It has come to my attention that many individuals are not familiar with shave sticks and their use - so here is a picture laden tutorial!
Step One - Twist off the lid :P
The Stick to be used in this tutorial is a QED Essentials Peppermint Shave Stick... this sucker has a GREAT cooling effect, and a VERY strong peppermint scent.
Next get some nice hot water running.
Cup some of the water with your hands and splash your face, and really try to get as much water as possible on your face. (Sorry for the non-descriptive pic - trying to cup water and take a pic on my own was a bit difficult!)
Once your face is properly moistened - begin rubbing the stick around your face with light pressure.
As you begin rubbing around your beard area - you will notice some VERY light bubbling/lather beginning to form.
Here is a shot of what it will look like.
Next take your soaking wet brush - and give it about one shake.
After one or two twists you can see lather begin in its infancy.
With just a few more swirls with the big Shavemac XXL Silvertip you can see this lather start to come up.
In seconds the brush is filled with lather.
You can see wonderful shave-worthy lather is a cinch to make.
Lather full brush.
If you have any questions - feel free to fire away!