When the weeks are as busy as they are for Molly Gunn, AKA Selfish Mother, the weekends are truly a chance to wind down and relax. Here she gives us a glimpse into her Sunday night routine and the products she relies on to help her chill out. Don’t miss out on our exclusive Mother’s Day collaboration with Selfish Mother, available in-store and online, with £5 from every sale going to support charity, Refuge.
The Wind Down
Sunday is one big wind down for me. I get up lazily, read the papers with some coffee, go for a nice chilled walk with my family, have lunch somewhere like Babington House or Hauser & Wirth in Somerset and then I watch a film on the sofa with my family. I do love a lazy day. Beauty doesn’t feature that highly on the list unless I have a bath. I have a gorgeous roll top bath in my bathroom and sinking into the that feels like a big treat. I love candles as they create a lovely chilled ambience, I love Diptyque and Malin + Goetz. I listen to Michael Kiwanuka while I’m in the bath – he is amazing – I also love the Karen O & Dangermouse new tune Lux Prima which I have on repeat. We watch TV on a Sunday – we’re currently watching Russian Doll and have just finished Sharp Objects with Amy Adams. Lovely and chilled!
I take off my makeup before bed with Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water and I apply a night cream by Omorovicza, or an oil like Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. My skin is maybe a bit dry but pretty much okay. I either have a Sunday morning shower or a Sunday night bath, and I like bath salts in the bath – something like Herbivore Calm Bath Salts – and an uplifting shower gel like Ren’s Neroli & Grapefruit Body Wash in the shower. I am great at getting stuff done during the week but I definitely lounge on the bed on Sundays. I might wash my hair on a Sunday morning and then leave it to dry naturally. I need a very hydrating shampoo and lots of conditioner as my hair is thick and also dyed, so it gets thirsty. I love a good head towel like the Aquis one and I also love Bumble and bumble Texture Creme. If I don’t wash hair on a Sunday I’ll have a blow dry at the hairdressers early in the week which will see me through.
I get into bed at 8pm as soon as my kids are in bed. I love a Pukka Love herbal tea and the lavender pillow spray by This Works and then I usually take the Sunday papers to bed with me and watch TV. I don’t wear ear plugs but my husband needs them as I snore! I turn out the lights at 11pm. I need as much sleep as possible but often get interrupted by my kids who creep in in the middle of the night. I’m a great sleeper though and usually conk out the second the lights go out.
The alarm is set for 6.45am but most days we are awake as a family way before this! Either I am happy to get into the week or I want more time in bed having cuddles with my kids. My husband Tom jumps out of bed first and usually I encourage the kids to get ready for school and then I get myself out of bed. I get my daughter Liberty who is our alarm call, cuddle her and my boys in my bed then I drink the vanilla chai tea with a shot of espresso that my husband Tom has put on my bed side table. It’s a very good wake up drink.