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Edit: Added it to the "guide"
Note: This is a long read. I've tried to make it easy to skim through, but even so, you have been warned.
IntroductionThis may come as a surprise to some, while others have known it for the longest time: I am a vain person. Sometimes I wish I had a fancy job just for the sake of being able to wear nice, tailor-made, clothes. With my current job, however, wearing a suit would not only look weird, but I'd also risk having to throw it away after about a week or two.
So I am left with my hair and face, both of which I am very particular about. I hate it when the wind blows my hair out of style, and I can easily spend 30 minutes in front of a mirror just to get it the way I want. (And if it weren't for the awkward looks I'd get, I'd frequently check and restyle my hair at work as well).
However, as vain as I am, the one thing that I have always hated doing the most during my morning routine, was shaving. Over the years I have tried all kinds of stuff to prevent irritation, stubble, redness, but nothing worked. And for the longest time I simply accepted that I would never get satisfactory results. There were times that I simply decided not to shave at all because looking scruffy was a better alternative than my skin feeling like it had been dragged along pavement.
But over the last couple of months, I have been doing research on how to get that smooth shave, without having any of the irritated skin afterwards. And yes, I do mean research. I have read countless of articles on the web, and experimented with numerous different methods of shaving. And very recently, I finally found the method that gives me the results that I want.
Of course everyone has different skin, so what works for me, might not work for someone else. But even so, I'm so satisfied that I decided to share some tips with you all.
Get A Good RazorOne of the biggest factors in getting a good shave, is having a good razor. If you are using a cheap, disposable, razor because you don't feel like shelling out for a better one, then you deserve whatever problems that may come from it. So do yourself a favor, and get a good razor. Personally I used the Gillette Fusion Power. The neat thing is that it vibrates, which makes shaving that much easier. And on average, I need to swap blades every 3 or 4 weeks, which is a pretty long time to shave with the same blades.
Take Your TimeIf you don't want to spend more than 5-10 minutes on shaving, then you might as well stop reading now. Getting a really good shave takes time. Although I do have to say that a "good shave" is a very subjective matter. For me, a good shave means no stubble, and no irritation of any kind. And unless you got perfect skin, that's something that takes time. So my advice is to plan in about 30 minutes for shaving. If you get the hang of it quickly, you might need less than that, but 30 minutes should be more than sufficient.
Getting Down to BussinessOk, time to get to shaving! I'm going to divide this thing up in steps, and make it as easy as possible to follow. I should preface that I do my shaving in the shower, but you can also do it before or after if you so choose.
Wash your face with a hot wash clothBy doing this, you open up the pores in your skin, and soften the hairs. Normally the hairs on your face are even tougher than the blades on your razor, even when you have a fancy, expensive one. So to soften up the hairs, and get your skin ready for shaving, you should, thoroughly, wash it with a hot wash cloth. It should be as hot as you can handle, but not so much that you burn your skin. So experiment with this a little.
Note: By thoroughly, I mean giving it a good wash without soap. The heat has to 'sink' into your skin sorta speak, so just dabbing, or splashing, on some hot water isn't going to cut it. If you want to go real fancy-like, you can always go the hot towel route.
Apply just enough shaving cream or foamI've tried shaving gel for the longest time, but in my opinion the foam or cream works better because you know exactly how much you'll be getting when you squirt it on your hand.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when shaving, however, is that they use too much. The foam is simply meant to help the razor glide over your skin. If there's too much of it, then the blades will simply be scraping away the foam instead of actually cutting the hairs underneath. Again, it's a matter of experimenting to figure out the right amount, but it's better to use too little the first time, and increase it from there, than to use too much at once.
Rinse razor in cold waterEven though you can't see it, the blades on a razor aren't perfectly straight. They have microscopic, jagged edges.
If you rinse the blades under hot water, the metal will expand, making these little notches bigger, which is exactly what you don't want. So rinse it under cold water to make the metal contract, resulting in smaller jags, and providing you with a better, more comfortable shaving experience.
Shave with the grain at firstNot only will it result in a poorer shave if you go against the grain on your first pass, but skin irritation is also much more likely. So on the first pass, go with the grain, which is to say, go with in the direction that your facial hair grows. To figure out which direction it grows in, simply feel around with your hand. Going with the grain will go smoothly, while going against it, you will feel some resistance from the hair.
Frequently rinse the bladesPersonally I rinse them every 2 or 3 strokes to avoid having too much foam and bits of hair clogging up the razor. After all, if the blades are covered with gunk, they won't do a very good job at cutting.
Again, you should rinse the blades under cold water. I can't stress this enough. Always rinse the razor blades under cold water.
A second, optional, pass against the grainIf you are satisfied with the result by now, then you can skip this (last) step. If you are like me, though, and you want that extra smooth feeling when you touch your face, try giving it a second pass, going against the grain this time.
