I'm a 26-Year-Old Who Just Moved From Seattle to NYC—24 Beauty Must-Haves I Packed

Beauty products on a table and in a bag.

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A few days ago, I stepped off the plane and into an hour-long Uber ride from the John F. Kennedy International Airport to the bustling island of Manhattan. For 23 years (aside from a brief stint in London as a toddler), I've been a Pacific Northwesterner. In fact, I'm such a Seattleite that I learned how to tell a Chinook from a sockeye salmon using the spotting along their spine at 6, and when I was 16, I had classmates who got their boating license before their driver's license.

It wasn't until I dove headfirst into the world of pop culture-driven beauty and fashion during my college years that I considered being anywhere else in the world. Now that I've been in New York for nearly a full week, I can finally reveal the list of skincare, haircare, and makeup products I packed that helped this beauty-obsessed Gen Zer start her New York era on the right foot. Below, I've detailed every beauty must-have I squeezed in my carry-on bag and suitcases after refused to leave them behind in Seattle.

Flight beauty products featuring Summer Fridays, By Rosie Jane, SkinMedica, Slip, Caudalie, and EO.

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In-Flight Necessities

Moving haircare must-haves featuring Adwoa Beauty, Kérastase, Olaplex, Oribe, Slip, and Pattern.

(Image credit: Dermstore; Sephora)

Haircare Essentials

Skincare moving must-haves featuring Dieux, Chantecaille, Jenny Patinkin, and Mount Lai

(Image credit: Sephora; Dermstore)

Skincare Nonnegotiables

Makeup moving must-haves featuring Danessa Myricks Beauty, Hourglass, Liberty London, Nars, LYS Beauty, and Armani Beauty.

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Makeup Must-Haves

Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.