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A month or so ago, I was sent BassBuds to review and if I’m honest… I tried them for around 10 minutes when I first got them, then work and illness got in the way and I still didn’t properly try them out.

My first thought when I tried them for those short few minutes were “wow my ears don’t hurt” and “ooh they look hot!”. Two good factors which are also rather important ones. Who would buy ugly headphones? No one, right? And who would buy a pair of headphones that kill your ears? I’d hope no one would.

Instant initial thumbs up!

My mom on the other hand, decided to test them while watching some TV Shows on her laptop. Her old pair of headphones broke and she needed to borrow a pair. My mom has always hated the in-ear headphones because 9 times out of 10, they hurt her ears and she ends up tossing them into a drawer never to be seen again. She has tried my iPhone headphones and hates them, I do agree with her on that one though… after wearing Apple headphones for a while, your inner ear starts to hurt. This coming from an all-things Apple lover. Think I could get done for Apple treason? Shhhh don’t tell them!

So, she wore them. After 5 minutes, she shouted, yes and I mean shouted “THESE ARE COMFY!”. The shouted part of this sentence is rather important. Why? Well… the headphones are noise cancelling. That means you are pretty much oblivious to your surroundings unless someone screams at you and/or someone pulls your headphones out of your ears.

After hearing her shout her thoughts about the headphones to me, I motioned for her to take them off to get some proper feedback (she wasn’t happy about pausing Bones!). The main thing she liked about the headphones were the fact she could wear from for 1+ hour at a time and her ears did not hurt, she didn’t feel the need to take them out to give her ears a break, the sound was good and they didn’t drop out of her ears like a lot of in-ear headphones do.

This coming from a woman who swore she’d never use in-ear headphones? They must be good.

It wasn’t until a 5 hour Road Trip from Glasgow to the Highlands on Saturday that I had a proper chance to try them out. Listening to the Radio and my Parents chat away for that length of time isn’t my idea of fun LOL. So to accompany me on the trip were Frank Ocean, Alex Clare, Usher, Adele, Emeli Sande and a mix of Old School Hip-Hop.

My initial thoughts were proven once again when I was able to wear the headphones without my ears hurting, in fact, it didn’t even feel like I was wearing headphones and I didn’t have to worry about them dropping out of my ears and having to fight to put them back in. The sound was crystal clear turned up high with an amazing bass and treble (a must for Hip Hop!). With some headphones, as stated on www.lightningcans.com/headphones-reviewed/, the bass is rather OTT and drowns out the music but this wasn’t the case with BassBuds. I couldn’t hear anything around me courtesy of the noise cancelling feature (pretty much like ear plugs to help you sleep!), maybe not a good thing on a Road Trip as I didn’t hear the offer of food first time around (& I like food!).

So BassBuds are a must! If you can convert my mother, you’re onto a winner! Currently priced at £34.95 with over 20 different styles and colours along with Swarovski Crystals to make them pretty (ok it’s for Crystal-tonics High Performance Sound Technology as well!), they are worth every penny (& no I’m not just saying that because I was sent them to review, I do actually mean it!). If you’re looking for a good quality affordable pair of in-ear headphones on par with Beats by Dre, I’d highly recommend BassBuds.

Features:
6 pairs of silicone (small, med., large) earbuds in both black and white colours
3 pairs of black memory foam comfort earbuds
Compatible with all Smartphones
MP3 Controller w/ play/pause and next/prev track
Answer/end calls as well as voice control
Anti-tangle, durable, double wrapped cable
High-quality, light weight aluminum housing
Crystaltonics high performance sound technology
Gold Plated 3.5mm jack
BassBag; protective phone/MP3 & bassbuds carrying case
Made with Swarovski elements

If you’re feeling really lucky, you can also be in with the chance to win discounts or pairs of in-ear headphones (including the limited edition White ones that I was given) by playing with BassBud Mini-Game. Playing the game, you must swiftly move, dodge and above all survive against the “bad earphones” moving your mouse long enough to guarantee your special discount code and make it to the top of the leaderboard! I only managed 16 seconds, because quite frankly, I was shit at it LOL

To find out more, check out BassBuds Website | Facebook | Twitter

On September 2nd, my dad will be running in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon to help raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital after successfully running the 10K last year.

The reason he has chosen Yorkhill Children’s Hospital? If you weren’t aware then…

On December 3rd 2011, my little nephew Oliver who was born at 12.44am at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, weighing just 5 lbs 10.5 oz. Two days shy of being four weeks old, he was rushed to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow as he had a high temperature. After a number of hours and the obligatory urine and blood tests, Oliver then had lumbar puncture to take fluid from around his spine and was confirmed to have Viral Meningitis.

He was released from hospital on January 1st 2012 and is now a happy bouncy 8 month old who now has two little teeth & is trying to crawl 🙂

Thanks to the staff, we are fundraising for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation & it would mean a lot if you could donate as little or as much as you can afford to help young children within Scotland who need help. A few pounds would make all the difference to children’s lives & help the charity significantly.

Yorkhill Children’s Foundation provides enhanced medical equipment and resources which benefit sick children and babies who are treated at Yorkhill Hospital and within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. These can include innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities and paediatric research and training

Yorkhill Hospital has touched millions of lives since it first opened its doors in 1882. It exists to help sick children get better, yet it does so much more. As the largest children’s hospital in Scotland, Yorkhill has a worldwide reputation for excellence, treating over 150,000 children from across Scotland every year. Yorkhill Hospital is the sole Scottish provider of a number of highly specialised services including cardiac surgery, kidney and bone marrow transplants, paediatric intensive care and endoprosthetic bone replacement. It is also one of the only four UK children’s hospitals with an ECMO machine offering life support for children.

Without public support none of this would be possible.

If you would like to donate, please go to the JustGiving page that has been set up where 100% of all money donated goes straight to the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation or use the donation widget below.

No matter how much you donate, it all makes a difference.

Courtesy of Cutey , it’s giveaway time! You have the opportunity to win two Shamballa Bracelets worth £18.99 each, which are inspired by the mythical kingdom known as Sambhala in Buddhism, regarded as a place of peace and happiness.

Made from the highest quality materials and available in a range of sparkling colours, these fully adjustable bracelets will fit any wrist like a match made in heaven. All with a total of nine beautiful jewel encrusted clay beads.

I love Shamballa Bracelets, not just because they are shiny but because they are beautifully made with 84 crystals on each bead. You can wear them as tight or as loose as you want and they can match any look; day or night. With 9 different colour styles, Cutey gives you an description of the meaning of each colour and with being an affordable price, you can mix and match colours to suit.

& now, you can win!

To enter all you need to do is:
Share this post via twitter using the funky twitter sharing icon below
and/or
Leave a blog comment below, making sure you use your correct email address

Terms and Conditions:
1. You can enter twice by tweeting and leaving a blog comment giving you a better chance of winning.
2. Open to UK & Ireland entries only
3. Competition ends on Sunday August 12th at 6pm when the winner will be selected at random.

Good Luck!

Update:

The competition is now closed after receiving 29 entries between my blog and twitter. The winning entry was number 27: @jonsey5533 which was chosen randomly by an Independent judge; Simon Gray (@grayster84). His lucky wife wins 2 lovely Shamballa Bracelets. Lucky woman!