Elena Isabelle

a bit of everything



hello my loves. long time no see and i'm just so happy to be back. if you follow me on twitter and instagram you might know that i was on holiday in denmark. my all time favourite beach destination and like a second home since i have been going there for years. after the passed weeks i really needed a break. my mind was so filled up and i didn't even feel inspired to blog which is very odd for me but taking a week off was just what i needed. i have so many ideas now and so many things i want to do to my blog, to my house, to me. i also made a plan for my youtube channe which i have not been working on for ages especially since my macbook broke...i actually had cry last night because i feel like i can't put the content out i want to put out because its gone forever but i will have to work with what i have right now and i'll hopefully be able to get a new macbook very soon.

what i did
so my family and i made our way up to the danish coast and spent a week in a beautiful beach house only a few minutes away from the ocean. we were so lucky because it was basically bright and sunny and i even managed to get a little tan. besides relaxing in the sun and at the beach we did some shopping and i even managed to read a book because i want to and not because i have to. all in all it was a beautiful week even though i was so upset when i woke up to the manchester news. what a horrible thing to happen and to be fair, i still don't have words for it. after being away for a week i was really excited to get back home to my boyfriend and cat. since summer is fully here we spent two days in my boyfriends parents garden because they are on holiday too and it was beautiful. i'm also on a new meal plan and was workin out almost everyday and i love it. let me know if you want more info about my new routine.

what i didn't do
stress. it was just so nice to be away from it all and just do what i want to do and now i'm ready for the busy weeks ahead.

what i ate
since being on my new meal plan i had plents of fresh fruits, salads, fish and chicken and i feel so good. i haven't felt this great in years. even though i eat so healthy i allow myself a treat day once a week and i had the most beautiful belgian waffle with ice cream and it was heavenly.

what i want to do next week
get back into gear and get ready for the last months of uni and its gonna be busy but i'll be able to do it. i also want to get back into youtube and i have such good plans and since its gonna be super hot i really want to go swimming.

one word to describe the past week
beach

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if you haven't seen the ordinary skincare products on all the blog recently, which blogs have you been reading? i has been everywhere and when i first saw the beautiful very clean and just pretty looking bottles i thougt it would be another super pricey and fancy skincare brand no one can afford but i was wrong. luckily. today alone i saw three different posts on instagram just about this products i'm talking about today. the hyaluronic acid 2% + B5.

what it is
hyaluronic acid can hold around 1.000 times its own weight in water and is found in the skin naturally but its function is not to hydrate. hyaluronic acid is found in many skincare treatments to improve surface hydration and making the skin feel softer and more hydrated. the ordinary hyaluronic acid + B5 contains three forms of hyaluronic acid to give deep hydration and visible plumping and also has vitamin B5 added as it enhances surface hydration too.

how i use it
the botte holds 30 ml and comes with a pipette. i thouht it would be a very liquid formula but its thick and clear but not oily feeling at all. after cleansing my face with water based cleansers or just water i put 3-4 drops on my skin. i don't put it onto damp skin but i make sure that my skin isn't desert like dry. it sinks in very quickly and i use my regular moisturizer or the ordinary rose hip seed oil on top. i use it every morning and night.

what it does
okay, i don't really expect skincare products to work ove night. i believe if you use something for a while it will do its job so i wasn't prepared to see instant changes but i did. my skin is very dehydrated at times and can look pretty dull. this hyaluronic acid changed that within a day. i couldn't beliee how plumb and just healthy my skin looked. no dehydration in sight and it just felt so good. like my skin was just happy. for the little price of just 6,80€ i couldn not believe how amazing this worked in such a short period of time. its that kind of product i look forward to. i want to use it as my skin loves it so much and it helped so much te dehydration i struggled with. i feel good using it because of its simple ingredients. it has no super long list of crap it contains and because the website you can order from offers prope information about their products. 
sometimes i feel like products are just hyped because everyone loves them but this one has all the riht to be hyped up and since i'm a student i love that i can afford it too. 

if you have dehydrated skin and you feel like its just looking to dull at times, please get this one. its available on asos and just works a treat. if you ave tried it yourself, let me know what you think. 

