipt for any donation of $15.00 or more.  You also get a little treat donated from Made for Boys when you buy tickets.

You will find resource information on Cancer prevention, as well as Prostate Cancer and Skin Cancer.

A great time to get some early Christmas shopping done!