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4 Of The Best Self-Tanning Products 14th June 2016

We all know that the sun can be damaging to our skin and if you’d rather self-tan than sit outside by the side of your luxury swimming pool soaking up the rays, here are four of the best tanning products out there to help you be that bronzed goddess with none of the sunburn.

Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush

£39

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Want to recreate that spray tan look without having to leave the house? Just give it a good shake and then spray away. It’s easy to apply evenly and smells delightfully of coconut – so you’ll feel like you’re on holiday all day every day, even if you’re in the office.

Vita Liberata 2-3 Week Tan

£37.50

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Want something a bit long lasting? Then give this offering from Vita Liberata a go. The colour is natural so no need to worry on that point and no need to panic that you’ll constantly be having to touch the tan levels up either. Perfect!

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan

£20

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For something a bit lower down the scale price-wise, try this from He-Shi Express. It’s so easy to blend onto your skin that it’s perfect for beginners to the self-tanning world and it’s easy to tell where you’ve already applied it. What could be better?

NKD SKN Pre-Shower 10 Minute Tan

£13.99

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If you’re always pushed for time but don’t want to give up on the dream of beautiful bronzed skin, give this ten minute tanning solution a go. Just slap it on, wait ten minutes and then get in the shower to rinse. Perfect!

Posted: June 14th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Stay Sun Safe By The Pool 9th June 2016

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The UK has seen uncharacteristically hot weather over the last few days, with people up and down the country sunbathing in their gardens and enjoying barbecues after work.

And the sunshine is set to stay for a while, as forecasters have predicted the heatwave will last several weeks. Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction has even nicknamed the month ‘flaming June’ due to its hot temperatures and blue skies.

So, if you plan to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts by lying by your luxury outdoor pool, make sure to stay safe. Here are our tips on keeping cool in the sun:

Always use sun cream

Even on cloudier days, you should use suncream, as strong rays mean you are still at risk of being burnt. Make sure you use cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above, and do not use if it is more than two or three years old.

Apply it 30 minutes before you go outside and then again when you’re making yourself comfortable on your sun lounger.

Don’t forget to put it on after taking a splash in the pool, as it may have rinsed away or rubbed off when drying yourself with a towel.

Dress up

It might not make much sense to wear more clothes when the sun is at its hottest (especially if you are by the pool), but it is important to protect your skin. Always wear a hat and sunglasses, and even slip on a t-shirt, shorts or skirt.

Children can wear long-sleeved swimming costumes for added protection while splashing in the pool, as well as waterproof hats with flaps to cover their necks.

Keep hydrated

It might be tempting to enjoy a refreshing beer or G&T when relaxing by the pool, but the best thing to drink is water. Make sure you keep hydrated in the sunshine, as dehydration can leave you feeling very ill.

Take a break

If you feel you need a break from the sunshine, find some shade or go indoors. It is also a good idea to avoid the bright sunshine between 11:00 and 15:00, as this is when the rays are at their strongest.

Posted: June 9th, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Know Your Pool Tiles: A Ceramics Glossary 7th June 2016

swimming-pool-mosaics-usa-evian1When a customer chooses one of unique swimming pools, they often want to know a little more about the processes which go into creating such a luxurious work of art. Our pool tiles see ceramic techniques brought together in unique combinations to create the most beautiful displays you can imagine.

To get to know the basics of ceramic craft, take a look at this mini guide to some of the techniques and materials we use.

Clay

Clay is the basic building block of ceramics – however, it’s not just a one-size fits all material. Clays can vary from orangey earthenware to grey stoneware and white porcelain – each with their own unique characteristics.

Engobes

Similar to a slip, an engobe is a form of liquid clay, however, with generally a lower clay content making it better suited to bisque firing – a firing which takes place before a glaze.

Glazes

A glaze is the impervious coating on the outside of a piece of ceramics, fused by firing. It can be used to waterproof or decorate and colour and finished piece of ceramic.

Lustres

Lustres are a type of glaze containing metal oxides which give the finished ceramic a metallic look or beautiful iridescence.

Oxides

Oxides are chemical colourants which are added to a clay or glaze to create colour during the firing process.

Slips

A slip is a clay mixed with water, making a liquid form which can be used in casting or decoration on top of solid clay, often used to add different colours and textures.

Posted: June 7th, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Enjoy Your Own Luxury Swimming Pool In Plymouth 6th June 2016

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Anyone living in Plymouth who has dreamt of owning their own luxury swimming pool may be within reach of achieving their dream.

