BODY Confidential left no stone unturned when it came to investigating the city's popular (and at times bloomin' bizarre) beauty, health, fashion and lifestyle trends in 2014. It had meant getting stuck in, getting our hands a little dirty and our faces covered in slap. Our writers got tattooed, lasered, intimately waxed, felt the burn in countless exercise classes and interviewed interesting characters in the health and beauty world. Phew. 

We've rounded up some of the best articles 2014 for you to look over before we prepare for another jam-packed year. 

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The Burkini: A Big Cover Up?

Forget dare to bare. Jo Milligan dares to wear…a burkini

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Body Transformation - Strong The New Skinny?

L'Oréal Blackett braves one of the UK's hardest workouts for one month

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Illicit Encounters: The Dating Website for Married People

L'Oréal Blackett grills the team that's hooked up more than 20,000 affairs

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COW Vintage Gets Bigger and Brighter NQ store

L'Oréal Blackett thinks Oldham Street is a better fit for this vintage superstore

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Manchester Named Selfie Capital Of Europe

L’Oréal Blackett finds her love of smizing is to blame for the city topping the selfie leaderboards


Tinder 'Hook Up' App Reviewed

L'Oréal Blackett ends her dating hiatus and tries the dating app you're all curious about...

Spray Tans On Black Skin?

L’Oréal Blackett ventures onto unknown territory and gets a spray tan with ST Tropez’s celebrity tanner in Selfridges.

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Victoria Beckham At Selfridges

The fashion designer unveiled her new collection

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Superdrug Brow Bar Reviewed

Niamh Spence tests out the purse friendly eyebrow tint and threading on the high street


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Parklife Festival Style Scout

L'Oréal Blackett gives 'under-bum' shorts a firm NO while out spying festival style


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Would You Try The Vampire Facelift

L'Oréal Blackett witnessed the bloody cosmetic treatment that reduced Kim Kardashian to tears

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Yoga: Not For Softies

David Blake joins Beckham, Clinton, Clooney, Murray and Giggs with a 45 minute bargain blast at Yoga Express

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Michelle Mone OBE Interviewed

L'Oréal Blackett talks 'breast styling', seduction and feeling untouchable with the lingerie tycoon

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Juice Diets - How Healthy Are They?

L’Oréal Blackett weighs up diets and the detox debate with Deansgate's Fruit Exchange.

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Make-Up Artist Frankie Noone Did Halloween

Make-up artist Frankie Noone provides some spooky inspiration


Why Sugar Is Worse Than Fat

Nutritionist Clare Jones on why experts are ruling sugar as 'food enemy number one'


Insanity Fitness Guru Works Out MCR

L’Oréal Blackett joins Shaun T and 700 fanatics for the UK’s first Shauntervention

No More Hangovers Please?

Niamh Spence considers a teetotal lifestyle with Soberista Lucy Rocca


Eyebrow Tattoos: What Does It Feel Like?

Niamh Spence describes the true process of semi-permanent facial tattooing

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Intimate Waxing at City Spa Escapes 

L'Oréal Blackett faces the fear and gets pruned at City Spa Escapes in Spinningfields

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