Greetings and salutations from the courthouse in the Marin County Civic Center! I’m writing this from a folding chair in a waiting room filled with other citizens awaiting the chance to do our civic duty, a.k.a jury duty, and for the record, the natives are getting restless…
Jeopardy Fun Fact
The Marin County Civic Center, a futuristic spaceship-looking structure with beige walls, a sky-blue roof and a 172-foot-tall golden tower, was the last building commission by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
If the picture makes you feel a little woozy, you might need a doctor — Dr. Dre, that is. The building makes an appearance at the very beginning of Dr. Dre’s video, I Need a Doctor.
The room is hot, stuffy, and we’ve been here for hours, just waiting to see if the court will need us today.
Judging by the grumbling around me, which is steadily increasing in volume, it’s about to get Lord of the Flies up in here!
If we get cut off…assume one of two things: 1) either I got picked to serve on a jury, or 2) the thin veil of decorum that feebly keeps society from collapsing has fallen, and I’m dodging staplers and paperback copies of 50 Shades of Grey being hurled through the air.
If it’s scenario No. 2, hopefully I’ve managed to escape with my laptop and lipgloss!
Today, that lipgloss is Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Carlotta Pink ($19; one of six shades), and it’s probably the only court-appropriate thing I’m wearing…
But before we get to that, first, some background about the brand.
Like this: they love their skin-balancing botanicals. Products in the small NY-based niche skin care and makeup line are mostly carried at fancy schmancy stores like Fred Segal and Saks Fifth Avenue, and every product in the line contains jasmine absolute, an essential oil with, they claim, “immuno-stimulating and antibacterial properties.”
Carlotta Pink, a sheer, shimmery rose, is one of six Rich Lip Tint shades in the line, and today it’s the only thing keeping me from looking like a waitress in a tiki bar.
I was running late this morning (and low on caffeine) and trying to beat the traffic, so I left the house wearing a sleeveless tropical print romper and knee-high green boots, an outfit that doesn’t exactly scream, “jury duty.”
At least I had the good sense to grab Carlotta Pink…
With its hydrating, non-sticky formula, 2-hour wear time and light rose flavor and scent, Carlotta is surprisingly responsible.
Sure, it’s not exactly a pinstripe business suit, but I think it hits the right notes for something like jury duty, school or work.
It’s shiny, but not too shiny; pigmented, but not too pigmented. So it looks like you spent some time on your appearance, but it doesn’t look like you’re on your way to da club.
The $19 price is pretty steep for a gloss…but I like the color and the ingredient profile.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Bardandensis Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, Lanolin, Octydodecanol, Pentaerithrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esteres, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenyltrimethicone, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Calendula Ofiicinalis Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Polybutene, Fragrance, Saccharin, Allantoin
Assuming I make it out of this room before civilization’s collapse, I plan to wear Carlotta Pink many more times this summer.
Availability: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and clarksbotanicals.com
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,