That is because a beautiful Victorian house has come on to the market, offering potential homebuyers the chance to live in luxury.

The asking price for ‘The Gables’, as the property is known, is £850,000, with the price tag being as much due to its sought-after location in Seymour Park, as its fixtures and fittings.

According to Plymouth Herald, one of the best features of the double-fronted house is its south-facing walled rear garden. Within it, there is a greenhouse with original tiled floor and a sheltered patio.

The Gables also boasts a large outdoor heated swimming pool, which is ideal for those who love to do a few lengths before breakfast, as well as sun worshippers who want to make the most of every sunny day during the summer by lying by the pool.

Inside the 1900 property is a grand staircase, a 20ft by 18ft sitting room, a separate dining area, a study, a utility room, a toilet and a conservatory that overlooks the garden.

Families will also be glad to hear it has a huge kitchen-cum-breakfast room, perfect for cooking big meals or preparing dinner parties.

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms, including a spacious en-suite, and a family bathroom. Viewers will also find a huge games room in the loft that measures 37ft by 31ft, perfect for recreational activities away from the main hub of the house.

A double garage, electric gates, private drive, and plenty of period features completes the abode, making it one of the most appealing properties for sale in Plymouth for some time.

Of course, for those who do not live in the area, there is always the option to renovate basements into indoor swimming pools, as a report in Business Insider revealed this is becoming a popular choice among many wealthy mansion owners.

Posted: June 6th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Designer Creates Realistic Pool – Made From Marble! 2nd June 2016

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When it comes to luxury pool design, it’s amazing what can actually be achieved these days. You no longer have to have a plain blue or white bottom or sides to your pool – there are some stunning ceramic tiles that can be used, such as those we create here at Craig Bragdy Designs, to produce some beautiful images on the bottom of your pool.

If you’re looking for some inspiration as to what designs to go for with your new swimming pool, make sure you have a browse of our site to see what we can do – but you should also take a look at this realistic swimming pool that’s just been installed at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre D’Arts et de Nature in France, as it will really serve to highlight just what effects can be achieved.

According to the Daily Mail, designer Mathieu Lehanneur was inspired by the Loire, which flows just below the courtyard of the chateau, with the pool itself measuring some 24ft long and made using a single piece of hand-polished marble. It will be on display at the site until November 2nd so there’s plenty of time for you to go and have a look at it in real life.

Mr Lehanneur said: “I wanted to address the garden with water as my muse. The water whose presence we sense even before we first catch sight of it below the Chateau, flowing uninterrupted to the sea.”

Here at CBD, we use clay, slips, texutre, glazes, lustres and oxides to create a series of stunning swimming pool ceramics that boast beautiful rich colours, a lovely tactile finish and lots of different, very intricate patterns. You can get in touch with us to request a sample of any of the ceramics you see on our site so you can see for yourself how beautiful an addition they’d be to your luxury pool.

Posted: June 2nd, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Luxury Basement Swimming Pools, The New Mansion Feature For The Uber-Wealthy In London 1st June 2016

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A new report from Business Insider has looked at the many unique swimming pools that are fast becoming a ubiquitous feature of the mansion basements of London’s elite.

It seems down is the new way to the top for mansion owners as millions are being invested in revamping or even designing entirely new extravagant basements with the likes of cinemas, saunas and luxury swimming pools as common features.

Some of these elaborate basements known as ‘iceberg basements’ have several levels or floors and boast an array of decadent and luxurious indulgences, the likes of art galleries, game rooms and gymnasiums as well as the aforementioned swimming pools and other such features.

Reports suggest that the spectacular expansion plans tend to come from the likes of wealthy Russian or Arab investors, with a few high-profile names mentioned. The likes of Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club, as well as Andrew Lloyd-Webber, have been linked with plans to build these elaborate basements.

Such plans are most commonly submitted in boroughs such as Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Kensington, London’s most elite and sought-after property areas, with the latter having an alleged 800 basement extensions carried out in the past four years.

It would seem that an elaborate wine cellar with a few vintage Chateauneuf-du-pape and maybe a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne or two is no longer an exclusive enough feature for the basements of the wealthy. Basements with saunas, cinemas and, most importantly, luxury swimming pools are now the must-have element for a mansion in the eyes of London’s most prosperous, it would seem.

Posted: June 1st, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)