The Dissertation – Where I’m At

We’re slugging into November and I’m so far off course it hurts. I thought I’d have my stats done by now and be into writing the thesis. As it stands, one seal does over 250 dives a day and R is very complex to use! After 3 weeks of crying because I couldn’t figure out how to make R do what I wanted to do, I had a little chat with my supervisor and a discussion about what I had so far. I can’t go into the technicalities without boring you so much you’ll block my URL. So I’ll just say I was told to state a few assumptions and go from there.

A Hidden Concealer Gem? Nip+Fab Have My Back!

I have some seriously deep set and dark circles under my eyes. They are a mix between an indigo blue and a bright, bruisey purple. Lovely! I’ve dedicated my life (or the last year or so…) to finding a concealer with some serious game to cover them up. But it’s been a bit of a lacking experience. The best ones that have been advised to me are the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. But with each being £19, I wasn’t too keen to invest without trying every cheaper option under the sun. When I sampled some of the Nip+Fab Concealer on the back of my hand, I was impressed by the thickness of the formula. I spread a little of my sample under one my eyes, and loved the coverage! My deep set circles aren’t fully concealed, but for £8.95, it’s damn good coverage!

The Revamp – Welcome Back to the Blogosphere, Rachel!

I fell out of love with blogging for a multitude of reasons – A bit of blogging drama, some anxiety surrounding the pressure of constantly keeping up with social media, an desire to be so uniquely different I went down the wrong path and got lost and started clawing my way back despite not wanting to admit defeat… does that metaphor work? Also, with honours project time I don’t have the structured routine of classes and a 9-5 day so I’m slumping into bad sleeping habits and distracting myself by all means necessary. Including switching off the alarm app I installed to help myself get out of bed at reasonable times half an hour before it’s due to go off and then falling back asleep, fist-pumping the air because half-asleep Rachel thinks she’s so clever. I hate that bitch…

The New Addition – Meet the Kitten!

‘Peggy’ is a four week old ragdoll kitten. There is a little significance in the breed we chose – we desperately need an indoor cat, something I don’t heavily believe in. Cats descend from a solitary, predatory ancestor, are active hunters and roamers and need to establish a territory. I live in a second floor flat on a busy street in the city centre. I couldn’t just get any old cat and expect in to stay indoors.

Why I’m Done Playing the Number’s Game in Blogging

I think we can all agree that Instagram is hard. The stupid algorithm makes growth practically impossible, and the amount of effort it takes to write a caption and then your list of hashtags, only to get 10 new followers and then lose 12 (adjust numbers to fit your profile where necessary -mine’s small!). To grow, we have been told to support each other. Follow trains are common place, and there’s 101 blog posts explaining how to grow your Instagram.

I’ve Been Away – Getting my Head Together and Other Musings

You ever get that feeling when a blog post just comes to you and you need to type, even though at this point it’s just for you and it’s likely no one will read it? Well, hello, welcome to Word of Rachel! It’s been a while…

By a while, I mean a week. I love blogging, but as I’m going to explain in this post, I’ve been struggling with it lately.

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

If you haven’t seen Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman movie, with Gal Gadot fantastically filling the titular role, where have you been?! This is by far the best movie of the year, and is currently holding up the entire DCEU on it’s own (I’m praying that Justice League will at least be good!). As a movie about a strong female character, and directed by a strong woman, only one word can describe it for me; iconic. Don’t tell me the “No Man’s Land” scene, where Diana ignores every man telling her not to go up onto the battle field and does it anyway, didn’t invoke at least a little emotion from you. It was the first time I’d seen a female character look at a man telling her what to do and completely scorn his advice, and end up leading the men. The very first time a female character has not looked to men and asked “what do we do now?”. Yup, iconic is the perfect word.

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

I’m secretly a huge comic book nerd, right down to the reading. I’m a firm DC comics fan (soz Marvel, you’re cool too though!) and I decided a while ago that I wanted to start creating a few makeup looks based on characters from my favourite comics. I asked on Twitter what people thought, and I got an overwhelmingly positive response with more than 90% of 33 participants saying I should do one look every day in October. So I wrote my list and got started today!
The first look is based on a very iconic character – Batman. Everyone knows who Batman is – we grew up with the animated series and one incarnation of him on the silver screen (Ben Affleck is currently doing a pretty stellar job!). Batman was an obvious first choice for me – I’m a huge fan of the batfam in general and yes; every member will be featured in this series.

The Dissertation Blog – Week 2

How in 1200 words (which I initially thought was 2200, cue one hell of a word cut-down!) can you explain an entire research proposal, including background, hypothesis and actual plan of action?! I can’t help but feel I sound like a five year old reeling off seal facts. And hey, why doesn’t anyone just publish fun animal facts? I need to reference basic seal biology but can I find it anywhere in a peer reviewed journal unless you want to get crazy technical? No, no I can’t. Thank you IUCN for being the one website I can still use as a credible source!

The Dissertation Blog – Week One

The 11th September marked one very obvious, sombre occasion and another, slightly less obvious one – the first day of term for Aberdeen University students. And for those of us 4th year students in the School of Biological Sciences, that means the dreaded dissertation, honours project, thesis, whatever you want to call it, officially began! The next four months will be filled up by a range of experiences for everyone! Lab work, field work, risk assessments, desk based analysis, shouting at statistical analysis software, or maybe being sat out in the cold and rain for hours on end. We’re all here, all powering through.