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Lyme Disease Awareness Giveaway 2016

12/05/2016
Welcome to my third annual Lyme Disease Awareness Giveaway. In previous years, it has been a nail polish giveaway but due to postage changes, I have had to change the setup of the giveaway this year. There are two separate giveaways, one Australian only nail polish giveaway and one beauty giveaway that is open internationally, as long as I can post to you. Aussies can enter both giveaways as long as they repost both of the Instagram repost photos.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the giveaway, I want to explain why this means so much to me. When I was 10, I was bitten by a tick on the top of my head in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. My parents were able to remove the engorged tick from my head, and we thought nothing more of it after that. We didn’t see any rash as the area was covered by hair, and we didn’t know to look as we had no idea that Australian ticks carried any sort of health risk. It has been 16 years since I got bitten and I am now severely ill. I spent so many years looking for a diagnosis but I was handballed from one specialist to the next, with no one knowing what to do with me. A couple of years ago, I found a doctor who knew what was causing all my symptoms, he told me that I had Lyme and Bartonella infections. Unfortunately, the Australian government doesn’t believe that Lyme Disease exists here, so there are no government funded treatments. Some sufferers are able to travel to clinics in Germany to get better, but that is far too expensive for most patients.

Some individuals in government recently listened to our pleas for help and started a senate enquiry into the mis-treatment of Lyme-like illness patients in Australia. The enquiry looked promising with over 1000 submissions, many from people suffering. Unfortunately, the dissolution of parliament means that the committee has ceased to exist and that the enquiry is no more. When the new government is formed, they will be able to restart the enquiry but that will only happen if there is pressure from the public to do so. Many people are living lives full of suffering because they cannot access needed treatment, and some have died because of it. I was healthy and full of life, I had big dreams and the will to get me there, but that didn’t matter when my body began to collapse. Now I have various autoimmune illnesses and far too many debilitating symptoms to list. I spend my days in excruciating pain. I am always suffering from relentless fatigue and many neurological and cognitive problems. I desperately want a chance at life but the only way that will happen is if the government allow me to access treatment. My hope is that this giveaway will educate more people about Lyme Disease which will result in more pressure on the government to change. I also hope that with more awareness, people will get earlier diagnosis and not suffer for as long as I have.

Now to the giveaway – it is an image repost giveaway on instagram but I will explain it all here. I have had some lovely brands donate some amazing items to the giveaway. To thank them, a rule within the giveaway will be to follow their instagram accounts. The first giveaway is the Australian only nail polish giveaway.

Emily de Molly donated Twilight’s Flight, Goodie Two Shoes? and Enchanted Isle. Glam Polish donated Happy Birthday Mr President, All About Eve, and The Prince And The Showgirl. I am including a bottle of Glam Polish Bad Hair Day. Celestial Cosmetics have donated Bodhi, a beautiful custom green polish, made just for this giveaway. Hit The Bottle have donated three stamping polishes, Snowed In, To Have And To Gold (Improved) and As Black As Night. Hit The Bottle have also donated a stamping plate, hehe042 and a clear jelly stamper with scraper. Loki’s Vinyls donated a huge variety of nail vinyls/stencils/decals and a Lyme ribbon decal that you can put somewhere to raise awareness.


Emily de Molly

Glam Polish
Celestial Cosmetics
Hit The Bottle
Loki’s Nail Vinyls


Lyme Disease Awareness Nail Polish Giveaway Rules:

1) You must regram the nail polish giveaway photo and hashtag #LymeGiveawayPolish
2) You need to follow all the donors, including myself – @alintamcmurdo @emilydemolly @glampolish_ @celestialcosmetics @hit_the_bottle @lokimadeit
3) Don’t tag the donors in your repost photo and please don’t unfollow them after the giveaway as they’re great brands.
4) One entry per person. You may repost the photo more than once to help me promote the giveaway but please only use the entry hashtag on one photo.
5) Your account must be public. No giveaway accounts. Must be 18 to enter.
6) Winner will be drawn randomly. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my Instagram message. If the 48 hours expires, then a new winner will be chosen.
7) Giveaway ends 31st May 5pm AEST (Melbourne time).

Open to Australian residents only. Items will be sent via tracked postage and I will bubble wrap well but I can’t control what Australia post do with the parcel. I reserve the right to change the giveaway rules if necessary. Australians can enter both giveaways but they must repost both photos and follow the rules of each giveaway.

Lyme Disease Awareness Nail Polish Giveaway Instagram Repost Photo

The second giveaway is open internationally. It is a beauty product giveaway that is run the same way as the nail polish giveaway but with a different repost photo and different sponsors, so you need to read the rules carefully.

Furless Cosmetics have donated a Purple Powder Makeup Brush and three of the new Furless pigments, Humiliate, Shady and Depraved. Eye Of Horus Cosmetics have donated an Essential Goddess Gift Pack which contains a Goddess Mascara, Goddess Pencil and a Cosmetic Sharpener. What’s Up Nails donated six of their vinyl stencil sheets which can be used for nails or makeup. I have put in a bunch of Colourpop Cosmetics products. There is the limited edition Puppy Love eyeshadow that is no longer available and a Weenie eyeshadow. I have also put in a Bound lippie stix and lippie pencil, Dopey Ultra Satin and Lippie Pencil, Lyin’ King Ultra Satin and Lippie Pencil, Echo Park Ultra Satin and More Better Ultra Matte. I have also included a Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross and Rachel. MooGoo Skincare are donating a Skin Milk Udder Cream and Fresh Cream Deodorant but they haven’t arrived yet.

Furless
Furless
Eye Of Horus Cosmetics
Eye Of Horus Cosmetics
What’s Up Nails
Colourpop Cosmetics
Too Faced Cosmetics

Lyme Disease Awareness Beauty Giveaway Rules: 

1) You must regram the beauty giveaway photo hashtag #LymeGiveawayBeauty
2) You need to follow the donors including myself, @alintamcmurdo @furlesscosmetics @eyeofhoruscosmetics @whatsupnails @moogooskincare
3) Don’t tag the donors in your repost photo and please don’t unfollow them after the giveaway as they’re great brands.
4) One entry per person. You may repost the photo more than once to help me promote the giveaway but please only use the entry hashtag on one photo.
5) Your account must be public. No giveaway accounts. Must be 18 to enter.
6) Winner will be drawn randomly. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my Instagram message. If the 48 hours expires, then a new winner will be chosen.
7) The beauty giveaway is open internationally, as long as I can send the parcel via registered mail to you. If the postage costs more the $25 aud then I may ask for you to contribute the extra.
8) Giveaway ends 31st May 5pm AEST (Melbourne time).

I reserve the right to change the giveaway rules if necessary. Australians can enter both giveaways but they must repost both photos and follow the rules of each giveaway.

Lyme Disease Awareness Beauty Giveaway Instagram Repost Photo

The Lyme ribbons I have used in my repost photos are from the lovely etsy shop TwistOfLymeDecals. You can buy them to stick on anything to help raise awareness.

So please go to my Instagram to enter this giveaway and tell all of your friends to do so too. All prizes are brand new, I just had to take some items out of their box for the photos. Thanks again to all the amazing donors, I really appreciate your support. 

Love, Alinta

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