NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- essie cosmetics is proud to announce it will join forces again with TOMS on April 10, 2012 to support One Day Without Shoes, TOMS' global campaign to raise awareness of the millions of children at risk for disease and infection as they grow up without shoes. A speciallimited edition nail color, essie Barefoot in Blue, has been designed to encourage people to go barefoot with can't-miss toes.
Beginning March 7, essie and TOMS will host a FREE giveaway of 15,000 bottles of nail polish! Every day for 15 days, 1,000 people who sign up for the giveaway will receive a complimentary bottle of essie's Barefoot in Blue – a creamy, sky blue that's sure to call attention to anyone wearing it. To make a pledge and receive essie'sBarefoot in Blue, visit the TOMS or essie Facebook pages.
"We are thrilled to partner with TOMS again to support One Day Without Shoes," said Essie Weingarten, founder and creative director of essie cosmetics. "We wanted to come up with something that would really spark conversation and bring attention to the campaign – a new rally cry for an important cause. There's no better way to do that than with blue toes!"
To date, One Day Without Shoes has received support from celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, Donna Karan, Heather Graham, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Hanson, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Nneka, and many others.
Founded by American traveler Blake Mycoskie, TOMS was created in 2006 when Mr. Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina who lacked proper footwear. Wanting to help protect their feet, he founded the company, which for every pair of shoes purchased gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. In 2008, One Day Without Shoes (www.OneDayWithoutShoes.com) was founded to spread the word, and in 2011, over a quarter of a million people went without shoes to show their support, with more than 1,000 barefoot events taking place globally.
"We are excited to work with essie again this year," says Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder and chief shoe giver. "This movement is about raising awareness and asking people to do something – anything – without shoes. We love that essie is helping us do that in such a fun, new way."
How to show your support on April 10for One Day Without Shoes:
Go without shoes! Show support by posting a barefoot photo or brief video online showing your bare feet
Link and share! Post your participation in social media outlets and tweet using "#withoutshoes"
About essie: New York-based essie cosmetics colors the world. Founded by Essie Weingarten in 1981, the global brand is the ultimate color authority and the go-to nail brand. A luxury leader that blends the fashionable with the functional, the name essie is known worldwide as a beauty trailblazer and is trusted by distributors, beauty professionals, celebrities and consumers. Offering over 250 nail colors and more, essie is unmatched in producing high-quality, on-trend beauty products. essie nail polish is 3-free; contains no formaldehyde, DBP or toluene. For more information, visit www.essie.com.
About TOMS: In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Since 2006, TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. Since then, TOMS has evolved from a shoe company to the One for One company, and is now addressing an entirely new need around the world in addition to shoes through TOMS Eyewear.