About Me

The name's Courtney. I tell stories & i love to laugh. sometimes i smile so much that my cheeks get sore...i have many interests and will talk about anything. Here you'll find journal entries & my perspective on Art, Music, Makeup, Fashion, Food, Film, Photography, Traveling, and everything inbetween. i've only lived for so long but i feel like i've experienced a lot. +there is deffinately nothing wrong with living to eat.
~see introdiction - 1st post~
contact me @ hsucourtney@aol.com
(all images are mine unless noted)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dear School, Why do you have to be so stressful?

Journal entry #9
i hate highschool. honestly i used to enjoy school and look forward to it but this year. nah. i kinda dread it. Tomorrow is the first day of MCAS starting with the English Language Arts Reading Composition & i feel no where prepared of it. My english teacher trying to cram everything in certainly didn't help. hopefully writing these journal entries helped cuz appearently people who write in journals and diaries have a more developed writing and literary mindset. 3 days of Hell comming up!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


this is one of my favourite Youtubers. He has an entertainingly sponteneous personality that's interested in many arts. 3 words: Subscribe to him! this is his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/livelavalive
he also made a music video called the Zebra Dance part II which is on the sidebar. I'm obsessed!
Will Smith:

Photos with Mitchell 2.0

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Day I Pulled an All Nighter...

Journal entry #8
oy vey. okay. i should not have not blogged last week. so much has happened. and i feel like shit haha. Seems like everytime i do one of these updates i'm always stressed. hmm when am i not?the other day i pulled an allllll nighter for this big world history test which i wanted to get atleast and A on. so i took my daily naps and woke up at around 6. did all my homework but started studying for the test at around 12 midnight. i went through all the chapters and going over my notes, reinforcing everything and by the time i was finished it was 6a.m. and my alarm clock rang. "OP! time to take a shower!" haha i hate my life. not even a nap that night :( and boy, did that screw up my whole day. i was suprisingly really awake throughout the whole school day. and my friend stated that not sleeping for more than 12 hours can throw your body's natural chemisty off. and she was completelly right. i got home and was gonna take my daily nap [haha] but I WAS LOCKED OUT OF MY HOUSE. so i stayed at my friend's house which was 10 houses down the street. and by then it was 4. do you know what happens at 4?! OPRAH is what happens at 4. so i watched it while attempting to do my wld history hw. yea. 5 minutes into it i dozed off on the couch and an hour later the show had just ended. great. (honestly i don't really like oprah, but i find that her show is really eye opening.) so then i go to my friend's room hoping that doing hw with her will motivate me. wrong. i blacked out for 2 hours and got nothing done. that was pretty much the rest of my day i got home and slept til 3 in the morning. drank some water and walked around. then i slept again til school. so basically i was stupid stayed up all night, got extremely sleep deprived, slept all day, and got nothing done. & oh that history test was hard as always but i'm glad i studied. this is really bad but i haven't studied for any of her tests this year hence i got a C+ average on tests so...pretty big step.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photoshoot {joke}

just playing aroung with my dad's new sony camra {which is my new love} that he got from curcit city's closing sale.
Cardigan: Hollister
T: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Billabong
Shoes: Converse
me goofing off...don't judge lol.

Journal entry # 7
This week has been so SO hectic. Thank god i was able to get everything done. Including this 7 hour project that i totally did last minute- litterally. it was this geometry project where we had to biuld a 3D model of a polyhedra out of find-out-which-material-works-best-type thing. We could choose to do 3 easy ones, 2 medium ones, and 1 hard one. my teacher was so vague about it and yet so strict on guidlines which made no sense what so ever. all i know is that she wanted it to be hard, sturdy, clean pointy edges, proportional shapes, and symetrical. yea. pretty much perfect. so she showed us some models and there was this one that i thought was amazingly proportionate made of foam board. but ofcourse like all the others they weren't "perfect". this one had some kinda gap at the edges cuz it didn't make a clean 90 degree angle. bullshit. but anyway i got an idea and bought a foam poster board and i would just take the fold of a carboard folder and use it as the egde of the polyhedra. on the day before it was due, thought about it some more...then decided not to after seeing this website where this guy practically made it out of oragami. perfectly too. i chose the Rhombicuboctahedron which was one of the more complicated ones. http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jsm28/polyhedra/and at only acouple hours, foam board isn't really easy to work with. and all that gluing time...ugh. anyway so i opted for constuction paper and reinforced it with cardboard in the inside. it took me from 9p.m. to 4 in the morning. & LET ME TELL YOU. it turned out damn good. i was so proud of myself. i mean there were ofcourse it had it's imperfections but hey, i'm human. When i got to school, not gonna lie. mine was the best in class. so my teacher should give me an A if not an A+. i noticed that i've done really well on projects this whole school year. i should pay more attention to homework though. pictures later when i get my project (with an A+ on it!) back. :] examples of polyhedra:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mac Haul: Hello Kitty