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today is not any odd sunday. today is mothersday here in germany. i know uk mothers were celebrated earlier but today is a special day just for mums here. just when i was wondering what on earth i should get my mum as she tends to just buy herself whatever she wishes for, she asked me to bake her something. perfect. thanks to cupcake jemma on youtube i found a beautiful recipe for rhubarb cupcakes and they are now sitting in the fridge ready to be taken home to my parents. i'm just waiting for my boyfriend to come back home so i can make my way down to see my parents and especially my mum. but obviously my boyfriend has a mum himself and he bought a massive bunch of flowers this morning. i'm very lucky with the mum i have, she is the best and i love her more than i could ever put into words ad i'm so grateful to be her daughter. i love you mum.

what i did
if you are following me on my socil media and if you are reading my sunday mood posts on a regular you will know that the past weeks have been really stressful and after a few weeks of feeling just not right and to stressed out to function, this week all my stress dropped and now i feel just so much better. i took it easy this week and it was needed. much time was spend with my family and boyfriend and i also had some good times with my best friend. we went flat viewing in a beautiful area and even though the property itself was beautifu, the flats weren't as nice. weird floorplan and just not right. i'm also getting ready to pack as i leave for denmark on friday and i can't wait.

what i didn't do
stress. what a beautiful change and it felt so good. i basically took it easy with uni work and only revised the topics i enjoy. attended classes with my good friends and i lovd it.

what i ate
i'm still very much into my healthy eating habits and it starts to pay off. i'm feeling great. because summer is around the corner many fruit are in season and i have been having all the berries and even som watermelon and its just so good.

what i want to do next week
i will have a full week of classes and some errands to run because the days before you leave for a holiday are always so super busy but i can't wait to hop in the car very early on friday to make my way up to the danish coast. its the on place we have been going to for years and its like a second home. i need some beach time and a week full of relaxation with my family. can't wait.

one word to describe the past week
stress-free

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in todays post we will move away from everything beauty and makeup and get our hands dirty. its about gardening. my mum and granny have always enjoyed their gardens and ever since i was a little girl i was involved in the fun too. my mum took me to the garden centre and let me pick out flowers to plant in our garden, she showed me how to take care of flowers and ever since i was a little girl i wanted to have a garden myself. now being 23 years old, i don't have a garden just yet but a huge balcony instead and i'm trying to make the most of it gardening wise. i think admiring beautiful flowers is very common in the blogging scene and its even better when you grew them youself and its also such a beautiful green oasis i can enjoy after a long day. its a place to sit with fiends, have a meal or even work as i have been taking my laptop out there and its lovely. so here we go, how to do some gardening with not only a balcony but a small space when you're a beginner.


work with YOUR space

when i think about my perfect garden that i'll hopefully have one day its south facing, lots of roses, raised beds to grow fruit and veg in and maybe some fruit trees. truth is that i have an east facing balcony which means i only get sun in the mornings.trying to grow roses on it would probably not work out the way i want it to be so i have to work with what i have. i have to go for plants which don't mind a bit more shade, its a balcony so there are no real beds just pots. thats what you should do too. find the sunny spaces, work with the conditions you have. i use benches and chairs to raise up pots and get them even more sun and i love cottage gardens because they look so cosy, slightly cluttered but full of love which is why i painted my balcony furniture in whites and pastel pinks, i have pots everyhwhere, lanterns, candles and bunting but you could also go for more greenery and a simple black furniture. its just depens on your space, style and the time you want to spend on your plants. theres nothing easier than having pots with regular grass which i have myself for my cat.


beginner blooms

as much as i love pottering around on my balcony, throughout the week i only have time for watering and enjoying rather than cutting down and nursing plants which is why always go for very easy to keep alive flowers that basically grow everywhere, will always look nice and only require a minimum of attention. first off its primroses. the classic early spring flower which is basically sold everywhere. i just plant them in bigger pots and they are happy. they look beautiful and come in loads of colours such as vivid pinks and dark purples. they can deal with the shade on my balcony very well but they tend to be more leafs than flowers and they don't grow as nicely anymore which is why i tend to plant a few new plants as soon as its summer.
one of my favourite plants to have until its almost winter are violets. they can be planted in early spring, can deal with colder nights but also hot days. they grow from tiny little flowers into almost bush like sizes and they are so easy to take care off. the colours they come in are just beautiful and they look so cute. probably my favourite flowers to have on my balcony and i can recommend them to everyone who likes pretty flowers, is not the most advanced gardener and wants to do a minimum of work.
because i like to change up flowers with the summer i love planting dahlias because it so easy and works like a charm. you basically burry the bulbs around march and they will be in full bloom by june/july. mine are already showing and they grow very big with huge flower heads. you can also cut them very nicely and display them in a vase. they are just beautiful and only need water. thats it.


