This Glitter Jelly Shoe Manicure Makes Up for the Fact that I Never Got My Childhood Dream Sandals

I think you ARE ready for this jelly.
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I think you ARE ready for this jelly.

My obsession with shoes started early. I can still remember the first pair I fell in love with: the most sparkly, wonderfully glittery, blue jelly shoes from The Gap. My childhood self said, I must have these shoes, but alas, they sold out of my size and it was never meant to be.

Not the exact shoe, but very close.

Not the exact shoe, but very close.

Fast forward to last week when I got a manicure using the very glittery CND Shellac in Sparks Fly. My friend Lolin, who has very astute observational skills, pointed out with excitement: "Those look like jelly shoes!" 

Naturally, the wheels in my head started spinning, dreaming once more of those beautiful, long lost shoes. Since Sparks Fly is a coral-pink, I knew I had to recreate something similar using blues. 

As the heel of the jelly shoe appears more opaque than the body, I figured a gradient nail would be the perfect fit. To recreate the transparency of the shoe, I used a damp sponge for a hint of colour.

I painted stripes of CND Vinylux in Aqua-intance and Date Night on a damp sponge.

The results? Not perfect, but good enough to temporarily satisfy any jelly shoe needs.

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  • Do you remember what you were doing when jelly shoes first entered your life?
  • What are your favourite pair of shoes of all-time and can they be recreated in nail form?