Melissa Joan Hart

Kids of the 90’s please stand up…please stand up…please, like seriously stand up. If you can’t talk to Melissa Joan Hart a.k.a. Sabrina the Teenage Witch the week of Halloween…when can you? We could think of no better time to catch up with Hart then the present, as recently she starred on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey, and recently launched a boys clothing line – King of Harts – that makes it all the more easy for busy Moms to dress their sons.  Above all, Hart told us that crimped hair is back, so our inner-ten–year-old selves are basically ecstatic…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? 

My have-it-all day would consist of bagels, pizza, and more pizza, with a chocolate caramel sundae to top it off. In real life, I start off with poached eggs my husband makes every morning and a Nutrisystem chocolate shake. For lunch, I have a salad with some protein. For a late snack, avocado toast is my go-to. Then dinner is usually fish and potatoes…and maybe a few bites of my sons’ chocolate ice cream.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

It starts with happiness and sleep. Then good hydration, and lots of movement. I like spinning and training sessions with my husband or trampoline time with my boys. Probiotics and a good multi-vitamin help me feel good from the inside out. Lastly, I always make sure to wash my makeup off every night and put on sunscreen every day.

A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since Sabrina…

I find it fascinating that crimping and crazy hairstyles are coming back around.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t freak out over boys, your body or bad news. You outgrow heartbreak and often they come crawling back. You are in better shape than you know, and everything heals with time. Also floss, make sure to use sunscreen, and moisturize your neck every day.

How do you always start your day?

My day always starts with looking at Instagram. My husband has this awesome way of quietly sneaking out of bed early every morning so that he intercepts the kids as they wake up and I can sleep in a bit longer.

What would you last meal be? Who would it be with?

Pizza with a very long list of people. I am the oldest of eight kids, so it would have to be a big table.

An easy go-to recipe you make for your kids…

Tacos never fail. If everyone gets to choose their toppings, they are happy campers.

What’s always in your bag? 

Band-aids and Big Red gum.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without? 

I love exploring new destinations around the world, but I do not like the actual act of traveling. I hate packing and am afraid of flying. That doesn’t stop me though. Bora Bora was one of our family’s best trips to date. This past spring, my oldest son Mason and I had an amazing trip taking the train down to Washington DC.

When traveling, I always wear my Cross bracelet that my friend made for me a few years ago. I usually wear flip-flops to help move things along at security lines, and keep socks in my bag for cold feet on the airplane.

Nightly and morning beauty routines… 

I am a big fan of Murad, Mereadesso, Pur lisse, Renee Rouleau, Benefit Cosmetics, WEN, Sheer Cover, and the Japanese line Komenuka Bijin. My morning routine starts with a good night of sleep and a probiotic when I wake up. I wash my face with one of the many Murad cleansers I keep by the sink depending on my skin’s needs that day. I always use Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum after washing, follow up with Renee Rouleau Total Eye Repair Cream, and then Purlisse Pur Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen and Pur lisse Pur Lip Comfort for moisture. I add extra sunscreen to my chest and shoulders. For makeup, I love Sheer Cover since it doesn’t make me feel weighed down, and it warms me up so I’m not so pale. I add a little Benefit mascara and Brow gel as well as Cargo blush for my cheeks. I don’t leave the house without my Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain.

When I get home from a red carpet event or girls’ night out, my evening routine is pretty much the same, but with a few additions. I start cleansing my face and removing the makeup with Mereadesso’s incredible Face + Neck Cleanser. I apply my Renee Rouleau’s Advanced Resurfacing Serum and continue with my Murad Soothing Serum and Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisturizer and Renewing Eye Cream. Then I add a heavy lotion or oil to my neck and chest down into my décolletage. I have a probiotic and floss before going to bed. For my hair, I usually wash it every other day with one of many shampoos and conditioners I always have on hand. I never like to wash it with the same products twice in one week. I alternate between Komenuka Bijin, Kerastase, WEN, and L’Oreal Ever Strong depending on whether I need a deep clean, a light clean, or a lot of moisture that day.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each? 

You can’t beat New York for just about anything, but particularly it has the best Deli, Italian and Chinese food. Los Angeles has a handle on Japanese and Mexican food for sure. Kiwami in Studio City has the best sushi I’ve ever tasted (but I haven’t been to Japan yet). I can’t leave Mary Mac’s Tea Room off the list in Atlanta for good southern food and Sticky Fingerz Rock-n-Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock for fried chicken. The Whelk in Westport, Connecticut has deviled eggs with a fried oyster on top that I dream about.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

The new potato in my life right now is making sure little boys have cool options in their closet. Our boys clothing line King of Harts, which my husband Mark and I started in the spring, sprouted out of a need for some cool options for graphic tees for our sons, other than licensed cartoon characters.

Love the 90s? Read about the Spice Girls’ Mel B and Saved by the Bell’s Tiffani Thiessen. Also check out our interview with Tia Mowry and have lunch with Lance Bass

*Melissa Joan Hart, photographed at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Melissa wears aa Derek Lam top, Helmut Lang pants, Yves Salomon vest and Vince shoes

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