Welcome to B&B, and excellent shaves. I will make no promises towards money saving, but it will be a great experience.
Razor: EJ 89 is one of the recommended newbie razors, along with Merkur 34C/HD. It will serve you well.
Brush: I'll leave someone who knows what is locally available to you in the mentioned stores to suggest one.
Cream: I haven't tried neither of those ("american" brands unavailable over here), but from what I've read Body shop performs well but doesn't smell that good, and Kiss my Face makes excellent products.
Blades: I agree on leaving the Feathers alone until you have some other blades behind you. Derby are generally recommended as newbie blades, I used these to learn myself, but they didn't treat me very well. If I was to start over with what I now know, I would have started with Astra Superior Platinum or Shark Super Chrome. This is an individual thing, and there are experienced shavers who will gladly use Derby blades. Just pick a pack for starting, and go through them one pack at a time.
Bowl: any bowl-shaped object will do, cereal bowl included. I've even lathered in a disposable cardboard bowl, I wouldn't do it if I could do without, but I got shaved.
Good luck shaving.
Last edited by eth; 04-25-2012 at 01:26 PM.
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