Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Carlotta Pink, and Hello From Jury Duty!

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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. πŸ™‚

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.”

clarks botanicals ultra rich lip tint tube

At least I had the good sense to grab Carlotta Pink…

clarks botanicals ultra rich lip tint swatch

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.

Price: $19
Availability: Available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tracy says:

    Ahh! Jury Duty! Luckily I’ve never been summoned for it. Phew!
    This looks lovely on you! And 2 hours wear time is great!
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  2. Karen says:

    Hey Karen, what’s on your nails? Love the color!

  3. Nina says:

    Oooohhh that gloss is so pigmented! And so pretty on you!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Nina! It’s a really nice gloss. Kinda pricey though.

      Whatcha up to this evening? I’m waiting for El Hub to come home… maybe we’ll go out and grab some food.

      • Nina says:

        Stayed in and did laundry! I wasnt able to do it over the weekend, so I figured id tackle it while I still had the energy!

        Yep – kinda pricey and now that ive thought about it, reminds me of a similar gloss that I own, thats way cheaper! Remember the NYX Mood Gloss? πŸ™‚

  4. Bisbee says:

    My ex and I toured the Marin County Civic Center about 11 years ago. I remember thinking that it would be really something to work in that building! We met a woman who worked in the gift shop who knew Frank Lloyd Wright, and lived in a house he designed. Very interesting!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bisbee,

      I take it he was a fan. Did you guys ever get around to visiting Taliesin? I went to the campus in Arizona about 10 years ago. It was interesting!

  5. Love that shade! Such a fun colour and it looks fairly pigmented. Gorgeous!

    Hope you get through jury duty with your sanity intact! :p
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  6. Sophie says:

    So, Karen, did you get picked or are you off he hook? I only got picked for JD once, and I was still in college, so I didn’t have to go. Can’t you claim you have a demanding boss (pet) at home who simply won’t let you leave your work (feeding him, walking him, scratching him, etc.)? ^^

  7. oooh you got a Clark’s Botinicals Lip Tint! I’ve been wanting to try one of these for FOREVER! I really like the packaging and philosophy behind Clark’s Botanicals (their Cellular Lifting Serum and Intense Radiance Mask are 2 of my dream products!!! Too bad they are $355 and $72 respectively…) One day though–they will be mine!!!
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  8. Lilly says:

    I need to see your outfit! A flowery romper with high green boots? Lol

  9. PS: helllooooooo bright eyes! You’re eyes look so fresh and bright in this picture. Can I ask what that eyeshadow you’re wearing? So pretty!
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  10. musical says:

    Beautiful color! Whatcha’ wearing on your cheeks, bella? It’s super-pretty and is enhancing your glow! Looks like you didn’t have to stay there :).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Musical,

      Ooh, thanks for noticing! I’m wearing a cream blush by a brand called By Terry! Review to come soon. πŸ™‚

      How was your day? Do anything fun?

  11. musical says:

    Oh yes, that’s one hella HOT blush! I am looking forward to the review :).

    My day was good and the fun part was to be able to have lunch on time (something i didn’t think would be possible today). But oooooh, y’day was so much fun! I got home with a French Lilac Body Butter by La Vanilla and Rouge Automatique 164 ;). The lilac fragrance reminds me of my childhood days, what with the lilac blossoms making the summer afternoons oh so pleasant!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, what a lovely haul. πŸ™‚ There’s nothing like a new lotion and a lipstick to start the week.

      I love French lilac scents, too. I’ll have to make a note to sniff the La Vanilla version.

      Pacifica makes a gorgeous French lilac btw! Have you tried it?

  12. musical says:

    Oh emm gee-i meant to say Pacifica!! *Hides*-this pretty much answers the Monday Poll question about my awkward moments :-D. BUT, i know of these awesome lilac scented candles by Lumiere, available at Anthropologie…no goof ups with this one, i just checked ;).

    The rouge automatique is quite a splurge, but it make me feel so pampered (i mean, just that texture is so dreamy-creamy!).

  13. Ooh! Very, very cute. I’m a little wary of that wear time, (two hours?! I’m far too forgetful to remember to re-apply every two hours!) but I love the look of this shade — I need more pink in my life, I think. πŸ˜€
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  14. I like the color! It looks like a HUGE tube too! Also, rose flavor and scent? I’m in!
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  15. KK says:

    I’m a criminal prosecutor, and if you were in my jury pool I would totally pick you!!

    By the way, my jury-ready makeup these days is Smashbox Champagne eyeshadow (such a pretty neutral), Benefit Sugarbomb on cheeks, and MAC Curvaceous on lips. Have to keep it simple. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      It’s funny you mention that because I’ve made it to the very end of jury selection quite a few times and have actually gotten picked to serve on a jury before!

      I kind of love that you wear Benefit Sugarbomb to court, btw. πŸ™‚ Did you know they have a new gloss to match the blush?

  16. Kim says:

    Oh, that was funny! I think you should have gone all-out Mimi from Drew Carey. I mean, who would be crazy enough to keep a juror who looked that crazy?? πŸ™‚ Kidding, of course. It’s important to do your civic duty. Everyone wants justice to work… as long as it doesn’t inconvenience them. I’m proud of you for sticking it out. πŸ™‚

    Btw, did you read 50 Shades? I’m sorry if you’ve already said it and I just don’t remember. There is talk of Alex Skarsgard playing Christian in the movie. In which case, I’d see it and MAYBE finish reading the book. HAHA!

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