Journal entry #6
The other day was my first time inside the MAC store. I was pretty pumped being in there but it wasn't an experience or anything. it just shopping for makeup. but it seems all so professional it's kinda intimidating. i mean i like how Sephora is all bright and open. but then 8 year olds walk in and blast makeup on thier faces then walk out looking like clowns which is a con. but anyway (i say anyway a lot) this is how it went:
i walk in, i see the hello kitty display and my eyes are glued. okay actually scratch that i'm not going to do the cookie recipe. basically i went in eyes rummaged through the hello kitty and blonde burnette redhead collection and some random eyeshadows. BUT in the meanwhile, as i'm looking around this mac guy walks up to me asks me if i need any help finding anything and i say "no just lookin' round" and he's like "oh okay well i'll be right here"...and he's litterally standing...right there...breathing down my neck. (well no i didn't feel his breath on my neck but any closer and i would have. then i would punch him in the face and run out.) gladly. that did not happen then i asked for a, b, and c. and he ripped it out faster than you can say "what is wrong with you". but the guy ended up being really nice. he said the word "cool" a lot. not once but twice whenever he said it as he nodded his head. plus he said it in a way where he didn't even pronounce the "l". well. the next time i go, i hope to see him again! cuz he was pretty "coo".
What i got: e/s in Pincurl (from BBR collection), Lip Conditioners Spf 15: Popster (right), Pink Fish (left)

review: I love them! especially Pincurl which is a grey frost with a lavender-silver sheen. so pretty! & the lipconditioners are pigmented + conditioning. Popster is a hot pink & Pnk Fish is a baby kinda barbie pink but it's i would say univerally flattering!

Skincare etc. Tips (11)

mini update: i try to be as informational and as helpful as possible which takes awhile to research, type, and edit. what has been excessively time consuming is my 2008 favourites post. uuuggh but it's ok it'll be up maybe in 2 weeks? anyway resently i've noticed that i've been getting frequent headaches and dizziness and i've felt unusually tired and weak. then i realized that my eye circles have been more purple and i've been sleeping! it's vacation! so i couldn't really find a diagnosis until i've read in a magazine that stress can cause these symtoms...ahem MOM! but over vacation was i guess the time when my body was unleashing the stress and this is what happened. all i can say is thank god for tylanol! because it toltally eased the head throbbing pain.

Skincare etc. facts/tips:
Although prescribed acne medicines (like retonal and clamidycine) are more powerful, effective, and fast-working, they may begin to wear off because your skin gets use to it. however drugstore medications like salasylic acid and benzoid peroxide don't have that effact so alternating between the two will end up being more effective. & sometimes what usually works may suddenly "break you out". bad. and it may seem like the treatment isn't working but it's not. it's just your skin freaking out. so blame it on your hormones.

