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Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Identity Theft and Fraud; Pensacola #10 Beauty-Obsessed City in US

Just yesterday, I gasped when I learned that Time Magazine ranked Pensacola of all the cities in the USA, #10 in “Obsession with Beauty” as measured by internet access to sites for buying make-up and cosmetics at sites like Sephora and Ulta. New York and Miami didn’t make the list.

Then I understood. We don’t have a Sephora in Pensacola. We don’t have an Ulta. To get specialized make-ups like Urban Decay, you go online, to Sephora. Yep. Guilty. But it must take a lot of Pensacolians buying a lot of make-up online to make us #10 of all the beauty-obsessed cities in the USA.

April 13, 2012 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Crime, Financial Issues, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Shopping, Social Issues, Statistics, Values


  1. Look at you Pensacola belles hogging all that makeup!! 😛 Hehe

    I think to rank beauty-obsessed I would go for one of three things:
    1) which city does the most unnecessary plastic surgery/botox/collagen
    2) which city has the highest makeup sales in-store & online
    3) an addition of both 1 and 2

    Pensacola sounds like it should be ranked as the city with least makeup products available in-store. 🙂

    Comment by 1001Nights | April 16, 2012 | Reply

  2. LOL, I think your criteria would come up with more accurate results, Alf Laila. And I think actual sales, not visits, would be key. If you go by plastic surgeries/botox/collagen . . Pensacola might still rank fairly high. Florida – with all the beaches and revealing clothing – is body conscious. And then with all the sun damage, there is also a lot of repair work going on . . . So who determines whether a plastic surgery is necessary or un?

    But in make-up sales, I am sure there are other cities which would rank much higher!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 17, 2012 | Reply

  3. I bet the high rate of identity theft/fraud is directly attributable to the high percentage of the elderly. They are the prime target of that type of fraudster.

    Comment by momcatwa | April 18, 2012 | Reply

  4. Is that so? The elderly? I would have thought maybe travellers, here in beach country. I’m becoming aware of all the ways the elderly are targeted. You would not believe the mail we receive that LOOKS like something official, some even look like bills that must be paid, and most of them are for things we don’t want or need, but they are deceptive, and if you are not reading carefully, you could think you owe somebody money. Aargh.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 18, 2012 | Reply

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