My annual Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Illness awareness giveaway is back again. This year, the prize is full of cruelty free and vegan beauty products for the winner to enjoy. I run this giveaway every year to raise awareness for Tick-borne illnesses as I have suffered severely and without treatment for so many years, and I don’t want another person to go through what I have. Last year, I wrote a blog post full of information about various tick-borne illnesses that is really worth reading so that you understand them a lot better, plus it will also help you to enter the giveaway. In 2017 I wrote about my battle with Tick-borne Illness for Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so you can read that to gain further insight into what I have been through. This post goes through all the amazing items that you will receive in the prize as well as the rules to enter. The giveaway is run on my Instagram account, so you will need to head over there to enter, and tell everyone you can, so that we can raise as much awareness for Tick-borne illnesses as possible.

May is Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Illness Awareness Month - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
May is Lyme Disease and Tick-borne illness Awareness Month

When I first started this giveaway a few years ago, the Australian government denied the existence of a Lyme-like tick-borne illness here. After a lot of hard work from advocates, there was finally a senate enquiry about it last year. The enquiry concluded that there probably is a Lyme-like tick-borne illness infecting Australians, but that more research needs to be done. They prefer to call it a Multi Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS), but that doesn’t change the reality: patients are sick and they need help. Admitting to its existence was a big thing for the people suffering with this illness, but there is still very little research being done on it, and there are no treatment options. I’ve personally suffered terribly from illness after a tick bite, and my health had been on a constant decline since. I need access to treatments, as do many other Australians in the same situation. Patients in other countries also have big problems accessing reliable testing and effective treatment, so even in countries where the Lyme Disease is recognised by the government, people still continue to suffer.

There are many different pathogens that cause tick-borne diseases - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
There are many different pathogens that cause tick-borne diseases

Now, onto the giveaway. The prize includes donations from three amazing cruelty free brands, Designer Brands, Ere Perez and La Mav, plus items I bought for the giveaway. Designer Brands donated the Ice Ice Baby Mix Tape 12 pan eyeshadow palette, a Black Eye Kohl Pencil, Shimmering Mineral Bronzer in Brazen Shimmer, Glitter Rush Liquid Eyeshadow in Golden Crown, a Mango Seed Butter Body Lotion and two Lavish Lip Glosses in 690 Pink Rose and 692 Coral. Also included is a large glitter makeup bag (it was just too big to fit in the giveaway photo).

Designer Brands donations that you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Designer Brands donations that you could win
Designer Brands body lotion that you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Designer Brands body lotion that you could win
Designer Brands glitter makeup bag that you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Designer Brands glitter makeup bag that you could win

Ere Perez donated an Australian Blue Cypress Face Nectar (which I reviewed last year), a Natural Almond Mascara in Black and an Eighty-Five Nail Colour nail polish in Ballet.

Ere Perez donations that you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Ere Perez donations that you could win

La Mav donated two of my favourite skincare products, their Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum and Hyaluronan Daily Moisture Creme, which were both included in my 2018 skincare favourites blog post, and I still use daily. Plus I put in a mini size of their Organic BB Creme in Medium.

La Mav donations that you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
La Mav donations that you could win

I’ve also put in multiple items from Colourpop, so the winner can try out various products from the brand. There’s the Just My Luck 9 pan green eyeshadow palette (perfect for making green Lyme Disease awareness looks with), a Super Shock Cheek highlighter in Flexitarian, a Super Shock Cheek blush in No Vacancy, a Super Shock Shadow in Lightning Bug, a Lippie Stix lip primer and two Ultra Satin Lips in She Said and Canoodle.

Colourpop items you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Colourpop items you could win

On top of that, I’ve included two items from Makeup Revolution London, the Soph x Revolution Extra Spice eyeshadow palette and the Renaissance Flick black liquid eyeliner. The last item I’ve put in is a limited edition Sapphire Beauty Blender. I have done my best to ensure that all items are cruelty free, vegan and can be used by a range of skin types and tones, so that everyone can enter the giveaway.

Makeup Revolution and Beauty Blender items you could win - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Makeup Revolution and Beauty Blender items you could win

How you can win:

1 – Follow me @alintamcmurdo (I’ll be posting Lyme facts all month) and the three donors – @db_cosmetics, @ereperezcosmetics and @lamavorganic_au on Instagram.
2 – Regram this photo with the hashtag #cftickgiveaway – tag me in the caption but don’t tag the donors. One entry/regram with tag per person. No giveaway account entries.
3 – Then comment a Lyme Disease or Tick-borne Illness fact below – read my Instagram posts or blog post to find a fact that you didn’t know (it can just be one sentence).
4 – Bonus entry – tag two friends in the comments who should also enter
5 – Your account must be public or I can’t see your entry. Entrants must be 18 or have parents’ permission to enter. Unfollowing excludes you from future giveaways.
6 – Winner will be drawn randomly and have 48 hours to reply to my message, or a new winner will be drawn. I will try to announce winner as soon as I can, but it might take a few days depending on my health.
7 – The giveaway closes Tuesday June 4th 8pm AEST (Melbourne time). Open internationally (postage restrictions apply as explained in blog post) This giveaway is not endorsed by or affiliated with Instagram.

Lyme Disease and Tick-borne illness cruelty free awareness giveaway image to re-gram on instagram - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
Giveaway image to re-gram on Instagram

Due to Australia Post postal restrictions, the nail polish cannot be sent to the winner if they are overseas, and the Body Lotion will also be excluded because it will make the price of international shipping too expensive. The winner can choose to pay the difference for postage of the body lotion if they are international and want that in their package.

How to properly remove a tick - polish and paws cruelty free beauty blog
How to properly remove a tick

I would really appreciate it if you entered this giveaway and told everyone you know about it. Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise but research funding and treatment options are really lacking. The only way to get more research happening and more people treated is to raise awareness and show governments that the people suffering from these illnesses matter, and that they deserve the same level of respect and care as all other sick people do. If you have learnt anything from my posts, especially last years overview of Tick-borne illnesses, or if you think my awareness giveaway could be improved for next time, let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your feedback. When this giveaway is over, I’ll be back to posting my cruelty free beauty product reviews. If you want to get my new blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up to email updates. Otherwise, you can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I hope to see you entering my awareness giveaway on Instagram.

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