Just stopping by to say hello and get a little bit of advice. First, I'm using shave cream and aftershave from The Body Shop, and a synthetic brush from there as well. These were given to me as a gift by my wife and at first I thought she was nuts- couldn't she see I had a perfectly good can of no-name foam already? I graciously thanked her and put the items in the back of my drawer and forgot about them. They only came out again when I ran out of canned goo and needed something to use. Much to my surprise, I LOVED my newfound wetshaving gear. Using my trusty old Mach 3, I noticed a big difference in the quality of my shaves and felt pretty cool to be using a brush like some sort of English dandy.
Not being one to do anything half assed, I began reading up on wetshaving and picked up a cheap Weishi DE and some Derby blades to see what it was like. I began using the DE about a week ago and love it so far- the shaves aren't BBS, but with two N-S passes I'm pretty close to what I was getting from the Mach 3.
This morning I got brave and decided to go for a N-S pass followed by an XTG pass. Big mistake. I'm not sure if it's because my technique is still crappy, or because I was being too aggressive, or because I was cocky and told my wife that I haven't even nicked myself yet, but when I rinsed off after pass 2 my face looked like I had been thrown from a motorcycle, especially on my neck and chin. I have no idea how I messed up so much, but I guess I need to go back to a couple of N-S passes to rebuild my confidence and let my poor face heal a little.
So to summarize- hi, I'm new, and my face stings.