Turns out spf is pretty much bad for you (bummer i know). On the skin it creates free radicals which in the long run can creat more damage to the skin in one day than not wearing any at all. Not a problem. thanks to antioxidents, they help neutralize these free radicals and you don't have to reapply, antioxidents will usually last even into the next day. so choose a facial cleanser or moisterizer with antioxidents. here's acouple. 2 even come in spf.
(right to left: the body shop Vitamin C moisturizer SPF 15, Garnier Nutritionist Detoxifying Cleanser, Neutrogena Anti-oxident Moisturizer w/ helioplex spf 15)
clumpy mascara? toothbrush to the rescue. dampen the bristles and run it along the lashes acouple times until the clumps are out. it may take away some mascara but thats not a problem either. just reapply another coat and it won't clump. [i live by this!]

you can also use a soaped up toothbrush to clean the dirt out of the tips of ur fingernails and toe nails. ofcourse you a separate on from the one used for your teeth.

Painting fingernails are a pain in the butt (well for me atleast) but finally i found an effective tip to make them dry faster after those nummerous layers. juat take a bowl of icy water and let ur fingertips soak for about 5 minutes. it'll make them hard as rock. {my friend almost fainted after litterally blowing on her nails so hard just to make them dry...lol} & please have clean and even-length fingernails. + don't cut your cuticles! they protect the nails. (too bad i didn't know that when i was younger...)

From lotions, cleansers and toners. how you apply them counts twards the future. always try to rub upward and avoid downward applications. and for the eye area rub in from the outer corner to the bridge of your nose. & be gentle to your skin. we don't want premature wrinkles!

Let your skin breathe. for about once or twice a month i won't use a treatment/wash for my face before i go to bed (unintentionally from late nights...) but i've noticed that my skin is in better condition and no caused breakouts! sometimes your skin needs a break from all the cleansers and treatments. it'll use the time and natural oils to kind of regenerate i guess. i wake up brighter and more moisterized.

Use treatments at night. it'll be more effective. again. sleep is the time when your mind rests and your body heals and regenerates. so your skin will work with you to heal scaring, pimple, etc. And during the daytime the sun can actually leasen the effectiveness too. damn sun.
You probably already know this but apply body lotion to moistened skin after getting out of the shower. your skin will soak in more moisture and lock it in when it's dry. Same with the face but apply when still damp. unless your using a toner. insted just quickly apply the toner and when dry use the lotion. p.s. Cleansers are ment to cleanse the face of dirt, bacteria, makeup, and oils depending on your needs. don't depend on it to treat anything even if it's medicated. it may help unclogg pores but it's not going to dry up a pimple.

Facial lotion is deffinately a nessecity. no matter how oily/normal your skin is. Having it moisturized is the #1 of importance. if you have combination/oily skin moisterizers can evenly distribute the oils on your face keeping the face evenly moisterized. although do not depend on it to moisturize cracked, irratated, extremely dry areas, you may need a thicker one.

Don't turn down all facial products with oils or alcohol. the myth that moisterizers with oil will clog pores/ cause breakouts & that toners with alcohol will dry out the skin. Oils like tea tree oil (known to kill bacteria), jajoba oil (good moisterizer) , and lavender oils (to soothe skin) are there for a reason. And from my experience they're more moisturizing. Same with the alcohol toners. They are more effective with helping to dry up existing oils and removing more left over dirt/makeup your cleanser leaves behind. (hope in a jar by Philosophy w/ Lavender oil- i love this stuff!)
Bottomline: try out what works for you and do your own research.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Time 2 Dye.

ok so. the attempt with purple burgundy hair with the @ home hair dying kit...um it did not go as planned.
Used: Clairol Hydrience in #34 Tropic Burgundy
Going for: dark purple-brown
Result: subtle red. not even really purple.
Reaction: DISSAPOINTED. ugh i don't know what happened exactly. i left it in over night fully saturated! poop. will have to try again.
Before: brown with light brown highlights.
After: ....i don't see a difference either.

bottom line: don't buy this shit.
but oh guess what! i'm so excited. appearently i've been such a good child i get to have a haircut and get my hair professionally dyed paid in couresty of my dad. i usually have to pay for my own haircuts and whatnot. & i haven't gotten it profesionally dyed in god. 5 years. which was back in the fifth grade with golden blonde highlights..yea. those were the days.

i like experimenting with hair. especially dying. i'm thinking, a little bit of pink at the end of my grown-out bangs? ...yes. deffinately.i'm not quite sure what cut i want yet though. will update.