I know, I know, it's only 3 shaves, no way my technique is what it should be, but oy! Not getting anywhere as close a shave as I can with my cheap $14 Schick-thingy, major razor burn...not even attempting upper lip and chin area at this point until I get the rest properly.
Prep: hot water on the face, followed with a hot, wet facecloth held to the face for 2-3 minutes. Proraso pre-shave cream (hoping it'll make the razor glide better across the skin), lather with a sandalwood soap purchased from ClassicShaving.com.
I then shave WTG grain (think fingernails across a blackboard, no smooth glide whatsoever!), trying to hold the blade at different angles to see what works best; long slow strokes vs. short repetitive strokes, again to see what works best.
More Proraso pre-shave cream, lather up again, and then try XTG, except for under the jaw, where I just can't seem to do that so I go ATG.
More cream, more lather, and then try to go ATG on the cheeks to get a smoother shave.
After all this work, it's like, meh...not as close as I'd like and burn!
Sigh. Break until Monday, now...