Don't wash your face before doing this, though. Some articles will tell you to wash your face, and then reapply foam, but I've found out that this only serves to make things harder on my skin, so I don't do it. Instead I just continue my shave with whatever little bit of foam is still left on my face. If you notice that the blades really don't glide smoothly enough over your skin, then apply the tiniest amount of foam/cream on the spots you're having difficulty with. But preferably, don't add any extra foam to your face since there should still be enough of a film left on your skin.
I should also note that not everyone's skin can handle shaving against the grain. Plus, there is the slight risk of ingrown hairs, but so far that has never happened to me.
Wash your faceSimplest step of all. Just wash the remaining foam off your face with either warm or cold water, whatever you find the most comfortable.
Apply After Shave (If you want)And I am not talking about that crap that contains alcohol, which makes your skin feel like it's on fire. A good After Shave should alleviate any irritation, redness, or dryness that your skin might have after shaving. If your current After Shave doesn't work properly for this, ditch it, and try something else. I, myself, have been using Nivea For Men: After Shave Balm for sensitive skin.
Do the FonzAfter a good shave, one should always do The Fonz. Failing to do it, could result in your face exploding. You have been warned. Also, if you don't know what The Fonz is, you should smack yourself real hard.
And we're done! I hope these tips help at least some of you in achieving that near perfect shave. And I say "near perfect" because there is no such thing as perfect.
Edit: Vito_Raliffe just pointed out that using a double-edge razor, and a brush made out of badger hair to apply the cream/foam, can result in an even better shave. It's up to you whether you want to try this or not. Just note that using a double-edged razor is different from using your standard cartridge type razor, but if you're careful there shouldn't be any problems.
Everyone here that's giving the OP shit for simply voicing his opinion on a subject, should grow up. So what if there's been threads like it before? It's not like he is spamming the boards with the same thing over and over.
Anyway. I agree that the term RPG is horribly overused when it comes to video games. If it has some dialog, and some kind of leveling system, developers are quick to slap the RPG label on it. But that's because the whole genre is so subjective. Ask someone to describe Beyond Good & Evil, and just about everyone will say it's an Action-Adventure game. It's easy because, well, there is action, and there is adventure. Can't get more simple than that.
The term Role Playing Game, however, literally means "playing a role in a game." And the opinion of many is that in almost every game, be it shooters, stealth, horror, or what have you, a role is being played. Personally, I couldn't disagree more with that (subjectivity already!) Just because you are controlling a character, does not mean your are playing a role. To me, role playing is another definition of acting. In Metal Gear Solid 4, we aren't acting out anything. We are simply taking control away from the AI, and guiding our little puppet from one cut scene to the next, all of which have been pre-acted already. So we are not playing any role. We are simply watching a role unfold.
To me, an RPG should, at minimum, have two things: choice and stat building. And by choice, I don't mean picking between the usage of a shotgun or a hand grenade to kill your enemies. I am talking about actual choice that affects how things are going to play out over the course of the game. And those choices have to be constant, at almost every dialog or cut scene you encounter. By that notion, Mass Effect 2 is very much a Role Playing Game. You are constantly making choices, and depending on what you choose, things will play out differently. You are assuming the role of Shepard, and acting it out.
Similarly, Mass Effect 2 has stat building, albeit not very in depth. But still, it has it, and the way you go about it is both affected by, and affects, the way you play the game.
So games like Final Fantasy, in my opinion, aren't RPGs because things will always play out the same way, and no matter what weapons you use, or how you level up your characters, it won't have any impact on the story. The only thing that could happen, is that you accidentally make the game harder on yourself. Likewise, Borderlands isn't an RPG either because nothing you choose changes the story (if you can call that a story).
My reply has turned out far longer than I anticipated, but I hope it's clear enough what constitutes an RPG in my view. But as I already said, what I consider to be an RPG, someone else may completely disagree with. It's simply too subjective.
Edit: I finally wrote a significant reply to someting, but I can't share it on Facebook! Damn it.
" I assume you have some form of fair trading authority in America to govern businesses and see that they conduct their business properly (like Trading Standards in the UK). Find out who that organisation is, and how to report a business to them and then:That's some sound advice as well. After all, no matter how mighty the people at Gamestop might think they are, even they have to abide the law when it comes to warranty.
- Go into the shop, ask for the replacement again, and if they refuse threaten to report them to your Trading Standards Equivalent. They'll usually start to take you seriously when you make a threat like that, and they'll probably cave in and give you what you want.
- If they still don't budge, report them.
Just go to the store, and tell them the game isn't working. Don't tell them anything else.
And if that doesn't work, check the back of the manual for warranty info. There is usually a X day warranty period, in which you can request an exchange of your game with the publisher.
Edit: My SC:Conviction manual, for instance, says that "under normal usage" there is a warranty period of a 180 days in which it can be exchanged at the local retailer for another copy should the current one fail.