an ode to trebah gardens

cornwall and the south of england in general might be a gardeners dream. its a wet climate and temperatures don't go as crazy as they do here. visiting cornwall in 2015 was such an eye opening experience. i was basically in awe the whole time. i didn't know how big hydrangeas could grow and everything seemed way more green and beautiful. i can only dream of mine growing this big and maybe i'll have a cottage garden in cornwall one day (what a dream) but because i love hydrangeas so much i decided to get my own this year. two of them i got blooming, the third will hopefully bloom in the summer. they do need a bit more care. i bought special hydrangea soil and fertilizer to make sure the plant gets everything it needs. hydrangeas don't mind the shade and they need loads of water. i basically have to water them almost twice a day. otherwise they look sad, especially my pink one but i just love how bright and huge they are and how unreal the blue flowers look. they are by far my favourite especially after visiting treba gardens. you have to see the hydrangea valley when they are in full bloom. its unreal and i almost cried at the beauty of nature. you just have to see it.


so here we are. a very different post to my usual ones. but i just love gardening and having and outside space for me. gardenin is very rewarding and truly is a lot of fun and when you like adding flowers into your blog photography you can just pick them from your own space. brilliant. i know that this might not interest everyone but i hope you'll enjoy it anyway. if you have any questions please leave them in the comments and let me know if you liked this post.

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i don't think its weird for a beauty lover to change up the makeup when seasons change, at least i do that. so in todays post i thought it would be nice to show you my favourite lipsticks for spring and i feel like you should try them yourself because i'm a lipstick lover and hoarder and despite having  rather big collection i do love every shade i own and believe it or not, i use them all.
i don't think its a revolutionary thing to opt for pinks as soon as everything blooms and looks beautiful. so if you are expecting me to do something outstanding, i won't but i hope you enjoy this post anyway.

i love liquid lipsticks but i actually don't own a bright pink one despite loving a bright pink lip on me. when i don't want to go for a very bold lip and still want a pink hue i love using the kat von d everlasting liquid lipstick in mother. i picked this one up back in the summer and i always felt like it would be an amazing spring shade. its a very classic mid tones mauve and i love mauves in any shape or form. its just a little bit more interesting and fun than an average nude. speaking of nudes, i just had to add in charlotte tilbury's pillow talk. how can i not add it into every single lipstick posts to come? its just the best nude ever. the packaging itself is beautiful and the colour is my perfect nude. it has been featured on all the beauty blogs but its worth it. its the perfect warm nude. its not pink at all but not too warm for my pale skin and i think it would look lovely on many different skin tones.

when it comes to brighter and more statement pink it do love myself a bit of mac just because i think they probably have every colour you can imagine. one of my all time favourites has to be mac impassioned. its a very coral toned bright pink and it truly is a statement as its not completely matte either. it always makes me look a bit more tanned, always a plus. if you really want to make a statement with a pink lip theres only one you can go for, its mac candy yum yum. its probably the most bright barbie pink but i can look just amazing with a very toned down makeup and i love it on a very nice and sunny day paired with white shirts.

do you have any favourite lipsticks you always reach for as soon as its spring? please let me know, i'm always willing to expand my collection.

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mac impassioned


charlotte tilbury pillow talk





happy sunday everyone and lets 'tis the season. its peony season which is the average beauty bloggers favourite season and i don't mind being an average blogger when it comes to peonies and they will surely be featured all over my blog as long as the peonies will last. who can actually stay away from those beautiful pink flowers and they smell just so good and make every picture so much better. it certainly brightend my day when i purchased my first bunch and thats what matters. i got them in hope that spring would truly arrive now becaus after weeks of grey skies and cold nights i'm beyond ready for sunshine and being able to leave the house with just flats on and no coat to carry around with me and guess what? the sun actually is shining today so i hope its gonna stay.

what i did
after the past weeks have been very hard for me i decided to take a week off. sometimes you'll have to look after yourself. so thats what i did by having a week to mind my own business. i skipped all my classes and just stayed home, took a million blog pictures, cleaned the flat, saw my best friend and family, went to the gym, got my nails done and just did the thinks i want to do and it was beautiful. i saw a girl named rebecca whos very much into fitness and i helped her sort out her makeup for her first ever competition and it was so much fun. just the week i needed.

what i didn't do
i didn't film anything this week but i basically have something new planned for my channel and  hope i can happen nex week, that would be really cool.

what i ate
for some reason i have really been enjoying all the healthy food lately and i love it. my favourite thing to have at the moment is oven roasted potatoes with loads of herbs and garlic, some salad too and thats it. so yummy and i would actually eat it right now.

what i want to do next week
its time to get back to my classes and i hopefully can be full of energy and motivation again. its just time to get back into the swing of things. i also want to twist my channel around a bit and i'm so excited for it and i hope you'll enjoy it too.

one word to describe the past week
relaxing

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