Local beauty advice is easy to come by if you visit Beauty by the B. The website, started by two sisters in Calgary, focuses on all things beauty – from makeup and hair, to clothes and personal style.
Kate and Aldona Barutowicz were born in Poland, and had the opportunity to live in Italy for a few years. It’s that European beauty and fashion spirit that drove and inspired the duo to start Beauty by the B. Aldona spends her days as a free-lances as a stylist and photographer, and is a lover of is all things fashion. Kate, on the other hand, is passionate about makeup artistry, having attended makeup school and has worked as a makeup artist for the past 13 years.
Together, Kate and Aldona make Beauty by the B a powerhouse for makeup, hair, nails, skincare and fashion information. “Since we believe in having fun with our looks and being able to express who we are on the inside with what we choose to put on our bodies, we hope this idea translates and extends to our readers as well. We want to share our love and knowledge of beauty and fashion and cover beauty for all ages and styles. Did we mention, this also includes you, gentlemen?!”
In addition to providing an information, product and business based site, Beauty by the B provides services catered to the embrace of women and their inner and outer beauty. Beauty in Style is Beauty by the B’s personalized makeup shopping service where you can hire Kate to have a peek through your existing makeup bag and take you on a shopping adventure to suggest the best products for you, while giving you a makeup lesson to help you learn how to apply everything properly and how to enhance your natural beauty. Styling services with Aldona range from personal shopping, a closet overhaul and how to put your clothes together to create fantastic outfits. Aldona is a firm believer in embracing who you are and being able to express that through fashion and style.
Beauty by the B has received a lot of recognition since its launch over a year ago. The team was invited to be a part of 6 episodes on CBC’s Daybreak Alberta, where Aldona and Kate were able to chat all things beauty and covered different topics each week. “It was a great way to introduce CBC’s listeners to Beauty by the B and a wonderful and enriching experience for us,” said Aldona. Beauty by the B is also Tourism Calgary’s newest Insider’s Guide Contributors, and Aldona is resident stylist at Rewind Clothing and Better on You.
Beauty and the B is a labour of love for the duo with many rewards. While both women have full-time jobs and busy personal lives, the site for them is a dram come true. Aldona and Kate continue to educate readers in a way that is both positive and inspiring. “We always make sure to cover a wide range of topics and provide our readers with a variety of options – you don’t need to spend a million dollars to look and feel great, you don’t need to be a certain size or have a particular hairstyle,” said Kate. “Embrace who you are and have fun with your look!”